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FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH

OF

SILER CITY, NORTH CAROLINA

CONSTITUTION

PREAMBLE

To preserve the principles of our faith, and govern in an orderly manner the body of this church, and be it known we are affiliated with, but not beholden to, the Sandy Creek Baptist Association, the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, the Southern Baptist Convention, and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship; and to preserve the liberties of each individual member of this church, we do hereby declare and establish this constitution.

ARTICLE I — NAME

This body shall be known as the First Baptist Church of Siler City, 314 North Second Avenue, Siler City, Chatham County, North Carolina.

ARTICLE II — PURPOSE

The purpose of this body is to function as a church including, but not limited to, the following purposes:

1.      To promote the worship of God by preaching, teaching, and the administration of the ordinances of the church, which are the Lord's Supper and baptism;

2.      To promote the Biblical principles of justice and righteousness in personal, social, community, and national life through the study of the Holy Scriptures;

3.      To advance the spiritual welfare of all persons and to spread the Word of God to the people of all nations through the support of missions;

4.      To lead the lost to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ


ARTICLE DI - COVENANT


We, the members of the First Baptist Church of Siler City, North Carolina, believe we have been led by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior. We have made a profession of our faith and have been baptized by immersion in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Now, in the presence of God and this assembly, we enter into a covenant with each other as one body in Christ. We agree, by the help of the Holy Spirit and with the Bible, the inspired Word of God as our guide, to walk together in Christian love, to strive for the advancement of this church, to promote spirituality, to sustain its worship and doctrine, to observe the church ordinances of baptism and the Lord's Supper as authorized by our local church, to contribute cheerfully and regularly of God's tithes and our offerings to the support of the ministry of our church and to the spread of the gospel to all nations. We agree to encourage personal and family devotions; to educate our children according to our faith; to seek the salvation of the unbeliever; to be just in our dealings, reliable in our responsibilities, and to be Christian examples to those around us; and to work untiringly for the advancement of the kingdom of our Savior by witnessing in words and actions.

We agree to walk in Christian harmony and watchfulness, giving and receiving assistance with meekness and affection; to pray for one another; to help each other in sickness and sorrow; to be slow to anger; to be always eager for reconciliation, seeking it without delay. We further agree that, when we move from this area, we will as soon as possible unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God's Word.


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FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH

OF

SILER CITY, NORTH CAROLINA

BYLAWS

ARTICLE I - GOVERNANCE

Section 1. The government of this church shall be congregational in nature, and the final authority for the operation and management of its affairs shall be vested in the membership. Members alone, acting as set forth in these Bylaws, shall have the authority to adopt and amend the Bylaws, elect officers, approve budgets, receive members, and generally govern the affairs of this church.

Section 2.                           This church is an independent, autonomous church with full and final

authority to determine solely within itself all matters related to the life of the church including, but not limited to, its financial affairs, affiliation, ownership and uses of property, and pastoral leadership.

Section 3.                     The church year shall begin on October 1. and end on September 30 each

year. The church budget and financial business shall be conducted based on a fiscal year from January 1 through December 31 each year.

ARTICLE II - AFFILIATION

This church is subject to the control of no other ecclesiastical body, but it recognizes and affirms the obligations and benefits of mutual counsel and cooperation which are common among Baptist churches. Insofar as is practical, this church will cooperate with and help support the Sandy Creek Baptist Association, the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, the Southern Baptist Convention, and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Through duly elected messengers, this church may participate in their deliberative assemblies.

Any action to withdraw from or to join other associations or conventions will be done through the regular procedures for conducting business in this church.

ARTICLE HI - MEMBERSHIP

Section 1.                        The membership of this church shall be composed of persons who have

professed their belief in Jesus Christ as Son of God, have accepted Him as personal Lord and Savior, and have been baptized by immersion by an ordained minister.

A person may be received into membership by majority vote of the members present and voting during any meeting of the church in conference.


A person may ask to join the church on the basis of any of the following ways:

1. Upon public profession of faith in Jesus Christ as his or her personal Lord and Savior, with intent to be baptized by immersion.

