Upcoming Events

Being a Christian in an Adult World

A Higher Things® Youth Retreat

September 16-17, 2016

St. Paul talks about the differences in thinking between an adult and a child. Young people think young people thoughts, but as they get older, they start to act and think as adults. But this adult world that you are entering is not friendly to Christians, and it can be difficult to think like a Christian adult. Your identity is given to you by Jesus in your baptism, and He makes you righteous before God and others. You will learn about God's righteousness for you in baptism and what that looks like in the adult world around you as you live as the Christian God has made you.

Pastor Peter Ill is the pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Millstadt, Illinois. He and his wife, Carrie, love to travel and enjoy plays and concerts. He is a Detroit Tigers fan and a recovering tuba player.

When: September 16-17, 2016
Where: St. John's Lutheran Church | 4265 W Keiser Rd. Columbia City, IN 46725
Cost: $25 per person
Contact: Vicar Adam McDowell | 260-244-3712 or vicar.john@gmail.com
Or Patrick Sturdivant | Higher Things Retreat Coordinator | retreats@higherthings.org | (888) 482-6630

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Youth Ministry 101

A Higher Things® Teaching Event

September 24, 2016

For the last 15 years, the mission of Higher Things® has been to assist pastors, parents, and congregations to cultivate a Lutheran identity among youth and young adults. But what does that look like day to day in our churches? How do we bridge the gap between generations and raise children who understand and appreciate the faith into which they were baptized so that they stay in the church as they grow up? Join us in Cincinnati for this Higher Things teaching event where Rev. George Borghardt and Crysten Sanchez will go over the theological and logistical nuts and bolts of what it means to have a successful youth ministry, and how to build one.

Rev. George Borghardt is the President of Higher Things and the Senior Pastor at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church McHenry, IL. Crysten Sanchez is the Conference Coordinator for Higher Things.

When: September 24, 2016
Where: St. Paul Lutheran Church | 5433 Madison Road Cincinnati, OH 45227
Cost: $50 per person
Contact: Patrick Sturdivant | Higher Things Retreat Coordinator | retreats@higherthings.org | (888) 482-6630

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The Sanctity of Life

A Higher Things® Youth Retreat

October 7-8, 2016

Christians value life differently than the world. This puts us at odds with a lot of people on issues like abortion, euthanasia, and even self-esteem. Sadly, this has caused us to develop a bad habit. The phrase "sanctity of life" has become a slogan used to explain why someone else is wrong. The sanctity of life is not an argument with winners and losers. It is an expression of God's love. It is a call to remember that our value does not come from what we can do, but from what was paid for us. We were purchased and won with the holy and precious blood and the innocent suffering and death of Jesus. Without the God who makes us holy, or sanctifies us, the sanctity of life turns into a measuring stick used to condemn instead of a gift. Jesus died that you might live. Life is a gift.

Rev. Harrison Goodman serves as pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Carroll, Nebraska.

When: October 7-8, 2016
Where: First Lutheran Church, Holyoke, MA | Hosted by Immanuel Lutheran Church, Manchester, NH in conjunction with the LCMS New England District Youth Commission
Cost: $50 per person
Contact: Christine Moser | 603-899-9499 or cmoser0404@myfairpoint.net
Or Patrick Sturdivant | Higher Things Retreat Coordinator | retreats@higherthings.org | (888) 482-6630

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Accident or On Purpose?

A Higher Things® Junior Youth Retreat

October 21-22, 2016

You are not an accident! Yes, that's right, I said it! God made you. Amazing! How He does it is just as incredible. He makes male and female. He institutes husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, sons and daughters, etc. He creates human beings. See how He did all this in the beginning and how it all was very good. There's even more! We'll see just how giving God is. He is God FOR YOU in your creation. He is also God FOR YOU in your redemption through a second and last Adam, His Son Jesus Christ. Good-Friday-On-The-Cross-And-Easter-Sunday-Risen- From-The-Tomb-Jesus does His very good redemption and restoration of you the sinner so you can be a human being just like it was in the beginning with Adam and Eve. And that is not an accident either by the way. What joy! Come check it out!

Pastor Brent Kuhlman is the Pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Murdock, Nebraska. Pastor Kuhlman and his wife, Robin, have three children, Allison, Jake, and Carlie.

When: October 21-22, 2016
Where: Trinity Lutheran Church | 1001 E. 9th Street, Gillette, WY 82717
Cost: $45 per person
Contact: Rev. Jared Tucher | 307-682-4886 or revtucher@gmail.com
Or Patrick Sturdivant | Higher Things Retreat Coordinator | retreats@higherthings.org | (888) 482-6630

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