Statement of Faith: Scripture reminds us that we are dust and to dust we shall return and whether we live or whether we die we are the Lord’s. Held by the promise of the resurrection we know that the old has passed away and the new has come
(2 Corinthians 5:17). This columbarium is an appropriate place to let the ashes of loved ones rest.
Ashes to Ashes: Human ashes are often called cremains. In Galilee Lutheran columbarium, cremains are placed directly into a special structure which holds the ashes of departed loved ones. They are designed for housing a single urn or two urns side by side.
The Galilee columbarium will provide church members and their families the opportunity to choose the shadow of their church, which has been central to their lives, as a final resting place. The site is a place of beauty and dignity where family and friends can visit and meditate any time.
Any person who is a present member of the Church, their spouses, their relatives of the first degree (father, mother, children, brother, sister, and grandchildren) and spouses of the first degree are eligible for inurnment in the columbarium. Other persons may be approved by the Columbarium Committee.
Community of Saints: As Christians, we know that we are connected to one another in life and death. This columbarium is a reminder of the communion of Saints and the life of the world to come.
Whether you have a loved in this columbarium or not, may they be a reminder to you of the saints who have gone before us, the frailty of life and God’s magnificent power through resurrection.
What is the ELCA’s position regarding cremation?
All matters surrounding burial and cremation are sensitive and require pastoral guidance, care and wisdom. God’s gift of resurrection cannot be obstructed by any human action, including organ donation and cremation.
For more information contact Columbarium Committee Members:
Bill Braunschweig: 262.442-0619
Sue Burgermeister: 262.623.0555