Funeral Announcements & Planning
Please check here for announcements about scheduled funerals or memorial services at St. George's.
Bettye Jean Gunter
A long-time Member of St. George’s Church, passed away May 13, 2013
A Memorial Service will be held Friday, May 17 at 3:00pm in the Nave. Interment immediately following the service in the Columbarium.
The Rev. Kristine Blaess will officiate.
Give a Memorial Donation
Many people choose to make a gift to St. George's Church in lieu of sending flowers after the death of a loved one. You may send in a check to the church or make your gift online using a credit or debit card.
Click here to make your gift online.
Did You Know You Can Pre-Plan Your Funeral?
You are looking down from heaven, watching and listening to your own funeral. Suddenly you wonder, “Why in the world did they pick THAT hymn? I never even liked that song!” Or maybe you are looking up from…well, we won’t go there. Actually, it’s doubtful that one observes their funeral from heaven or hell. However, selection of hymns and scripture verses for a funeral or memorial service is often very difficult for a family reeling from the death of a loved one. There are a great many decisions to be made in a very short period of time. Fortunately, the church has an answer for this dilemma: planning your own funeral in advance.
Funeral pre-planning is not as gloomy or depressing as it might sound. The procedure is simple. You and perhaps a loved one set up a time to meet with a priest and usually the organist or music director to make hymn and scripture selections from the hymnal and Bible. There are a number of hymns and Scripture verses which are particularly appropriate for funerals as they are very comforting and reassuring for the family and friends.
You can also decide if you wish to have Communion at the funeral, Rite 1 or Rite 2, etc. The priest and musician will gently guide you through the process, answer all of your questions, and complete a form which will be kept on file at the church. You will also receive a copy for your records. Then, when the time comes, your family will not be burdened with trying to decide what you would like. They know.
Preparing for Christian Burial
A member of the clergy should be contacted as soon as possible after a death of a church member has occurred. Although burial is not a Sacrament in the Episcopal Church, we offer a Holy time to pay respects to the deceased.
View our Funeral Guidelines for funeral services at St. George's.
After reviewing the funeral guidelines, if you would like to formally plan a funeral at St. George's, please call 385-2150 and make an appointment to discuss it with one of the clergy.
The Columbarium of St. George's Episcopal Church is a consecrated burial ground, set apart for the interment of the ashes of members of the parish and their families. The Columbarium is located in a courtyard adjacent to the Jane Tompkins Weeks Chapel. Plots may be purchased at anytime. Please contact Betty Maddin, Columbarium Custodian, at 730-5600.