Thanks to all who came out to Friday’s show, sponsored by HPUMC’s Cornerstone Community. Once again, Connections Band had a great night. Our tribute to the Eagles and Chicago was another marvelous success. About 200 folks came out on a windy and rainy night to hear the great music.

Each band member got numerous kind and generous comments about the show, and that’s always gratifying. The only bad news? HPUMC’s video system seems to have crashed, and the “tape” of the show is probably lost. However, they are supposed to have some audio recordings that they’ll try and get to us in a week or so. Stay tuned.

On a personal note, it was especially fun to see a few of my old HPUMC friends. Your kind words and great support was much appreciated. I only wish we’d had more time to catch up, beyond the few short minutes during intermission. It was good to see you all.

Thanks to Bill Nash for lending me his guitar. Thanks to my friend Paul Ramussen and the entire Cornerstone Community for their great support of our band. Thanks to my friend, Linda Roby for the the last minute offer to double our UMCOR contribution.

And thanks to our bandleader, Rusty King, and our twenty bandmates; each of whom made it a blast once again.

The best news of all? We had an amazing night of fundraising. We brought in $2,000 at the door, and HPUMC agreed to match it dollar-for-dollar, bringing our total to an astounding $4,000!!!!

That means Connections Band has now raised over $9,000 for UMCOR in four shows. That’s truly humbling and amazing.

So, on behalf of the whole band, we say “thanks” to all of you who come out to these shows, enjoy the music, and support this great cause.

Thanks again.

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of Kessler Park UMC United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Previously, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas for seventeen years. Eric loves to write on topics of spirituality, social justice, music/art and politics. The entries on this blog reflect that diversity of interests. His passion for social justice goes beyond mere words. He’s been arrested at the White House, defending immigrants and “The Dreamers,” and he’s officiated at same sex weddings in his churches, in defiance of what some believe is Methodist teaching. Eric is an avid blogger and published author, and 2017 recipient of the prestigeous Kuchling Humanitarian Award from Dallas’ Black Tie Dinner. (Human Rights Campaign) 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, and is currently the longest service district judge in that district. She was re-elected for a fourth term in 2018. They have the world’s best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. Find links to Eric’s music-related websites, at the top of this site’s navigation menu.

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