The Bell - BathCUMC

Centenary United Methodist Church

3 W Washington St
Bath, NY

Pastor - Eleanor Collinsworth
Phone - 607-776-3434
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The Bell

Church History
The old cast-iron bell  whose ringing could be heard throughout the village on Sunday mornings was put into storage after the old church and parsonage were razed in August 1976. It remained there silently for twenty two years before being brought back to life and making its new home on the lawn in front of the new church.

  This was brought about through the efforts of a church volunteer group and the financing from donations, and a Memorial Bell Fund established in 1982 in memory of Mildred Reppert by her children. Memorials were given by church members and friends who wanted to see the old bell returned. Members of the Memorial Bell volunteer group were Ron and Sue Annis, Charles Butts, Bernie Clark, Dick and Dorothy Cornell, Claretha Coumbe, Pat Fuller, Barbara Ives, Mike Longwell, the Rev. Jeff McDowell, Don McIntyre, Liz and Karl Ralston, Dan Reppert, Carol Reppert, David and Margo Seager, Jo Stackpole and Larry Storm.

  The design of the new housing for the bell was done by Dick Cornell, Bernie Clark and Karl Ralston. Construction was done by a local firm, J & J Coots Construction. The bell was transported to Corning where it was sand blasted and painted before being mounted in it's new resting spot. Dick Cornell repaired and painted the large wooden wheel used to ring the bell which was badly damaged in 1976.

  The bell was officially dedicated and rung for the first time again on Palm Sunday, April 5, 1998. The celebration  was led by the Rev. Jeff McDowell present pastor of the church, Rev. Dr. Robert O. Sherburne, district superintendent, and former Pastor Wendell Minnigh. The bell was rung 20 times, commemorating the 20th anniversary of the first service held in the present church.
The Bell coming out of storage
Repairing the wheel
The Memorial Bell being placed in it's new home.
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