Posts Tagged ‘New Haven United Methodist Church’

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The lights of New Haven at Christmas eve in black and white.

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Christmas eve in New Haven, Ohio .

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Falling leaves and cloudy skies are the signs of the end of October in New Haven, Ohio.

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Winter in New Haven, Ohio and a great time to visit the Little Free Library.

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Even though it’s cold and snowy stop by the Little Free Library in New Haven, Ohio.

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A bright, cold, snowy late afternoon in New Haven, Ohio after cleaning the sidewalks and drive around the church.

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Christmas Eve in New Haven, Ohio the church is all a light for the eleven p.m. service with luminaries going all the way out to the village green.  It was a very warm evening this year with a quiet presence of peace.  I was glad to be apart of the event celebrating the birth of Christ and the waiting for his second coming!

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New Haven United Methodist Church in the heart of New Haven, Ohio on a warm sunny summer afternoon in August.  Next to the church is the Little Free Library the church is participating in to serve the community.

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Flowering tree in front of the New Haven United Methodist Church in New Haven, Ohio spring 2015.

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I went on a little adventure today exploring the bell tower of our 172 year-old church.

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We are investigating selling our old church bell that is beginning to weigh down the roof.

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What I discovered is that engraved on the New Haven United Methodist Church bell is:  A. MENEELY WEST TROY N. Y. 1844.

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The Meneely Bell Foundry was a bell foundry established in 1826 in West Troy (now Watervliet), New York, by Andrew Meneely, a former apprentice in the foundry of Benjamin Hanks.  

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Two of Andrew’s sons continued to operate the foundry after his death, while a third son, Clinton H. Meneely, opened a second foundry across the river with George H. Kimberly in Troy, New York in 1870.

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Initially named the Meneely Bell Company of Troy, this second foundry was reorganized in 1880 as the Clinton H. Meneely Company, then again as the Meneely Bell Company. Together, the two foundries produced about 65,000 bells before they closed in 1952.

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This church building was built in 1842, and the bell was made in 1844.  Now that we have discovered some of the history, we have to find a buyer to remove and purchase this 170 year-old bronze bell.