Our Journey to 2016 “Anything is Possible!”

Our Journey to 2016                                “Anything is Possible!”

It seemed such a daunting task 2 1/2 years ago when Phil Meuser said yes to the National Executive Committee for hosting in 2016.  It hasn’t always been easy, but it has been rewarding and full of close moments to Christ.  While we have had to say good-bye to Phil, as he entered his 5th day, his influence and tenacity stay with us as our Journey is coming to the point where we get to meet you and we are excited!

July 21-24, 2016

It’s Here!  It’s July! Are you coming? There is still time to register and get your travel information to us. Contact Debbie Maxwell at mrsdebbie228@msn.com today!  Registration and Travel Forms may be found on the National website at www.viadecristo.org

The National Lutheran Secretariat’s Annual Gathering will begin with Orientation on Thursday, July 21st at 11:00 a.m.  I hope you are planning on attending Orientation. You will hear more about the weekend and what you can expect.  This is an excellent opportunity for first time attendees and always good for those who have been before.

 

If you want us to pick you up at the airport or train station, we need to know that you are coming and when.  We will be trying to group people together for airport runs to be good stewards of our time and expenses.

Also, we would love to display Secretariat banners from around the country in the Commons area for all to enjoy. Please bring your Secretariat Banner if you have one.

This is a special time to meet people from other Secretariats around the country and build some new relationships, learn how other 4th day movements function

See you in a few weeks!

God Bless, safe travels, and remember anything is possible with Christ!

Tracy Schmidlin

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#4 Joy Unspeakable

July 21-24 2016
July 21-24 2016

Blessed Easter!  Rejoice with Joy Unspeakable at our Lord’s Resurrection as we prepare to share and discuss “Reaching the Far Away” for His sake!

Good News Via de Cristo & Via de Cristo of Ohio are working hard to get ready for the 2016 National Annual Gathering at Lourdes University in Sylvania, OH. Many of the details are in place and we are excited to share the gathering with YOU!

A reminder, we are offering an early discount of $20, if we receive your registration by May 1st.Untitled-1

Here is a sneak peak at part of the dining area. The Grille is a 9,500 square foot dining hall featuring an open floor plan, large seating area, food stations set up in a circular pattern and a full range of food choices from traditional to international dishes. Space has also been designated for an outdoor dining patio and for a lounge/study space with a widescreen TV.

We will send out two letters to keep you informed. 1) To confirm that we have received your registration(s) 2) To give you additional details as our gathering in July gets closer.

If you are still in your planning phase, please know we will be glad to pick you up at Detroit Metro Airport, Toledo Express Airport and Amtrack’s Toledo Union Station, Martin Luther King, Jr Plaza in Toledo, Ohio.  Also, please know that if you want to arrive a day or two early to visit the area, we will have some rooms available, however they are limited, so please make your reservations early!Untitled-2

We are offering T-shirts with this year’s logo and theme verse and beautiful rainbow scarves that can be pre-ordered. We have added beautiful, adjustable, colorful necklaces, as well. (They will be ready when you arrive J) These items are not only fun to have, but will help us fund the gathering. BTW -these will make wonderful gifts!

Want to know more about where the meeting will be held? Go to  Lourdes University on the web at: http://www.lourdes.edu/

You may also want to visit the City of Sylvania website:

http://www.cityofsylvania.com/visitors/visitor-resources/attractions/

Registration and Travel Forms may be found at www.viadecristo.org

Any questions?  Please feel free to contact me: TZVdC@aol.com

God Loves You and So Do I!

Tracy Schmidlin

 

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#3 The Invitation

July 21-24 2016
July 21-24 2016

Happy New Year! Good News Via de Cristo, Via de Cristo of Ohio and Region 5 would like to invite you to the 2016 Annual National Gathering at Lourdes University in Sylvania, Ohio.

If you have ever wondered what others around the country are doing within the Via de Cristo, this is a meeting you do not want to miss.   We are making preparations for you to join us in July and we would like to know if you are coming.  You will find in this newsletter and on the National website a registration form and a travel form.

For many, The New Year is here and time to plan summer vacations.

In case you would like to begin planning, we are using Detroit Metro Airport, Toledo Express Airport and Amtrack’s Toledo Union Station, Martin Luther King, Jr Plaza in Toledo, Ohio.  If you would like to arrive a day or two early and visit the area, we will have some rooms available, but they are limited, so please make your reservations early! Or there is a Wingate by Wyndham right in heart of downtown Sylvania.  Call 419-517-2000 to make a reservation and let them know you are with a conference from Lourdes.

