Bellow For Bellows

Image of Organ Bellows and text "Bellow for Bellows"

Join the campaign to repair our beloved organ! Our organ is a well-loved part of worship at FPCC, but in need of repair!

Pledge cards are available at the link below or in the Narthex on Sundays. Or give today via Zelle (please put “bellows” in the memo line) or on Sunday with a check with “bellows” in the memo line.

Bellow Talk

By Beth Byrne

Our masterful organ is showing its age.

The pipes stand in majesty, manuals lie staged.

But bellows are leaking, a band-aid won’t do.

Replacement is crucial or silence is due.

The bellows are lungs that gather the air,

which flows through the pipes with pressurized care.

Producing the sounds, in glorious array,

that brighten our worship on each Sabbath Day.

But bellows are leaking, their future is bleak,

and bellows are pricey, the budget is weak.

So, Bellow for Bellows! The organ is dear!

And save up your dollars to bring it some cheer.

Our Bellow for Bellows campaign to replace the aging organ bellows is happening now. As far as we know, the leather bellows are the originals and the two wind reservoirs have withstood the heat and cold in the pipe chambers for almost 70 years. They are now rapidly deteriorating and are leaking pressurized air that gives the organ its voice; they are on the verge of failure due to the aging leather. The pressure is now on us to replace them, which will ensure the winding system remains in good condition for many decades. The total cost of repair is $28,750. There is some money in the Organ Rebuilding Fund, so the Worship and Music Committee is setting our fundraising goal at $20,000. $5,000 has already been pledged to kick off the campaign, so the remaining $15,000 is our challenge! If generosity surprises us all, any additional contributions would go to replace the Cathedral Chimes, which is a $4,000 expense. Hold this future gift in mind as we approach the end of the year. A pledge card is available at the link below – of course, outright gifts are welcome. The committee would like to begin the repair work early in the new year if possible. May I be so bold as to suggest you give the organ a Christmas gift, over and above your regular offering? We are investing in our future enjoyment to the Glory of God!