Now there was a good and righteous man named Joseph….He came from the Jewish town of Arimathea, and he was waiting expectantly for the kingdom of God. This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then he took it down, wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid it in a rock-hewn tomb…. -Luke 23:50-53
Happy New Year! New Year’s resolutions are making news. Our council has approved the construction of a new columbarium in the coming year. My regrets for the morbidity of this news, but I hope funeral planning will become a resolution for some in our church. Funeral talk is not cheery. Nevertheless, having a plan is a kind gift for surviving family and friends. Grief and stress are mitigated when advance directives are in place.
In the coming year, 48 burial spaces (niches) in our new columbarium will be made available for purchase. Armento Incorporated, a premier manufacturer in Buffalo, NY, has been awarded the contract. They constructed our first columbarium and will provide us an exact replica to be located on the chancel’s south wall. Our two columbariums will face each other.
The niches in our first columbarium sold quickly years ago. Plans changed over time for some who decided to sell their spaces to others. Please think about funeral planning as a New Year’s resolution. Survivors are blessed by decisions made in advance. Stress is compounded following sudden death when plans are not in place.
God bless everyone in the New Year. We cherish all the saints at rest in our sanctuary or in other locations. Thanks to our council and to David Haines for assisting in our new columbarium plans.
Living with you in the hope of Christ,
Pastor Doug Heagy