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LCHS Emmaus, PA

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Pastoral Acts

Baptisms

In Baptism, God makes us members of the community of faith, the Church. Baptisms are celebrated in the context of congregational worship so that the family of faith can receive and welcome new members in Christ. Baptism dates are set in advance for each year, so please contact the church office to confirm when the next baptismal Sunday is and to make arrangements for the member of your family to be baptized.

Weddings

The wedding of a Christian man and woman is, like all liturgies of the Church, a service of praise and worship of God for all that God has given us. A bride and groom are married, not off by themselves, but in the presence of God in a worshiping community which supports them in their life together. We ask that you keep this in mind as you plan your wedding.

For more information follow our Guidelines for Weddings.

Funerals

Upon the death of a loved one, Holy Spirit provides Christian funeral services. People desiring to schedule a funeral service should include the church office (610) 967-2220 or one of the pastors among the first calls you make. We want to support you in your loss. Pastors Ric and Jim will meet with you and your family to discuss funeral arrangements and to help you with any related details.

In general, funerals held at The Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit will be scheduled in cooperation with the Funeral Director, the church office and the presiding pastor. Services for a member of the congregation can be scheduled to be held in the sanctuary. Funeral services are most appropriately understood as “Celebrations of Life” and include prayers of thanksgiving, hymns, scripture readings, a brief sermon and in some cases the Rite of Holy Communion.

Our congregation does provide the option of a Memorial Garden where the deceased’s ashes can be interred. For more information on this option please speak to one of the pastors.

For information concerning the congregation’s Memorial, Trusts and Endowment Program please speak to one of the pastors.

Arrangements can be made for a luncheon or fellowship hour to be held following the service. Normally, a local caterer is used and the congregation’s Hospitality Mission Team hosts the event. For more information please contact Deb Hartman at (610)366-0548