Funeral Homes May Conduct Funeral and Memorial Services at their Facility
As with most words, the origins are Latin and the word “Funeral” is no exception, it comes from the word “funus”, which had a variety of meanings, including the corpse and the funerary rites themselves.
Funeral history dates back to the Egyptians, who mastered the art of preservation.
Here is the United States the funeral industry did not emerge until after the Civil War. That is when the process and practice of embalming became widespread and accepted by the general public.
Before the Civil War, the deceased were often displayed in the parlor of the family home, this is where the term “funeral parlor” came from.
Funeral homes arrange the service in accordance with the wishes of the surviving family members. They also take care of necessary paperwork, permits, cemetery arrangements and provide obituaries to the news media. The wishes of the family may be a Traditional Religious Funeral, Non-Religious Humanist Funeral Service, Direct Cremation Service, Green/Natural Funeral Service or Burial at Sea.
A Traditional Funeral service consists of a visitation, a service conducted by a religious leader and gravesite committal service
The Non-Religious Humanist Funeral service, makes no reference to God. It focuses on the tribute section, in which family and friends share in.
With a Direct Cremation Service there is no visitation, ceremony or service beforehand. A Memorial service may be held later.
Green/Natural Funeral service is one that avoids embalming chemical, extraneous cement, steel or other non-biodegradable materials. This type of funeral requires fewer resources, so it is environmentally friendly.
A Burial at Sea is a type of funeral in which a deceased person’s body or ashes are released into the ocean, usually from a boat. Burials at sea are highly regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), so it is advised to hire a company that specializes in this type of service.
The funeral service industry in the United States is an estimated 20.7 billion per year business with the average cost of a traditional funeral at between 8 – 10 thousand dollars.
Do you know that a funeral service and a memorial service are different? A funeral service is a service held to memorialize the deceased person with their body present. A memorial service is a service held to memorialize a deceased person without their body present.
The easiest way to remember this is; if the body is present, it is a funeral service. If the body is not present it is a memorial service.
In many funeral homes there is a chapel for a funeral or memorial service to be conducted.
A funeral allows family and friends to remember and honor their loved one in a special way. It serves as a gathering place for them to lend emotional support, express thoughts and feeling with one another.
We have a wide variety of pulpits, podiums and lecterns to fit your funeral home décor
- TSP-120, Church Wood Tiered Pulpit. This Beautiful Tiered Wood Pulpit is ideal for all your presentation needs.
- NC10/NC10G. Prestige Glass Pulpit FOUNDATION. Our timeless classic, the Foundation Pulpit. This traditional pulpit design, crafted in contemporary glass.
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Easter… New Life, Rebirth and Hope
The calendar may indicate March 20th as the official first day of spring, but many may consider Easter the unofficial start of spring, as it symbolizes new life, rebirth and hope.
Easter is a movable feast, which means it does not fall on a fixed date every year, its date is determined on a lunisolar calendar.
The word “Easter” originates from the Saxon pagan festival honoring the Goddess “Eastre”, who’s symbol is the rabbit. This may be where the notion of the Easter Bunny came from.
To Christians Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. It offers us the hope of everlasting life.
There are many facts about Easter, that you may or may not know about. Here are just a few to share with you.
- The first story of the Easter Bunny hiding eggs was published in 1680.
- The White House Easter Egg Roll was initiated by Dolly Madison, wife of President James Madison in 1814 and was held on the grounds of the capital. President Rutherford B. Hayes moved it to the White House lawn in 1878.
- The implementation of celebrating Easter in the United States did not reach popularity until sometime around the civil war.
- Approximately 1.5 billion “Peeps” are sold for Easter.
- Americans spend 1.9 billion on Easter candy and of that 70% of it is chocolate.
- Egg dyes were once made out o natural materials, such as onion peels, tree bark, flower petals and juices.
Of course, we can’t forget about the traditions that are associated with Easter.
- Sunrise service
- Serving Ham (which is the most common meat)
- Dyeing eggs
- The Easter Bunny
- Chocolate Bunnies
- Easter Baskets
- Egg Hunts (the first game ever invented)
- Jelly Beans
Easter is celebrated all over the world, with countries celebrating in very different ways.
Spain – Celebrates with 52 different religions parading through the streets, manifesting the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The daily procession of marching bands and decorated candlelit floats with Baroque Statues illustrating the Easter story.
