The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Church pulls out all the stops

organThey love to sing at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Absarokee, Mont. — and have a new pipe organ to accompany them. The 180 members raised $135,000 over two years to build an organ using components from one a former pastor, A.O. Aadland, made for his home. When he died in 2009, his 10 children gave it to Immanuel, where one sibling, Dan, is choir director. Brother Art, an organ builder, redesigned the instrument and crafted components in his South Dakota shop and brother Steve's shop in Montana. Steve and 80 volunteers contributed 6,000 hours to transform the steeple into an organ chamber and to transport, restore and install the organ that boasts 700 pipes and 27 stops.


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