In 1620, when our spiritual forebears prepared to leave Europe for the New World, their pastor, John Robinson, sent them off with this historic commission: “God has yet more light and truth to break forth out of his holy Word.”
Congregational churches were founded on the same principles of democracy as our United States of America. Each congregation independently and autonomously runs its own affairs. With their insistence on independent local bodies, Congregational Churches became important in many early social reform movements, including abolitionism, temperance, and women’s suffrage. Drawn together by the Holy Spirit, we are a distinct and diverse community of Christians that come together as one church, joining faith and action. In covenant with the church in all of its settings, we serve God in the co-creation of a just and sustainable world as made manifest in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
In Rangeley Congregational Church, the government of the church is vested in its members. They exercise the right of control in all its affairs, subject in legal matters to federal, state and local laws. The church is subject to the control of no other ecclesiastic body, but maintains its membership in the Living Water Association group of UCC churches, and the Maine Conference of the United Church of Christ.
The Church Council is the executive body of the church, supported by designated boards and committees with distinct responsibilities. All regular Church Council meetings occur on the second Monday of the month in the East Room, at 4:00. All meetings are open to any members of our church community. Following is a list of board chairpersons for July 2019 through June 2020:
The next annual meeting of the Rangeley Congregational Church will be held in mid-July, 2021, to elect board and committee members and approve an annual budget for the July 2020 through June 2021 year.Annual Report 2020
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