Dear Brothers and Sisters In Christ:
God loves you and so do I!
From the Incoming Lay Director
Join us on Saturday, January 19 for a wonderful evening of reconnecting with your Living Stones VdC community! Come out and be blessed by seeing your brothers & sisters. There will be fellowship, music, food and a 4th day speaker. Please bring a main dish, side dish or dessert to share! Musicians should bring your instrument.
We will meet at St. Marks Lutheran Church, 5800 Backlick Road, Springfield, VA.
Questions about the Ultreya? Contact David Bowles @ email@example.com.
Reflections on VdC
Rainbow, now Living Stones, Via de Cristo was a large part of my life. Then I got more involved in my local church and various other civic and volunteer activities which also became a large part of my life. I treasure my friends from Rainbow and often think of them as I look back at group photos.
Although I can no longer be as active a participant, I am happy to support a community that supported me for so many years. Night driving is more difficult for me, which upsets me a lot. I'm not aging very gracefully.
Wes MacAdam, Catholic Cursillo, 1977 & long-time VdC member
Scholarship Fund vs. Unrestricted Giving
Men & Women Spring 2018 -- $1,040 deficit
Men & Women Fall 2018 -- $3,040 deficit
Due to shared trailer expenses, and donations made which do not come directly from team members, it is nearly impossible to separate Men's vs. Women's weekend expenses and donations. However, it is well known that men are lax in making their suggested $200 donation.
I recently received a Men's Team Member donation two months AFTER the weekend! Of course the donation is welcomed but that screws up my accounting. Also, expense receipts are to be turned in within two weeks after being incurred.
Some of the Fall women's expenses were turned in after the end of our Fiscal Year which ended in Oct 31, 2018. Some expenses dated back to the Summer. Again, an accounting nightmare which has caused and, as IRS Form 990 preparation begins, is continuing to cause extra work on my part.
Some expense items are not expected to be covered by the $200 such as clergy attendance, hotel, and donations we make to churches if they need to hire a supply pastor. Sometimes, an out-of-the-ordinary expense is offset by a generous donation but this is not always the case.
Rectors and Rectoras, as well as team members, need to be more fiscally responsible; we can discuss improvements to the process after New Years.
A Little Cursillo History
Stones Via De Cristo has gone through many changes over the years. Did
you know that our "Date of Formation" of our community was November 5,
1979? Back then, we were called Rainbow Cursillo, then Rainbow Christian Community, and then as most of us remember, Rainbow Via de Cristo.
2018, pursuant to the constitution and bylaws of Rainbow Via de Cristo,
a nonprofit corporation in good standing organized under the laws of
the State of Virginia, the membership voted to change the name of the
corporation to Living Stones Via de Cristo. Both the State of Virginia
and the IRS have been notified of this change in name. As we encounter
others still using our old name, we have been notifying them; most
recent was our insurance company when we received next year's bill
addressed to Rainbow.
constitution and bylaws were updated to reflect this change. Other
than a "change-all" of the name, there were no significant changes. Priscilla
Macon Uskurait became our corporate representative to Virginia on April
25, 2018. She is a member of Secretariat and also holds the title of
Registered Agent Cha. Rainbow
Via de Cristo has been registered as a "doing business as" name so, if
anybody forgets and makes a check out to Rainbow, the bank will still
honor their donation.
Living Stones VdC is a dues-paying member of the National Lutheran Secretariat (NLS) of Via de Cristo which was formed in 1992. Steve
Gielda was recently President of NLS. In 2018, Rose Briggs succeeded
John Aclin as Region 5 Coordinator. Since 2016, Dave Lambert has been
their Database Coordinator. NLS holds an Annual Gathering of all Lutheran Via de Cristo Secretariats.
In 2014, Rainbow and two other local Secretariats hosted this event in
Baltimore. The most recent gathering was in West Palm Beach, Florida,
where 8 Rainbow, soon to become Living Stones, members attended. NLS
has now been notified of our name change. The 2019 Annual Gathering
will be held in Indianapolis and hosted by INKY VdC, A.K.A. Indiana/Kentucky Via de Cristo. If you are interest in attending this event in July, see our new Lay Director, Dawn Pipkin.
Wendy Showalter, the current NLS President, announced in their Fall Newsletter the great
news that VdC is now in Canada! She asked that we join her in praising
our Lord for His presence within Calgary Via de Cristo where our
sisters and brothers in Christ held their very first weekend. 14
pilgrims and 26 team members gathered for four days of rollos, posters,
worship, music, food and laughter. She said that it was obvious that the
Holy Spirit danced among them as they celebrated and grew in their
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