Pipe Organ Renovation
Contributions continue to come in to support renovation of our pipe organ. The organ fund had some $9,158 on December 31. As of March 31, the fund now has $13,280. The pipe organ at St. John has been in declining health for some time. Our longtime organist and music director, the late Garland Kneten, realized the need for major work. He had obtained bids for rebuilding the organ, and had even applied for a grant to fund it (that was turned down) before his death in 2016. A thorough inspection of the organ by two different organ rebuilders this past year indicates
the time for a major rebuild has arrived. The
existing pipe organ was purchased second-hand but is estimated to be from the 1920's. As a general rule every fifty to seventy years a major rebuild is required.
On June 24, 2018 our congregation voted to purchase and install a new organ console, due to the many issues with the existing console. Installation of the new console was completed in October.
Purchase of the console was achieved through gifts made to St John, many in memory of Garland Kneten.The next phase will require rebuilding of chests, wind lines, wiring, wind components and bellows.