Widow's Hope

Several times a year the widows come together for a time of growing in Christ and sharing God's faithfulness. It is a time of fellowship, encouragement, and support for the widows in our church. Special programs, day trips, and dinners are scheduled throughout the year. These ladies also participate in community service projects, such as Discovery and donating to the church food pantry.

Please CLICK HERE to be added to the Widow's Hope Mailing List
or contact Jennifer at 979.776.9977 ext 204.

The College Serve team is available each spring and fall semester to help our widows around the house. We can help with jobs such as mowing, weed eating, cleaning out the garage, washing windows, house cleaning, minor home repairs, etc.

Please CLICK HERE to submit a request to the College Serve Team
or contact Jennifer at 979.776.9977 ext 204.

Shut-Ins and Homebound

In this ministry, volunteers are connected with a shut-in member of our church who is unable to leave their home. Volunteers visit, send letters and cards, pray for, and run errands for the shut-in if possible.

We also have a group of volunteers that leads a church service every Sunday morning at area nursing homes for citizens there who are unable to leave to attend a church. We always need people who want to volunteer to lead singing, play piano, give a devotional, or be a helper one Sunday a month.

If you are interested in serving the shut-ins and homebound in our community, please contact Jennifer at

Cancer Support

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. -1 Corinthians 1:3-4

The Cancer Support Ministry is composed of cancer survivors, caregivers and supporters who seek to share Scripture, Prayers and Encouragement with those coping with the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

If you, or a family member, have been diagnosed with cancer, we would love to know so we can pray for you and offer support.

When you contact us we will put you in contact with a member of our Cancer Support Ministry leadership to walk along side you during this difficult time.

If you wish to remain anonymous, please feel free at any time to contact Central's 24 Hour Prayer Room, 979-776-PRAY.

Family names and medical information will be held in strict confidence. This information will be used by the committee and volunteers to minister to the family. At no time will anyone discuss medical options or procedures.

For more information, contact

Service Opportunities

BEREAVEMENT MEALS

A Bereavement Meal is offered to the family of members or regular attendees who pass away. A committee organizes and prepares sides for the meal. Meat, rolls, and beverages are provided by the church.

VISITATION COMMITTEE

Several volunteers make regular visits to minister to those in the hospital or who are home-bound.

WORSHIP SERVICE AT area nursing homes

Volunteers are needed to help with the Sunday worship service at area nursing homes on Sunday mornings. We especially need people who can play the piano, lead music, and/or assist the residents.

RIDES FOR SENIORS

Volunteers who give rides to those who are unable to drive themselves and need to go to appointments.

If you are interested in serving in any of these areas, please CLICK HERE to volunteer or contact Jennifer at (979) 776-9977 ext. 204

Preparing for the End of Life

"So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom." ~ Psalm 90:12

A NOTE FROM JOHN MAURER:

The information below gives some orderly and helpful directives for when a death has occurred in your family. These directives are meant only to assist in your time of loss. They are not legal directives. It is my hope that this information will be a form of encouragement and help for you and your family during this difficult time.

In Christ,

John

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WHAT TO DO WHEN A DEATH OCCURS

1. Contact relatives
2. Locate deceased's letter of direction, prepaid funeral contract, insurance policy, and/or will.

INFORMATION NEEDED TO FILE A DEATH CERTIFICATE
  • Full name of deceased
  • Occupation
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Social Security number
  • Residence address
  • Spouse's name (maiden name)
  • Father's name, mother's maiden name
  • Place of burial or disposition
  • Discharge papers (if veteran)
STEPS TO TAKE TO EASE THE BURDEN OF FUNERAL PLANNING PRIOR TO DEATH

1. Advise your family and loved ones of your wishes by recording your wishes.
2. A spouse, next of kin, or legal representative generally can make arrangements for disposition of the deceased.
3. You may prearrange your service with your funeral director. A suggested order of service follows.

Prelude
Family Processional
Scripture Reading
Obituary
Prayer
Special Music
Message/Prayer
Hymn of Faith
Family Recessional
Postlude

AVAILABLE METHODS OF DISPOSITION

Human remains can be buried, entombed, cremated, or donated for scientific study.

A family can bury its own dead on their private property without using a licensed funeral director. A statement of death and a death certificate are legally required. Generally, local ordinances or deed restrictions prohibit private burials within city limits. Check with local zoning authorities for applicable laws.

A body cannot be cremated immediately following death without a waiver. Texas law prohibits cremating any dead human body within 48 hours after death. The County Medical Examiner or a Justice of the Peace may waive this time requirement.

Cremated remains may be disposed of or kept in a number of ways.

