This is the second in a series of Friday posts about the reconstruction of our organ console at Faith UMC. A full index is on the home page of this blog.
Here is the "press release" that is going into the bulletin for this Sunday (June 8th) and the church email for next week:
As you read last week, our organ console will be undergoing extensive
reconstruction during July and August in order to fix some longstanding issues
with its electronic relay system (connecting the keys with the pipes). That is a
rather expensive project, though it is only a fraction of what the organ itself
would cost if installed today (if you are sitting down I will tell you). The
money for the work is to come from Faith's capital campaign which will be
launched in the fall, and will also cover a new boiler for the south sanctuary
and replacing lights in the worship and life center. In the meantime, however,
we are borrowing money to cover the organ repairs which simply could not wait
another year. We would welcome donations to the "organ fund."
persons interested in helping to purchase a dolly for the organ should see Doug Abbott in the church office (firstname.lastname@example.org). Because the new system will replace the morass of
cables with a single CAT-5 cable to connect the console with the pipes, it will
be possible to render the console portable, which would mean it could be moved
to the center of the floor for organ concerts. This dolly comes at an additional
cost of $2,750 and is not part of the current budget. But if you are so moved,
we would love to make the organist's feet visible at an organ re-dedication
concert in September!
Dr. Michael Hammer, organist