The Sacrament of Holy Baptism is the point of entry into the Christian community. 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. Baptisms can be scheduled on most Sundays during the year; please contact the pastor you would like to perform the baptism to schedule a date.
For parents of infants and small children, as well as parents-to-be, we offer baptism classes several times during the year. In these classes, Pastor Kielsmeier discusses the Sacrament of Holy Baptism and how this gift of new life affects your child. She also covers Christian parenting and the theological and practical aspects of the baptism service.
For older children and adults, we like to meet with the individual and their parents or sponsors to discuss the meaning of baptism at a level appropriate to the individual. Contact Cori Pochardt for more information and to register for a baptism class.
We want to help make this a day of joy and celebration for you and the people who will share in this special occasion. We believe that a solid foundation for a Christian marriage is to have a wedding service where Christ is the center and every part of the service focuses on two individuals coming together in Christ. We encourage all who are married at Augustana to plan a wedding consistent with the Christian understanding of marriage.
Weddings are scheduled on a first-come, first served basis for members of the congregation. To schedule a wedding, call the church office and ask to speak to the pastor you wish to have officiate your wedding. Everyone who schedules a wedding with an Augustana pastor is required to attend a wedding seminar. This seminar, usually held in January, will give you guidance and information on planning your wedding. The pastors will guide you in planning your ceremony, and organist Andy Jacob will help you select your music.
Funerals and Memorial Services
We are with you during times of grief and loss. Augustana’s pastors and staff are here to help you during funeral and memorial service planning. Contact one of the pastors to schedule a funeral and/or memorial service, either in the sanctuary or at a local funeral home. The pastor will assist you in choosing Bible verses and hymns that will be meaningful and appropriate for your loved one’s service. We will also help you arrange a reception following the service.
Memorial Garden & Columbarium
In a beautifully landscaped setting, the Columbarium and Memorial Garden are places of peace and hope and a reminder that death is not the end for God’s people. The Columbarium is a brick and granite cabinet with sealed niches for securing the ashes of your loved ones. The granite front is engraved with names and dates. The location of your niche(s) is chosen at the time of purchase. Cremation is not included with the columbarium and must be arranged separately.
The Memorial Wall adjacent to the Columbarium is a granite wall engraved with the names of those we wish to memorialize, and whose remains are elsewhere.
Augustana members—along with spouses, children, grandchildren, parents, brothers, sisters, and all of their spouses or domestic partners—are eligible to be inurned or memorialized in the Augustana Memorial Garden. Contact Cori Pochardt in the church office for more information.