The Covenant of Christian Marriage
Christian marriage is a life-long covenant of faithfulness between a man and a woman based upon the love of God. It is God who “created us male and female for each other” (see Mark 10:6). In his sacrificial love, Jesus gave us the example for the love of husband and wife.
The basis of marriage is not the love that brings the couple together, but the commitment they add to that love. Christian marriage is an exchange of vows of faithfulness and commitment before others and God. As God blesses the making of the marriage covenant, God also promises to provide the gifts of grace, love, forgiveness and peace to enable the couple to keep the promises they make.
The Service of Christian Marriage is a worship experience in which the invited guests are participants in worship and support the couple as they make their covenant with each other and God. The couple may choose to use the United Methodist Service of Christian Marriage (No. 684 in the hymnal) or a more personalized alternative as facilitated by the officiating pastor.
St. Paul's United Methodist Church welcomes requests for weddings to be held in the sanctuary or in the Frank Chapel.
Select several dates and then contact the church office for the availability of the facility and a pastor. Guidelines for planning your wedding will be sent to you along with the fee schedule.
Rev. Dr. G. Edwin Zeiders, Pastor
Rev. Eric J. Shafer, Pastor
Rev. Karen Urbanski, Pastor
Counseling sessions with the officiating pastor are required.
The Primary Organist is Mary Bahnfleth. She will guide you in selecting music appropriate to the religious setting of the service. Guest organists are permitted upon approval of the Primary Organist. Vocalists should consult with the organist at least a month before the wedding. The music which is chosen for the wedding should be compatible with the religious setting of the service.
Other Facts to Consider:
The sanctuary seats 400 people, plus 212 in the balcony.
Tape may not be used on the pews or other furniture. The pulpit may not be removed.
An audio tape recording of your wedding service is included as part of your service.
Parking for your wedding is in the lot behind the church or in metered Borough Parking Deck on McAllister Street.
Receptions may be held in the Social Room. The capacity for a sit down reception is 164 people. The food is supplied by the couple or a caterer. Reserve the Social Room at 814-237-2163.
PLEASE NOTE: neither alcohol or tobacco is permitted anywhere within the Church property.
The inability to abide by St. Paul's alcohol and tobacco policy may result in the cancellation of your service.
Please read our Building Use Policies.
Available wedding dates will be placed on the permanent calendar soon after your contact with the Church Office. Please complete the Wedding Worksheet and return it to the Church Office with completed information. You will be responsible for completing and mailing the Sound Request Form to the person listed at the bottom of the form.
Non-Members - please contact Linda Heverly, Pastoral Administrative Assistant, in the Church Office.
The following is a listing of Fees for Members:
All payments, as well as the marriage license, should be received in the church one (1) week before the wedding service.
A notice of ANY change in your wedding plans should be shared with the Church Office - 814-237-2163. If you have made arrangements with Sound Technicians, Custodians, Musicians, etc. who are affected by a change, it will be your responsibility to notify them.
(All fees may be subject to change during the next calendar year.)
Approved 10/26/94 Board of Trustees