Discounted Accomodations for BJS Conference – Come Join the Brothers and Sisters for a Wonderful Conference and Retreat

Two of the hotels closest to Bethany Lutheran Church, site of the second annual BJS conference, have set aside a block of rooms at a discounted rate for the conference.

For details on the conference and to register click here.

The closest hotel is a newer Super 8  featuring an indoor pool, free internet access, and great service. This is not your typical roadside Super 8 but is more like a full service hotel. (We have been using them for years and have  been very pleased.)  You can view hotel details here. Be sure to ask for the Brothers of John the Steadfast discount when you call for reservations. Click here for a map and more details.

For a larger room but a little farther away you may want to book at the Staybridge Suites. For the conference they are offering both two room and studio  suites for $84. Click here for a map and details. Be sure to ask for the John the Steadfast discount when registering.

If you would like to stay at another hotel please check the internet. Most  every  chain  hotel  is in or near Naperville. For mapping purposes Bethany’s address is 1550 Modaff, Naperville, Illinois   60565.

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.


Discounted Accomodations for BJS Conference – Come Join the Brothers and Sisters for a Wonderful Conference and Retreat — 14 Comments

  1. Found at Ichabod–interesting comment:

    Anonymous said…
    It just occurred to me that the LCMS seminaries are the GMs of the seminary world. GM tried to make its profits of large expensive SUVs that people paid for via the appreciating prices of their homes. However, as soon as the housing bubble popped, they couldn’t even get a loan for an SUV even if they wanted one badly.

    In the same way the LCMS seminaries found that they could raise the rate of tuition, and give all the profs and staff nice salaries, because many 2nd career older student–guess what?!!–sold their homes to attend at those seminaries. The LCMS seminaries justified the high prices saying the students were getting an SUV education compared to other seminaries that sold compacts. Yes, they were sold a bill a goods, for sure!

    Now the seminaries are nearly devoid of 2nd career older students (compared to what they used to be) because selling the depreciated house to pay for seminary doesn’t make as much economic sense anymore, just like buying a new SUV doesn’t make sense for as many people anymore.

    The seminaries are like GM in that their costs are still there, AND they are getting their bailout from the Feds just like GM did, but the in the form of student loans to pay for escalating tuition, rather than via TARPA loans like GM received.

    January 5, 2010 2:51 AM

  2. And what did Ichabod provide as an alternative? Seminary education may or may not be costly to administer – I don’t know for sure what the exact costs are. But, it is not a “profit center” and doesn’t have anything to do with a gathering in Naperville ;).

  3. What am I missing? Wasn’t this about hotels for the BJS event? Anyone have a “tripadvisor” like review of the Staybridge? I have a blown disc, & sitting is well….an interesting experience, & it lists they have a hot tub. Do they, how are the rooms there?

  4. Speaking of travel to Bethany for the up coming conference, has the construction along 75th Street, East of Modaff been completed yet? Last time I was over in that part of Naperville was last July when relatives were in town as we attended a Sunday service. Things were still pretty torn up at that time and, if they are still that way, I’ll look for an alternate route.

  5. George,
    If you don’t find answers on the construction here: I don’t know if you have AAA, but they will be able to let you know if this construction is finished or has improved. If not, I’ll wager if you email BJS direct, someone will tell you.

    I do know that the 94 corridor from WI is still, well a bit dicey. Have a care when traveling along that.

  6. George,
    I’m glad you found what you needed to know!!!!!

    Question for ya, if one would be coming from WI, any reccomendations? It has been ages since I’ve been to Naperville (we had family friends there back when…)
    Thinking of staying at the Staybridge, what can you reccomend we do, drive, or take? Any info would be great, as well….we have nada at the moment.

  7. Dutch – coming from where in Wisconsin, exactly? Staybridge would be good … and convenient access to the church via Rte. 59.

  8. I thought I would chime in, and mention a few “non-discounted” accommodations. Sometimes you can get a good rate, if they have low occupancy (which might be likely in February):

    Hickory Ridge Marriott Conference Hotel‎
    1195 Summerhill Drive
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (630) 971-5000

    This is a nice Marriot, a little bit east in Lisle, so it’s more of a drive. The English District sometimes has pastoral conferences there. The rooms are not that big, but nice.

