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Abundant Life Tres Dias

Serving Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin 



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Pay It Forward Campaign

Posted by Communications Chair on 30 December, 2018 at 16:25 Comments comments ()

By: Karen Weis

Lay Director

In many fourth day communities (including several Tres Dias communities), there is a “pay it forward” process; participants on a particular weekend don’t pay a fee to attend. At the end of the weekend (and with follow up shortly thereafter), they are invited to pay what they are able so the next group of weekend participants can benefit from the weekend as they have been so richly blessed. Our goal is to have 100% participation from Pescadores attending #41 at whatever level they are able to donate.

Imagine having the very real obstacle of finances removed for sponsors, churches, and participants!

ALTD has launched a “Pay it Forward” campaign this fall with the goal of having Weekend #41 in the fall of 2019 completely paid for, for up to 30 men and 30 women. At the normal fee of $200 per person we would require $12,000 in our treasury. This is not an impossible feat. We already have over $6,500 donated as a matching challenge from members of our community, and we have applied to the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois for a $3,000 grant. We believe we can raise the remaining $5,600 from our community of more than 1,200 Pescadores.

A new giving system on the ALTD website is very easy to use – we have some ALTD members already donating $5 a month in this manner towards the “pay it forward” campaign - $5 a month is a grand latte at your favorite coffee house. There are 10 months before the fall 2019 weekend – for $15 a month you could completely fund a candidate to attend the weekend at no charge. You can also text to give - text ALTD to 1-206-859-9405 to donate and set up your giving account.

We are excited to embark on this journey with our community, to make it possible to attend Weekend #41 as our guest, and the challenge for our new Pescadores to “Pay it Forward” for Weekend #42.

New Web Address is Easy to Remember!

Posted by Communications Chair on 24 April, 2018 at 0:30 Comments comments ()

No more having to use a google search engine to find out website! ALTD has made a purchase of a name that you are sure to remember...

We are  excited to open the new location, and will keep our old address as a link as case you worked so hard to commit it to memory!

De Colores! 

Prayer Scroll for Weekend #37 is online!

Posted by Communications Chair on 26 September, 2017 at 14:05 Comments comments ()

Please visit to sign up for the prayer scroll for Weekend #37. Let's overwhelm the participants with how many of us took the time to pray just for them!! 

Weekend #37 is in the making!!

Posted by Communications Chair on 4 April, 2017 at 0:45 Comments comments ()

The Secretariat board thanks everyone who served on Weekend #36.

What a wonderful weekend! BEST EVER... as always!

We are excited to announce our Rector and Rectora for our next weekend. We pray the Lord's blessings over David May (Rector) and Ashley Stewart (Head Cha) and Marlene Remer (Rectora) and her head cha as they walk in obedience to the way that God directs them for Weekend #37. Thank you for saying yes to the calling God has placed on your lives for the next seven months!

The men's weekend will be held October 26-29, 2017.

The women's weekend is scheduled for November 2-5, 2017.

Take a look at your calendar now to block off dates or let potential participants know! I can promise you, it's going to be amazing!! Do let us know if you are interested in serving!


Kairos Chapter of Wisconsin request...

Posted by Communications Chair on 3 February, 2017 at 22:45 Comments comments ()

From ALTD Lay Director Karen Weis

One of the outcomes hoped for after attending a Tres Dias weekend is engagement in worthwhile Christian endeavors. Sometimes that’s making a deeper commitment to your church, engaging in Christian mission service, and serving Jesus wherever He leads.

A Cursillo-based weekend held in and outside of prison is a jail ministry called Kairos. If you’ve attended a Tres Dias weekend as a participant, you are qualified to serve on team for a Kairos weekend.

We received the following formal request for ALTD women to pray about and consider serving in Kairos Outside, Wisconsin Chapter:

“The Christian servants/volunteers of Kairos Prison Ministry have been called by God to share the love and forgiveness of Christ to incarcerated men and women. During a 3½-day Weekend program of talks, meditations, music, listening and loving, a Christian community will start to form. The servants/volunteers are blessed to be a blessing to the Participants.

Kairos Outside provides a safe weekend for women whose lives have been impacted by incarceration. Kairos Outside encourages and supports its Guests through the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ.  We really need someone to train and be a leader of a 2019 weekend.

The Kairos Chapter of Wisconsin needs advisers from the Tres Dias community to advise and assist us.

Our next weekend is this year May 5th - 7th.

The team meetings are 3/4/17. 3/18/17. 4/8/17, 4/22/17

UMC Oshkosh - 700 Lindwood St.  Oshkosh, WI

We need someone to be an observing leader #2 to start training to lead the 2019 weekend as soon as possible.  This will involve extra training that Cheryl can tell you about.

