Springer Glass played the organ at Incarnation
United Church of Christ on Dec. 7, 2003.
She also directed the choir. Those events were
not unusual: Audrey has been playing the organ
here since she was a teenager.
But this was a
special Sunday, the final event of the
church's observance of its 235th anniversary.
Dr. Jerry Foltz from the UCC Central Atlantic
Conference had come to bring greetings and to
light the Advent candle. The whole
congregation was invited to a luncheon
following the worship service. Audrey knew all
this; it had been planned for months. What she
didn't know was that she was the guest of
75 church members and
friends joined to surprise and thank Audrey
for her 40-plus years of devoted volunteer
service to Incarnation. Her sisters, Janet and
Kathy, and brothers George and John, were
there. Everyone wore red socks, Audrey's
preferred footwear when playing the organ. A
banner proclaimed, "Audrey's Socks Rock!" The
consistory gave her a new pair of red socks,
and a mock check for $340,000, the estimated
value of her time spent at choir rehearsals
and church services.
luncheon, which was catered by the Carriage
House Inn, family members and friends saluted
Audrey. Kathy Krom (Audrey's sister), Karen
Glass-Haddon (Audrey's daughter), and Norine
Haas offered poems which were both sweet and
hilarious. Longtime friends Rebecca (Naill)
Kile and Rebecca (Hays) Jones-known
collectively as "The Beckys"-and Gail Frantz
related tales from school days and other
shared events. Other guests and friends spoke
from the floor.
The choir, accompanied by
Audrey's daughter, Kim Skellan, and joined by
her niece and nephew Chris Botker and Glenn
Springer, gave their tribute to Audrey in a
special anthem, "My Song of Praise." Pastor
Ted Haas, and Audrey's friend, Rev. Ben Jones
from Emmitsburg Presbyterian Church, blessed
the occasion with praise and prayer.