It's about time that Higher Movies took a look at Narnia. Everyone is talking about Disney's new smash hit "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and The Wardrobe."
What do we think at Higher Things? The best place for discussion on HT's website is our blogs. We've had three of our bloggers review it. Check out their following reviews:Nathan Fischer at "Blood & Water"
A blessed Advent to you!
Internet Services Executive
THERE'S STILL TIME!
Advent is coming quickly, but there's still time to download Higher Things Advent and Christmas Reflections booklets before tomorrow! Download Reflections at <http://higherthings.org/html/reflections.html> and print them out for your personal, family, or even congregational devotions throughout the season.
Or, send an email to Reflectionsemail@example.com to receive Reflections every day in your email Inbox. Some people even set <http://www.higherthings.org> as their web browser home page because Reflections are available on the website every day as well!
This year, starting with Advent, Reflections will be available daily for the entire year. The Epiphany booklet is now in the final editing and proofing stages to be ready for download in the next week or so.
Reflections are available free of charge, a gift from Higher Things to you.
If you'd like support all that we do at HT with a donation, you may do so at our website at <http://www.higherthings.org/html/support.html> or by mailing a check to: Higher Things, P.O. Box 82 , Hamel , MN 55340. Copies may be made of the Reflections booklets, we only ask that they be reprinted in their entirety without alteration.
Have a blessed Advent and Christmas!
Higher Things, Secretary and Internet Services Team
In August, the leadership of Higher Things met in Plymouth, MN for a two day retreat to consider the past, present, and future of Higher Things. Two clear thoughts emerged. We wanted to provide our services to many more congregations and their youth. At the same time we wanted to retain the grassroots, ad hoc, edgy creativity that makes Higher Things unique.
And so we gave ourselves an extreme makeover. Structured, yet entrepreneurial. Institutional, yet non-institutional. A paradox, just like Lutheran theology. The new structure has two distinct groups: the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee.
The Board of Directors consists of nine directors, four of whom are also officers (president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer). The Board of Directors is the guardian of the mission of Higher Things and the steward of its resources. They make sure the money is being spent properly, search for kind and generous people to give money, make sure all the tax forms are filled out, and watch that Higher Things remains, well, "Higher Things."
The Executive Committee consists of five executives who run distinct areas of Higher Things. Pr. Todd Peperkorn is the executive in charge of Publications, including Higher Things magazine. Pr. Marcus Zill is in charge of Christ on Campus, the campus ministry arm of Higher Things. Pr. Bruce Keseman is in charge of Conferences. Mrs. Sue Pellegrini is the executive in charge of Leadership Development, who will be working to identify and train new leaders for Higher Things. Pr. George Borghardt is the executive in charge of Internet Services, which includes everything you see on the web.
With nine directors directing, five executives executing, and four officers officiating, (not to mention eight lords a' leaping), we hope and pray that Higher Things will be able to offer the whole lot and a whole lot more to the joy and edifying of Christ's holy people.
On November 7, the Higher Things Board of Directors adopted new Bylaws that, among other changes, increased the number of directors to nine, including the president, vice-president, treasurer, and secretary. Lynn Fredericksen was elected to a one-year term as treasurer and director. Pr. William M. Cwirla, who is already a director, was elected vice-president.
The board of directors elected three new directors: Bruce Paradis, Richard Resch, and Beverly Yahnke.
Mr. Bruce J. Paradis is the Chief Executive Officer of Residential Capital Corporation, a market leader in real estate finance, headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Bruce and his wife, Lisa, are members of Glory of Christ Lutheran Church in Plymouth, MN. They have six sons - Eric, Jason, Seth, Paul, Nicholas and Michael.
The Rev. Richard Resch is an accomplished liturgical organist who seves as Kantor at Concordia Theological Seminary and St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Ft. Wayne, IN. He is also professor of liturgics and homiletics and has served on the LC-MS Commission on Worship, and is co-director of The Good Shepherd Institute. Rev. Resch has produced nine CDs of church music. His wife's name is Barbara, and they have two children - Matthew and Allison.