    There’s also Hilton just north:

    Hilton Lisle/Naperville‎
    3003 Corporate West Drive
    Lisle, IL

    If I can’t figure out if an area has a decent hotel, I wind up a Hilton. But this might be a farther drive.

    I don’t remember if I have been to this one, but they tend to be OK:

    1112 South Washington Street
    Naperville, IL 60540-7959
    (630) 420-3385

    Yes, yes, I know all of you are going to laugh at me, but there is an interesting spa not too far away:

    A Timeless Spa‎
    1324 East Ogden Avenue
    Naperville, IL 60563
    (630) 428-0700‎

    I don’t think they have overnight rooms, but if I’m able to make it, I’ll let you know about the “salt cave” treatment. Here in Minnesota, that’s what comes out of the back end of a snow plow.

    What about Hotels in Bolingbroke? Too far away?

  9. Gordon,
    Who in the world would laugh at a spa? Ya can’t miss what ya never knew, & spas, are lovely things, w/few exeptions, always read the “menu”!!! Or you’ll get someone waving their hands w/rocks to “heal” your chakra!!!! Laughing isn’t the in the spa experience, is it?! (Well, unless they do that “chakra, energy lifiting, gemstone power” stuff). Spa? Naperville has a spa? I’m not laughing, but my better half, may be sweating, or a bit nervous now. No…I’m there for BJS, no spa, bad Dutch, bad naughty Dutch, no spa, not this time. LoL
    It will be the Staybridge then.

    We are coming from Western Racine Co. Hubby knows back roads from here, it is Naperville, I’m concerned with. Haven’t been there in over 20 years & if there is construction, I don’t altogether, trust Inga. Inga is our British speaking GPS. She’s good, but not that good! If anyone has info, feel free. If I get up & stand against a wall during this, don’t read anything into it. I didn’t know a “sacroilliac” was an actual part one has, until mine decided to get up & leave.

  10. Gordon,
    The Timeless Spa looks nice, but…you didn’t do the “Angel Treatment” did you? I didn’t think you did.
    Yes, they actually do have it, it works with your guardian angel & your arch angel to heal you, in a gambit…ways. Oi. A few Christians know not to mess with chakras, reiki, gem or energy therapy, and the like. Great marketing ploy, stick a Christian moniker on it, and those who won’t by the others, will partake of that one. No different than the others they offer, but hey, it’s “using my personal angels”, or rather “angle” as in marketing. Anyone up for posting a “no-no, do not do w/reasons” list? Make it sound Christian or echt, they’ll scoop it up in droves,
    I see it all the time. “But, it says…..” “Yeah, I know what it says…but this is what that actually means…” “It doesn’t say that in the brochure”
    Gordon, stick w/the salt treatment. Opt out of the reiki aire w/it though.

    The salt cavern looks interesting though, that I’ll give ya. I’ve seen the ones in Austria and it smells really great when you heat up that type of salt! Couldn’t fit the lamp in my bag, but boy, I did try!

  11. Dutch in #11:

    Well, if you’re coming from the Racine area I assume you’d be taking I-94 South to I-294 South to I-88 West (not sure how “back roads” would figure into it, but that’s your decision). Look for the State Route 59 exit after you’re West bound on I-88 for 17-18 miles or so. Take Rte. 59 South after a couple of miles and turn right onto Meridian Parkway (it will be just after you pass under the BNSF railroad viaduct). Your hotel will be a block or so West on the Meridian Parkway.

    Getting to Bethany from there is easy. Just take the parkway back East to Rte. 59 and turn right (South). Continue South for a couple of miles and then turn left (East) onto 75th St. (there’s a Home Depot on one side of 75th and a Costco on the other side at that intersection). Continue East on 75th to Modaff Road, about three miles, and turn right (South). The church will be on the left (East) side of the street after a few blocks.

    PS: If you haven’t traveled the toll roads in this area for a while be aware of some changes. Both 294 and 88 now have the center lanes set up for I-Pass transponders so traffic can drive through without stopping. If you need to pay cash tolls be sure to stay over to the far right so you can enter a toll booth. Last I heard, the cash toll rate is now 80¢.

  12. George, thanks bunches!!! That info you gave is brilliant!!! Inga (our GPS girlie), could have done no better! (and that is saying quite a bit). .80, isn’t bad, trust me, if you’re used to paying that in the EU!!!
    Again, thanks bunches!!!!

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