A Magical Night

Wow.
I’m speechless.

It was a truly wonderful, wonderful night. The Dan Fogelberg Tribute Show went really, really well. All those rehearsals paid off, the band really came together and was TIGHT. The instrumental stuff sounded good. The vocal stuff sounded good. From our perspective on stage at least, the sound mix was really good. And many of you told us the same during intermission…
Speaking of you….you showed up! Approximately 250 of you showed up!! And you stayed! You stayed through intermission and through every last night of “Gambler.” (What fun it was to have all 250 of you singing along with us at the end! And thanks for the generous applause)

At this point, we know that we have at least raised $2,500 for the United Methodist Committee on Relief. This money will help UMCOR respond quickly to the next natural disaster or global conflict that arises. Thanks for your generosity.

Well, there is a lot more to say about this show. I’m still up on cloud nine. I think everybody in the band is. I am told that there are at least two sets of pictures from the night (digital ones) and I’ll post some as soon as I can get my hands of them.

And when I have the pictures to help me tell the story, I’ll post a more detailed description of the show, the songs, and what the whole evening was like.

But for now,
…to Dan Fogelberg who inspired us all
…to all you who came
…to all you who gave so generously
…to all the dozens of great volunteers, and staff, at Spring Valley
…to our really kickin’ 20-member band
…and especially to my friend, Rusty King,
thank you

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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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