Northern Illinois Tres Dias

NITD Newsletter - August 2017


Stress and Worry


Many of you know that the bank where I’ve worked for 35 years was recently acquired by another bank.  As you might imagine, that event alone has been the source of much stress and worry for me and most of our employees.  Even though I’ve been offered a wonderful opportunity with the new bank I’ve been quite stressed.  The days and weeks since the acquisition have not gone as smoothly as we had hoped which has resulted in long hours and tiring days.  In fact, at the time of the July Secretariat meeting I was so unable to cope I begged off of the meeting and they somehow managed without me!  I later confessed to them a quirky part of my personality that comes out when I’m overwhelmed with life.  While they were meeting I was at the bank breaking down cardboard boxes, loading them into my truck and taking two loads to recycling then returning to the bank to pick up and straighten things up.  After a bit of self-psychoanalysis I’ve concluded that this is my way of having some control over life when life seems out of control. 


What is your first instinct when life seems out of control and you are overwhelmed?  Our Christian faith has another answer.  Matthew 11:28-30 says, “Come to me all who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and lowly in heart and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  Another familiar passage is also from Matthew 6:19-34.  In this passage we are reminded to “not lay up for yourselves treasurers on earth”,  “do not be anxious about life”, “Which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?”  “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be added to you.”  As I read these familiar passages two things jump out at me.  In the first passage God is calling us to first come to him.  “Come to me all who labor and are heavy laden….”  Similarly the second passage says, “seek first the kingdom of God….”  I will admit to you my brothers and sisters that turning to God and seeking his guidance is not always my first instinct.  Like many of you I’ve been taught to “pull myself up by my boot straps”, and to “take matters into my own hands”, and “when you want something done right do it yourself”.  My dear wife, Michele and my spiritual mentor, Jim Tilley often remind me that I don’t have to do it all myself.  I read a book one time that likened trying to do everything yourself as trying to be your own savior.  That really hit me.  I’m not allowing Christ to do his sanctifying work within me if I don’t turn to him and try to do it all myself. 


Since I’m already in the confessional there’s one more point I want to make.  In this season of busyness I have been working long hours so I haven’t taken time to pray, do my devotionals and attend reunion group.  I went late to my group last Monday evening and realized how important that time is with my reunion brothers.  I’m adjusting to my new work schedule and trying to figure out where and how my prayer and devotional life fits in.  These passages remind me to “seek first the kingdom of God and that God says, “come to me all who labor and are heavy laden”.  How much more important it is for me to follow God’s word and turn to him first and not try to gain control.  The cardboard boxes can be done another time.  God’s got this.



Jeff Glen
Lay Director


Hi NITD Community:

As Leaders Chair for NITD I have seldom written an article for the NITD Newsletter.  I truly felt led to do so as I am the “Outgoing” Leaders Chair now.

NITD is blessed with BOB & DENISE CLARK stepping in to fill the Leaders Chair position!! Please encourage them and let them know you appreciate them serving NITD. They are going to be Awesome!!

To the Secretariat Board: Past-Present-Future… THANK YOU!!!  You all serve with your whole hearts and I have been so blessed to work alongside of you.  Our Secretariat members are held to a high standard and have a big responsibility!  So grateful to God for giving us these leaders of character and integrity!!

To our Community: what a group of amazing individuals!  NITD crosses the denominational lines to truly be “THE CHURCH”.  Rochelle and surrounding communities are blessed to have such an organization.  I encourage you to continue to step out and engage with Revive Rochelle and bring our city closer to God and all He has planned.

I have loved serving as the Leaders Chair!  It has been an honor and privilege…OH, and A Lot of Work!! But worth every moment spent when the candidates speak at Clausura or I see our community drawing closer to Christ by loving & serving in their 4th Day.  Thank you for letting me serve this community!

My request is that if you are ever called to serve on the NITD Secretariat Board- please prayerfully consider and just do it…you will be blessed more that you can know.

LOVE YOU NITD Community! 

