Funerals Procedures

I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. (John 11:25-26)

Dr. Larry L. Macon Sr., ministerial staff, officers and the Mt. Zion Church family join in your grief in the death of your loved one. May you know the Lord’s comfort and may His love surround you during this time of loss.

Because death is such an important and sensitive time in our lives, we have set up guidelines to assist families through the funeral preparation process. We need you to follow proper guidelines to assure yourselves that everything is done in decency and in order. We also need to be on guard against those with unscrupulous behavior and hidden agendas. We need you to do the following when death occurs within the church family.

1. Immediately contact the church (440-232-2645) and advise us that a death has occurred. If after hours, a death notice hotline is available via the church's voicemail system.

2. Meet or talk with the Pastor or his designate before making final arrangements with the funeral home.

3. Understand that no Mt. Zion Ministry, outside organization, or person can make any plans for participation in the wake, Homegoing service, burial, or repast without clearance from the Pastor or his designee.


Funeral Procedures

Of all life's experiences, the death of a loved one is often the most painful and challenging that anyone can go through. Mt. Zion sincerely understands the pain endured by our families. The pastor, ministers, elders, deacons, and pastoral care staff will assist you in planning the funeral service of your loved one. We will provide comfort, direction and support from the initial death notification through the funeral service and after care if needed.

Our prayer is that the information below will stimulate your thinking and assist you in preparing for your loved one's home-going celebration service. The death of a loved can leave the survivors, lost and alone, or just unsure of ….

  • Who to contact
  • What to do and how
  • How to make the funeral arrangements
  • What to do after the funeral

What to Do When a Loved One Dies


Who to Contact:

  • Family member(s) and/or friend(s)

◦  Inform family members and friends regarding the death of your loved one.

  • Funeral Home

◦  Contact a funeral home of your choice. We offer Charles Taylor Funeral Service and Martin Funeral Service who family members belong to our church.

◦  If you do not have a funeral home in mind, you can find one in your area on .

  • Call Mt. Zion Church office

◦ Call the Pastoral Care staff at (440) 232-2645, Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. After 5 p.m. and on weekends follow the instructions left on the church's voice mail greeting for contacting a Pastoral Staff (the name and phone number is provided in the greeting).

  • Online

◦ Login to and complete the Death Notification form

◦ Provide the following information when reporting a death:

▪ Full name of the deceased

▪ Date of death
▪ Name, address and phone number of the funeral home
▪ Interments (burial site)
▪ Name(s) of Mt. Zion Church member(s) related to the deceased and their relationship to the deceased.

What to Do

  • Complete the “Obituary/Life Story” form for your loved one.
  • Schedule an appointment with the funeral home director. Ask a close family member or friend to go with you to the funeral home. It will be helpful to take the following information with you when visit the funeral home:

Date, time and location the family is requesting for the viewing/wake and funeral service

Home-going service request (if available). Information regarding the deceased's wishes for their funeral service

Insurance policy(s)

Full name of your loved one (no nicknames)

Date and place of birth

Parents' name, living or deceased

Social security card/number

List of family members (i.e. spouse, children, brothers, sisters, uncle, aunts)

Church Membership name (if applicable)

Proof of military service

Memorial funds - donations (In lieu of flowers) - name and address of organizations or charities to which donations are to be made

Pallbearers - list of people who might be available to serve as pallbearers

  • Make a list of family and friends to be notified of the death of your loved one. Ask a relative or friend to assist with the following:

Making telephone calls

Answering the telephone or door (keeping a record of calls and visitors)

Child care arrangements (if needed)

Coordinating the supply of food and the preparation of meals in the home

Attending to household chores

Funeral services at Mt. Zion

Funeral services are designed to meet the needs of the family and every attempt is made to accommodate the family's requests.

  • An Associate Pastor/Minister will meet or speak with the family to review the following:

Funeral date: Is the funeral date agreeable to the church, family and the funeral home?

Eulogist – The family's request is considered, however the Senior Pastor has final approval.

Order of service - A copy can be found below. Please review and/or complete the items below prior to speaking with the minister:

Opening Hymn

Favorite Scriptures (Old and New Testament)


Soloist Request

Favorite Songs

Acknowledgements and Reading of Obituary – Person to read

Remarks – No more than three (3) people, 2 minutes each. (ex. family, friend, or worker, etc)

Location of funeral service


Burial/Cemetery – Name and address of cemetery

Family Requests/Needs

MZO minister, special guests/speakers

Easel for pictures

Special sound request - Playing of CD or DVD

Ceremonies – such as Sororities/Fraternities, Masonic, Eastern Star, etc.

Reserved parking

Reserved seating at the funeral (sororities, fraternity, ministries, church, etc.)

