Who may use the Columbarium?
Inurnment in the St. Martin's Columbarium is limited to present or past members of St. Martin's Lutheran Church and members of their immediate families, including spouses, parents, domestic partners, grandparents, children, and grandchildren. Requests for inurnment of others may be honored following special approval by the Pastor.
How many niches are in the Columbarium?
The capacity of each columbarium wall are forty-five niches. Each niche holds up to two urns. Currently there are three columbarium walls for a total of 135 niches. As demand dictates additional columbarium walls may be added in the design of the garden.
Benefits to choosing St. Martin's Columbarium
Spiritual Site for Final Resting - This affords church members and their families the opportunity to select their final resting place within the church that has been central to their lives.
St. Martin's provides a sacred site of beauty and dignity where loved ones can visit and meditate whenever they visit the church.
Advanced Planning - By planning in advance you save your loved ones the stress and decisions that will be necessary at the time of need. It also provides a peace of mind by reserving a niche in the columbarium in advance of need. As in all things, cost will go up. By planning and purchasing now, in advance of your need, savings may be significant.
What is the cost of a niche?
The cost of a niche is $3,000. The remains of two loved ones can be placed in a single niche. The cost of a niche is completely refundable in the event life changes dictate an alternative location or method of burial.
Are there other ways to contribute?
This is a congregation funded ministry. No church or school funds are used. A memorial financial gift may be made in the name of a loved one regardless of whether a niche is reserved. Also, a project donation in any amount is welcome. In summary there are three ways to participate in the Peace Garden ministry: reserve a niche; make a Memorial Gift; make a Project Donation.
The Peace Garden is completely self-funded. If you are interesting in donating to this project please visit our giving page.
For additional information or if you are interested in purchasing a niche or donating to the Peace Garden ministry, please contact Mel Tuckfield at 410-971-7059 or Kim Rosekrans at 410-672-7034 or Pastor Dave Oravec at 410-263-4723.