St. Paul's Church breathing new life with restored organ

St. Paul United Methodist Church// WSBT 22

A historic church in South Bend is breathing new life. Its historic organ is working again.

It is all thanks to donors who helped St. Paul’s United Methodist Church raise $500,000 to rehab the organ.

Before the rehab, hundreds of pipes didn't work. Of the 1,800 pipes in the organ, a third to half of them weren’t in working order.

The church was built at the turn of the century -- a gift from Clem Studebaker, Co-founder of the Studebaker Company, and his wife.

It has beautiful stained glass, the oldest baptismal font in the U.S. and the pipe organ which is now breathing again.

Joe Lightner is the man playing the organ. Back in February, he showed how age had taken its toll.

Hundreds of pipes didn't work and in some places it was being held together by duct tape.

The church raised the $500,000 to fix it and in February crews took the old organ away, repaired pipes, built a new console and constructed all new wind chests and lines.

Now, this more than 100-year-old church has new life thanks to a familiar sound.

The public is welcome to come see and hear the organ.

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