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Issue 195 November – December 2017

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017

Worship with Congregation: 5:00 p.m.
Meal and 4th Day Talk Following Worship.

Salem Lutheran Church
Pastor Randy Willard
1724 15th St, Moline, IL 61265

Offerings given in worship support Salem Lutheran Church.  A basket will be available at the meal if you would like to support the LWVDC movement.

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.


From I-80 take exit 5 I-74/US 6 toward Moline.  From I-74 take exit 3 for Avenue of the Cities.  Merge on to 19th St and turn left on to 23rd Ave/Avenue of the Cities.  Turn right on to 16th St, keep left to continue on to 15th St PL.  Turn Left on to 17th Ave. and turn left at the first cross street on to 15th St.  Salem Lutheran Church will be on the left.



From the Spiritual Director

Notes from the Spiritual Director


As the fall presses on, and in the midst of drying leaves, falling temperatures, dying flowers, and browning grass, and “harvest of sown fields”1 we look forward to a time of thanksgiving.  It’s a kind of metaphor for life.  We have times of want and times of plenty; times of life and times of dryness and death; times of sowing, and times of reaping.  Reminds me of that oft quoted passage from Ecclesiastes (3:1ff), “For everything there is a season…”

Sometimes we feel grateful, sometimes we take things for granted, sometimes we struggle with what we don’t have and what seems to be going wrong in life.  And yet, we are blessed by a gracious God.  Even when things aren’t good, God provides – just maybe not as much as, or in the way that, we want.  So what do we do in the light of all of that?

St. Paul addresses this question in his letter to the Philippians, citing his own life experience as an example.  In chapter 4 he writes, “I know what it is to have little, and I know what it is to have plenty. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being well-fed and of going hungry, of having plenty and of being in need. ”  He has experienced want and fullness, known what it is to go without as well as what it is to have plenty.  And his advice, in the midst of whatever situation we may find ourselves in?  “Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

What are we grateful for?  What do we take for granted?  What do we struggle with?  As we approach this season of thanksgiving, it is a good time to remember the many blessings we have received – small and large – to remember that in the midst of all the other things of life – good or bad – God is with us and will care for us and our needs.  And whatever happens, we have the promise and gift of life in Jesus Christ, the greatest reason to give thanks this Thanksgiving.  So give thanks, and may “the peace of God, which passes all understanding, guard and keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:7).”


Wayne Melaas-Swanson

From the Lay Director

My fellow Pilgrims:

We have put Weekend #56 in the books. We welcome our two new pilgrims, Cindy and
Courtney, and our prayers for your Fourth Day walk with God go with you as you begin your

We were so blessed to have Chaplain Lyle Stratton join us for this weekend. His presence
and prayers for us all were greatly appreciated. Our blessings were magnified even more with
Pastor Chuck Olson joining us. Pastor Chuck was there in the beginning of Living Water and I
am so glad that many members of the team had the opportunity to meet and hear him. And our
own Pastor Gene Vincent, how blessed we are to have you. My old friend, you are an inspiration.
A special thanks to our leaders, Rectora Wanda and Head Cha Tom for all the hours of
work and prayer you two put into the weekend. You both were a bigger blessing than you know.
To the rest of the team, thank-you one and all for your selflessness to serve. I had the
opportunity to spend a little time with each of you; and it was my pleasure to serve with all of you
this Weekend #56.

That brings me to Weekend #57. Preparations have already begun. For those of you
who haven’t heard yet, our Rectora and Rector for #57 are Julie Anderson and Bruce Daniel. So
far, the ‘Team’ consists of you. Your prayers and support for Julie and Bruce are needed now.
The work for the next weekend doesn’t wait until the first team meeting; it started before #56
was done. I would, and am, asking you all, everyone, to begin praying for Julie and Bruce.
PLEASE consider volunteering to serve on #57 and to fill out an application or let them know
somehow you are willing to serve.

