Handbell News

Carla David Announces Retirement

After 32 years at the helm of the First Church Handbell Ministry, Carla David will soon be retiring. Carla’s last day will be July 31. Following Carla is Chris Burton. Chris and Shelley will be moving to the Round Rock area this summer. Chris brings awesome talent to the position. Read below about Chris and his lovely wife, Shelley.


Pops 2018 Is Great Success!

The 2018 installment of Pops 2018 was entitled “What a Feeling!” and took place in the Family Life Center the evening of Saturday, May 5. The Family Life Center was packed and the room was full of the feelings of love and energy! Over $5000 was raised for Boys to Men of God and Daughters of the King. To read more and to view pictures and video of Pops 2018, simply click HERE.


It Was a Magical Evening!

The very popular annual Ring Noel benefit presented by the Handbell Ministry of First United Methodist Church Round Rock  took place in the church sanctuary at 7 pm the evening of Saturday, December 2. This was the first time this concert has taken place on a Saturday and the place was packed!

Ring Noel is a fabulous show which combines spoken word with the sounds of handbells, voice, keyboard, strings and wind instruments. This year’s concert featured Mary, mother of Jesus, as she told of the anticipation and birth of her son Jesus. Her story was laced with the beautiful sounds of the season.  Audience members brought lots and lots  of canned goods as this event is always a benefit for the Round Rock Area Serving Center. A free-will offering of $4051.40 was alsoo taken for this very worthwhile agency.

Click HERE to see photos of Ring Noel 2017. Click HERE to view several videos from that evening!


Council Oak Bell Team Shines in Dallas Showcase

The Council Oak Bells team continues its dedication to performance this season. This group performed a showcase concert on Saturday, September 9 at Lover’s Lane United Methodist Church in Dallas. This concert was in response to an invitation from the Greater Dallas Handbell Association. The performance was part of the GDHA’s Fall Seminar, attended annually by many ringers and directors from the Dallas/Ft. Worth Area. In addition, both Shari Sloane and Carla David taught classes at this event.

We are so proud of the Council Oak Bells. This is the first time a church handbell choir has been invited to perform at the GDHA Fall Seminar. The concert went great. The team enjoyed a standing ovation and performed an encore!  First Church Crossroads musician Brian Batch joined Council Oak Bells for this performance.