As war continues to rage in Ukraine, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church and the entire community must do all we can to help the people of this war-torn country. St. Luke’s will host a benefit concert in support of relief efforts in Ukraine on Sunday, April 3 at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary with special musical guests Christina Wells and Ken Medema. All proceeds from ticket sales and donations will go to UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief, to help those in Ukraine as well as Ukrainian refugees who have fled to neighboring countries.
A native of Pasadena, Texas, and voted best performer by her Pasadena high school class in 1994, Christina Wells decided to pursue a lifelong dream after high school and set his sights on performing. Life had different plans as she was repeatedly turned down for not having the “right look”, despite possessing immense talent. The rejection began to take its toll. She put her dreams aside to raise two sons and get her nursing degree and become a registered nurse in geriatrics and cardiology, which she did for 15 years. In 2015, Christina started performing again with various theater groups and then landed on “America’s Got Talent” in 2018. She reached the semi-finals singing songs such as “I Know Where I’ve Been”, “I Am Changing” and “Woman au naturel” by Aretha Franklin, in front of 11 million viewers. She is sought after as a performer for musical theatre, including Theater Under the Stars, as well as for churches and other venues. Wells’ powerful voice will entertain and inspire.
For four decades, Ken Medema has inspired people through storytelling and music. Although blind from birth, Ken sees and hears with heart and mind. His ability to capture the spirit in words and songs is unparalleled. One of today’s most creative and authentic performers, Ken crafts every musical moment of his performance with brilliant improvisation that defies description. With an ever-growing circle of friends around the world, Ken’s artistry and imagination for voice and piano has reached audiences of 50-50,000 in 49 United States and more than 15 countries around the world. four continents.
Medema performs in a wide variety of venues, from local congregations to charity fundraisers, high school and college campuses, faith-based youth gatherings, universally televised religious programs, corporate conventions, annual meetings of organizations national. He is a co-founder of Interlude Retreat Corporation, which provides retreat experiences for music directors, conducts talks and workshops, and visits small but powerful churches to explore the musical possibilities of that congregation. He has recorded over 40 albums and his latest, “Nothing Like the Rain” has just been released on CD and USB.
WHEN: Sunday, April 3 at 7 p.m.
WHERE: St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 3471 Westheimer Rd, Houston, 77027; In the main sanctuary
COST: Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under. Donations can also be made. Proceeds will go to UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief). Go to https://stlukesmethodist.org/ukraine to buy tickets or make a donation.
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