Parish Bylaws

By-Laws of

St. Stephen the First Martyr (OCA)

Crawfordsville, IN

Adopted September 7, 2003

Revised February 4, 2007

PREAMBLE……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 3

ARTICLE I – THE PARISH MEMBERSHIP

Section 1Voting Member……………………………………………………………………………………………………..4

Section 2 Transfer Members………………………………………………………………………………………………….4

Section 3Multiple Parish Membership……………………………………………………………………………………4

Section 4Assessments………………………………………………………………………………………………………….4

Section 5Parish Membership Registration………………………………………………………………………………4

Section 6Exclusion of Voting Membership…………………………………………………………………………….4

ARTICLE II THE PARISH CLERGY

Section 1Vacancy………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..5

Section 2Assignment……………………………………………………………………………………………………………5

Section 3Responsibility………………………………………………………………………………………………………..5

Section 4Compensation………………………………………………………………………………………………………..5

Section 5Additional Clergy………………………………………………………………………………………………….6

ARTICLE III -THE PARISH MEETING

Section 1Meetings……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….7

Section 2 Quorum………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..7

Section 3 Voting…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..7

Section 4 Order of Meetings………………………………………………………………………………………………….8

ARTICLE IV – THE PARISH COUNCIL

Section 1Election……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………9

Section 2Term of Office………………………………………………………………………………………………………….9

Section 3Composition…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….9

Section 4Validation and Confirmation………………………………………………………………………………………9

Section 5Removal from Parish Council…………………………………………………………………………………..10

Section 6Vacancies in Parish Council……………………………………………………………………………………..10

Section 7Parish Council Meetings………………………………………………………………………………………….10

Section 8Officers of the Parish Council…………………………………………………………………………………..11

Section 9Parish Administration………………………………………………………………………………………………12

ARTICLE V – THE PARISH PROPERTY

Section 1Title of Ownership………………………………………………………………………………………………….13

Section 2Real Property………………………………………………………………………………………………………….13

Section 3Special Bequests……………………………………………………………………………………………………..13

Section 4Defection……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….13

Section 5Dissolution…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….13

ARTICLE VI – THE PARISH ORGANIZATIONS

Section 1Organizations…………………………………………………………………………………………………………14

ARTICLE VII – THE PARISH DEPARTMENTS

Section 1Parish Representation………………………………………………………………………………………………15

Section 2Election of Delegates………………………………………………………………………………………………15

ARTICLE VIII – THE AMENDMENTS, REGULATIONS & GENERAL PROVISIONS

Section 1Amendments…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..16

Section 2Procedures……………………………………………………………………………………………………………..16

Section 3Scope of Rights………………………………………………………………………………………………………16

Section 4Text……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….16

Section 5Adoption………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..16

PREAMBLE

The St. Stephen The First Martyr Orthodox Church, located in Crawfordsville, Indiana is a�Parish in the autocephalous Orthodox Church in America, and incorporated as a religious (not-for profit) corporation in the State of Indiana, on July 10, 1992

As the local community of the Church, the Parish exists for the purpose of worshiping God�according to the Holy Scriptures and Tradition of the Holy Orthodox Church, to encourage union�with God among the members of the Parish, to provide religious education and charitable aid for�its members. and to defend and promote the Orthodox Faith in America.

The Parish is part of the Orthodox Church in America, and therefore, its organization and�administration are subject to the Statute of the Orthodox Church in America, adopted by the�Second All-American Council of October 19-21, 1971, and amended by subsequent All-American Councils, and to the decisions of the Diocesan Assemblies of the Diocese of the�Midwest.

The Parish is primarily a spiritual body recognized by the canons and traditions, disciplines and�regulations of the Orthodox Church in America. Its adoption of a civil corporate existence is�done to allow it recognition in the secular world. If a discrepancy exists between the civil�Certificate of Incorporation or civil Bylaws and ecclesiastical canons, traditions, disciplines,�regulations of the then current Statute of the Orthodox Church in America, such discrepancy�shalt be eliminated. Until the Certificate of Incorporation of the Bylaws actually may be�amended, the Parish meanwhile shall be bound to the canons, traditions, discipline, regulations�of the Statute of the Orthodox Church in America with the same force and effect as if the same�were fully recited therein. All other provisions of the Certificate of Incorporation or Bylaws not�in conflict shall remain in effect as written.

