Weekly Announcements

2020 Camp Season Cancelled

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 26, 2020

All camp weeks for the 2020 season have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 restrictions that are projected to remain in place through the summer. Bro. Todd Oprzedek explains the situation in more detail in the camp's latest blog post.

We Are Re-opening May 24th!

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 19, 2020

We are so excited to start meeting for church again! We love and miss you, and we look forward to seeing you as soon as we can.
Here are the answers to some questions you may have.

What time is the service on May 24?

The morning service will be at 10:45am.

Are there Sunday School or Bible Study classes?

No, there will be no Sunday School on May 24.

Should I wear a mask?

Yes. For those who are old enough and medically able, we ask that you wear a facemask/covering.
Masks will be required for entry. (We will have extras available for those in need.)

Is there anyone who should NOT come on May 24?

These 3 questions will be asked at the entrance. If you can answer "yes" to any of these questions, please do not come:

  1. Have you experienced any of the following symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days:  cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, new loss of taste or smell?
  2. Have you been in contact with anyone exhibiting the symptoms of COVID-19 within the last 14 days?
  3. Have you had a fever of greater than 100 degrees in the past 48 hours?

How will the elderly and those at risk be protected?

If you are elderly or at risk and concerned that you may be vulnerable, we recommend that you stay home and watch the service on our livestream at nwbbc.com/live

Are visitors allowed to come?

Yes! We welcome visitors in our community to be part of our service. Of course, all visitors and members alike will be expected to abide by our health & safety protocols.

What should I expect when entering the building?

In addition to a warm welcome and a spirit of excitement, everyone should expect some quick safety measures when entering:

  • Each person will have their temperature quickly taken with a "no touch" forehead scanner to make sure no attendees have a temperature over 100 degrees.
  • Be ready to confirm that you cannot answer "yes" to any of the 3 questions mentioned above.
  • Ushers will help you find appropriate seating (see next question).

How will the seating be handled in the auditorium?

You will be seated by ushers, from front to back, alternating pews and maintaining distance between family units.

Will the nurseries be open?

No. Mothers and children are encouraged to attend this family service, but the nurseries will NOT open.
Families with small children may sit in the back of the auditorium or in the cry room. (Similar to Thanksgiving and Christmas midweek services)

Additional precautions can be found in the attached letter we sent to Governor Pritzker and our county officials:



See you this Sunday!

Update! Pritzker's latest power grab defeated

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Update (5/20/20): Pritzker's latest power grab defeated


Governor Pritzker Wants to Criminalize Lock-Down Opposition

Governor Pritzker Wants to Criminalize Lock-Down Opposition

Written By David E. Smith 

Gov. J.B. Pritzker has filed an emergency rule to punish businesses that open to customers in defiance of his illegal lock-down orders. Violators could be charged with a Class A misdemeanor, which is a fine between $75 and $2,500.

Additionally, this emergency rule extends the governor's emergency authority from 30 days to 150 days.

According to this online report by Amanda Vinicky, because "it’s classified as 'emergency' in nature, the rule change took effect as soon as it was filed Friday." State lawmakers sitting on the JCAR Committee will have to vote to reject the governor's unilateral power grab. Without a tsunami of calls and emails, this order will be rubber stamped, possibly as soon as this Wednesday.

Take ACTION: Click HERE to send an email to the 12 members of the JCAR Committee asking them to reject this confiscation of power.

More ACTION: Please also call the following committee members and leave a similar message:

Illinois Sen. Bill Cunningham (D-Chicago)
(773) 445-8128 or (217) 782-5145
Illinois Rep. Mike Halpin (D-Rock Island)
(309) 558-3612 or (217) 782-5970
Illinois Sen. Kimberly Lightford (D-Hillside)  
(708) 632-4500 or (217) 782-8505
Illinois Rep. Fran Hurley (D-Chicago)
(773) 445-8128 or (217) 782-8200
Illinois Sen. Tony Munoz (D-Chicago)
(773) 869-9050 or (217) 782-9415
Illinois Rep. Steve Reick (R-Woodstock)
(815) 880-5340 or (217) 782-1717
Illinois Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris)
(815) 220-8720 or (217) 782-3840
Illinois Rep. Andre Thapedi (D-Chicago)
(773) 581-9260 or (217) 782-1702
Illinois Sen. Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo)
(618) 684-1100 or (217) 782-8137
Illinois Rep. Keith Wheeler (R-North Aurora)
(630) 345-3464 of (217) 782-1486
Illinois Rep. Tom Demmer (R-Dixon)
(815) 561-3690 or (217) 782-0535
Illinois Rep. Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria)
(309) 693-4291 or (217) 782-1942


State Representative John M. Cabello (R-Machesney Park) issued a press release publicly objecting to this rule change:

"We have a dictator Governor who is weaponizing our Department of Public Health to treat our citizens like criminals. The pure irony lies in the fact that the Governor is doing this at the same time that he is commuting sentences for murderers and rapists. The greatest danger today from the COVID-19 is the alternative universe that is being created here in Illinois.

People are resisting because they view the Governor’s Restore Illinois plan, and his general approach to the COVID-19 health crisis, as a hodgepodge of arbitrary rules and restrictions placed on citizens and businesses by a hypocritical leader. Recall the news stories about the Governor’s wife traveling to Florida while the rest of us are being told to lockdown. Now we are hearing that the Governor’s family has been up in Wisconsin too. In another case of irony those two states have been easing their restrictions.

I think our Governor needs to look in the mirror when he starts to criticize the people of Illinois for their lack of compliance and confidence in his approach to the COVID-19. Telling a family of four who just drove in the same car to the boat dock that only two of them at a time can be on a boat is not only stupid, it is just one example of things that undermine confidence in the way the entire issue is being handled. Perhaps the Governor should travel to Florida with his family next time and get some advice from their Governor."

It is imperative that Illinois citizens speak up loudly about this new rule that not only punishes working families but grants untenable powers to the governor.

Pastor Gomez: Newsmax TV Interview "Opening May 17th"

Last Updated: Friday, May 8, 2020
Watch Pastor Gomez explain our church's situation in Illinois in this Newsmax interview on Friday, May 8.

Press Release and Letter to Governor Pritzker

Last Updated: Friday, May 1, 2020

This morning, as our demand letter was delivered to Governor Pritzker informing him of our plan to resume in-person services on May 17, a press release went out regarding the letter and our large coalition of Illinois churches that also plan to reopen on May 17.

Press Release:

Letter to the Governor:

Contact info for the governor of Illinois

Last Updated: Sunday, April 26, 2020

If you are tired of the governor's order that is keeping our church shut down, contact his office via email to explain your concerns: governorsoffice@illinois.gov 

If you want to try to get through via phone (there is a full voicemail box as of right now), the number for his office is 217-782-6831.

Kyte River Revival Campgrounds list of needs:

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 1, 2020

If you are able to purchase or donate any of these items, please contact the church office at info@nwbbc.com or call 847-695-6222. Items should be in working condition. Thank you in advance for being a blessing to Kyte River Revival Campgrounds.

  • 50 climbing hand holds
  • 50 pool noodles
  • 20 patio chairs
  • Canoes, kayaks, paddles, and oars
  • 5 American flags 5’x8’
  • 6 Keurigs
  • Full-size electric keyboard
  • Fishing poles, reels, and tackle
  • Board games
  • Ping pong tables, balls, and paddles
  • Air hockey and foosball tables
  • Any sporting equipment
  • Art supplies
  • Box fans