Harpeth Presbyterian Church

Harpeth Church has always called itself “the little church down by the river.” But our beautiful location just a few yards from the Harpeth turned into a disaster zone almost instantly when 14″ of rain fell in two days back in April. The normally quiet stream turned into a raging river out of control as flood waters breached the levee and surrounded our historic little church. To our horror, huge tides of stinky brown raced through our beloved Sanctuary, creating a true emergency as original 19th century pews stood knee-deep under the flood.

For me as Director of Music, the scariest part was seeing our big Allen electronic organ go under two-and-a-half feet of water. The Pastor called ERS/Electronic Restoration Services right away and in no time their technicians were on the spot assessing the damage to our beloved instrument and taking immediate action to prevent further damage and to start drying it out.

Honestly, I thought our Allen, which is the heart of worship at Harpeth, was a goner. I was already worrying that we might have to start raising funds for a new instrument, a task that could take years, given all the other storm-related expenses we faced. So, months later, when we had our appointment with the specialist from the Allen Organ Company come to make a final trial of the playability of the organ, I was nervous. I was preparing myself to find the instrument completely unusable, a piece of our history that was doomed for the wrecking crew.

Imagine my relief and surprise when the Allen technician turned the organ on and put his hands on the keys — the big organ sound reverberated so loud in the empty Sanctuary, it was almost deafening. WHAT A JOY!!! The Allen guy, who has seen it all, said the recovery of our organ was “a miracle,” a miracle helped along by the prompt and professional quick action by the ERS team.

Now, six months after the river burst the banks of the levee, we are getting ready to move back into the renovated Sanctuary. And as the choir heads down the aisles for that first processional since the disaster, our Allen organ will be pouring out the glorious sounds of triumph over adversity. Thanks to Electronic Restoration Services, we’re back in business at Harpeth Church. Halleluiah!

Sincerely yours,
Biff Fink
Minister of Music
Harpeth Presbyterian Church