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.

Each Milestone features three important components:

  1. A cross+generational event – This will be a time to come together to learn about the milestone through an engaging, hands-on experience.
  2. Celebrate in worship – This is when we lift up the milestone amongst the community of faith. This part of the Milestone usually takes place during worship and includes a special blessing and gift. It is a time when the children, families, and individuals are surrounded by the love and support of the worshipping community.
  3. Homegrown Faith – Homegrown Faith supports the milestone in the home. Each person is encouraged to continue to celebrate and grow in faith through taking part in the four keys of nurturing faith: caring conversations, devotions, service and rituals and traditions.

Some of the Milestones Observed at Central Lutheran


Infant through adult

We will honor all those who have been baptized at Central Lutheran over the last twelve months.

Bible Adventures

3 Years & Third Grade

Many congregations give Bibles to children at 3 years old and in the third grade. This is in direct response to the promises of baptism. Children and parents come together around God’s Word as they use, read, study and play in the Bible. Children not only receive Bibles, but are encouraged to use them together with their families.

Backpack Blessing

All children

Starting school carries with it challenges, anxieties, hopes and opportunities that fill the lives of children and parents with many diverse emotions and wonderments. This event reminds children that God’s steadfast love goes with them always.

Communion Celebration

Fifth Grade

Children and parents come together to reflect more deeply about the significance of Holy Communion in their lives. It is a time of family, fun and joy, and a time to make lasting memories.


Ninth Grade–an Evening of Honor

Confirmation marks the commencement of a new chapter of involvement in the faith community and commitment to lifelong learning and serving in the body of Christ. Youth and parents gather for a formal dinner to honor this milestone.

Driver’s License

Age 16

Congratulations and special prayers are in order for this milestone!

High School Graduation

Twelfth Grade

High School graduation is followed by important new choices for future life paths. This is a time for graduates, family and congregation to come together to help graduates take responsibility for deliberate plans in a continuing faith journey.

Birthdays & Anniversaries

All ages

We will celebrate all birthdays and anniversaries ending in 0 (0, 10, 20, 30…100!).