Funerals

FUNERALS

Contacts
Funerals and memorial services are conducted at Countryside for church members, extended family of church members, and non-members depending on building availability and the schedule of the ministers.  Services conducted at Countryside must be officiated by one of Countryside’s clergy, although another minister may participate in the service.  In the event of the death of a family member, contact one of the ministers of Countryside Church: Dr. Eric Elnes (402-391-0350 ext. 113) or Rev. Chris Alexander (402-391-0350 ext. 130).

Fees
Generally, the mortuary handling details for the family is responsible for including fees for ministers and musicians in their charges and then paying these charges to the appropriate party by check.  However, sometimes mortuaries handling burials and cremations are out of the Omaha area or there may be time delays between a death and the time of the service.  If the fees for people providing services have not been charged by the mortuary, they should be paid, by separate checks, to the persons providing the services:

Funeral Coordinator: $125

Organist: $150

Vocal Soloist: $100

Pianist/Vocalist: $200

Honorarium for the minister, service and graveside: (Suggestion:  $200)

Additional fee for non-members of Countryside Church:

Building use and custodian: $300

Media Services are available with Ben Semisch (402-210-1912 or bens@countrysideucc.org):

Basic A/V – $100

  • Provides a sound technician for the service.
  • Recorded music for the service. The family can bring in the song on a disc or we can find and record versions if needed.  Often there are many versions of the songs people want, and we just want to make sure we have the right one.
  • Slide show, flash drive is preferred.

 Optional Additions

  • Film the service (and/or Broadcast the service) – $100.
  • Scanning Photos for a slide show – Price dependent on the number of photos, likely $50-$100.

Music
Countryside music staff has right of first refusal for all services.  Please contact Dr. Amy Luckenbill, Director of Music and Arts, at 402-391-0350 ext. 115 or amyl@countrysideucc.org to make arrangements for music.

The fee schedule (above) includes ten minutes of pre-service music, up to ten minutes of post-service music, and two musical selections of any type (congregational singing, instrumental solo, vocal solo, etc.) during the service.

Refreshments
Countryside’s Agape Circle is available to provide refreshments for funerals and memorial services.  The minister will contact Mary Watke, Funeral Coordinator, at the request of the family. Depending upon the nature of the services provided, the families are asked to make a donation to Agape Circle for refreshments provided.  In the event food is catered from a local supermarket, the fees for the catered food will be passed on to the family for payment.

Countryside Church and its staff will make every effort to work with families to provide the service which your family requests.  For questions, please contact Mary Watke, Funeral Coordinator at 402-830-7135 or mowatke@gmail.com.

Columbarium
If your family is interested in learning more about the Columbarium at Countryside Church, please contact Shari Garder, Financial Secretary, at 402-391-0350 ext. 123 or sharig@countrysideucc.org