Playing the organ for 50 years and counting

March 30, 2014 Updated Mar 30, 2014 at 10:51 PM CDT

MACKINAW, Ill. -- Mackinaw United Methodist Church honored one of their own Sunday, Sharon Malone, their official organ player for the last 50 years.

Malone has been playing the organ on Sundays for the past 5 decades and surprisingly, she never had any formal organ lessons.

She just practiced a lot.

The church celebrated the big day with a concert, reception and potluck.

Malone shared with us what 50 years feels like.

"It's like being here for 5 years, probably. Time goes by so fast, I never would have dreamed I've been here 50 years," said Sharon Malone, organ player at Mackinaw United Methodist Church.

Malone says though she probably could retire, she plans on playing that organ--every Sunday--for many years to come.