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End of Life Ministries


Dear Friends,

God truly must love gardens. Our first parents were granted the splendor of Eden, and Israel’s Lord led them to many a verdant oasis.  God uses the images of vineyard and orchard to describe His tender care for the human family, and promises a day when the healing Tree of Life will stand at the center of the holy city, watered by salvation’s River. And early on Easter morning, Mary Magdalene meets the Risen Christ in the garden of his resurrection glory.

This is the vision of the Garden of the Saints at First Lutheran Church – a garden of honor and remembrance for those who have died, tempering human grief with the eternal promises of Christ Jesus. In this lovely and welcoming place, we provide a resting place for friends and their loved ones, and remember those with whom we have walked earth’s journey in the hope of eternity with all God’s saints.

In that spirit we invite you to consider becoming a part of the Garden of the Saints. We are committed to providing an affordable and dignified place of repose, gathered under the promises of Holy Baptism and the deathless hope of the Communion of Saints. Here we rest in the arms of the Shepherd Christ, who leads us to green pastures and still waters, who in death and life restores our soul and prepares a place for us in his everlasting embrace.

To participate in the Garden of the Saints, whether in our Columbarium or wall of remembrance, all you need to do is contact us to learn more. Our pastors and associates will be glad to meet with you to discuss your needs, and help with all necessary arrangements. Our End of Life ministry is committed to extending Christian care to all who experience the pain and loss of death and bereavement, and we are here to walk that path with you, in the sure and certain hope of eternal life.

May the God of Gardens and Grace grant us hope and peace, and may the loving arms of the One who came to ”wipe all tears from our eyes’’ be with you and all the saints!

In Christ our Gardener,

The Rev. Dr. William L. Hurst