July 2, 2008

Art Raffle to Benefit Lincolnville Organ Fund

LINCOLNVILLE - The United Christian Church, United Church of Christ, will raffle off the work of a Hope artist this weekend to raise funds to buy a new organ.

Tickets for the raffle of the work of Elizabeth O'Haverty will be sold at the 14th annual Strawberry Festival to be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church on Searsmont Road in Lincolnville Center.

The Church Organ Legacy Fund Committee has raised $39,000 since December toward the $45,000 cost of a new heritage-quality organ.

The church's current organ is a 1960s vintage Conn home instrument that is beyond repair. The new instrument not only is expected to enhance worship and be used to accompany community concerts, it also will provide local piano students an opportunity to learn to play the organ.

"Churches are having a difficult time finding organists and are turning to keyboardists or recorded music to accompany congregational singing," said music director Mary Schulien. "For the past 12 years, the United Christian Church has actively recruited young organists. It not only gives them a chance to grow in new ways as musicians, but to have the experience of playing regularly before a supportive audience."

As soon as the new organ is installed, a workshop conducted by Jim May, organist for the Lincolnville church, and Dorothy Koski, organist at the John Street United Methodist Church in Camden, will be held.

Donations to the organ fund may be sent to United Christian Church, P.O. Box 288, Lincolnville Center 04850.

For more information on the raffle, call 763-3794 or visit the church Web site at www.ucclincolnville.org.

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