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(608) 798-2777
2427 Church St
Cross Plains, WI  53528
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    ...make prayer requests?
  • We Are Here To Pray For You!


    Every request sent to us receives loving, compassionate attention. Please know that we are here for you and that you are never alone. Your request is kept sacred and confidential, unless you give us your permission to share it with our congregation in our Sunday Worship Bulletin.

    Please submit your prayer request via email below.

    Prayers email

    ...join the Church?
  • Where all are welcome to worship, learn, and serve in the name of Jesus Christ.

    • Dedication to mission activities in the community and beyond

    • Activities for all age levels

    • Variety of worship styles

    • Emphasis on a strong youth program

    • Adult education


    If you are interested in joining our church please contact the church office manager:

    St. Martin's Office Manager
    email
    or call (608) 798-2777 ext. 541

    ...plan a wedding?
  • Your Wedding

    We would be honored to share this wonderful day with you. Please contact our office manager  email (phone 608.798.2777 ext. 541) to check on the availability of the church on your chosen day and schedule a time to meet with our Pastor.

    We want this day to be unique to you and be a sincere reflection of your love.

    The guidelines that follow are intended to help you plan your special day.     

    More complete information can be found in this PDF copy of our wedding brochure:  Wedding Brochure

    Planning begins
    Our Pastor will meet with you for two premarriage sessions to discuss your relationship goals and future planning. This will give you an opportunity to get acquainted before he officiates your special day. During this time you will have opportunities to discuss and share the meaning of Christian marriage and plan out your service details.

    Specifics
    Wedding Coordinator
    We have wedding coordinators to help you plan your wonderful event. We will meet and discuss all the important aspects of your service. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at any time with questions or concerns. St. Martin’s  798-2777 email om@stmartinscp.org

    Wedding Dates and Times of Service
    We are happy to work with you to schedule your preferred date and time. Most services last roughly forty five minutes.

    Rehearsals
    Rehearsals are typically done the day before the wedding. We request that all attendants, ushers, scripture readers, and parents of the bridal couple attend to help things run smoothly on your wedding day.

    Name Announcement Preference
    Please tell us exactly how you would like to be announced after you are married.

    Music
    We will provide an organist for your service.

    Photography
    You are welcome to take pictures before, during and after your wedding service anywhere in our church and on our beautiful outdoor grounds and prayer garden.

    Audio Visual
    We will provide an AV specialist to provide sound.

    Flowers
    Please decorate with flowers throughout the building and sanctuary as to your style preference. It looks wonderful to include sanctuary flowers in your photos.

    Readings
    Please select one to three bible readings that have special meaning to you. Please ask a member(s) of your family or friends to review the readings before the wedding so they are comfortable reading at the service.

    Communion
    You may elect to have Holy Communion celebrated at your service. We will help you coordinate into your service.

    Candles
    You may provide a unity candle and taper candles for lighting if you would like to incorporate this into your service. We also have candelabras you are welcome to use.

    Wedding Programs
    You may provide your own programs or we can provide them for you for a fee. Programs need to be reviewed by our Coordinator prior to printing and a final copy provided one week in advance of the service.

    Marriage License
    Your marriage license should be brought to the Church Office no later than one week before the ceremony. Marriage license applications are obtained at the Dane County Clerks Office in the City County Building in Madison (608) 266-4124.

    Elements of Service (we can add/change elements)
    Prelude/Processional/Opening Prayer/Scripture Reading/Wedding Message from our Pastor/Exchange of Vows/Marriage Blessing/Lighting of the Unity Candle/Benediction/Communion/Recessional/Postlude

    Reception
    If you want to use our facilities for your reception, our Fellowship Hall is located in the lower level of our building and can seat 200 guests for your celebration.  (Kitchen is located next to Fellowship Hall.)


     

    ...schedule a baptism?
  • Baptism

    We welcome everyone into the fellowship of St. Martin's Lutheran church. We welcome and baptize people of all ages. We celebrate baptism during our Sunday Worship, unless there are extenuating circumstances that would prevent it.
     

    Some short answers to important questions:

    Why must Christians be baptized?  

    •  Jesus commanded his followers to be baptized for forgiveness of sins and eternal life.

       

    When should baptism a person be baptized?

    • Shortly after birth, or at any age, but as soon as practicable.

       

    Do I have to be a member of a Lutheran church?  

    • Baptism makes you a member of the Christian Church.

       

    When and where is baptism done?

    • Usually in a regular church worship service.

       

    Can I be baptized privately?

    • Rarely, in extraordinary circumstances.

       

    Is there a cost?

    • Yes, it costs you your whole life!

       

    I was baptized, but not Lutheran. Should I be “re-baptized?”

    • No, only one Christian baptism is necessary.

       

    Should I have Godparents or Sponsors?

    • Not required, but strongly encouraged.

       

    Are there any other requirements?

    • No, but it is customary to meet with the Pastor beforehand.


    Baptism is one of two Sacraments in the Lutheran Church.  The other is “Holy Communion,” also known as “The Lord’s Supper” or the “Eucharist” (Greek for “Thanksgiving”.) Sacraments are commands or promises from Jesus in the Holy Scripture. These commands are connected to an earthly element through which God is conveyed to, or present in us. In Baptism God gives us the Holy Spirit in the water and God’s Word. The New Testament Book of Acts, for example, tells us “… you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 1:5)

    Baptism is a simple act available to anyone, and required by God to assure that your confessed sins are forgiven and that you will have eternal life in heaven. There are nearly 100 references to baptism in the New Testament!  Rev. Dr. Martin Luther, the 16th Century German pastor who is credited with the formation of the Protestant Christian Church, wrote a booklet in 1529 called “The Small Catechism,” to be used in the home and in congregations to teach (“catechize,” in Greek) the Christian faith to children.

    This is an excerpt from “The Small Catechism” in modern English on the Sacrament of Baptism:

     

    What do I do next?  

    Please complete the Baptism Form and return it to the church office. Please also contact our Office Manager or Pastor to explore dates and set up a time to meet.

    Baptismal Info Form (for baptism of child)
    Adult Baptismal Form


    Office Manager email
    608.798.2777 ext. 541

     

    ...plan a funeral?
  • Funerals

    Funerals are important “rites of passage” that help us say farewell to our loved one and bring some closure to our relationship with them. Many families have found that the funeral service was an important time for telling stories and hearing how much their departed loved one meant to others.

    Your first call will likely be to a funeral home of your choice. They will begin the process of preparing the body according to your wishes, scheduling the funeral, and arranging for burial.

    You may contact the church at any time to let us know of your loved one’s death. The funeral home will also contact the church and consult with the Pastor as you set the date and time of the service.

    We can help you plan all aspects of the service, including scripture, music, prayers, eulogy, and anything else you would like to include. You are also welcome to utilize our Fellowship Hall on the lower level of our church for a gathering/luncheon after the service.

    Please contact us for more information or to plan a funeral.


    Office Manager email
    608-798-2777 ext. 541


     
    ...view newsletters?
  • Weekly Bread


    To view the current copy of The Weekly Bread, please select the dated link below. For past Newsletters, select Past Newsletters under our Community Board or go to View Past Newsletters

    If you would like to be added to our Weekly Bread email audience, please contact the office manager  at email

    May 20-26 2018