If you are interested in inquiring about baptism for yourself, or a family member, please contact the church office. An appointment with Pastor John or Pastor Bonnie is scheduled in order to discuss baptism, and schedule the date. Here is some useful information for those seeking this Sacrament in our community.
Exactly what is baptism? Baptism is a ritual washing with water, and the use of scripture, through which God selects us to be his children. Baptism is really not something that we do as the primary actors – the church teaches that God acts through this washing calling us to be reborn, and live a new life of faith. For the majority of the Christian community baptism is considered a Sacramental rite.
What is the basis for baptism? We find the basis for all we do in the words and actions of our Lord, Jesus. In Matthew 28 we are instructed with these words: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” We also know from the Gospels that Jesus himself was baptized by John in the Jordan River.
How old do children have to be to be baptized? In our tradition, as Lutheran Christians, we believe that children should be baptized as infants. We do not have to “know enough” about this act, or wait until we are “old enough” because God is the one working through the water and the word of scripture.
Who do we pick as “Godparents”? Baptismal sponsors, or “Godparents”, should themselves be baptized Christians, active in their own Christian community, who will be examples of faith for your child as he or she gets older. Often these are family members, or close friends.
Our family is not a member of this church. Can our child still be baptized here? Yes. We welcome the opportunity to be a part of your child’s faith formation, and in fact believe that to be a part of our ministry to this community. Once baptized, your child is part of Christ’s Church. We encourage your family to locate a church home, and become part of that community for the continued faith-growth of both you, and your child in order to fulfil the promises you make at baptism.
What are those promises? As part of the baptismal service parent(s) are asked to make a commitment to faithfully bring their child to worship, teach them the Lord’s Prayer, the Creed, and the Ten Commandments. As your child grows in years you should place in their hands the Holy Scriptures and provide for their instruction in the Christian faith.
The church takes these commitments seriously and asks that you do the same.
Marriage is a sacred and joy-filled commitment in which the Foothills community is pleased to be a part. Ceremonies can be tailored to each couple, and can provide a unique quality to your special day. Marriages can be held in our worship space, or at a location of your choosing. Weddings are available to those who are part of this community after pastoral counseling is completed. Pastor Bonnie is trained in the “Prepare and Enrich” curriculum of pre-marriage tools, which include personal surveys that you will be asked to complete as part of counseling. For those who are not part of this community of faith, an initial appointment is requested with the pastoral staff to determine the circumstances surrounding your desire to be married by one of our clergy at our church. Following that meeting a determination will be made concerning your request. Due to the amount of time required for appointments and counseling, we ask that you contact the church at least 12 months prior to the anticipated date of your wedding.
The Christian community is often at its best when it gathers to send a loved one to “that other shore, and that greater light.” Our pastoral staff is available to help at the time of death with grief counseling and to assist in planning a funeral or memorial service at our facility. Schedule permitting, our fine church musicians are often available to add the beauty of music to these services. Please contact the church office to inquire about the details and scheduling of a funeral or memorial service.