Greetings Brothers and Sisters in Christ;
We continue to work to lift up leaders for Christ. We are preparing for the Spring Weekends. One of the most valuable ways to demonstrate your leadership is to attend the Clausuras. This is the visual representation of our community, how we reach out to new Cursillistas, to show a community of believers, all working as leaders for Christ in the way that we’ve been called.
While the Serenades are a wonderful gift of palanca, the real action lies in the Clausuras, the active 4th day community welcoming the Cursillistas into the larger community.
I encourage all of us to manifest our leadership and support this community and its newest members. Location is the Patuxent River 4H Camp, 18405 Queen Anne Rd., Upper Marlboro, MD.
Men’s Clausura is Sunday, April 22 – 4pm
Women’s Clausura is Sunday, April 29 – 4pm
Your sister in Christ,
Women's Spring Weekend
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33
Team training is well under way for Women’s weekend #72. There is a total of 33 team members, but we still need one more table cha. If you miss serving and would love to serve on this weekend, contact Rose Briggs 301-752-2034 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, I encourage all of you to submit palanca letters for our pilgrims and, if you have time, for team members. Please pray for all of us as we prepare our hearts and minds to serve the Lord and for all the pilgrims that will be coming our way. Here’s the team!
Bauer, Melissa Louthan, Susan
Blasher, Jeanne Marshall, Sue
Bradley, Linda Mehaffey, Rachel
Briggs, Alyssa Miliner, Robin
Briggs, Rose O'Bryan, Martha
Crenshaw, Evelyn Peterson, Barbara
Cushnie, Brittany Petito, Brenda
Dark, Donna Schoolcraft, Megan
Dotson, Tina Seeger, Sue
Ellinger, Leah Smail, Cis
Flusek, Vanya Stein, Rene
Gann, Jaim (Pastor) Thompson, Sue
Heineken, Sharon Travis, Nancy
Hord, Minka Uplinger, Jolynn
Kaltwasser, Sharon Weimer, Pam
Kibat, Janice Williams, Nicole
Men's Spring Weekend: April 19-23
(pilgrim applications due no later than April 5)
Women's Spring Weekend: April 26-29
(pilgrim applications due no later than April 12)
(pilgrim applications due no later than Sept. 27)
Women's Fall Weekend: Oct. 18-21
(pilgrim applications due no later than October 4)
Save the Date!
The 2018 National Via de Cristo Annual Gathering for will be held July 26-29 at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida. Rainbow VdC pays the registration fee for its three Delegates. In addition, Dave Lambert attends as the National Lutheran Secretariat (NLS) Database Coordinator and John Aclin attends as the NLS Region 5 Coordinator. Attending a National Gathering is a great experience -- just ask anyone who has attended in past years! To encourage people who have never attended a National Gathering before, your Rainbow VdC Secretariat voted to offer up to four scholarships for first-time Non-Voting Attendees to "shadow" our Delegates. See Lay Director Holly Hypes for more information or if you wish to apply for a scholarship worth over $200.
Applications for first-timer Rainbow VdC shadow-delegate scholarships are due in mid April to meet the NLS April 30th Early Bird deadline. Scholarship applications received after April 21 will not be honored.
NOTE: Please use the Registration Form and the Travel Form, located on the NLS website, www.viadecristo.org. You are expected to pay the full registration fee if registering after May 1st.
Decide NOW that you will join us in Florida July 26-29, 2018!
Jesus loves me—this I know,
For the Bible tells me so;
Little ones to him belong,--
They are weak, but he is strong.
Jesus loves me—loves me still,
Though I'm very weak and ill;
From his shining throne on high,
Comes to watch me where I lie.
Jesus loves me—he will stay,
Close beside me all the way.
Then his little child will take,
Up to heaven for his dear sake
This simple song by Anna Bartlett Warner, which almost every Sunday School child can sing at least part of, was originally published in 1860. The lyrics first appeared as a poem in an 1860 book, Say and Seal, written by Anna’s sister, Susan. In the book, the words were spoken as a poem to comfort a dying child. The tune and chorus – Yes, Jesus Loves me ….. were added in 1862 by a man named William Bradbury. When this version was published, it became a very widely known Christian children's song, and remains so today. Over the years it has taken on various musical “flavors” ….from rap to a haunting medley. But the simple message of this song remains.
JESUS LOVES ME ….. we sing this song as part of the Agape dinner …. We make a slight change to JESUS LOVES YOU at one point. We know the power of this simple message to reach our hearts. Those three words say it all. JESUS. LOVES. ME.
As some of you may know, recently St. Mary’s County (MD) Public Schools and the greater community at large was rocked by an act of violence that brought fear, pain, anger, hurt, questions and a whole host of other emotions to everyone around. To those who had family members or friends at the school where it occurred, it brought moments of sheer relief for some, but pain and sorrow unspeakable to others. It put our small community “on the map” for reasons we would not wish to be and thrust us into the national spotlight of an ongoing political debate.
For some of us it shoved that spotlight aside as we rushed to offer support. The young woman involved attended the elementary school I am assigned to ….and she has siblings among our current students. A younger member of her family attends our church preschool. Her brothers are a part of our local Cub and Boy Scouting units. My elementary school devotional group met a second time this week, and as hard as this was for us whose hearts are breaking from losing “one of our own little Gators (school mascot)”, we also offered prayer for the family of the young man involved, and we continue to do so. They too have lost a child for reasons that appear to continue to go unanswered. Ours is not to judge, nor to sit in the seat of scorn. Only God can judge. God calls us to love one another and show that love one to another; to share and show the love that Jesus shows to us.
As Cory Asbury writes in his song, Reckless Love, God’s love is “over-whelming, never-ending, reckless”. Click on the link to view the full lyrics of the song.
Let the “over-whelming, never-ending, reckless love of God wash over you” ….. share “Jesus Loves You” with those you meet. Reach out and show that love in tangible ways. Be there for others, say kind words, show support and love. Love one another as He has loved us.
God Loves You And So Do I,