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Frequently Asked Questions

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Catagories:

General Blessings Weddings
Naming Celebration of Life Benedictions

General:

Q: What are your credentials?
A: Our ministers are all ordained by the religion's or belief they service. We also have Fire and Police Chaplains.

Q: I just need someone to talk to. Can you help?
A: Yes. You are welcome to call (or email) us on any matter of spirituality. I do not charge for brief calls or email's.

Q: Can you visit me or a family member in the hospital or jail?
A: Yes. Contact us for information!

Q: Can you provide counseling service?
A: Our Pastors and Chaplains can offer many types of counseling services. We also have Certified Crisis Counselors.

Q: I have a strange request. Can you help?
A: Maybe. You are always free to ask.

Q: Do you offer any discounts?
A: Yes. Any military personnel or veterans are offered a 10% discount.

Q: Can I pay by Check?
A: To pay by check, you must contact me ahead of time. No checks on the day of service, please.

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Weddings:

Q: How do I get a marriage license in Texas?
A: In Texas, a marriage license is obtained from any County Clerk's Office. The State fee is $60.00 plus each county has a fee of up to $12.00.

Q: Is there any way to get a lower fee?
A: Yes, You can take an 8-Hour class and the State will waive their $60.00 fee. You must still pay the county fee. Learn more about this program at: http://www.twogetherintexas.com

Q: Do I have to be a Texas resident?
A: No. You can travel to Texas from other states and be married.

Q: Is a Texas Marriage License valid in any Texas County?
A: Yes. A Texas Marriage License is good in every county in the State of Texas.

Q: When can we get married after we purchase the license?
A: The license must be purchased at least 72 hours prior to but no more than 90 days before the date of the ceremony.

Q: My boyfriend/Girlfriend is in the military and is about to be deployed. Do we still have to wait 72 hours?
A: The 72 hour waiting period is automatically waived for Active Duty military personnel. However, you will need to show your military ID.

Q: What kind of identification do we need to get a license?
A: You must have a valid ID such as a drivers license, ID card issued by DPS, valid passport, resident alien card, or other government issued identification.

Q: What is the legal age to obtain a Marriage License?
A: In Texas, 18 without parental consent and 16 with parental consent.

Q: How long after a divorce can I re-marry?
A: Applicants must have been divorced for 30 days (unless waived).

Q: Do we need to have a blood test performed?
A: No blood test is required in the State of Texas anymore.

Q: Do we need to bring witnesses to get a license?
A: No, You do not need to bring witnesses to obtain the Marriage license.

Q: Can I get the license alone, without my boyfriend/girlfriend?
A: Both parties must be present to apply for a marriage license. Exceptions to this are: Active Military, Incarceration or Hospitalization with a Doctor's statement.

Q: If my Boyfriend/Girlfriend is in the military, in jail or in the hospital, what do I do?
A: Get an Absent Partner Application from the county clerk's office.

Q: Can two people of the same sex get married?
A: Yes. Same-sex marriage is legal in Texas and all other U.S. states per the U.S. Supreme Court ruling of Obergefell v. Hodges on June 26, 2015.

Q: Who can perform a wedding in Texas?
A: Marriages in Texas may be performed by a minister of any recognized church, a Justice of the Peace or a County Judge, District Judge, or any retired Judge.

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Naming Ceremony/Baby Dedication:

Q: What is a Naming Ceremony?
A: Naming ceremonies can be small and intimate or large extravaganzas. They are typically done in the first month after birth to bless the child, parents and family and officially name the child.

Q: What is a dedication?
A: A baby or child dedication is a ceremony to dedicate a child to God and bless his/her life, as well as the parents and family.

Q: What about older children?
A: A baby or child dedication can be done at any age.

Q: What about adoptions?
A: Dedication ceremonies for adopted children are very common, and a wonderful way to welcome the child into a new home and a new life.

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New Home Blessing/New Business Blessing:

Q: Why would you do a new home (or business) Blessing?
A: There is no better way to begin a new venture, be it a home or a business, than to invoke a blessing upon it and all that dwell/work there.

Q: Are blessings a "Christian" thing?
A. No, a blessing can be Christian, but can also be of any belief.

Q: What about an apartment or mobile Home?
A: Blessing a new dwelling of any kind is appropriate.

Q: When should a home blessing be done?
A: Although anytime is fine, they work very well combined with a housewarming event.

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Benedictions/Opening Ceremonies/Invocations:

Q: What is an invocation?
A: An invocation (or opening prayer) is a short prayer at the start of a meeting, event or ceremony to invoke the presence of God and ask for His blessings. It is often done in conjunction with a Benediction.

Q: What is a "Benediction"?
A: A benediction is a short prayer typically done at the end of a meeting or ceremony.

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Funerals/Memorials/Celebration of Life:

Q: A loved one just passed away I am very confused. Can you help?
A: Yes. We have experenced chaplains that have helped hundreds of families in their time of grief.

Q: What is the difference between a funeral and a Celebration of Life?
A: A funeral is typically done within 3 to 7 days of a death, and often involves a grave-side service. A Celebration of Life can be held at any time to celebrate a deceased loved ones life accomplishments.

Q: We had a funeral. Can we still do a Celebration of life?
A: Yes. It can be scheduled so people that had been unable to attend the funeral can partake in the celebration.

Q: When should a memorial be held?
A: Although anytime is appropriate, memorials are most often held on the anniversary of the death, or some other significant date.

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