Illinois Conference Update
Happy New Year
At this time of new beginnings we challenge each member to grow spiritually. We need to try to be realistic. Repeated small steps toward a goal achieve more in the end than a few giant leaps which are soon abandoned due to difficulty. It helps to keep the progress measurable so that we can be encouraged along the way. On this eve of the second advent of Jesus, we have the opportunity to prepare for that great event. We can start small and let it grow. Even a few minutes each day of time in God's word can prepare us for greater contact with Him. Waiting for the big moment may mean it never comes. Creating small moments in the beginning can open the door for longer experiences in the near future. We can be sure of this, when we try to take steps toward God, the devil will seek to thwart our efforts. But God also sees our decisions and He can give us the strength we need. God wants us to be happy, healthy and holy, not sad, sick, and sinful.
Special Prayer Request
Pastor David Sitler serves as the senior pastor of the Glen Ellyn Seventh-day Adventist Church and the West Central Seventh-day Adventist Church. During the Christmas break, Pastor Dave, his wife, Cinda, and his son, Nehemiah went to Nicaragua to help with international evnagelism. They joined a team that was involved in construcing new buildings for worship. In addition, the Sitlers were involved in preparing meals for the group, and in organizing a vacation Bible school for the children. Many of these children live in abject poverty. They were blessed by the meetings.
Pastor Dave was involved in an accident where he tripped over a low curb while carrying a pot of boiling water. As his falling body met the splashing water, he received severe burns over about 38 percent of his body. After a few days, he came to the Chicago area in an air ambulance. He is being treated at Loyola University Medical Center. He has received skin grafts (from his own body and from a donor) and is responding well to ongoing treatment. Please keep Pastor Dave and his family in your prayers.
Payment of Conference Fees
Over the past few years, people have paid fees for various Conference events through our web site. It was also possible to send checks in the mail. During the previous three months, the cost of maintaining this service has exceeded the funds which were received through this method of payment. As a result, this service has been discontinued. It is still possible to pay for the various fees by sending a check in the mail. Our staff in the treasury department are looking into an alternative method of receiving funds over the Internet. Thank you for understanding as we are searching for ways to be wise stewards of the means the Lord has entrusted to us. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
May God Bless you as you seek to live for Him.
Glenn Paul Hill