By transfer of membership by letter from another church of like faith which practices baptism by immersion.

3. By recommendation of the Pastor in the event of extenuating circumstances.

Section 2. Every member of this church shall have the following rights:

1. Every member is entitled to vote on all questions submitted to the church, provided the member is present. Absentee balloting is allowed on annual election of deacons.

Every member may be considered for any position in the church, except as otherwise set forth in these Bylaws.

ARTICLE IV - MINISTRY STAFF

Section 1. Pastor The Pastor is a minister of Jesus Christ who has been specially called into the ministry and has been specifically called by God and the church to serve as Pastor. In the expression of that call, it shall be the Pastor's special responsibility to minister to the spiritual needs of the members of the congregation and, through prayer and study, render effective preaching and pastoral ministries and provide leadership in winning the lost to Christ.

The Pastor shall provide overall spiritual guidance to the church by communicating a vision and focus for corporate and individual ministry as it is revealed by God through personal prayer and study of the Scriptures; shall lead, plan, and conduct the specific religious services, activities, and ministries necessary to achieve that vision; shall have special charge of the pulpit ministry of the church and shall arrange for pulpit supply when he is absent; shall arrange, with the concurrence of the deacons, for ministers to assist in revival meetings and workers to assist in other special services required by the church; shall administer the ordinances; shall seek to minister to the spiritual needs of the community; and shall perform other duties that usually pertain to the office of the Pastor. The Pastor shall be responsible to the congregation in exerting leadership and discharging the duties listed above with both Pastor and church seeking to follow the will of God through the leadership of the Holy Spirit.

The Pastor shall have charge of the general welfare and oversight of the church; shall provide leadership, supervision, and spiritual ministry to other staff members of the church; shall delegate to the church staff responsibility and authority to perform specific ministries, tasks, or assignments consistent with individual spiritual gifts that ensure that the needs of the church are met in love and harmony; shall serve as an ex-officio member of all organizations, departments, committees, and councils; and shall call special meetings of the deacons or of any other committee, as necessary, according to procedures set forth in these Bylaws.

The call of the Pastor shall take place at a meeting especially set for that purpose, at least fourteen days notice having been given the membership. The election shall be upon the recommendation of the Pastor Search Committee. The committee shall bring only one candidate at a time for consideration of the church, and no nomination shall be made except by the committee. Election shall be by secret ballot. An affirmative vote of three-fourths of the members of the church present and voting will be necessary to extend a call. Twenty percent of the resident church


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membership shall constitute a quorum for the purpose of calling a Pastor. Should the minister recommended by the committee fail to receive a three-fourths majority vote, the committee shall be instructed to seek out another candidate, and the meeting at which the vote was taken shall be adjourned without further debate.

The relationship between the Pastor and the church may be dissolved upon request of either the Pastor or the church. In either case, at least sixty days written notice shall be given of termination of the relationship unless mutually agreed upon with both the Pastor and the church seeking to follow the will of God through the leadership of the Holy Spirit.

The Pastor shall be supported in his spiritual welfare and ministry by the constant, loving care of the deacons, who shall promptly evaluate any and all situations in which either the Pastor's spiritual life or ministry seems to be in jeopardy.

1.      In the case where the spiritual life of the Pastor may be called into question, the deacons shall minister to the Pastor in love with the sole goal of complete restoration and reconciliation in accordance with Matthew 18:15-17, II Corinthians 5:17-21, and Galatians 6:1. The deacons shall have the authority to provide said ministry in complete confidentiality and honesty through the leadership of the Holy Spirit

2.      In the case where the effectiveness of the ministry of the Pastor may be a cause of concern, a special committee shall be appointed by the deacons, consisting of the Chairman of the Board of Deacons, the Chairman of the Personnel Committee, and at the discretion of the Chairman of the Board of Deacons, other church members as may be necessary for equitable representation, to deal with the Pastor regarding the concerns with the goal of resolution. The committee shall have authority to deal with the Pastor in confidentiality but shall report regularly to the Board of Deacons and the Personnel Committee on the progress of discussions without violating any confidences.

