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2929 F.M. 972

Georgetown, Texas 78626

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FM-972 at FM-1105
8 miles north of Georgetown, Texas


St. Peter Lutheran Church
Walburg, Texas

Office: (512) 863-5600
Worship Services - each Sunday 10:15 a.m.
Holy Communion - 1st & 3rd Sundays

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Notice of 2017 Proposed Constitution Changes

During the October 15, 2017 Annual Congregational Meeting, following the Sunday Worship Service, St. Peter Voting Members will review and take action on several proposed changes to the 2013 St. Peter LCMC Constitution. Due to the length of the document, we strongly encourage members to review the proposals prior to the meeting.

The St. Peter LCMC Constitution was drafted in 2012 and approved by the Congregation in January 2013. The 2013 Constitution needs some updates. Major issues with the 2013 Constitution:


Other proposed changes document standard operating procedures. These include:


The St. Peter Council agreed on August 8, 2017 to submit the revisions shown in the draft document below to the Congregation for approval at the October 15, 2017 Annual Meeting. Scroll down for a comparison between the current Constitution and all proposed changes in the draft updated Constitution.

Draft Constitution Oct 2017 Constitution Jan2013

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Draft Constitution Oct 2017 WeddingGuidelines2017

Draft 2017 Revisions to
Constitution & Bylaws

Official
St. Peter Wedding Guidelines

Building Use 2017

Official
St. Peter Building Use Rules and Request Form

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Detailed Explanation
of Proposed Updates / Modifications
to the 2013 St. Peter LCMC Constitution
as found in the 2017 Draft Constitution & Bylaws

The St. Peter LCMC Constitution was drafted in 2012 and approved by the Congregation in January 2013. For improved efficiency and to ensure the Council and Congregation can and do follow the approved Constitution, the 2013 Constitution needs some updates.


The Council agreed on August 8, 2017 to submit the draft revisions to the Congregation for approval. The revisions address omissions and inconsistencies. This document incorporates the following proposed changes with these additions highlighted in the draft Constitution and Bylaws text.


1. Entire document: The term ‘voting member’ is consistently changed to ‘Voting Member’ to signify it is a defined term. Similarly, in some cases the previous term “active member” has been replaced with the Constitution defined ‘Voting Member’ terminology. [These changes are the only modifications which intentionally are not highlighted in the draft revision documents since this becomes confusing to read.]

2. Constitution Article 7.2: Clarifies the descriptions for Baptized, Confirmed and Voting Members. It adds a new classification (Friends of St. Peter) to eliminate confusion on retained church records about non-members residing in a Member’s household, past members, employees and regular visitors.

3. Constitution Article 7.5 assigns “Council” the duty to act upon requirements to terminate memberships as defined in the Constitution and Bylaws.

4. Constitution Article 9.2 adds ‘email’ to the allowable meeting notice distribution methods for members who provide an email address. This is just keeping up with the times.

5. Constitution Article 11.2 and Bylaws 4.b.3 change the allowable Council membership from ‘6 to 8’, to ‘6 to 9’ members; this allows a consistent 3 members each year.

6. Constitution Article 11.4.c clarifies the $1500 limits for Council contracts applies to purchases, not for receipt of funds.

7. Constitution Article 11.4.d clarifies the Council authority to pay items within the budget (such as utility bills and Pastor’s paychecks) according to the budget, even when over $1500.

8. Constitution Article 11.4.f moves the rules for dispersement of Memorial Funds to the Bylaws to prevent duplication.

9. Constitution Article 11.4.g is added to authorize Council action on immediate critical emergency repairs in excess of $1500 rather than waiting 2-3 weeks for a Congregational Meeting to approve and take action.

10. Constitution Article 11.6 defines the annual review of the Membership Roster by pointing to the Bylaws.

11. Constitution Article 11.12 adds a new Council responsibility to manage & approve facility / building use. This duty was not previously assigned to anybody. Hence, the original Constitution requires the Congregation to approve each request for use - such as family reunions. Council has always managed building use requests.

12. Constitution Article 13.5.a clarifies the intended meaning.

13. Bylaws Section 3 sets preference for the 2nd Sunday in October, but allows the Council to book the Annual meeting on a different date.

14. Bylaws Section 6 expanded to authorize ‘organizations’ (like Ladies’ Aid) in addition to Committees. It is also expanded to include 6.A, 6.C and 6.D since Constitution Article 3.5 requires “an organizational structure to be described in the Bylaws.” Most wording is copied from earlier committee instruction documents.

15. Bylaws Section 7 originally addressed inactivity due to non-attendance. It was not clear on those transferring out or how to classify those individuals in church records. The update introduces the new ‘Friend’ classification defined in Constitution Article 7.

16. Bylaws Section 8 makes young children living with Voting Members eligible for burial at the Cemetery.

17. Bylaws new Section 9 is copy/paste of the Cemetery Fund Guidelines approved (for addition to the Bylaws) by the Congregation on 10/11/2015.

18. Bylaws new Section 10 provides details to support Constitution Article 11.4.f and explains the current Memorial Fund operating procedures.

19. Bylaws new Section 11 adds facility use rules into the Bylaws as required by the new Constitution Article 11.12. The addition controls the rules and procedures, allowing better visibility to the rules.

2017 Draft Changes to the Constitution & Bylaws

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