And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13)
Congratulations and blessings on your engagement–may your love for one another mirror the boundless and unending love of God for all people!
Bethel Lutheran Church is a beautiful, convenient, and spacious location for a wedding, a place where your love for one another will be clear to all.
As import as your wedding day is, though, the marriage which grows from it is even more so. A strong marriage needs a solid foundation. It is with this in mind that all couples intending to marry at Bethel are expected to first meet with the pastor for premarital conversation. Dates and times can be arranged to suit your schedule, but a minimum of three sessions are necessary prior to the wedding date.
Also, and obvious though it may be, please recognize that Bethel is a place of worship. Weddings here include prayer, readings from scripture, a pastoral message, and a blessing of the couple. The wedding will certainly reflect your individual tastes and preferences, but these core elements will be present in some form.
As you look through the wedding manual, feel free to write down any questions which come to mind. Our wedding coordinator, secretary, accompanist, and myself are all experienced in the details of wedding planning, and we can work with you to craft a memorable and moving ceremony. Again, congratulations on your decision to embark on this journey together, and may God be with you throughout this time and beyond.
Blessings and guidance to you in your planning,
Pastor Chris Ode
The following paperwork will help you in your planning process: