A Burial Option at UMCNL
The columbarium was given to the church as a gift by Dr. Nancy B. and Mr. L. V. Cutforth in 2010. This beautiful resting place provides 72 niches (12 per side) ~ 3 rows across and 4 rows down on each side. Each niche holds up to two urns of cremains. The two urns are inclusive in the cost of each niche.
“Christ did truly rise again from the dead, and took again his body, with all things appertaining to the perfection of man’s nature” (Article III).
While the Articles of Religion say nothing about the Last Judgment or the resurrection of believers (though the Scriptures and the Creeds both affirm this!), the Confession of Faith speaks of it in these words:
“We believe all men stand under the righteous judgment of Jesus Christ, both now and in the last day. We believe in the resurrection of the dead; the righteous to life eternal and the wicked to enless condemnation” (Article XII).
Our doctrinal statements, then, affirm the bodily ressurrection of Jesus, indeed the resurrection of the same body that entered the tomb. But for believers, many of whose bodies over the past two thousand years may have entirely decomposed, if they were not burned, lost at sea, or otherwise destroyed, our statements speak simply of the resurrection of “the dead.” This is consistent not only with biology, but also with the teaching of Paul in I Corinthians 15. There, Paul insists that resurrection is real, necessary, and more than a matter of revivifying dead bodies or remains. Instead, he speaks of a spiritual body that is raised of which our perishable, corruptible bodies are at most but the seed (see especially verses 35-49).
For all of these reasons, United Methodists do not insist upon burial as the only appropriate means of committing our earthly remains to God, and so are generally open to cremation as a viable alternative. In some places burial or entombment is simply not an option, either because of costs involved or because of a lack of cemetery space. Ultimately, this is a decision that will be in the context of the individuals, families, and cultural norms involved.
~ The Rev. Taylor Burton-Edwards (Director of Worship Resources, General Board of Discipleship)
When a loved one passes, often there may be a state of anxiety created if “Final Plans” were not made by the deceased. The options afforded by cremation may address many of these factors.
Typically, when there is a death, there may be a very short time line to make final arrangements, notify family members and friends and secure a final resting place.
Cremation can offer an expanded time line where arrangements can be delayed and better plans made. Formal funeral services can be scheduled with greater flexibility if family members do not reside locally or other conflicts exist. Services can be conducted with either physical remains or the ashes of the deceased.
The Columbarium at the United Methodist Church of New Lenox is easily accessible, yet provides a dignified, beautifully maintained location where security has been planned. The proximity to the Church affords family members a sense of closeness to their loved one.
Long term planning has provided for the memorial to be expanded when the need requires. Contributions can be made in a loved one’s name for beautification of the area.
Personal Counceling can be arranged with the Pastors and/or members of the Columbarium Committee on request.
The purchase price of the columbarium niches will be distributed in the following manner:
- 40% of the proceeds from the sale of the niche will be placed into a perpetual Maintenance Fund to cover repairs to the Columbarium and the patio area around the Columbarium.
- 60% of the proceeds from the sale of the niche will be placed into a Capital Improvement Fund to provide for an additional Columbarium (if needed), and repairs and improvements to the landscaping of the island area surrounding the Columbarium.
All engraving is to be done by Novielli Memorials to keep the fonts uniform in nature on the Monument. They can be reached at (815) 744-2822 or Fax at (815) 744-7458. They are located at 1214 Plainfield Road, Joliet, IL 60435. They will come to the church and do the engraving on site. Engraving notification is the respondibility of the Columbarium Certificate of Purchase holder or the family of said party. Payment for engraving is to be made directly to Novielli Memorials. We request that engraving be arranged as soon as possible after inurnment of the cremains.
The price of engraving is a flat rate of $425 and includes: First Name; Last Name; and abbreviated month, date and year of birth and passing.
Two cremation urns are included with the purchase of a niche. The urns are fabricated from bronze sheet metal (212 cu. in. capacity). They include the cardboard mailer and the plastic bag to be used to retain the ashes for placement in the urn. The urn is placed in the cardboard mailer for shipment of the urn to and from the crematory.
If a person desires a different type of urn, the cost of the replacement urn they desire will be purchased atht ehfamily of the deceased’s expense and it must not be any larger than 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2 ” x 7 “.
To purchase your niche, please come to the church office and fill out the paperwork and make your payment. Upon full payment, you will receive your Columbarium Certificate of Purchase, which will be presented to you in a handy folder for easy identification for your family members. (It is recommended to give a copy of this cerificate to your executor and keep a copy with your will.)
For more information please look at our information packet and the rules & regulations.