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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 zill@higherthings.org so that we know you are coming.

Detailed information as well as downloadable registration forms and flyers are available at:
http://higherthings.org/campus/events/staffconference.html

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

Form: http://higherthings.org/imgs/thefeast/Housing%20Registration%20Form.pdf

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
Registrations
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:

http://blog.higherthings.org/hthings/files/WaitingListOffer.pdf

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: Reflections-on@lists.higherthings.org. 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 iTunes.com.  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 iTunes.com.  Our Podcast is updated daily.

Welcome aboard, Deac!

May 25th, 2006

Posted at 9:15am

Tim and Tina are married!  Pastor Schellenbach married Tina Kirk this past Saturday in Blackburn, MO. 

Pastor Schellenbach is the Bible Study editor for the magazine.  Tina is on our forums and has a blog on our website.   They annouced their engagement last year at DTBL.

They thought they could get married in secret and that Internet Services wouldn't be there.  But, we have sources everywhere!   Aren't they a beautiful couple?

Ok, maybe that's not the happy couple.  This picture was taken at a wedding shower a few weeks before the big day. 

That's Pastor Schellenbach on the left.  That's not Tina in the dress.  That's Pastor John Berg acting like Tina.  Well, not acting.  Actually, we at Internet Services aren't really sure what Pastor Berg is doing.  But, we like the picture anyway!  Nice hat!

Congrats Tim and Tina!  We love you guys!  May the Lord bless you both!  May your love never grow weary but deepen and grow through every joy and sorrow shared.

May 23rd, 2006

Posted at 11:10am

Summer 2006 Higher Things soon to be released!

Just when you thought Higher Things couldn’t possibly come up with yet another fabulous magazine, we’ve gone and done it. The Summer 2006 issue will be out soon, and it’s full of all things Lutheran.

We’ve got articles on a huge variety of subjects. For instance, one article gets up close and personal with the topic of sin. It’s written for those of us who have considered committing a sin but didn’t act on it. We may have wondered if it was still wrong even if nobody else knew about it, but this article breaks down that way of thinking.

Another piece discusses whether or not God still audibly talks to His people.  If you think you’ve heard God speak to you, this article is for you. And if you’ve ever had questions about what faith really is, one of our editorial associates sets the record straight for you.

Also, because we’re Christians living in a secular world, we’ve included a Lutheran college student’s perspective on popular Web sites like MySpace and Facebook. They may be the current trend, but are they healthy for you? Plus, if you and your friends enjoy watching 24 now and then, tune in to read a commentary about one of this season’s hottest shows. And what happens when one of your friends from school ends up pregnant? We’ve got an article that discusses that delicate subject and why life may not always seem fair. Oh, and since we’re talking about school, keep an eye out for the new Christ on Campus column that describes how you can dare to be Lutheran at colleges and universities across the country.

If we haven’t whetted your appetite enough, expect an article on do-do. No, we’re not talking about doo-doo, but we do discuss the kind of works righteousness that’s so appealing to the world. Also, look for articles about Baptism that describe how Christ brings us from death to life through His simple means of water. We also cover the topic of preparing for Holy Communion and why fasting can actually be beneficial. We think you’ll agree that it doesn’t get any more Lutheran than this!

So check your mailboxes soon for this great summer issue!

 

May 22nd, 2006

Posted at 11:23pm

Dear everyone,

One of our team members, Jane Casey, has been doing some research in order to provide you with some helpful information and tips regarding transportation.

You can access this "Transportation Information" sheet at: http://blog.higherthings.org/hthings/files/Transportation_Information.pdf

Please pay special attention to the section at the bottom of the form entitled, "What We Can Provide."

Thanks,

Pastor Zill

P.S. Special thanks to Jane for her research. Also, thanks to another team member, Sandra Ostapowich, for her form making expertise. Blogger Smiley

May 22nd, 2006

Posted at 12:19pm

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 (lanreed@higherthings.org) for more details!

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