Church Support:

Church staff – Pastoral Care Administrative Assistants


Pastoral Representative – The deacons will speak with the family regarding the repast and family needs.

Serving ministries - (ushers, hospitality, nurses, musicians, soloist and sound technician).

Repast (Collation)

Benevolence/deacons will provide the repast/collation for members and their immediate family members (spouse, mother, father, sister, brother, children and grandparents).

Financial Assistant (Benevolence) - If the bereaved family needs assistance, a reasonable request will be given every consideration

The bereaved family can obtain the Benevolence Fund Request Form for the church office which will be completed and submitted to the Deacon Board for review.

  • The Bereaved Family is responsible for the following items below.

◦                                  Member Funeral Support Fees – The policy of Mt. Zion Church is never to charge families for the use of the church for funerals. However, the family is expected to cover the church's related funeral expenses. Support fees will be discussed during the initial funeral planning and incurred based on the family's funeral services need. Please call the church for these support fees.


Funeral Programs – Completed by the funeral home or the family.

Repast/Collation – The family is responsible for the cost of facility if the deceased is a non-member or is not an immediate family member of a MZOC member.  The following applies:

The cost of food will be on a per person basis.

All food items must be prepared in the church's kitchen by the Kitchen Ministry. This in compliance with the church insurance specifications. Food prepared outside will NOT be allowed at the repast.

Funeral Services NOT at MZOV - For members Every attempt is made to accommodate the family's request for support when a member or immediate family member's funeral is held at another location.

Funeral Service for Non-Members at MZOV MZOV will consider the usage of the church facility based on availability and upon Senior Pastor's approval.  There is a cost associated for non-members.

Non-Member Facility/Cleaning/Sound Fee: Please call the Church

*For Funerals of the immediate family members of Mt. Zion members, who are covenant members of the church, there are support fees: Please call the church

After Care (After the funeral)

After the funeral services are over, a bereaved member may benefit from participating in some or all the support services below:

  • Celebration of Life – A memorial service designed to celebrate the life of the deceased, while supporting surviving family members.
  • After Care/Bereavement Ministry – A minister will provide counseling, prayer and support to surviving family members.

◦                                  The minister will refer the member to professional counseling, if appropriate. The member contacts the counselor and schedules their own appointment.

  • Christian Wellness Counseling Center – Rev. Battles Welcome
  • Ministerial Support – Call the church office

At this time, there is not a support ministry for Widowers.

  • Prayer Requests – Call the church office at (440) 232-2645 or log onto the church's web at and complete the prayer request form.
  • E-mail the FBC at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Frequently Asked Questions


Q. If I am a member, can my relative's funeral service be held at Mt. Zion? YES, call the church office for more information.

Q. How do I inform the church of a death in my family? Telephone the church at (440) 232-2645 OR Log onto the church's website Complete the Death Notification Form online.

Q. Who do I ask to speak with when I call the church office? 
Ask to speak with the pastoral care staff.

Q. Can I have a funeral service in the sanctuary? Yes.

Q. What is the difference between a funeral service and a memorial service? A funeral service is a gathering of family and friends with the decease's body present. At a memorial service the body is not present.

Q. Can the church provide names of funeral homes to the family? Yes, we can provide the names some funeral homes in the area or you can log onto the following website at:

Q. Is there a cost to have a funeral at Mt. Zion? Yes, all funerals incur church related funeral expenses (i.e, eulogist, soloist, musician, custodian and sound are applicable). The policy of Mt. Zion Church is never to charge families for the use of the church facility for funerals. Repast/Collation expenses for the food and facility if the deceased was not a church member or an immediate family member of a church member.

Q. Who selects the MZCO minister to do the eulogy? Only,the Senior Pastor selects and/or approves the minister for the eulogy.  In most cases, he or the co-pastors will deliver the eulogy.

Q. Who selects the menu for the repast/collation? The kitchen ministry selects the repast menu. All menu suggestions/requests are reviewed on a case by case basis.

Q. Can the family prepare/supply the food for the repast? No, all food items must be prepared by the kitchen ministry on the church premises.

Q. Does the church have a policy that prohibits cremation? No, the church has no say regarding cremation if desired; the family must make the cremation arrangement with the funeral home.

Q. Will MZOV support a funeral service at the funeral home or another church? Yes, a minister will discuss with the family any needed support.

For further instructions, download our funeral brochure.

Order of Service (sample)

Mt. Zion of Oakwood Village
One Mt. Zion Circle
Oakwood Village, Ohio 44146

Order of Service

Organ Prelude………………………….. Musician

Processional…………………………….The Family


Scripture ……………………………….              

Selection ……………………………….

Remarks …….………………………....

Obituary…………(read silently)              

Selection ………………………………