There is another concert at the same time a week later, on May 22.
Mills said the concert series is dedicated to the church's history, the memory of John Jarvis, a former St. Paul's choirmaster and organist for more than 21 years, and in honor of James Litton, a former St. Paul member and retired director of the American Boychoir School.
Before the churches can merge, both congregations must agree with a two-thirds vote. If both churches don't agree to merge, the alternative for St. Paul is that each member of the congregation goes their own way.
Schwarz is confident that won't happen, though.
"I honestly believe the merger will go through," he said. "The merged church offers a whole lot to our members that they will be interested in.
"There are all kinds of opportunities for us over there to be involved in the community and be a church that serves the people. Our members will grieve over the loss of St. Paul, there's no doubt about it."
Charles Young, president of Trinity's congregation, said his church has formed a committee to consider the possible merger.
"I think everything is progressing very positively at this point, but I don't want to make any speculations," he said. "That would be premature."
If they did merge, the church would keep Trinity's name and current location, Young added.
Schwarz said St. Paul could financially afford to continue through the end of 2014.
"At that point we'd have to do something," he said. "We'd like to do something sooner. We don't want to spend all the money doing just worship services."
Schwarz did not say who the potential buyer is, but that whomever it is does not intend on using the building as a church. That's something that grieves the members of the congregation, he said.
Schwarz is comforted by the fact that none of the churches St. Paul started still exist today. Paul is the missionary from biblical times for whom the church is named.
"They come and they go. It happens," Schwarz said. "It happens for a variety of reasons. The larger church still goes on. Just because of this particular building closing doesn't mean it's the end of anything really. It just changes."Reach Lori Kersey at lori.ker...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1240.