The resurrection is a central doctrine to the Christian faith. We believe that God’s love and power are greater than the power of death, so that though we die, we are given new life, a new existence in God’s eternity. However, death brings loss, sorrow and grief to all. In the face of death, Christians affirm with tears and joy the hope of the gospel. We do not have to bear bereavement in isolation but can be sustained by the power of the Spirit and the community of faith.
The pastor and staff of First Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) are happy to provide pastoral care for you and your family. The funeral ritual is a basic heritage of the human community. This Handbook is intended to assist you with the service arrangements.
PLANNING FOR A FUNERAL OR MEMORIAL SERVICE
Please call the church and notify the pastor as soon as possible so the ministry and comfort of the church may be extended.
If you are working with a Funeral Home regarding arrangements, date and time for the service will need to be coordinated with the pastor. The pastor can be available to meet with you at the Funeral Home or later in the church office.
Generally the Funeral Home will submit the obituary to the newspapers. Please use this as the church’s name and address:
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (U.S.A.)
240 Standish Street
Elgin, Illinois 60123