Dr. Beverly Yahnke is the founder and clinical director of Christian Counseling Services in Milwaukee. Formerly, she served as a psychology professor at Concordia University in Mequon and received the Faculty Laureate award for outstanding teaching. As a Christian psychologist she is able to invite people to integrate the resources of their faith into the healing process. Her husband, David, is a physician who also teaches at Concordia Mequon. They are members at Elm Grove Ev. Lutheran Church in Wisconsin. They enjoy skiing, scuba and travel.
We are pleased to add these wonderfully qualified and dedicated people to our board of directors. Each brings a wealth of experience, wisdom, and perspective together with a Christ-centered love for our church's youth.
The Youth of Advent Lutheran Church invite you to join them for the HIGHER THINGS WINTER RETREAT 2006
When: January 13th, 14th, & 15th (Friday evening to Sunday morning)
WHERE: Advent Evangelical Lutheran Church - 11250 N Michigan Road, Zionsville, IN 46077 (Metropolitan Indianapolis)
Higher Things is an organization dedicated to assisting congregations in the Christian training of youth through instruction in the Lutheran faith and by promoting Lutheran identity through the same. Higher Things does this through a number of means including conferences and our quarterly magazine for youth.
Rev. Klemet Preus (Glory of Christ Lutheran Church, Plymouth, MN) - How To Argue About Jesus
BREAK-OUT SESSION SPEAKERS
Dr. Richard Bucher (Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Lexington, KY) - How To Argue Using the Bible Rev. Sean Ballard (Our Savior Lutheran Church, Indianapolis, IN) - How To Argue Beyond Race & Culture Rev. Peter Cage (Grace Lutheran Church, Muncie, IN) - How To Argue With Teachers & Professors
To register or for more information please call 317- 873-6318 Email:
My tongue will speak of your righteousness and of your praises all day long. - Psalms 35:28
Everyone who attends the Higher Things Winter Retreat must register.
Registration is open now and will close on December 19, 2005 unless we reach capacity before that date. We urge you to register as soon as possible. The cost to registrants is $75.00 each and is due at the time registration forms are sent. Send completed registration and one check payable to Advent Evangelical Lutheran Church forms to:
Higher Things Winter Retreat
Advent Evangelical Lutheran Church
11250 N. Michigan Road
Zionsville, IN 46077
Who is invited to the Higher Things Winter Retreat
1. Youth. While Higher Things conferences are specifically designed for High School youth, registration is open to any youth who will have been confirmed by the retreat date.
2. Adult Youth Leaders. Adult leaders must be 21 years of age and be willing to help organize your trip and supervise your group's youth participants. It is strongly recommended that you have at least one adult male and one adult female leader (unless your group includes only boys or girls). Higher Things prescribes a ratio of one adult per seven youth participants.
Tentative Retreat Schedule
4:45 - 6:00 Registration
6:15 - 6:50 Dinner
7:00 - 7:15 Welcome and Announcements
7:15 - 8:00 Catechesis I
8:10 - 9:50 Icebreakers and organized fun (Movie night details TBA) 10:00 PM Evening Prayer
9:00 - 9:30 Matins
9:40 - 10:25 Catechesis II
10:35 - 11:25 Breakout Session 1
11:35 - 12:25 Breakout Session 2
12:35 - 1:15 Lunch
1:15 - 2:00 Catechesis III
2:00 - 4:00 Free Time or organized fun time (Rec games at a local gym) 4:00 - 4:55 Breakout Session 3
5:05 - 5:35 Vespers
5:45 - 6:30 Dinner at the church
6:30 - 7:15 Panel Discussion: Arguing About Jesus (Among Ourselves) 7:30 - 9:50 Social mixer hosted by Advent's youth (details TBA) 10:00 - 10:30 Evening Prayer
Divine Worship with Communion (exact schedule to be announced)
Pastor John Fiene
Higher Things requests
the pleasure of your company at
the Higher Things 2006 Youth Conference.
Please join us from July 18-21, 2006
at Colorado College
in Colorado Springs, CO.
Download Registration Forms and more information at
Send completed Registration Forms to:
Higher Things - 2006 Conference
Everett, WA 98201
Registration is now open. Come to The Feast!
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