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It has been a whirlwind week. The week started Monday morning with our Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Thank you to everyone who joined us for this historic event. Monday evening, we continued the celebration with a dinner and ice cream social for new families and students. Tuesday was our Freshmen Challenge (formerly known as Freshmen Orientation). Wednesday was our first day of school at the new campus. Shine.FM was here to welcome our students as they arrived and CBS news filmed a segment about Illiana for the 5:00 news. Even though it has been very busy, we are so excited and blessed to be on this adventure together. It has been a blessing to see kids walking through these halls excited to learn and grow in community. I have walked these halls with an immense amount of gratitude these last few days. This is awesome.

Last year, we formed a committee at Illiana called the Transition Committee. The committee is made up of teachers, board members, and administrators. Their primary purpose was to help with the transition from the old campus to the new campus. They have done a lot of work, but for the sake of this blog, I am going to focus on two of their most significant projects.

First, the Transition Committee has been planning the Dedication Ceremony on Saturday, September 15, at 7:00 pm. The only detail I know is the keynote speaker will be Dr. Erik Hoekstra, President of Dordt College. I am sure you will hear more from this committee in the next few weeks, but for now, pencil in September 15, for an evening of fellowship as we celebrate God’s faithfulness on this project.

Second, the Transition Committee has been planning a heritage wall for Community Hall near the gyms. This wall will include a timeline with pictures and artifacts from the old campus. We are proud of our history and we want to look back and remember how God has blessed and guided Illiana for more than 70 years. This wall will be complete in a few months.

Thanks again for all your support. We are blessed to have this awesome community and an even more awesome God.

Lance is a 1995 graduate of Illiana. He is currently the Vision Director and Director of Spiritual Development at Illiana. He and his wife have two daughters who attend Crown Point Christian School. They live in St. John, IN, and are members of Faith Church.
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