PITTSBURG — After more than a year of installation work, First United Methodist Church (FUMC) of Pittsburg will dedicate and consecrate its new pipe organ at a special service on Sunday, March 24.

The ceremony, led by FUMC Senior Pastor Rev. Mark Chambers, will take place at 3 p.m. at the church.

Marcee Binder, associate FUMC pastor, and the Rev. Jeff Gannon, senior pastor at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church in Wichita will assist with the dedication.

The new organ was designed and constructed by C. B. Fisk Organ Company of Gloucester, Massachusetts. The instrument was custom built for FUMC, taking into account both the size and shape of the church sanctuary. While the organ was being built in the spring of 2018, FUMC remodeled the church's 105-year-old sanctuary to improve its acoustics.

C.B. Fisk shipped the organ to Pittsburg last summer. When the organ arrived in July, the FUMC congregation unloaded its pieces.

“It was a fun day and really exciting,” said Ron Womble, a congregation member who has been a member of several of the church’s committees and helped with planning the organ installation.

The C.B. Fisk team subsequently assembled the organ pieces before spending three months refining the instrument’s sound to best fit the church’s worship space.

C.B. Fisk was “delighted to have been part of the dramatic visual and acoustical transformation of the nave of First United Methodist Church,” the company’s president Michael Kraft said in a release. “We would like to believe that the result of our efforts is a beautifully crafted jewel in the church, but we also believe that getting to know the people whom we now call our friends in the church and surrounding community is something of great value.”

The soon-to-be dedicated Fisk organ “is a mechanical action, or ‘tracker,’ instrument, which means there is a direct mechanical linkage between the keys and the valves that allow wind into the pipes,” according to the church’s release. The nearly 60-year-old electric action organ it replaces “served the church very well for many decades but it was not in very good shape,” Womble said.

Although there is no charge to attend the organ dedication and consecration ceremony, FUMC is issuing tickets for the event due to limited seating. Those interested in attending can call the church office at (620) 231-2170 for more information.