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  • Morning ZUMBAMorning ZUMBA - 10/17/2018 - 8:00 AM to 9:00 AMDitch the workout...Join the PARTY!  Join us for ZUMBA every Monday and Wednesday morning from 8-9:00am!  Cost is $4. Led by Tiffani Long.
  • MOJO FitnessMOJO Fitness - 10/17/2018 - 8:30 AM to 9:30 AMJoey Grubbs is not only a fitness instructor/trainer, but also a life coach and ordained minister. His class, MOJO Fitness, meets every Monday and Wednesday at 8:30am and every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:15am. MOJO Fitness is a cardio/weight training class and is adaptable to any fitness level.  Class is $5.00.  Joey is also available for one-on-one personal training sessions.  
  • Pre-K and Kindergarten classesPre-K and Kindergarten classes - 10/17/2018 - 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
  • Preschool classesPreschool classes - 10/17/2018 - 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Spanish ConversationSpanish Conversation - 10/17/2018 - 10:00 AMLearn Spanish!  Class is free!  
  • That the World May KnowThat the World May Know - 10/17/2018 - 10:00 AM to 11:30 AMled by Bruce Mason For more information contact Debby Stikes, debby.stikes@griffin-fumc.org
  • After School Guitar LessonsAfter School Guitar Lessons - 10/17/2018 - 4:00 PM to 6:00 PMCall 678-688-3858 today to set up your appointment!  Lessons led by local singer and songwriter, Anne Stansell.
  • Wednesday Night SupperWednesday Night Supper - 10/17/2018 - 5:45 PM to 6:30 PMAdults: $5.00 Children ages 3-Sixth Grade: $3.00 2 and under: Fee Reservations are required. Call the church office at 770.228.3020 to RSVP.
  • ARISE!ARISE! - 10/17/2018 - 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
  • Bible Study: The Epic of EdenBible Study: The Epic of Eden - 10/17/2018 - 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM  The Old Testament of the Bible can feel like a junk drawer – a disorganized collection of important stuff we don’t want to lose yet don’t know what to do with.  From the Pentateuch to patriarchs and from kings to prophets, it can feel like a puzzle we’ve tried to put together but wind up putting it back in the box because it’s too complicated.  This twelve-week study will explore the Old Testament which will lead to fresh New Testament faith.  Debby Stikes will lead this study.  It will begin Wednesday, September 5, and will end Wednesday, December 5.  (6:30 p.m., Stephen Ministry room)  A donation of $20 would be accepted.  
  • Chase the Lion: Stepping Confidently Into the UnknownChase the Lion: Stepping Confidently Into the Unknown - 10/17/2018 - 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM  Chase the Lion:  Stepping Confidently Into the Unknown   Inspired by a fearless warrior named Benaiah (2 Samuel 23:20) who changed the course of his future by winning a battle with a real lion, this eight-week study examines biblical and modern-day examples of people who were willing to put everything on the line, take risks, seize opportunities, face fears, embrace uncertainty, and look foolish when it comes to chasing after God-given opportunities.  Our current Christian culture doesn’t usually encourage sensible people to chase after risky opportunities and dreams.  We want to believe that if it’s a good decision, it will always feel safe because that’s the way God wants life to be.  But what if you discovered that the fulfilling life God wants for you is hiding behind a present problem, a past failure, or a lifelong fear?  Rev. Andrew Covington will lead this study.  It will begin Wednesday, August 22, and end Wednesday, October 24.  (6:30 p.m., Journey Classroom)  A $10 donation would be accepted.  
  • Chancel Choir RehearsalChancel Choir Rehearsal - 10/17/2018 - 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
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Our Organ

M. P. MOLLER, OPUS 7542 – 1948, REBUILT 1989
2004 ADDITIONS BY A. E. SCHLEUTER PIPE ORGAN COMPANY
33 RANKS, 46 STOPS – 2076 PIPES
For a detailed list of specifications (PDF), click here.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF OUR ORGAN

In 1948, M. P. Moller Organ Company installed our original organ in the church’s downtown location on South Hill Street at a cost of $ 14,803. When our church moved to its present site, the 1948 organ was moved and re-installed in our sanctuary. After many years of service the organ was enlarged and refurbished in 1971 by Mr. John Horton. As time passed the organ was once again in need of repair, and in 1985 investigative work began concerning how the church would deal with the problem.

In May of 1986, an organ committee was formed with Dr. Robert E. (Bob) Wilkinson as chairman. Investigative work, congregational education, and modes of finance were the thrusts of this body. It was decided that the organ would need to be rebuilt and enlarged.

After months of work, a contract was signed with M. P. Moller of Hagerstown, MD in November of 1987. At a congregational meeting, it was decided to fund the organ through a three year Capital Funds Drive (which also included other church improvements) and also through monies designated as the Organ Fund. Total cost of the organ was $ 175,359.75.

After delays in the schedule, including a workers strike at M. P. Moller, the organ arrived in Griffin on December 1, 1989. The congregation first heard the organ on Christmas Eve Sunday in 1989. Tonal specifications were drawn up by David Kocsis in collaboration with Dr. Ronald Ellis, President of Moller, and Daniel Angerstein, Tonal Director of Moller.

The Dedicatory Organ Recital was given by Jeff Gillespie, a native of Griffin and Organist of the First United Methodist Church in Bloomington, Indiana and a Doctoral student at Indiana University on March 11, 1990.

On October 28, 2002 a contract was signed with the A. E. Schleuter Pipe Organ Company of Lithonia, Georgia for the addition of two ranks and three stops as a Memorial Gift from the Chewning family for Mr. and Mrs. Richard E. Jones. Under the tonal direction of A. E. Schleuter III, an 8’ hooded enchamade Trompette Heroic and an 8’ Choir Division Tromba extension were added in June, 2004. An enchamade trumpet is voiced to be heard above the full organ sound and highlight festival occasions and grand processionals. A Zimbelstern was added in 2006 as a Memorial Gift for Mr. Ralph E. Chewning, Sr. The present replacement value of our organ is approximately $ 575,000.00.

In a report from the Organ Committee to the congregation in 1987, Dr. Wilkinson stated “…a small Antiphonal organ [of 5 or 6 ranks] in the balcony played from the front console, will be of immense benefit to the congregation and to the choir… (This) would complete the organ for this sanctuary.” First United Methodist Church stands as a center for the arts and culture and is a focus for the spiritual, physical, and intellectual life of Griffin and the surrounding communities. Our church is a natural gathering place for the whole community. Much of this outreach is a direct result of its music program. A major component of its ministry in music is for the preservation, maintenance, and future expansion of the Sanctuary Organ. The Pipe Organ, an instrument of beauty, is a joy forever. An organ appeals to so many of our senses: sight, sound, even touch. The appreciation of a fine pipe organ traverses many levels. The architecture adds a focal point of beautifully crafted wood and richly-tined metal. Young and old delight in the sound and vibration which fills them when the organist begins to play.

We, who now enjoy the impressive tradition of music and worship, owe a debt of gratitude to those who have left us this priceless legacy. The Organ Fund exists for contributions; and memorials are welcome to maintain and improve our organ. Memorials and donations may include a one-time gift; a pledge over a period of time; or a planed gift or a bequest. Please consider a memorial to a loved one or family member by gifting an organ stop or rank of pipes in the person’s memory. In addition to leaving a memorial, you will have the satisfaction of giving the joy of music for others to enjoy for years to come and enabling those who visit to have a truly personal and unique experience. I hope that we, as a church, may see the fruition of Dr. Wilkinson and the organ committee of 1987 in the very near future.