A Thanksgiving to Remember

 

A Message from Ken Medema for Greenville

 

A JOURNEY OF FAITH…
…And a Thanksgiving to Remember
Dear Family, Friends, Supporters and Encouragers:

Our church (Fellowship Bible Church of Greenville, Texas) isn’t very big, but we have a burden to do something big for our community.

Laurel and I share that burden, so recently we decided to embark on a journey of faith and invite our church and others to come along with us.

Head shot of Ken Medema, musicianIt’s a long story, but one of my good friends is Ken Medema (http://www.kenmedema.com), an internationally known Christian pianist, composer, and singer.

Blind from birth, Ken is one of the most amazing musicians and performers I’ve ever met. But Ken is more than an awesome musician. He also has a passion to help small churches (like ours!) impact their communities.

SMALL BUT MIGHTY CHURCH WEEKENDS

A while back, Ken began holding what he calls Small but Mighty Church Weekends. Supported by a nonprofit organization named Interlude, Ken is able to go to little churches that wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford to bring him in for a concert, and help them do something “mighty” in their communities.

At the bottom of this page you can watch a 12-minute video where Ken describes how Small but Mighty Church Weekends work. That video tells the story of one small church that had Ken do a concert to benefit a local food pantry.

The price for admission to the concert was a non-perishable food item for the food pantry. Ken did the concert and that little church brought in a “ton” of food.

WHAT WE’D LIKE TO DO:

When I saw that part of the video, God touched my heart. There are some great ministries here in Hunt County that are reaching out to people who need assistance. One is Hunt County Shared Ministries (aka FISH) FISH touches a lot of lives and helps many people in Greenville and Hunt County, Texas. The other is Community Seeds in Lone Oak, Texas.

Laurel and I talked it over and we felt God leading us to contact Ken and see if he would come to Greenville and do a concert to benefit FISH and Community Seeds.

To make a long story short, Ken has agreed to come to Greenville and do a concert on Saturday, November 4th at the Greenville Municipal Auditorium (GMA) that will benefit FISH and Community Seeds.

Photo of Ken Medema playing the pianoThe theme for the concert is A Thanksgiving to Remember, and admission will be a non-perishable food item. Since there is usually an extra need for food during the holiday season, we felt that this would be an excellent time to bring food into FISH’s pantry.

 

 

 

 

(Watch Ken perform his song “Moses.”)

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

First, pray that God will bring this all together.

So far…
…We have a commitment from Ken.
…We have reserved the Greenville Municipal Auditorium.
…Hunt County Shared Ministries and Community Seeds are on board.

In the coming months, there will be a lot of details to manage, and we’ll ultimately need a lot of help to pull this off.

It’s much bigger than Laurel and me, so please pray that this will take on a momentum of its own and that God will move other churches and individuals to be a part of this event.

Here are a few areas where we’ll need help:

  • We’ll need help getting other churches involved. The more, the better.
  • We’ll need help creating buzz in the community (media publicity, community groups, businesses, etc.).
  • We’ll need help with transportation (collecting and delivering the food to FISH and Community Seeds).
  • We’ll need help at the concert (ushers, people to take in food and cash donations, etc.)
  • We’re also planning to have a community choir that will sing with Ken. He’s going to rehearse us on Saturday morning and we’ll be on stage with him that evening. We’ll need people who want to be a part of the choir.
  • It would be great if this took on a life of its own and we had churches and individuals collecting food items well in advance of the concert.

If you’re interested in helping with this concert in any of the ways I’ve mentioned (or in some way I haven’t thought of yet), I’d love to talk to you. Send me an email at:  james@pence.com

Also, pray that God will use this event so that we can bring a TON of food into FISH’s and Community Seeds’ food pantries for Thanksgiving.

(Watch Ken improvise a song on the spot.)

WHAT’S THE JOURNEY OF FAITH?

Although Ken does the concert free of charge (waiving his regular concert fee), there are still expenses that must be covered to make this concert a reality.

We are still responsible for covering airfare and lodging costs for Ken and his manager, Bev VanderMolen.

Also, we have to cover the cost of renting the Greenville Municipal Auditorium, plus technical support fees.

There are a lot of variables involved, so at the moment we don’t know what the exact cost will be, but a safe estimate is about $6,000.

As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, our church is small (about 60 people) and has limited financial resources. Because we didn’t want to saddle the church with a large financial obligation, Laurel and I have (by faith) taken on the responsibility of covering the expenses mentioned above.

Since we don’t have the funds to cover these costs ourselves, we’re asking for your help to make this benefit concert a reality. Those of you who know Laurel and me know that for most of our lives and ministry we have trusted God to provide. And over the last 40 years we’ve seen God meet our needs in amazing ways. So, in many respects, this is the latest step in our journey of faith together.

We’ve set up a GoFundMe account to try to raise money to cover the costs of putting on the concert. If we should raise more money than we need, after all expenses have been paid the left over money will be divided equally between FISH and Community Seeds. If you’d like to donate, you can do that over at our GoFundMe page:

DONATE TO “A THANKSGIVING TO REMEMBER”

We’re excited to see what God is going to do in the coming months. We hope to see many churches and individuals become involved in this, and we hope that many people in Greenville and the surrounding area who are struggling financially will have a Thanksgiving to Remember this year.

(Just in case you’re worried that a Medema concert might be boring…watch this video!)

 

In the following video, which was made primarily to raise funds for Ken’s foundation, Interlude, Ken explains what the Small but Mighty Church Weekends are and shares some stories of small churches that have done mighty things.

I hope you’ll join in helping me, Laurel, Fellowship Bible Church, and the churches and people of Greenville and Hunt County make 2017 a Thanksgiving to Remember. And if you live in Greenville or North Texas, please join us for the concert on Saturday, November 4th at 7:00 p.m. It’s going to be an amazing time of singing and celebration.

And, remember, the only admission price to hear this amazing man is a non-perishable food item.