posted Apr 2, 2018, 9:18 AM by Lee Church

The Youth and Senior Bell Choirs have had the opportunity to praise God through their music a number of times this winter. From the Music Jubilee for the celebration of our church’s 150th Anniversary, through Christmas and now into Lent and Easter our musicians are enhancing our church services with their musical offerings.

I can’t say enough great things about Elijah and Josiah Mariacher who have stepped forward to ring in the Youth Choir this year.  With many of our high school ringers singing in the voice choir or ringing in the Senior Handbell Choir it has shifted the numbers in our Youth Choir. This unique challenge has been met head on by Elijah and Josiah who are learning a lot and producing beautiful music for our services.  Thank you boys!  Next fall I hope more of our young people will join us in learning to play bells.

A big thank you goes out to Sheila Bennion, Lynda DuVall, Haley Evans and Pastor Gail who answered the call for substitute ringers. Who knew there was so much handbell talent sitting in our pews.  I bet there is more!!  Thank you Sheila, Gail, Haley and Lynda.



Congratulations to Lee Church handbell ringer Shealyn Paré who has been selected to ring with the 2018 National Honors  Handbell  Ensemble.  The ensemble is composed of 30 outstanding youth handbell ringers from across the country.  This auditioned choir will be under the direction of renowned composer and director Kevin McChesney.  Shealyn was first selected for this honor in 2015 as a high school sophomore.  Shealyn has rung with the Lee Church Ringers since starting with our Youth Handbell Choir in fourth grade.  Congratulations Shealyn!


September 2016

posted Aug 26, 2016, 11:26 AM by Lee Church

Greetings and happy fall!  Choir rehearsals will restart on Thursday, September 15th, from 7-8:30.  All are welcome and no experience is necessary. We are always excited to welcome new members.  Please contact me with any questions (roxanneleeoconnor [at] gmail (dot) com).  I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who provided special music over the summer.  We are so blessed to have such talent in and around our congregation.  I am looking forward to singing with you this year!

Roxanne O’Connor


October 2015

posted Oct 30, 2015, 7:50 AM by Lee Church

Greetings from the choirs!  

We hope you are enjoying your fall.  I would like to once again invite anyone who has an interest in singing to try out Senior Choir.  We meet Thursday's from 7-8:30 in the Sanctuary, and we enjoy some wonderful fellowship as well as getting ready for singing in worship.  Please contact me if you have any questions, or just come try it out! 

This fall we are going to try out a new structure for Junior Choir.  Rather than rehearsing on Thursday evenings, I am going to work with the kids on Sundays during the services.  There will be leadership opportunities for kids who love singing as well as non-singing options for any kids who are uncomfortable.  I hope the kids and the congregation both love it! 

As usual, don't hesitate to contact me at roxanneleeoconnor (at) gmail (dot) com or by calling the church office.  I'm always happy to discuss the music of the church! 

September 2015 Music & Choirs News

posted Oct 30, 2015, 7:48 AM by Lee Church

Music Committee        

 It’s hard to believe summer is winding down and vacations will be over.  But with that being said, it means all the musical members will be back at work!  Roxanne O’Connor is continuing as Junior and Senior Choir Director, Andrew Lefoley will be Praise Team Director as well as accompanist.  Jane Goodwin will continue as Junior and Senior Bell Director.  Thank you for all the wonderful staff!  We are truly blessed.

 And thank you for all the wonderful music that was provided by various members throughout the summer.  The Music Committee and congregation all reaped their many talents.



   All those who attended the bell program during Vacation Bible School did really well!  My thanks go to Clarissa, Sammie, Wyatt, Talia, Johnhenry, Brady, and Cole.  I really enjoyed working with all of you, and your performance at the final program, after only a half hour each day for four days, was just so cool!!  I was proud of you all!

   Junior Bell Choir will start again on Tuesday, September 15 with a new format.  VBS ringers who would like to continue with bells, and any other beginners, or almost beginners, will start at 6:00 pm.   We are all hoping that there will be even more children, who enjoy the sound of the bells, and can see what fun they are to ring, who will try them out by coming to practice.  The more people, the better the sound! 

