1. Housing Form
These need to be filled out and sent to yours truly here in Laramie, WY: Please note the address on the form itself:
Housing for The Feast
1309 Grand Ave.
Laramie, WY 82070
2. Final Payment
Please remember that your Invoice is due by June 1st as well. Please also remember to add $50 per registrant if you have requested Monday night housing. (Note: We are still working on a Friday night housing possibility. That will have to be dealt with separately and will post something about that as soon as possible). Payments of your Invoices are to be sent to the Registrars' address. Please don't send this with your housing form to Laramie, or vice versa. That registration address again is:
The Feast - Higher Things
3. Cancellation Deadline
June 1 is also the deadline for any cancellations for your group. This is pretty important information, especially if you perhaps have a cancellation that you need to tell us about or have a young person who might be waivering a little about still coming.
On your Group Registration form there was a place for you to check both of the following:
1. "We understand that while this deposit is not refundable, it may be applied toward a substitute from our congregation in the event of a cancellation."
But then it also says the following:
2. "We understand that our group must pay the balance of full registration ($225) for each registration unless a cancellation is sent in writing before June 1, 2006."
In other words, before June 1st if someone cancels, you or they are only out the $75 deposit. However, after June 1st, if someone cancels we must still have the remainder of the balance ($225). In other words, there is no refund for the cancellation if we don't receive it in writing (snail mail or e-mail) by this coming Thursday, June 1st.
Yes, you can still substitute for someone who has cancelled even after that date, but in the end if you can't find a replacement for your group you (or they) will be out the full registration price.
4. Waiting List & "The Last Shall Be First" Offer
We have been able to add at least four groups to The Feast off of the waiting list and there will be several more. Those groups will be contacted on, or before, June 1st. After June 1st, we will be returning any undeposited checks to those groups who were not able to get in to The Feast. That will happen by July 1st.
If your group registered but is still on the waiting list you have been offered the following "The Last Shall Be First" opportunity:
However, to take advantage of that opportunity you need to notify us either by e-mail or surface mail by June 1st.
Wow! I know that was a lot of information. Who knew that Uno de Juno was such a big date.
May God continue to bless all of us with our continued preparations for The Feast!
Pastor Zill, The Feast
Higher Things Internet Services is very excited to introduce Deacon Andy Bates to our Reflections Team. Andy serves as Deacon for Youth & Family Ministry at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Waco, TX.
Deacon Bates joins our team as the new Reflections Audio Content Manager. He will taking over the daily podcast for Sem. Ryan Fouts, who is being ordained this weekend.
You can check out Deacon Bates' Podcast for the Higher Things Daily Reflections here. Listening to podcasts requires iTunes. You can download the software for free at iTunes.com. Our Podcast is updated daily.
Welcome aboard, Deac!
Two conferences in 2007, Christ on Campus chapters, B.A.M.B.I., the magazine online...and now, retreats.
The HT Board of Directors and Executives met this past week and, among many other very exciting decisions, brought Mr. Landon Reed on board the Higher Things Team as our new Retreats Executive.
What does this mean? This means that you can bring Higher Things to your hometown for a lock-in, retreat, or SCUBA trip. OK, maybe you shouldn't hold your breath for one of those coming to Ohio or Wisconsin, but you get the idea.
Landon has been volunteering for years as a youth leader at his church in Texas. He has not only brought the youth from his church (Zion, Tomball) to every Higher Things conference, he does it Texas-style -- filling up entire buses with groups and strays from other churches. This summer, he's already coordinating with Pr. Zill and Christ on Campus to host a camping retreat for college students, and will be hosting a high school retreat featuring our own Vice-President, Pr. Cwirla, in August. Only a crazy Texan like Landon could hit the ground running as fast as our other amazing Executives!
Watch for more news about the retreats and special trips being planned in your area. If you'd like to get more information on hosting one at your church, email Landon (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more details!