Ok got some good news from the leadership:
The elders have met and discussed the IL Conceal Carry bill. In light of the bill, and the information you provided, we have begun the process to re-evaluate our current safety procedures. We wanted to communicate to you, that we will not be posting "Gun-Free Zone" signs in the church window. As far as carrying in the church, we will leave it up to the individual, if they want to carry in church. As part of the re-evaluation of the safety procedures, we will be asking those that will be carrying to voluntarily communicate that to our Safety Team Leader (currently XXXXXX). Neither the elders, nor the staff need to know who is carrying, but we believe that the Safety Team Leader would find this information valuable. We will be sending a letter to the congregation in the near future regarding the conceal carry issue and the plans to re-evaluate the safety procedures.
Since you brought this issue to our attention we wanted to communicate these things to you as soon as we had a decision. Thank you for your thoughts regarding the issue, and as always, feel free to contact any of us at any time.
In His service,