Greetings Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The Mission Statement of Via de Cristo is “By grace, with the Holy Spirit, we challenge leaders to discover and achieve their personal calling, assisting them to influence their environments with the Gospel.”
In January 2017 the Via de Cristo Secretariat formed a committee to reach out to pastors in our area. Our goal is that they would see value in Via de Cristo within their churches; to help natural leaders recognize their calling to be salt and leaven in the world. We invited close to 100 pastors to attend this event.
On June 7th and 8th, Via de Cristo hosted two clergy outreach events in Fairfax, VA and in Bowie, MD. We were blessed with 20 pastors attending, 5 of whom had previously attended a weekend. They learned what Via de Cristo is, how a weekend works, who should attend a weekend and how Via de Cristo fits into the church. They also heard a personal talk about living in the 4th day. We stressed that Via de Cristo works in partnership with pastors to help Christian leaders sustain and grow their walk with Christ.
We were also blessed with 12 members of the laity who attended and talked with the pastors during lunch, sharing their 4th day and how Via de Cristo helped each to discover where they are leaders.
We have at least 3 pastors who want to attend the Men’s Spring weekend, and others who are very interested. Pastor Scott Zimmerer has agreed to serve as a spiritual director on our weekends also.
The committee will also send out information packets to many pastors who want to learn more about Via de Cristo but were unable to attend the events.
God blessed us each step of the way as we planned and held these events and we give Him the glory.
Your sister in Christ,
WOMEN --- The Oct 5-8 Weekend is swiftly approaching!!
Although we just started the summer season, the fall season is not far behind. Fall is my favorite season. Honestly, the Oct 5 weekend will soon be approaching and I can’t wait! The leaves, cool air, no air conditioning and the Rainbow Weekend! One thing to remember, however, is we can't have a weekend without pilgrims, and each pilgrim needs a sponsor. Sponsoring is not just dinner and a mug. It is more than you could imagine. It is a lifetime of friendship built on the foundation of knowing Jesus. A friendship that is unique and true. Sponsoring is the team to be on! Please consider sponsoring a pilgrim for the upcoming weekend. To read more about sponsorship responsibilities, please click here.
If you have a person that you would like to sponsor, please pray for them now. Speak with them about the weekend. And, please remember to try to get their completed applications in at least two weeks prior to the weekend.
The 2018 Weekend Dates have been Set!!
Men's Spring Weekend: April 19-23
Women's Spring Weekend: April 26-29
Men's Fall Weekend: Oct. 11-14
Women's Fall Weekend: Oct. 18-21
God loves you and so do I!
Kairos Prision Ministry
Some of you may have heard the 4th Day talks at Ultreya’s about this ministry, if you haven’t been able to attend one or don’t already know, Kairos sprang from the Cursillo movement and started in Florida in 1976. It is currently in 37 states and growing along with approximately 9 countries around the world, aside from institution that want it, but there is no volunteer base to start one. Kairos is a New Testament Greek term that means “God’s Special Time”. Kairos currently has 3 separate ministries, Kairos Inside (it’s the same sex as what’s inside that prison – i.e. men go into the men’s and women into the women’s). Kairos Outside is for the female family members of those incarcerated, and Kairos Torch which is for the youth offenders.
I’m asking you to prayerfully get involved with this ministry. You don’t have to go inside, each inside team needs a support team to prepare meals and pray for those going “inside”. The support team consists of both men and women. There are numerous men’s Kairos teams throughout MD and the women’s Kairos is held at MCI-W in Jessup. Kairos Torch weekend is currently in Carroll County, however there is talk of trying of starting one in the Cheltenham Youth Facility. Finally, Kairos Outside is held both Northern Virginia and another hear Hagerstown.
Prayer. We all remember seeing the prayer banner showing the 72 hours and everyone praying for that weekend? Imagine a literal paper prayer chain surrounding the Rollo room with names of individuals praying for that particular weekend. That’s exactly what happens in Kairos. Everyone who signs up to pray has their name written on a piece of paper that is then made into a giant prayer chain. Those names are also added to a giant paper scroll.
