One of the responsibilities of Teri McKibben and myself is the maintenance and care of the music instruments of Crestview which include the organ (little maintenance), several pianos (regular tunings), four octaves plus of handbells, three octaves of handchimes, the children’s “Orff Instruments” (xylophones, metallophones, glockenspiels), plus three drum-sets, timpani and assorted rhythm instruments!
Thanks to funds available from the recent garage sale, this week Crestview’s handbells were completely refurbished on-site by a retired professional “bell-doc” from the Malmark Bell Company. Forty-eight bells were completely disassembled, cleaned, polished, some received new springs and felts, and striking points were adjusted upon being re-assembled! They are now ready and waiting for our Crestview Ringers to begin the 2016-2017 ringing season.
Some interesting facts: Three Octaves (thirty-six notes) of our bells were purchased in June of 1985. Additional bells have been purchased since then to increase to four octaves. Our bells receiving their first refurbishing in 1998. There was a second partial refurbishing in 2010. To replace the current four octave set of bells the cost would be approximately $20,000.00.
We can read about bells in scripture in Exodus 28 in the detailed description of Aaron’s robe: on its hem you shall make pomegranates of blue and purple and scarlet yarns around its hem, with bells of gold between them…it will be on Aaron when he ministers, and its sound shall be heard when he goes into the Holy Place before the Lord, and when he comes out. As Aaron moved about there must have been a JOYFUL NOISE as described in Psalm 98:4–Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth: break forth into joyous song and sing praises! In Psalm 150 we read: Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals. These cymbals were not like the shiny ones we see in today’s marching bands, but were more like large water pitchers fanned up in bell shape, i.e. a predecessor to today’s bells. Above all, we read in I Corinthians 13: If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. The Crestview Ringers (like each of our music groups) are a great group of folks filled with love (more of a resonant cymbal!) who not only work hard on musical skills, but folks who study song texts and scriptures, who share together joys and prayers, and who lead worship from their hearts!
As a congregation you can pray for them as they begin their season. AND, if you have ever thought about ringing bells and want to give it a try, please give Rodney a “ding” (PUN intended!) at the Crestview Office (777-6555) and we’ll get together and chat about all the possibilities!