CHOIR, get your voices ready!
I pray you will feel the abundant joy shared by me, the music committee, and the vestry as we welcome our new organist and Choir Director, Kyle Sheppard. Kyle is energetic, enthusiastic, and eager to build a mutual ministry of shared gifts and talents between us and the First United Methodist Church of Avalon. Kyle's excitement for church ministry, music, and building relationships are infectious. He is quite humble, but not shy. Kyle is a go-getter. I know you will absolutely love him.
Kyle is finishing his Master's as an Organ student at Rowan University where he studies with Dr. Gordon Turk. He is the Music Director at First U.M.C. of Avalon and Choir Director at the Cumberland Campus of Rowan College of South Jersey. In Avalon, he leads a year-round music program with two choirs that involve musicians from across the east coast including the West Point Cadet Choir, West Point, New York, and the Atlantic Brass Band. Before Avalon, he was the organist at the former Central UMC Bridgeton, and Music Intern at First Presbyterian Church, Bridgeton.
Kyle will be performing at The Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove on July 31st and at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall on August 12th at Noon. Some of his other performance opportunities include but are not limited to, The Citadel - Charleston, South Carolina, Gettysburg Chapel - Gettysburg, and Milltown United Methodist Church as well as a choir tour to Vienna, Salzburg, and Munich. Kyle played at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Haddon Heights, NJ, St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Wayne, PA, and Trinity Episcopal Church in Moorestown, NJ. Kyle has also enjoyed singing with the Ocean Grove Auditorium Choir in the summers, as well as the Greater South Jersey Chorus in Haddonfield. Some of his hobbies include gardening, traveling, cooking, and singing.
Let's give Kyle a big, warm St. Mary's welcome!
While mutual ministry will require some sacrifice, the gifts of mutual ministry and the opportunity to build the Body of Christ throughout the island and beyond through music far outweigh the small sacrifices we may need to make in sharing Kyle's gifts and talents. Pastor Dave and the First United Methodist Church of Avalon are in the process of changing their service times in order to engage in this most beneficial ministry with one another. Pastor Dave will be here this Sunday, be comfortable in introducing yourself to him. I am so excited for this ministry, for us, for Kyle and the ecumenical opportunity it will provide.
Kyle's start date is to be determined, but likely will be after Labor Day.
Look for Next week's Staying Connected as Kyle will introduce himself.
Together we are planning a meet and greet introductory concert and reception for you to have the opportunity to get to know Kyle. That date too is to be determined.
See you all Sunday!
PARKING for Sunday's Installation service will be available at Our Saviour Lutheran Church's parking lot at the corner of 93rd & Third Avenue.
Many thanks to Our Saviour and Pastor Eloise for the gracious accommodation.
If you would like a pastoral visit or a visit from one of our
Eucharistic Ministers, please contact Mo. Allison.