Twenty years of hand bells

48_bell-9787TWENTY YEARS OF BELLS  — From the left, Jean Baringer, Jan Carter and Director Diane Hould will present 20 Years of Bells at the First Presbyterian Church in Conrad on March 27, 3 p.m. Baringer and Carter are the two remaining original players. Some special work went into making this picture, using two cameras, two cities and three locations.  I-O Photo by Buck Traxler/Barb Endler

Twenty years ago the First Presbyterian Church of Conrad purchased two octaves of hand bells. 

The first bell choir practice was held on Feb. 27, 1991.  Those in attendance were: Director Jayne Brown, Jean Baringer, Jan Carter, Gladys Dunahoo, Helen Elliott, Phyllis Hammermeister, Becky Steckler and Edie Thompson.  The “Good Vibrations” praised the Lord in public for the first time on Easter Sunday, April 7, 1991.

Since that time their have been several additional choirs formed – Kids of Paradise, grades 6 – 12, Joyful Noises, grades 3 – 5, and another adult choir, Monday’s Miracles.

“Because of many donations and memorials our hand bells have increased to five octaves and we also have four octaves of hand chimes,” comments Carter.

Over the years well over 100 youth and adults have experienced the joy of ringing bells and/or chimes.

Ringers have come and gone; choirs have changed names; but ringing to the glory of God has remained constant. Currently there are 11 members in the Glorioso Ringers. Of those eleven  Baringer and Carter are the only “pioneers” that are still active ringers.

The hand chimes are played during the 4th, 5th, and 6th grade worship section of Logos (Presbyterian Youth Group) so many of the younger people have had the opportunity to play them.

Now 20 years and one month after the first bell practice the Glorioso Ringers will be presenting an anniversary concert on March 27.  The concert will be held at First Presbyterian Church at 3 p.m.

Several former ringers will participate in one number, two will play a duet, and a guest choir from Shelby Lutheran Church will perform.

The Shelby group is directed by Diane Hould, alumni of Glorioso Ringers.  Also on the program will be Ernestine Olson, organ, and a vocal choir.

Please join us on March 27 for an afternoon of fantastic music.