October 2020

Post date: Sep 28, 2020 6:18:26 PM

Baptisms and Confirmations: Two and Two

This October we will celebrate 2 baptisms and 2 confirmations! First the baptisms. On Sunday Oct 11th, Carlotta Foreman will be baptized. Carlotta is the daughter of Rick & Erin Foreman and was born July 29th. On Sunday Oct 18th, Lotte Holcomb will be baptized. Lotte is the daughter of Jess & Jesika Holcomb and was born June 22nd. Lotte’s proud older siblings are Allorah, Brit and Lillian. Due to Covid restrictions, these baptisms will happen before or after our 10 am Sunday worship service. But rest assured that these two little girls will be baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and are full members of God’s family and our First Lutheran Church family. So we say, “Welcome to the family of God, Carlotta and Lotte!”

Now, are Carlotta and Lotte already fully formed in their faith relationships with Jesus Christ? Of course not. They are still little babies. Christian faith formation is something which takes years and years. Truth is, we never (hopefully) stop growing in our relationship with our Savior Jesus Christ. When parents bring their little ones to the baptismal font, they promise to “live among God’s faithful people, bring them to the word of God and the holy supper, teach them the Lord’s Prayer, the creed and the 10 commandments, place in their hands the holy scriptures and nurture them in faith and prayer, so that their children may learn to trust God, proclaim Christ through word and deed, care for others and the world and work for justice and peace.” (ELW Holy Baptism p 228)

Whew! That’s a lot! And the church is here to help parents carry through on these promises. Worship services, Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, youth group and Confirmation classes are ways the church helps kids grow in Christian faith and life.

Confirmation, or Affirmation of Baptism Sunday will be Oct 25th here at First Lutheran. Two wonderful young Christian women, Sarah Merten and Aubrey Wells will be affirming their baptisms. That is, they will be saying “Yes” to their baptisms. We look forward to hearing their faith statements and seeing them go through the Rite of Confirmation. Will Sarah and Aubrey then be fully complete in their Christian faith and life? Again, the answer is no. We all, hopefully, keep growing in faith and life our whole lives long. But Confirmation, Affirmation of Baptism, is an important milestone along life’s journey. The goal of all those confirmation classes is to help lay a solid Christian faith foundation on which young people can build their whole lives long. So we say, “Good going Sarah and Aubrey! Keep up the good work!”

Sometimes people ask, “Which is more important: baptism or believing in Jesus?” To which I’m always tempted to answer, “Yes!” or more precisely, “Yes! Both!” It’s not an “either/or” but a “both/and”. In Mark 16:15-16, our risen Savior Jesus says, “Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation. The one who believes and is baptized will be saved.” Baptism and belief (faith, trust) are great gifts from God which nurture and sustain us in this life and forever. Let us live daily in our baptisms with the comfort, confidence and joy of knowing Jesus our Savior!

Peace, Love, and Joy in Jesus,

Pastor Dennis