Our heartfelt sympathy should you experience a death in your family.
For immediate Pastoral Care and assistance please call Ria Holtzhausen at 704-369-8007.
Greetings in Christ I hope that these Funeral Service Guidelines will be a helpful resource for you and your family during the loss of your loved one.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Which facilities are available for a funeral service?
A: Our Chapel or Sanctuary is available for funerals. If you desire, the service can also be conducted at the funeral home. UCUMC Chapel has a seating of up to 100 people, our Sanctuary is recommended for larger groups. The Sanctuary has been used for small funeral services and was comfortable even with a small number in attendance. The church will provide its physical facilities and services without charge to the family.
The Gathering area (or Narthex) is often used for the family to receive friends either before or after the funeral service. Generally, the Hospitality suite is used for the family dinner before or after the funeral. In case of a schedule conflict an alternate arrangement will be made.
The church’s pall is available for use on the casket. This is a cloth that is spread over the casket, covering it completely, thereby eliminating all outward distinctions. If the family desires a United States flag may be used to cover the casket of those who have seen service in the military. A Christian funeral is enhanced by its simplicity of worship, as Christians we believe that God looks within the heart and not on outward material things. Please note if pall is used, no casket spray of flowers is needed.
Q: Do we order flowers?
A: This is typically handled with your funeral home planning. One large arrangement to be used by the altar is customary. (Optional)
Q: Will you provide a musician?
A: UCUMC will make available an organist for the funeral service at no charge to the family. The services of any additional musicians, soloist, instrumentalist, etc. will be discussed as you plan the service with the Pastor. If assistance is needed in identifying and/or contracting suitable persons to take part in the service, the Pastor and/or one of the Music Ministers are available to the family for recommendations. The ministry of UCUMC is committed to helping the family in any way possible during this difficult time.
The Minister of music, organist, custodian and ushers consider providing these services to be an important part of their pastoral ministry for the church. It is however customary to give an honorarium to the sound technician, musician(s) and/or soloist(s). For example$25 - $50 for sound technician; $100 organist; $50 Soloist. Checks should be made out to the individual.
Q: Who is responsible for the Obituary?
A: The funeral home will assist you in the designing and publication of the obituary.
Q: Who is responsible for the Bulletin?
A: UCUMC provides a Bulletin. The design and order will be discussed during your meeting with the Pastor; a template is provided for assistance. Please note: the funeral home will offer a memorial announcement; this does not contain the order of the Worship Service.
Q: Does the church provide a meal?
A: Upon request the Memorial Meal Committee will provide a meal for the immediate and out of town family free of charge. Should the family request a reception, a planned menu of finger foods will be prepared for 75 guests and we ask that the family assist in covering the cost of the food with a check to the church for $75.00. The cost is $1.50 per additional person.Should you have any other questions please call the officiating Pastor, or the Pastor on call at 704-369-8039.
As we close we leave these words of comfort with you:
Gracious God, we ask your care of us,For we are overwhelmed with grief. Our sense of loss is tremendous. Help us in the coming days to be conscious of your care to be open to your loving kindness to see your face in those around us. May we draw strength from you and your people. Amen.
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1