Time to Reserve Your Place at the BJS Conference “No Pietists Allowed Parties”

For the second year in a row we are topping off our Friday night at the BJS conference with an array of “No Pietists Allowed Parties.”  Since some of the parties have limited space we give conference goers a chance to reserve a spot ahead of time. Here is the lineup:

  1. Wine-tasting with Klemet Preus: This party is held in the luxurious kitchen/dining room of BJS Quarterly editor Elaine Gavin and her husband Tom. They are seasoned tourists of the wine country of France, Italy and the Napa Valley. Klemet is a bit of an aficionado as well. Klemet will help host as Tom and Elaine lead party-goers through an evening of red and white delight. (There is a $5 charge for this party.)
  2. Chocolate, Cheese and a Little Sweet Wine with Mollie and Suzanne: Join Mollie Ziegler Hemingway and Suzanne Zobel for fondue and a chocolate fountain along with a little sweet wine. They will be entertaining in the spacious home of  hosts Rich and Gail Sutis. The Sisters of Katie Luther will certainly enjoy this party but it is also open to any and all  men who may have a sweet tooth.
  3. Bull and Bear Smoke Shop: This smoke shop and smoking room in the heart of beautiful Naperville has 9 walk-in humidors! They close just thirty minutes after the parties begin but have made special accommodations for the conference. If we get 5-6 folks signed up who are  willing to patronize the shop that night, they will remain open beyond the normal closing time. For more information on the Bull and Bear check out their website and be sure to let us know if you want to join this group for a few healthy puffs.
  4. Quigly’s Irish Pub: This authentic Irish pub (the bar and booths were imported from Ireland) is the place to down a few pints of Guiness. The pub is in historic downtown Naperville,   just around the corner and up the hill from the Bull and Bear.

We will also provide a list of other area bars and hot spots for those who like a little  variety in their  antinomianism.

Pastor Wilken is not getting in until later in the evening but if possible, we will try to get him to one or more of the parties.

If you are attending the conference and want to sign up for one of these great after hours parties (they start at 8:30 PM on Friday night) go to the bottom of the page, click on contact us and send an e-mail to Pastor Rossow. If you haven’t registered yet for the conference click on the conference poster on the right hand sidebar and follow the instructions. If you have any questions feel free to call Pastor Rossow at 630/355-2198 during office hours.

We look forward to an edifying conference and some pietist-busting parties. See you in Naperville!

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.


Time to Reserve Your Place at the BJS Conference “No Pietists Allowed Parties” — 8 Comments

  1. Erin go bragh!
    Someone please tip a pint for me!!! Nothing better than a perfect pour of Guinness!

  2. Dutch,

    I will tip a pint for you at Quigley’s after I have smoked my cigar at the Bull and Bear. It’s a tough life but someone has to be Executive Director of BJS and fill the members requests.


  3. I’ve been to the Bull and Bear before (if I recall correctly I think it was following the last BJS Conference after I spent the afternoon in downtown Naperville). It’s been a while since I smoked a good cigar, and I’m looking forward to it next week.

  4. Pastor Rossow, you crack me up!!! I’m going to tweak a bit of Mel Brooks for you,
    “It’s good to be da Director”. But no karaoke? Ahh….

  5. Pastor Rossow:

    I hope that you will have one of these BJS conferences in Phoenix one day. I know the teaching will be very educational for all confessional Lutherans. And I would love to meet everyone.

    Also, on Jim Pierce’s blog on “Why liberal’s stay”, if you get a couple of minutes, I give just a little background on myself, on how I came out of the Dutch Reformed tradition while listening to the great Dr. Rod Rosenbladt on the White Horse Inn. I also was very blessed to take a class on Lutheranism from Dr. Rosenbladt in Anaheim, CA.


  6. Lloyd,

    One of the things that having Suzanne on board will allow us to do is to plan gatherings around the country. We have already starting writing up plans for such. We will put Phoenix on our list. Maybe we will have to really sacrifice and plan a Phoenix event in the winter. 🙂


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