Friday, October 2nd 2015, 7:00 p.m. Sanctuary
Please save the date for a special fundraiser concert in our FUMC Sanctuary performed by Dr. Raquel Martinez to benefit the Lydia Patterson Institute (LPI) Building Fund.
From 2000 to 2008, the Rev. Joel Martinez served as our beloved bishop in the Southwest Texas Conference. He also served as President of the General Board of Global Ministries. In 2005, Bishop Martinez invited Barbara Ruth to the cabinet as superintendent of the Corpus Christi District. During his tenure, Bishop Martinez planted the seeds that led to the unification of the Southwest Texas Conference and the Rio grande Conference to form the Rio Texas Conference.
Dr. Raquel Mora Martinez is a gifted musician and scholar in her own right. Together they are passionate advocates for social justice. Their contributions to The United Methodist Church are too numerous to mention. They first met at Lydia Patterson Institute, a United Methodist secondary school located in El Paso, Texas. LPI is dedicated to providing bi-lingual education to students on both sides of the Rio Grande, especially those from Juarez, who desperately need a safe place to learn.
Joel was a shy boy from Seguin and Raquel was a preacher’s daughter from deep in Mexico’s interior. Their lives were profoundly shaped at LPI, where they were equipped for national and global leadership in The United Methodist Church.
Now Bishop and Mrs. Martinez want to give back to LPI by raising $50,000 toward LPI’s capital campaign of $50 million to build state-of-the art facilities. They are planning a marvelous Benefit Concert to be given by Mrs. Martinez in our sanctuary on Friday, October 2nd at 7:00 p.m.
Plan now to attend. You will be powerfully blessed by Mrs. Martinez’s delightful personality and piano virtuosity.
You may also sponsor the concert by contributing $100 or more to the LPI capital campaign. Make checks out to FUMC, but write LPI in the memo line and return to the church office by September 28.
In a time when fear threatens to build barriers between peoples, what a wonderful way for us as United Methodists to build a bridge of hope at Lydia Patterson Institute, changing lives for the better, just as Joel and Raquel’s lives as students were forever changed at LPI!