We welcome couples who are and are not members to make use of our
facilities and services for weddings. Below you can find all of the
information you will need when preparing to schedule a wedding with the
Last revised 1/1/2018
Please secure your wedding date with the pastor before booking
(1) All couples preparing to be married by the
pastor of this church will complete a series of (at least) three
pre-marital counseling sessions with the pastor. Use of the
building indicates a desire to use the called pastor of this
congregation. Family and/or other clergy may participate only with the
consent of the pastor of this congregation. Couples should confer
with the pastor before setting a date for the wedding.
(2) The fee for the services of the pastor is $200
for voting members of Friedens and $250 for non-voting members or
non-members of Friedens as defined in the constitution. If the wedding
is to be held at a location other than Friedens, the pastor fee still
applies plus reasonable mileage to and from the church at the current
IRS rate of 57.5 cents/mile (no more than 100 miles one way, please).
(3) There will be a $150 deposit for the use of the
church building, which shall be returned upon evaluation of impact of
usage of the church grounds. In addition, a $150 non-refundable fee
shall be assessed for non-voting members or non-members as defined in
(4) Musical arrangements shall be made in
consultation with Mrs. Betsy Eckroth, who serves as the organist.
Couples are responsible for making arrangements with Mrs. Eckroth, even
if they intend on using a different organist/musicians. The fee for the
organist will be $100. An additional fee will be assessed at Mrs.
Eckroth's discretion for the use of a soloist or any other additional,
extraordinary time requested. Mrs. Eckroth may be contacted at
570-943-2980. All musical selections must be approved by the organist
and the pastor and should reflect God's role in the marriage ceremony.
(5) Couples are expected to provide the blank
bulletins. The church secretary is available to photocopy bulletins, if
desired, at a fee of $50. Couples may also desire to create their own
bulletins. In order to help the service flow smoothly, bulletins should
be designed in consultation with the pastor.
(6) All fees are due at the final pre-marital
session, which will take place no later than two weeks before the
rehearsal. The rehearsal is not scheduled nor is the wedding ceremony
expected to be scheduled without proper collection of fees. Separate
payment should be made out to the following parties:
The pastor: Rev. Kenneth Melber Jr.
$200 for members, $250 for non-members
The organist: Mrs. Betsy Eckroth
$100 plus any additional fees
Building fees/deposit: Friedens Lutheran
Church $150 for members, $300 for non-members
Secretary (if applicable): Mrs. Susan Paul
Payment must be made by cash or money order only.
Personal checks are no longer accepted.
(7) The following are not permitted within the
building or anywhere on church grounds: tobacco products, alcoholic
beverages, illegal drugs. By law, if either the bride or groom
appear intoxicated or impaired on the day of the wedding, the marriage
ceremony cannot take place.
(8) Bows may be tied to pews. Please do not use
adhesives. Nothing may be taped to the walls.
(9) Photography is permitted, but must be non-flash
photography. The photographer is expected to remain outside of the altar
space (the raised space beyond the chancel rail or steps on either
(10) Animals are not permitted on church grounds
except those assisting blind persons.
(11) The marriage license must be brought
to the wedding rehearsal (usually the day before the wedding) to be
signed by the pastor.