LIFE CELEBRATIONS:

BAPTISMS, WEDDINGS, FUNERALS

 
 
BAPTISMS
 
Baptism is a gift from God offered to all as a “mark” of faith in Jesus Christ. By water and the Holy Spirit we are made members of the Church, which is the body of Christ. We offer baptism services for infants, children, and adults. To prepare for baptism we ask families or individuals to attend a baptism class which explores the meaning of baptism, helps plan for this event, and answers any questions you might have. The baptism class is typically offered on the 2nd Tuesday of the month. To schedule a baptism please call the church office.
 
Baptisms can be scheduled Saturdays or Sundays except for those days when communion is a part of worship. Communion is included in worship on the 1st and 3rd Sundays and the 2nd, 4th, and 5th Saturdays.
WEDDINGS
 
It is our desire to help make your wedding at First Lutheran Church live in your memory as a very significant, joyful and sacred experience.
 
Step 1:
To schedule a wedding at First  Lutheran, call our Administrative Assistant at 320.762.2196. A deposit of $100.00 is required to reserve the date and time of the wedding on the church calendar.
 
The wedding date is not guaranteed until your deposit is received. In order to schedule a wedding at First Lutheran, a couple must be active members. When you schedule a wedding, you will recieve a wedding form that includes our wedding poicy, check list, and other information.
 
Step 2:
All couples being married through First Lutheran take part in our marriage preparation process. After your date is reserved, you will need to register for and attend a pre-marriage retreat led by a partering group called Life Works. The retreat is a valuable opportunity to develop tools and knowledge to sustain a healthy and loving relationship. The retreat is required and runs Friday evening through Saturday afternoon. It is held at a vairety of times and locations. More information about the retreat is available at www.lovecommitsucceed.com.
 
Step 3:
After attending the retreat, let the church know so you can schedule a time to meet with the pastor officiating the ceremony to plan the ceremony and get to know one another better. There are typically one or two sessions. Pastors determine which weddings they will officiate based on thei schedules.
 
Wedding Package and Cost:
When you decide to be married at First Lutheran Church, you sign a contract that reserves your wedding date and outlines the following fees.
Deposit: $100.00 ($275.00 for offsite weddings)
Honorarium for pastor: $200.00
Honorarium for organist: $150.00
Soloist: $100.00
Custodian: $100.00
 
If you have any quetions, call the church office at 320.762.2196. 
 
FUNERALS
 
The death of a loved one is one of the most difficult things we experience in life. At First Lutheran, we are here to walk with you during those days and weeks surrounding your loss.
 
The funeral or memorial service is first and foremost a time of worship and a celebration of the hope that is ours as believers in Christ.
 
First Lutheran provides a funeral planning packet that we encourage members to prayerfully consider and as a resource as you plan your funeral. Making a plan in advance is a great help for your loved ones and lets them know what your wishes are. The funeral planning packet can be picked up in the church office. 
 
Funeral Arrangements:
The first step when you have experienced the death of a loved one is to contact of of the area funeral homes. 
Anderson’s Funeral Home: 320.763.5900
Lind Family Funeral Home: 320.335.2000
The funeral home will contact the church and work with one of our pastors and our staff to coordinate and plan the service. Often the pastor will meet with the family at the funeral home to begin the planning process.
 
If you have any questions in regards to making a plan, call the church office at 320.762.2196.