  • privately scattered
  • interred in a cemetery
  • placed in a niche in a columbarium
  • kept by the family in their home
HOW TO SELECT A FUNERAL DIRECTOR

If you need a funeral director, the reference of a relative or friend who has been served satisfactorily is one way to make a decision. The best way to know in advance whom you would select is to visit the funeral home, examine the facilities and ask about prices. Consider all alternatives and consult several different firms/organizations to compare costs. Be prepared to ask questions concerning all aspects of the funeral arrangements.

HOW TO LEARN ABOUT FUNERAL COSTS

Funeral establishments are required to give current retail price information by telephone. By law, any consumer entering an establishment and making inquiries must be presented a general price list, which the consumer may keep, itemizing the costs of funeral services and the merchandise for sale from a funeral director. These retail prices, appearing on a printed list, must specify at least the charges for the following items, provided they are available for purchase through the establishment:

1. Forwarding or receiving remains, to or from another funeral home and a list of services provided for the stated prices
2. The price range for direct cremations
3. The price range for immediate burial
4. Embalming
5. Other preparation of the body
6. Use of facilities and staff for viewing, funeral, memorial service, and/or graveside service
7. Hearses
8. Limousines
9. Caskets
10. Outer burial containers, such as vaults, grave liners, and boxes. Such outer enclosures are not required by law, but may be required by the cemetery.

IMPORTANT NUMBERS TO KEEP ON HAND
  • Trust & Estate Attorney
  • Funeral Director
  • Employer
  • Accountant/Tax Preparer
  • Investment Advisor
  • Life Insurance Agent
  • Bank(s)
  • Social Security Administration: 800.772.1213
  • Veteran Affairs: 800.827.1000
PSALM 23

1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2 He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.

3 He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for
you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head
with oil; my cup overflows.

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in
the house of the LORD forever.

Living Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning
with Attorneys Michael W. Middleton and Andrew G. Middleton

Hospice, Palliative Care, and the Nursing Home Decision
with Dr. Steven Higginbotham, M.D.

Planning a Funeral and Cremation
with Pastor Chris Osborne

End of Life Decision Making
with Dr. Stephen Tseng

FUNERAL SERVICES AT CENTRAL

We welcome you to use our facilities to have this most important ceremony and are very sorry for your loss. Please know that we will be praying for you during this process.

This service is for Central members or the spouse, parent or child of a Central member.

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You will need to check with the Minister who is officiating to arrange the time and date of the service, and set up a time to meet to discuss service details. The officiating Minister and his Ministry Assistant will be the point people for all details of the service.

Available upon request:

1. Officiating Minister
2. Soloist & Pianist
3. A/V tech to run sound and play any slide show, remembrance video, song lyrics, and or CD music you would like included in the service

  • Slide show/video needs to be in a Mac file type (.mov, .mp4, .m4v, or .avi) and it needs to be provided to the church 1 day in advance so we can be sure it works correctly.
  • We can make an audio recording of the service if you would like one

4. Bereavement Meal – if the funeral service is scheduled between 10:00 am — 2:00 pm, the church provides a bereavement meal for family members.

COST

There is no cost for church members, however any donation to the ministry of Central will be accepted.

FUNERAL SERVICE PROGRAM CHECKLIST

Generally, the funeral home will create and print the program for the funeral service, but we can provide one if needed. Below are program content suggestions.

  • Picture of the loved one for the program cover
  • Favorite Scripture or poem
  • Order of service
  • Officiating Minister
  • Soloist/Pianist/Musician
  • Songs (we recommend 2-3 songs):
    • ________________________________________
    • ________________________________________
    • ________________________________________
  • Name (s) of people giving remembrances (optional) (max. 3):
    • ________________________________________
    • ________________________________________
    • ________________________________________

Other details to consider:

  • Table in foyer to display photos and memorabilia
  • CD to play at the start of the service (provided by either the family or Central)
  • Slide show (made by family)
  • Details of loved one’s life or obituary
  • Reception or Graveside service details and directions
  • Number of programs to be printed __________
  • Number of family members for bereavement meal ___________

Engaging Our Aging

ENGAGING OUR AGING SEMINAR
WITH DR. JOHN DUNLOP, MD

Click each session below to view online. If you would like to purchase the DVD from the seminar, contact Jennifer in the office.

Session 1
Session 2
Session 3
Session 4

Dr. John Dunlop, MD is a practicing geriatrician from New Haven, Connecticut, and is on the faculty of Yale School of Medicine. He practiced medicine for 38 years in Zion, Illinois. While there he was credentialed in geriatrics and completed an MA in Bioethics at Trinity International University where he continues to serve on the adjunct faculty. He is the author of three books, Finishing Well to the Glory of God, Wellness for the Glory of God, and Finding Grace in the Face of Dementia. John has a deep interest in helping believers honor God in their later years.