Sweden – Easter is a lot like our Halloween. Children dress up as Easter Witches and go from home to home in their neighborhoods trading paintings and drawings in hope of receiving sweet treats.
Bermuda – Locals celebrate by flying home-made kites, which symbolizes Christ’s ascension to Heaven.
Germany – Easter Eggs are displayed on trees. The tree will have thousands of multi-colored eggs hanging from them.
As Easter is one of the most important religious holidays for Christians, churches will start to gear up and renew their sanctuaries for the many services that will be held during Holy Week.
If you are in need of new church furnishings, we have a variety of items to fit your décor.
- NO 810W, Church Wood Pulpit. This Beautiful Walk-In Wood Pulpit is ideal for all your presentation needs.
- NO 815, Communion Table. A solid wood Communion table which is a great match for the NO 810W and NO 811 Series Pulpits.
- NC2W, Prestige Speaker Stand. Designed as an accent piece for your platform or as a secondary podium, the Speaker is expertly crafted, light, portable and durable.
- NO 900 FLW, Flower Stand. 900 Pedestal Flower Stand. Great Match with the Communion Tables and Podiums.
- NC5/NC5G, Prestige Glass Offering Box. Floor Model Style Offering Box in glass and oak with handles and key-locking side panel.
- TWP-105 Set, Church Pulpit Set. This Winged Pulpit Set is ideal for all your presentation needs.
Please see our website at www.podiumsdirect.com, for more church furnishings.
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The Functionality of Multimedia Lecterns and Podiums
The word “multimedia” is commonly used today, but to you know the elements of it.
The five multimedia elements are text, image, audio, video and animation.
As the name implies, multimedia is the integration or combination of multiple forms of media, so that the benefits of each can be used in a desktop environment.
With a multimedia podium you can make a powerful presentation no matter what form of media or equipment you use.
These podiums were designed with simple, clean lines and functionality in mind. They also have ample storage space to keep everything you need within reach to deliver your speech. When not in use the podium serves as a secure storage area for all your audio, visual and other electronic devices.
Multimedia lecterns can feature options like cable management within the unit, lockable storage areas, casters and more.
The versatility of these podiums make them great for classrooms, offices, conference centers, auditoriums, corporate training sites, churches and more.
Below are some of the multimedia podiums we have available on our website.
- OLILCTMMLBK, Multimedia Lectern 41” Rolling. This podium is idea for the any school, business, restaurant and more.
- PDMON, Multimedia Lectern Monarch.
- PDCOM, Multimedia Lectern Commander.
- SS3230, AmpliVox Smart with Sound Multimedia Lectern.
- SW3430, AmpliVox Wireless Smart Multimedia Lectern. The Multimedia Smart Lectern is ideal for classrooms and corporate training sites.
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Tradeshows, Trade Fairs and Exhibition Are An Excellent Way to Promote and Market Your Products and Services.
Tradeshows and Trade Fairs are events at which businesses in a particular industry promote, display, demonstrate and discuss their products and services.
They aim for direct contact between manufacturers and distribution channel members (the path in which goods and services travel from).
Exhibitions are a platform to promote your product or service to a large and sometimes diverse audience, which usually is the general public, that otherwise may have little or no knowledge of your products and services. These shows are aimed or geared to the end user (person or organization that uses the product).
Tradeshows, Trade Fairs and Exhibitions take place on an annual basis and one or another is happening every month of the year.
They can be an excellent way to promote your business and what you have to offer and get industry and general opinion on your products and services.
Other benefits of these shows are that they are a great networking and marketing tool. It puts you in touch with industry members and can grow your customer base. It is a way to advertise and create brand awareness.
Attendees of these shows are most likely looking for brand loyalty and a lasting dealer relationship.
To make the most out of your show experience, you need to stay focused on industry and consumer trends. Also, by creating a lasting impression on the attendees, which in turn could help your sales and marketing goals.
If you have ever participated in a tradeshow before, you know that there is limited time allowed to set up your booth or stand, in which to display and demonstrate your products.
That is why we have durable, lightweight or folding podiums, that can be set up and taken down with ease and stored without taking up much room.
We have the perfect Podium for Tradeshows, so if you travel to Tradeshows, Trade Fairs and Exhibitions on a regular basis.
