Our Journey in Faith
In June 2007, our
folks started Reunion Groups.
In July, the Regional VdC Group decided to
sponsor or create a new movement possibly in
Just days later, we initiated contact
with the regional group representative Steve Gielda.
Meanwhile, Betty Harris and others in
were coming together with hopes to build a PA Community.
In December, Betty and I were linked
together by NLS VdC.
Together, in December 2007, we held our
first Ultreya with 18 people in attendance from the
In January of this year, we formed a
Planning Team made up of
Rainbow, & Vineyard representatives, and began meeting monthly with the
objective of creating a new VdC Movement in
We compiled a demographics report showing
over 700 Lutheran Churches with 88,000 weekly Worship attendees in our 60
We approved a new name at our February
Ultreya – “Journey in Faith VdC.”
We continue to receive support of
encouragement and willingness to help us from so many individuals from
Rainbow VdC, Vineyard VdC, Notes of Grace VdC, Good News VdC and Crossroads
Walk to Emmaus, which is a southeast PA Methodist Group.
We had 7 Pilgrims from our area attend
weekends in the fall, and 4 so far for the spring weekends.
We have 9 members of our community who
have or will be serving on weekends this spring with either Rainbow or
We created and approved a Constitution
We have begun the process of
Incorporation and will be filling for our 501c3 status.
We have bought a domain name for our
Website (journeyinfaithvdc.org) and have begun creating a site.
We have applied for and been approved to
have a display and a Forum at the ELCA Northeast PA Synod Assembly the last
week of May.
We have individuals committed to traveling
to represent our community at the National Lutheran Secretariat Annual
Meeting at their own expense.
We have requested financial support of
our members and have sent out letters to the VdC Secretariats in our Region
and to Notes of Grace VdC requesting financial and people resource
We elected our first Secretariat at our
Our plans for the future are:
To hold some combination of Men’s,
Women’s and Co-ed Weekends throughout the year. At this point, our thought
is to have Co-ed Weekends in each spring and both Men’s and Women’s Weekends
Our first Weekend will be
May 14 - 17, 2009. We
have have reserved
After our discussion last night we will be sending them the required
Our Weekends will follow the VdC
essentials manual. We will encourage all members wishing to be on a Weekend
Team to attend Leaders Training that we will offer.
We will finish the process we have begun
to incorporate in the state of Pennsylvania and to obtain our 501C3 status.
We will continue to hold monthly Ultreya
with rotating locations. We will continue to stress the importance of
Reunion Groups and encourage and help our members to join or start a group.