“I will sing and make music with all my soul.” Psalm 108
The lights glint off the brass bells, as the eleven bell ringers meld a melody seamlessly in perfect harmony, and music fills the sanctuary each month in worship. The Bell Choir formed in 1991, when Herb Mathay donated the bells in memory of his late wife Judy. Kim Meder answered the call to be the director of “Make a Joyful Noise” and has been the Bell Choir director ever since. In 2004, Jim Wells donated a set of hand-chimes to augment the bells in memory of his parents who loved music. In order to create a melody, the members of the Bell Choir rely upon one another. Each ringer is typically responsible for two bells, with the sharp or flat note in between those bells often shared with another ringer next to them. Each bell rings just one tone, one note, so really it’s very much an ensemble kind of thing. You have to have all the people working together to make the piece work.
In addition to the “Make a Joyful Noise” adult bell choir, over the years the program has also included children’s, Junior High and High School bell choirs when interest and schedules permitted.
And speaking of Disciples in Action…there have been a number of ringers who were reached through the sport of tennis. Kim is an avid tennis player and over the years has “recruited” ringers from among her tennis playing friends. This began with Mark Coldiron and Liz Hickey before the turn of the century and has continued over the years. There are currently several ringers active at LCR who came by way of tennis association.
Besides performing at least once a month during worship services, “Make a Joyful Noise” rings at memorials, weddings, and Christmas programs. Additional ringers are always welcome to join the fun every Wednesday evening at 5:30 PM in the music room from September through May. Thank you to Kim and the Bell Choir for all you do. For more information contact Kim Meder at firstname.lastname@example.org.