Making It Happen
Contributions for Columbarium and Memorial Wall Gardens
Tax deductible contributions are being sought to build the initial infrastructure including the sidewalk to, concrete pad, landscaping, and seating for the project. Target date for completion of the concrete paid is Spring 2023, but money is needed to complete this project. A fund has been established for this purpose. The estimated cost for the concrete is $31,000.
Consider a donation to add to our church’s infrastructure creating a private and peaceful resting place on the church grounds.
The Columbarium will be off the west wall of the First Lutheran Church, architecturally the most beautiful side of the church. Walkways would be put along both sides of the church leading to that space (see photo on right showing the placement.) There will be two separated 8-foot walls, 6 feet high and about 2 feet wide, angled in chevron style to match the angles of that part of the church’s architecture. They will set on a concrete platform with appropriate seating and landscaping.
Just as the cemetery next to the old country church was a reminder of the “Communion of Saints”, a Columbarium is a visible reminder of the “Communion of Saints” that surround us. The word “columbarium” comes from the Latin word “columbary”, which is a structure for the nesting of doves – the dove being the symbol of God’s spirit and peace. The related word, columbarium, refers to a burial vault for the containment of urns holding cremated human remains. It is an old term and an old tradition used for centuries here and abroad.
Donations can be made in any amount. Checks should be made out to “FLC Columbarium”; please write indicate that you are donating for the concrete on your check. Give directly to the Church Office or one of the members of the Columbarium committee. The funds will be segregated and designated only for creating the infrastructure needed for the columbarium and memorial wall.