Pipe Up!

Organ Restoration Project

Early on Monday morning, June 20, the crew from Berghaus Organ Builders started removing the pipes and other elements of the organ as we initiate the important and long-needed restoration of the instrument. This exciting project will take approximately 12 weeks, and during much of that time the choir pews will be gone, and the weekday Eucharists will take place in the parlor. As all will remember, we will have use of a small portatif organ during the renovation period, in addition to our regular piano.
Most everyone in the parish saw the announcement made on June 13 containing the marvelous news that, thanks to the remarkable generosity of many individuals, couples, and families, we have already reached the goal of $220,000 necessary to renovate and restore our Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ. We are much indebted to several couples who made significant gifts before we announced the campaign publicly or immediately upon receiving the informational mailing a few weeks ago: their thoughtfulness and care have allowed us to have met our primary fundraising goal much earlier than anticipated.

A very special debt of gratitude is owed Bill and Stephanie Sick. In 2006, they made a generous gift to the parish of $100,000 in honor of their daughter, Jill, with the hope that it would be used for our music ministry in some way over time. The Sicks have designated their entire donation to the organ restoration project. Their thoughtfulness is deeply appreciated by all involved in the renovation, and was, obviously, an enormous boost in our efforts to raise the necessary funds. Thank you, Bill, Stephanie, and Jill!

Reaching our goal happened so quickly that many in the parish may have found themselves in the unique position of still wanting to participate in the organ restoration project but not being sure whether they still can or should. Please be assured that we will continue to receive donations very thankfully indeed. The large donations we have received did not specify particular parts of the organ for dedication, so if there is a stop or piston or keyboard you would like to "purchase," please feel free to do so. In addition, as the leadership team guiding this endeavor indicated in the written materials, gifts in excess of the $220,000 goal will be used to create an organ maintenance reserve fund which will help insure that we can keep the instrument in the finest working order for many years. If you still desire to contribute to this undertaking, please be confident that your gifts will be put to good use for years and even decades to come.

These coming weeks will require flexibility on the part of all. It has been some years since a project of this scope has been undertaken in the sanctuary, and our worship experience will, of necessity, be somewhat different this summer. Thank you, in advance, for your patience and understanding. If you have any questions, do not hesitate contacting either Derek Nickels or Fr. Jason (847-251-6120).