We rejoice with you as you make plans for your Christian wedding. In the Bible, marriage is used as a symbol of God's relationships with God's people and is held in the highest regard. A Christian wedding is not just a ceremony involving people, but a service of worship in which we seek God's blessing and give thanks to God for a couple's new life together. As in all acts of worship, the focus is on Jesus Christ, whose life and love hold all things together. This fact should guide you in the making of plans for this special day.
We take seriously our responsibility to those who are married in our community of faith, and pray that our Lord will bless your marriage and that your new life together will be a reflection of Christ's love. The first step in planning your wedding is to speak with a pastor of CtK. The pastor will want to discuss with you the nature of marriage, as well as the form of the marriage service. At that time, after checking with the church calendar and the pastor's calendar, you can confirm the date and time of the wedding and make the appropriate deposit to secure the date!
In the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, water and God’s promises connect the one who is baptized with the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This sacrament is an outward sign of our salvation and God’s unbreakable promise to us of forgiveness and new life in Jesus Christ. Holy Baptism marks the entrance into the Christian community, the Church, and gathers the community together as children of God joined by their connection to Christ. Baptism is once and for all, and it is for people of any age. The Lutheran church baptizes infants because we believe that baptism is God’s gracious action, not ours.
In the rite of Holy Baptism, the one who is baptized is immersed in a pool of water or water is poured over his or her head as the pastor recites the name of the Triune God, “in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,” as Christ commanded (Matthew 28:19). The pastor lays hands on the head of the newly baptized and prays for the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Other signs that signify a connection to Christ may be given during the rite according to the community’s tradition and history. These may include making the sign of a cross on the forehead, anointing with oil, dressing in a white garment, and lighting a candle.
If you would like to be baptized, or have your child baptized, please contact the church office to arrange conversation with one of the pastors. Please schedule baptisms with the church office before making travel arrangements with family.
After you have contacted the church office, visited with the pastors about your baptism, please print the form below, fill it in and mail or email to the church office.
The death of a loved one is never an easy or simple matter. We are here to help you manage some of the details during your time of grief. We can facilitate a service at our church or in another location. Our pastor will meet with you to arrange the details. We hope to help you through this difficult time, proclaim the promise of resurrection in Jesus Christ, and honor your loved one. Contact the church office to begin the conversation.