Music Notes, Sunday, March 17

The following space will offer to you announcements, invitations, and updates for you from the Musical Ministry of GSUMC.

If you have any questions about this information or if you would like to join with the choir during this very musical season,

please see Chancel Choir Director & Organist, Lucas Weiss or contact him at

A Choral Music Gift: In Commemoration, In Honor or in Memory

     You have the opportunity to commemorate a special day, to honor or remember a loved one.  We typically purchase 25 anthems, when a new title is purchased for our choral music library.  The average cost for the 25 copies of a given anthem is $50.00.  On the piano in the parlor you will find the form you will need to complete and the envelope for enclosing your payment made out to Gay Street UMC.  This envelope should be placed in the offering plate.  Please make sure to complete all of the information, especially for contact you, as Lucas Weiss will be in touch to confirm your rwquest and to share any details. Your commemoration will be printed in the bulletin and the same information will be added to the folder that holds the specific anthem in the choral musck library, as a historical record of your gift.  We look foraward to commemorating, through music, the cherished ones of the congregation.

Update on the Sanctuary Organ by Lucas Weiss, Organist

     Last week this space was filled with a lengthy description of the history and the most recent activities of the Sanctuary Organ Project and its Task Force.  At the end of the update I share that this week's discussion would focus on the timeline of the project.  As a result of the discussions of our meeting with the representative from Muller Organ Company on Sunday, March 3rd, I have a rough timeline because the final details of the official contract, involving the scope of the entire porject, have not been solidified.  These elements should be finalized by the end of the month.  I have decided to hold off on sharing a timeline until it is as accurate as possible.  Therefore, I invite you to watch this space for continued updates on the project.  Until the next update, I encourage you to take a moment, and carefully climb the steps up in to the choir loft.  Come and see the beautiful console of the Gay Street UMC Organ - this is command central for the current instrument and will serve in the same capacity for the new instrument.  In 1926, when the present church structure was under construction, the Votteler, Holtkamp (the company that built the organ that will be redesigned for our space) & Sparling Company of Cleveland, Ohio, built a new beautiful 3-manual (keyboard) console.  In 2006, the need to expand the console was necessary, and this congregation assisted by the Muller Organ Company made the wonderful decision to carefully cut the casework and add a larger panel to the back.  The difference in width is the only way one is able to detect a difference, as it was masterfully crafted to match the ornate details of the historic console.  All aspects of the console was updated at that point, inside and out.  the result is a beautifully ornate console that will only need minimal adjustments for its continued service in this sacred space.  When you get a moment and you would like to see this piece of history, come up to the choir loft - carefully - and check it out!

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