$7,100 and a Gratitude Beyond Measure

Earlier this month, just after our last Connections show, I posted what we believed would be the fundraising total for the night.

Today, I am very pleased to tell you we were very wrong.

The actual grand total from the LLUMC show is….

$7,100!!!

Good Lord!

That beats our previous best show by $3K!!!

The good folks at LLUMC kept the books open, and apparently some folks who intended to give that night opened up their hearts and their pocketbooks.

That means, dear friends, that we were able to provide 710 mosquito nets for families in Africa, through our beneficiary, “Nothing But Nets.”

That means, dear friends, that the lives of thousands of people have been saved by the generosity of our crowd that night, and the good folks at LLUMC.

This new information also puts us right at another amazing milestone:

Connections Band has now officially raised just under $30,000 for worthy charities in our “cover” shows.*

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Our last show was our 12th, and with the phenomenal result there, our average-per-show is now $2,400.

Recently, founding members held a meeting where we looked forward to the Fall and to next year. (Stay tuned for exciting announcements about that soon, BTW…)

And at that meeting, we all expressed a sincere amazement at where this band has been during our journey together. When we put on our first show, none of us could imagine we’d do twelve shows, let alone raise tens of thousands of dollars for worthy causes.

Now, as we look back at the last few years –and having just played the show that brought us all together in the first place (The Fogelberg Show)– we stand in awe and in gratitude…

We’re grateful for all our fans…and especially our growing list of “groupies” that see to be following us from show-to-show. Thanks to all of you!

We’re grateful to all the host churches and volunteers who set the space for us.

We’re grateful to our over 35 band members, and their endless hours of rehearsal, volunteering their own time.

We’re grateful for the chance to make music with all of them, and to call them friends and colleagues.

We’re grateful to all the donors who’ve supported these causes.

We’re grateful to the songwriters/performers we seek to honor through our shows.

And we’re grateful to God, for the incredible opportunity to be a part of something so fun and worthwhile.

As we said a moment ago, we’re not done yet!

Stay tuned soon for a complete and and confirmed schedule for the Fall, including an exciting new show to debut in September!!

And thanks for being connected,

Eric

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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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