As you seek to grow in your response to Christ’s leading, there are opportunities for such growth through the Way of Christ weekends. Pray about your participation in the three days of instruction and encouragement and accountability that will help you in your ongoing growth of faith.
Pray for God’s leading and guidance as this Way of Christ movement prepares for the September 11th Ultreya at the Lanark Church of the Brethren and the Spring 2022 weekends
Several positions on the Secretariat are open now for new leadership. If you have attended a weekend and are feeling God’s nudge to help equip others, pray about serving in this leadership role where weekends are organized through pray, discernment, and hard work. Contact a Secretariat member to explore this possibility for service.
The Secretariat of the Illinois Way of Christ met online Saturday, June 19.
We are looking forward to an Ultreya on September 11 and a set of weekends in the spring of 2022.
This gathering was an open meeting for everyone who has been a participant in the Illinois Way of Christ weekend or any other Cursillo type movement.
The agenda for that meeting was a look at where we are as we prepare for the coming weekends in this effort to equip believers in their living faith.
As you look for a way to grow in your walk with Christ and help others to do the same, what might you do?
“8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” –Ephesians 2:8-10
There are opportunities to serve both on the Secretariat and on the coming weekends.
Christ has a calling on each believer and seeks to equip each one for a unique and specific task in the eternal work of God. As your grasp of this blessing comes to focus, your need for the wisdom of heaven is vital for this significant purpose as it is to be lived in concert with Christ and other believers.
So where does this insight and guidance come from? How does it take shape in our world, our community, our Churches?
James writing to the believers scattered by persecution tells us in 4:17-18: “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.”
Fellowship and study, growth and purpose, encouragement and care shape the transformed heart giving purpose to every act of one’s life in Christ.
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” – Romans 12:1-2
The Secretariat is beginning work on a September Ultreya for the Illinois Way of Christ community. (The Secretariat meets next on June 19th, please offer suggestions or volunteer to help.) This gathering and fellowship meal is generally followed by singing, worship, communion, and sharing by a 4th day speaker. Feel free to invite and bring family and friends, even if they have not been involved in a Cursillo Weekend. We are still watching the covid-19 concerns and plan to consider those in our planning and the gathering circumstances as that date approaches. If our gathering looks possible, we will go ahead with the meal and worship. We pray that is the case so participants can bring their own place setting ( plates, cups, silverware ), lawn chair, sunscreen, as well as a dish to pass. We expect this to be a park gathering to make open air fellowship easier. Bring your Pilgrims Guide, name tag, cross and green Palanca, looking forward to our time of fellowship and encouragement! Child care will be difficult if everyone goes to a different activity, so we will only offer an activity that is close to the shelter. If you or your child wants to do something other than this close activity, please make your own arrangements.
Hello WOC Community, Family and Friends.
Thanks to everyone that assisted in helping to gather the information that gives shape to this website. The developing editor has given form and detail to this witness for Christ in your lives and faith communities. This record is not primarily defined by the will of persons or groups, but through the leading of the Holy Spirit and your encouragement and care. Looking forward we seek the ongoing growth and equipping that will resource and inform you and future pilgrims in their walk with Christ guided by the tools and fellowship offered in the Way of Christ and other Cursillo communities.
-Dan Rusmisel, scribe