After 23 years of leading St. John’s ringing choirs (including starting them!), Linda Wunderlich is retiring. We’re saying “thank you” to her on Sunday, May 14 between services (approximately 9-10 am). Come and thank her for her time and plan to be in worship to hear the bells play!
A message from Linda:
St. John’ s ringing choirs began when three octaves of chimes were loaned to us in 1993. We had a group of youth that volunteered to ring. With the beginning of 1994 we had to return the chimes. I began a fundraising program that featured sponsoring a whole bell for $130, the bell casing for $60, the clapper for $30, or the handle for $30. We needed $4,810 for a thee-octave set (37 bells with cases). Within a month 50 plus individuals contributed enough to purchase the set of Malmark bells, gloves, stands, and music. Pastor Johnson wanted me to be on the stewardship committee. The bells were ordered and arrived in April 1994. In the fall of 1994 we began Senior and Junior Bell Choirs. A three-octave set of Malmark Chimes were purchased in March 2001 and a Children’s Chime Choir was begun.
The ringing choirs have rung for services, Dessert Concerts, Food Shelf Concert, Austin Area Ring Out, KM Christmas Program, 10 Area VII Festival Conference, 6 Area VII Young Ringers Camp, and 4 narrative/ringing of Bible stories. We have had 48 ringers in Senior Bells, 71 ringers in Junior Bells, and 93 ringers in Children’s Chimes. I have taken apart and polished a total of 851 bells, clappers, handles, and guards over 23 years.
It has been a privilege to be the director of these ringing choirsand see them sharing their faith through ringing at worship. My final service as director will be May 14th where Sr Bells will ring “In Christ Thereis No East or West” by John Behnke. It was commissioned to honor the dedicated service of the ringing choirs of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Kasson, Minn., and to the honor that I’ve had to be their director for the past 23 years.
God’s richest blessings,