Building Use
Marriage
Funerals
Baptism
Communion

BUILDING USE 

  
Building use is reserved for Regular or Associate Members of Zion Lutheran Church (ZLC) in good standing, other local LCMS churches by request, and for entities of, or recognized by, The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (LCMS). The building and grounds shall not be used for public commerce. People who use the church are expected to leave the facility in the same condition as they found it. There is no charge for use of building and grounds. All building requests must be approved and placed on the calendar by the Congregation Council or Voter Assembly. Exceptions to this policy shall require approval at both a regular meeting of the Congregation Council and a regular meeting of the Voter Assembly.​​

MARRIAGE

  
I. The marriage policy of Zion Lutheran Church (ZLC), a member congregation of The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (LCMS), is and always has been consistent with the Synod’s beliefs on marriage. We believe that marriage is a sacred union of one man and one woman (Gen. 2:24-25), and that God gave marriage as a picture of the relationship between Christ and His bride the Church (Eph. 5:32). The official position of the LCMS, as set forth in 1998 Res. 3-21 (“To Affirm the Sanctity of Marriage and to Reject Same-Sex Unions”), is that homosexual unions come under categorical prohibition in the Old and New Testaments (Lev. 18:22, 24; 20:13; 1 Cor. 6:9-10; 1 Tim. 1:9-10) as contrary to the Creator’s design (Rom. 1:26-27). These positions and beliefs can be found on the LCMS website, along with other statements, papers and reports on the subject of homosexuality and same-sex civil unions and “marriage.” Our pastor will not officiate over any marriages inconsistent with these beliefs, and our church property may not be used for any marriage ceremony, reception or other activity that would be inconsistent with our beliefs and this policy.
II. Because a wedding (or blessing of civil marriage) ceremony is a confession of faith at our altar, our pastor will not marry persons who are not yet instructed, in doubt, or who hold a confession differing from that of this congregation and the LCMS. All weddings at ZLC shall be conducted a) using the service in the Lutheran Service Book (CPH 2006) without change; b) by the pastor using services contained The Lutheran Service Altar Book (CPH 2006), Lutheran Service Book Agenda, (CPH 2006), or The Lutheran Service Book Pastoral Care Companion (CPH 2007), or those services without change as contained in the Agendas, Pastoral Care Companions, and Altar Books printed by Concordia Publishing House for use with Lutheran Worship (CPH 1982) and The Luther­an Hymnal (CPH 1941); c) without a fee for services; and d) with music suitable for a Lutheran worship ser­vice approved by the pastor, or the Elders.
  

FUNERALS

  
I. Christian funerals held at Zion Lutheran Church (ZLC) or officiated by our pastor are Christian liturgies and therefore are governed by the Scriptures, our Lutheran Confessions, and the established liturgical practices of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS). Our congregation believes that a funeral service is the Church's public proclamation of Christ crucified to the specif
  ic situation of the death of a Christian. Christian funerals are worship services of the church and not conducted solely for the sake of the family of others who mourn. People who have refused or turned away from God's gift of faith should therefore not receive a Christian funeral. Consider these words from Scripture: "The gospel they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard it did not combine it with faith" (Hebrews 4:2).
II. A funeral service is a liturgical service of worship, so the same established confessional policies of the LCMS apply. Clergy of churches/denominations with whom we are not in church fellowship may not officiate with (or in place of) our pastor in our church. No non-Christian ministers or otherwise may officiate. Additionally, no non-Christian rites or non-Lutheran rites or songs may be used in the funeral service or give the impression that they are part of the service. Anything that is to be said in the service or in the sanctuary must first be screened and approved by the pastor. Eulogies about the deceased are not acceptable in a Lutheran funeral service as it contradicts or detracts from salvation by grace through faith for the sake of Christ and distracts from the service being Christ-centered (Ephesians 2:8,9).