|Wednesday, 7/8/2020||3:30 PM – 4:40 PM||Concert: Trinity Wall Street Choir|
|5:15 PM – 6:45 PM||Wednesday Dinner (Optional)|
|6:00 PM – 6:40 PM||Buses Leave for Convention Hotel|
|7:00 PM – 8:15 PM||St. Cecilia Recital: Alan Morrison|
|8:15 PM – 8:45 PM||Buses Leave for Convention Hotel|
Johns Creek United Methodist Church is located at 11180 Medlock Bridge Road NE, Johns Creek, GA 30097.
About the Church
In North Fulton County there were two small rural churches, each having about a dozen active members. Warsaw Methodist Church was established in the early 1800s on property known as the Warsaw campground, which served as a planning site for soldiers during the Civil War. The Ocee Methodist Church was founded much later, around 1915. It was the joining of these two small groups in 1987 that Johns Creek United Methodist Church was born. Johns Creek was officially consecrated on September 7, 1987, at the site of the old Warsaw Church. In 1989, the church received the current property from Johns Creek Technology Park and began a new church building.
In the late 1980s, the construction of the Sanctuary (now the chapel) was completed. In the 1993-1994 time period, a long-range planning committee was established to identify and plan for the church facility’s needs for the next 10-12 years. A four-phase construction program was developed.
In May 2008, Johns Creek United Methodist prayerfully and patiently began the process of Raising the Steeple, a building campaign focused on raising funds to construct a dedicated worship space. Through the faithful support of the congregation and the diligent work of many, Johns Creek United Methodist Church celebrated the building of a new sanctuary that seats 1,750 people which opened January 2013
About the Organ
When the congregation of Johns Creek United Methodist Church decided that it was time to build a dedicated worship space it was always accepted that this space, the sanctuary, would be furnished with the finest pipe organ obtainable. An organ committee was formed and began the process of selecting an organ builder. Trips were made to hear organs in Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Roswell, Greenville, South Carolina, and St. Paul, Minnesota. A builder was selected and a design formulated. However, the funding of an organ project was not slated for the initial phase of building due to the cost.
It has long been known that rebuilding and installing a used pipe organ was less expensive than having a new one built. Trinity Church, Wall Street, NYC had a very large pipe organ in storage. The church had removed the pipe organ from its sanctuary after the attacks on the World Trade Center. It was thought that dust from the collapse of the towers (just blocks from Trinity Church) had irreparably damaged the organ. However, this was not true. The organ was in need of cleaning and some rebuild work would be necessary, but it could be saved and reused. Trinity was not interested in using it any longer and was persuaded by John Bishop of the Organ Clearing House to donate the organ to Johns Creek United Methodist Church.
The organ was removed from Trinity Church’s storage space, inventoried and cataloged. The cost of this phase of the project was approximately $90,000. During this process, it was determined that it would cost in excess of $1 million to restore and reinstall the organ. However, the cost to build a new pipe organ of the same quality and size would be over $4 million. The savings to the church would be significant. This work of restoration and reinstallation was painstakingly and professionally accomplished by the firm of Casavant Freres of St. Hyacinthe, Quebec. The opportunity to salvage a victim of the horrific attacks on the World Trade Center and use it in praise to God is unique. What a tremendous tribute to those who lost their lives as a result of the events on that horrible day. It is Johns Creek United Methodist Church’s distinct honor and privilege to lovingly restore and reuse this magnificent instrument of praise.
Click here to view specifications for the organ.
Visit our website at www.johnscreekumc.org.