Use of Church Facilities by Non-member Groups and Organizations

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church is pleased to offer free use of its facilities to outside nonprofit groups and organizations that are engaged in activities associated with education, service to others, and/or religious activity associated with the Christian Faith. 

Your primary contact for use of church facilities is our Administrative Assistant, Tamara Preston.  She can help you with scheduling, and discuss with you the various types of space that may be available at a particular time.  You will be asked to complete our Facility Usage Agreement.  Please click here for this form.

We ask that you treat both the facilities and any other people using our church with respect.  Please try to avoid disrupting others while they are meeting.  We unfortunately are not able to offer custodial services.  Please leave the facilities at least as clean as you find them when you arrive.  A vacuum cleaner and other cleaning supplies (mop, etc.) are located in the closet by the women's restroom; please use them when appropriate.  We will try to provide your spaces with a consistent set-up (chairs, tables, etc.) each week, but cannot guarantee that, due to the demands created by unusual events, such as weddings and funerals.  It would be wise to have some people arrive a little early before meetings, in case chairs and tables need to be arranged.

We ask that you be mindful of the safety of all who might be using the church facilities, and that you manage your own legal affairs.  If you see any condition that you think might be unsafe, please attempt to rectify it, and bring it to our attention immediately.  Please closely supervise any children associated with your activities, and watch out for other children who might be present.  We strongly recommend that you carry liability insurance.  

Prince of Peace Council has implemented a Key Policy, which requires a $25 deposit for each key issued. A key may be obtained from the Administrative Assistant during office hours. A form acknowledging receipt of key is required to be signed. No more than two keys will be issued per organization.

We hope that use of our facilities will help your group or organization prosper and achieve whatever your goals might be.  We hope that individuals associated with your group will feel welcome to attend other activities at our church, including our services on Sunday morning.  We hope that current members of our church will develop an interest in your activities and programs, and perhaps join with you in achievement of your objectives.

Guidelines for Weddings at Prince of Peace

Marriage Service
The Marriage Service is an integral part of our congregation’s ministry and reflects the life and purpose of our community: to worship God, giving God thanks for God’s love for us in Jesus Christ. 
The Service Of Marriage is one of the worship services of a Lutheran congregation.  Receiving God’s blessings in the marriage service is a small part of our lifelong walk with Christ.
A pastor of Prince of Peace will preside at weddings held here.  Request for a guest pastor to preside or participate in your wedding will be considered on an individual basis.  In such cases visiting pastors will consult with one of the pastors at Prince of Peace to obtain permission to perform the service consistent with worship practices here, and will observe these wedding  guidelines.
Please contact the church office, 343-3453, as early as possible to get your wedding date on the calendar.
Weddings for New Members 
It is church policy to not host weddings for couples without any prior connection to Prince of Peace, but new couples are welcome to consult with a pastor about membership at PoP. Couples who are not currently members are considered ‚Äėmembers,‚Äô and eligible for weddings at PoP, when one (or both) of the betrothed has held prior membership and/or has relatives who are current members.

Preparation of Marriage 
When couples preparing for marriage wish one of the pastors of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church to preside at the wedding, they should plan to meet with the pastor on 4-6 separate occasions for pre-marital counseling and wedding planning.  Each session will last approximately one hour.  Sessions will focus on the following:
The importance of Christian faith and Christ in the marriage.
Maturity and readiness for marriage.
The spiritual meaning of the Marriage Service.
Specific plans for the order of services, vows, lessons etc.
Candles
We have two candelabras and candles for the ends of the center aisle pews available for your use.  All other candles will be such that the flame is contained i.e. a votive candle or covered with a hurricane. Candles must be dripless. Candles are not permitted in the Baptismal font or on the altar, except the unity candle if one is used.
Marriage License
To ease last-minute pressure before the wedding, we ask that you bring your marriage license to the church office sometime during the week prior to the wedding service.  If this is not possible, the marriage license must be presented to the Wedding Coordinator at the rehearsal.
Music
Though permitting fairly wide discretion, the music selected for use during the services should reflect the steadfast love in Christ as the foundation of and model for marriage, Music must be approved by the pastor or the organist of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church.
Rehearsal
The rehearsal should be scheduled the day before or two days before the Marriage Service.  This alleviates anxiety on the part of the bride and groom, the pastor, wedding coordinator and organist as they work as a team doing their best to be aware of the needs of the worship service and the couple.
Photographer & Video Taping
In keeping with the worshipful mood and context of a worship service, pictures only by the photographer (no flash) are permitted during the service.  Guests, family and friends are requested not to take pictures during the ceremony (please note this in your wedding bulletin). Persons videotaping or photographing the wedding must speak with the coordinator regarding when and where pictures may be taken before, during and after the wedding ceremony.
Florist
Flowers are permitted in the narthex and the nave area on either side of the altar.  Flowers are not permitted in the baptismal font or on the altar with the exception of a unity candle.

OTHER CHURCH POLICIES

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church is a smoke-free environment.
Use of alcoholic beverages is not permitted on Church premises.
Food, snacks, sandwiches, etc. may be eaten in the kitchen area (drinks and light snacks are permitted in the Bridal room.)
Remove all belongings from the church premises at the conclusion of the ceremony.
For environmental issues, safety, and custodial consideration we ask that rice not be used on church premises. You may use bubbles, flower petals, OUTSIDE of building.
You will be able to decorate the night before your wedding, however, in the unlikely event that there is a funeral the day of your wedding, you may have to wait until after the funeral.

FEES

Fees honoraria, and marriage license are due on the date of the rehearsal.  All checks are to be given to the Coordinator.  Please make separate checks to each individual and note on the check or envelope the date of the wedding and the names of the marrying couple.                       

Members use of Fellowship area              $20.00
Presider’s Honorarium                 $150.00-$300.00
Organist (includes rehearsal)                      $150.00
* Additional rehearsals                                $30.00
Wedding Coordinator                                  $125.00

Custodian                                                          $  50.00
Acolyte (if required)                                        $  25.00
Communion Assistant (if required)             $  25.00
Pre-Marital Inventory (due when taken)     $  35.00
Candles for Candelabra (14 @ $5)                  $  70.00

*The Wedding Coordinator is representative of the congregation and is required for all weddings.

Funerals

Funeral Brochure 

Christian funerals take place within the context of our trust in the promises of God, promises of both forgiveness and new life in Christ.  While we grieve, we also remember that death is but a transformation, a change, or a passage to this promised new life. 

When death comes to members and friends of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, we all feel the loss, but your sense of loss is always unique.  The death of a loved on is a painful, difficult and confusing time that is filled with many emotions.  It is also a celebration of the resurrection for us who have been joined to the death of Christ in our own baptism.

When you experience a death in your family, please call the church office to inforum us so we can be a support and help you in this difficult time.  If the deceased has not preplanned their funeral, you will be faced with a multitude of decisions in a very short period of time.

Because you are planning a worship service, there are some things set by church policy and other things where you will have more discretion.  These will be spelled out in the attached information booklet.

As you plan, you may consider what your loved one would have wanted, but also consider what is meaningful to you.  The funeral service is primarily for you, your family and friends to express your needs and faith in God.  Ritual is a powerful, necessary experience we all need as we face loss and life transitions.

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