Memorial United Church of Christ is a congregation that has authority over its own business. We are part of the United Church of Christ – a national denomination. The UCC has a statewide organization called the Wisconsin Conference. We are also part of a regional group known as the Southwest Wisconsin Association. While we have close relationships with the regional, state and national levels of our denomination and work closely with them in many ways, we are an independent entity.
The congregation meeting as a body is the final authority on all church business. (Here are the minutes from our annual congregational meeting on Jan. 29, 2017.) The congregation elects a council, which runs the business of the church on an on-going basis. There are numerous committees that handle the day-to-day work of the church.
Minutes of meetings (There are paper copies of the minutes prior to January 2015 available in the office at church.)
The Council is the executive body of Memorial UCC. It is composed of the pastors and eight elected Council members, plus the financial secretary, treasurer and recording secretary. The Council generally meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.
Jacy Boldebuck, president
Non-voting members include:
John Van Overbeke – financial secretary
Jay Schad – treasurer
Cathy Halpin, recording secretary
Phil Haslanger – pastor
Our committees provide a way for many members of the congregation to be involved in the work and ministry of Memorial UCC. These are our committees, with the current chair listed next to it.
Faith Development – Sarah Fritz
Membership – Bonnie Van Overbeke
Outreach – Jan Klawitter
Special Events – Al Krug
Trustees – Gary Johnson
Building and Grounds – David Ast
Stewardship – Susan Webb
Worship (includes music) – Mark Sieger
Members of the Trustees are responsible for the care and custody of church property. This includes both physical property and financial assets. The activity of this committee is defined by the church by-laws, including responsibilities of the Treasurer and Financial Secretary. The Endowment Fund is administered by the Trustees. The Stewardship Committee is a subcommittee of the Trustees for conducting the annual pledge drive to underwrite the operating budget of Memorial Church.
The current trustees are: Gary Johnson (chair), Jennifer Ambord, Dean Baumgardner, Jon Boldebuck, Jay Schad and John Van Overbeke.