Last Chance to Register for the Farm Fresh Eggs at the BJS Conference, by Pr. Rossow

The Rossow's Chickens: Hazel, Henrietta and Hattie

Registration will close Tuesday night for this years Brothers of John the Steadfast Conference which will give us time to stomp the grapes for the wine tasting, milk the cows to make the cheese for the cheese fries, and to go out in my back yard and get fresh eggs contributed by my wife’s chickens for the manly man’s breakfast. (Yes, you can raise hens in Naperville and yes my wife does raise chickens and yes we will bring whatever eggs we might have – they lay fewer eggs during the shorter days of Winter.)

As usual we have people registering for the conference from all around the country. Most are coming from Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, and Wisconsin but we also have registrants from Seattle, Dallas, Minneapolis and other far-reaching places of the confessional diaspora.

The conference has been graced through the years with some great speakers and this year is no different. The Brothers have been addressed by President Matthew Harrison, Todd Wilken, Chris Rosebrough, Mollie Ziegler-Hemingway, and many others. This year we have a crop of young bucks (Fisk, Wolfmueller and Scheer) presenting on the new Lutheran media.

We will also be graced by Rev. David Kind of University Lutheran Chapel preaching Evening Prayer on Friday and Rev. Thomas Messer, from Alma, Michigan, preaching the Divine Service on Saturday.

Also worth mentioning are the No Pietist Allowed parties. We will have more detail on that in the next day or so.

The hospitality will be warm, the eggs will be fresh and the speakers will be engaging. See you in Naperville next weekend and if you want a tour of the chicken coup, I am sure we could arrange that.

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.


Last Chance to Register for the Farm Fresh Eggs at the BJS Conference, by Pr. Rossow — 9 Comments

  1. I am looking forward to being there and my wife and daughter are looking forward to a mini-vacation. We’ll be doing touristy things on Thursday and Friday morning. Thursday will be John Hancock and Woodfield Mall with supper at Rainforest Cafe and dessert from The Cheesecake Factory. Thursday will be touring CURF (my alma mater), with lunch at Portillo’s, followed by a stop at Trader Joe’s.

    Since this is a conference on the electronic age, will there be free Wi-Fi at the conference so that we can all update our Facebook statuses while the presenters are speaking?

  2. What sort of hens are those? I have a Silver Laced Wyandotte, Partridge Rock, Dominique, Easter Egger, and Rhode Island Red in the backyard here in Greensboro.

  3. Josh,

    Sounds like a great plan. In case you run out of time, there is a Trader Joe’s about a mile from the church. It is one of our favorite stores. The church is wireless. Last I checked it works most everywhere but the gym.

    See you soon!

    Don’t eat too many cheese fries at Portillos – save room for some more on Saturday for lunch.

  4. Mietzner,

    Sounds like a great crew. Ours are a Buff Orppington, a Black Jersey Giant, and an Americana. My one job is to let them out each morning which works out fine since I am usually up before the chickens. It amazes me that you can go down to the Farm and Fleet and buy the little girls for $1.57 each and before you know it they grow up and are pumping out the eggs.

  5. Having worked on a dairy farm in Aurora, Wisconsin, I would give a weak’s salary to witness you milking the cow! I’m comin’ hungry for the Word and the food!

  6. Dennis,

    That would be a sight to see! I always like to say that even though I grew up in small town Iowa, I would’nt even know which end of the cow to start from because sadly, I grew up in front of a TV. I couldn’t milk a cow but I could tell you the name of every starter from first “steel curtain” Super Bowl football team. By now, the only thing I know about the Steelers is that they have the right colors – black and gold (go Hawkeyes) and not something silly like white and green.

    Looking forward to seeing you again. Long time no see – it’s been at least two weeks since we were listening to good theology in Ft. Wayne.

  7. Tim,

    I already have both the Naperville Portillo’s and the Naperville Trader Joe’s plugged into my GPS.

    I make no promises about the cheese fries, though. I haven’t had Portillo’s in probably six or seven years. I’m hankerin’ for some cheesy goodness.

  8. Tim, just don’t let the cow kick the lantern. It’s too close to Chicago. It is neat that you can have farm animals in the suburbs.

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