Congratulations on your decision to get married. We welcome the opportunity to invest in your upcoming union and commitment before God and His people. We want to strengthen you as a couple for your marriage, not just your wedding day. If you desire to be married at St. Luke or married off-site by one of our pastors, completion of the Premarital Counseling is required and is offered to both members and non-members.
Our Premarital Counseling process consists of six sessions. This process is designed to enrich your relationship with each other as a couple, to deepen your understanding of marital expectations, and to ground your future in God's perspective of commitment and hope for marriage.
To begin this process we ask that you schedule an introductory meeting at least six months prior to the wedding date. At the initial conference with the pastor, the information necessary for the early stage planning of the wedding service will be given. At that time the bride and groom will receive a legal details pamphlet, wedding information sheet, template for the wedding service, hard copy of the The Wedding Guide, and an invitation to complete the Prepare/Enrich Inventory. The couple will also receive a Sanctuary Request Form securing the sanctuary for the dates and times of the rehearsal and wedding service.
Please note: The date of the service on-site or off will not be secured until the initial meeting with the pastor is completed and the sanctuary request form is received. For more details about weddings and premarital counseling at St. Luke or to schedule an introductory meeting, please call 724-352-2777 or click here for our wedding guide.
Please fill out our online form below and then download our Wedding Information Sheet. After filling it out mail/bring in to Sharon or SuZee in our office.
Frequently Asked Questions:
When should we begin counseling?
To begin this process we ask that you schedule an introductory meeting at least six months prior to the wedding date.
Who does the Premarital Counseling?
The Premarital Counseling is handled by the pastors of St. Luke Lutheran Church and licensed counselor, Carl Bachman.
What do we talk about in the Premarital Counseling?
Within the scope of the Premarital Counseling is the awareness of strengths in the relationship and opportunities to see growth in topics that need the attention of the couple: Biblical principles of the marriage covenant, skills for marriage, goals for the union, marital roles and responsibilities, finances, resolving conflicts and more.
What should I expect from the Premarital Counseling?
You can expect to be challenged, stretched, and Lord willing, better prepared for the marriage that God is going to bless you with. You should leave the Premarital Counseling with an idea of some strengths of the upcoming union and some growth areas to work on --- in other words, a more realistic idea of marriage, its challenges and blessings.
Is Premarital Counseling a way to be approved for marriage?
The Premarital process is a facilitated opportunity where the couple can feel safe to share before each other and before the pastor or Carl, the concerns and certain celebrations that will come with married life. We want you to have a marriage in every way as meaningful and enriching as God designed it to be.
Who we are as Christians is rooted in our baptism. Baptism is a clear, precious statement of God's grace. It is the act of God, not of man. In this sacred act, God places His name on people, not because we deserve it or made a decision for it. He does this because of who He is. For the Christian, baptism is the exodus (the departure) out of chaos into the order of the forgiven life and control of a loving Father.
". . . Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the Word" (Ephesians 5:25b-26).
For more information contact the church office at 724-352-2777.
Please find our Baptism Information Form below. We kindly ask that no photopraphy be taken during the service. Thank you.
At the death of his dear friend, Lazarus, Jesus wept. And then he brought him back to life. (John 11:1-44)
Knowing this, we are assured that Jesus understands our sorrow when a loved one dies. Because Jesus conquered death and the grave with His own bodily resurrection, we also have the assurance that all who place their trust in Him will likewise be raised to eternal life.
Even with this assurance, we are filled with sorrow at the death of a loved one. The Christian funeral and burial enable us to receive comfort and support from our family and friends. It also gives us the opportunity to celebrate the victory our heavenly Father has given us through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. And it serves as an opportunity to witness to others of God's love for us through the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
To begin the process of planning your loved ones funeral, call 724-352-2777 and someone will speak with you as soon as possible.
While funeral services provide the formal rites of death, the repast or the gathering to feed, "demonstrates the continuity of life even in the face of death". It gives the family and friends of the deceased a time to gather, share fellowship and reminisce over the departed loved one. This is our outward love of Christ that we offer this special meal.