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FPC Pipe Organ Restoration Completed

Restoration made possible through fundraising, donation & grant

 

by John Vogt - April 9, 2019

On today’s broadcast we have an update on the restoration of the First Presbyterian Church of Wellsboro pipe organ. Our last visit was back on October 25, 2018. At that point in the project the organ was being disassembled and transported to Patrick J Murphy and Assoc. LLC. You can find that broadcast here.

The organ was made by M.P. Moller Pipe Organ Company and was installed at First Presbyterian Church of Wellsboro in 1962. The organ is considered by many to be the best in the area. But, with the wear and tear over the years it became evident that critical repairs should be completed to preserve the instrument for future generations. The leather pouches under each pipe that hold the air pressure were one of the areas targeted for repair and restoration. These leather pouches were over fifty-five years old. Normal life expectancy is between forty to fifty years of service.

On today’s follow-up feature Home Page Operations Manager Rhonda Pearson visits with Patrick J. Murphy, the owner and president of the Patrick J. Murphy & Associates, Inc. Organ Builders. Patrick talks about the restoration which took about four months from start to finish. Mr. Murphy has been working on pipe organs since he was only fifteen years old and remarked he “has always been inspired by what an instrument of grandeur and power does to influence and help people with corporate singing.”

During the second half of today’s program Pastor Mike Birbeck shares that all the pipes (totaling over one thousand) are back in place. The organ has been restored and tuned, it’s functioning and sounds magnificent. Pastor Birbeck went on to say again “that worship is a very important component of the congregation.”

“Scripture tells us over four hundred times to praise the Lord,” said Birbeck.” He also stated that the congregation of First Presbyterian Church of Wellsboro “loves to sing and this magnificent instrument, with all its dynamics, helps them make a wonderful, joyful noise to the Lord giving Jesus their very best.”

A special dedication ceremony will take place in October 2019. We’ll keep you posted.

Credits:

Videography: Andrew Moore

Video Editing: Andrew Moore

Writing: John Vogt

Anchor: Rhonda Pearson

Correspondent: Rhonda Pearson

 

Produced by Vogt Media

Funded by Sherwood Motel, Pop’s Culture Shoppe

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