- LCPMKDBK Portable Presentation Lectern Folding & Light Colum Style. This folding lectern is perfect for any Tradeshow.
- LCTCVKDRM Portable Presentation Lectern Mobile. This mobile lectern is portable and can easily be assembled and disassembled.
- OLILCTFOLBK Portable Presentation Lectern, Folding/Collapsible. This collapsible lectern folds flat for ease of transportation from one venue to the next.
- FFL Portable Presentation Lectern FFL Soundcraft Systems Folding Lectern. Easy tot carry, lightweight and convenient.
- EDTC Presentation AV Cart EDTC EduTouch Sit & Stand Cart. This mobile stand can you be organized and effective at any Tradeshow.
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Tithing and “Free Will” Offering, Both Have A Common Goal
In English, Greek and Hebrew the word “Tithe” derives from “10” and means setting aside a tenth of one’s income.
The origin of tithing is unknown, but the first biblical account is in the Old Testament. Abraham on his return for battle, gave Melchizedek (King of Salem) a tenth of his spoils. Another account is of Jacob (Abraham’s grandson), who promised to give God a tenth of all that God gave him, if God would restore him to his father’s house in peace.
Moses inserted Tithing in the law, to be imposed upon the Israelites during the life of the nation’s stay in Canaan.
In the New Testament tithing was abolished when Christ died on cross, because of its many faults and imperfections. Tithing was thought to be a fix law of taxation imposed upon another person without his consent.
The church at Jerusalem was the first church under the apostles, that instead of Tithing or giving a tenth of one’s income, giving was voluntary.
The church at Corinth and all the churches of Galatia were not tithing either. Their system of giving was one of “free will” offering.
Now we fast forward to colonial times. Colonial churches did not depend on tithing or voluntary giving, instead they were funded through public taxes and fees.
Early in the 19th Century America ended state support of churches and tithing and offering once again became the standard practice of churches to support their ministry.
Many believe that a gift given to the church, must be from the heart and of “free will”, not forced, demanded or requested.
Whether you Tithe or give by “free will” offering, they have one big thing in common. They both work to support and build the community of God.
In today’s uncertain world, wouldn’t you like to know that your tithe, offering or donation to the church, will be secure, safe and confidential. This is the reason why Tithe/Offering Boxes are an important and valuable part of any church.
We have styles that will compliment your worship facility.
2. Tithe Box NO 50. Great Match With The Communion Tables and Podiums.
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What is an Ambo & the history of it's use and development
Before we get into the history of the Ambo, let's look at some key bullet points:
Originally introduced as a portable lectern, by the 4th Century, it had evolved into a raised platform used during mass to chant or read the Epistle and Gospel. In the 6th Century, it became a stationary fixture in the church and became an essential part of the church plan. Between the 6th and 11th Century the Russian Orthodox church Ambos took the form of the step leading to a platform. In contrast, the Greek Orthodox church retained its earlier movable form of the Ambo.
During this time the double Ambo appeared and were placed on the North and South side of the choir. The North Ambo was used to read the Epistle and the South for the Gospel.
By the 9th Century, the Ambo was in universal use, but the 12th Century saw a decline in the use of the Ambo and was superseded by the pulpit.
Today the words Ambo and Pulpits are used interchangeably. In history these two terms were used to identify two different things, each having its own specific purpose in the liturgy.
In today’s churches, there are specific instructions on the use of an Ambo. It must be stationary and keeping with the design of each church, in such a way that the ordained minister may be distinctly heard when addressing the congregation.
Only the Readings, Responsorial Psalm, Easter Proclamation, Homily and announcing the intentions of Universal Prayer can be performed from the Ambo.
Although some churches today have one Ambo or Pulpit that suffices for the entire Liturgy.
PodiumsDirect.com has many Pulpits or Ambos available on our website, below are just a few examples.
- Church Wood Pulpit Custom No 7. A Beautiful Walk-In Wood Pulpit.
- Wood with Acrylic Pulpit Custom No. 5. Traditional pulpit with a modern twist.
- Prestige Glass Pulpit NC8WC/NC8CG. A Pulpit with presence to fill a larger area.
- Acrylic Lectern Kings. This Column church pulpit design features a lectern surface large enough to hold your Bible, notes, or announcements.
- Contemporary Acrylic and Aluminum Podium, 3080CL. This podium is an example of contemporary elegance.
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