3.      In both cases, the deacons shall be responsible to investigate promptly and prayerfully, evaluate, and act on any allegation brought against the Pastor. The member or group of members shall bring said allegation to the deacons with such proof as exists. Should the deacons find that allegation to be without merit, they shall so advise the member.

Should discussions with the Pastor fail to produce a mutually satisfactory resolution, the Chairman of the Board of Deacons shall call a special joint meeting of the Board of Deacons and the Personnel Committee to discuss the possibility to terminate the Pastor's employment. At least fourteen days advance notice shall be given prior to said joint meeting. Because of the seriousness of said discussions and in fulfillment of their unique responsibilities as lay leaders of the church, each deacon and member of the Personnel Committee shall make every reasonable effort to be present at and participate in the joint meeting. A joint recommendation to the church to terminate the Pastor's employment shall be required and shall be approved by a separate three-fourths majority vote of the deacons and two-thirds majority vote of the Personnel Committee cast by secret ballot of those present and voting; no provision shall be made for absentee balloting. Eighty percent of the membership of the deacons and sixty-six percent of the Personnel Committee shall constitute a quorum for the purpose of recommending the termination of the Pastor's employment Should the recommendation fail, to receive the required vote by either group, the recommendation shall fail and shall not be brought before the church. In case a termination of the Pastor's employment is recommended, a three-fourths majority vote by secret ballot of members present and voting at a special called business meeting of the church shall be required, at least fourteen days advance notice having been given the membership. Twenty percent of the resident church membership shall constitute a quorum for the purpose of terminating the Pastor's employment.


Whenever a vacancy occurs, the deacons shall appoint a special Interim Pastor Committee consisting of the Chairman of the Board of Deacons and not less than three other deacons to work together with the ministry staff to secure a minister or ministers to fill the pulpit for regular worship services until a new pastor or an interim pastor is called. The Interim Pastor Committee shall also seek out and nominate as interim pastor a minister of the Gospel whose Christian character and education qualify him for the position. The call of the Interim Pastor shall take place at a regular Sunday morning worship service or at a special meeting of the church especially set for that purpose, at least seven days advance notice having been given the membership. The committee shall bring only one name at a time for consideration of the church and no nomination shall be made except by the committee. Election shall be by secret ballot with an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the members of the church present and voting necessary for an extension of a call. Twenty percent of the resident church membership shall constitute a quorum for the purpose of calling an interim pastor. The Interim Pastor Committee shall remain in place during the time the church is without a permanent pastor and shall serve as a liaison and support group for the Interim Pastor.

A special Pastor Search Committee shall seek out and nominate as pastor a minister of the Gospel whose Christian character and education qualify him for this position. The Pastor Search Committee shall consist of the Chairman of the Board of Deacons, the Superintendent of Sunday School, the Chairman of the Personnel Committee, the Director of the Women's Missionary Union or a member elected by the director, the Chairman of the Board of Finance, and two resident members of the church plus one resident member of the church to serve as an alternate. The resident members and alternate shall be elected at a special business meeting of the church, at least seven days advance notice having been given the membership. The alternate member shall participate fully in all activities of the committee but have voting rights only in the absence of a regular member. The Pastor Search Committee shall utilize materials as may be available from the Baptist State Convention or other Baptist sources to assist them in their task. The Chairman of the Board of Deacons shall serve as the interim chairman of the committee until the committee elects a chairman at its organizational meeting. The committee will from time to time as appropriate inform the church of their progress and plans.

Section 2. Other Ministerial Staff                                As needed, the church may employ other

ministerial or personnel to assist the church in its mission. Such personnel shall be under the leadership of the Pastor. Recommendation for employment shall be made by the Board of Deacons and the Personnel Committee after consultation with other related committees of the church.

The call of the Ministerial Staff shall take place at a meeting especially set for that purpose, at least fourteen days notice having been given the membership. The committee shall bring only one candidate at a time for consideration of the church, and no nomination shall be made except by the committee. Election shall be by secret ballot with an affirmative vote of three-fourths of the members of the church present and voting necessary for an extension of such a call. Twenty percent of the resident church membership shall constitute a quorum for the purpose of calling Ministerial Staff members. Should the minister recommended by the committee fail to receive a three-fourths majority vote, the committee shall be instructed to seek out another candidate, and the meeting at which the vote was taken shall be adjourned without further debate.

