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Issue 194 September – October 2017

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Potluck: 5:30 p.m. Followed by Worship with Pastor David Barnes

Hampshire Colony Congregational Church
604 S. Church
Princeton, IL 61356

Please note the date change.  This will be the first Ultreya follow weekend #56.  Please welcome our new participants.

Couples bring one dish to pass; families please bring two. Coffee, water and ice are provided by the host church, but any other drinks will need to be brought by the community.


Take exit 56 for IL-26 toward Dixon/Princeton.  Turn south onto IL-26 N Main Street.  Turn left onto E Peru Street at the stoplight.  Take the 1st right onto S Church Street.  Hampshire Colony Congregational Church is two blocks down and on your right.



From the Spiritual Director

Notes from the Spiritual Director

In Paul’s letter to the Romans – in chapter 12, verse 6 – he writes, “We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us.”  Notice he doesn’t say “some of you have gifts,” of “some of you have gifts that matter” – and some don’t.  He simply says, “We have gifts …”  And, notice that its gifts, not just gift.  Sometimes it’s hard to see ourselves as gifted – at least in a way that might matter to anyone but you.  So we often hide our gifts – whatever they may be, thinking they aren’t important enough, or good enough.

Paul tells us that we all have gifts, “according to the measure of faith that God has given … according to the grace given to us.”  It is God our creator who endows us with gifts – all of us.  Gifts to benefit the body of Christ – the church.

Ever wonder what your purpose in life is?  Ever wonder if you matter – in life, in the church?  Paul says a big YES – you DO!  You have gifts!  Gifts to use.

Think about the church, or any Christian faith community, like Via de Cristo.  How does that community function, fulfill its mission, have life?  Through those gifts that Paul talks about.  Our  God-given gifts are critical to the life and mission of our faith community.  Without those gifts active in the church, its mission falters, and its life is suffers.

 What are your gifts?  How, in your fourth day, can your gifts be used to build up the life and ministry of your church, of Living Waters Via de Cristo?  Whatever your gifts, however they might be used, they will only give you purpose, and make a difference, as they are used.  Remember, they come from God, so they have to be good, so … consider your gifts, and make a difference – living faithfully in God’s grace.  And a big Thank You to those who already make a difference through their gifts in Living Water Via de Cristo!


Pastor Wayne

From the Lay Director

Dear Sisters and Brothers:

There has been so much going on the last couple of months, it is sometimes hard to tell
when one day ends and the next day begins. I think part of that is the news… everyday seems
to be a repeat of yesterday. Occasionally there is a good story: someone, thought to be lost,
walks out of the woods weeks later, worn, bitten, and thinner, but alive; little children that
survive devastating mudslides; people of all walks of life coming together to witness the total
eclipse of the sun… But every day we hear, too, about people hating violence, and violence
toward haters.

Some of these events have made me take a closer look at the conduct of my life. How do
I express myself to others? With love? With hate?

Those two words we toss about like we toss a ball back and forth. ‘I love that color on
you.’ ‘I hate the way these pants fit me.’ I love to use the word ‘love.’ I hate it when people
hate that! We really don’t know what we love or hate.

Anyway, what I guess I’m trying to say is that we all have our differences. We also have
our similarities that bring us together and hold us together as followers of Christ.
Team meetings for Weekend #56 are underway, and as we progress toward the weekend,
our similarities will congeal and the whole Via de Cristo community becomes the TEAM for
our new pilgrims. The Prayer Scroll will be filled with many of the time slots doubled, even
tripled, with names of our community praying for our new pilgrims. Several hundred of our
alumni will be at the send-off for our new pilgrims. We may have to move the serenade outside
as over a thousand serenaders will join their voices to sing of the love of Christ to the new
pilgrims! Can’t you picture this embodiment of ‘love’. This is possible, but it takes YOU!
Fellow Pilgrims, let us not forget how Christ’s love affected our weekends, and continues
to affect our lives. He worked through others… let Him continue to work through us.

“…let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet
together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the
Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25

God’s peace, and yes, His love,
Andey & Carol Koresko


From the Rectora

Greetings Community of LWVDC,

“Stop and Consider God’s Wonders”   Job 37:14    This is the verse I have picked for our mixed weekend #56

It’s a verse that has been my “go to” for many years.    The Holy Spirit delivered it to me one day via a Child of God who also was my friend.    It was about 12 years ago.