The Parish shall be regulated by the following Bylaws which are intended to express the spirit of�the Holy Orthodox Tradition, as interpreted by the Orthodox Church in America, on a practical�level in the life of the Parish as a whole, so that the Parish might fulfill its divinely appointed�mission in a peaceful and orderly way.


ARTICLE I – THE PARISH MEMBERSHIP

Section 1 Voting Member

A voting member of the parish shall fulfill the following requirements,

a) be a Baptized and Chrismated Orthodox Christian, and

b) be at least 18 years of age, and

c) partake of the Sacraments of Private Confession and Communion in one�s home
parish at least once a year, and

d) have been a member of the Parish for a prior consecutive 6 month period, and

e) regularly fulfill such financial obligations as may be established by the Parish.

Section 2 Transfer Members

A person who was a �voting member� in another Parish of the Orthodox Church in America
and who has transferred into another Parish, in accordance with the authorized transfer form
(Appendix A), shall have full �voting member� status.

Section 3 Multiple Parish Membership

Voting membership in two or more parishes of the Orthodox Church in America is not
permitted.

Section 4 Assessments

Each year the Parish shalt remit to the Diocesan Treasurer its financial obligation to the
Diocese and to the Orthodox Church in America as stipulated by the Diocesan Assemblies
and the All-American Councils.

Section 5 Parish Membership Registration

The Parish, through its Council and Secretary, is responsible for submitting annually the
census and membership information to the office of the Diocesan Bishop, in accordance with
the form as determined in current Diocesan Directives.

Section 6 Exclusion of Voting Membership

The Parish Council together with the Rector shall, within its jurisdiction, initiate action to
remove from voting membership that person who:

a) directly or indirectly defies the Dogma or Canons of the Orthodox Church; or

b) directly or indirectly obstructs those decisions rendered by the majority of the Parish
or the Diocesan Bishop; or

c) directly or indirectly causes such disruption so as to affect adversely the spiritual life
of the Parish.

Action to remove rights of voting membership shall be referred to higher Diocesan authority
in the manner set forth in the current Diocesan Directives.

ARTICLE II – THE PARISH CLERGY

Section 1 Vacancy

Upon the death, retirement, or transfer of the Rector, the vacancy in office may be filled on a
temporary basis by the Diocesan Bishop until the office is filled on a permanent basis.

Section 2 Assignment

The Rector is assigned, transferred or removed by the Diocesan Bishop by virtue of the
authority of his office and in accordance with the Canons, ecclesiastical procedure and the
needs of the Parish and of the Diocese. The Rector cannot be removed or leave his
assignment without the specific permission of the Diocesan Bishop. The Parish shall be
responsible for the support and welfare of its Rector until such time as he is removed from
his position by the Diocesan Bishop.

Section 3 Responsibility

The Rector of the Parish shall:

a) serve the liturgical and sacramental needs according to the order of the Typikon of
the Orthodox Church in America;

b) instruct members of the Parish in the tenets of the Orthodox Faith and piety;

c) implement and be responsible for the religious education of the Parish and stimulate
church growth;

d) strive to raise the level of spirituality and morality of the members of the Parish;

e) preside at all Parish Meetings;

f) keep the Parish records of baptisms, chrismations, receptions into the faith,
marriages, and burials; issue copies of the same, and report the statistics annually to
the Diocesan Bishop;

g) report as may be required by law to civil authority marriages performed;

h) be the intermediary between the Parish and the Dean and the Diocesan Bishop;

i) keep the church seal;

j) be responsible for the well being of the Parish;

k) implement the decisions of the All-American Councils, of the Diocesan Assemblies,
of the Diocesan Bishop, of the District Dean, of the Annual and Special Meetings of
the Parish, and of the Parish Council;

l) check and sign the Minutes of the Annual and Special Meetings of the Parish and of
the Parish Council meetings;

m) be responsible for the supervision of additional clergy who are appointed or assigned
by the Diocesan Bishop;

n) be an ex officio member of all Committees and of the Parish Council.

Section 4 Compensation

The Rector must be compensated by the Parish, the amount and terms of such compensation
shall be determined prior to the time of his assignment and upon mutual agreement of the
parish and the Rector.

Section 5 Additional Clergy

Additional clergy as appointed by the Diocesan Bishop shall assist the Rector. The
provisions of Article II, Sections 1, 2 and 4, shall be applicable to them. In addition to the
general pastoral duties, such additional clergy shall be responsible for those specific duties in
the assignment in concurrence with the Rector and Parish Council as approved by the
Diocesan Bishop.

