The First United Methodist Church in Crawfordsville is beginning a fundraising campaign to help repair the pipe organ that has been a part of the church for more than 50 years.
The fundraiser kick-off will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the church with a spaghetti dinner. All of the proceeds from the dinner will go directly to the organ.
Connie Meek, the church’s organist, said the electronics system which operates the organ is in desperate need of repair. The estimated cost of the repairs will be around $30,000.
“It hasn’t had any major repair work done to it in 40 years,” she said.
Meek started playing the organ at the church in 1993 after Maxine Dreyer retired as the church’s full-time organist. Meek began playing the organ in the church she grew up in as a seventh grader.
She said it is getting harder for churches to find organists because it is a dying art.
“I want to be able to continue to share that heritage,” she said.
Meek said the pipe organ is used during the church’s traditional worship service on Sunday morning and for weddings and other special events.
“Those people who attend the traditional service still like the music from the pipe organ,” she said.
Meek hopes the fundraiser helps to make the public aware of the need to keep the organ in working order.
Tickets for the dinner are
$7 for adults and $3.50 for children in kindergarten through fifth grade.
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