St. Paul's Organ
The Memorial Organ (dedicated in memory of those who served in World War II) was installed on June 29, 1952 in the former St. Paul’s United Church located at the corner of 3rd Street and 12th Avenue. It was moved to the present location of St. Paul’s in 1982.
After 68 years of service it came to the point where maintenance was impossible. An Ad Hoc Organ Committee was set-up to look at our options. At the Annual Congregation Meeting in February 2020, the Ad Hoc Committee recommended to replace the old organ with a new Allen G210 organ at a cost of $63,000. They further recommended that one-half or more of the costs be raised by donations and that GST rebates be returned to any trust funds that were used to help pay for the new organ. Contributions totalled $43,770.
Donators to the Organ Fund:
Beverley & Gary McKechney
Allan & Shirley Batters
Don & Lynn Kindopp
Jim & Judy Pratt
Lawrence & Donna Burnard & Family
Barry & Marilyn Dies
Reynold & Shelley Bert
Mike & Nadine Donovan
Paul & Cheryl Deren
Barry & Bonnie Rittaler
Doe Moo Thay & K’nyaw Paw
John & Vicki Winter
Joe & Gayle Blackburn
Gary & Gwen LaCasse
Harriet (Susie) Ross
Allan & Joyce Klesse
Walter & Doreen Avery
Graham & Nancy Shirley
Mervin & Katherina Coates-Wolgram
Leroy & Gail Schlamp
Ron & Joyce Latimer
Kevin & Laurie Ross
George & Ardelle Kuchinka
Ivan & Sandi Klatt
St.Paul’s Senior Choir
United Church Women
The new organ was installed in September 21, 2020. Due to COVID restrictions, the organ was first played by Shirley Andrist in October 4, 2020.
The new organ was dedicated on September 25, 2022. Sandra Young Tangjerd was guest organist and performed in the Organ Recital in the afternoon. At the same time, Shirley Andrist was recognized for her 65 years as organist at St. Paul’s.
The dedication of the organ reads:
L It is good to give thanks to the LORD,
P To sing praises to your name, O Most High;
L To declare your steadfast love in the morning,
P And your faithfulness by night,
L To the music of the lute and the harp,
P To the melody of the lyre.
L For you, O LORD, have made me glad by your work;
P at the works of your hands I sing for joy. (Ps. 92:1-4)
L Eternal, caring God, creator of all,
we give you thanks;
P Your love, O Lord, is everlasting.
L For the freedom we enjoy to worship you.
P With joyful hearts we thank you, O Lord.
L For the faithfulness of the saints
who have gone before us;
for their generosity of spirit
which built up this community of faith;
P With joyful hearts we thank you, O Lord.
Remembering their faithfulness,
and honouring their generosity,
we dedicate this organ
to your worship and praise,
and the glory of your name,
O Lord our God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen
A plaque was placed inside the organ. It reads:
This Organ is Dedicated to
The Glory of God
In Recognition of
Shirley Andrist, Organist (1957-2022)
In Memory/Honour of
Ronald, Edwin & Penny Coates
Orin & Irene Cooley
Iris Elisabeth Evans
Doreen & John Highfield
Everette & Barbara Murphy
Nicholas Jordan Thomas
September 25, 2022
Recognition of Shirley Andrist - at Sunday Worship
We welcome all of you this morning as part of St. Paul's family. We single out one particular member of our family - Shirley Andrist. Today we express our profound thanks and appreciation for all that Shirley has meant to our church family and take this time to recognize that contribution. Our records show that Shirley became St. Paul's organist in 1957. She indicated this year that she was no longer able to continue as our organist. Sixty-five years!
We thank Cindy Burham for compiling the biography of Shirley included in your Order of Worship. This speaks to the multitude of ways Shirley has been involved with our church family and community.
When we learned that Shirley was "retiring" this year. The Leadership Team immediately thought of how to recognize Shirley. Various gifts and recognitions were discussed. It was decided that we should consult Shirley. We knew that she was down-sizing her home. When asked how we might recognize her service, she stated, "I want my own parking spot."
Shirley, as a token of appreciation for all that you have meant to St. Paul's Church family, we will proudly display this signage over the alley parking area at the back of our church building and refer to the parking lot as "Andrist Lane."
Shirley, thank you, thank you, thank you. Click here for Recognition Pamphlet.
The program at the Organ Recital can be found here,