Christian Marriage At MLC
A wedding is a joyful occasion in a couple's life. During this sacred worship service, a new family unit is created. The Lutheran-Christian couple pray that God, who is already the foundation and guide of their lives as individuals, will bless their union and become a part of their married life and family forever. The marital union is indeed an "excellent mystery."
"There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage."
~ Martin Luther
Rev. Robert Burke, assisted by Rev. Dr. Paul Bacon, celebrating the Nuptial Eucharist at Rev. Dr. Larry and Rosemary Schneekloth's wedding.
It is important to confirm Pastor Larry's availability and, if you wish to be married at MLC, that of the church on your preferred rehearsal and wedding dates before you book a wedding and/or reception venue, etc., and pay non-refundable deposits.
Weddings are not scheduled at MLC during Lent and Holy Week, and Pastor is not available to celebrate a wedding at another venue during that time.
Lent 2022: Ash Wednesday, March 2 - Holy Saturday,
Lent 2023: Ash Wednesday, February 22 - Holy Saturday, April 8
At the present time, we are tentatively scheduling weddings for spring/summer 2022; based on the situation with COVID-19, that could change.
NOTE: If you have already scheduled a 2021 spring/ summer/fall wedding, and have been given the green light to proceed, please note that we will be following strict COVID-19 guidelines. The officiant, musicians, photographer/videographer and assistant(s), wedding planner, florist(s), all members of the wedding party, families, and guests will be required to wear masks, except while taking Holy Communion, and pews in the church will be blocked off to promote physical distancing between non household members. The number of participants (including all of the above mentioned people) may not exceed church guidelines. We do take the State of Illinois and CDC guidelines into consideration, but at this time we are limiting attendance to 50 people, the top number we feel that our nave, balcony, and "side chapel" can more safely accommodate.
To confirm Rev. Schneekloth's and the church's availability and to set up your counseling sessions, you may contact Pastor at:
NOTE: If you're planning to be married at a venue other than Markham Lutheran, Pastor may not be available, especially if COVID-19 safety protocols are optional, such as mask and physical distancing requirements.
Some questions to ask yourself/selves and discuss before your first pre-marital counseling session:
1) Why is it important to my future spouse and me that Pastor Larry rather than a judge or someone else officiate our wedding service?
2) Why do my future spouse and I want to have a church wedding? Why have we chosen Markham Lutheran as the place to begin our marriage?
3) Are God and my Lutheran-Christian faith important to me? To us? What role have they played in our relationship and what part do I/we see them having in our marriage? Am I/are we regular church goers and actively involved in the life of the congregation? If not, do I/we see this changing? Why? Why not?
Fees (Please note that as of 2020, the social hall/lower level of church is unavailable):
Church and Social Hall
Church Rental: $100.00 non-members; $50.00 members
Social Hall Rental Fee: $400.00 non-members; $200.00 members
Rental Manager's Fee: $100, all
Rental Clean-up Deposit: $150, all (At this time, this fee is not refundable due to the extra cleaning required to prepare the church for regular services following your event.)
Damage Deposit: $250, non-members; $150 members (Refundable within 7 days after event provided there is no damage)
Officiant and Organist
Pastor Schneekloth's fee: $250.00 (includes pre-marital counseling sessions, rehearsal, if any, and wedding)
Organist's fee: $200.00 (includes one-hour session to discuss/choose music, rehearsal, and wedding)
Jake and Kristin Horlacher Wiley
Pastor Larry Schneekloth with Quinn and Alicia Tracy Newhall
Left: Pastor Larry with Garrett and Christa Nayder Hill
Below: Pastor with Kenneth and Barbara Lang Nayder