Jan Weich is the director.
OrganistBethel is fortunate to have Nancy Ecklun who enhances our worship services with beautiful music from our pipe organ. She provides leadership for our worship services. Her preludes and postludes set the tone for the worship service.
Pipe Organ Renovation ProjectHistory of the Pipe Organ Project
On December 19, 2006, a special meeting of the congregation was called for the purpose of voting on the renovation project for our pipe organ. Dan Vaughan of Vaughan Keyboard Service Inc. of Rockwall, Texas made a bid of $71,125. After the presentation by the property committee, a vote was taken with 84 voting for the project and 2 against.
A committee was appointed to raise the funds for the project and by the first of June, 2006, the money had been raised.
The new console arrived on April 25, 2007, and was stored in the basement until Dan could start his work in June. Dan Vaughan and Dennis Remington arrived June 12th and started the renovation project. This is part of Dan's summary of the project.
*Replaced the existing two manual (keyboard) console (the console contains the keyboards, etc.) with the three manual console.
*Disassembly of the organ in the south pipe room. All organ pipes were removed, the pipe chests which contain the valves were removed, the pipe room floors were cleaned and painted, new valves installed and wired, pipe chests frames were raised 40" and all parts and chests were assembled and re-installed. The new blower was installed and wired, all airlines hooked up, and most organ pipes re-installed. This work was completed by July 10th.
*Disassembly of the organ in the north pipe room and repeated the process the same as the south room. This was completed by August 10th.
The process replaced close to 1,400 valves, made twice that amount of wire connections and solder joints, numerous airline connections, new chest parts and frames, and cleaned all parts that were re-installed."
On October 7, 2007, the organ was dedicated with a very simple dedication at the beginning of the service. The service from the LBW Occasional Service book for the dedication of organs was used at the 11:00 am service, as well as at both the 6:30 pm Saturday service and 8:30 am Sunday service. The congregation and the choir sang a special arrangement of "When In Our Music God Is Glorified." Dan Vaughan played for all three services. People especially appreciated his improvisation of "How Great Thou Art" that was played for the offertory. There are still a few things left to finish that Dan will do in January. An organ recital is also planned in January.