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Convener's Corner — August 2016

Brothers and Sisters in Christ;

August is here! Did anyone see June and July??? With that I want to give you a little of what I took away from the National VDC gathering in Sylvania Ohio. I want to point out a couple of events that happened.

First of all, there was an election for the position of Spiritual Director for the NLS. Mark Marxhausen, Senior pastor at the Lutheran Church of the Master in Brooklyn Center Mn put his name in and was elected to that position. Congratulations and Thank You to Mark for stepping up and bringing the talents God gave him to further the mission of the Via de Cristo. He is a great asset to our mission and if you see Mark give him a congratulations.

The next point is the birth of the Northern Plains of North Dakota Via de Cristo. It isn't every day we get a new secretariat so this is a great event and Congratulations . Five people attended, Ginny Buck, Lori Bakken, Pr Jim Gustafson, Rhonda Hawley and Dee Jensen. As the North Dakota Secretariat grows, I would again offer our help from Minnesota. If there is anything we can assist with I would ask the multitude of 4th dayers here to help them out. Ginny Buck has also accepted a Regional Coordinator position for Region 2 With the NLS. She has been in several leadership roles leading up to her current position. Congratulations to Ginny on her new position with the NLS.

These are just a small part of what took place at the NLS. With a theme of "Reaching the far away" there were good speakers to bring this point home and now for all of us we need to use the tools God gave us to reach "the far away" and bring them to Christ. Take some time to ponder that thought and help out. Remember Christ is counting on you!

I again want to remind people to continue to get on the website to get information about upcoming weekends and Ultreyas. We need to continue to reach out and communicate more with each other. District leaders to District leaders, person to person etc. If you have Ideas or suggestions, please contact your district leadership who can then send them on. Also remember to "Make a friend be a friend bring a friend to Christ."

I am going to close with a verse thinking of reaching the far away. John 15: 5 says "I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing." With the help of Christ we will bear good fruit.

Brothers and Sisters, God Loves you and so do I.

Scott Erickson
Minnesota Via de Cristo Convener


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