This is a discernment exercise. This is the wedding information webpage for Faith Evangelical Free in Dallas, Oregon. This is an opportunity for you to dissect and analyze this web page. What issues or problems do you see in this web page?
“Finding good players is easy. Getting them to play as a team is another story.”
“I can’t afford to be a member of a golf course.”
Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.
Acts 17:11 NIV
Dallas is a town in Oregon about 15 miles west of Salem. It has a population of about 15,000 people. Faith Evangelical Free Church has an interim pastor, so they must be looking for a new Senior Pastor. Currently Dennis Beatty is leading the church it appears. This post is a discernment exercise. I want you to study and look at this wedding information page from Faith Evangelical Free and discuss this below. There is a lot of meat in this here to consider. Ask yourself a lot of questions such as the following. Would you want to have your son or daughter get married here? Would you want to get involved in this church? Is this an Evangelical Free or a Baptist Church? (Cough, cough, cough….pay attention to the dancing restrictions!) I will weigh in on this after a couple of days and I look forward to seeing what you have to say. Be Bereans! Pick this wedding statement apart! Have a great day guys!
|This is some general information regarding weddings at Faith Evangelical Free Church. For more specfics or any questions please contact the church office at 503.623.8034.
We ask that you instruct your ushers to remind your guests that there is to be no smoking or drinking of alcoholic beverages within the building or on the church grounds. We also prohibit the serving of alcoholic beverages at the reception and we ask that you do not use rice but bird seed, rose petals or potpourri instead. The old tradition of rice raining on the new couple is very exciting and you are welcome to include it in your wedding schedule, but please use one of the alternatives and instruct your guests to throw it outside of the building as it is difficult to vacuum from the carpeting. Our church has chosen to refrain from the practice of dancing on the church premises and so we ask that you not plan on dancing at the church.
Arrangements for the use of the church facilities should be made at least 4 months in advance through the Office Administrator who handles the master calendar for all church activities (623-8034). It should be specified at this time whether a reception is to be held at the church and the date and time of the wedding rehearsal. In most cases, it will be best to schedule a rehearsal the evening before the wedding. There is no extra room charge for using the fellowship hall for the rehearsal dinner. NOTE: Saturday weddings must start no later than 3:00 p.m.
We are very anxious that homes established through the ministry of our church and Pastor/s be successfully Christian. Therefore, premarital counseling by a minister of our Church or another minister of like faith is a prerequisite for weddings performed at our church. The purpose of premarital counseling is to assess the couples’ readiness for marriage and to prepare them for a successful new life together. In order to help assure the success of the marriage, the Pastoral Staff has adopted the following policy:
1. They will not perform a wedding that they are not in counseling with the couple at least 4 months in advance of the wedding.
2. They will not commit to do the wedding until after the third session with the couple.
3. They will not perform a wedding between a believer and an unbeliever.
4. They must be assured of the couples’ biblical understanding and commitment to the covenant of marriage.
5. They must have approval from the Discipleship Team before they perform any wedding at the church. This approval will be granted after the couple has met with the Discipleship Team and their readiness for marriage has been determined. This meeting must occur a minimum of 60 days before the wedding. It is the responsibility of the couple to make an appointment with the Elder of Discipleship.
6. The couple must be involved in Worship attendance of a local church during the premarital counseling period.
Appointments for counseling may be made by phoning the Pastor’s secretary. (503-623-8034). There is a fee for counseling materials.
The church requires a wedding coordinator from within our church to help you with your wedding. She may be anyone you choose from within the church family but she must be approved by the Pastor performing the wedding. She will need to meet with you at least 1 month prior to the wedding date during which time she will help you complete your wedding plans so your wedding will be beautiful, and tension free. She will require that at the first conference you have a rough draft of your order of service, that you have your attendants contacted, and that you bring information concerning all aspects of your wedding plans. She will be present at the rehearsal, the wedding, and the reception (if held at the church) to see that all goes well. An honorarium for the Wedding Coordinator would be appropriate.