Speaking of early reservations, we are offering a discount if your registration comes to us by May 1st.  This could be quite beneficial if several people are joining you or your Secretariat has decided this is the year to attend as a group!

We are also offering T-shirts with this year’s logo and theme verse and beautiful rainbow scarves.  These two items are not only fun to have, but also will help us to fund the gathering.  Please consider pre-ordering these items as the price will go up at the gathering.

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Want to know more about where the meeting will be held? Go to  Lourdes University on the web at: http://www.lourdes.edu/   You may  also want to visit the City of Sylvania website http://www.cityofsylvania.com/visitors/visitor-resources/attractions/  and you will see just some of the attractions in the area.   Go ahead, copy and paste the city’s web address and choose the information blurb that says “For Visitors”. Now, hover over the Visitors red leaf and notice the list beneath it. Choose Attractions and voila!

Any questions?  Please feel free to contact me: TZVdC@aol.com

God Loves You and So Do I!

Tracy Schmidlin

Chair for 2016

 

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#2 The theme

July 21-24, 2016Please join Good News! Via de Cristo, Via de Cristo of Ohio and others from Region 5 next July in Sylvania, Ohio for the Annual Gathering of the National Lutheran Secretariat.

Ephesians 2:10-14 and especially Ephesians 2:13 will be the scripture emphasis during this weekend. The theme: “Reaching the Far Away” comes to us from this scripture and from our history.

Our history tells us of a man of God who prayed for a solution to bringing others closer to Christ, while at the same time bringing people closer to each other. His name? Eduardo Bonin.

Eduardo is consider to be the founder of Catholic CursilloR . He believed that if we could just reach the far away we could spread the Gospel one person at a time. And so, the Holy Spirit gave Eduardo a “charism” or gift – the dynamics of the weekend, a method to share and a teaching on how to reach those who are far away. We learn that the “far away” can be across the country or the person standing next to you.

We believe that this gift is as valuable today as it was when Eduardo received it and began to teach it

Mary Doll, part of the Good News community, has written a song for the upcoming weekend and we are excited to share that with you.

We want to feature another song with the theme for 2016 and it has to do with how we stay connected. How we continue to be encouraged; how we “Thrive” – with Joy unspeakable, Faith unsinkable, Love unstoppable – anything is possible.  You may want to take time to listen to the Casting Crowns song “Thrive”, as it brings a powerful message to us to carry on! Ultreya!

In case you haven’t heard, the Annual Gathering for 2016, will be held at Lourdes University in Sylvania, Ohio which is a small university within a Catholic, Franciscan Community.

We would be glad to pick you up at Detroit Metro Airport, Toledo Express Airport or Amtrack’s Toledo Union Station, Martin Luther King, Jr Plaza in Toledo, Ohio if you do not want to drive.

Please stay tuned for more information. And if you missed the first news

Article, please look for it on the website.  Questions?  Contact us.

God Loves You and So Do We!

Tracy Schmidlin

TZVdC@aol.com

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Our Journey to 2016 #1The Introduction

July 21-24 2016
July 21-24 2016

Good News! Via de Cristo…

will take the lead in 2016 with the assistance of Via de Cristo of Ohio to host the National Lutheran Secretariat’s (NLS) Annual Gathering.

We are very excited to be hosting and believe you will not only benefit from the gathering, but also from the peaceful surroundings.  The Annual Gathering will be held at Lourdes University in Sylvania, Ohio which is nestled in a 127 acre wooded area approximately 10 miles west of Toledo.  The Franciscan Community has already been very welcoming and so we look forward to welcoming you!

When you get some time, look up the City of Sylvania at http://www.cityofsylvania.com/visitors/visitor-resources/attractions/  and you will see just some of the attractions in the area.  .  Go ahead, copy and paste this web address and choose the information blurb that says “For Visitors”. Now, hover over the Visitors red leaf and notice the list beneath it. Choose Attractions and voila!

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Just in case you would like to begin planning, we are using Detroit Metro Airport, Toledo Express Airport and Amtrak’s Toledo Union Station, Martin Luther King, Jr Plaza in Toledo, Ohio.

Please stay tuned for more information and our registration forms.

GLY & SDI!

Tracy Schmidlin and Phil Meuser

Co-chairs for 2016

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