Every year, all present and former members of the FUMC handbell program are invited to attend one morning rehearsal on Dec. 24 and then play for the candlelight service on Christmas Eve. This year 32 handbell musicians signed up for the Extollers. Half of the ringers were back from the past, many of them now attending colleges out of town. It’s a tradition cherished by all involved.
This and other multiple bell choir settings you have seen in church are made possible in part by the memorial gift of a second 5-octave set of handbells in memory of Byron Richardson (Annette Nygard and Ruth Lansing Brickell’s father) and Jim Eaton (Nancy Eaton’s father). An additional three octaves, and three octaves of chimes, came from Chester Park UMC when the churches merged.
The link below shows the final run-through in 2009 of O Little Town of Bethlehem, arranged by Cathy Moklebust.