To the editor:

Newberg Area Habitat for Humanity is thankful for the recent blessing that brought together Bells, Bands and Building in a unique way. The Annual Hand Bell Ringers concert, held Dec. 8 and sponsored by First United Methodist Church, took up a free will offering that resulted in more than $1,000 donated toward our mission to provide safe and simple, decent and affordable homes for local low-income families in need.

A heartfelt thank you to Lionel Muthiah, Dorothy Au and Marilyn Godfrey, who worked together to successfully organize and facilitate the concert to pull this off is a tremendous feat.

This was the first year the Newberg Community Band, under the baton of Dick Elliott, participated in the event. The three hand bell groups were from George Fox University, under the direction of Cynthia McGladrey; Newberg Friends Church, under Mauri Macy; and First United Methodist Church, under Janelle Bolt.

The concert concluded with a joyous number featuring the hand bell ringers with the Newberg Community Band ringing in the holidays with “The Bells of Christmas.”

Additionally, we thank all of the community members who came out and enjoyed the event and opened their wallets to support our mission here at Newberg Area Habitat for Humanity.

“Without all of you, our success would not be possible,” said Rick Rogers, executive director.

For more information on how to help Newberg Area Habitat for Humanity, visit or contact us at 503-537-9938.

And for all of that, for all of this: We earnestly and openly thank you all.

Lisa Thomas, volunteer coordinator/event

planner for Newberg Area Habitat for


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