St. Louis Pizzas Already in the Freezer for Conference Pizza Contest

Registrations for our National Conference are still coming in and it is not too late. We just got another eight registrations today. Because our meals are all being homemade, (except for the pizza that will be ordered the night of the banquet)  we really do not need a final number until a day or two ahead of the conference when we go do our shopping for the freshest ingredients we can find.

The St. Louis pizzas have already arrived for one third of the great manly pizza debate. As previously posted, the banquet will include an opportunity to decide which is the best pizza according to  the Brotherhood: St. Louis (search “Imo’s Pizza” for a description), Chicago deep dish or New York thin. With a mentor like the portly John the Steadfast, the Brotherhood certainly seems qualified to decide this important doctrinal matter. We thank our day school principal at Bethany – Naperville, Pam Mueller for picking up the St. Louis pizzas last weekend on her visit to the holy city. We are very blessed to have her organizing the entire conference. I just heard this evening that several of her teachers will be helping with registration and other chores. We are very blessed at Bethany with great relations between the church and school. It has taken us a while but we have developed a full team of some thirty plus staff members who all support our liturgical and confessional approach to our Lord’s  church. Many of them are BJS readers and supporters.

In addition to the great pizza banquet, Pastor Rossow is hosting a “man’s breakfast” of protein, protein and more protein. We will also be having homemade sub sandwches for lunch on Saturday.

In addition to the  great food at  the conference,  we invite you to come and enjoy:

  • Pioneers of new Lutheran media: Pastor Todd Wilken (Issues Etc.) and Chris Rosebrough (Pirate Christian Radio).
  • Joyful and reverent worship directed by Cantor Phillip Magness with a men’s choir (Vespers) and senior choir (Divine Service).
  • Preaching featuring Bishop Dan Gilbert of the Northern Illinois District (Vespers) and pastor of one of the synod’s  longest running  confessional congregations, Rev. Ben Ball of St. Paul’s Brookfield, Illinois (Divine Service).
  • “No Pietists Allowed Parties” including wine tasting with Chris Rosebrough, an intimate evening of classical guitar in a stunning Naperville home with Fred Baue and a trip to a local chocolate bar.

Our team has  been throwing great parties at Bethany for the last fifteen years and these two days will be another great time and also a great opportunity for the Brothers to bond with each other. Membership is not required to attend the conference. It is open to all interested folks.

About Pastor Tim Rossow

Rev. Dr. Timothy Rossow is the Director of Development for Lutherans in Africa. He served Bethany Lutheran Church in Naperville, IL as the Sr. Pastor for 22 years (1994-2016) and was Sr. Pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran in Dearborn, MI prior to that. He is the founder of Brothers of John the Steadfast but handed off the Sr. Editor position to Rev. Joshua Scheer in 2015. He currently resides in Ocean Shores WA with his wife Phyllis. He regularly teaches in Africa. He also paints watercolors, reads philosophy and golfs. He is currently represented in two art galleries in the Pacific Northwest. His M Div is from Concordia, St. Louis and he has an MA in philosophy from St. Louis University and a D Min from Concordia, Fort Wayne.


St. Louis Pizzas Already in the Freezer for Conference Pizza Contest — 6 Comments

  1. I would like to repeat my inquiry about the possibility of child care? It doesn’t look like I will be able to attend (dang it!), but having someone to watch the kids might make it possible for others to participate who might not be able to otherwise.

  2. Pr. Mathey,

    I will check on that and post here or on the home page tomorrow.

    Pastor Rossow

  3. Pastor Rossow, one of the hallmarks of a confessional congregation (besides proper distinction of Law and Gospel and rightly administering the sacraments, of course) may soon become “throws good parties.”

  4. Our group is very excited to be attending! It sounds like we are going to be well tended to.

  5. For those curious about child care we have posted a story about the conference today (Monday) with that answer.

    Pastor Rossow

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