Hope United Methodist Church
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
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Handbell Choir History

In the spring of 1990 Rev. Barry Wolfe had a vision to begin a handbell choir, and new member Maggie Collogan stepped up to spearhead the fundraising effort to acquire a three-octave set of Schulmerich™ handbells. The congregation met the challenge with enthusiasm and the bells were purchased within a month. Rev. Wolfe transferred to another church and his replacement, Rev. Steve Morton, continued with the plans. Rev. Morton and Mrs. Collogan organized two choirs:  The Genesis Ringers and The Bells of Hope.

In September 1990 the new ministry became a reality. The choirs eventually performed in worship services at least once a month, and we were fortunate to have the foundation leadership of Mrs. Collogan for four years. Today there is one choir, The Bells of Hope, with a dedicated group carrying on the beloved tradition. 

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