Hopewell's Choir

Hopewell Choir Recognition

Sunday October 13, 2013


Katherine (Kate) Moody McCollister, who began playing the piano when she was 12, provided music for Hopewell Worship Services beginning in 1922 along with Sue Rainier. Kate played the piano until 1956 when the church purchased a new spinet organ, and she became Hopewell's first organist.

District Superintendent Floyd Powell conducted a special dedication service on February 14, 1982 when a new organ was installed.

Marla Cook Rainier joined Kate on the piano in 1986.

On May 28, 1989 Kate was honored for providing 65 years of music for Hopewell. She continued to play for Hopewell for over 70 years before retiring in 1998.

Marla continues to brighten our worship service every Sunday with her talents and dedication.

The current adult choir, The Chancel Choir, was organized in 1953 by Bertha Steele Fridley and included only the young women of the church and was led by Pat Shannon. Here we are today, 60 years later!!

Today the choir provides music for worship services from Fall through May and includes both men and women. It is led by Mary Jane Metcalf.

Of the original group, Mary Jane Metcalf and Pat Shannon are still active.

For several months, longtime choir member, Mark Coon, has accompanied Marla with his guitar.

Today we say THANK YOU!!

*The above information was obtained from HOPEWELL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 1805 to 2005, (Hopewell's first 200 years)

submitted by Jane Lynch