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April 14th, 2024 Q&A Session to prepare for April 21st Special Congregation Meeting

There will be a Q&A session on Sunday, April 14, 2024 following the 9AM service to allow for discussion and questions that you might have.

There will be a Special Congregation Meeting on April 21, 2024 (following the 9AM service) to approve proposed changes to the Esperanza Constitution, Bylaws and Continuing Resolutions.

Over the past couple of years, questions and concerns have been raised regarding some of the wording and content of our constitution. So, in May of 2023, the council began the process of reviewing our constitution, bylaws and continuing resolutions to see what changes should be recommended to the congregation. The Congregation Council recommendations are incorporated into this document and based on research from ELCA congregations, the Grand Canyon Synod, the Office of the Secretary of the ELCA and the Office of the Archivist of the ELCA.

The following two attachments include:

The council’s intent is to provide these documents now to give you a chance to read and study the changes prior to the Congregation Meeting on Sunday, April 21, 2024, following the 9AM service.

There will be a Q&A session on Sunday, April 14, 2024 following the 9AM service to allow for discussion and questions that you might have.

Many thanks to Pastor Sarah, members of the council and others who have spent many hours researching, discussing, and crafting the proposed changes.

We will be following the process of approving amendments to the proposed changes as described in Section 16 of our constitution. In summary, it states that a simple majority is required for approval at the April 21st meeting of the proposed changes.

The approved changes will then be ratified at our next regularly scheduled congregation meeting – May 19th, 2024 – by a two-thirds vote of those voting members present and voting. The approved and ratified changes will then be sent to the Grand Canyon Synod for their review.

Upon approval, they will notify us of their approval. The changes will go into effect once we have received their notification.

In Service to the Esperanza Community,


Jim Gisselquist, President
On behalf of the Esperanza Congregation Council