Working with a Funeral and Memorial Home
Professionals can be very helpful in advising you on the many practical aspects of making arrangements for your loved one. They can assist you in writing the obituary for the newspaper, radio announcements, burial or cremation arrangements, flowers, and the timing of a funeral or a memorial service. Their fees will often include payments that they make on your behalf to people involved in the service. Please confirm such arrangements with them. A service may be held at a Memorial Home, but we encourage you to have the service for your loved one at the church. A local funeral home that St. Luke is familiar with is KOK Funeral Home. Their contact information is 651-459-2483 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scheduling and Planning the Service
Funerals or memorial services are times of passage in which we gather to grieve and share stories and to give thanks to God for the life of the one who has died. The members and staff of St. Luke Lutheran Church seek to be of comfort and assistance to the family and friends at such a time.
Please confer with our clergy to schedule a service that will be held at the church. Timing will depend upon whether the service is to be a funeral or memorial service. The difference between a funeral and a memorial service is the presence or absence of the casket. Because the casket is present at a funeral, such a service needs to be held within a few days of the death. Because there is no casket at a memorial service, it can occur several days or weeks afterward. You will want to find a date that best fits the needs of family and friends as well as any necessary burial arrangements.
Our clergy will meet with you to plan the service and provide bereavement counseling. If there are hymns, scripture passages, and a special reading you would like included in the service, let the pastor know. The pastor will also have suggestions for music and scripture readings. A family member or friend of the deceased may read Scripture and/or a reading at the service. If you would like remembrances shared at the service, it is recommended that you limit it to one. Others may share either at the reviewal the day before or at the lunch. The church provides a simple bulletin for the order of service.
Scheduling Memorial Gifts
You may specify the organizations that you wish to benefit from gifts given in memory of your loved one. Gifts given to St. Luke Lutheran Church will be designated by the family. Please talk to the pastor regarding possible designations. It is good to include the family wishes regarding memorials in the obituary written for the newspaper.
A reception after the service is a time to share memories and comfort one another. St. Luke will provide set-up, coffee, lemonade, serving and clean-up at a cost of $100. A one-hour visitation with coffee and water available would be included in this fee. Our luncheon volunteer team will monitor a buffet luncheon and beverages during your luncheon, and will begin clean-up one hour after the luncheon start. You can arrange to stay in our Fellowship Hall for more social time during the clean-up process.
Honorariums and Fees
Common Funeral Hymns
Ham and turkey buns, potato salad with self-service beverages and bars/cookies. Rate per 50 guests: $150 (+$100 reception fee)
Your choice of caterer delivers serving-ready food. The St. Luke Funeral Team will need to contact your caterer before the luncheon to coordinate serving needs. $100 reception fee applies.
St. Luke Bars/Cookies and Coffee
Rate per 50 guests: $75 (+$100 reception fee)
**St. Luke Fellowship Hall can seat 100 guests. For larger numbers, seating cannot be guaranteed.