Darlene Veburg sat curved over the black-and-white keys, glancing at the liturgical sheet music spread in front of her and arching her shoulders in a protective posture. She was anticipating the water droplets that threatened to fall from the ceiling.
The patch of roof situated above the pipe organ at First St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hastings had been leaking for several weeks. The church congregation was voting on a $70,000 project that would fix the leak.
There was a fair amount of tension in the window-lit sanctuary.
But, with the grace and style of a seasoned performer, Veburg interrupted the tense scene with a song that successfully shattered the silence and caused a wave of joy to ripple through the pews: the 1970s popular tune "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head."
"It was one of the best laughs I've ever had in church," said Joel Remmers, head pastor at First St. Paul's, who remembered the moment in 2005 as one of his fondest memories of Veburg's 55-year career as the church's organist.