The Ministerial Staff's spiritual welfare and ministry shall be supported by constant, loving care from the Pastor and deacons, who shall promptly evaluate any and all situations in which that staff's spiritual welfare or ministry seems to be in jeopardy.

The process for resolving conflicts and terminating the employment between individuals of the ministerial staff and the church shall be the same as for the pastor.

Section 3. Other Professional Staff                          The church may on recommendation of .the

Personnel Committee and approval by the members at a regular or special business meeting,


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authorize other professional, non-ministerial positions to assist the church in its mission. Positions classified as non-ministerial include, but are not limited to, church secretary, youth director, and church custodian. Such positions will be filled by qualified individuals approved by the Personnel Committee and the Board of Deacons. Termination of staff personnel in such positions is hereby delegated in like manner to the Personnel Committee and Board of Deacons.

ARTICLE V - CHURCH OFFICERS

Section 1. Deacons The Deacons shall at all times regard themselves as servants of the church to consider and make recommendations to the church in all matters pertaining to its spiritual work and progress. Their duties include oversight of the spiritual welfare of the church, establishment and maintenance of the spiritual and fraternal relations among all members of the church, assist the Pastor in observance of the ordinances, and have general responsibility over the upkeep, repair, and use of church property. They shall appoint committees as necessary to discharge their duties.

There shall be eighteen active deacons. The deacons shall be elected for three year terms on a rotating basis so that one third of the deacons shall be elected annually. The deacons shall be elected from among those church members who are eighteen years old or older at the time of election and have been a member of this church for at least one year.

Each year a list of the qualifying membership shall be made available to the congregation no later than the second Sunday of August Any member who does not wish to serve as a deacon shall notify the church secretary to delete his or her name from the list before it is prepared. On the fourth Sunday of August the congregation shall vote by secret ballot for six deacons. Those six members receiving the highest number of votes shall be elected. A deacon shall be eligible for reelection after one year following the expiration of a prior term as deacon. Upon death, resignation, or inability to serve as a deacon, a successor shall be named to serve the unexpired term. The successor shall be the person from the previous election that was next in line to serve, based on the number of votes received. A tie vote shall be resolved by a runoff election or in any manner mutually agreeable to the parties involved.

The deacons shall elect a chairman, vice chairman, and secretary at the first meeting of the new church year. The deacons shall meet regularly at a time determined by them and whenever a special session is called by the chairman or Pastor. The deacons may also be called into special session upon the written request of one third of the deacons.

Section 2. Trustees                   There shall be five trustees who shall be responsible for the legal

affairs of the church including all church property, and the execution of contracts, deeds, mortgages, or other documents when authorized by the church in business meeting. The trustees shall make decisions as authorized by the Board of Deacons.

The trustees shall elect a chairman and vice-chairman at their first meeting annually. The trustees shall meet when called by the chairman, vice-chairman, Pastor, or two trustees.

A trustee shall serve until death, resignation, or inability to serve. Upon the loss of a trustee a successor shall be elected by the church in a business meeting.

Section 3. Church Clerk The church clerk shall attend or be represented at all church business meetings, keep an accurate record of all business transactions, prepare the annual association letter, and see that it is properly transmitted to the associational clerk. The church clerk shall request and issue transfer of membership letters, preserve all papers and valuable records and


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letters that belong to the church, and preserve an accurate history of the church, keeping same in a safe place. The church clerk shall ensure that an accurate roll of the church membership is kept, along with dates of admission and dismissal, changes in names, correct mailing addresses, and other pertinent information.

Section 4. Treasurer                  The church treasurer shall be responsible for signing all checks

issued by the church. The disbursements of church funds shall be in keeping with church policies and procedures. The treasurer shall also work with the Board of Finance to recommend and establish policies and procedures relating to receiving and disbursing monies.

