Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me (from the AMK Show)

As you may have heard, Monday’s show for Ann Michele King was an amazing outpouring of music, love and community. More than 1,100 people packed the sanctuary of FUMC, Richardson for this special show, benefiting Ann Michele and the King family.

Here’s the amazing view we had from stage:

It was just an amazing night. Most amazing of all was the outpouring of support. At this point, we’re estimating at least $27,000 dollars raised to help with medical expenses for Ann Michele, as she continues her seven year battle against cancer.

One of my favorite songs to do in our shows has been Elton John’s “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me.” I get to sing it, and I LOVE singing it. And the entire band plays. It’s just one of those “big” numbers in our shows. And, as has happened several times before, it got a standing ovation Monday. It’s just a great effort by the whole band. You can hear it here:

What a great privilege to be able to be a part of this special show. What a crowd. What support for an incredible family, and incredible woman. I’m privileged to know Ann Michele and completely inspired by her faith and her courage facing her challenges. I know everybody feels the same way.

Of course, we all love Rusty too, and a part of why we did this show was to be there for our band-brother, and musical director.

We love you Rusty.

This one was for you too.

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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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