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his congregation has, as its primary purpose, a ministry, which always reflects commitment to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord of life. Every public gathering, including the weddings we perform, are based on that commitment. As a result, we have deep convictions that weddings at Trabuco Canyon Community Church should be conducted only for those whose spiritual commitments are consistent with this. Weddings at Trabuco Canyon Community Church will always involve Christians who fit into one of the categories listed below:

Members and their families.
Those who are regularly involved at Trabuco Canyon Community Church.
Those who have recently begun to attend.
Those who are active Christians in another church who, for various reasons, need a different kind of facility than their church provides and are willing to work within our stated guidelines.
Those who are confessed Christians and currently seeking a new church home.

We assume that if you wish to be married in the church, you desire to have a Christian marriage. We are not judging the legality of any marriage that may be solemnized by civil law. The church, however, may and does have rules that go beyond mere legal requirements.

Scheduling a Wedding
A wedding date is scheduled at Trabuco Canyon Community Church through the church office
(949) 858-0624 to determine the availability of a pastor and the church facilities.  The Church seats 175.

The Pastor
The weddings at the church shall be overseen by one of the pastors of the church. The wedding service is under the direction of the pastor of TCCC. There may be times when a the couple has a close family member who is a Christian Pastor, or if they attend another church and are especially close to their pastor  we can allow the “guest pastor” to perform the ceremony under the supervision of the Pastor of TCCC.

Rehearsal

One and one-half hours are allotted for the rehearsal. The marriage license should be given to the wedding coordinator at the rehearsal.

Music Information
All music performed at Trabuco Canyon Community Church must be music appropriate for use in a Church Service. Music suitable for the marriage service directs attention to God and expresses the faith of the church. The congregation may join in hymns and other musical forms of praise and prayer. The pastor in charge of the wedding must approve all music performed. The church organist/pianist is available at an additional cost and excellent church soloists are also available. The church requires their sound technician to operate any church equipment. ($50.00 fee.)

Additional Guidelines
Please protect your valuables; the bride’s and groom’s dressing areas are to be cleared out completely upon leaving. Do not leave valuable items unattended. Trabuco Canyon Community Church representatives will not be responsible for lost or stolen items.
Alcoholic beverages are not permitted on the property.
Please refrain from smoking on church property. Due to our location a definite fire hazard exists.
To avoid damage and spills, food and drinks are not allowed in the Sanctuary. Non alcoholic beverages and snacks may be brought into the Fellowship Hall.
No throwing of confetti or rice is allowed.
If a time change for the rehearsal and/or the wedding ceremony is requested, it must be cleared with the pastor and the wedding coordinator.
At additional cost, and dependent upon availability, the couple may request extra time prior to, or after the wedding.
Any additional fees should be brought to the rehearsal and given to the wedding coordinator.
Video taping is permitted.

Flowers are supplied and arranged by the bridal party. Flowers, decorations, and other appointments should be appropriate to the place of worship, enhance the worshipers’ consciousness of the reality of God, and reflect the integrity and simplicity of  the Christian life.
Only unity candles are permitted and they are to be placed in the candelabra on the Communion table. (The Bridal party furnishes the candles.)
Please do not tape, tack or nail anything to the pews and walls.
The wedding ceremony is a worship service, therefore we ask that the wedding party dress modestly and appropriately.
It is the responsibility of the wedding party to wash any kitchen items they use before they leave.
It is the responsibility of the wedding party to remove all decorations, signs, trash, etc. from the premises.

Fee: $1,500.00
Includes use of the facilities,
wedding coordinator, minister and janitorial service.

Your wedding is a very important occasion and we are thrilled to be a part of it. We will do everything we can to make it memorable and a positive contribution to your life together.

If you need any further information, please feel free to contact the Church Office at
Tel: (949)858-0624 or email: office@trabucochurch.com

A Note from Pastor Robert

Dear Friends,

First, let me congratulate you on your upcoming wedding, and wish you great joy.
What you are wanting to do is a good thing. God invented marriage, and He doesn’t have bad ideas.  I can only hope that the two of you will be blessed in your marriage as much as my wife and I.

Second, there is a reoccurring issues which seem to come up almost every time I meet with couples preparing for marriage “What if we’re not sure we are Christians?”

It’s a good question, and one I’d love to discuss further with you, but let me share with you just briefly what is at the core of Christianity.

One of the great misconceptions about Christianity, is that it’s on par with all the other world religions, that it’s simply another set of rules. People think “Islam has it’s rules, and if you follow them you’ll be a good person and get to go to heaven.” “Buddhism has it’s rules, and if you follow them you’ll be a good person and get to go to heaven.” etc, etc.

At the core of Christianity is the belief, that none of us are “good enough” to get to heaven.  The Bible tells us that “Our righteousness is like filthy rags”, that “all have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God.” Because we are in this fallen state, God sent His Son, Jesus Christ to live a life of perfect righteousness, die on the cross in our stead (taking upon himself on the cross the penalty for our sin), and rose from the dead 3 days later (showing himself victorious over death).  He was our substitute, and he exchanged his righteousness (goodness) for our sin (wickedness), suffering in our place.

The word Christian means a follower of Christ.  It’s used of someone who puts their faith (or trust) in Christ. So, if you think you’re going to heaven because you’re a “good person” you’re not a Christian.  If however you realize that you’re not good enough to go the heaven, but have placed your trust in Christ and what he has done on your behalf, you’re a Christian, and you’ve been adopted into the family of God.

Again, if this doesn’t make sense to you, or you have questions, I’d love to meet with you and discuss this further.

For further reading on the subject, pick up a copy of “The Reason for God” by Tim Keller or go to http://www.matthiasmedia.com.au/2wtl/

 

God’s richest Blessing to you both,

~Pastor Robert Jacobsen