Forum #1 – Randy Long

Randy’s message on “Encourage One Another” spoke of ways to encourage without using words. He shared of the difficulties he’s faced in life and how he has been encouraged by God and VDC. Randy and several VDC Brothers encourage others through acts of service – God’s Love in Action! God is not done … there is more to come! Author: Jean Eisen Photo: Debbie Kloos

Lay Directors Round Table

Much of the discussion in the Lay Directors Roundtable was around engagement and the commitment of the community in post covid life. There were examples given where secretariats struggle, and examples where secretariats are coming back strong from Covid. Several ideas were offered up as ways to help in this area including: 1. Celebrate volunteers: Find ways to thank those who are very involved and let them know we appreciate them, as does God 2....

Sharing Secretariat Organization & Recruiting Best Practices

Participants learned that each of the secretariats represented were organized with different methods of nominating their secretariat positions. Hopefully the sharing will give people new ideas that they might try. The issue of how to organize in such a way to reach out to, and include, people in their 20’s and 30’s who do most everything online was a heavily discussed topic. By Rev. Ron Poisel

Regional Coordinator Roundtable – Karen Weires

The Regional Coordinator Roundtable was attended by 11 people, both RCs and a few others who were interested in what the position does. Much of the discussion was related to preparation for the regional meetings being held this evening. Our “Encouragement” theme was evident in building relationships between the RC and Secretariats and between the RCs and Executive Board. Author: Jean Eisen Photo: Jean Eisen

Spiritual Directors Round Table

Pastors and lay leaders reported their secretariat weekends were up and running, post pandemic. Issues with low number of pilgrims and SD for some. Numbers are up for others. Consensus that coed retreats may be the way of the future. Efforts to provoke pastor participation in VdC will take the forms of a testimonial video and colorful brochure. The SD Manual needs updated. The growth of the movement may depend on being more openly ecumenical....

Enhancing Music

Brian Comeno opened a well-attended EOI session by asking how many communities have a full band at every weekend playing at least six or eight new contemporary Christian songs. That question pointed out just how varied the community experiences were, with several communities struggling with one (or less!) musicians and most playing from the same songbooks developed years ago. Brian shared some ideas about recruiting musicians, selecting music that connects with all ages, how to...

Hosting a Future Annual Gathering

Jane Winge provided information on how to host an annual gathering. The website provides all kind of information regarding steps needed from letter of intent to providing a facility, financials, and insurances to establish a host committee and work with the National Lutheran Secretariate. The group shared past experiences and future expectations. A myth that was busted was the Secretariat can only host once every 10 or 20 years. Ideally, yes, each region is to...

Finance Round Table

Steve Barnett lead a discussion on finances where they discussed how to make talking about and implementing finances more natural. A discussion on how to encourage pledging beyond your church and that the reunion group is the back bone of the 4th day community. A lively discussion on fundraisers also produced some great ideas. By Kim Silence

Business Meeting 7/27/23

The business meeting started at 4:15pm with seating of the delegates. Pastor G. Karl Gaston commissioned the delegates and opened with prayer. John Aclin called the meeting to order. Nominations for President, Secretary and Vice President Outreach were opened for floor nominations all were closed with no further nominations. The positions of Secretary, Carolyn Witham, and Vice President Outreach, Karen Weires, were accepted by a vote of acclimation. Steve Barnett presented the financials and answered...

Keynote Address: An Isolated Christian is a Paralyzed Christian by Rev. Sharon Walker

Pastor Sharon led us through an “I Notice, I Wonder” exercise on our Hebrews 10: 24-25 theme verse before discussing how Barnabas was a major encourager to Paul and Mark throughout the New Testament. “Encouragement is like a rising tide – it lifts up every boat.” She encouraged us to live a life of encouraging others with the Good News of Jesus. Author: Jean Eisen Photo by: Jean Eisen

Orientation for 1st Time Attendees by Jane Winge

Jane Winge, from Good News Via de Cristo, led a lively question-and-answer session for first-time attenders. She discussed the different types of presentations available during the annual meeting, including exchange of idea (EOI) sessions, the keynote address, and targeted talks followed by discussion, much like each person may have experienced on their weekend. There will also be opportunities for fellowship with a team Bible trivia contest, a Hawaiian-themed adventure, and a 50th anniversary party. Author:...

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