Welcome! Thank you for visiting! Our website is dedicated to promoting the gift of handbell music in Worship .
The power of the web is amazing! We have visitors from all over the globe. Many visitors may have no idea where we are located. Owasso is a suburb on the northeast side of Tulsa, Oklahoma. You can click on MAP above to see more information. Owasso is a Cherokee Indian word that means "turn around point" or "the end of the trail". When our town was "born", it was named Owasso because this is where the train track ended and the trains had to turn around. Literally, it was the end of the trail for the train.
Last update: August 8, 2016
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If you missed it, you really REALLY missed it!!!
Cast of Bronze in concert June 17, 2016
William Tell Overture arranged by M.L. Thompson
Cast of Bronze
Want to see and hear the handbells ring? There are many videos posted throughout the website. Click here for videos of the handbells in Worship. When do the bells ring again? See Below!
Up and coming handbell choirs often need help but do not know where to find the help they need. As a true outreach ministry, the handbell choirs of FUMC of Owasso stand ready to help!
Would you like to have an established choir ring in your church to promote your handbell ministry? OK! Would attending a handbell festival designed specifically for your choir help? OK! Do you need a local "mentor" to help you organize your ministry? OK! Would you like to have a "mini clinic" in your church? OK!
Are you looking for a handbell choir? There are over 50 handbell choirs all around the greater Tulsa area. Some handbell choirs are well established. Some are brand new. Many are desperately needing more ringers.
Experienced ringer or not, I can help you find the right handbell choir! My list of handbell choirs includes the name of the current handbell director with their contact information.
The handbell ministry of FUMC of Owasso will be participating with hundreds of handbell ringers from all over Texas and Oklahoma in Arlington, Texas. The majesty of handbells will perform the national anthem to start the Texas Rangers baseball game.
Green Country Ring Handbell Festival
The GCR Handbell Festival is joining forces with the Oklahoma City Handbell Ensemble to offer a VERY special festival this year! How about a festival where there is NO music to buy? NO bells or equipment to haul around? Everything is included in the super low registration fee except:
Ringers must supply 1) themselves! 2) gloves, and 3) a "can-do" attitude!
Maximum attendance tops out at 160 participants. Early Bird pricing will close early. Don't wait!
proudly announces another terrific handbell concert!
The Oklahoma City Handbell Ensemble features 16 artists ringing on 6 octaves of handbells and 7 octaves of hand chimes.
The theme of the concert repertoire is movie music and more! Please plan to attend this "can't-miss" handbell concert!
Returning! OCHE will be back in September for the GCR Handbell Festival
Tulsa Handbell Invitational
Featuring 12 of the best handbell choirs from both the Tulsa area and the Oklahoma City area ringing 3 songs together. Then several choirs will ring a song featuring only their choir in what promises to be one of the best concert events in Green Country this year!
This is a do not miss handbell event for anyone who loves to hear handbells ring!
Under the direction of Christie White, FUMC of Owasso presents the William Jewel College advanced handbell choir during their annual spring tour.
The exciting repertoire features many songs including the ever popular Phantom of the Opera!
When do the bells ring again?
2016 is turning out to be our BEST year ever!
Our handbell ministry extends far beyond the walls of our church. As an outreach ministry, our bell choirs travel to other churches and venues to share our love of music. We wish to help anyone looking to start or grow their own handbell ministry. We feature 3 handbell choirs with 35 active ringers every week.
Many ringing events are scheduled in addition to the handbell ministry's regular participation in Sunday worship services.
The GATHERING on MAIN in Owasso has become a "go-to" destination on the first Thursday of each month from April to October. Every month thousands of people enjoy several blocks of street vendors featuring arts and crafts, professional services and a food court. In addition, several groups provide entertainment in two different stage locations.
On JUNE 4, 2015 the handbell ministry of FUMC of Owasso was a featured musical group. Typically, handbells only ring indoors since our musical instruments are so susceptible to the outdoor elements. We are praying for an Oklahoma miracle: no wind and no rain!
Success! 22 ringers joined forces to introduce up to 3,000 people attending the Gathering on Main to handbells. The crowd was treated to music from the Phantom of the Opera, El Shaddai, Shine Jesus Shine and many more popular tunes.
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For a special interest website with a very small target audience, we are constantly surprised by the number of daily visits we get. On average, 20 unique visitors per day view at least 3 pages. Due to the videos, each visit lasts almost 10 minutes. Often, when a brand new video is uploaded, website visitors jump to as many as 100 visits per day for a couple of days. Thank you!