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Convener's Corner — April 2013

De Colores! Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!

A very Happy Easter to you. This is my favorite time of the year. At this time of year, all things seems to come anew or be born again. Our Lord and Savior demonstrated, through His death, just how much He loves each and everyone of us for after he died, he rose again — all for us. What a truly amazing gift of selflessness. It is also at this time of year, that the rest of winter moves into the rebirth of spring. Things around us “awake” and begin to take on new life.

It is like that with Via de Cristo as well. We have several weekends coming up where men and women will awaken themselves in the glory of God and see His grace. This truly an exciting time for our ministry. The weekenders, team members, sponsors, and 4th Day know they have been part of something special when they experience a weekend for it is truly a mountaintop experience. Each of us also knows that once the weekend is over and we return to the same environment that we left before our weekend that not much has changed. It is still filled with evil, unbelievers, and “doubting Thomas’”. Yet, as members of the 4th Day we have been given the tools to ensure that our weekend experience endures; for we know that the weekend was just the beginning of the journey. The journey itself is what is most satisfying to us as Christians! Use the tools you were equipped with on your weekend including the understanding of grace, your Renewal Group, and the Christian community that you are part of.

In closing, I want extend my most sincere appreciation for those members of the 4th Day that have agreed to serve on the Minnesota Via de Cristo Council. If you have not already done so, please take a few minutes to return your ballot showing your support for the Council representatives. Your support truly means a lot to those that serve and volunteer their time. Also, our Annual Appeal has been very successful this year – we had great support from the 4th Day Community. If it is still on your heart to financially support this ministry, please consider contributing to the Annual Appeal by mailing your donation to the Council office. You can also show your support through the United Way or by directing your Thrivent Choice dollars to Via de Cristo.

Blessings to all and Happy Easter!

Bob Cedergren
Minnesota Via de Cristo Convener


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