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LaPorte Pastor Tries for Bell Ringing Record

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As he raises funds for The Salvation Army, Pastor Billy Nickrand of Door VIllage United Methodist Church in LaPorte is trying to break a national bell ringing record of 60-hours straight. He started Thursday at noon, and hopes to keep standing and ringing near the familiar Red Kettle until midnight Saturday, at the Kroger store in LaPorte.

Article from www.salaporte.org : (The Salvation Army, LaPorte, website)

Grand Rapids, MI November 19, 2012 – Beginning Thursday, November 29 at 12:00 noon (CST), Rev. Billy Nickrand will attempt to surpass last year’s bell ringing record for the longest continuous hand bell ringing by an individual. The 2011 record belongs to Darrell Tureskis, from Springfield, IL, who last year rang over 60 hours. Rev. Nickrand will seek to raise awareness for The Salvation Army’s 121st Red Kettle Campaign and support the mission of The Salvation Army in serving people in need.

“There is great need in this world and even though I might not have lots of resources I can give of myself in hopes to better our community and to touch lives through the Red Kettle Campaign,” said Rev. Nickrand, Pastor of Door Village United Methodist Church in LaPorte, IN. “Yes, people might think I am crazy and for good reason – but I think it is important for our community to reach out to those in need. Plus, I think it will be a lot of fun for everyone involved,” Nickrand added.

Rev. Nickrand will be stationed outside the LaPorte Kroger Store when he begins his quest to break the bell ringing record. The LaPorte Kroger Store is located at 55 Pine Lake Avenue in LaPorte. The event will be live streaming on the Door Village UMC Facebook page which can be found here: http://doorvillageumc.org/ . In addition to his bell ringing, Rev. Nickrand will be doing improv, dancing, comedy, guest appearances and sharing inspirational words on the hour every hour. To break the record, Rev. Billy Nickrand must follow several rules that will push him mentally and physically during his attempt.
Rules for the contest include:
1. Participants must stand the entire time.
2. Participants may not eat.
3. Participants may drink hydration products only such as water, Gatorade or juice.
4. Participants must ring a bell at all times.
5. Participants may use a bathroom (Once every 4 hours, 10 minutes per break).
6. Participants may not take any other breaks.

“The Salvation Army of LaPorte is honored that Rev. Nickrand will be attempting to break the bell ringing record. His efforts give us a look in to the heart of this young man and his interest in bringing attention to the great need in our community,” said Greg Irwin, local Corps Administrator and Pastor. His unselfish act reflects the true meaning of Christmas. It is a time when we as a community come together and reach out to those less fortunate among us with the unconditional love that the Christ Child in the manger represents. My personal hope is that the community will come out and support Rev. Nickrand is this monumental effort,” added Irwin.
You can support this and other Salvation Army initiatives by sending financial gifts to The Salvation Army, 3240 Monroe Avenue, LaPorte, IN 46350-6100, or donate online here. If the public would like to volunteer for this or other events, please contact Jari Troth at 219.326.5342.

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