Multi-million Dollar Renovations Underway at Historic Montgomery Church

One of the oldest churches in Montgomery is undergoing renovations.

Part of the multi-million dollar renovations at First United Methodist Church in Montgomery includes a new organ.

After 50 years of use, they are putting their previous organ to rest, to welcome in Alabama’s first Schoenstein organ, produced by one of the countries oldest pipe organ builders.

“It’s designed to wrap you with warm sounds that enhance singing and colors that make worship intriguing and inviting,” Dr. Joshua Coble, FUMC Organist and Assistant Director of Music, said.

This is project that has been in the works for 3 years now, and is costing $2.2 million.

“It will help connect our congregation to God through music, singing and community,” Dr. James Seay, FUMC Director of Music Ministries, said.

The new organ isn’t the only renovation happening at the church. Other projects include renovations to their Early Childhood Development Center, a new Fellowship Hall, and an education wing for their First School.

After 192 years of service to the community, the congregation is looking to the future.

“I see grand things, especially musically, for the church and for the community,” Dr. Coble said. “I can’t wait to see what recitalists and what music happens because of this grand instrument.”

The congregation is planning dedication services for the new organ once it is installed.

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