If you enjoy helping a good cause but you prefer the groove of classic rock to the dirge of the hymnal — or if you just want to see a group of local pastors dawn shades and rock out to "The Power of Love" à la Huey Lewis — the Connections Band might be right up your ally. The ensemble group will hold a free concert at the Sherman United Methodist Church Friday night at 7 p.m. to spur donations to the United Methodist Committee on Relief, an organization that provides assistance in the wake of disasters.

If you enjoy helping a good cause but you prefer the groove of classic rock to the dirge of the hymnal — or if you just want to see a group of local pastors dawn shades and rock out to "The Power of Love" à la Huey Lewis — the Connections Band might be right up your ally. The ensemble group will hold a free concert at the Sherman United Methodist Church Friday night at 7 p.m. to spur donations to the United Methodist Committee on Relief, an organization that provides assistance in the wake of disasters.


"We started the band in 2006, and it’s a handful of United Methodist pastors that happen to love music and happen to have some ability," said FUMC Whitewright Pastor Frank Rahm, the band’s pianist. "It all started at a clergy retreat. A few of the guys had their guitars and they spent all night playing Dan Fogelburg music. … Rusty (King) said, ‘Man, we ought to form a band and do a full show!’ and Eric (Folkerth) said, ‘Sounds great, but who would come?’ Turned out we had a full house that night, and from the beginning we had decided that we would play for free and take up offerings to benefit charity."


Eight years, 45 gigs and a quarter-million dollars later, the group is bringing their talents to Sherman. The show is being sponsored by the Grayson County United Methodist Churches, the member institutions of which are raising money on their own to add to the charity pot. While all of the pastors in the group are of the Methodist persuasion, others among the band’s 18 members hail from a variety of denominations.


"Our rhythm section and our horn section, we’ve got a Lutheran, we’ve got a bunch of Baptists in there; it’s just a bunch of people we know," explained Rahm. "We’re calling it our triple play show; we’re going to do three songs from each of seven artists. So it’s rock and roll from the 70s and 80s. What we like to say is it’s great music for a great cause."


As Huey Lewis once said, "(They)’re not here for a long time. / (They)’re here for a good time" — and a bit of charity, as well.