Memorial or Funeral Servcie

One of the most challenging times in any family is the death of a loved one.  We pray that this booklet will be a helpful resource for you and your family during this difficult time.

Immediately after the death occurs, the desired funeral director should be called, followed by a call to the pastor, either at the church office or at home.  Working together, we will plan the details of the service.

A Funeral Service is one in which the body of the person who has died is present.   A Memorial Service is one without the presence of the body and most often occurs after burial or cremation.  Both of these services focuses on thanksgiving for and celebration of the life of the person who has died.

The Funeral Director must call the Pastor to determine the day and time of the Funeral or Memorial Service.      

The Pastor will make arrangements to visit with the family as soon as possible, either in the home or in the church office in order to plan the service.  At such time, the details of the service regarding music, scripture and any other special additions will be discussed.

If you wish another Pastor to assist with the service, the family needs to  have the Pastor of St. John’s Church make contact with the assisting Pastor.

You are welcome to schedule a viewing at the church before the Funeral service.  Due to the long flight of steps to the Sanctuary, viewing of the loved one will take place at a predetermined place on the first level of the church building.  The casket will be closed before the service begins.

Masonic, military, fraternal or other rituals should be conducted and completed before the Funeral or Memorial Service begins.

Expenses:

A) Pastor: $125.00.

B) Organist: $125.00.

C) Use of building including sound system and clean up: $100.00

D) John’s Hospitality Team will provide a light meal after the service. The per person cost of $6.50 is based on the number of guests estimated or attending, whichever is greater.

Cold meals

1) Cold cuts and Rolls, Lettuce, tomatoes, onion, pickles, 2 Pasta salads: Potato salad, Macaroni salad or other salad, Fruit salad or tossed salad, Cake, Drinks

OR

2) Egg salad, Tuna salad, and Ham salad to make your own sandwiches, Lettuce, tomatoes, onion, pickles, Pasta Salad, Fruit salad or Tossed salad, Cake, Drinks

Hot meals: 

1) Ham, Scallop potatoes, Green bean casserole, Fruit salad or Tossed salad, Pickles, Cake, Drinks

 OR

 2) Meatloaf, Macaroni & cheese or Scallop potatoes, Vegetable casserole, Fruit salad or Tossed salad, Pickles, Cake, Drinks

 Snacks (cookies, cakes, chips):  Free

 

 

 

 

Updated: November 2017

 

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