May God bless you as you begin the process of celebrating the commitment you are about to make to each other! Our church is glad to nurture and support you both on your wedding day and in your whole life together. As a congregation, we believe that “marriage is a gift of God, intended for the joy and mutual strength of those who enter it and for the well-being of the whole human family…Marriage is also a human estate, with vows publicly witnessed. The church in worship surrounds these promises with the gathering of God’s people, the witness of the word of God, and prayer of blessing and intercession.”
Weddings are not restricted to members of First Evangelical Lutheran Church. But because First Lutheran is a place of worship, a wedding celebrated by our Pastor in the church building, or elsewhere, is more than a civil ceremony. We believe God can play an important role in strengthening and enhancing your love for one another. By considering a wedding at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, we assume you are also eager to include this spiritual and faith dimension in your relationship.
Weddings are therefore a part of the public ministry of our congregation that we are happy to perform. For this reason, we require those who wish to be married here to first meet with our Pastor for at least two sessions. This will enable the Pastor to offer counsel involving any spiritual, personal, family, or community issues that may be involved in the commitment. It also enables the Pastor to introduce you to our Music Director and Wedding Assistant to plan the music and logistics for your ceremony.
For more details, please read though our Wedding Planning Guide. Contact the church office for more information, to check on the availability of a particular date, or to schedule a meeting with our Pastor.