Our Church denomination is having their big conference this week, it's known as Synod. This year they're meeting in Chicago. It seems that some kind of horrible intestinal virus is making its way through the conference. 40 people have fallen ill, including our pastor, and several people have collapsed and have been rushed to the hospital. Local health authorities are working hard to find out where this is coming from. Please pray that this will resolve quickly.
Update-they have determined that it was a norovirus-just a good old-fashioned case of the stomach flu. People are recovering and the conference carries on.