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April 6, 2015, 2:00 PM

Seeking Volunteers: Removing the Pipework

We are just weeks away from the final day that our current pipe organ will be used in worship. It seems like just yesterday that we signed the contract with Reynolds and Associates to restore and enhance our pipe organ. My how the time flies when everyone is so busy with the various preparation projects.

We are seeking persons to help with physically removing the existing pipes and packing them in shipping crates. Trust me, this isn't as difficult as it sounds. Read on...

On Sunday, April 26 the pipe organ as we know it will sing its last in worship. At about 1:00 p.m. that Sunday, the process of removing the pipes begins. The organ builder, Thad Reynolds, will be located on a ladder in the chancel of the sanctuary. He will remove the various pipes from the cantilevered organ chest and then hand the pipe down to a person standing below the ladder. From there a "bucket brigade" of volunteers will hand-off the pipes from the chancel down the center aisle into wooden crates that will be located on the pews.

For the most part, anyone age 10 and up will be able to lend a hand. (These pipes are not all that heavy, with most of them being something around the size and weight of a roll of wrapping paper.) Sign-up sheets are available in the lobbies this Sunday. We need 20 people for each 2-hour shift on Sunday, April 26. The shifts run from 1:00 until about 7:00 p.m. Thank you for signing up to lend a hand.

If you want a preview of what this pipe removal looks like, check out this video on YouTube:

Michael Pettry
Director of Music

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