Illinois Governor announces the move to Resurgence Tier 3 Mitigations (within Phase 4):
As you are aware, COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc in Illinois. Over the last few weeks, COVID cases in Illinois have increased, and Illinois is now averaging over 15,000 new cases a day and close to 100 deaths a day.
Today, Tuesday, November 17th, Governor Pritzker announced the State of Illinois will enter Tier 3 mitigation restrictions effective Friday, November 20th.
What does this mean for us?
One: Churches—Each church should implement the Tier 3 mitigation guidelines and protocols (Document attached).
Example: Limiting gatherings to less than 10 guests; including wedding and funerals, and outside gatherings. The Illinois Conference STRONGLY RECOMMENDS OUR CHURCHES DO NOT MEET IN PERSON AT THIS TIME, and for the following 14 days. The Tier 3 Mitigations strongly discourages gatherings of any kind. It strongly states NO GATHERINGS other than same households.
Two: Schools—Each school will work with the Illinois Conference Education Department to follow school guidelines and implement appropriate protocols.
Three: Office—The Illinois Conference Office is closed, and personnel are working remotely. The main phone line is 630-716-3560. If you need to contact someone at the Conference office, please call this number. Personnel will be available by virtual 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. We MUST do our best to protect our churches and students and to be a positive example to the communities we serve.
What’s Next? The document states each region of the State will track the positivity rate and can go back to less restrictive guidelines, based on improvement in that region. We have asked our pastors to monitor any changes in their region and act accordingly.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact our COVID point person, John Grys, Conference Executive Secretary.
I am praying for you, especially for the church members, teachers, pastors, and office staff that have been infected with COVID. We continue to pray for God’s hand to guide us as we navigate these difficult times. But, most importantly, let’s keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, and continue to ask God, that even during these trying times, to help us accomplish the mission He has given us.
President, Illinois Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
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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