Secretariat meeting on April 29

The Spring Secretariat meeting that was planned for March 25 has been moved to April 29th at the Lanark Church of the Brethren at 326 South High Street in Lanark, Illinois.

The March meeting was rescheduled because those in northern Illinois were dealing with heavy snow.

This April Secretariat meeting will be a 2:00 PM.  It will be a time to consider significant topics by Committee Chairs and all interested folks from the way of Christ.


Rescheduled Ultreya & Secretariat meetings that were planned for March 25 at 3:00PM & 5:00PM because of snow storm

The Illinois Way of Christ Spring meetings are coming up on Saturday, March 25th.  I hope you can be there.

These are vital gatherings for the Way of Christ as the decisions made here will be definitive of this movement.  Please be in prayer over the coming days for the Spirit’s leading in our discovery of God’s will.

The Secretariat meeting is at 3:00 PM at the United Pentecostal Church of Mendota at 4401 N State Highway 251 Mendota, IL 61342.

The Ultreya gathering begins with a carry-in meal at 5:00 PM and transitions to worship following this time of fellowship at the table.  For the carry-in bring something to share.  For worship come prepared to see God’s spirit at work.  Bring your friends, family, and Pilgrim’s guide.

Make your plans now to join this gathering of Brothers and Sister in Christ as we discover Christ’s leading for the days to come. Minutes from the 11/12/23 meeting are linked here.

This gathering is at the United Pentecostal Church of Mendota at 4401 N State Highway 251, Mendota, IL 61342.





Minutes from 11/12/23

Way Of Christ



In Attendance: Ann Strohecker, Ron Strohecker, Paula Carlson, Lori Cole, Ed Cole, Lynda Willmann, Dan Rusmisel, Deb Rabe, Elizabeth Blazier, Connie Blazier, Steve Graham, and Richard Dingley  

Meeting started at 2:08 pm by Lori Cole

Devotional: LORI COLE: Gratitude Changes Everything By Sharon Jaynes Group Girlfriends In God

Prayer Requests: (There were a number of prayer requests as meeting began)

Opening Prayer: Dan Rusmisel

Board Position Announcements:

Lay Leaders:  Paula Carlson new Lay Leader

PAULA CARLSON: Should we continue with Way of Christ or dissolve it?

LORI COLE: Announced what positions need to be filled: Pre-Weekend, Post-Weekend, and Weekend Chair.

Leaders: LORI COLE: Gary Miller and Carl Prokes have not looked for a Men’s Rector. 

ANN STROHECKER: Unable to find a Women’s Rectora.

Currently we are waiting for positions to be filled on the Secretariat. If those positions do not get filled; Way of Christ will be dissolved. So at this point we are not going to be looking for a Rectors, until we know the outcome.

Spiritual Directors: Lynda Willmann and Dan Rusmisel: Spoke about the meeting they had with Via De Cristo Lay Leaders. Via De Cristo is also struggling with some of the same issues we are. Such as getting candidates, people to serve on team, and people to serve on their board. Via De Cristo would like for us to share our members information. 

At this time there is not an updated data base. CONNIE BLAZIER and ELIZABETH HERNANDEZ BLAZIER have volunteered to update Women’s Contact information.

Different options for the weekends were discussed. Blended weekends, joining with Via De Cristo, One weekend a year in the Spring, hotels, other options of camps.

Secretary: Elizabeth Blazier Hernendez is the new Secretary. 

Treasurer: RON STROHECKER: Came with a prepared report and bank statement

Starting Balance Including Memorial Money: $13,337.78


11/13/22: $268.00

Total Deposit: $268.00

Expenses: No Expenses

Balance of Mike Zuck Memorial: $190.90

Balance of Account as of November 12, 2022: $13,414.88

Balance on Hand: $13,605.78

Financial Secretary: Nothing to report at this time.

Pre-Weekend, Post Weekend, and Weekend: Currently positions are not filled.

Palanca: CONNIE BLAZIER: Nothing to report at this time. Asked for book on responsibilities of jobs. 

Connie will be contacting Erica Pratt or Nina Henkins about the information for this and other jobs. Ed Cole emailed Connie and Elizabeth Information on jobs and invited Elizabeth to Data base.

Communication: Nothing to share. Will be creating a letter to notify the community of possible dissolution of Way of Christ If positions are not filled.

Open Positions Terms Started and Terms Ending:

Lay Leaders: Paula Carlson starting 3-year term or until dissolution of community


Leaders: Ann Strohecker ended. Will not be renewing position. 


Secretary: Elizabeth Blazier Hernandez starting 3-year term or until dissolution of community

Treasurer: Ron Strohecker term ended. Will renew position for 1 year or until dissolution of community. 

