Hello! My name is Erika Preus and I am the new Development Coordinator for Higher Things. You may have seen me roaming around the last few Higher Things conferences wearing one of those stylish, over-sized, butter colored volunteer shirts. Now, I'm here to stay!
I have some great ideas to share with Higher Things and am excited to help it grow. There are really some exciting things coming soon to Higher Things. I hope everyone is ready for THE FEAST in July and the two "FOR YOU" conferences in 2007. Get ready for some awesome weekend retreats that will be started this year, we know you are all anxious for some more great catechesis. The magazine is going to be available very soon not only in print, but also online. And B.A.M.B.I. is just going to be wild! And for you college students, check out the Higher Things website to find a local chapter of Christ on Campus with some great retreats.
If you have any good ideas on how Higher Things can grow, or if you know of any other congregations that need to know about Higher Things, send me an email to email@example.com. Or, if you have any spare pennies that you find in your couch cushions that you would like to donate to Higher Things, send them my way.
See you all at the Feast!
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!