Thursday, September 15, 2011
Join Friends of Music and Organ Committee on Tour
First Congregational Church’s Friends of Music and Organ Committee will visit historic Saint Alban’s Episcopal Church in Bay City, Michigan, on Saturday, October 29, 11:00 a.m. Built by lumber barons, Saint Alban’s Episcopal Church contains rare glass windows and ornate woodwork salvaged from ancient European ruins. Its pipe organ, built by Ernest M. Skinner, was originally built for Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church (Flint, Michigan) in 1916. That congregation sold the instrument to St. Alban’s in 1939 for $500.00. This purchase did not include the Echo division, pedal bass trombone stop, or the casework, which is in use even today in Flint. The Aeolian-Skinner Company moved the organ and constructed new casework. Though some pipe ranks have been modified over the years, the organ is used every week for worship services. Members of the congregation and Friends of Music are invited to attend. Reservations are required. If you would like to reserve a place in the tour or have any questions about the Bay City visit, please contact Nicholas Schmelter at the church office center, (989) 754-6565, or Jon Best, (989) 799-9425.