Joni Spartz-“Outgoing” Leaders Chair



We hope everyone is having a wonderful summer.  As we move toward our fall weekends, please be thinking of people you would like to invite to share this amazing experience. If you are feeling that little nudge, step out in faith and ask.  Even if they say no, the seed is still planted for future weekends.  When submitting applications, please be sure the information is complete and legible.  It is especially important the names and email addresses be easily read.  Finally, we want to clear up questions regarding the newly designed name tags.  In addition to all new candidates, team members on each weekend (who do not already have a new design) will receive one new button.  If you are unable to work a team and would like one, please contact us.  We look forward to the upcoming weekends!



John and Cheri Dreska

Pre-Weekend Chairs


If you moved or have changed email address since your weekend or the last update--- Please let me know! I would love to try to keep the master roster updated. Please email me at with any changes.


Lisa Dyer



Greeting’s Brothers and Sisters,

            I’m praying that you and your reunion groups are having a great summer. With weekend 50 fast approaching and the anticipation of new Pescadores going to be needing to find a Reunion group I ask you to let me know if there are any changes to your present one. Or if you have started a new group to please let me know and I will add it to the already existing list.   Thank you to those that have already asked me to change their contact information. My email address is


Mark Calvert



The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth. - Psalm 145:18


If you would like to sign up to receive the prayer chain please email us at please include name and the weekend you attended.

Soon we will have the prayer scroll open for the weekend at


Robert and Heather Sandlin, Palanca Chairs



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Hope to see you at Secuela!!!

Deb Lower, Communications Chair



Greetings Tres Dias Community! It is our pleasure to introduce ourselves as your Weekend Chairs for this next term. We look forward to working with everyone as we get acclimated to our position. Please be patient while we are learning the ropes! We feel so blessed to be serving and worshipping God with all of you!


Tim & Karen Cech 




Revive Rochelle – What is it: Many area churches are uniting this summer and fall with “one goal in mind”: TO SHOW AND SPREAD THE LOVE OF GOD, MAKE DISCIPLES, AND TRANSFORM THE CITY OF ROCHELLE FOR GOD’S GLORY! During the month of September, each church will be preaching on the same topic. The overall theme will be 2nd Chronicles 7:14 “If my people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land”

We have an initial start to this whole event:

War Cry – All community worship event. Contemporary and traditional worship songs, testimonies, and calls to faith and ignite for God’s glory. This will happen Sunday evening, August 20th, 5pm, at Atwood Park (the band shell)

Revive Rochelle – This will run from September 3rd – September 24th. Each of these Sundays we will be taking a portion of 2nd Chronicles 7:14 and giving a message on it. September 17th is a projected Pulpit Swap for that Sunday at a church that is participating in this. Watch Facebook for more details.

Small Groups – Our vision is to invite each church to share a list of potential small group leaders; and then have study groups with people from a mix of churches.

City Wide Celebration – Sunday September 24th in the evening, we are planning a citywide worship gathering for everyone (the whole community in one place). More on Facebook




Saturday, September 9th, 2017

7:00 PM

Methodist Church






 Drinks Provided.


Childcare is available, please contact Sara/Chris Harley at or (262)227-3333 if you’d like care for your kiddo(s).  Please let us know the number of kids and the age(s).

Remember your Cross & Name Tag!!


Chris & Sara Harley

Post Weekend Chairs




NITD 50 Fall Weekends…

Men’s Weekend October 26-29, 2017
Women’s Weekend November 2-5, 2017

NITD #50 Team Meeting

August 12, 2017 - 1st Presbyterian

August 26, 2017 - United Methodist

September 15-16, 2017 - Men’s Overnighter – United Methodist

September 22-23, 2017 - Women’s Overnighter – United Methodist

October 14, 2017 - United Methodist



Jeff Glen, Lay Director –

Bob/Denise Clark, Leaders Chair –         

Jim Tilley, Spiritual Director - 

Lisa Dyer, Secretary -       

Tim/Karen Cech, Weekend Chair - or

Chris/Sara Harley, Post Weekend Chair –

Deb Lower, Communications Chair -  or

Mark Calvert, Reunion Chair –

Robert/Heather Sandlin, Palanca Chair -

John/Cheri Dreska, Pre-Weekend Chair -

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