Organ Fund Final Update
“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth; make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.”
Greetings to all Zion members and friends! With this verse from Psalms, Zion Church kicked off its Organ Restoration appeal in 2009. Today Zion is excited to share the joyful news that our loan with the Mission Investment Fund for the organ debt has been paid in full! Last month Zion gratefully received a very generous donation from the estate of Dr. Friedrich E. Stoll, Chief Resident in Radiology at Johns Hopkins, who passed away in December 2014. (Dr. Stoll also donated to Zion in 1991 for the restoration of a stained glass window). His generous gift made it possible for Zion to pay the outstanding balance of $72,000 to close the MIF account. We rejoice and thank God for His blessings, with gratitude to Dr. Stoll and to all who have supported this project!
My involvement with the Organ Restoration began in 2008, and I never thought I would be writing this message so soon. It is the conclusion of more than 10 years of vision, of deliberations and planning, of pledges and fundraising, of inspiration and anxiety, of many prayers and much gratitude. In 2012 the congregation made a commitment to uphold our tradition of fine music by signing a contract with Patrick J. Murphy Organbuilders to rebuild Zion’s organ. When the congregation approved the MIF loan in 2013, it was anticipated that Zion would be paying towards the loan for the full 10-year term. Thanks to overwhelming support from our members and friends, Zion was rewarded with the dedication of a newly restored pipe organ in 2014, a gift that enhances our worship experience and uplifts our spirits in musical praise. And today in 2018, God has bestowed his fullest blessings on Zion with an unforeseen gift of charity, and we are debt-free much sooner than ever expected! As a congregation, we remained hopeful and steadfast in our faith that God would provide for Zion, and our prayers were fulfilled.
There are many people who contributed to the success of this ambitious undertaking and we thank God for the efforts of all. Foremost, Zion is grateful for the faithful commitment of our parishioners and friends of Zion who contributed so generously to the Organ Fund over the past years and to all who supported our fundraising events. Zion Church can be proud of this accomplishment, an exceptional quality pipe organ that will serve future generations to the glory of God!
Zion rejoices with the following words from Psalm 107:1,
“O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever!”
Irene Duerr, Chairman
Zion Church Organ Restoration Fund