4th Day groups are a gathering of small groups of Cursillistas who meet regularly to share, connect and support each other as Christians. 4th Day groups form strong bonds, build trust, and foster a deeper union with Christ in our lives and hearts.
There are many existing 4th Day groups within the Marin Cursillo community. After you make Cursillo, a great way to join a 4th Day group is to start you own group with candidates or team members you may have met during your weekend, or with members of your church community,or other Cursillistas you may know. Also, your sponsor can help you find a 4th day group. You can view a list of existing 4th Day groups by clicking the“View 4th Day Groups” button and you are invited to contact any one of them as well.
The basic format of a 4th Day group is to start and end your meeting with prayer. Included in the meeting should also be a discussion of a spiritual reading or topic (the gospel for the upcoming Sunday is a common choice) and then share your thoughts on the subject and how it relates to our everyday lives. In addition, the element of social time and support for one another at your 4th Day meetings is essential. There are many possibilities of the 4th Day formats and each 4th day can choose what works best. Options might be meeting for breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, house rotations, walks, book clubs, or whatever appeals to your group.
4th Day groups provide an amazing way to enhance our Christian lives, and they are also lots of fun! We encourage you to start one or join one. If you have questions or need advice on joining a 4th Day group, always feel free to contact your Rector or Rectora, or any team member or your sponsor. They would love to help! Contact Jean Nelson (Boccemom@gmail.com) or Info@MarinCursillo.com to share details (where, when, contact info).
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Featuring this month's 4th Day Group:
Tuesday Lunch 4th Day Group
Our Tuesday Fourth Day Lunch has met monthly since the 2014 "Imagine Weekend" (thank you Terri Bondanza-Lavin). Several of our friendships go back to college days at University of San Francisco, Dominican College, St. Raphael's School and one grew out of a neighbor's visit 44 years ago. A total of five different weekends brought together this group of ladies and we feel blessed to share in our Cursillo journey.
The format for the meeting is social, meal sharing, scripture or meditations. We enjoy the sharing, growth opportunities and support for the journey. We rotate homes and collect $10 (with attendance or without) from each member. Periodically we vote on how we choose to use our funds. Several missions/activities include these: meal support for Cursillo weekends; financial support for fire victims in Santa Rosa; Team and Candidate scholarships for weekends; assisting with Cursillo Fundraisers; Monster Mash Gift Baskets.
The ladies kept the number small to capitalize on time together. With our group of seven we usually meet 3 - 3 1/2 hours. We keep the date firm, time constant and format engaging. This sets our meeting as a priority on calendars and ladies do everything within their power to make the meetings.
Shown Left to Right - Cheryl Sartario, Beverly Anselmo, Linda Engstrom, Madelon Montobbio, Rita Widergren, Carole Taylor & Peggy Pugh.
Interested Cursillistas can contact Peggy Pugh (the coordinator) at PeggyPugh@yahoo.com .
September 2017 Ultreya Report
There was a full house at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Novato on September 22nd. Larry Mazzotta opened the meeting with a good joke (as he recollects!) from the internet and introduced the topic for the evening, “Living the Great Commission.” Pastor John Beckman of Good Shepherd captivated us all with an off-the-cuff, intellectually and spiritually stimulating discussion of The Great Commission. (Matthew 28:19) That’s where Jesus tells the apostles, “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations…” What does all this mean in our 21st century, post-Christian culture? How do we make a difference?
Ximena Bervejillo and Don Cowan, two new Cursillistas from Anchored in Faith and God Orders Our Steps, gave us insights into their views on their Christian walks and evangelization as inspired by their recent Cursillo Weekends.
Jean Nelson then introduced the new Recruitment Guidelines in a humor-filled but serious discussion of tools that are available for use in our component churches and designed to attract vibrant Christian candidates to our Spring 2018 weekends. These guidelines and other helpful tools are detailed on the Team Resources page, and all are encouraged to explore.
In closing, Larry gave the marching orders: All Cursillo communities are urged to gather NOW with their pastor, offer to assist him or her in any church community needs, and, in turn, seek the pastor's help in identifying appropriate candidates for our Spring weekends. NOW is the time to roll out our evangelization efforts and provide more workers for the vineyard.