Thursday, May 05, 2016

Can You believe it?

Journey's End Form

I got this from a friend of mine and thought to share

Very often, the wishes of people surrounding their death and funeral are not put in writing which makes
it very difficult for a family or others to know what to do. This information form has been prepared to
help you carry out your wishes and to help the bereaved family. Please fill out the form as completely
as you like and insert any additional comments. I suggest that you provide one copy for the person
conducting the service, one for your attorney or executor, and one for the funeral director if you have
selected one at this time. If I can help with advice or additional copies or duplicates, please let me
(Preacherr's Name)
A. Personal Information
1. Name:
(given name) (maiden) (surname)
2. Address: --------------------------------------------------------
3. Phone:
4. Date & Place ofbirth: -------------------------------------------------
5. Schools attended & graduation dates:
6. Date moved to this area:
From where: ----------------------------------------------------
7. Occupation (s):
8. Special awards & honors received:
9. Organization affiliations: --------------------------------------------
B. Marriage and Family Information
I. Spouse's name. ___________________________ _
(Given) (maiden) (surname)
If deceased, date: ----------------------------
2. Date and place of Marriage:------------------------
3. Children: Name Residence If deceased, date
4. Grandchildren (please list): _______________________ _
5. Great-Grandchildren:
6. Parents: Father
name residence deceased/ date
maiden name residence deceased/ date
7. Step-Parents: Step-Father
name residence deceased/ date
maiden name residence deceased/ date
8. Brothers and sisters: name residence If deceased. date
C. Obituary: I desire that obituary/death notices to be placed in the following newspapers:
D. Notification of Family and friends
1. [ would like the following persons to be notified immediately of my death.
2. The following persons should be in charge of making the arrangements for my funeral:
3. The executor of my estate is:
Address: ----------------------------------- Phone: ------------------
E. Other Information
1. My Social Security Number is:
2. My Military Service Number is:
Military Discharge (DD-214) is located: ---------------------------------------
3. My Will is located:
4. Records concerning my finances are located:
i ;
A. Body Given For Medical Use
I wish that my body or parts thereof (state which) be used for medical purposes.
(Provisions must be made by proper documentation in accordance with state law.)
B. Mortuary
I have made funeral arrangements with the following Funeral Home:
Name: ---------------------------------- Phone: ---------------------
Address: -------------------------------------------------------------
1 desire the following Funeral Home to make all necessary funeral arrangements:
Name: ----------------------------------- Phone: ---------------------
Address: -------------------------------------------------------------
If the above is out of town, give name of local funeral home who will assist:
Name: ----------------------------------- Phone: ---------------------
C. Funeral Services Desired
V 1. _ I wish to have my body disposed of immediately.
2. _ I wish to have my body cremated by:
Address: ------------------------------------ Phone:
3. Place of interment of ashes: ------------------------------------------
4. I have I have not made arrangements for this interment.
5. I desire my body to be embalmed. (This is necessary if your body is to be viewed.)
6. I wish to be buried in a casket with body viewed for_ days, followed by
a funeral service (body present) or
a memorial service (no body present).
!. _ I desire my body to be clothed as follows: (State what jewelry, special clothes, etc. is to be buried with your body.)
8. I desire the following people to be pallbearers:
1. 2. ________ _
3. 4. _________ _
5. 6. ________ _
9. _ I desire that flowers be given as follows: (State limits on quantity of flowers if desired.
Also, how should flowers be disposed of after the service?)
10. _ I would prefer memorial gifts be designated for the following: (State where memorial gifts are to be sent)
1. -------------------------- -------------------------------------
2. ------------------------------------------------------------
D. Burial Details
1. I desire to be buried at: -------------------------------------------------------
2. _ I desire to be buried in a gyp! at: ---------------------------
3. _ These arrangements have been are already made at:
E. Marker/Headstone
1. _ I desire no marker or headstone of any kind.
2. _ I have made arrangements with the following monument manufacturer:
Name: ---------------------------------------------------------------
E. l\larker/Headstone
3. I desire a flat marker or a headstone.
_Least expensive _Moderately expensive _Most expensive
4.Qualitv of stone (granite, marble, grade,
5.Size of stone _____________ ____________ _
6.Special design, art work and finish desired:
7Message to be engraved on the stone: ------------------
8.Name and address of monument manufacturer: - - -------------
a. I do /do not \\wish any kind of formal worship service to honor my life.
b. _ I Want _ a Memorial Service (no body) or _ a Funeral Service (body present)
c. I wish to have the service at-----------------Church, or
at _______________________ Mortuary,or
at _____________________ ______ _
d. I wish to have the order of service: _ printed for congregational participation.
_ no congregational participation.
e. I would like to have a Committal Service at the cemetery: __yes _no.
f. Theme of Service: -------------------------------
g. _ Scripture Readings:
h._ Hymns : ____________________________________________________ _
i. _Special Music (choir, etc.):-------- ---------- ----------
j. _ Special Organist: _______ ____ ____ __
k. _ Special Prayers (written or chosen by you. Attach if more room needed):
1. Message to guests: Write a message legibly and place it in sealed envelope with this
form marked not to be opened until: --------------------
by: ___________________________________ _
m. _ Meal: I would like to have a repast meal following the service at
ADDITIONAL Information#: -----------------------


