Our magnificent bell tower stands high in the city of Scranton as a symbol of God's presence. Located high in the tower are 10 cast bells manufactured well over 100 years ago. Cast before bells were "tuned" by machining, our bells are beautifully honest in their pitches which produces sharp and clear tones when they are struck. Over the years they have reminded folks within earshot of God's presence here at Elm Park.
But for too many years they have been silent. Behemoth chunks of bell metal waiting patiently to ring out. When I arrived last July I heard the sadness of the silent bells which once announced Elm Park's presence amidst the noise of the city. The Trustees prayed that somehow, someday the carillon could be repaired although estimates were received in the tens of thousands, well beyond the gifts that were pledged for the repair.
I shared the story of the Silent Bells with my oldest son Jeremy who was so excited about the prospects of repairing the bells, he investigated how we might restore the system again. Thanks to the commitment of our Trustees, and the labor of my two sons who we joking call "Bealla and Sons Bell Repair," the bells of the tower are no longer silent! Each bell now has a new electronic and mechanical striker. They ring the Westminster Chimes on each quarter hour as well as tolling the time at the top of the hour! All of this has happened for less than 1/4 the estimated cost which faced the Trustees.
Although there is a bit more updating to do to finalize the repair, they are back and the city knows Elm Park continues to proclaim Christ's presence throughout the city!!