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CONFESSING MOVEMENT GATHERING

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Dateline: September 3, 1999

CONFESSING MOVEMENT GATHERING
OCTOBER 3RD, 1999
THE DES PLAINES CAMPGROUND
4:00 P.M.

THEME FOR THE MEETING
"WE ARE STANDING ON HOLY GROUND"


Many people are asking the same question: "What are we going to do to bring peace to our denomination and renew our evangelical witness?"

Perhaps you have read written reports or seen TV coverage concerning recent events at the Des Plaines Campground. We have watched in dismay as the campground's reputation has been dragged through the mud and its character brought into question by the secular media and even by our own United Methodist Reporter. An ordained Elder within our conference has even publicly stated that the campground is "unholy ground". We find this kind of personal attack offensive and insulting. We are therefore calling all evangelicals within the conference to join us in defending the campground’s long and honorable reputation.

The campground has been at the forefront of Methodist evangelical witness for 140 years preaching salvation and commitment to Jesus Christ. But today, because they stand in support of our Book of Discipline, they are facing both legal charges and conference rebuke. What is happening is not an issue of discrimination, but an attempt to silence their witness and punish them for supporting the authority of scripture. The question I have for you is this: How long will evangelicals stand by and do nothing?

Our denomination is badly in need of reform and The Confessing Movement is providing a vehicle for that reform. We are growing stronger every day. Since it’s beginning in 1994, over 600, 125 individuals have signed their names in support of the movement. Come and hear more about The Confessing Movement and what it is doing to help bring peace and unity to the United Methodist Church.


SCHEDULED SPEAKERS

Rev. Scott Field
Representing the "Good News" organization

&

Rev. Kent L. Svendsen
Northern Illinois Conference
Coordinator
Confessing Movement Within The United Methodist Church


Directions: The Des Plaines Campground is located at 1250 Campground Road in Des Plaines, Illinois with an entrance off of Algonquin Road. The campground is located north of O’Hare airport and close to route 294. If coming by way of route 294 exit at Oakton and then go west to S. River Road (This will be a left turn on Oakton if your coming north and a right turn if you coming south.) and travel (7/10th of a mile) until you reach S River Road. Turn right and travel north (1/2 mile) to Algonquin Road and then make another right. Then drive 3/10 of a mile until you see the entrance to the campground (on the left) and then simply follow the signs. (Note: Route 294 does not have an Algonquin road exit.)

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