...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
you set about planning your marriage ceremony. This
booklet will introduce you to the basic provisions for
planning a wedding at First Presbyterian Church. The
officiating pastor and wedding coordinator will help you
carefully plan and prepare for your wedding ceremony
to insure that it is consistent with the worship of God.

For complete marriage planning information you may
downloaded the
"Preparing for Marriage" brochure.

For more information, please contact the church office
(563-326-1691) or the
Wedding Coordinator.

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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 $50 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 counseling program with the
officiating Pastor.

5.  Plan appropriate music for the worship service of marriage
with the Pastor.

6.  Plan the worship service with the officiating Pastor.

7.  Secure a State of Iowa
marriage license.

8.  Pay all fees no later
than 35 days before the

Each of these steps is
detailed in the  
for Marriage" brochure.

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