the first steps in your faith walk

Why do we Baptize? It is the great commission of our Lord Jesus that we would, “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Matt 28:19 Through water and the Word of God in baptism, we are liberated from sin and death by being joined to the death and resurrection of Jesus. Rom 6:3-4 God uses baptism to bring about faith. In baptism, we are “born again of the Spirit” John 3:5 to begin a new life freed in Christ to love God and serve others. 


pick a service

Your first step is to call the church office at 365-1494 to schedule your baptism on one of our designated baptismal weekends which usually take place at all services (5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday) on the fourth weekend of every month.  Other dates are sometimes available. 


with our baptism class

This one-hour class is generally offered one week before the baptism. You will learn more about why we do baptism, what will happen that day, and your role as the one being baptized or as a parent/ guardian, or sponsor.  All classes begin at 9 a.m. and last approximately one hour.  Baptism classes usually take place the third Saturday of every month.  Please check with the church office for exact dates at 365-1494. 

do i have to be a member?


Baptism is open to all who believe and wish to be baptized in the name of God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit, whether you are a member of First Lutheran Church or not.  While congregation membership is not a requirement, we do believe a person is joined to the community of faith through baptism. In baptism, commitments are made to enter a life-long journey of faith within a congregation. We encourage families to be connected to a faith community. If you don’t have a church home, please consider First Lutheran as your church family.