Adopted December 18, 2011

Article 1: Name
The name of the congregation shall be: First Lutheran Church of Placerville, California.

Article 2: Purpose
We, as redeemed children of God, acknowledge that it is the will of our Lord Jesus Christ that His disciples should preach
the Gospel to the whole world (Mark 16:15, Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 1:8). That Christ’s mission for His Church might be carried out according to His will, He has commanded that Christians unite in worship
(Hebrews 10:24-25), practice fellowship
with one another (Acts 2:42), witness to all men (Acts 1:8), help each other grow in the Word (Ephesians 4:11-14),
serve the needs of all men in Christian love
(Ephesians 4:7-16, Mark 10:42-44, John 13:35, Galatians 6:10), administer the
Office of the Keys as His Church
(John 20:21-23, Matthew 18:15-20), and maintain decency and order
(I Corinthians 14:40) in His church. In order that we may carry out this mission effectively, we, gathered in this common bond of love, accept this constitution and bylaws, in accordance with which all spiritual and material affairs of our congregation shall be governed.

Article 3: Confessional Standard
This congregation accepts without reservation:

The Scriptures of the Old and New Testament as the inspired, inerrant, infallible and written Word of God and the only rule and norm of faith and practice.
All the Symbolical Books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church as a true and unadulterated statement
and exposition of the Word of God, to wit:

  • The Three Ecumenical Creeds (the Apostolic,
    Nicene, and the Athanasian),
    the Unaltered Augsburg Confession,
    Apology of the Augsburg Confession,
    Smalcald Articles,
    Luther’s Large Catechism,
    Luther’s Small Catechism, 
    Formula of Concord.

Article 4: Synodical Membership
This congregation shall be affiliated with the
Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS)

so long as the confessions of said Synod conforms to the confessional standard set forth in Article 3 of this constitution.
This congregation shall, to the best of its ability, collaborate with said Synod and assist it in effecting
all sound measures intended for the building up of the Kingdom of God.

Article 5: Membership
There shall be three classifications of membership:
baptized, confirmed, and voting.

Article 6: Office of the Pastor and Other Called Workers
Only such candidates shall be called and elected to serve as Pastor(s), or other Called Workers,
who profess acceptance of, and pledge faithful adherence to the confessions of this congregation
as set forth in Article 3 of this constitution and are either ordained or commissioned members
of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.
In the absence of adequate cause for dismissal, as defined in the bylaws, the tenure of office of a called
or elected Pastor or other Called Worker shall be the remainder of his active life, or until the
Lord calls him or her into another field of service.

Article 7: Authority of the Congregation
The congregation shall administer and manage all substantive powers, external and internal, in the church.
This congregation shall be represented by, and administer all of its affairs through the Board of Trustees.
Congregational officers and the Board of Trustees, whether elected or appointed, shall exercise only that authority
delegated to them by the Bylaws of the Congregation.

Article 8: Property Rights
All property of this congregation shall be held in the corporate name as stated in Article 1.
This congregation, through the Voters Assembly, may receive, acquire, hold title to, and manage real and personal property,
and may erect structure(s) thereon, mortgage, sell, or convey such real or personal property or any part thereof.
A two-thirds majority vote of the voters present at Voters Assembly shall be necessary for the purchase or sale of
real property or erection of buildings.


If at any time a separation should take place because of doctrine, the property of the congregation and all benefits
therewith connected shall remain with those members who continue to adhere in confession and practice to Article 3
of this constitution. In the event the congregation should totally disband, all property shall be disposed of by the
final congregational meeting for the payment of debts, and any and all surplus, after due settlement of just claims against the congregation, shall be conveyed to and become the property of the
California-Nevada-Hawaii District of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, or its successor.

Article 9: Unalterable Articles
Articles 3 and 9 of this Constitution are to remain unalterable.

Article 10: Amendments
Proposed amendments to this Constitution shall be made in writing at least 60 days prior to a vote on such amendment.
Proposed amendments shall be announced and distributed to the Congregation. They will be presented to a
Congregational Voters Assembly 30 days prior to action. A two-thirds vote of those present is necessary for passage.
Such amendments shall become effective upon approval by the
California-Nevada- Hawaii District Committee on Constitutional Matters.

Approved June 9, 2012 by the
Calfornia-Nevada-Hawaii District (TLCMS)

Approved March 31, 2019
by the congregation of
First Lutheran Church, Placerville