Our Bell at Christ Church Bayfield Is Ringing Again

I am so thankful that our bell at Christ Church Bayfield is ringing again thanks to an extremely generous gift of one of my closest friends, memorial donations in memory of Mort Cushman, and the labor of the parish family at Christ Church.

Yesterday, a new programmable church bell ringer installation was completed that will ring the bell on a regular daily schedule and the Angelus twice daily at 12 Noon and 6 PM. The rope wheel was severely damaged by age and the elements and was no longer safe to ring, and the physical demands of manually ringing the bell are more challenging to an aging congregation. Additionally, the harsh winter climate made getting to the tower a near impossibility and dangerous to say the least!

As I prepare to leave Christ Church, I hope this legacy and gift will remind my beloved parishioners to pray regularly and to heed the call of God to love, service, and worship!

Our bell dates from 1883, and a picture that was taken during installation is shown above. I am so grateful to God, my dear friend, and our generous laborer for helping us to be able to witness to God and ring out His praises daily. As the bell inscription reads, “my tongue shall speak of Thy praise”. Amen!!

May God richly reward our very generous benefactors, folks who donated, the installer, and the people of the church and community who respond to the bell’s call to worship and praise God!

The installation kit is from a gentleman who seeks nothing else than to restore church bell ringing as a ministry, and is cost effective and unique. Our hope is that all bells will ring regularly to the glory of God!
— Ftr Michael Newago, OSF

Fr. Michael Newago Accepts New Call


Sunday, July 23, will be his last day serving Christ Church in Bayfield and St. Andrew's Church in Ashland. 

I and my family want to officially announce that I have accepted a call to serve as Priest-in-Charge at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Havana, IL, and the Episcopal Diocese of Springfield as Mission Strategy Developer.

This is a position in ministry that I have jealously sought, and we are humbly and graciously grateful for God’s manifold mercy. We plan to depart Wisconsin during the last week of July and arrive a few days later to assume the post by August 1st. 

I implore your prayers, best wishes, and gracious assistance as we transition to this new call in our lives. The folks at St. Barnabas are wonderful and caring folks, as is the Bishop and diocese that we are becoming part of, and know that we will be well-cared for and in the best position that we could ever ask God for in service to His church and people.

Our separation from our hometowns of Ashland and Bayfield will be difficult and painful, no doubt, but we ask for prayer because that will assist in bringing about God’s mercy, compassion, and will in a difficult and trying period of time.

Much thanks is due for this call especially to Bishop Jay Lambert, Claire Fliess, Ron and Jeanette Davis, and Bishop Dan Martins, and particularly Fr. Steven Peay and the excellent faculty and staff of Nashotah House who have supported, guided, and formed us in the way of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Karen, Chloe, and I covet your most earnest prayers during this time of preparation and movement, as well as those for the future cure of Christ Church Bayfield and St. Andrew’s Ashland, WI. Let our prayer be simply that God be glorified in all things, and by our simple and obedient action to His mighty will!!!
— Fr. Michael Newago