Glenn Memorial UMC
Friday, October 31, 2014
Loving God, Loving Neighbor

Funerals

We want to be helpful in whatever ways we can when a loved one dies.  Our prayers and pastoral care are offered to church members and the community alike - recognizing the various needs of family and friends in the midst of grief.
 
The Service of Death and Resurrection expresses gratitude to God for the life of the one who has died and bears witness to our conviction that because Christ has been raised from the dead, we too will be raised to new life. We worship in the assurance that nothing – not even death itself – can separate us from God’s love.
 
WHEN DEATH OCCURS:  Please call the church to reach one of the pastors - 404.634.3936. After office hours, your call will be forwarded to the pastor on call. He or she will provide comfort, prayer, and guidance in making plans for a funeral or memorial service.
 
SERVICES AT GLENN:  Funerals or Memorial Services are observed in the Sanctuary or The Little Chapel.  Scheduling works around the need of the loved ones and the availability of the Sanctuary or Little Chapel.  On weekdays there are some limitations created by the Glenn School carpool lineups and the availability of parking in Emory’s Fishburne Parking Deck, but they can be worked around.  For further information, please contact BJ Copelan bettyjoc@glennumc.org or 404-634-3936.
 
SERVICE AT OTHER LOCATIONS:  If you request that the service be held at another location, the pastor will will work with you and the funeral home of your choice. Our pastors are accustomed to conducting services at funeral homes.
 
MUSIC:  Musicians, special music, and hymns can be arranged with the pastor assisting you and the church organist.  The pastor will talk with you about hymns, prayers, Scripture readings, and other details of the service.
 
WITNESSES TO LIFE:  As a way of giving thanks to God for the life of the person who has died, one or more family members or friends are welcome to share their personal words about the one who has died. We recommend that you select these persons carefully after talking with the pastor who will be conducting the service. At the family’s request, the pastor may also open the service for brief words of witness from the congregation. Family members or friends may also participate in the service by reading the Scripture lessons.

PLANNING AHEAD:  Pastors are available to plan ahead for the Service of Death and Resurrection, grief counseling, and the like with individuals and families at anytime, recognizing that we are journeying together in both life and death as a community of Christian faith.