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RULES, REGULATIONS AND BY-LAWS

OF

THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH AND SOCIETY



OF

NORWALK, OHIO



ARTICLE I.
MEMBERSHIP

Section. 1. Any person professing faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, giving evidence of a change of heart and adopting the beliefs of this Church as set forth in the Declaration of Faith and Church Covenant, may upon baptism, be received into its membership.

Section. 2. An applicant for the membership by baptism shall be examined by the pastor and deacons and their approval given before the candidate is presented for reception. The vote on the reception of such applicant shall not be taken in the presence of the candidate.

Section. 3. A member of another Baptist Church may be received on a letter of dismissal and recommendation of the church to which the member belongs.

Section. 4. Any person who has been a member of another Baptist church and has no letter of dismissal, may be received by giving satisfactory evidence of a change of heart, Christian conduct and Scriptural faith.

Section. 5. Any person excluded may be restored upon confession or errors, giving satisfactory evidence of repentance and making proper reparation, if that be possible.


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Section. 6. A member of another denomination desiring to unite with this church, may, upon recommendation of the deacons, be received upon Christian experience. If such person has been baptized from Scriptural motives.

DISMISSAL OF MEMBERS

Section. 7. A member may be granted a letter to any Baptist church upon application therefore and the recommendation of the deacons. Such letter shall be addressed to a particular church, made valid for six months only and sent to the clerk or pastor of the church with which the person desires to unite.

Section. 8. A member in good standing who desires to unite with a church of another denomination may be granted a certificate of Christian character and church fellowship, upon recommendation of the deacons. Upon granting such certificate, the name shall be erased from the list of members and the reason for such action recorded by the clerk.

DISCIPLINE

Section. 9. All action of discipline or exclusion shall be based upon the plain command of the Scriptures and church covenant.

Section. 10. All matters relating to discipline shall be brought before the deacons first, and if deemed advisable by them, shall then be presented to the advisory board. The deacons shall have power to bring the same before the church, but a member shall not be excluded nor a name erased without the affirmative vote of a majority of members present at a business meeting.

ARTICLE II
OFFICERS AND THEIR DUTIES

Section. 1. In addition to the trustees required by the charter of incorporation, the officers shall consist of a clerk, a treasurer, a financial secretary, a Sunday School Superintendent, two assistant superintendents and a secretary-treasurer of the Sunday School.


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Section. 2. The treasurer and financial secretary shall be nominated by the trustees and the treasurer shall be one of the trustees. The officers of the Sunday School shall be nominated by the cabinet and all of said officers shall be elected as required by said charter.

TREASURER

Section. 3. The treasurer shall be custodian of the current funds and pay the same out on the order of the trustees, shall receive the missionary funds and forward the same to the parties entitled thereto quarterly and render a complete statement of all financial matters at the annual meeting and oftener, if called upon to do so.

FINANCIAL SECRETARY

Section. 4. The financial secretary shall take charge of the weekly contributions for current expenses, keep an individual account, pay the money over to the treasurer every week and make a quarterly statement to each contributor of the amount paid by the said contributor and the amount due to date and perform such other duties as will render the work efficient.

CLERK

Section. 5. The clerk shall keep a record of all transactions, write the annual letter to the association, unless otherwise directed, fill out and forward all letters and certificates of Christian character, keep a list of the membership and perform such other duties as usually devolve upon like officers.

SUNDAY SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT

Section. 6. The Sunday school superintendent shall have charge of the affairs of the school, conduct its exercises, preside at its business meetings, approve of all bills and perform such other duties as usually pertain to the office.


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ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENTS

Section. 7. The assistant superintendents shall aid the superintendent, conduct the school in his absence or in case of a vacancy, and perform such other duties as the cabinet may direct.

SECRETARY-TREASURER

Section. 8. The secretary-treasurer shall keep a record of the attendance and such other statistics as may be required by the cabinet, receive all money contributed, pay the contributions for missions to the financial secretary of the committee on missions quarterly and make disbursements on the order of the cabinet.

CABINET

Section. 9. The officers, teachers, substitute teachers, officers and visitors of the Home department shall constitute a cabinet having control of the affairs of the Sunday School and shall meet at the call of the superintendent or three of its members.

VACANCY IN OFFICE

Section. 10. Any vacancy occurring in any office more than two months prior to the annual meeting may be filled at any business meeting.

ARTICLE III.
SPIRITUAL LEADERS

The spiritual leaders shall be a pastor and eight deacons.

PASTOR

Section. 1. A pastor shall be called as often as occasion may require. The affirmative vote of three-fourths of all members present shall be necessary to effect a call of a pastor. Such vote shall be taken at a public service fixed by the persons having the matter in charge and announced at the services of the two preceding Sundays. The tenure of the pastor shall be indefinite, but shall terminate on sixty daysí notice to that effect from the pastor or church.


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Section. 2. It shall be the duty of the pastor to conduct the services, administer the ordinances, exercise a general oversight in all interests of the church and preside at all meetings excepts when the business concerns himself in which case, or on his request, another shall be called to preside.

DEACONS

Section. 3. Two deacons shall be chosen each year for a term of four years at the annual meeting and an affirmative vote of three-fourths of all members present shall be required to effect a choice.

Section. 4. It shall be the duties of the deacons to provide for the Lordís supper, take charge of all funds that may be provided for the poor of the church disburse the same as to them may seem best, assist the pastor in the spiritual development of the members, co-operate with the pastor in the examination of applicants for membership, and arrange for the pulpit supplies and prayer meeting leaders in the absence of the pastor or in case of a vacancy in the pastorate.

ARTICLE IV.
COMMITTEES AND THEIR DUTIES

Section. 1. There shall be four standing committees and such others as may from time to time be appointed. Such standing committees shall be called the Advisory Board, Committee on Missions, Baptismal Committee, and Auditing Committee.

