Northern Illinois Tres Dias

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                                                                                                                                                                                  February 2019

Who Are We Pouring Our Lives, Our Experience, and Our Wisdom Into?

          In the spirit of full disclosure, I just pirated the title of my article from a recent Promise Keepers newsletter that I had received. As I write this article I am coming to the end of my three year tenure as the Lay Director of Northern Illinois Tres Dias. Honestly, I went into this role nearly three years ago not sure I was up to the task and, frankly, a little intimidated that I could measure up to those who had served in this position before me. I can tell you that I have grown a lot both spiritually and as a leader from my experience on the Secretariat. I have been privileged to work with an incredible group of Christian leaders who are passionate about their faith and about the ministry of Tres Dias. During my three year term, I have seen some veterans of the movement move on after serving and I have seen younger, less seasoned members of our faith community step into new roles with vitality, energy and enthusiasm bringing new ideas and perspectives.

          You might remember in my last newsletter article, how I wrote about God revealing to me on a recent weekend that I have gifts that I need to continue sharing throughout the rest of my life to His glory. One of my duties as Lay Director has been to provide training to those who have been chosen on each new team to be rollistas. In my training, I share that part of being on a team is to train up new leaders in the NITD movement. It’s not enough to just serve on a team, but as we gain more experience after each weekend we have a responsibility to share our experience and knowledge with those team members who are just beginning their journey in serving candidates on a weekend. I made my weekend nearly 23 years ago and that’s exactly what many others have done for me over the years. I think of past Rectors like Bob Erwin, Jim Garrison, Ed Rice, Dennis Hewitt (my Rector), Gary Weinreich, Jack Bradshaw and Dwayne Query and many others, all of whom modeled qualities of Christian leadership from which many of us have learned.

          Like me, I’m sure you have hopes and dreams that the Tres Dias ministry, as we live it out in our community, continues on for many decades and reaches many new Pescadores for the Kingdom of God. As you are aware, this doesn’t happen by accident. This happens as leaders pour their lives, experience and wisdom into burgeoning leaders who will do the same for others who will do the same for others and so on. The article from which I took the title of my article went on to say, “How do we plan to discharge the debt owed to those who came before us?  One way is to leave a legacy in those who come after us. Who are we pouring our lives, our experience, and our wisdom into? How are we touching the generation of our great grandchildren? How are we impacting the culture of the nation – of the world – thirty years from now?” One way you can do this is by stepping up into leadership opportunities when they are presented. At the business meeting in April, we will be holding elections for the positions of Lay Director, Reunion Chair, and Post Weekend Chair. If you are called to consider running for one of these positions, please give it some genuine, prayerful consideration. As you gain experience in one of these areas of leadership, you will be in a position to pour into the lives of future NITD leaders to carry on the legacy others have poured in to us.

Jeff Glen
Lay Director, NITD



Are you in constant conversation with the Lord, seeing Him at work in everything, everywhere?
Doing cartwheels because of the manna you just gathered?
If so, then this article is not for you. 

Recently, my prayer time had fallen flat. Really, really flat. I had just stopped going deep with The Lord. Sure, I would pop-in-and-out of prayer when friends had requests and needs arose, but I wasn't really abiding there. Going deep and sharing all of me, just wasn't a priority. In all honesty, I guess I had forgotten how much the Lord loves me and how much He cares for me. 
In His goodness, the Lord sent a dear friend to ask me if I would be a prayer warrior. When I told her I needed to pray about it, I knew there was a problem. Who needs to pray about praying? I can be such a ridiculous human sometimes. The Lord sent this person to wake me up from my sleep. How much more time would I have wasted walking around like a zombie? 

The amazing thing about God is even if you haven't talked to Him in a while, He still knows every detail of your very being and is waiting with open arms to start talking again. Just show up and say, I'm sorry Lord, it's been awhile, let's talk. 

Now that the Lord and I are off and running again, the conversation is never-ending. I hope to stay in this place of sweet abiding. 

So, where are you at today? Have you been hearing the Lord lately? 
Or do you too need to pray about praying? 

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Heather Sandlin


Greetings from Women's Team #53!


“Praise the Lord! Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!” Psalms 150:6

We are off to a fantastic start! This team is already showing great bonding together for Christ and serving Him with a loving heart. Jane and I couldn’t be more blessed by the love and enthusiasm to form a great team and bless some new candidates!

Keep praying for both teams and all the candidates that God has planned for us. Don’t wait until the last minute to send in a candidate’s application! Pray first and ask God, then ask a friend.

