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BRUMC Hosts Retirement Reception for Linda Mann and Debbie Keeton

Linda On Sunday June 2, Blue Ridge Boulevard United Methodist Church (BRUMC) will celebrate the retirement of the leaders of the church music program, Linda Mann and Debbie Keeton.

Linda began playing the organ at Blue Ridge in 1976 and also became the Director of Music in 1987.  Under her direction, BRUMC has hosted many special music events each year including Easter and Christmas Cantatas, children and youth musicals, and performances by well known musicians and composers.  Linda also plays keyboards and leads the Cornerstone Praise Band, and directs the Bell Choir.  On September 28, 2003, Linda received an Award of Distinction in the Ministry of Music Awards program conducted by the National Religious Music Week Alliance.  The award honors the music minister for developing and maintaining one of our nation’s finest worship music programs.   Linda was the only person in the Kansas City area to receive this award.  In 2008, the Blue Ridge choir commissioned composer Joseph Martin to write Psalm of Exaltation honoring Linda.  Mr. Martin directed the choir in performing the composition. 

Also retiring will be Debbie Keeton, Music Assistant and Director of the Chancel Choir.  Debbie grew up in the church where her mother played the organ from 1949 to 1972.  Debbie has given her many talents to the music ministry of the BRUMC her entire life. In addition to directing the Chancel Choir, Debbie is well known for singing solos, playing guitar in the Praise Group and for musicals, substituting at the organ, filling in on handbells, and serving as Linda’s assistant since 1987.   

 The BRUMC Chancel Choir will sing Joseph Martin’s Psalm of Exaltation on June 2nd at both the 9:00 and 10:30 worship services under Debbie’s  direction and with Linda accompanying. A reception honoring Linda and Debbie will be held at the Blue Ridge Boulevard United Methodist Church from 2 to 4 pm that afternoon in the Fellowship Hall. We hope their many friends will join the congregation to celebrate the well-deserved retirement of these two remarkable women from their music ministry.

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