Lewiston, Auburn mayors urge churchs to ‘sound the bells’ at noon ever day

Lewiston and Auburn’s mayors have launched Sound the Bells, a community initiative to send an uplifting positive message every day during the COVID-19 crisis.
Lewiston Mayor Mark Cayer and Auburn Mayor Jason Levasque, as a symbol of the unity throughout Androscoggin County, are asking churches and faith-based organizations to “sound their bells” at noon each day until the crisis is over. “It is our hope that the sounds of the bells will serve as a meaningful reminder that we are not alone,” the mayors said in a joint statement.
“We are navigating a ‘new normal’ together, and although, we are not physically shoulder-to-shoulder, Androscoggin County residents have the heart, courage and strength to face our challenges, make safe choices, and demonstrat — albeit from a distance — kindness, compassion and mutual support for each other,” the statement said.
They encouraged faith-based organizations that don’t have al bell to commit to some other activity at noon each day, whether it be a daily message on their Facebook page; a short video, encouraging people to keep faith; a daily noon email to parishioners. “Some small gesture to help build each other up through uplifting, positive, inspiring messages,” they said.
“Our cities – and the people who live in Androscoggin County – are strong and resilient, and we assure you that, together, we will get through these uncertain times,” they said. “It’s an unsettling time locally and nationally; however, we as people have not changed. The residents of Androscoggin County are people of perseverance, heart and determination, and we will come out on the other side of this challenge standing stronger than ever before.
“Every person in this county is important and deeply valued. However, in a time of isolation, it is natural to feel disconnected and perhaps even afraid,” Cayer and Levesque said.
“With increased precautions and social distancing as our new normal, what can we do to support ourselves and each other? We can stay in contact with each other through phone, text, video chat, email, and even good, old fashioned cards and letters. And when we do connect, making an effort to convey strength and comfort can make all the difference. Share encouraging words, pray for each other, communicate about your feelings, fears, and emotions during this time, and remember to share CDC safety precautions with loved ones of all ages.
“So, let’s ‘sound the bells’ to remind us all to have faith; faith in each other, in ourselves, and in our neighbors, leaders and communities.”