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Tuesday, 20 June 2017 21:05

Important announcement from the Utah Via de Cristo Secretariat Featured

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Greetings,

 

This is Tom Krause, the current Secretariat Lay Director. After prayerful consideration, the Utah Via de Cristo Secretariat has elected to hold a Lord’s Day activity on Saturday, October 14, 2017. Our next full, mixed Crusillio Weekend, therefore, will be held in the spring of 2018.

 

I hope this isn’t a disappointment, and we realize it might be, especially if you have been talking to friends about attending a Crusilo Weekend. With that in mind, let me review with you how we came to this decision. First, let me share with you the mission and purpose of Via de Cristo. The mission statement for the National Via de Cristo movement reads as follows:

 

“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.”

 

And the purpose of Via de Cristo is given as follows:

 

“Via de Cristo is based on the fundamentals of Christianity, concentrating on the person and teachings of Jesus Christ. The focus is not on Via de Cristo itself, but on the environment of the community of believers. The objective of the movement is to inspire, challenge and equip people for Christian action in their homes, churches and communities.”

 

Although the Crusillio Weekend is foundational to Via de Cristo, it is but one method we use to build the body of Christ by helping fellow believers lead more fully the Christian ideals of piety (being devout in our faith in Christ), study (prayerfully immersing ourselves in the Word of God), and apostolic action (reflecting God’s image in the world around us--in our environment). Our unified aim is to build and encourage committed Christians, not to recruit people to experience a Crusillio Weekend so that they will, in turn, attend Ultreyas and work future weekends. Remember, our focus is on Jesus Christ and not Via de Cristo.

 

As the Secretariat moved forward with its plans for the next weekend, I personally was feeling a sense of being slowed down, of having some kind of weight on my heart. A few days before our Secretariat meeting on June 15th, one of the other Secretariat members, Steve Fredine, and I were chatting about the upcoming weekend. He made a comment to the effect that maybe God is leading us in another direction than a full weekend--that maybe we could have some sort of Fourth Day activity to build our community. When comments come out of the blue like that, I pay attention. Then, one of our other Secretariat members, Deanna Anderson, made this comment in an email conversation we were having within the Secretariat: “Please Lord . . . Help the secretariat know your vision.” Her email prayer, coupled with Steve’s out-of-the-blue comment (to my ear at least), along with my own inner sense of walking waist deep in molasses, prompted me to put a discussion of the upcoming weekend on our agenda. As I was drawing up the agenda, I also felt a definite nudge of the Spirit that we needed to take a moment during our meeting to meditate and pray about it right then and there. I marked on my copy of the agenda where I felt we should take a moment to pray. Before we even got to that point, Deanna suggested that, before we went any further, we stop and pray. That was another marker to me that God was at work. We stopped and we prayed. What followed was a very productive discussion that evolved into the decision to hold a Lord’s Day activity during the same time slot at Good Shepherd that we have scheduled in October. After our meeting I personally felt a sense of restful peace about our decision--another God-marker, a gift of the Spirit.

 

I’ve gone into all this detail for one reason, and I leave these final thoughts with all the solemnity I can muster. I want to be absolutely clear about this. We are not canceling a weekend because of lack. In fact, we aren’t canceling a weekend at all. We are responding to what God has in mind for Via de Cristo in Utah. It’s that simple.

 

I feel very strongly that the Secretariat experienced as a group God’s directing hand during our last meeting. This apparent change in course isn’t just some kind of flip-floppy business as usual. Rather, it truly is the Secretariat following the will of God. I can’t stress enough how confident I am that God was guiding us Thursday.

 

God is real. God is with us. God is leading us. You can take that to the bank.

 

God loves you, and so do I,

 

Tom

 

P.S. Obviously, more information will be coming, so look to our Facebook page, emails, your church VDC Liason, and the Utah VDC web site (www.utahvdc.org) for details. And most important of all, if you have people you want to sponsor for a weekend, please, please, please feel free to bring them to our Lord’s Day event. It will bring them into community with some amazing people even before they experience their weekend next spring.

 

P.P.S.  If you have questions or concerns, feel free to email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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