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.
A couple who wish for Pastor Larry to officiate their wedding must participate in a premarital course.
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 2021: Ash Wednesday, February 17 - Holy Saturday, April 3; Lent 2022: Wednesday, March 2 - Holy Saturday, April 16.
At the present time, we are tentatively scheduling weddings for summer 2022, but based on the situation with COVID-19 and availability of vaccines, 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 State of Illinois or CDC guidelines, whichever is smaller.
To confirm Rev. Schneekloth's and the church's availability and to set up your counseling sessions, you may contact Pastor at:
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 and parent-child room are closed):
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 (This deposit is refundable within 7 days after the event provided clean-up is done according to terms of the contract.)
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)
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