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In life and in death we belong to God.  Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of god, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, we trust in the one triune god, the Holy One of Israel, whom alone we worship and serve.“- A Brief Statement of Faith”  lines 1-6

The Resurrection is a central doctrine of the Christian faith and shapes Christians’ attitudes and responses to the event of death.  Death brings loss, sorrow, and grief to all.  In the face of death Christians affirm with tears and joy the hope of the gospel.  Christians do not bear bereavement in isolation but are sustained by the power of the Spirit and the community of faith.  The church offers a ministry of love and hope to all who grieve. 

The Book of Order  - W-4.1002

When a Christian dies, the Christian community holds a service of worship in which we praise God and give thanks for the life of the person who has died.  We call this service a Service of Witness to the Resurrection.  In keeping with these faith convictions, all Services of Witness to the Resurrection that are held on the campus of First Presbyterian Church are planned in compliance with the Funeral Policy that has been established by The Session of this congregation.

We strongly encourage everyone to make plans for the time of their death far in advance.  Written instructions, left for loved ones, can include plans and preferences for a Service of Witness to the Resurrection, and plans that will guide their family in the handling of their body and earthly estate (a Healthcare Power of Attorney, A Living Will, a Will, and legally to designate someone to serve as their Power of Attorney).  If you have a planning form and will, if desired,we will be happy to keep a confidential copy in the church office.  This sort of end-of-life planning is our last chance to bear witness to our families and loved ones regarding our priorities and faith, and serves as a great comfort in a time of grief and loss.

In the event of a death, the family and loved ones are encouraged to call the Church Office or contact one of the pastors as soon as possible, so that we may assist in the planning.

"We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves.  If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s." Romans 14:7-8

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