Agape. Kairos uses the term Agape instead of Palanca. Kairos teams are always looking for placemats decorated by children (but there are do’s and don’ts) along with writing letters. Please contact me directly for information and requirements on these items.
To my brothers in Christ, for those of you who have expressed an interest in getting involved, here is your opportunity…the ministry is in dire need of male volunteers, won’t you consider getting involved this fall? Any questions and/or concerns about getting involved with this ministry, please contact me at 301-627-4094 or C11Sep@comcast.net – remember: Matthew 25:36 “I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.”
Let’s Show Some Palanca/Agape Love
Requesting local Reunion Groups come out and show their support for the upcoming Women’s weekend. Come out to the social on Thursday night to meet and mingle with the Pilgrims. Or, be there on Sunday and show your support for the Closura on Sunday. Take a bit of time to stay and help with the clean/pack up of the camp. The more bodies there are, the quicker this task can be done and everyone can be on their way and knowing you’ve just shown God’s love to those who attended the weekend.
Think of it this way, WHAT BETTER way to show that Agape love to those who have just finished working on a weekend, and our brand new Cursillistas than to be there supporting all the women NOT only the Closura, but also for the cleanup.
Looking forward to seeing You ON Sunday of the Women’s Weekend for the Closura and the tear down/clean up.
De Colores! God Loves you and so do I!
The July Ultreya!
A wonderful time was had by all at the Ultreya held Saturday, 8 July 2017, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington Park, MD.
The air conditioning in the church felt great, compared to the 80’s and 90’s outside, then later the rain and humidity. 28 Cursillistas attended this Ultreya, as well as two future Cursillistas who will make their weekends on Women’s Rainbow #102 and Men’s Rainbow #99!
The food was wonderful, with hot dishes, cool salads and ice cream and luscious fresh berries for dessert! We had quite a few music Chas present: Bro. Dan played the tambourine, Sharon and Charissa played the guitar, and Therese played her flute. They played 10,000 Reasons, Cast Your Nets, Forever, and In Christ Alone. It was marvelous to hear the music and singing!
George Milcetich, from Trinity Lutheran Church, was our Fourth Day Speaker. He made his weekend at Men’s # 47, back in 2005. George gave us a little bit of his history. Raised Catholic, he believed in God and tried to understand God and man. His older bro’ introduced him to transcendental meditation, which held his attention for a while. George said that transcendental meditation is meant to empty oneself, but does not fill self with anything. God spoke to him one time, during his meditation, and said that meditation wasn’t doing anything for him. Therese, his wife, encouraged him to read his Bible.
George said that anger is inconsistent with Christian living. Some of his Bible reading pointed him in that direction.
The verse in Philippians 2: “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”
The verse in 1 Corinthians 13: “Love suffers long and is kind.”
The verse in Galatians 5: “…Led by the Spirit.” George said that on his weekend, the rector named the tables after the fruit of the Spirit, which moved him, because of what he was learning about the fruit of the Spirit at that time of his life. On his weekend, George realized that his own spiritual life was more mechanical, and less internal.
George said that he had to “unlearn anger”. Part of that “unlearning” involved realizing the emotion that was underlying his anger. Sometimes the emotion was frustration (which is different from anger). Sometimes the emotion was irritation (which is also different from anger). By practicing his piety, study, and action, George could internalize God’s grace more.
At our table, we talked about several things:
Mary S. and her husband, Darryl, are leaving the area and will be leaving our Rainbow community. Mary has done much for our Rainbow community and will be sorely missed. At the end of the Ultreya, we briefly prayed, then prayed for Mary and Darryl as they move on to the next chapter in their lives, and then Bro. Dan closed us in the Lord’s Prayer. The Ultreya was a fantastic time!
Our next Ultreya is scheduled for Saturday, 9 September 2017, at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 5114 Twinbrook Road, Fairfax, VA 22032. Our Fourth Day Speaker is your very own Fourth Day Coordinator, K. P. Reed. Do come!
We’re going to do a few things differently at this next Ultreya:
If you have a particularly memorable moment about this Ultreya, please write up a quick paragraph or a few sentences about it and send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org; we want to know how the Ultreya impacted you!