The 2018 weekend will be in October.

The 2019 weekend will be set with the help of an Observing leader #2.

If you are interested in serving or would like more information, please contact Cheryl Lebakken 

920-960-8189 [email protected]

Husband/Wife Team Head Up Weekend #36!

Posted by Communications Chair on 19 November, 2016 at 9:40 Comments comments ()

It's official - our first team of husband and wife rector and rectora for the same weekend!!

Kara Anderson has accepted the post of rectora for ALTD Women's Weekend #36 coming March 30-April 2, 2017 (head cha Donna Arjes).

Kara's husband Mike will be rector for the men's weekend on Mar 23-26th (head cha David May).

They were anointed, prayed over, and called to action at the clausura for Women's Weekend 35.

Please be praying for all four as they put together their teams, and CALL THEM if you are interested in serving. You can also post here, or email us at [email protected] and we will pass it on.

New Secretariat Members Approved

Posted by Communications Chair on 20 June, 2016 at 20:00 Comments comments ()

For those of you who missed the annual picnic, you missed a wonderful outdoor concert underneath the shade of 100 year old oak trees at Faith Lutheran in South Beloit. Thanks Faith Lutheran! 

Three secretariat members were voted in and approved at the annual picnic. 

Lay Director- Karen Weis

Reunion Chair- Jean Lisk

Post-Weekend- Mike & Vanessa White Broome

Thanks also to Michael Dustman, Todd & Vicki Hunt, and Arnie Bryson, for their faithful service over the last 3 years! We appreciate all you have done! 

In addition to three new secretariat members, we approved one temporary replacement. Since Krista Bensheimer is stepping into a head cha position, she will be taking a leave of absence from secretariat until the weekend concludes. Anita Rogers will be covering the Communications Chair responsibilities. Thanks, Anita! 

New to Weekend #34 is SIGN-UP GENIUS!

Posted by Communications Chair on 1 April, 2016 at 21:35 Comments comments ()


Secretariat is doing a material drive for items to support our Spring Weekend #34. We are doing this because ALTD does not currently have many fundraisers and we need your help in offsetting some of the costs for the weekend. The team fees only cover the rooms and the meals.


There are some items that you can buy and bring to the weekend or for which you can arrange delivery with Bob or Kathy McGregor, at 414-422-9254, [email protected] Other items have been purchased in bulk and monetary donations to the ALTD general fund will be used to offset the costs.


For any item that you want to sign up for that is a cash item, please make the check out to “ALTD” and send it to Bob McGregor, W164 S7776 Bay Lane Dr. Muskego, WI 53150, to be turned over to the ALTD treasurer. Alternatively you can pay with a debit or credit card on the home page of the ALTD website, Please note, paying by credit card involves service fees to you and to ALTD.


Please click on the link below to look over our needs and donate as you feel comfortable. Thank you!

God Loves You and So Do We!

-ALTD Secretariat Board


Weekend #34 Prayer Scroll is Available!

Posted by Communications Chair on 20 February, 2016 at 7:45 Comments comments ()

Dear Community,

Here are the links to the sign up for the Spring weekend Prayer Scrolls. Sign up today!

Men's Weekend

Women's Weekend


Weekend #34

Posted by Communications Chair on 12 January, 2016 at 4:50 Comments comments ()

Weekend #34 is coming together!

It sure would  be great to have a full roster of 30 candidates/pilgrims for each, with applications finalized and fees paid a couple weeks in advance. This information will enable you to give LOTS of advance notice to the people you wish to sponsor!


Be praying about who God puts on your heart, and be bold in inviting / encouraging them to attend a weekend. Direct them to the website to view our ALTD informational video on the Sponsor page. God changes hearts on a Tres Dias weekend, but that can only happen if we - as community - INVITE and sponsor.

Men's Weekend April 21-24: Rector Randy Wetzien and Head Cha Mike Broom 

Women's Weekend April 28-May 1st: Rectora Beth Welsh and Head Cha Helen Uebele 

Training dates for team members:

Jan. 30th- Heads & Rollista's training (9am-noon) at Freedom Through the Word Church

Feb 20th- Training #1 (8am-3:30pm) at Heartland Community Church

March 5th-Training #2 (8am-3:30pm) at Mt. Zion Christian Church

March 19th- Training #3 (8am-3:30pm) First Presbyterian, Janesville

April 9th- Training #4 (8am-3:30pm) at Westminster Presbyterian


Please cover weekend #34 in prayer.