After over 70 years of faithful use, the Moller pipe organ at Bethlehem Covenant Church in the Longfellow neighborhood of South Minneapolis needed major renovation and updating. A Pipe Organ Committee was formed and selected Grandall and Engen Organ Builders to complete this project in December 2018. It was decided unanimously to not only renovate but expand this well-loved instrument from 9 to 14 ranks and the work of fundraising began. “We were blessed to have raised not only enough to have this work completed, but to add extra enhancements that will be used in worship, as well,” said Dick Sundberg. Work began in December of 2020 and was completed in September 2021.
The church will celebrate the completion of this project with a dedication recital on Saturday, Oct. 30 at 2 p.m. Dr. Stephen Self, Minister of Music at Grace University Lutheran Church and retired Professor of Music at Bethel University will be the guest recitalist. The public is invited to attend this event and celebrate the majesty of this pipe organ. Light refreshments will follow the recital. The organ will be dedicated to the glory of God on Reformation Sunday, Oct. 31 at the 9:30 a.m. worship. Bethlehem Covenant Church is located at 3141 43rd Ave. South. (Photo submitted)