THE FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
October 9, 2005
PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (USA)
|I. The First Presbyterian Church of Frostburg, Maryland, being a particular congregation of the Presbyterian
Church (USA), recognized that the Constitution of said Church is, in all its provisions, obligatory on it and its
|2. There shall be an annual meeting of the congregation in the church edifice, In January or February, for the
transaction of any business properly coming before such meeting.
3. Special meetings may be called by the Session or the Presbytery. Such calls shall state clearly the purpose of
such special meeting, and no other matter save that specified in the call may be considered.
4. Public notice of the time, place, and purpose of all meetings of the congregation shall be given from the pulpit
on two successive Sundays.
5. The pastor shall be the moderator of all meetings of the congregation. If it is impractical for the pastor or the
moderator of the Session appointed by the Presbytery to preside, he or she shall invite, with the concurrence of
the Session, another minister of the Presbytery to preside. The Trustee President shall preside for business of a
6. The Clerk of Session shall be the secretary of the meetings of the congregation. If the Clerk is unable to serve
the congregation shall elect a secretary. The minutes of each meeting of the congregation shall be attested by
the moderator and the secretary and shall be entered in the minute book of the session.
7. The members of the Church shall be active members as defined by the usages and rules of the Presbyterian
Church (USA), regardless of age.
8. As required by the laws of the state of Maryland, only members of full age shall be eligible to vote on questions
dealing with property and matters that are strictly business of the corporation. Otherwise, all active members of
the church are eligible to vote at all stated and special meetings of the church. Voting by proxy is not allowed.
9. Meetings of the congregation shall be conducted in accordance with the most recent edition of Robert’s Rules
of Order, except in those cases where the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (USA) provides otherwise.
10. All meetings shall be opened and closed with prayer.
11. A quorum shall consist of one tenth (10%) of the active members of the congregation.
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|12. At the annual meeting, the congregation shall elect a Session, Board of Deacons, and Board of Trustees.
13. Half of the elders. deacons and trustees shall be elected each year to serve a two year term on the Session,
Board of Deacons and Board of Trustees. No elder, deacon or trustee shall serve consecutive terms, either fulI or
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14. Vacancies of the Session, Board of Deacons or Board of Trustees may be filled at a special meeting of the
congregation or at the annual meeting, as the Session may determine.
15. The members of the Session shall elect annually a Clerk of Session, a church treasurer an assistant treasurer
and a finance secretary. One representative each from the Board of Deacons and Board of Trustees shall serve
ex-officio members of the Session.
16. The quorum for a meeting of the Session shall be one third of the elders and the Moderator, except for the
reception of members a quorum shall be two elders and the Moderator.
17. The Board of Deacons shall elect from among themselves a moderator and a secretary. The pastor shall
serve as an ex-officio member of the Board of Deacons.
18. The Board of Trustees shall elect from among themselves a president, who shall serve as the President of the
Corporation, and a secretary. All trustees must be eligible, under Maryland civil law, to serve as trustees of a
corporation. The church treasurer shall server as an ex-officio member of the Board of Trustees.
|19. These by-laws may be amended subject to the laws of the state of Maryland and the Constitution of the
Presbyterian Church (USA) at any annual or special meeting called for that purpose by a two-thirds vote of the
voters present, provided that a full reading of the proposed changes or a printed distribution of the same shall
been made in connection with the call of the meeting.
21. These by-laws or the charter of this corporation may not be amended contrary to or so as not to include the
provisions of the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (USA).
Approved by congregation: October R. 2005 Effective: Congregational meeting, 2006
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