Congratulations on your engagement! With the exception of your relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ, this is the beginning of the most important relationship you will ever have – your marriage. At First Lutheran Church, your wedding ceremony will be a sacred service of great and lasting spiritual significance and a time of joy for you, your wedding party, and guests.
Scheduling a Wedding: The first step is to select an open date on the church calendar by contacting Tammy Horak at the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 319-365-1494. You will then need to check to see if a specific pastor listed below is available on that date.
Rev. Steve Knudson email@example.com
Rev. Craig Brown firstname.lastname@example.org
Payment Once you have made contact with the pastor, you may send in the deposit to the church office. The non-refundable deposit for members is $150, and for non-members, $450. Contact the church office for complete cost. Your wedding date is not confirmed until you have both checked with one of our pastors to see if they are available and a deposit is made.
Pre-Marriage Retreat: All couples planning to get married at First Lutheran Church are required to attend a one-day retreat currently scheduled for Sat. April 24, 2021. The retreat runs from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at First Lutheran. Exit surveys from couples who have gone through the retreat give us high marks and find it very helpful in building their relationship. The pastors and “mentor couples” from the congregation provide valuable insight to help you talk about key areas such as communication, conflict resolution, realistic marriage expectations, and money. A light breakfast and lunch is included. The cost of the retreat is included in the wedding fee.
Online Marriage Survey: All couples getting married at First Lutheran will be asked to take an online marriage survey called “Prepare & Enrich.” To do this, please e-mail the pastor officiating your wedding, the first name and individual e-mail address for each of the bride and groom. You will receive an e-mail asking you to pay for the assessment with a credit/debit card. The bride and groom will
take the survey separately from each other. Once you have completed the survey, you will get together a few times with your pastor to go over your results and help you identify areas of strength and areas of potential growth in your marriage.
Meeting with the Pastor and Planning Your Ceremony: You will meet with the pastor a few times in preparation for the wedding ceremony. This will provide time to build a relationship with the pastor and to plan the ceremony. Any special requests or anything “out of the ordinary” should be discussed with the pastor and wedding coordinators well in advance of your ceremony so proper arrangements can be made.
Questions?: We would love to answer any questions you have by contacting Tammy Horak at email@example.com or 365-1494.
Pastor Steve Knudson - Pastor Craig Brown