Baptism

God is all about family, and baptism is a perfect example.  In baptism God adopts us into His family. In baptism we are assigned to Christ and tethered to Christ's life through faith in His life and promise.  We belong to Jesus.  We share in His history, as He exchanged His righteousness for our sinfulness and then paid the full price.  We share in His future, as we look forward to His return, and to the resurrection to eternal life He promises all believers.   And we live in this reality, as part of God's family here on Earth, entrusted with the family business.  Baptism is the beginning of our new life in Christ together, which will continue forever. 

Baptism is nothing other than water connected to Christ's promise used as He directed.  It is God's work in us, and not merely a reflection of the faith He has already worked in us.  Since faith takes hold of the promises of God, parents who are baptized followers of Jesus are encouraged to bring their children to be baptized.   Parents promise to raise their child in a home centered on Christ, and teach their children to follow Jesus with them.  The church promises to support parents and children as we all follow Jesus together.  Adults typically receive in the basics of the faith before being baptized.

There is no more tangible and certain way to be connected to life in Jesus than through baptism.  If you are considering baptism, for yourself or your child, we would be honored to walk with you through the preparation and to schedule a time to share in that blessing with you.

To schedule a baptism please contact our Office Manager, Jess Bohrer at 608-271-2811 x 0.

Weddings

Congratulations on this exciting time in your life. We'd like to help you in the planning of your special day. Below is a checklist and links to help you reserve the church, schedule premarital counseling and line up a wedding coordinator and other service providers.

  • Reserve the church as soon as possible, we recommend doing this before reserving the reception hall. You can check on availability of the Church building and Pastor by filling out a date request form online.
  • Download our Wedding Policy and Agreement booket. You will find helpful information and check lists here.
  • Print and fill out the Wedding Information Form and mail back to the church office. This must be done in order to secure your wedding date.
  • After the date for your ceremony is confirmed a Wedding Coordinator will contact you.
  • Contact Lutheran Counseling and Family Services to sign up for the next pre-marital counseling workshop.
  • After completing the pre-marriage seminar and set up a time to meet with the Pastor officiating your service.
  • Contact and reserve musicians and soloists, meet to choose musical selections.
  • Acquire Marriage License from County Courthouse.
  • Stop by the Church office to pay fees due.

Pre-Marital Counseling

If you are considering marriage or have been married for years. It's never too early or too late to explore tools that can help you build a vibrant, strong, and satisfying marriage that will last a lifetime. Pre-Marriage classes and post-marriage counseling are important preparation for a lifetime commitment.  

The Life of Your Marriage is facilitated by clinically trained Christian therapist Lisa Hecht, LCSW of Lutheran Counseling and Family Services (LCFS).

Topics includ the essential elements of a great marriage:

  • What a wife needs and what a husband needs
  • Divorce-proof your marriage (research based)
  • How to communicate, listen, and keep it positive
  • Blending two separate lives into one (money, parents, holidays, etc.)
  • Capturing the beauty of differences in a marriage

Cost:  $240 per couple/ $100 for returning couples. If cost for the seminar is a concern, please speak with your pastor or members of your family about possible financial help.

Contact Lisa Hecht for questions or more details about the upcoming Spring 2018 classes, 608-516-5598.

Funerals

I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.  -Jesus (John 11:25-26)

Followers of Jesus recognize the inevitability of death, and the Gospel of Jesus powerfully addresses the reality and experience of death. Jesus-followers affirm with confidence Christ's victory over death and the grave and we proclaim that death cannot separate human beings from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus. Such is the faith by which Christians live and in which Christians die.

The belief in the resurrection from the dead is not a belief, which denies the reality of death or suggests that persons have within them some form of immortality. Rather, it is a belief that God's love and power are greater than the power of death, so that though we die and cease to exist, we are given new life, a new existence in God's eternity. All this, Christians affirm because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 

Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. Romans 6:3-5

Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.  Romans 6:8-10

The Christian community has special responsibilities toward persons who are dying and toward those who are bereaved. Persons who are confronted with imminent death should not be isolated from Christian community nor should members of the community try to convince them that they are not dying. Instead they should be supported with love, and affirmed as persons loved and forgiven by God.

  • Funeral Services will be held for members of the church and their immediate families (spouse, parents, children, or siblings).
  • Funeral Services for non-members will be at the discretion of the Church Leadership.

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR LOVED ONE DIES

  1. Contact other family members and close friends.
     
  2. Contact the Church office at 608-271-2811.  If after hours, either leave a message on the voice mail or contact one of our pastors on their cell phone.
    Pastor Jeff Meyer (608) 332-0580
    Pastor Matt Wipperman (608) 444-5660
    Pastor Mike Peters (608) 212-7412
     
  3. Notify employer of the deceased and your own employer.
     
  4. If children are in school, notify the school.
     
  5. Choose a funeral home. If you do not have a funeral home in mind, you can find one in your area at http://www.funeralnet.com

Upon the death of a loved one, our pastors desire to know of those who need comfort and counsel as they face death. By being involved early in situations of death or impending death, the pastor can help with the necessary decisions regarding service arrangements, as well as caring for the spiritual needs of those involved.

It is expected that primary arrangements will be made with one of the Church's pastors.  Please do not schedule a service without first checking the availability of the pastor you desire to officiate.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.  –Jesus  (Matthew 5:4)