Funeral Arrangement Policy

The Munholland UMC Funeral Arrangement Policy

November 14, 2016

We hope the following information will help answer some of the questions you may have. The pastors, staff of Munholland UMC and funeral committee are available to assist you in any way possible. Funerals and memorials services at Munholland UMC are intended to honor those who have passed away and comfort their family and friends.

The pastor is available to assist in planning the service. To make an appointment to meet with the pastor please call 504-834-9910.

Coordinating the tasks of church volunteers and staff members is the work of the pastor and the church administrative assistant. Pastor will consult with those planning the service concerning anyone who might be invited to assist in leading the service.

Funerals and memorial services may be conducted in the church sanctuary, funeral home, at the graveside, or at another location determined by those planning the service. The best days and times for services are Mondays through Saturday at 10 AM, 11 AM or 2 PM.

Funerals and memorial services at the church usually include the following:
·       Printed order of worship
·       A prelude, a postlude, and accompaniments of soloist and congregational hymns by the church organist
·       Ushers to assist in welcoming and seating the worshipers
·       Assistance from the ushers with placement of floral arrangements and other items
·       Some like to have a reception including light refreshments in the Fellowship Hall following the service. Families are responsible for their own catering. Call the church office for recommended caterers. 

Other considerations:
Family and friends of the deceased may wish to make memorial gifts to the church. The church address is 1201 Metairie Road, Metairie, La 70005, and the telephone number is 504-834-9910. 

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

All musical selections must be approved by the pastor and the Music Director in advance.

At Munholland UMC, funerals and memorial services without special music and soloists are conducted at no charge for members. For non-members, the following charges apply. Since many members ask for guidance in making donations in conjunction with the service, the following suggestions may also serve as basic guidelines: 

·       Pastor - $250
·       Organist - $200
·       Soloist - $150*
·       Piano/Soloist - $200*
·       Custodian - $50
·       Reception - $100
(*) Applies to both members and non-members

Honorariums for the pastor, soloist and organist should be paid by check or cash in an envelope marked specifically for the person rendering the service. Fees for the Funeral Committee, Custodian and reception may be paid in one check to the church.

Should you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to call at 504-834-9910.

Our hearts and prayers are with you during this difficult time of loss.