Funerals are services of worship conducted in witness to the resurrection and in celebration and remembrance of a life that has ended. Such services usually include praise and thanksgiving to God for the gift of a life, affirmation of our trust in God’s gift of life eternal in Jesus Christ, words of comfort to those who mourn, and the remembering of the life that has ended.
Services are conducted for all members of Bethel United Church of Christ and their immediate family (generally parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, siblings and children).
Funerals are conducted in the sanctuary of the church which seats approximately 250 people. Services are usually scheduled for mid- or late morning, or early afternoon. Services are not conducted on Sundays or on major Christian or civil holidays. If an interment is to be held following the service, the schedule of the cemetery must be considered.
To arrange for a funeral, contact Pastor David Bucholtz through the church office at 734-429-8530 . Pastor Bucholtz will normally meet with the family or friends of the deceased to plan the service and offer pastoral care.
There are no fees for the use of the sanctuary for funerals. Honoraria are traditionally offered to musicians, the sexton and, optionally, the minister.