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June 10th, 2006

Posted at 10:35am

Dear everyone,

The waiting list period for The Feast has officially concluded.

We have simply reached the point where we have allowed all the groups in that we possibly can. We also don't want anyone to be left hanging any longer.

In short, the table is now officially set. Though we regret that it couldn't have been even more, we were pleased to be able to allow some 10-11 additional groups in to The Feast over the last couple of months.

We are thankful that so many of you chose to take advantage of the "Last Shall be First" offer. Whether you did or not, we hope to see you at a "FOR YOU" conference in 2007 in either Minneapolis, MN or Asheville, NC.

Thanks for your patience and understanding as we have worked through this waiting list process together.


Pastor Zill
The Feast, Conference Coordinator

June 9th, 2006

Posted at 3:27am

We've seen conference attendees sitting around with pencils and pens, frantically deciding which sectionals to go to. 

"This one!" 

"No, this one!" 

"Oh, I wish I could go to both!" 

This year, Team Feast decided to release the Breakaway Sectionals extra early so that you would have more time to decide exactly which ones you'd like to attend.

Happy picking!

June 8th, 2006

Posted at 4:20am

Higher Things Internet Services is very pleased to introduce our new Discussion Content Manager, Kelly Klages.  Kelly, known as "Augsburg" on the Forums, has been given the task of monitoring all the content in the forums and the blogs on the Higher Things website.  Want to join in on the discussion? Check out our Forums and Blogs!

Kelly is wife of Pastor Alex Klages who serves two LC-C congregations in southern Manitoba -- Trinity Lutheran in Winkler and Zion Lutheran in Morden.

We are very excited to have Augsburg on our team!

In Christ,

Rev. George F. Borghardt III
Internet Services Executive
Higher Things, Inc

May 30th, 2006

Posted at 7:17pm

Dear Everyone,

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 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!


May 30th, 2006

Posted at 4:29pm

We have had loads of requests for information on the August Higher Things Retreat in Texas.

Here is the link to the news annoucement...

There is still some space left for groups to this event.  For information please email Landon Reed, our new Retreat Executive.

In Christ,

Rev. George F. Borghardt  III
Internet Services Exec.
Higher Things, Inc.

May 30th, 2006

Posted at 1:00am

One of our favorite IS volunteers has been the Rev. Ryan T. Fouts, who was ordained Sunday at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Sugar Loaf, IL.  Some HTers present at his ordination:  Stan Lemon (crucifer), Pastor Borghardt, Pastor Keseman, and Sandra Ostapowich.

For more pictures check out Pastor Fouts' blog.  For the ordination sermon, check out Pastor Borghardt's blog.  Way to go, Pastor Fouts, we are all very proud of you.

May 29th, 2006

Posted at 3:00pm

It's not too late to join us in Pittsburgh, PA for our Fourth Annual Christ on Campus Staff Conference being held June 6-8 at First Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church.

You can register in person, however if you are planning to come but haven't made any contact with us, please reply or e-mail me at so that we know you are coming.

Detailed information as well as downloadable registration forms and flyers are available at:

Please also see our ad on the back of the last issue of Higher Things (Spring 2006)!

Registration for the conference is $69. Again, registration costs have been waived for recently assigned seminary vicars and candidates.

In addition to the information provided at the url above, we can also tell you that the hotel of choice is as follows:

Comfort Inn & Suites
2898 Banksville Rd.,
Pittsburgh, PA, US, 15216
Phone: (412) 343-3000

Single $59.99; Double; $69.99; plenty of rooms available. Tip: Call the hotel directly and ask for the corporate rate.

Engaged in campus ministry? Want to be?

Whether you want to learn more about campus ministry done Higher Things style, or just want to spend some quality time in the City of Champions, we look forward to seeing you in Pittsburgh!

Rev. Marcus T. Zill
Christ on Campus Executive

May 29th, 2006

Posted at 9:56am

Dear everyone,

There are several June 1 deadlines related to The Feast that are fast approaching.

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
PMB #4304
2525 Broadway
Everett, WA

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
Conference Coordinator

May 26th, 2006

Posted at 1:10pm

"Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord! Be all Thy graces now out poured On each believer's mind and heart; Thy fervent love to them impart. Lord, by the brightness of Thy light, Thou in the faith dost men unite Of every land and every tongue; This to Thy praise, O Lord, our God, be sung. Hallelujah! Hallelujah!" (TLH 224, 1)

With the Trinity Season almost upon us, Higher Things is very pleased to place this short booklet of reflections before you for your mediation.  This season's reflections are written by the Rev. Duane Bamsch, pastor of Evangelists Lutheran Church in Kingsbury, TX.

The booklet for all of Pentecost Tide is available in pdf-format for download here.  You can receive the Higher Things Reflections in your e-mail box today! Subscribe by sending any e-mail to: You can find an RSS Feed and Podcast for the Higher Things Daily Reflections here.  Listening to podcasts requires iTunes.  You can download the software for free at  Our Podcast is updated daily.

"Thou holy Fire, Comfort true, Grant us the will Thy work to do And in Thy service to abide; Let trials turn us not aside. Lord, by Thy power prepare each heart And to our weakness strength impart That bravely here we may contend, Through life and death to Thee, our Lord, ascend. Hallelujah! Hallelujah!" (TLH 224, 3)

In Christ Jesus,

Rev. George F. Borghardt III
Internet Services Executive
Higher Things, Inc.

May 26th, 2006

Posted at 1:45am

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  Our Podcast is updated daily.

Welcome aboard, Deac!

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