Phone #:

Saturday, April 16, 2016

New Sermon Series

Currently we are exploring on Sunday AM - The Wilderness Wanderings found in Exodus and Numbers. On Wednesday nites we are looking at the courage of Joshua.

What are you learning? Preaching on?

Books I'm Reading: Spring 2016

I had just finished reading "Dangerous Calling" by Paul David Tripp. A book which hits you right home and talks about the challenges of ministry and the balance needed. The author hit home and stepped on my toes more than a few times. He talked about the struggles, celebrity status, pride, and not forgetting who you are in ministry.

I have just started : Re: Vision The Key to Transforming your Church by Aubrey Malphurs and Gordon E. Penford.

So what are you reading?

HB - 19

HB 19 summary:

Ministers or other persons authorized to celebrate rites of matrimony; no oath required. Provides that no oath shall be required of a minister or other person who seeks authorization to perform the rites of matrimony and that no such authorized minister or other person shall be considered an officer of the Commonwealth by virtue of such authorization.


The Following was from the Family Foundation:


Amidst a flurry of vetoes, late last week, the Governor signed a bill to clarify that those members of the clergy and others who receive state authorization to solemnize weddings in Virginia will not have to take an oath to the state as a condition for that authorization.  In other words, individuals who officiate weddings won’t be considered officers of the state by doing so.  As a consequence, they cannot be required to officiate a wedding ceremony with which they disagree.

This was simply never an issue until last June, when the U.S. Supreme Court created a constitutional “right” to same-sex “marriage.” As a predictable result, anyone and anything remotely connected with marriages and weddings has been coming under fire – including pastors, priests and ministers.    Â

The good news is that this bill, HB 19, introduced by Delegate Chris Head (R-17, Roanoke), will hopefully put a little bit more distance between pastors and religious persecution by their government. Notwithstanding, most everyone recognizes that pastors should already be protected in this way and shouldn’t be forced to perform a wedding ceremony that violates their faith tenets.  So although the Governor’s signature on HB 19 was a nice gesture, it hasn’t exactly has not made him a friend of religious liberty.  Â

Though rather alarmingly, despite the broad consensus on protections for pastors, many Democrats in the Senate and House of Delegates have entered very dangerous territory on this issue.  Out of nineteen Senate Democrats, only one – Sen. Chap Peterson (D-34, Fairfax) – voted for the bill.  Taking the Senate floor after watching a spirited back-and-forth debate among his colleagues, Sen. Peterson remarked,

“[A]re we going to put people in jail or hold them civilly liable because they say: ‘I didn't take this oath and agree to perform marriages to do every marriage under the sun’? … Some of the rhetoric I hear is: ‘gosh, if you don't perform all marriages then you ought to be punished because you are a bad person.’ I am uncomfortable with some of the rhetoric frankly coming from my side of the aisle. Maybe this bill is more necessary than I thought.

All is it says is if you are a not a public official and come forward voluntarily to officiate marriages, you don't become an officer of the state and you don't have to be subject to criminal penalties.” "

So in short ... a minister can officiate weddings (As a minister in Virginia) those weddings in which aren't contrary to his beliefs.

Several things come to mind for me:

1. I think this is a good thing.

2. I'm a skeptic though, and wonder why isn't on the news and more "protest" but I digress and am glad.

3. I wonder if other states have such laws to protect their ministers.

Anyways ...