On October 12, 2014 the Schantz Organ console, which was built for St. Elizabeth’s in 1986, played its final Sunday service. For many years the console, antiphonal console, and pipes brought an enormous improvement to the musical life at St. Elizabeth’s thanks to the efforts of Dick Andersen, Frank Archer, and the support of the congregation of St. Elizabeth’s. In recent years, due in part to the adventurous mice in the sanctuary, the console began to fail. George Swope was a frequent emergency room doctor to the organ console, helping us keep the organ console reasonably functional for many years. The “For All the Saints” capital campaign allocated funding to replace the console. A new three-manual console built by Patrick J. Murphy and Associates was delivered and installed.
We introduced four new bells on Flower Sunday in June 2013, dedicating them on All Saints’ Sunday in November 2013, and because only a bishop may actually bless bells in our tradition, Bishop Mark Beckwith blessed our bells on Sunday, January 12, 2014. This is the text of the prayer he used:
Almighty God, creator of heaven and earth, grant that these bells, given to proclaim your glory, may always raise the hearts and spirits of your people to stand in awe before your power, to delight in the mystery of your beauty, and to join in the proclamation of your gracious rule in this age and for ever more: may the notes of these bells be as our prayers rising to you, and may their music be as your words coming down to us, and all of this we pray at the invitation of your Holy Spirit and in the Name of your Only Son, Jesus Christ, our savior and our Lord. Amen.
- The sally is the thick portion of the rope, made from dyed wool, which forms the hand-hold for the ringer. The ropes and sallys are given to the glory of God and in thanksgiving for the life of David H., who served as St. Elizabeth’s Master of the Bell at his death in 2010.
- The Lightner Memorial Bell has been in use at St. Elizabeth’s for 38 years.
- Bell #2, the Democracy Bell Note: B—31.5” diameter, 704 lbs. Sally: Red, White, and Blue To the Glory of God and in thanksgiving for the blessings of freedom, justice, democracy, and peace.
- Bell #3, the Parents’ and Grandparents’ Bell Note: D—26.1875” diameter, 407 lbs. Sally: Burgundy To the Glory of God and in loving memory of Irving M. Smith and Martha L. Smith Brady.
- Bell #4, the Musicians’ Bell Note: E—23.25” diameter, 290 lbs. Sally: Blue To the Glory of God and in thanksgiving for Richard Andersen, Frank Archer, and all who work together to share the gift of music.
- Bell #5, the Children’s Bell Note G—20.375” diameter, 198 lbs. Sally: Green To the Glory of God and in thanksgiving for the children of our community.
Weather Vane Honors Longtime Parishioner
At the 10 a.m. service on Sunday, December 11, 2012, The Rev. Cn. John Hartnett unveiled a weather vane, commissioned for St. Elizabeth's to honor Doris Harper's contriubutions to the Garden Committee over the years. The weather vane will be mounted on the roof of the Saunders Room.
|| Listen to Rev. Hartnett's Introduction to the Memorial
On Thursday, March 8, with Doris Harper and the Needlecrafters Group looking on, the Harper Weathervane was installed atop the Saunders Room, where it supervises St. Elizabeth's gardens, courtyard, the Parish House, and, on occasion, turns to look directly into the Rev. Joan Conley's office on the second floor.
The Parish House
In 2004 we opened our new Parish House, with new classrooms, a new chapel, expanded offices and spaces for fellowship events, and a courtyard and gardens.
The Memorial Garden
St. Elizabeth’s property includes a Memorial Garden just to the north of the sanctuary where we inter the ashes of members who have entered their larger life with God. Every All Saints’ Day we include in our prayers the names of all who have been interred in the Garden.
The Children's Garden
A generous gift enabled us to establish a Children’s Garden at the entry to our new building.
All-Parish Clean-up Mornings are Twice a Year
Each spring and fall, come rain or shine, the parish comes together to the church on a Saturday morning to clean, dust, mop, paint, plant, wash, and mulch. We finish up with a BBQ at which time we relax and bask in the good feelings that come from a job well done! Parishioners of all ages are welcome to grab your gloves and comfortable clothes and join us!