Welcome Letter

Dear Friend in Christ:


On behalf of the National Lutheran Secretariat (NLS) Executive Committee, I am privileged to share that you are part of this historic hybrid adventure for the 2022 National Via de Cristo Gathering/Annual Meeting. This will be our first opportunity to meet in-person as a community in three years. 

In addition, we’ll be providing FaceBook Live for select portions of our Annual Gathering for those not able to meet in-person and Zoom for virtual delegates.  The Executive Board has been making plans and preparations for several months now.

There is a job aid for how to watch the FaceBook Live portions of the Annual Gathering and it will be very informative.  I encourage you to read the job aid so you can be ready to observe the online meeting and we’ll have someone monitor the chat. We’ll also have a Zoom job aid for virtual delegates and someone will monitor the chat.  Orientation can be helpful to anyone, but it is especially appreciated by anyone who has not attended a FaceBook Live meeting before.   

Before the Annual Gathering, you will be given access to the Virtual Binder, which you can review at your leisure.  Everything from the Speaker Bios, Nominee Bios and Annual Reports will be available for you to review at your convenience.    Our entire Annual Gathering is available online even after the Annual Gathering is over.  Recordings of our Keynote and Forum Speakers will be available after the Annual Gathering.  These workshops will help you and give you ideas on how to engage your Fourth Day Community.  Please join us to learn, grow and take back information to your Secretariat!

On Thursday, July 21st, we’ll have our Opening Worship followed Rev. Jennifer Gold, who will deliver our keynote about “Revival of living our Fourth Day”. We’ll have a brief NSL Business Meeting to announce the delegates representing the affiliated Secretariats and formally recognized as present as well as take Nominations from the floor for NLS Executive Committee Open Positions.  We’ll end the night with an Open Q and A Session with All NLS Nominees.  Our Opening Worship, Business Meeting and Keynote Speaker will be available on FaceBook Live.  

On Friday, July 22nd, we’ll start with a Townhall Discussion with the NLS.  Afterwards our first Forum session on “Revival of Love” will be led by Father Steven Kalas.  We’ll go into breakout sessions to share our insights and debrief together. Our second Forum session on “What’s a disciple in the world we have now? by Steve Gielda.  The Lay Directors and Spiritual Directors have their own roundtable sessions and you will have a choice of several EOI sessions.  There will be no FaceBook Live sessions available on this day.

On Saturday, July 23rd, you will have a choice of several EOI sessions before our third Forum session on Supernatural Love by Jason Cole.  We’ll break for lunch and our Annual Business Meeting will reconvene at 1:15pm central time. The delegates will represent the “voice” of the NLS.  Guests are welcome and encouraged to attend.  During the Annual Business Meeting, guests will be able to chat/type/ask questions, but cannot vote.  The delegates will vote in-person and virtual delegates will vote by Zoom poll.  The Annual Gathering is your opportunity to grow, learn and share with brothers and sisters in Christ from across the country.   

The Annual Business Meeting concludes with a preview of the 2023 Annual Gathering and closing worship.   The Annual Business Meeting will be available on FaceBook Live.

If I can be of assistance to you with this 2022 National Via de Cristo Annual Gathering, please feel free to contact me.  You can text or call me at 972-658-4387. 

I pray for God’s revival of our Fourth Day community and pray the Lord will continue to watch over us.

God loves you and so do I,
Jane Winge
NLS Vice President of Administration