ARTICLE III – THE PARISH MEETING

Section 1 Meetings

a) Annual Meeting: An annual meeting of the voting members of the Parish shall be held on
the 4th Sunday in the 1st month of every year (following the celebration of the Divine
Liturgy) for the purpose of electing members of the Parish Council and for the
transaction of such other business as may come before the Meeting. Should
circumstances preclude having the annual Parish Meeting at its regularly appointed time,
then an alternate date agreed upon by the Rector and the Parish Council can be selected.

b) Special Meetings: Special Meetings of the voting members of the Parish may be called
by the Rector, the Parish Council, the Diocesan Bishop or his designee, or by not less
than 10% of the voting members of the Parish. When 10% of the members of the
congregation shall call a Meeting, they shall file with the President of the Parish Council
at least 3 weeks prior to the date of said Meeting a written request signed by them stating
the object of such Meeting. Arrangements shall then be made for notice to be given as
per subsection d) hereof.

c) Place of Meeting: The Annual Meeting and any Special Parish Meeting shall be held on
the Parish premises.

d) Notice of Meetings: Notice of the Annual and any Special Parish Meeting shall be given
by the Rector from the ambo at the Divine Liturgy on three (3) consecutive Sundays prior
to the Meeting and published in the Church bulletin (and written notice shall be mailed or
otherwise delivered to all voting members not later than eight (8) days prior to the date of
the Meeting). The agenda of any Meeting shall be included in the notice. In the case of
Special Meetings, or when the Annual Meeting shall have as part of its agenda capital
expenditures, the purchase, sale, mortgage, lease or encumbrance of real property of the
Parish, or the amendment of these Bylaws, the notice shall specify the matter or matters
to be acted upon at said Meeting.

Section 2 Quorum

The quorum for all Parish Meetings shall be 20% of voting members enrolled at the end of
the calendar year preceding the date of the Meeting. In the absence of a quorum at the
Annual Parish Meeting, that Meeting may be adjourned to a time determined by the majority
of voting members present at that Meeting. (At the Adjourned Meeting those in attendance
shall constitute a quorum at that Meeting.) These provisions for an Adjourned Meeting shall
not apply either to any Special Meeting or to any subject matter at an Annual Meeting
pertaining to the amendment of these Bylaws or the acquisition or alienation of Parish
property or capital expenditures. In those instances the quorum requirements outlined in this
Section must be applied.

Section 3 Voting

a) A simple majority vote by those voting members shall determine the decision of any
Parish Meeting except as provided in subparagraph b) below, and in Article V. Section 2,
and in Article VIII, Section 1 concerning amendments to these Bylaws.

b) A two-thirds (2/3) vote of the voting members present shall be required in connection
with any capital expenditures, including the purchase, sale, mortgage or lease of Parish
property, but in no event may such expenditure be made with the approval of less than
51% of all voting members of the Parish

Section 4 Order of Meetings

a) Officers of the Parish Meeting

1) The Rector is the Chairman and presiding officer at the Parish Meeting unless the
Rector designates a substitute chairman.

2) A Secretary, who may be the Secretary of the Parish Council or a person elected at
the Parish Meeting, shall record the Minutes of the Parish Meeting.

b) The Agenda of the Annual Meeting

1.) Opening Prayer

2.) Determination of a Quorum

3.) Minutes of Previous Meeting

4.) Reports

5.) Financial Statement and Auditor�s Report

6.) Adoption of Parish Budget

7.) Election of the Parish Council, Auditing Committee, and representatives (to the
Diocesan Assembly and) to the All-American Council

8.) Unfinished Business

9.) New Business

10.) Adjournment

11.) Closing Prayer

c) The Agenda of the Special Meeting

1) Opening Prayer

2) Determination of a Quorum

3) Statement of Purpose of Meeting

4) Resolutions

5) Adjournment

6) Closing Prayer

d) Record of a Parish Meeting

Two copies of the Minutes of a Parish Meeting, Annual or Special, signed by the
Secretary of the Meeting and the Rector, including financial data and attached reports, if
any, shall be sent to the Diocesan Bishop with an additional copy to the District Dean
within no more than twenty-one (21) days of such Meeting.

1) In case of disagreement with one or several decisions of a Parish Meeting, a
statement of dissent may be submitted in writing by the Rector, the Parish
Council, or ten percent (10%) of the voting members present at a Parish Meeting,
and attached to the Minutes.

