Honoring Our Former Organists at FUMCFW

By September 26, 2017Music & Worship Arts

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Sunday, November 19, 2017
9:30 & 11:00 am | Traditional Sanctuary Worship

FUMCFW has been blessed with some of the most talented and gifted organists over the years. Organists are present through many stages of life, including Baptisms, Third-Grade Bibles, Confirmations, Graduations, Weddings, and Funerals. That, coupled with the fact that we have a magnificent pipe organ with 160 ranks and five manuals, built by Dan Garland, is something to celebrate!

Our Anne S. and Henry B. Paup Sanctuary Pipe Organ is now three years old, and we continue to celebrate its presence in our beautiful Sanctuary during Sunday morning worship, organ concerts, and other collaborative music events. Now the organ will be celebrated again as we honor those who have served as organists over the past 91 years and have contributed greatly to our music heritage at FUMCFW: Will Foster (1926 – 1942); Robert R. Clarke (1943 – 1973); Gladys Day (1973); Stanley Shepelwich (1973 – 1992); Mary Jo Springer (1992); Janet W. Pummill (1992 – 2000); Jack Noble White (2000 – 2004); and Mr. Aaron Medina (2004 – 2012). A plaque with their names and service dates will be hung in the hallway leading to the East entrance of the Sanctuary.

We will honor four of the five living former organists — Stanley Shepelwich, Mary Jo Springer, Janet Pummill, and Jack Noble White — during worship. Plus, we will hear Mr. Shepelwhich, Mrs. Springer, and Mrs. Pummill perform as service organists. We are also delighted to have Mr. Dan Garland, our beloved organ builder, at the console! We will gather in the Garden after the 11:00 am service to meet, greet, and thank our former organists. Anne Paup will present a gift of gratitude to each of them at this reception. Please join us for this very special day to honor these wonderful organists who have so faithfully served our congregation and our community!

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