BENEFITING: FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
At First Presbyterian Church of Hanford, we have recently renovated the pipe organ in our sanctuary/worship center. The renovations were absolutely necessary so that we can enjoy the music it produces for the foreseeable future.
Our organ has a long and storied history. It is the 2nd oldest M.P. Moller Pipe organ in operation this side of the Mississippi. It was brought to Hanford by rail from Hagerstown, Maryland, in 1912. Originally, volunteers were needed to sit in the basement of the old church building to pump the bellows so the organist could play. In 1940, electricity was added so that this was no longer necessary. The organ console was renovated in 1967, and was then moved from the old church building to its current location in 1984. The now completed renovation was done by Tom Delay. He installed a relay system called the ICS-Peterson 4000, which allows quick and accurate communication between the console and the pipes and has added features including registration storage, midi, recording, transposing, and much more.
The cost of the renovation was approximately $30,000. Obviously, this is a large sum, but are confident that our congregation and the community will agree that this preservation of our history to continue glorifying our Lord is well worth it. We are planning a 'Concert of Hymns' fundraising event for Sunday afternoon, November 15. If you would like to help underwrite this expense, any donation would be very much appreciated. We would like to recognize your contribution! Please see below to find the different donor levels. You may contribute here or write a check to the church, designating organ fund.
- $25-$49: Recognized in our Church Newsletter
- $50-$99: Small Stylized Picture of the Church & Organ
- $100-$249: Large Stylized Picture of Church & Organ
- $250-$499: BRONZE Sponsor: Large Picture & Name to be hung on Plaque
- $500-$999: SILVER Sponsor: Large Picture & Name to be hung on Plaque
- $1000-$2,499: GOLD Sponsor: Large Picture & Name to be hung on Plaque
- $2,500+: PLATINUM Sponsor: Large Picture & Name to be hung on Plaque
The Organ Fund Plaque will be hung at First Presbyterian Church to thank and specificy the levels of donations received.
The organ has 20 ranks, providing beautiful sounds to all who worship with us on Sunday morning. This is a beautiful, quality instrument that will now bring glory to God for another 102 years.