...clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness,
humility, meekness and patience. Bear with one
another and, if anyone has a complaint against
another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has
forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all,
clothe yourselves with love which binds everything
together in perfect harmony.” - Col. 3:12-14
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Preparing for Marriage
The church staff and the session rejoice with you as
For complete marriage planning information you may
The Meaning and Purpose of a Christian Wedding
For Christians marriage is a covenant which calls the couple to
live a life of discipleship before God. A Christian marriage is a
lifelong commitment, made by a couple and publicly witnessed
by the community of faith. The wedding ceremony is a service
of Christian worship in which the gospel is proclaimed and the
promise of blessing through Jesus Christ is affirmed.
Initial Procedures for Planning a Wedding
To plan a wedding at First Presbyterian Church, the following
steps must be accomplished; any questions should be referred
to the wedding coordinator or to your officiating clergy person.
1. Request a date and time for the wedding. When the
Wedding Coordinator has confirmed that your date is
available, secure it with a nonrefundable deposit. Members
may reserve a wedding date up to two years in advance;
nonmembers may do so six months in advance.
2. Plan your use of the building and available optional items
with the wedding coordinator. Complete and return all forms
to the Wedding Coordinator.
3. Choose the officiating Pastor of First Presbyterian Church
and contact her/him for a consultation.
4. Schedule the premarital retreat and counseling program
with the officiating Pastor.
5. Plan appropriate music for the worship service of marriage
with the church Organist.
6. Plan the worship service with the officiating Pastor.
7. Secure a State of Iowa
8. Pay all fees no later
than one month before
Each of these steps is
detailed in the "Preparing
for Marriage" brochure.