The past few teams have been difficult to fill. Many, too many, phone calls have been
made to fill the team positions. I have heard the word ‘burnout’ and am bothered by that. We
should never be burned out in our service to Christ. Yes, we may be burned out serving team all
the time; and I would suggest that if you feel that way, you should take a weekend off.

Our weekends are for the new pilgrims, to inspire and instruct them on being leaders in
their congregations, BUT, the weekends are also a renewal for us as well. If you don’t feel
renewed after serving a weekend, take the next one off. Even Christ went off by Himself. Even
He needed to rest. We should leave the Clausura glowing and exhausted, not just exhausted.

Some of you may have heard that Taste of Grace VdC has shut down and Heart of Illinois
VdC is considering it. Way of Christ has cancelled at least one weekend. I do not want to see
that happen to Living Water, but not my will.

I think I’ve asked this before, remember your weekend? Remember you were asked to
attend. Are we asking? Please, please, people, ask your fellow congregants, be excited and talk
about VdC, generate excitement! Grace is a free gift of God and meant to be shared.

I will prepare for the full thirty new pilgrims this next spring. You should, too. Let’s put
the ‘Living’ back into ‘Living Water.’

God loves you, and so do I,
Andrew Koresko


From the Rector/Rectora

As I write this note my heart is full of questions, excitement, and anticipation.  God knows what is in store for me and for each of you as the next few months unfold – I pray he gives us each the patience and insight to know his will!  I should introduce myself.  I am Julie Anderson your Rectora for Women’s Weekend  # 57 which will be held April 19-22, 2018 at Camp Menno Haven, Tiskilwa.  My husband Jim and I attended Weekend #43, we attend First Lutheran Church Ohio, Illinois.  We have two married children and a grandson that turns 1 soon.  DeeAnn Heuer will be my Head Cha.  She resides in Princeton, attends New Hope Church of the Nazarene, and attended Weekend #47 .  We are looking forward to the challenges ahead of us forming Team #57, training, and finally welcoming candidates on April 19th .  Please let us know if you feel called to be a part of this journey with us.  Team applications are available.  My prayer is that you will consider “passing on” the blessings you received when you attended your weekend.  Please pray for and listen for God’s nudges to be a part of Team #57 or to ask a candidate to attend the weekend.

II Corinthians 3:2-3  – You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody.  You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.

Please keep DeeAnn, I, and Weekend #57 in your prayers.

God Loves You and So Do I,

Julie Anderson Weekend # 57 Rectora


James 1:2-3   2Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.

If you have someone in mind to attend the spring weekend (April 12-15, 2018), ask them to come and listen to God’s Word and feel his presence.  This is the time of year for giving and preparation, so give someone the gift of  the Word of God and experience His Grace for 72 hours.  So they are able to experience, as you did, this life-changing weekend surrounded by the love of Christ.

Also, if it has been a while since your own weekend and you to want to experience, again, what your weekend meant to you, fill out an application and join Team 57 and serve the candidates on weekend #57.  Being on team is very rewarding and the fellowship can builds brothers in Christ that are everlasting.

God’s Peace and Blessings to you all,

Bruce Daniel      Dave Little
Rector #57         Head Cha #57


From the PreWeekend
From the Secretary

De Colores!

Just an update on what your Secretariat is working on….We are still exploring ways to get more people involved and participating in Living Water Via de Cristo.  We would love to hear from YOU!!  Please feel free to contact anyone on Secretariat (a list is on the back page of this newsletter).  Way of Christ just held a ‘Renewal Weekend’ at Menno Haven open to anyone who has gone through a weekend.  There would be no Chas…just participants.  We are exploring having one as well.  Anyone interested?  The October Ultreya was held at Hampshire Colony in Princeton and Pastor David was a hoot!

Please do reach out to your Secretariat for any ideas you may have.  We enjoy hearing from you.


Ellen Dalton, 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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