The staff and members of St. Andrew Lutheran Church care about you and your well-being, especially during those life passages we all encounter. For information about how to prepare for a baptism, wedding, or memorial service, please see below:
In Baptism, God freely offers his grace and the baptized become members of Christ’s body on earth, the church. Martin Luther wrote in his Small Catechism: “Lutherans believe that, in baptism, a person is born into the Kingdom of God and becomes an heir of salvation. It is the beginning of a life of faith in which each day our human nature should be drowned through daily repentance; and that day after day a new self should arise to live with God in righteousness and purity forever.” While infant baptism is common, people of all ages may be baptized. At St. Andrew, Holy Baptism is most commonly celebrated within the worship service. In this way, all who are gathered are reminded that we are one with Christ and the whole people of God. Although a person is baptized just once, the gift of baptism continues throughout one’s life. If you would like to receive the gift of baptism for yourself or for your child, please contact one of the pastors to schedule a date and to arrange a meeting to help you better understand the place of Holy Baptism in the life of the family and the congregation.
Marriage is a gift from God and is intended for the joy of those who enter it. Through marriage, we are given companionship, the capacity to love and care and nurture each other, and children. Weddings are civil ceremonies with publicly witnessed vows, but for the Christian, the wedding is also a worship ceremony with Christ at its center. A Christian wedding invites partnership with the couple and God and asks for God’s blessing on the marriage. The first step in scheduling a wedding at St. Andrew Lutheran Church is to contact one of the pastors. A wedding date will only be placed on the church calendar at the direction of the pastoral staff. This process is the same for both members and non-members. At the time of this meeting the pastor will schedule meetings to help prepare and plan for the wedding ceremony and to arrange for pre-marital counseling. This counseling may be offered by the pastoral staff or through professional marriage counselors. St. Andrew will provide you with the name of one of its wedding coordinators. The coordinator must be used at all weddings performed at St. Andrew. The coordinator represents St. Andrew during the planning of the ceremony, conducts the rehearsal, and is present on your wedding day to help your day go smoothly. The pastor, the wedding coordinator, and the minister of music will talk with you about the use of music in your wedding service. Musicians from outside the church may be used at the discretion of the minister of music. St. Andrew has prepared a wedding booklet outlining much of the information you will need to prepare for your special day. You will be provided a copy when you meet with your wedding coordinator.
Christian memorial services offer a way to honor the life of the deceased, to grieve and acknowledge our own sorrow, and to commend our loved ones into God’s eternal care. We hear the words of promise in scripture: By his death, our Savior Jesus Christ destroyed the power of death, and by his resurrection opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers. We can be certain that because He lives we shall live also, and that neither death nor life, nor things present nor things to come, shall be able to separate us from that love which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Please call the church office to plan a memorial service. A pastor will be able to respond to your need. St. Andrew will also provide a worship coordinator to assist in the planning of the memorial service that will take place at St. Andrew. The St. Andrew pastors may also preside over services in funeral homes, at the graveside, or in other locations. The pastor, worship coordinator, and minister of music will assist with any planning if music is part of the service. Musicians from outside the church may be used at the discretion of the minister of music.