The Funeral Rite
If the deceased has made specific plans to be carried out upon his/her passing, those plans will be adhered to as closely as possible. In the event of the death of a church member in good standing, the following procedures are in place:
After calling the mortician of choice, a family member must call the church office to inform the Pastor/administrative assistant of the family memberís demise, and to make preparations for the funeral services. The mortician will contact the church to discuss available dates and times for the services to preclude scheduling conflicts.
If service programs are to be provided by the church, family members must come to the church office and provide all pertinent information
- Desired/Favorite songs
- Desired/Favorite scriptures
- List of pallbearers
Special requests (soloists, memorial tributes, etc.): Names of persons making memorial tributes must appear on the program. There is no open or random speaking.
Family members may have programs prepared elsewhere if they so choose, however, notification of this intention should be given to the administrative office. Requests for other ministers to assist with the funeral service must be approved by the Pastor.
Calling hours prior to the services are concluded with a final viewing after which the mortician will close the casket and the services will begin.
After the funeral, dinner is provided for the family upon their return from the gravesite. Depending on the anticipated number in attendance and availability, dinner may be served either in the Fellowship Hall or in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Family Life Center.