Saint Michael Lutheran Church will host a dedication recital for their recently installed E. & G.G. Hook Pipe Organ, Opus 359—1865, at 2 pm November 19.

The public is invited to attend. There will be a reception following the recital in the church fellowship hall.

William Douglas, Associate Organist and Choirmaster at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Columbia will be performing. Douglas is a graduate of the University of South Carolina where he earned a B.Mus. and M.M. in Organ Performance as a pupil of Dr. Jared Johnson. He also studied continuo and harpsichord with Dr. Jerry Curry. Douglas was a recipient of the Summerall Award from USC.

Most recently, he served as the Lloyd Cast Organ Fellow and sub-organist at Cathedral of All Saints – Albany, New York. Douglas is also a member of the Greater Columbia chapter of the American Organist Guild (AGO).

Pastor Frank W. Anderson spearheaded the acquisition of the historic pipe organ from Christ the King Lutheran Church upon its recent closure. The Lincoln Pipe Organ company from Lincolnton, North Carolina, accomplished the move and rebuilt the instrument in two weeks with the help of several friends. This instrument has significant historical value, has been meticulously maintained for more than 150 years, and has had a multi-denominational journey to the Dutch Fork community.

Anderson and Cantor Karen Shevenell, welcome the community to attend the dedication service and recital featuring this addition to the church’s worship and music program. Saint Michael celebrated its bicentennial in 2014, noting that the first Lutheran ecclesiastical meeting held in the state of South Carolina took place at Saint Michael April 30, 1816. The South Carolina Synod was also founded at Saint Michael in 1824.

For more information contact the church office at 803-781-0229 or email [email protected]

All are welcome to attend Sunday worship at 10:30 am or to join the community bible study each Wednesday at 10 am.

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