The front page of the “Adams County Record” on July 31 contained the following headline: “Hettinger Lutheran Church Gets the Blessing of Bell Choir Set.” The paper reported how our own Stacie Anfinson and Peter Martin had transported three octaves of hand bells to Stacie’s childhood church in Hettinger, ND, a gift from Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in Phoenix. Not only did the story make the headlines of Stacie’s hometown newspaper, but a bell concert by the Anfinson/Martin family was broadcast on the radio as well.
It seems appropriate that the bells should land in a Lutheran church. They were a gift to EPC from Christ the King Lutheran Church when that congregation was disbanded. But since EPC did not have enough ringers to play two sets of bells and consequently the instruments were not being used, our session decided to pass the bells on to another congregation. There has been an enormous amount of interest throughout the small community of Hettinger and it is hoped that the bells will become a blessing not only for the Lutheran church but also for the wider community as well as folks are invited to join in the ringing. We hear plans are in the works for a Christmas concert, and we are delighted to know that the bells have found a new home where they can be a blessing.