PASTORAL ACTS
 



BAPTISM
Holy Baptism is the sacrament by which we enter the church and are proclaimed children of God. In Baptism, God washes away our sin, and fills us with the Holy Spirit, giving us new birth. Baptism is a covenant between us and God…we receive God’s promises, and also make promises. (When infants or young children are baptized, their parents and/or sponsors make these promises on their behalf.) At Prince of Peace, baptisms are normally celebrated during regular Sunday worship. We baptize infants, children, and adults. If you are interested in baptism for yourself or your child, please contact Pastor Scholtes.

 
FIRST COMMUNION
Holy Communion is the sacrament by which we are nourished regularly with the body and blood of Christ. Holy Communion is a gift for all the baptized people of God, but we do recognize that it’s important to learn a bit about what it is before receiving it. The First Communion program at Prince of Peace is designed for children in second grade or above, and is usually offered in the spring. If you are interested in receiving First Communion instruction, please contact Cheryl Statham or Pastor Scholtes.

 
CONFIRMATION
Confirmation is a special form of “affirmation of baptism” designed for teenagers. It is a special rite that takes place on the Day of Pentecost each year in which teenagers who were baptized as children now take on the promises of baptism for themselves. In order to prepare teenagers for this rite, Prince of Peace offers a two-year program of instruction, beginning with 7th grade. For more info, or to sign your child up for the Confirmation program, please contact Colleen Hall or Pastor Scholtes.


 
MARRIAGE
If you are interested in being married at Prince of Peace, please contact the church office as early as possible to reserve a date. The pastor provides pre-marital counseling and wedding planning, which takes several months to complete. For more information, including applicable fees, please contact the church office.

 
FUNERAL
The pastor will provide funeral services in the church building, at a funeral home, or graveside, as the family requests. The church social hall can also be reserved for funeral luncheons, if it is available; please contact the church office for information and applicable fees. The pastor will also meet with families before a death if requested, to begin funeral planning.


PASTORAL VISITATION
AND COUNSELING
Please contact Pastor Scholtes when you or someone you love is admitted to the hospital. Hospitals do not supply churches with this information very frequently anymore, and we rely on family members to let us know. Pastor Scholtes and Chaplain Rissmiller make regular visits to members who are hospitalized or homebound. The pastor is also available for pastoral counseling in times of crisis. Please contact him if this is requested.