Milestones Ministry provides a faith milestone as a marker along life’s journey that says, “This is something important, and God is here, too.” It is a faith formation practice for both home and congregation that helps all generations recognize God’s presence in everyday life.
We recognize milestones as an important aspect of ministry because our Lutheran faith tells us that “Home is Church”. When we participate in milestones, we are partnering with the families and households to walk with them, outreach into the larger community, and allows people to experience faith in their daily lives a little bit deeper. All of this we do to fulfill the baptismal promises that the church made.
When you are talking about baptism, at Our Saviour’s we partner the newly baptized with a Splash! Sponsor. This person is someone who will be present at the baptism, will follow up with you for 3 years after baptism, and be another connection point with the congregation.
You can choose your own sponsor or we can find someone for you. Their role is to send notes, send cards, check in with the family, and to be an advocate for the newly baptized within the church.
For more information on Baptism, see Baptism, Communion, & Affirmation of Baptism
At Our Saviour’s, we want to support parents in fulfilling a baptismal promise (to place in their hands the holy scriptures).
When a youth enters our education program, from Pre-Elementary to 5th grade, they will receive the Whirl! Storybook Bible. We ask that parents talk to the church office to receive that Bible in the fall, or when they enter if after Bibles have been given out.
At 3rd grade, we no longer give out a Bible. However, if parents would like a full Bible at reading level, we have the Adventure Bible to purchase at a discounted price. These are available year-round from the church office for $15.
When youth enter our education program, from 6th to 12th grade, they will receive the NRSV Student Bible. Again, we ask that parents talk to the church office to receive that Bible in the fall, or when they enter if after Bibles have been given out.
Graduation is a very important milestone. We send out invitations and information in February/March to save the dates in May.
The current class of juniors and their families help to put on a banquet for the graduates and their families. This banquet is a chance to as a family have a nice dinner, laugh, reminisce, and celebrate with their graduate.
Towards the middle of May, there is a baccalaureate worship service during 10:15 AM worship. The congregation gets the opportunity to wish the graduates well, celebrate with them, pray for them, and send them off on the next chapter with a warm gift.
Contact Pastor Paul, Shannon, or the church office for more information on this year’s festivities!