CONGREGATION Now that you have read about the church and are now a minister and thinking a

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* CONGREGATION Now that you have read about the church and are now a minister and thinking about starting a congregation, we feel we can help you by furnishing you a Congregation Certificate. A Congregation Certificate will give you the official right to declare yourself a Pastor of a Congregation. You can call your congregation any name that you feel would be good for you. For an example, you can call it the Church of the Morning Sun Universal Life Church, or the Church of the Word Universal Life Church or any of hundreds of names you may want. Universal Life Church is like a "family" - our parts can be named any name - but it is all Universal Life. A Church is not a building. It is PEOPLE. We have many congregations in all kinds of places where people want to have a church. You are not required by ULC to have any particular type of meetings. You may carry on in-person meetings, too. You may have meetings like the Catholics or Methodists, or like any other church -- or like NO other church. The requirements of Universal Life Church are that you keep records and report to International Headquarters monthly or quarterly telling us how many people attended your meetings, how much your church received from tithings and offerings and other sources. If you do this, WE declare you are a church. Fill in the Congregation Agreement and a mail it to the Universal Life Church CompuChurch (tm) with your $35 minimum offering. It will be forwarded to the International Headquarters of the Universal Life Church in Modesto California and a beautiful Congregation Certificate will be prepared for you which will state that you have a Church. * THE FIRST AMENDMENT Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. "If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that NO official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion or other matters of opinion or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein. If there ARE any circumstances which permit an exception, they do not now occur to us." Ref: U.S.Supreme Court (1943) West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, 319 US 624. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Universal Life Church Congregation Agreement This agreement is entered into by the Univeral Life Church, International Headquarters, Modesto California, and three persons (whose signatures appear below) of legal age. Responsibilities and advantages of the local church too numerous to detail in this agreement are discussed in the many publications of the Universal Life Church. It is the responsibility of the governing body of the local church to study that literature. The local Church will become active once this agreement is received and properly recorded at ULC International Headquarters in Modesto California. It will remain active only as long as the points of this agreement are kept. Universal Life Church International Board of Directors reserves the right to cancel this agreement if any of the conditions of this agreement are not kept. The Certificate activating the local church will be returned to you along with a file number. Use your file number on all correspondence to International Headquarters. If you should move, please send your old and new addresses and phone numbers immediately so your file can be changed quickly and correctly. Please advise us immediately of any change in officers. The local church is required to file quarterly reports and there is a $5 per month donation to keep the quarterly reports. You should keep a copy of the quarterly reports submitted to International Headquarters. The donation to enter into this agreement is $35. Return this agreement for fowarding to ULC IHQ in Modesto, CA to: Universal Life Church P.O.Box 64575 Baton Rouge, LA 70896-4575. You may make copies for your own use, but please return the original. DATE:_______________________ Street:__________________________ Phone No:_____________________ City:__________________________ State:___________ Zip:__________ 1) The Universal Life Church, both International Headquarters and the local church agree to abide by all the laws of the local, state, and federal governments. 2) This local church will report quarterly to International Headquarters. This quarterly report will include services held, special meetings, attendance, and a treasury report. 3) This local church will have a governing body of at least three people (Pastor, Secretary, & Treasurer) of legal age whose signatures appear below. International Headquarters is to be notified immediately of any change in the governing body or of any change in address. 4) This agreement is subject to cancellation if any points of the agreement are not kept. 5) Each Universal Life Church is a sovereign body within itself responsible for its own financial affairs. NEITHER PARTY TO THIS AGREEMENT IS THE AGENT OF THE OTHER. The Universal Life Church International Headquarters enters into this agreement in consideration of the signatories promise that they will indemnify, save harmless, and defend the Universal Life Church from all liability from damages to persons or property in any suit at law arising out of this agreement. By this agreement the signatories acknowledge that The Universal Life Church, International Headquarters is not responsible for any debts incurred by the local Universal Life Church. Witness_______________________ Pastor________________________ Witness_______________________ Secretary_______________________ Date__________________________ Treasurer_______________________ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- S A M P L E Report of the Treasurer Mill Street Universal Life Church For the year ending December 31, 1989 CASH NON CASH Balance on Hand 1/25/89 (Inception) -0- -0- Receipts Donations - Food Bank Fund 178.00 820.00 Donations - Meetings 451.75 Donations - Other Cash 136.80 ----------------------------------------------------- Total Receipts 766.55 820.00 ------- ------- (TOTAL) 766.55 820.00 ======= ======= Disbursements Advertising & Promotion 5.00 Bank Fees 13.51 Food for Poor 257.04 Office Supplies 40.46 Minister Supplies 143.50 Pastor Travel 50.00 Telephone 79.65 --------------------------------------------------- Total Disbursements 590.42 820.00 Balance on Hand 12/31/89 176.13 820.00 ------- ------- Total 766.55 820.00 ======= ======= --------------------------- Treasurer Signature ------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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