2) After review of the Parish Meeting Minutes the Diocesan Bishop shall approve or
disapprove the decisions and resolutions, including elections, in those Minutes. If
approved, those decisions and resolutions, including elections, shall become
effective as of the date of approval by the Diocesan Bishop. If disapproved, those
decisions and resolutions, including elections, shall be remanded back to the
Parish for correction or amendment. No decisions or action of a Parish Meeting
shall become effective until approved in writing by the Diocesan Bishop.

ARTICLE IV – THE PARISH COUNCIL

Section 1 Election

a) The Parish Council shall function as the Board of Trustees and shall be composed of the
Rector, ex officio with vote, and 6 elected members.

b) The election of members of the Parish Council shall take place at the regular Parish
Meeting on an annual basis.

c) Eligibility of Elected Members

Voting members of the Parish are eligible for election to the Parish Council with the
following exceptions:

1) Any full-time employee of the Parish is not eligible to serve on the Parish Council.

2) Effective beginning in 2010, only one member of an immediate family living within a
household, including the Rector�s household, is eligible to serve at the same time as a
member of the Parish Council.

Section 2 Term of Office

a) The term of office for members of the Parish Council shall be one year.

b) The term of office of the elected officers, as defined in Section 8, shall be one year.

c) Notwithstanding any provisions contained in this Section under a) and b), all officers and
members of the Parish Council shall hold office until their successors are duly elected,
and validated by the Rector.

d) Effective beginning in 2008, no member of the Parish Council may serve more than 3
consecutive years.

Section 3 Composition

a) The officers of the Parish Council shall consist of at least the President, Vice-President,
Secretary, and Treasurer. Additional officers may be elected if deemed necessary by the
Parish Meeting.

b) The Annual Parish Meeting shall elect Parish Council officers, and then the open balance
of the members of the Parish Council to be elected at the meeting.

Section 4 Validation and Confirmation

a) The Secretary of the Annual Parish Meeting shall attest by signature to the election of the
Parish Council, and supply the data and list of officers and members of the Parish
Council on the �Confirmation of Parish Council� form.

b) The Rector shall validate the �Confirmation of Parish Council� form by affixing the
Parish Seal and his signature and shall forward the form to the Diocesan Bishop.

c) Upon validation of the election of the Parish Council by the Rector the Parish Council
members begin their term of office. Incumbents shall hold office until the Rector
validates the �Confirmation of Parish Council� form for the newly elected officers and/or
members.

Section 5 Removal from Parish Council

a) All Parish Council members must continue to fulfill the qualifications for membership in
the Parish Council during their entire tenure of office. Failure to retain membership as
described in Article I and Article IV, Section 1 d), will bring automatic dismissal from
the Council.

b) All Parish Council members are expected to attend all Council Meetings during their
tenure of office. The unexcused absence of any Council member for three (3) consecutive
meetings will render him subject to dismissal by the Parish Council.

c) The Parish Council initiates all dismissal procedures. However, the Diocesan Bishop
through the District Dean may intervene in cases in which a Council member becomes
subject to dismissal for causes stated in a) or b) of this Section 5.

Section 6 Vacancies in Parish Council

Any vacancy which occurs shall be filled by the Parish Council by electing a successor
therefor with confirmation by the Rector, for the remainder of the vacated term. [to be used
with Article IV, Section 1 b]

Section 7 Parish Council Meetings

a) Day, Time and Place

The Parish Council shall establish regular times for its monthly meetings, to be held on
the Parish premises.

b) Chairman

While the Rector is the head of the Parish, he does not have to be Chairman. A lay
member of the Parish Council may be Chairman.

c) Agenda

The Parish Council shall conduct its business from a pre-established agenda.

d) Quorum

A simple majority of the Parish Council shall constitute a quorum.

e) Voting

A majority vote of those members in attendance can decide issues brought before the
Parish Council.

f) Implementation of Decisions

All decisions of the Council must be submitted to the Rector for confirmation before
becoming effective.

g) Minutes

The Minutes of the Parish Council meetings shall be signed by the Secretary and the
Rector. The original of the Minutes is the property of the Parish and becomes part of
the Parish Archives.

h) Open Meetings

Parish Council meetings are open for attendance to all members of the Parish. An open
forum may be held, at which time a member of the Parish, recognized by the Chair,
may speak on an issue. However, only members of the parish Council may make a
formal resolution or vote on any issue.

i)Closed Meetings

At its discretion the Parish Council may hold a Closed Meeting, i.e. one that is
restricted to Council members and accordingly noted in the Minutes.