Pre-Weekend: 1 POSITION OPEN. 


Post-Weekend: 1 POSITION OPEN. 


Weekend: 1 POSITION OPEN. 


Next Ultreya: Host: Elizabeth Blazier Hernandez will be hosting. Date: March 25, 2023, Time: Secretariat 3pm Dinner 5pm place TBA 

Meeting ended 4:12 pm

Elizabeth Blazier



Secretariat 11/12/22

A note from our Lay Leader:

Just your friendly reminder of the importance of everyone attending the secretariat meeting on Nov 12 at 2 pm at Tiskilwa Bible Church (at 235 W Main St., Tiskilwa, IL. 61368).

The last few Ultreya’s have not been heavily attended. Please remember this as you prepare your delicious dish to share. Please be inviting / reminding your reunion group or people you have sponsored! Let’s pack the house!

Please send any agenda items my way. What I have so far:

Discuss terms
Any nomination for empty positions?
Are we hosting a spring weekend?
Is it time to / can we continue as a movement?
Dan / Lynda to share conversation with Via de Cristo.

I ask, if you’re not already, pray for God to give us guidance as we prepare & meet.


Lori Cole

November 12: Ultreya & Secretariat meeting

Mark your calendars for November 12 for the next Ultreya at 5 PM at the Tiskilwa Bible Church at 235 W Main St., Tiskilwa, IL. 61368.

The meal will start around 5 PM with worship following.  As you ponder what  delicious dish you will share,  please be inviting, and reminding your reunion group, and the people you have sponsored to come with you! Let’s pack the house!

The Way of Christ Secretariat will meet ahead of this Ultreya at 2:00PM at the church.

All Secretariat members and their committee members are encouraged be present along with Way of Christ community to offer insight and inspiration as we look ahead to the possibilities and plan how the Spring 2023 weekends might look.


Spring 2022 Weekend is cancelled

Illinois Way of Christ Secretariat met on November 13 at the Lanark Church of the Brethren before the Ultreya and gave the go ahead on the Women’s Weekend for March 10-13 with Nina Henkins leading this event as Rector.

Mid-December Nina prayerfully reconsidered this commitment; looking at team member responsibilities, the overall health concerns of the pandemic, the questions of such an intimidate gathering, and felt God leading her to not to serve as rector for the weekend.

In light of this leading for Nina and the Secretariat and the place we find ourselves as a Way of Christ movement, the Spring 2022 Women’s Weekend is cancelled.

The Secretariat will be meeting sometime in near future to seek God’s leading and explore how God would have us move forward with this equipping effort.

If you have questions contact someone on the Secretariat.

Submitted by Dan Rusmisel

Ultreya and Secretariat

November 13, 2021 – Lanark Church of the Brethren
Fall Ultreya and Secretariat meeting update
Lanark Church of the Brethren, 326 South High Street, Lanark, Illinois 61046;  the corner of Pearl and High Streets.
This gathering; the fellowship, soup supper, and worship is a time to continue to be an encouragement to each other in our journey of faith, be nurtured in God’s purpose in the everyday, and to seek God’s guidance for the day’s before us.
The soup for this meal will be provided by the hosts.  It will be served at 5PM. If you can can not make it by 5, come as soon thereafter as you can.  (We will keep the soup warm for you.) If you want to bring something for dessert to share in single serving units, that would be great.
This gathering begins with a fellowship meal and is followed by singing, worship, communion, and sharing by some who will tell of their ongoing journey of faith in Christ.
This worship time will include the anointing and praying up the Spring Weekend rectors for the March 2022 weekends at Camp Menno Haven.
Bring family and friends, and those that have not yet been involved in a Cursillo Weekend, but might be interested or ready for such spiritual equipping.
The Secretariat will be meetings at 2:30 before the Ultreya, so come and have a part in the deciding and workings of the coming weekends and the workings of this movement.  Pray too about your talents and the possibilities of serving on the Secretariat in a role that helps make this movement possible.
Contact Lori, Ed, Ann, Ron, Deb, Eric, Marcia, Richard, Gary, Carl, Connie, Lynda, or Dan if you have questions or want to help.
2 Timothy 3:14-17 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Ultreya – September 11

It has been nearly a year and an half since since the Way of Christ community has gathered (if I have remembered correctly).
So I am looking forward to seeing my Way brothers and sister. I hope you are too.
Saturday, 5PM at the Lanark Church of the Brethren, 326 South High Street, Lanark.
Follow the signs.
Secretariat at 2:30PM.
2 Corinthians 5:16-18 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.

Prayer requests

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.

Secretariat meeting June 19

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— 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.