Public Forum on Affiliation Options to be held Sept. 30
Our church will hold a "Public Forum on Affiliation Issues & Options" on Sunday,
September 30 at 11:15 am in the Fellowship Hall led by the Elders of the
Church. The entire congregation is invited to attend to ask questions, provide
feedback, and offer suggestions to the Elders as they begin the search for a
future affiliation for Scotland UCC.

How to prepare for this meeting?

1. Research all of the affiliation options listed below. Links to each denomination
or association website are provided.
2. Pray about each option. Where is the Lord leading us? This is Christ's
Church. The Holy Spirit will provide us with guidance for our future direction if we
let Him.
3. List strengths and weaknesses for each affiliation option, along with any
questions or concerns that you want to raise about the affiliation options in the
Public Forum.
4.Attend the September 30 Public Forum. Come with an open mind. Listen with
attentive ears of what others have to say. Let the Holy Spirit have the space to
provide wisdom for discernment and consensus. Remember we are seeking
Christ's direction, and not our will be done, for the future and ministry of Christ's
holy Church here in Scotland, SD.

Affiliation options:

Reformed Church in the United States |

(The founding meeting of this denomination was held at one of our founding
churches, Bethany Reformed Church here in Scotland, SD on June 7, 1911. Our
church was affiliated with this group under the pastorates of Rev. Henry Treick,
Rev. Gustave Zenk, and Rev. Ulrich Zogg until the mid 1940's.) Zion Reformed
Church in Menno, SD is an affiliated member church today.)

Evangelical Association of Reformed & Congregational Christian Churches |

(Our church sought help from this association of former UCC churches to find a
pastor 7 years ago. This is the only affiliation option on the list that provides
resources for the German Congregational heritage. 98% of the churches are
former UCC congregations. Friedens Reformed Church in Tripp, SD is a
member church.)

Conservative Congregational Christian Conference |

(This denomination was originally founded by English Congregational Churches.
Salem Reformed Church, Menno, SD and Parkston Congregational Church,
Parkston, SD have joined this denomination in recent years.)

Other possible Affiliation options related to our heritage:

Christian Reformed Church |

Evangelical Free Church in America |

United Reformed Churches in North America |

Reformed Church in America |