The book of Job is the story of a good, innocent man who suffers terrible loss.  Everything he has is destroyed, his wealth, his children and his health.  His friends try to comfort him and offer up reasons for his misfortunes, but Job will have none of it. These friends meant well, but they comforted poorly.  They told him he must have been pretty bad to get it so bad.  Job yells his innocence and asks God to answer him.  He told his friends to take their theology back to the dime store where they bought it.  Getting no answers or comfort from family of friends, he once again goes straight to God and pleads his case.  Why is this happening?  Why is this happening to me?

Finally God answered Job, although not with answers but with questions.  An ocean of questions.  God takes Job on a tour of the universe, describing to him the heavens, the earth, the sea, the wild animals and creatures.  All the while, God asked Job questions, such as “Do you know?”  “Were you there?” “Are you able?”  Job responds with silence.  After several dozen questions, Job lifts his hand and says “Enough”.  He had gotten the point. What is the point?

God owes no one anything.  No reasons.  No explanations.  Nothing!  Even if He gave us the answers, we couldn’t understand them.    Even though God owed Job nothing, He gave him everything!

       God is God!  He knows what He is doing.  When you can’t trace His hand, trust His heart.

COMMUNITY….We Need Candidates!   Team #56 is loaded with experience and love.  It would be so sad not to share these qualities with those who have not yet experienced a weekend.  Can you please find it in          your heart to pray about sponsoring someone or someone(s) for the weekend on October 12th – 15th?

We had our first team meeting last week and the team is full! Thanks be to God!  The meeting  was very well attended and full of anticipation and a yearning  to serve.   As of right now, I know we have one candidate.  Please help us get at least 15 candidates.  And remember, it’s a mixed weekend so ask away.

Tom Watkins is our Head Cha and Melissa Silfies is our Head Rollo Room Cha.  They both have been so supportive and will serve the Table of Ideal above and beyond.  Now, it’s up to you.  My prayer is that the Lord will place names on your heart to sponsor.  It’s as simple as that.

Stop and Consider God’s Wonders as you live, work and play this coming week.


Wanda Nelson, Rector #56   (LWVDC#31


From the PreWeekend

Dear LWVdC Supporters,

Please mark your calendars for these special dates to help support the Team and Candidates of Weekend #56; October 12-15, 2017:

         Thursday – October 12 – unloading the totes from storage trailer – 1:00PM

        Thursday – October 12 – Send Off – 7:00PM (sponsor’s hour to follow)

        Saturday – October 14 – Serenade (men & women) – 6:00pm practice at Camp Menno Haven

        Sunday – October 15 – pack up/load totes in storage trailer – 1:00PM

        Sunday – October 15 – Clausura at 5:00PM

New Hope Church of the Nazarene
30 N 6th Street, Princeton

Please pray about how you will be involved during this weekend including sponsoring a candidate.

For those of you who have a great desire to help with the totes (Reunion Group or not), please let me know by emailing me at


Barb Hiesterman
Weekend Chair

From the Secretary

Greetings from your secretary of the Secretariat! Our new members to the Secretariat are settling in and we are wanting the communities input on a few things. What would you like to see our Via de Cristo movement change? Any suggestions you (the community) have? Please reach out to a Secretariat member with any input you have. You can find any of our contact information on the website and go to the tab ‘Contact Us/Secretariat’. We welcome any and all suggestions!

The fall mixed weekend is fast approaching and is Oct 12-15th at Camp Menno Haven. The Men’s Spring 2018 weekend is Apr 12th-15th and the Women’s weekend will be the following weekend Apr 19th – 22nd, both at Menno Haven. Of course the weekends always need more candidates…who can you ask to join us?

Respectfully submitted,
Ellen Dalton, weekend #16 & Secretary for LWVDC Secretariat


Find a Reunion Group

This list is a work in progress, but I pray that it can be the start of accurate information that can continue to grow. If you have a group to be added or changed, please email Kate Webster (Post Weekend Chair) at You can also call or text 815-992-9036. If you had a reunion group listed on the previous list that is still active, please notify me so that I may add you to the current list. If you are in need of a reunion group, but don’t see one in your area or time frame, please contact myself or another member of the secretariat. We can connect you with other Living Water Pilgrims in your area.


Kate Webster

Post-weekend Chair

Please remember that the ideal reunion group size is 3 to 5 members. If your reunion group seems large, please consider splitting off to allow new members to join. It can be difficult for new or inexperienced pilgrims to start a reunion group, consider being that mentor.

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