ADVISORY BOARD

Section. 2. The Advisory Board shall consist of the pastor, deacons, trustees, clerk, treasurer, financial secretaries and Sunday School Superintendent. The Advisory Board shall meet at the call of the pastor or six of its members and shall have general advisory duties in all affairs.


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COMMITTEE ON MISSIONS

Section. 3. The committee on missions shall consist of the pastor and six members appointed by him. Such committee shall appoint a financial secretary and have charge of securing offerings for the A.B.F.M.S., The A.B.H.M.S., The A.B.P.S., The O.B.C., The O.B.E.S. and The B.M.A.S.

   Such financial secretary shall take charge of all offerings for missions, keep an individual account of the same, pay all moneys received over to the treasurer once per quarter and make a quarterly statement to each contributor and such other persons as may seem best, of the offerings made by such persons, the amount due to date and render such other services as will render the work effective, as directed by said committee on missions and under such system and for such objects as the church may adopt.

BAPTISMAL COMMITTEE

Section. 4. The baptismal committee shall consist of the deacons and three ladies appointed by the Ladiesí Aid Society. Such committee shall have charge of the baptismal robes and render the pastor and candidates such assistance as is necessary in the administration of the ordinance.

AUDITING COMMITTEE

Section. 5. The auditing committee shall consist of three persons appointed at the annual meeting by the moderator. Such committee shall examine the books and vouchers of the treasurer and financial secretaries and make their report at the following covenant meeting.

USHERS

Section. 6. Four ushers shall be selected annually by the trustees. The four persons thus selected shall choose one of their number chairman under whose direction they shall act in the performance of the usual duties devolving upon such persons.


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ARTICLE V.
MEETINGS

Section. 1. A business meeting may be held in connection with any covenant meeting at which any business may be transacted which is presented in the regular manner.

Section. 2. The reception of members, granting of letters and certificates of Christian character, the consideration of communications, the consideration of the annual letter to the Association and the appointment of delegates or messengers may be acted upon at any regular meeting.

Section. 3. Thursday of each week shall be the time for the regular prayer and conference meeting.

Section. 4. The covenant meeting shall be held on the Thursday preceding the first Sunday of each month.

Section. 5. The Lordís Supper shall be observed on the first Sunday of January, March, May, July, September and November.

Section. 6. At the annual meeting reports shall be made by all committees and organizations.

Section. 7. Twenty members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

ARTICLE VI.
RULES OF BUSINESS

The order of business shall be as follows, to wit:-

Section. 1. Prayer.

Section. 2. Reading of minutes of previous meeting.

Section. 3. Reception of and dismissal of members.

Section. 4. Unfinished business.

Section. 5. Reports of committees.

Section. 6. New business.


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ARTICLE VII.
AMENDMENTS

Section. 1. These rules may be amended by the affirmative vote of three-fourths of the members present at any business meeting, but proposed amendments shall be presented in writing and read at a meeting at least two weeks previous to any vote taken on such proposed amendment.

Section. 2. Any question not covered by these rules, regulations and by-laws shall be determined in accordance with general Baptist usage.

ARTICLE VIII.
REPEALS

Section. 1. All rules, regulations and by-laws and parts thereof heretofore passed contrary to, or inconsistent with the above rules, regulations and by-laws be, and the same are hereby repealed.

CHURCH COVENANT

Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour, and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, we do now in the presence of God, angels, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.

   We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church, in knowledge, holiness and comfort; to promote its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations.


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   We also engage to maintain family and secret devotion; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment: to avoid all tattling, back-biting and excessive anger; to abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating drinks as a beverage, and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Saviour.

   We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offence, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the rules of our Saviour to secure it without delay.

   We moreover engage, that when we remove from this place 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 Godís word.

CHURCH ORGANIZATION

Pastor- Howard A. Vernon, 126 E. Main St. Local Phone C-325.

Clerk- S.A. Wilkinson
Treasurer- S.A. Drake
Financial Secretary- G.E. Jefferson
Financial Secretary for Benevolence- Wm. Goodhue
Organist- Miss Bessie Kubach

DEACONS
S.D. Morse
Z.R. Wood
G.E. Jefferson
W.R. Bathrick
W.C. Penfield
D.P. Eastman
Henry Stiles
S.A. Wilkinson

TRUSTEES
Will A. Smith T.M. Silcox
Thos. Peat S.A. Drake
G.E. Jefferson


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USHERS
A.J. Heath
Wayne Durling
Alfred Rose
Percy Norman
Clarence Peat

SUNDAY SCHOOL OFFICERS
Superintendent- Wm. McCrillis
First Assistant- S.A. Wilkinson
Second Assistant- Clarence Martin
Secretary-Treasurer- Miss Louise Parry
Pianist- Mrs. A.J. Heath

THE BAPTIST BROTHERHOOD
President- Mr. F.E. Catherman
Vice-President- Mr. G.E. Jefferson
Secretary- Percy Norman
Treasurer- F.J. Snyder

REGULAR APPOINTMENTS
COMMUNION- First Sunday in Jan., March, May, July, Sep., Nov.
COVENANT MEETING- Thursday eve. preceding first Sunday each month.
LADIES MISSIONARY CIRCLE- Second Friday of each month.
LADIESí AID SOCIETY- Meetings held the fourth Friday of every month.
BROTHERHOOD- Fourth Friday evening of each month.
Q.O.A.- First and third Monday evenings.
BOY SCOUTS- First and third Friday evenings.

TIME OF VARIOUS SERVICES

                        Preaching       10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
                        Sunday School 	11:30 a.m.
                        Prayer Meeting	7:30 p.m. Thursday

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