Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Blessings and greetings from your Cursillo Secretariat!
This has been another wonderful, spirit-filled year, with three successful Cursillo weekends and many new cursillistas.
The men’s weekend, Cursillo 159, held April 9-12, was led by Joe Jerauld. The women’s weekend, Cursillo 160, was led by Susan Summerlin. The co-ed weekend, Cursillo 161, was led by Ronda Toll. The candidates (pilgrims), and team members, had many “God” moments, and were spiritually uplifted throughout the weekend, especially at the closing, when the “babe chicks” got to meet their new extended family.
We also had two wonderful 4th Day Reunions this year, one at Chanco in the Spring, and one at Hickory Neck, Toano in October. Both were an enthusiastic reminder of how much our community brings to life! We had music, food (of course!), wonderful witness talks and Eucharist together.
This past summer, led by Bruce Comfort, a group of volunteers completed much needed renovations to the Cursillo shed, behind Flournoy Hall at Chanco. The Cursillo community was very generous with donations of time and resources to make the renovation a success. We raised over $5,000.00 which covered the majority of the $6,300.00 in costs.
Cursillo is a lay ministry and is completely self-funded. The cost of putting on a weekend is approximately $12,500.00. The team and candidates pay approximately $10,500.00 (candidates $250.00, and team $275.00), leaving a $2,000.00 deficit most weekends. Add to that our incidental expenses, music licensing, PO Box rental, web hosting, stamps, mailings, etc. and you can see that without your important financial support this vibrant and vital ministry will cease to exist. If we were to raise our prices, many would be priced out of participation, so we rely on you, our brothers and sisters in Christ, to help cover the shortfall. Your donation, however large or small, will help us in our goal of sharing Cursillo and the love of Christ with all Episcopalians.
Contributions can be made by check, and now by credit card on our website: http://www.cursillodiosova.org/). Our mailing address is below. Grab your wallet and prayerfully give to what we all know is a life changing cause…..please.