Be a child of God and always Praise the Lord!


Deb Lower and Jane Reineck


Men's Team #53



As I sit down to write this, the men have completed their 1st training and are in preparation for the 2nd training session.  I can’t help but marvel how God has formed this team and taken care of every detail.  For example, after the roster was determined and the phone calls were made, I wanted to look at the church diversity of each area of responsibility since I read somewhere that we’re supposed to make selections with that in mind.  (Oops!) Turns out God had that handled: 6 chas in the rollo room-6 different churches represented. 4 in music--4 churches. 3 in palanca--3 churches. 3 in dorm--3 churches. 8 servers--8 different churches! Same with utility with only minor overlap in chapel.  God is so COOL!


As someone who tends towards OCD (no, not Old Coots Disease!) and micro-managing, it is difficult for me to stand back and just go with the flow.  Praise God for providing this team with the organizational and spiritual leadership of Mark and Pastor Jim!  This team is truly blessed in every way!


Weekend Verse:  Joel 2:25&26

  “So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten… You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God…” 

AMEN!  It’s hard for me not to choke up every time I read this and realize once again how I have been REDEEMED by Jesus after being lost to the world for 40 long years.  He is RESTORING those lost years every single day and I am SO grateful! THANK YOU JESUS!


Finally, I am truly humbled to work side-by-side with such fine Men of God.  And so thankful for their transparent hearts and their willingness to pray so honestly.  Abundant prayer for the “Gandy Dancers” (Prayer Warriors) who lift us up day and night! After all, “…The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”  James 5:16



Jeb Harper


Get your Candidate applications sent into the Tres Dias’s P.O. Box as soon as you can
(NITD: PO Box 315 Rochelle, IL 61068).
Another option (to save a stamp) is dropping it off into our home mailbox
(615 N. 11th St. Rochelle, IL 61068). Please have Candidate applications given to us by Friday, March 15th for the Men's Weekend & Friday, March 22nd for the Women's Weekend. 

Thank you,
Joe and Sarah McKinney

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Happy New Year Tres Dias Community! 
We pray you had a wonderful Christmas season and enjoyed the warmer temperatures we experienced.  As we move forward this winter and the trainings for Weekend #53 team continue, we encourage you to be praying for team members and for who God has in mind for you to invite as candidates.

Also, as your Weekend Chairs, please let us know if we can help in any way with training, weekend responsibilities, and needed supplies.  We will be happy to assist you!  Please mark your calendars for loading the trailer at First Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, March 20th, set-ups on Thursday, March 21st and March 28th, and tear down on Sunday, March 31st.  It's amazing how quickly and smoothly things get accomplished through prayer and many servant hands!  YOU are appreciated!

Looking forward to what God has planned for Weekend #53!

Tim & Karen Cech



I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all that made the Reunion group trainings this past Fall a success. Once again, after the Spring weekends, there will be more opportunities for both the new pescadores and those already in the community to have more reunion group trainings and to dig deeper. The tentative dates (pending approval) for the women are Tuesdays April 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th.  For the Men, the tentative dates are Thursdays April 11th, 18th, 25th, and May 2nd.  All reunion group connections will be at 7 p.m. each of these dates at First Presbyterian Church in Rochelle, Illinois.

If there have been any changes to the time, place or contact information to your group, please contact me as soon as possible.

Over the last three years, I’ve had the honor to have served on the Secretariat board as your Reunion Group Chair. I have truly enjoyed serving alongside some amazing Christian men and women. I will continue to pray for all reunion groups and pray for each of the members.  

Mark Calvert

Upcoming events

NITD's Winter Secuela
The weather outside may be frightful,
But time with your Christian brothers and sisters will be delightful!


Saturday, February 9, 2019
7 PM
1st Presbyterian Church - Rochelle

We will have worship, communion, 4th day speaker, pastor message, and fellowship.

Childcare may be provided for kids under the age of 6 years old with an RSVP to Sara/Chris Harley at 
BEFORE February 2.
Due to the nature of personal sharing that may be done during our 4th day talks, please use parental discretion for older kids to attend the secuela in the sanctuary.

 Happy to help.

God has bless NITD with a community well over 1,000 brother and sisters! 
If you know of a NITD brother or sister who is not receiving these emails of communications, please forward the emails onto them.  Then, email us at so we can add them to our list!

Warm blessings,
Dave and Jolene Bresson
NITD Communications Chair


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