The Sacrament of Holy Baptism is the point of entry into the Christian community and because the Augustana community makes a promise to support members of the body of Christ in fellowship and love, baptisms are normally done during a worship service.
We believe that, through the waters of Baptism, we are cleansed from our sins, claimed as sons and daughters of the living God, and brought into God’s family, the Church. We follow the Lutheran tradition of baptizing people of all ages, including infants. We also recognize that Baptism makes one a member of the Christian church, so we do not require one to be re-baptized when joining the Lutheran Church.
For parents of infants and small children, as well as parents-to-be, we offer baptism classes three times a year. In theses classes, Pastor Torgerson and Cathy Hendrikson discuss the Sacrament of Holy Baptism and how this gift of new life affects your child. They also cover Christian parenting and the theological and practical aspects of the baptism service. Please call the church office to register for the baptism class. Classes will be offered on:
For older children and adults, we would like to meet individually with the individual and their parents or sponsors, when appropriate, to discuss the meaning of baptism at a level appropriate to the individual.
Baptisms can be scheduled on almost any Sunday of the year; please contact the pastor you would like to perform the baptism to schedule a date. Because we believe that baptism is the entry into a community of faith, and because the Augustana community makes a promise to support members of the body of Christ in fellowship and love, baptisms are normally done during a service of worship.