A person is welcomed into the church, the body of Christ, through the sacrament of baptism. The water, words, and actions of the sacrament are visible signs that convey the each Christian's fulfillment of the ritual that Jesus Christ modeled for us with John at the Jordan River. We invite you to explore baptism by contacting one of the pastors of Casas Adobes Congregational UCC.
Baptism is both God’s gift and our human response to that gift. It is a sign and seal of our common experience and shared discipleship. Through baptism, Christians are symbolically brought into union with the living Christ, with each other and with the church of every time and place. In the United Church of Christ, people are baptized either as children or adults. Baptism with water and the Holy Spirit is the ritual of inclusion and welcome into the care of the community of faith, the sign and seal of our participation in God’s forgiveness, and notes the promise of new growth into a deeper and wider experience of Christian faith and life.
When an infant or young child is baptized, one or both parents (and one or more sponsors) promise to assume certain responsibilities for the Christian nurture of the baptized child. Although it is not necessary to be a member of Casas Adobes Congregational UCC, one of the parents or sponsors should be a member in good standing of a Christian church. Those who are baptized at an early age are given an opportunity in their youth or adulthood to make a personal profession of faith through confirmation or affirmation of baptism. Parents, in consultation with the pastor, may choose sponsors for infants and young children who are to be baptized. Other candidates for baptism may also be given this opportunity to have sponsors. Sponsors make promises identical to the promises of the parents concerning their role.
Baptism is not only a personal celebration in the lives of the individual candidates and their families, but also a central celebration in the life of the local congregation which embodies the universal church in a particular place. Covenant promises are not only made by parents and sponsors, they are made by the gathered congregation as well. For this reason, baptism should preferably take place in the presence of the community of faith gathered for public worship. Please feel most encouraged to contact us if we can help you as you consider and plan for baptism whether it is for you or for your young child. Casas Adobes UCC is most pleased to keep covenant with God and with you in this wonderful celebration and sacrament.
A Christian wedding ceremony is a service of worship offered to God. The essence of marriage is a covenanted commitment that has its foundation in the faithfulness of God’s love. The wedding ceremony is the wonderful occasion on which two people unite as full and equal partners in the mutual exchange of covenant promises.
If a couple wishes to be married at and/or by a pastor of Casas Adobes Congregational UCC, they must meet with our pastor. A schedule for additional pre-marital conversations with the pastor and details concerning the availability of the church facility can be set at this first meeting. Then, should the schedule and details be mutually agreeable to the couple and the pastor, and on receipt of a non-refundable deposit, the ceremony will be booked into our calendar.
While civil marriage in Arizona is limited by state definition, as an Open & Affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ we do not find ourselves likewise limited in our participation in administering the blessings and the covenant commitments of marriage. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you desire to explore a covenant service, a service of blessing, a Holy Union celebration, or a marriage renewal ceremony. Our concern is to help in your desire to make your festive day something that will illuminate our loving God’s participation in your household for a lifetime. Casas Adobes Congregational UCC does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. Christian same-sex couples who wish to have their life-long commitment recognized should be confident that you will be respected and welcomed to explore your ceremony with us.
We also want to help make your wedding service one that best fulfills your sense of your celebration under the broad umbrella of the ceremony being mindful of its purpose as a service for the worship of God. Music of joy, praise and thanksgiving may be included in the service after consultation with the pastor. Readings and rituals do not need to be exclusively from the Christian scriptures or tradition. We are delighted that you have found your life partner and wish to publicly declare your commitment to each other.
We hope your wedding at Casas Adobes Congregational UCC will be a joyous, meaningful and life affirming celebration of your love. Please contact us if we can help you make your service of commitment be all that you desire in covenant with each other and our God.
Celebrations of Life
Scripture promises us that we are not left alone in our grief. We trust in the good news of Christ’s resurrection, the promise of abundant and eternal life, and the healing presence of God’s Spirit.
Casas Adobes Congregational UCC considers it our privilege to walk with families as they bid farewell to a loved one. We offer this ministry to those who are members or friends of our congregation, as well as to those who are unconnected to the church. A funeral (where the body of the deceased is present) is generally held a few days following death. A memorial service (where the body of the deceased is not present) may be held a few days following death or at a time convenient to the family. The worship service is usually held at the church — in our main sanctuary or our chapel. Occasionally, families prefer to hold the service at a funeral home, a grave side, or at another location. We also refer you to and commend to you the Columbarium at Casas Adobes UCC.
Please feel encouraged to contact Casas Adobes UCC and our pastor if you expect to be or are now in need of help in setting up a funeral or memorial service. Services generally include a meditation by the pastor, Scripture, prayers, and music. Family members or friends may also offer remembrances during the service. Music can be traditional or appropriate for the celebration of the life for which we now give thanks.
At times Casas Adobes Congregational UCC does host a post-service reception or allow for and encourage you to use our fellowship hall and kitchen to cater to your reception needs. Please feel encouraged to contact us for information and rates for such reception assistance. We are also most willing to suggest appropriate fees for the extra custodial services and adequate honorium for musicians and pastors.
A Memorial Gift is usually a monetary donation presented to the Church in honor of someone (living or deceased). Families often note in obituaries that donations may be made to the Church to honor the deceased. All donations are acknowledged with a card of thanks and the family is notified as well of donations made by others.
A request may be made along with the gift as to where the money will be designated for use in the church. Our Capital Ministry is the internal group who guides the use of all monies within the church and will seriously take all requets under advisement. The church however has the final word as to where the funds will best serve our congregation. The role that the person for whom the gift was given played in our church and their lifetime interests and activites are always taken into consideration. We hope that donors will have faith that we seek and listen to God's guidance in these matters and it is God who knows best as to where financial assistance can best benefit his church. Special circumstances may be considered.