Coppertop News



July 18, 2017

Our handbell program is gearing up to start a whole new batch of young and beginning handbell musicians this fall. If you have one or more of these aspiring ringers in your family, we want to hear from you!

Preferred ages are 3rd grade through 6th grade, but motivated 2nd graders are welcome. Knowing something about music is helpful, but not necessary. We will teach music notation, rhythm reading, and always move toward working together, responsibility, trust, and musicality.

Contact Bill Alexander at 218-729-8434 or the church office at 218-727-5021.

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Strikepoint tour

May 2, 2017

Strikepoint will tour this summer to Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Minnesota. Tell your friends in Austin and Rochester (MN), Omaha and Kearney (NE), Denver and Colorado Springs (CO), Garden City and Prairie Village (KS), and Owasso (OK) to keep an eye out for your favorite handbell ensemble in late July. For details, see


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Strikepoint Concert Aug 20

August 13, 2016

Our world renowned handbell choir Strikepoint is on tour this week and next in Växjö, Duluth’s Sister City in Sweden.  Mark your calendar to attend the Homecoming Concert to be held in our sanctuary on Saturday, Aug 20 at 7:00 pm. These concerts are always so much fun.  You don’t want to miss it!

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Extollers–a Christmas tradition at FUMC

December 29, 2014

Extollers 2013The 2013 Extollers

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.

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Strikepoint in Concert

June 19, 2012

Strikepoint, our world-class handbell ensemble, will be performing their homecoming concert on Saturday June 23 at 6 pm in the sanctuary.  Come enjoy wonderful music and greet the group as they return from the summer mid-West tour.  Suggested donation for the concert is $10 per person.

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