$4,000

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 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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