   Members of last year’s Junior Bell Choir will join us at 6:30, unless they would like to help the newer ringers learn the basics at 6:00.   That would be really helpful!

   At 6:30 we will practice pieces for all to ring together.  Our experienced ringers will really be needed to help even more, but it will be fun for all! Our first Sunday to ring in church will be in October.

   Senior Bell Choir will start again on Tuesday, October 6 at 7:00 pm.  I am so looking forward to meeting with you all again, and have been choosing music which I hope you will all enjoy.  We,
also, have plenty of room for new members, but anyone interested will get along much faster if they already read music at least a little.  Did any of you play in band or orchestra in school?  That will do it!  I have heard some of you say how much you like the bells in church.  Aren’t you just a little bit tempted to try them?  Please join us October 6 and make our Senior Handbell Choir expand for an even better sound, and even more fun!! 

   It would help a lot in planning the first practices of the season if I know how many to expect in either choir, so please email me at penguinlongy (at) myfairpoint (dot) net, or call me at
603-362-5303 to sign up or to have any questions you may have answered.  I’d be happy to speak with you!

Jane Goodwin, Handbell Director 

Greetings from the choirs! 

We hope you have been enjoying all the summer musicians.  As summer music wraps up, we are excited to get started with choir again!  The first choir rehearsals will be on Thursday, September 10th.  Junior Choir will meet in the sanctuary from 5-6 pm, and Senior Choir will meet in the sanctuary from 7-8:30 pm.  New members are welcome, and no experience is necessary.  We would love to see you there!  Don't hesitate to email Roxanne at roxanneleeoconnor (at) gmail (dot) com with any questions. 

May 2015 Music Committee

posted Aug 19, 2015, 10:49 AM by Henry McTague

June 7th is Music Sunday and what a joyous event to the start of Spring!  The choirs are working hard towards that Sunday!

The dedication and use of the new hymnals has been very successful.  If you need any help in locating your dedicated new hymnal ask Duane or Rosemary.
Did you dedicate one of our ‘old’ hymnals, “Hymns for the Living Church”, in honor or memory of a family member or friend? If so, you are welcome to take that hymnal home with you. If you would like a copy of the old hymnal, you are welcome to take one as well. Please collect the hymnal from the table in the church Library by June 1
st.  Remaining books will be donated to a church in need of hymnals.

April 2015 Music Committee

posted Aug 19, 2015, 10:49 AM by Henry McTague

Thank you to those who have donated our new hymnals.  We should be receiving the 130 hymnals and two Accompanist loose-leaf hymnals that you so graciously donated around Easter (although we have not received a firm delivery date, yet).  The dedication book plates are ready to be inserted into the new hymnals. When they arrive, they will be un-boxed and inspected for damage and publishing errors. The dedication book plates will be glued on the back of the front cover, and they will be distributed to the pews.

We have surveyed all of the old hymnals and have tabulated who donated them. We are 
currently in the process of obtaining addresses of living relatives, so that we can inform them that they are available if they would like them.  If an old hymnal does not have a dedication book plate, and you would like to have an old hymnal, you will be able to take a copy.

Some of the old hymnals with dedication bookplates are missing. If you think you may have borrowed a copy of the Hymns for the living church hymnal, please look through your bookcases at home. If you find a copy of the hymnal, and it has a dedication bookplate, please return it. If may be the hymnal a donor has been looking for. We would be happy to exchange that copy for a different one.

Choirs News April 2015

posted Aug 19, 2015, 10:48 AM by Henry McTague

Greetings from the choirs, and happy spring!

It is so nice to start April with our Easter celebration, and we want to extend our gratitude to Nate Alison and Peter Thomas for sharing their musical talents with us.  It sounds crazy, but it is time to start thinking about summer music!  I would encourage you to consider signing up, or recommending a friend to sign up.

The Junior Choir always has fun singing for Palm Sunday and Easter, and we are looking forward to Children's Sunday in June.  Listen for the Junior Choir singing during the first service on April 19th!

I always say it, and it's true: it's not too late to start singing in choir.  I would love to have you!  Don't hesitate to contact me at with any questions, or just come to rehearsal!  Junior Choir meets on Thursdays from 5-6, and Senior Choir meets from 7-8:30.  Stop by!

