Baptism

Zumbro Lutheran is delighted to bring your child into the family of God through the sacrament of Holy Baptism. It’s a time to celebrate new life, to remember our own baptisms, and to make commitments to nurture the faith of the newly baptized. Contact the church office to schedule a baptism.

Three-Years-Old Milestone: Exploring Our Story Bibles

The Spark Story Bible is a wonderful gift that every three-year-old at Zumbro receives. With colorful illustrations and simple text (that is ideal for bedtime stories!), our congregation puts the Word of God into the hands of these children and their families. This milestone class introduces the children and their parents to their new Bible. The families are recognized and blessed during worship as well. Contact Janette Reeves with interest and for more information.

First Grade Milestone: Praying to God & The Lord’s Prayer

Prayer is the most important way that we communicate with God. That is a simple fact. It is also a fact that many people don’t know how to pray and families don’t know how to pray together. This milestone class will help our 1st grade families learn about the importance of prayer and practice praying and blessing each other in a fun environment. There are so many ways to pray and God loves to hear our prayers! Come explore this together! Contact Janette Reeves with interest and for more information.

Third Grade Milestone: How to Read Our Bible

Our 3rd graders receive the “Hands-On Bible” and this bible lives up to its name! Every page has activities, crafts, trivia, and fun facts that engage kids’ minds and make the stories of the Bible more relevant to today. This milestone class lets the youth and parents explore their new Bibles and discover all it has to offer. Then families are recognized and blessed during worship on Sunday morning and Wednesday evening as well. Contact Janette Reeves with interest and for more information.

Three-Year-Old + Third Grade Bibles

In baptism, parents promise to put the Word of God into their child’s hands. We support parents in this promise by giving the Spark Story Bible to three-year-olds and the Hand’s On Bible (NLT) to 3rd graders. A family class on Sunday morning or Wednesday night helps introduce the students and parents to their new bible and gives tips on how to use it daily. Contact Janette Reeves with interest and for more information.

Communion

We are committed to life-long learning and growing in faith. In this spirit, we offer a Holy Communion class to 5th graders and their parents. We are offering two opportunities to take the class and deepen your understanding of this incredible gift of remembrance from Jesus as a family. The class explores the origins of and meaning behind Holy Communion and it includes baking communion bread as well.

If your children of any age show signs of being ready to take communion, please contact Pastor Jason or Janette Reeves. We will meet with your family individually to talk about what communion means and how it strengthens our faith. Then you can decide as a family if the time is right for your children to join us in this sacrament during worship.

Affirmation of Baptism

Confirmation is all about learning who God is and why faith makes a difference in your life. Classes meet Wednesdays during the school year. During the three-year confirmation process (grades 7-9), students, adult mentors, and teachers will explore the Bible, learn how to pray, serve, study the catechism, and have tons of fun. Contact Pastor Shelley to learn more about this program.

Weddings

Congratulations! We look forward to helping you plan for this important event and prepare for a healthy and fulfilling life together. The Zumbro community affirms and supports your decision to marry by offering opportunities to grow in faith, in fellowship and in your relationship with each other. We encourage you to worship with us regularly and covenant to work with each other and the church in this premarital process. We believe that marriage should be rooted in the steadfast love of God. Contact Pastor Lisa to talk about celebrating your commitment to each other at Zumbro.

Retirement

Members of Zumbro Lutheran Church offered their expertise and perspectives on topics most helpful for people preparing for retirement, but also helpful to anyone who wants to think about retirement or who is already retired.

Funerals + Memorials

One of our goals at Zumbro is to help people with end of life matters. We offer an Ending Well workshop annually to assist in making preparations. When a loved one dies, a pastor gathers with the family to offer comfort and support, and to make funeral plans. People choose either burial or cremation. A growing number at Zumbro are having their loved one inurned at the Zumbro Columbarium.  Contact Pastor Vern for more information.