An Acoustic Christmas to Benefit Imagine No Malaria

November 22, 2013

Touring artist Luke Caldwell will perform “An Acoustic Christmas” on Thursday, December 5, from 6:30-7:30 p.m.  The program will be held in the sanctuary of Community United Methodist Church, located at 1480 Poplar Street, Oakdale, CA, 95361.  Tickets are $10 at the door.  Groups should call and put tickets in Will Call by leaving a message on the church phone, (209) 847-7777.  Purchase six tickets for the price of five and $25 maximum for family groups.  Make checks payable to “CUMC Oakdale.”  Tickets at the door are first come, first serve.
Luke Caldwell is lead singer and guitarist for the Christian band Esterlyn.  The program will include both Christmas songs and original worship songs. Pastor Scott Wylie says, “I’ve listened to Esterlyn on YouTube, so I know this will be a fun event.  There’s also a worthy cause.  This concert is an opportunity for people to give a Christmas gift to Jesus - saving the life of a child through Imagine No Malaria.”
Concert proceeds will go to Imagine No Malaria.  The web site describes the denomination’s goal:  “We seek to end all preventable deaths from malaria.”  Donations can be made via the web site. Although the concert is December 5, donations made online December 3 will be matched dollar for dollar by an anonymous donor.
On a concert video, Luke Caldwell described Esterlyn, the band. “We’re honestly just four simple guys who love Jesus and want to worship him.  We started out as a worship band at our home church, Calvary Chapel in Boise, Idaho.” 
Early video interviews with the foursome include tales of the bass player’s exploits at a high school track meet and one concert tour when the band couldn’t afford the five dollar fine for starting late or playing too long that was enforced by the tour promoters.  Later videos show band members going through changes, nervously gearing up to record in a studio and sounding really unified in later performances. 
The band is named for an infant Chinese orphan girl named Ester Lyn, who was adopted and brought to the U.S. by Caldwell’s sister and her husband. The story of the baby getting a new life in America is told in a heart stirring music video, at  Search for “esterlyn Little Esther.”
Oakdale will hear only lead singer/guitarist Luke Caldwell, since one other band member is expecting the birth of a baby during this tour schedule, so the whole foursome couldn’t tour together.  However, listeners surfing You Tube and searching for “esterlyn” can access several music videos by the whole band.  The band’s four albums can be downloaded from iTunes.