We are a welcoming and caring Christian community whose purpose is to share the love of God for all those needing food for body and soul.
Christian Baptism is required of all members of Bern Reformed United Church of Christ. The UCC believes that if you have been baptized, no matter in which denomination, one baptism is sufficient.
Confirmation is a period of instruction in the fundamentals of the Christian faith for youth twelve years of age or older.
Adults receive instruction based on the needs of the individual, and are received into the church through letter of transfer or by profession of faith.
During the May Consitory meeting, the pressing issue of Pastoral leadership was discussed. Spiritual Council will interview interim pastors.
Specific Skills Desired by Church:
parish self-appraisal, strategic planning, lay leadership empowerment, evangelism/church growth.
During further discussion, the possibility of taking on the responsibility of leading our own search was suggested. (if we didn’t go through the UCC) absorbing the responsibilities of the council; background checks, etc. Other sources will be investigated. There was a lengthy conversation about differences in membership regarding open and affirming, versus not being open to the topic of gay marriage here at this church-some might be uncomfortable with that and others not so much. We may need to get some congregational direction before the next search process and a search committee unanimous vote is not something that would likely be required or supported moving forward as that made the process last time much more difficult. It is the desire by Consistory members that we be able to work through or rise above our differences to focus on our church mission.
The next meeting for Consistory is scheduled for June 13, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.