Down to 36 members, the last service for First Congregational was held in 2007; the facility was given to megachurch Trinity United Church of Christ, but their development plans were thwarted by the depression of 2008; with assistance from Trinity UCC and other congregations, Wide Awake United Church of Christ opened in the facility and is still going strong at this time.We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on January 14, 2020.
Congregation held its last service in 2007. According to a 2018 newspaper article, there is water leaking into the building through the bell tower. The floor of the bell tower had collapsed into a Sunday School room below it.We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on January 13, 2020.
Updated through online information from John Gouwens. -- This organ replaced the Skinner Op. 547 that had been lost in a fire soon after its installation. At present (2009), the church has been bought by another congregation (Trinity UCC in Chicago), and is used also by a Seventh-day Adventist congregation. Neither group reportedly uses the organ. The organ shows predictable signs of wear, and is in somewhat shaky condition, but it is completely original. Room acoustics are quite good!We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on January 13, 2020.
Identified through information adapted from E. M. Skinner/Aeolian-Skinner Opus List, by Sand Lawn and Allen Kinzey (Organ Historical Society, 1997), and included here through the kind permission of Sand Lawn:
Replaced #547, which had been lost in a fire; extant; unaltered.