Our Bell Tower

Our 12 tower bells have a digital programming controller but can also be rung manually from the organ console. The bells are mounted on a steel framework and weigh between 250 and 2000 pounds each. Standard chimes consist of 10 bells. Our two additional bells add greatly to the scope and variety of music that can be rendered.

Musicians will note that the chime combinations permit the playing of music written in three keys, namely F, B flat, and C. All of the music is transposed into one of these keys and the bells are capable of rendering hundreds of religious, secular, and patriotic airs.

The bells are made of the finest brands of Lake Superior copper and new block tin, forming what is known as “bell metal.” No other metals enter the composition of high grade bells. Silver and gold, if used in any quantity in the casting of bells, deaden the tone. The belief that bells of especially fine tone have quite a large percentage of silver in their composition is probably due to the fact that in the earlier days of bell founding it was a tradition to flip a silver coin into the metal to “sweeten” the tone.

The same company that made our chimes in 1930 also made our church bell in 1895.

Dedication of the Chimes newspaper article
Lorimer Sermon of Dedication of the Chimes, 1930
See bell inscriptions & details

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Our memorial chimes of twelve bells with keys, weights and inscriptions, are as follows:

Key of F (2,000 lbs) “Unto the church I do you call; death to the grave will summon all.”
Key of G (1,550 lbs) “We praise Thee, O God, and acknowledge Thee to be the Lord.”
Key of A (1,000 lbs) “Oh come, let us sing unto the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.” Psalm 25:1.
Key of B flat (800 lbs) “I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.” Psalm 104:33.
Key of B (700 lbs) “I will sing with the spirit and I will sing with the understanding also.” I Cor. 14:15
Key of C (600 lbs) “Sing unto the Lord with a new song: play skillfully with a loud noise.” Psalm 33:3.
Key of D (400 lbs) “Sing unto the Lord, sing psalms unto him. Talk ye of all his wondrous works.” Chron. 16:9.
Key of E flat (375 lbs) “Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice, and let man say among the nations, the Lord reigneth.”
Key of E (350 lbs) “Be ye kind to one another, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” Eph 4:32.
Key of F (325 lbs) “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, good will to men.”
Key of G (275 lbs) “May my sound praise the Christ heavenly king.”
Key of A (250 lbs) “Joy to the world, the Saviour reigns: let men their songs employ.”