ARTICLE VI - ORDINANCES

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Section 1. The Lord's Supper                  The Lord's Supper is a symbolic act of obedience
whereby professing Christians, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, commemorate the death of Jesus Christ and anticipate His second coming. The Lord's Supper shall be observed at least quarterly, preferably on the first Sunday of the quarter. The Lord's Supper shall be administered by the Pastor or his authorized representative, who shall be an ordained minister of the Southern Baptist Convention or the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, and shall be assisted by deacons.

Section 2. Baptism                      Baptism is a symbolic act of obedience administered during any

worship service and need be done only once. A person who receives Jesus Christ as Savior, who professes Him publicly at any worship service, and who indicates a commitment to follow Him shall be received for baptism.

Baptism shall be by immersion in water, administered by the Pastor or his authorized representative, who shall be an ordained minister of the Southern Baptist Convention or the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.

Baptism should be administered as soon as practical after a public profession of faith and pastoral counseling opportunity.

ARTICLE VII - MEETINGS

Section 1.                    This church shall hold regular services for worship, teaching, training, and

fellowship. Revival and other special services essential to the advancement of the church's spiritual objectives shall be scheduled. The pastor shall be responsible for insuring that all services are planned and conducted in such a manner that Christ will be honored and glorified, and that those who attend will be encouraged. The regular worship services of this church shall be held on Sunday mornings and evenings unless otherwise agreed upon by the Board of Deacons.

Section 2. This church shall hold business meetings when called by the chairman of the Board of Deacons. Notice of business meetings shall be given to the church at least five days in advance if at all possible.

Section 3. The chairman of the Board of Deacons shall serve as the moderator and shall preside over all business meetings of the church. The vice-chairman of the Board of Deacons shall serve as the moderator in absence of the chairman and when the chairman yields the chair. In absence of both the chairman and vice-chairman of deacons, the chairman of the Board of Trustees shall call the meetings to order and a moderator pro tempore shall be elected by a majority vote of the members present and voting.


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ARTICLE Si lix — QUORUM

Section 1.                          For all regular and special church business meetings, a majority of the

members present at such business meeting and eligible to vote shall constitute a quorum.

Section 2. For all committees or other organizations of the church, a majority of the total membership of such committee or organization shall constitute a quorum.

ARTICLE IX — RULES OF PROCEDURE

Section 1.                       In conducting the affairs of this church, the church shall be governed by

parliamentary procedure as set forth in the current edition of Roberts' Rules of Order and any amendments thereto.

Section 2.                     The required vote for passage of any motion at regular and special church

business meetings, except for cases explicitly defined in these Bylaws, shall be a simple majority of members present and voting.

ARTICLE X — AMENDMENTS

Section 1. This Constitution and these Bylaws may be amended at any regular or special business meeting of the church by a two-thirds majority vote of the membership present and voting. Twenty percent of the resident church membership shall constitute a quorum for the purpose of amending the Bylaws, in keeping with sections two and three of this article.

Section 2. Any member of the church may propose amendments to the Bylaws. All such proposed changes to the Bylaws shall be recommended in writing to the Bylaws Committee and shall include supporting rationale and/or arguments and the name of the proponent of the change.

Section 3. The Bylaws Committee shall review all proposed amendments to the Bylaws and shall determine the permissibility of such amendments. All proposed amendments approved by the Bylaws Committee shall be communicated to the membership at least thirty days prior to the business meeting at which said amendments are to be considered. The intent to consider amendments to the Bylaws at a regular or special business meeting shall be announced to the membership at least fourteen days in advance by written notice and by announcement at the two Sunday morning services preceding the business meeting.

ARTICLE XI — CONFLICT OF PROVISIONS

Section 1. Upon the adoption of these Bylaws, all other current Bylaws of the church are hereby repealed and are invalidated.

Section 2. The original copy of the Constitution and Bylaws shall be kept at all times by the Church Secretary in the church office and all amendment and revisions shall be attached to the copy. Copies of the church Constitution and Bylaws and amendments thereto shall be made available to the members of the church upon request.

