As you have probably heard, a COVID-19 second wave is upon us. Over the last two weeks, COVID cases in Illinois have increased 86%, and Illinois is now averaging around 3700 cases a day.
Today, Tuesday, October 20, Governor Pritzker announced that an additional 2 of our 11 regions; Region 7 (Will/Kankakee counties) and Region 8 (DuPage/Kane), will enter into Tier 1 mitigation restrictions effective Friday, October 23. These two regions join Regions 1 and 5, in the same Tier 1 mitigations (see attachments).
The 7 other regions around our State are currently around or above a 7% positivity rate and therefore are close to the 8% positivity rate threshold that would move those regions into the same Tier 1 mitigations.
What does this mean for us?
One: Churches—Each church SHOULD implement the Tier 1 mitigation guidelines and protocols.
Example: Limiting gatherings to less than 25 guests, or less than 25% of room capacity, including wedding and funerals, and including outside gatherings.
Two: Schools—Each region will work with the Illinois Conference Education Department to follow the guidelines based on their Tier level.
Three: Office—Effective next week, the Illinois Conference Office will be open on a staggered schedule to abide by gathering limits. Personnel will be available by appointment only.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. I know we are experiencing pandemic fatigue and long for things to get back to normal. Unfortunately, this is the reality of our current situation here in Illinois, so we MUST do our best to protect our churches and schools and to be a positive example to the communities we serve.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact John Grys, Conference Executive Secretary. We continue to pray for God’s hand to guide us as we navigate the uncertain waters of the day.
This new time that we are in where we cannot physically go to church has also presented it challenges when it comes to returning tithe and giving offerings to support the church in these days. Most of your churches have now set up a way of giving online through Adventist Giving. Please donate your tithes and offerings through your local church wherever possible. Here is a tutorial video that will explain how the online giving system works.
If a donor prefers to give directly to the conference, please CLICK HERE
Greetings! I am glad you have stopped by our website. Who are we? The Illinois Conference is home to almost 14,000 members of the Seventh-day Adventist church, living in Chicagoland and the state of Illinois. We, the Conference, exist to serve the needs of more than 120 churches, companies, and mission groups, as well as 11 schools around our territory. Our desire is for every member to grow into a fully mature follower (disciple) of Jesus, and for all of us to share the Good News that Jesus loves each one of us, that each person matters to God, and that He invites each to be in relationship with Him.
We also look forward with confident expectation to the return of Jesus, King of Kings and Lord of Lords. We believe in Jesus' words found in the Gospel of John, chapter 14, verse 3, that He will come back to take us to be with Him forever. What wonderful news!
May God bless each one of you. And, please remember, that no matter where you are in your journey with God, He loves you, and invites you to walk with Him. May each one of us share this Good News with others, is my prayer, in Jesus name and for His sake.
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