The four church bell choirs from First Baptist, First Presbyterian, First United Methodist and St. Philip’s Episcopal Churches will again present an evening of handbell music. Each choir will ring two selections, and the four groups will ring the opening and closing hymns and two special arrangements en masse.
The idea for the massed ring was a brainstorm of Beeville’s creative genius, the late Margaret Moser, who suggested combining the handbell music with chocolate treats and calling it “Chimes and Chocolates.”
Second to the Day of Giving in November, when the Vineyard has received funds from the Coastal Bend Community Foundation to match generous donations, Chimes and Chocolates is an important fundraiser for the local help agency.
A goodwill offering will be collected to replenish the Vineyard’s dwindling funds.
The chocolate desserts are prepared by Vineyard board members and representatives of the four participating churches for the reception in the FBC Christian Activities Center following the concert.
Only the handbell choir members “sweat” the performance. They rehearse weekly for months before the concert, hoping to make a “joyful noise” matching the notes on their pages of music. They invite the community to come, enjoy the music and chocolates, and give generously.
Carolyn Heizer, FUMC bell choir director, will direct the combined groups. Bob Granger directs the First Baptist choir; Louanne LeBourveau, the First Presbyterian; and Louise Mayberry, the St. Philip’s choir.