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  • Personal Training Group (Beginner)Personal Training Group (Beginner) - 6/29/2017 - 9:00 AM to 10:00 AMClass meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:00am. Cost is $5.  Led by Holly Murray. 
  • Art GroupArt Group - 6/29/2017 - 10:00 AM to 12:00 PMJoin us as we work on our art projects and get pointers from the talented Mrs. Barbara Watson, local artist!  See you there!  No registration necessary!
  • Deep Stretch YogaDeep Stretch Yoga - 6/29/2017 - 10:15 AM to 11:15 AMYoga Classes are for all fitness levels.  Cost is $8 drop-in OR $35 for 5 classes OR $60 for 10 classes OR $110 for 20 classes. Led by Jenna Pritchard. Other Classes led by Jenna: Chair Exercise and Stretch for SENIORS – Mondays at 9:00am. Cost is $5.  Yoga Basics – Tuesdays at 10:15am.  Restorative Yoga – Wednesdays at noon.    
  • After School Guitar LessonsAfter School Guitar Lessons - 6/29/2017 - 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.
  • Personal Training Group (Intermediate)Personal Training Group (Intermediate) - 6/29/2017 - 5:30 PM to 6:00 PMPersonal Training Group Class is led by Holly Murray, Personal Trainer and Certified Fitness Instructor.  Cost is $5 per class.
  • Pilates Evening Exercise ClassPilates Evening Exercise Class - 6/29/2017 - 5:30 PM to 6:30 PMJoin us for Pilates Exercise.  Cost = $3.00 per person!  See you there!
  • Zumba Fitness ClassZumba Fitness Class - 6/29/2017 - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PMJoin us for Zumba Fitness!  Class led by Lucy Cawthon and Nia Pace.  Cost is $4.00 per class.
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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.