Milestone Ministry

“… What do those stones mean to you?” Joshua 4:6

God knew we’d need reminders to stop and tell the stories—the stories of God and his people, the story of God’s Son, and our own faith stories. First Lutheran Church gives pebbles as reminders to tell the stories…on special occasions…and every day. Milestones bring God’s presence into the home and the rituals of daily life into the congregation. They renew and transform congregations with the mission to “tend the baptismal journey” through all the ages and stages of a life centered in Christ. The Blessing Bowl given to each person who is baptized at First Lutheran Church is meant to be the keeper of the pebbles.

At each milestone, families gather together for a meal and learning time, and we celebrate and pray for the children during the 11 a.m. worship service.

Milestones celebrated during the year include:

Infant/any age: Pre-baptism class—first Thursday of the month
Infant/any age: Baptism at any of the services except the 1st Sunday of the month due to Communion or on holidays
1st year after baptism: Anniversary of Baptism—January, Baptism of Jesus Sunday
1-year-olds: Baby’s 1st Christmas—November, 3rd Saturday (morning)
2-year-olds: We are the Church—November, 3rd Saturday (afternoon)
3-year-olds: First Step—September, 3rd Saturday
4-year-olds: Prayer Pillow—October, 1st Sunday
Kindergarten: 10 Commandments—April, 1st Sunday
1st grade: Lord's Prayer—March, 1st Sunday
2nd grade: Confession & Forgiveness—February, 1st Sunday
3rd grade: Third Grade Bibles—September 3rd Sunday
4th grade: Apostles’ Creed—November, 1st Sunday
5th grade & parents: First Communion—Maundy Thursday, 7 p.m. service
6th grade: Entering Confirmation—August/September
7th grade: Study Bibles—September
9th grade: Driver's license blessing—winter/spring
10th grade: Affirmation of Baptism/Confirmation—November, 1st Sunday, 2 p.m.
11th grade: Vocation—date TBD
12th grade: Senior Recognition—May, 1st Sunday
All students young & old: Back-to-school Blessing—August, all services
Youth & adults: Camps & Mission Trips Blessing—June, 1st Sunday
Adults: Couples married the previous year—January-March TBD