HUDSON — The Trinity Community Church in Hudson was founded and built in 1914. Now, more than 100 years later, the congregation is still going strong with two services every Sunday, and a beautiful organ that blesses the churchgoers with music.
Worshipers used to the accompaniment of the Moller pipe organ, which has been used at Trinity Community Church since 1939, will notice a void in their services as the organ has been sent away for reconstruction.
“The upgrades we make today will help keep the organ in a great up-to-date condition, so that this type of melodic, full and rich worship music can continue to be available and relevant in the future,” said Jennifer Pfortmiller, an organist at Trinity Community Church.
The needed improvements will ensure the 90 congregants have that full repertoire for many years to come. The cost to purchase this type of organ today could cost between $200,000 and $300,000. To see this type of instrument in a town of 125 people is unusual.
“It is pretty rare to find this quality of a pipe organ in a rural Kansas church,” Pfortmiller said. “Generally speaking, it is even harder to find musicians to play this beautiful instrument. Our church has been blessed with a strong and long heritage of talented musicians who have played this organ and continue to do so today.”
Harris Organ Works, a company in Arvada, Colo., comes to Hudson two times a year to do regular maintenance and service of the organ, along with tuning. The business will do the upgrading work, installing newer operating technologies available since the organ was purchased in the 1930s, Pfortmiller said.
New electro-pneumatic actions — along with new contacts and actions, new wiring and cabling system, more thumb pistons and toe studs, a transposer dial, and an MIDI implementation — will be added for the operating system.
A Moller pipe organ was installed at the Hudson church in 1918. This organ used bellows and pump handles to provide power because there was no electricity. Once electricity became more easily accessible in rural Kansas, an electric motor was installed, but it only lasted about 20 years.
In August 1939, the Trinity Community Church purchased a new pipe organ and console for $3,500, which was a small fortune, toward the end of the Great Depression.
Pfortmiller said that although the organ, which is 81 years old, was still functioning well, the wiring and connections of the organ were showing some age,.
The Trinity Community Church welcomes all to join either of their services on Sunday mornings. Church leaders hope the organ will be backin time to celebrate Easter.