Music & Choirs News February 2015

posted Aug 19, 2015, 10:48 AM by Henry McTague

Music Committee

February, hard to believe!  Here we go again.  Another year already racing by, so don’t let the important closing date, Feb. 22nd , slip by without securing your hymnal to be dedicated or memorialized to that special person in your life.  The church needs support to make this a successful transition to the new hymnals.

Again we are calling for all young people!  If you or a friend  sings or plays an instrument or wants to sing or play this is a great opportunity to be a part of either the Junior choir or Junior bell choir.  Doesn’t cost a thing, you don’t have to be a member of the church AND you get a great education from two very qualified directors.  Just call the church office for more information and how to make that connection!   

Greetings from the choirs!

We are happy to be settling back into our routine after a very busy Christmas season. I wanted to take this opportunity to warmly welcome anyone who has been thinking about singing in choir. The new year is a great time to start! I would like to especially welcome any kids who enjoy singing. Junior Choir is a fun way to get to know other families in the congregation and in the community. Along with practicing our music, we work on yoga poses, play games, and celebrate birthdays and holidays. Stop by any time! Junior Choir rehearses Thursdays from 5-6 and Senior Choir rehearses from 7-8:30. Feel free to email me at roxanneleeoconnor at gmail dot comif you have any questions.



Starting on February 3, Handbell Director Jane Goodwin invites anyone in grades 3 and up, through adults, who have never rung handbells, or who used to ring but may have forgotten how, to come to FUN WITH BELLS and learn, or relearn, how to ring.  Absolutely no prior experience is necessary, and the emphasis will be on how enjoyable ringing can be (and the fact that it’s easier than it looks!)  The four week sessions’ meetings will be for half an hour only, on Tuesdays February 3, 10, 17, and 24 from 6-6:30 pm.   This is an ideal way to get a good idea of whether you, and/or your children, would like to do more ringing later.  Give it a try!  You’ll be very welcome…and this is not limited to Church Members.  (For these 4 weeks current  Junior ringers will arrive at 6:30 for their regular practice, which will also last only a half hour and end at 7 pm, unless they’d like to come at 6 and help out teaching beginners!)

Music Committee January 2015

posted Aug 19, 2015, 10:47 AM by Henry McTague

A new year already!  The choirs worked very hard to bring beautiful and meaningful music into the sanctuary.  But now with the close of 2014 we can look forward to new challenges musically and our new hymnals!  Yes, they are finished being customized to fit our needs and are being put into production with a completion date in April.   So now is the time to place your order of $30.00 to have a hymnal dedicated to honor or memorialize a loved one on the Hymnal dedication label inside the front of the hymnal.  Order forms are available at the church office or will be by the front entrance door of the sanctuary.

Still not too late to join any of the choirs, especially Junior hand bells and Junior choirs.  If interested please call the church office to be connected to the 
appropriate director.

Hello From the Choirs! Dec 2014

posted Aug 19, 2015, 10:47 AM by Henry McTague

I love this busy time of year.  I had so much fun at the Music Ministry Jubilee.  It was wonderful hearing two groups from the community, the Easy River Band and the Giffith Family Man Band, share their talents.  I also really enjoyed hearing Andrew play, Julie sing, hearing the bell choirs, and letting our Senior and Junior Choir cut loose on some of their favorite pieces.  I had fun singing my solos too!  I appreciate everyone who came out to support the music committee in this truly enjoyable fundraiser.  I can’t wait to do it again!

In Senior Choir, we look forward to singing some of our favorite songs during Advent.  We also enjoy the fellowship time at Gail’s open house and the Hollinger’s annual choir gathering.  It is always fun to sing along at the Living Nativity, which will be on December 14th at 1:30.  I hope the weather will hold this year!  This month Junior Choir will be singing at the first service on December 7th, and of course on Christmas Eve, when we will be doing a piece together with the Junior Bells.  Jane and I also worked together to pick a new Christmas Anthem for Senior Bells and Senior Choir that we can’t wait to share with you.

If you have any questions about Junior or Senior Choir don’t hesitate to email me at roxanneleeoconnor at gmail dot com.  I hope you have a peaceful Christmas season!

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