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Jeffersonville church's fundraising video paying off in unexpected way

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JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- A Jeffersonville Church is getting some unexpected help in its effort to raise money for a new pipe organ. A fundraising video is paying off in a way the church never expected.

The church has seen its shared of good times and bad since it was founded in 1836, but never has it gotten the kind of national attention it's getting right now

The sign says St. Paul's Episcopal Church. But church members know it by another name.  "We refer to it as the James Taylor church," said Co-Pastor Rev. Don Hill.

Because, like the name of the James Taylor hit song, the church has survived "Fire and Rain." St. Paul's was flooded in 1937 and damaged by fire in 1981. The fire cost the church its pipe organ.

"Since then we've had small electronic that we've been using that's on its last legs," said Hill.

So the church decided to raise more than $50,000 to replace the old electronic organ with a classic pipe organ. As part of the campaign, it produced a YouTube video using, what else, the music from James Taylor's "Fire and Rain."

The video had been online for two weeks, when the church got a call from James Taylor's office. They thought it was bad news. But the church was in for a big surprise. Instead of a cease and desist order, James Taylor wanted to help. He offered to auction off a signed copy of the sheet music for "Fire and Rain."

"My second thought was, maybe this is a hoax. Maybe this isn't the real deal. This doesn't happen to small town church like this," said church member Bart Fischer.

But it's happening. The church had already raised about two-thirds of the money needed. The auction may help put them over the top.

Right now the organ is in pieces, being restored at Louisville's Miller Organ Co. The church hopes to debut it this spring.

Will "Fire and Rain" be the first song played on the new organ?

"Well as far as I'm concerned, it will be," said church member Ann McBride.

"It's an absolutely marvelous experience for us," said Hill. "Something that we hadn't really counted on."

"Wow! How cool," laughed Fischer. "My Facebook page has been that recurring theme. How cool is this!

The online auction continues through Feb. 11. You can check it out here.

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