NDSM Beneft (Turned out to be a great night)

Jeez, it’s hot. This is very bad sign for the rest of the summer, and a VERY bad sign for what it will be like, down at The Ranch next week. Oh well, it is what it is….is will be what it will be…

Maria and I went out to the Wildflower Festival today to see the songwriter competition. It was great. Got to see a lot of friends, and sit inside the airconditioned auditorium for a while.

I wanted to write about the North Dallas Shared Ministry Benefit, because it was really a great night. It was the same line-up as last year’s show. But, thankfully, I didn’t have to follow the amazing Rhett Butler. That guy is absolutely incredible on the guitar. He’s sort of in the Michael Hedges universe of players, and has a fantastic sound….

So, this year Jack and the Catdaddies played first. I was second, and Rhett closed the show. I offered to put 30 percent of all my CD sales that night back to NDSM. That came to $80 bucks!

All in all, we raised over $2,000 for NDSM that night! Very cool. And it couldn’t have been for a more worthy cause. NDSM is one of the finest non-profits in Dallas that serve the poor. Some folks are thrown off by the name “North Dallas,” because North Dallas has such a reputation as a wealthy part of town….and it most certainly is. But within that area are thousands and thousands of poor folks who are underserved by social service agencies. NDSM fills a much needed hole.

Also had a great time at the Northaven Church “Feast of Friendship” last weekend. Over 250 folks showed up…a HUGE crowd. Big picnic on the lawn…burgers, hot dogs, etc… The main event of the evening was tours of Northaven’s new building, but Jack and the Catdaddies came through with some great music, and I closed the show. Great to play for the hometown crowd. Happy

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He has been Senior Pastor of Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas since 2001. During his tenure, church membership has grown almost 30 percent, and a completely new church facility (sanctuary and education building) has been constructed. Northaven is a leading progressive Christian congregation in the Southwest. Northaven is an eclectic collection of gay and straight families, artists, musicians, theater folks, academic theologians, lawyers and judges (go figure), socially conscious community activists, people who don't "check their brain at the door," and a wide array of others who either see it as their "last chance" inside the "institutional church," or their first trip back in decades. Eric is an avid blogger and published author.  Eric is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, who performs throughout Texas and the Southwest. He's an engaging live performer whose first CD was released in 2000. His songs have won honorable mention in both the Billboard and Great American song contests; and he's been a finalist in the 5th Street Festival and South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competitions. Eric is also a leader of Connections, a unique band comprised of United Methodist clergy and layfolk from throughout North Texas. Connections performs "cover shows" of artists like Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and others. Their shows draw crowds of between 300 and 1,000 fans, and they have raised more than $240,000 dollars for worthy charities. Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He's a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named "best judge" by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County. She was re-elected for a third term in 2010. They have the world's best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. (As always, if you like this post, then "like" this on Facebook by clicking the box below, so others can see too...)

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