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UNITED METHODIST MEN (UMM)
FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH of BELLA VISTA

BY-LAWS

Adopted July 9, 2014
Amended December 9, 2015

 

 

Article I. ORDER OF BUSINESS

The Order of Business for the UMM shall be conducted in an orderly and business-like manner according to the Constitution and By-Laws. Any question not covered by the By-Laws shall be decided in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order. Any questions not covered by the By-Laws shall be referred to the Executive Committee who will bring back to the full body a recommendation for addressing the specific concern.

Article II. DUTIES OF OFFICERS

  1. President: The President shall be the presiding officer of the UMM and shall preside at the annual, regular and special meetings of the UMM and the Executive Committee. He shall have general oversight over the work of the UMM. He shall be an ex-officio member of all committees and task forces, except the Nominating Committee. He shall be familiar with the work of the General Commission on United Methodist Men and that of the District President and Conference President. He shall be a member of the Church Council. The President is elected for a two year term.
  2. Vice President: The Vice President shall assist the President, accept assignments made to him, preside in the absence of the President and assume full responsibility for that office. He shall succeed the President and is elected for a two year term.
  3. Secretary: The Secretary shall be responsible for keeping the minutes and all records of all meetings of the UMM and the Executive Committee. The Secretary shall be responsible for keeping records suitable for historical filing.
  4. Treasurer: The Treasurer shall collect and disburse all funds. Adequate records shall be kept and a report made at all meetings of the UMM and the Executive Committee. Requests for disbursements of funds not approved in the budget shall be made by the President, Executive Committee or the UMM.

Article III. COMMITTEES

  1. Executive Committee: The Executive Committee makes plans for the UMM and evaluates the same. It transacts interim business. However, all transactions must be approved by the UMM at its next regular or special meeting. The Executive Committee shall meet at the call of the President or as often as it deems necessary. Members of the Executive Committee are defined in Article VIII of the Constitution.
  2. Nominating Committee: The Nominating Committee shall be secured by the Past President in time to recommend a slate for the annual meeting. The Nominating Committee shall consist of at least three members. The Nominating Committee shall present its slate of officers at the annual meeting. Additional nominations may be made from the floor.
  3. Activity Committees: The Activity Committees are Pancake Breakfast, Ladies Night Out and Golf.
  4. Additional Committees: The President shall appoint additional committees in order to carry out the purpose and objectives of the UMM.

Article IV. MEETINGS

  1. Regular meetings of the UMM shall be held on the second Wednesday of the month at a place and time to be determined by the President. When the second Wednesday conflicts with other Church events the meeting may be moved to a more appropriate date.
  2. The meeting held during the month of November shall be designated as the annual meeting and the election of officers shall take place every other year beginning in 2016. Officers elected at this meeting shall assume their duties on the first day of the next calendar year.
  3. Additional meetings of the UMM may be called by the President or in his absence the Vice President, or by a majority vote of the Executive Committee.

Article V. VOTING PROCEDURES

Voting on all matters at all regular and special meetings shall be by voice vote, show of hands or by standing unless otherwise ordered by vote of the UMM. The election of officers may be by secret ballot if requested by the Executive Committee or requested by vote from the members present.

Article VI. VACANCY

When a vacancy occurs in an office or a committee, the vacancy shall be filled by the President in consultation with the Executive Committee.

Article VII. BY-LAWS

The By-Laws may be amended at any annual, regular, or special meeting of the UMM by a two-thirds majority of all the members present and voting, provided the notice of such proposed amendment or amendments have been given 10 days in advance of the meeting.

Article VIII. ADOPTION

These By-Laws were adopted in compliance with Article XIII of the Constitution on July 9, 2014 and are effective as of that date.

 

Friday, January 1, 2016

A New Year’s Prayer for Spiritual Revival
Bishop Gary Mueller

Lord,
It’s a new year. A fresh beginning. A chance to start again.
Of course, we say the same thing almost every year and we too quickly seem to end up right back where we were almost every year. Which is why we need to start getting honest. Even if it means we see the truth about ourselves. Like the fact that we’re too busy making life about us and not about You.
And even if it means we see the truth about our church. Like the gut-wrenching reality that we grow smaller and older, struggle to reach the young, and fail to see lives, communities and the world transformed by the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
We are sorry, Lord. Truly sorry, Lord. Eternally sorry, Lord.
Speak the truth to us until we understand we are in a spiritual crisis because we don’t allow Jesus to be our Savior and Lord – as individuals or the church.
Help us get serious about spiritual revival rooted in Jesus’ unconditional, transformational and invitational love. Help us pray for it. Help us look for it. Help us celebrate it. And, most of all, help us be consumed by it.
Empower us to keep seeking Your way when we are tempted to shy away because spiritual revival has too many negative connotations for too many people, when we try to engineer it instead of receiving it as a gift from the Holy Spirit, and are lured into using it as a way of saving our churches instead of becoming Your church.
Come, Holy Spirit, come. Send the fire of spiritual revival. Bring us together as the living Body of Christ in a world that is so deeply broken. Grow us into a movement that welcomes all who long to be Christ-followers. Enable us to make disciples of Jesus Christ, who make disciples equipped to transform lives, communities and the world.
We pray this boldly in the name of Jesus, our Savior, Lord, Brother and Friend. Amen

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Saturday, January 2, 2016

Come, Holy Spirit. I yield my life to you in this moment that I might breathe in your saving love and exhale grace into the world. Today let my life be a testimony to the love that I have received through Christ, so revival might be sparked by my words and deeds. Lead me to the places and people You want to bless, I am ready to be your witness in the world. Come Holy Spirit, so I will be able to go in your name. Amen.

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Sunday, January 3, 2016

Gracious God, forgive me when I substitute church busyness for spending time with you and you alone.
Forgive me when it is my insecurities about achievement that drive me to do ministry instead of a genuine desire to serve you and your people. Forgive me when I seek the approval of others instead of allowing your perfect love to drive out all my fears of faithfully following you.
Through all the self-improvements of diet and exercise and time management which I have attempted multiple times, I realize that what I really need is not more self – I’ve got plenty of that – I need You. Please help me to ignore the distractions of life and competing with others so that I can enjoy your presence in my life and let that be more than enough for my life of faith in You.
Guide me to do what I need to do and be what I need to be in order to allow your Spirit to permeate my life. For the sake of Christ, I pray. Amen.

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