The Sanctuary

Our sanctuary, which was completed in June of 1955, is a beautiful, airy, light space that reflects the openness of our church and our worship. The wood cross that hangs over our altar table is simplicity at its best and allows for those attending worship to interpret how the cross impacts them. We keep our eyes on the cross and our hearts on God.

The needlepoint wall panels were stitched by members of our congregation beginning in January of 1974. They were completed and dedicated at the Sunday morning worship service on January 26, 1975, twenty years after the congregation began worshipping in the sanctuary. Each panel measures 24”x40” and has over 138,000 stitches. Symbolism is found in the colors, especially gold and red which represent Divinity, white epitomizing purity, green embodying renewed life, brown signifying service to God and human beings and blue exemplifying truth and faithfulness. There are four Old Testament Panels and four New Testament Panels. Since the number eight signifies re-generation and rebirth, those who created them hoped that, as we see them during our worship services, they will regenerate our spirit and give a renewed focus to our worship.

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The Pipe Organ

The Sonnemann Memorial Pipe Organ was installed in 1968. The three-manual 36-rank organ was designed and built by Bruce Angell Pipe Organs, Rye, New York. This instrument, Opus 128, is one of the last remaining organs built by this firm.

During the 1960-70’s, the open division style organ was promoted primarily by the Holtkamp Organ Company, Cleveland, Ohio. This instrument replicates their Baroque design with the Great division on both the lecturn and pulpit side of the Chancel. Also unique to the Baroque-style design was open-toe voicing. In theory, this produced a brilliant tone from organ allowing the organist to lead a large congregation.

After twenty years of repairs and unexpected maintenance, the church began to think about repair or replacement. In 1992, Instrument Technology Systems, Inc., Closter, NJ was contracted to replace the console with solid-state electronics, including MIDI capability. Additionally, the entire 2,116 pipes were removed by Austin Organ Company, Hartford, CT. At their factory, the pipes were washed and revoiced. All open-toe pipes were closed in an effort to have a more stable and singing tone. Pipes damaged by a ladder were repaired using the same metal. A concert with the Chappaqua Orchestra in 1994 commemorated the completion of the rebuild.

Since 2000, the organ has been maintained by Foley-Baker, Tolland, CT. The instrument is of good sound and versatile in many styles.