Medina United Church of Christ, Congregational’s senior pastor the Rev. Luke Lindon might be spending Thanksgiving Eve in the church’s bell tower high above Medina’s Public Square.

Church members are raising money to close out the church’s mortgage and keep its historic bell ringing. So far, the church has just under $2,500 to go. If this goal is met by Nov. 26 at 3 p.m., Lindon will sleep in the bell tower Nov. 27.

“A few of our members saw the energy that Ella Canavan Elementary’s PTO generated by having their principal sleep on the roof as a fundraiser this fall,” said Lindon. “They thought I’d be up for it – and they were right.”

The church’s first bell was hung in 1835. That original bell had to be recast in 1863 because of a crack sustained from a homemade clapper. The homemade clapper had replaced the original clapper that was stolen during a noisy revival. The bell that hangs in the church tower now is that 1863 bell.

According to a Medina Gazette article from 1898, the bell was previously used to announce the death of Medina citizens, with the bell sounded enough times to tell the age of the person.

Earlier this year, it was discovered that the bell’s support system had deteriorated and the bell had to be silenced. It had broken support bolts, a cracked support, worn out bearings and a worn clapper. In August, Smith’s Bell and Clock Service re-hung the bell on a new steel structure and fixed these issues. The steel yoke had to be lifted by a crane through the bell tower’s window.

In addition, the church finished a $1.5 million renovation in 2015 to add a new, handicapped-accessible entrance and elevator.

Lindon’s plan is to sleep in the second level of the bell tower, just under where the bell is.

“There’s not enough room for me to lie down on the third level where the bell is,” he said. “I have a very warm sleeping bag, and I’m prepared. Our church has 200 years of history and we want to be good stewards for the future and honor the city’s history.”

Good luck, Reverend. Stay warm up there!

Those wishing to donate or get more information can do so at www.facebook.com/uccmedina/fundraisers and click on “Reverend in the Rafters” or contact the church at 717-725-4559.

Congratulations, CarolAfter 15 years as the Cloverbud advisor for the Litchfield Friendly Workers 4-H club, Carol Durgan is bidding a fond farewell. She will be moving back to her home state of Indiana.

Carol was instrumental is getting the Cloverbuds of the club involved in the statewide Lego Cloverbot challenge that involves a mechanized build based on a theme each year.

They would research the build and completely follow through with building it with all the confidence of experts. It concludes with a friendly competition down in Columbus.

The Litchfield Friendly Workers Cloverbuds was the only club in Medina County to participate in this event for six years.

Two years ago, another Cloverbud group has joined in on this exciting event.

Carol was celebrated last Sunday with a reception at Litchfield Town Hall.

As we here at The Post are big fans the of local 4-H community, we salute and thank you for your years of service as a 4-H role model, Carol!

Contact meAs always, I look forward to hearing from you and will gladly accept news tips at kmcmanus@thepostnewspapers.com.

Make it a great week, Medina.

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