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ARTICLE XII COMMITTEES

Section 1. Church Council The primary function of the church council is to meet with the church staff at the end of each quarter to review the church program calendar and set the next quarter's calendar.

The Church Council shall be under the auspices of the Board of Deacons and chaired by the Chairman of the Board of Deacons. Other council members will be: Chairman of the Board of Finance, Church librarian, Sunday School Director, WMU Director, Brotherhood President, and Senior Adult Leader. Others, as appropriate, may be invited to meet with the Church Council. Church staff members will consist of the Pastor, Minister of Music, Minister of Youth, and Church Secretary.

Section 2. Board of Finance                           The Board of Finance shall consist of nine members

elected for a three-year term. Finch year three members shall rotate off the committee. The nominating committee will recommend to the church three members to replace those three members rotating from the committee each year.

The Board of Finance shall prepare and manage an itemized, all-inclusive budget for the following fiscal year. This budget shall be submitted to the Board of Deacons for its approval and further recommendation to the church for approval.

The Board of Finance shall elect a chairman, vice chairman, and secretary at the first meeting of the new church year. The Board of Finance shall meet regularly at a time determined by them and whenever a special session is called by the chairman or Pastor.

Section 3. Personnel Committee A Personnel Committee shall consist of three people: the Chairman of the Board of Finance or a member delegated by the Chairman, the Chairman of the Board of Deacons or a member delegated by the Chairman, and a member of the church at large, who shall be nominated by the nominating committee and voted on by the church.

The Personnel Committee shall be responsible for monitoring and evaluating job performance of all staff members. Duties of the committee include: annual performance reviews with each staff member, regular reports to the Board of Deacons concerning personnel issues, and recommendations to the Board of Finance concerning job performance as it relates to salary considerations.

The committee has no authority to make hiring or termination decisions, nor to take any corrective action. Any such action should be recommended to the Board of Deacons for their consideration.

Section 4. Nominating Committee                      The Nominating Committee shall consist of five

members. Each year two members will rotate off the committee. The standing committee shall nominate replacements for members whose terms expire. The nominating committee will recommend to the Church all of the church leadership positions which are to be held by volunteers from within the church body.

Section 5. Other Committees Church committees include, but are not limited to, those listed in the appendix. All committees, current and future, will serve as directed by the Board of Deacons.

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APPENDIX — Committees  


Lord's Supper: Responsible for all aspects of preparing the bread and juice for serving; cleaning up afterwards, and properly storing the equipment.

Transportation:  Responsible for appropriate maintenance and repair of the church van—interior, exterior, and mechanical.

Heritage Room:  In charge of the room—items for display, the displays, furnishings, cleaning, and for opening the room for visitors and for locking it afterwards.

Church Historian: Responsible for keeping appropriate records of important events in our church's activities and for writing updates on the history as needed. These records are in addition to the records of routine business kept by the Church Secretary and/or Church Clerk.

Church Hostesses: Responsible for the attractive and appropriate serving of food and drinks on buffet tables and for clean-up afterwards when a church meal or refreshments are served, and when called on for special occasions.

Benevolence: Responsible for all aspects of serving a meal to the family of a deceased church member on the day of the funeral.

Bulletin Boards:  Responsible for keeping the bulletin boards in the three halls of the education wing decorated attractively and appropriately.

Sanctuary Flowers: Responsible for displaying attractive and appropriate flowers and/or centers of interest in the sanctuary every Sunday morning for worship services and for other special occasions as requested.

House and Grounds: Responsible for general upkeep and repairs necessary to keep the church building and its grounds safe and attractive.

Remodeling: Responsible for assessing the condition of the church's furnishings and proposing to the Board of Finance remodeling and refurbishing needs as appropriate to maintain an attractive and inviting appearance.

Baptismal:  Assist the baptismal candidates with the process of baptism; leave the dressing areas clean and neat; see that the vestments are ready for future use.

Homecoming: Responsible for submitting pertinent information to the local media at the proper times and seeing that invitations are sent to former members and special guests.

Bible Study Coordinators: Responsible for seeing that the Fellowship Hall is properly set up for Sunday evening Bible Study and for distributing handouts.


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