Life Passages

February 9th, 2012

Baptism

Baptism is new birth as God’s children into God’s family, the church.  It begins in God’s unconditional grace and love, so we baptize people of all ages.  Baptisms are celebrated within the context of Sunday morning worship and can be scheduled by contacting the church office.

When children are baptized, parents and sponsors (Godparents) promise to nurture them in the Christian faith.  Parents and sponsors (if possible)  are invited to meet with the pastor for conversation and instruction sometime before the baptism .

Adults preparing for baptism are generally expected to meet with the pastor, sharing questions and conversation about the basics of the faith:  the Bible, the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, the Ten Commandments, and the Christian life and service.  Adults desiring to be baptized should contact Pastor Lynn.

First Communion

Salem is wonderful place to prepare for marriage with a beautiful sanctuary for the ceremony.

Pastor Lynn offers a morning retreat for fifth graders and other interested school-age children with their parents/guardians that is biblical, interactive and fun.  Our next First Communion class is on Saturday, March 31st from 9:30 am -12:30 pm.

Confirmation

Confirmation is Affirmation of Baptism for youth who were baptized as children.  Two years of preparation beginning in 7th grade provide an opportunity to explore the basics of the Christian faith in a thorough, open, and age-appropriate way with peers.

Weddings

Salem Lutheran Church provides a beautiful setting for weddings. Premarital counseling with the pastor is required.  Learn more by contacting the church office for a wedding packet.

Funerals

Funerals are occasions to gather in mutual support, mourn the recently deceased, celebrate their life, and commend them into God’s eternal care.  To schedule a funeral, contact Pastor Lynn.

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