Funeral Policy

You may be reading this page at a very difficult time in your life. We hope that this  will help answer some of the questions you may have. The pastors and staff of Windsor United Church of Christ are available to assist you during this time of grief.

Funeral and memorial services at Windsor UCC are intended to honor those who have died, comfort their family and friends, and proclaim witness to the resurrection in Jesus Christ. In order to help with the planning of funerals and memorial services at Windsor UCC, the enclosed information is provided.

Thank you for allowing us to serve you. We pray that you find comfort through the service and fellowship shared. Our hearts and prayers are with you at this time.

Memorial Gifts

Family and friends of the deceased may wish to make memorial gifts directly to the church. The church address is 4434 2nd St. P.O. Box 187, Windsor, WI 53598. When donors make gifts and provide their names and addresses, the family of the deceased is notified by the church office.

Honorarium Recommendations

Honorariums should be paid by check or cash in an envelope marked specifically for the person rendering the service on the day of the services. Non-Members will make a 40% deposit when arrangements are first made. The deposit will apply to fees to be paid.

Contact Information:

Windsor UCC: Barb Varner, secretary: 608-846-5731

Rev. Dr. Julie Overman: 608-216-8805

Director of Music: David Schipper: 608-669-0278

Hospitality Team:

  • Nancy Miller

Facilities Coordinator: Paul Anderson

People to Notify:

  1. The coroner
  2. The funeral director at the funeral home of your choice
  3. The pastor(s)
  4. Family members. for airline travel under bereavement status you will need the name of the deceased, your relationship, name and telephone number of the funeral home
  5. Pallbearers: your family may have friends or relatives you want to serve in this capacity. If cremation takes place before the funeral or memorial service, the family may choose to omit pallbearers or to appoint honorary ones.

The Funeral Director

Windsor UCC requires a funeral director to be on site for church funeral and memorial services. The funeral director is responsible for all the event details around the service itself. They will set up a time with you to complete details not done at the preplanning stage. They will request obituary information from the family, including the names of pallbearers. Please provide a copy of the obituary to the church as soon as possible.

Scheduling the Services

The funeral director will consult with the pastor(s) to schedule the visitation, the services at the church and at the cemetery, and the reception. The best days and times for services are Monday through Saturday at 10AM, 11AM, or 2PM. Graveside, columbarium and mausoleum services can be scheduled in conjunction with the worship service at church, or at a separate time. At Windsor UCC, members are given priority over non-members for scheduling services.

 

The following days are not used for funeral/memorial services at the church: Sundays, New Year’s Eve or Day, Holy Week, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and the days of festivals at church.

Planning the Services

The family should make an appointment with the pastor(s) to plan the worship service together. The service may include:

  • Reading of Scripture.
  • Singing of hymns, psalms or spiritual songs.
  • Coordinating with a family member to give a eulogy or story of the deceased’s life.
  • Giving of a sermon or other meditation on the Word.
  • Stating of affirmation of faith by the people.
  • Commenting on the life of the one who has died.
  • Giving thanks to God in prayer for life in Jesus Christ, the promise of the gospel, the gift of the Holy Spirit, the community of faith.
  • Commending the one who has died to the care of God.
  • Benediction.

The pastor(s) will also officiate at the graveside, columbarium or mausoleum. The pastor(s) will use discretion regarding any guest(s) who might be invited to assist in leading the service. The church office provides bulletins that show the order of service for deceased church members’ families only.

Music

Music in a funeral/memorial service serves to create a reverent atmosphere and to express the faith of the church. Our Director of Music is responsible for maintaining appropriate musical quality in the service. Ordinarily, he provides music for all funeral/memorial services. The pastor(s) and the Director of Music must approve all musical selections in advance of the service itself. Vocal or instrumental solos may be included if they are sacred in nature. Not all favorite music or popular music with special meaning for the deceased will be suitable for use in the church. Please consider using your favorite music at the visitation or reception if it cannot be used in the funeral. The Director of Music will arrange for a soloist at your request, and also coordinates the tasks of the sound technician.

Sanctuary

The funeral director will contact the church office so that someone can be present when the flowers and/or the body are placed in the sanctuary. The church is generally open Tuesday-Friday from 8:30AM-3:00PM. No nails, tacks or other materials that would damage church property are allowed. Total seating capacity is 220 persons.

Reception

The church Fellowship Hall is available to families for receiving friends and for a meal following the service. Receptions at the church are catered by a designated vendor. You may choose from several options from their menu. The funeral director will facilitate communication between the family and the vendor. The funeral director will also communicate with the church office, who will notify the church’s Hospitality Team, and the church’s Facilities Coordinator with the estimated attendance for the reception.

Other Rites

Fraternal, military, community or other rites in keeping with the Christian tradition may take place in the sanctuary or cemetery and should be conducted separately from the service of worship, usually following the benediction and before the reception.

 

Windsor UCC

4434 2nd Street
P.O. Box 187
Windsor, WI 53598

608-846-5731