In the event that a matter is brought before the agenda of the Parish Council, which in the
opinion of the Rector is in violation of the Canon Law of the Orthodox Church, The Statute
of the Orthodox Church in America, or the Diocesan Directives, including, but not limited to
matters of

1) Doctrine, or

2) Canon Law, or

3) Liturgical practice, or

4) sacramental observance, or

5) ecclesiastical discipline,

the Rector has the right to veto both discussion and vote on said matter within the Parish
Council. Any appeals from this decision shall be handled as provided in Article IV, Section 9
(c).

Section 8 Officers of the Parish Council

a)President

The President shall:

1)be an ex officio member of all Standing Committees; and

2)represent the Council on all appropriate occasions.

b) Vice-President

The Vice-President shall:

1)act in the place of the President during the latter�s absence;

2)automatically succeed to the office of President in the event of its vacancy and

3) perform such other duties as may be imposed by law, by the Articles of
incorporation, or by these Bylaws, or as may be prescribed from time to time by the
Parish Council.

c)Secretary

The Secretary shall:

1)keep an accurate record of the transactions of all meetings of the Parish Council;

2) be responsible for posting notice of all Meetings of the Parish and of the Parish
Council;

3) maintain a membership list of the Parish which shall contain the address and voting
qualifications of each member, and shall record therein the fact and date of
termination, if any, of the membership of any such member;

4) submit to the Diocesan Bishop and the District Dean copies of all appropriate
reports, lists and Minutes; and

5) perform such other duties as may be imposed by law, by the Articles of
Incorporation, or by these Bylaws, or as may be prescribed from time to time by the
Parish Council.

d)Treasurer

The Treasurer shall:

1) receive and safely keep all money and securities of the Parish and shall invest and
disburse the same under the direction of the Parish Council;

2) render a statement at the Annual Parish Meeting and at such other times as may be
requested by the Parish Council. The annual statement shall be audited and
certified;

3) keep a complete account of the finances of the Parish which shall be and remain the
property of the Parish and which shall be open for Inspection at any reasonable time
by the Parish Council;

4) prepare all appropriate financial reports and statements which are to be submitted
by the Secretary to the Diocesan Bishop and District Dean; and

5) perform such other duties as may be imposed by law, by the Articles of
Incorporation, or by these Bylaws, or as may from time to time be prescribed by the
Parish Council.

Section 9 Parish Administration

a) The Rector as head of the Parish, by virtue of the ecclesiastical authority vested in him,
shall guide and oversee the total Parish program, and is ultimately responsible with the
Parish Council to the Bishop for the life and activity of the Parish.

b) Each Parish shall be administered by the Rector and the Parish Council cooperatively.

c) If a problem should arise between a Rector and the Parish Council, the matter shall not be
brought before the Parish at a Parish Meeting. The Rector or the Parish Council shall
have the right to refer the matter to the District Dean according to the then current
�Deanery Guideline�. However, in matters of appeal the decision of the Diocesan Bishop
shall be deemed final.

ARTICLE V – THE PARISH PROPERTY

Section 1 Title of Ownership

The Parish or Parish corporation is the sole owner of all Parish property, assets, and funds,
subject to the following Sections of this Article and the Statutes and provisions of the
Orthodox Church in America.

Section 2 Real Property

The Parish may purchase real property, or sell, mortgage, lease or otherwise encumber its
real property upon approval of a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the voting members of the
Parish in attendance at the Annual Parish Meeting or a Special Meeting convened for that
purpose, at which a quorum is present, due notice having been given, on a resolution
presented by the Parish Council and Rector, and subject to final approval of the Diocesan
Bishop. However, in no event may such action be taken with the approval of less than 51%
of all voting members of the Parish.

Section 3 Special Bequests

As far as possible all special bequests, gifts and devises should be used by the Parish for the
purpose for which they were made. In the event the purpose of such gift, devise, or bequest is
not feasible or practical, as so determined by the Parish Council and Rector, an alternate use
may be determined by the Parish Council and Rector upon consultation with the donor or the
estate representative.

