MEMORIAL PLANNING

A Brief Overview

“In life and in death, we belong to God.”
“With believers in every time and place, we rejoice that nothing in life or in death can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Thus begins and ends A Brief Statement of Faith of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). These statements are not abstract theological assessments. They are personal affirmations of the most deeply felt commitments of a person’s life.

Death brings loss, sorrow, and grief to all. In the face of death, Christians affirm with tears and joy the hope of the gospel: the resurrection—life after death. The resurrection is a central doctrine of the Christian faith and shapes Christians’ attitudes and responses to the event of death. As Christians, we do not have to bear bereavement alone. We are uplifted by the Holy Spirit and sustained by our community of faith. The church offers a ministry of love and hope to all who grieve.

Because it is difficult under emotional stress to plan wisely, we encourage you to discuss and plan in advance the arrangements that will be necessary at the time of death, including decisions about the Christian options of burial, cremation, or donation for medical purposes. These plans should provide for arrangements that are simple, that bear witness to resurrection hope, and that keep the Christian community central.

When a loved one dies, many decisions must be made in a short period of time. We hope that our Memorial Service Guidelines will help you make some of these decisions.

Memorial Planning ~ Guidelines and Forms

Immanuel's Memorial Garden photo
Immanuel's Memorial Garden

THE MEMORIAL GARDEN

Immanuel Presbyterian Church Memorial Garden photo
Immanuel Presbyterian Church Memorial Garden

Why a Memorial Garden?

An increasing number of families are choosing cremation as a form of respectfully commending the bodies of loved ones. As stated by the Apostle Paul in First Corinthians 15, in the resurrection our “earthly bodies” will be replaced by “spiritual bodies.” Therefore, we believe that burial and cremation are equally valid for Christians.

Immanuel Presbyterian Church maintains a Memorial Garden as a sacred place on our campus for the perpetual memory of loved ones. This columbarium holds cremated remains in separate niches that have been reserved and purchased. Many church members have contributed toward making this an area of peace and tranquility. Here one may pause for prayer and meditation in seeking God’s Presence.

Who may use the Garden?

Our Memorial Garden is a witness to our faith, and a part of our ministry and life together. It is available to members and friends of Immanuel as a fitting place to remember loved ones. The Garden is open for visiting on Sundays during worship hours, and can be opened to you at other times of the week by inquiring in the church office (520-296-2253).

MEMORIAL GIFTS

People often want to express their support in a tangible way for those who have experienced the loss of someone special to them. Over the years, memorial gifts for members and friends of the congregation have supported many ministries of Immanuel Presbyterian Church. If you would like memorial gifts to be designated to the church, please indicate this in the obituary notice and in the memorial service bulletin.

You may choose to designate a memorial fund to which friends may give. If you plan to do this, please set this up through this church office at the earliest opportunity, so that people can be informed about it.

Immanuel Giving …

Endowment Fund

Gifts to the “Immanuel Presbyterian Church Endowment Fund” leave a legacy. The interest income from the Endowment Fund helps to expand our mission presence in our community, across the nation, and around the world.

Gifts to the Immanuel Memorial Fund will be acknowledged through the church office to both donors and families of those remembered.  Read more …