Birth and Baptism
Upon the birth of a child, members are encouraged to inform the pastor to make Baptism arrangements. Baptism can be administered at the hospital, in a private family service, or during a regular congregational worship service. We believe it is important that Baptism take place as soon as possible after the birth. Sponsors (Godparents) or witnesses may be present.
In the Bible, God tells us, “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” (James 5:16) If a member wishes the prayers of the congregation to be offered during public worship for a particular reason, the pastors will gladly do so at the member’s request.
While our pastors and ministers are not professionally trained counselors, they are able to offer advice, pastoral experience, common sense support, and spiritual guidance for many difficulties faced by members. If professional counseling is deemed necessary, the pastors are able to make referrals to a professional Christian counselor. Please do not hesitate to contact our pastors when you feel a need for their counsel.
Tradition suggests that couples who plan to marry do so through their home congregation. The pastors willingly provide marriage services, but ask that the following guidelines be followed:
- Contact a pastor to reserve a date and place for the wedding as soon as possible to avoid any conflicts with the use of the building;
- Attend a pre-marital counseling session with the pastor;
- Consult with the pastor as to any and all details concerning the ceremony.
Non-member couples who wish to marry at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church are asked to contact one of the pastors. Such situations are handled at the discretion of the pastor.
When members are unable to attend regular services, the pastors will go to the home or location of the member to share God’s Word and to administer the Sacrament. Please notify a pastor to schedule a visit.
Illness and Hospitalization
At times of illness, no greater comfort can be provided than through the message of healing given by God in His Word. The pastors welcome the opportunity to share that message when a member is ill or hospitalized. Members are encouraged to inform a pastor if such a visit is desired.
Death and Burial
With death being the ultimate doorway through which one must pass from earthly life to eternal life, it is critical that a person be spiritually prepared. Personal ministry to the dying and to their family is a priority of the pastoral staff. Contact a pastor immediately when this ministry is needed. Christian burials are conducted by the pastors for members and their families, as well as non-members and their families who have been served by the pastoral staff.