Section 4 Defection

The Parish is an integral part of the Orthodox Church in America, therefore in the event the
Parish were to decide to withdraw from the jurisdiction of the Orthodox Church in America,
the Orthodox Church in America shall be entitled to full title to all the Parish assets and
property. In the event that a group in a Parish decides to withdraw from the jurisdiction of
the Orthodox Church in America, that segment of the Parish which remains loyal to the
jurisdiction of the Orthodox Church in America shall retain full title to all the Parish assets
and property.

Section 5 Dissolution

A Parish may be dissolved by the decision of the Parish Council subject to the ratification of
the decision to dissolve by the Diocesan Bishop. Only the Diocesan Bishop shall have the
power to declare the Parish dissolved. Upon the dissolution of a Parish, the sacred and
untouchable items, such as the Holy Antimension, the Tabernacle and the Sacred Vessels,
shall be delivered directly to the Diocesan Bishop. After all encumbrances have been
satisfied, all the remaining property, whether real, personal or mixed, or the proceeds from
the sale thereof, shall be distributed by the District Dean, subject to the approval of the
Diocesan Bishop, to institutions or charities of the Orthodox Church in America, preferably
within the state of incorporation, or within the local Deanery.

ARTICLE VI – THE PARISH ORGANIZATIONS

Section 1 Organizations

a) From time to time individually affiliated Parish Organizations may be established or
recognized by the Parish for specific purposes deemed compatible with Parish life. Such
Organizations shall have the approval of, and are accountable to the Parish Council and
Rector. The Bylaws of such Organizations shall be consistent with these Bylaws, the
regulations of the Parish, the directives of the Diocesan Bishop, and the Statute of the
Orthodox Church in America. Such Organizations shall make an annual report of
activities and accountability, and shall make an annual financial statement available to
the Parish Council. This section shall not apply to any chapters of a nationally affiliated
organization, unless that chapter so provides in its own Bylaws.

b) In the event that any such Organization is dissolved, its assets shall be turned over to the
Parish.

c) In the event that the Parish is dissolved, the Organizations which were subsidiaries of that
Parish likewise shall be dissolved, with all of those Organizations� assets to be disposed
pursuant to Article V, Section 5 of these Bylaws.

ARTICLE VII – THE PARISH DEPARTMENTS

Section 1 Parish Representation

Each parish, through its Rector and Parish Council, shall assign persons to be representatives
within the Parish for the Departments of the Deanery established by the Diocese.

Section 2 Election of Delegates

The election of Department delegates to the All-American Council and the Diocesan
Assembly will be subject to the appropriate provisions of the Statute of the Orthodox Church
in America.

ARTICLE VIII – THE AMENDMENTS, REGULATIONS AND
GENERAL PROVISIONS

Section 1 Amendments

These Parish Bylaws may be altered or amended by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the
voting members of the Parish in attendance at the Annual Parish Meeting at which a quorum
is present or a Special Meeting convened for that purpose at which a quorum is present,
provided that timely written notice is given to the membership specifying the proposed
addition, change or amendment. All amendments, changes or additions so proposed shall not
take effect unless approved by the Diocesan Bishop.

Section 2 Procedures

For matters not covered by these Bylaws the Parish may enact procedures and regulations to
meet the need of a particular situation in the Parish. Such additional procedures and
regulations must be presented to the Diocesan Bishop for his approval before they
become effective.

Section 3 Scope of Rights

Notwithstanding any provisions contained herein or any provisions that might be assumed
from the civil law concerning not-for-profit or religious corporations, nothing in these
Bylaws shall be deemed to have granted any individual parishioners or group of parishioners
any rights, as members of the present corporation, that are in conflict with, or at variance
with, or superior to those recognized in the Statute of the Orthodox Church In America.

Section 4 Text

a) For all purposes the English text of these Bylaws shall be deemed to be the official text.

b) In these Bylaws the word �Diocese� shall refer to the Diocese of the Midwest of the
Orthodox Church In America, and the words �Diocesan Bishop� and �Diocesan
Authority� shall refer to the Bishop of the Diocese of the Midwest and those persons or
groups duly appointed by him for the governance of the Diocese, respectively.

c) In the appropriate context the singular use of a word may refer to the plural, and the
masculine may refer to the feminine.

Section 5 Adoption

These Bylaws were accepted at a Parish Meeting held on the 7th day of September, 2003, at
which the appropriate quorum was present, the Parish members having been duly notified,
and have become effective on the _______day of ______________, 2003, by the approval of
the Diocesan Bishop. They revoke, supplant and replace any and all Parish Bylaws, whether
corporate or not, previously in use.