Upcoming Events

Why Be a Lutheran?

A Higher Things® Youth Retreat

August 12-13, 2016

Is what you're living for worth dying for? Is your religion just the latest fad, or the everlasting facts of the Almighty God? Is being Lutheran just a poor attempt at sticking out, or is it the eternal Church confessing the cross of Christ? Over the course of three sessions Pastor Fisk will help your lock in on what you believe and why you believe it by delivering you the ancient dogma of the church in bite sized chunks you won't want to miss. Taking you through the heart of the Catechism as the ultimate guide to reality as we know, and giving you a crash course in the founding document of the Lutheran Reformation (the Augsburg Confession) you'll be equipped to know that as a Lutheran, what you're living for is definitely worth dying for, and for that reason, worth talking about, again, and again, and again...

Rev. Fisk serves Saint John Lutheran Church in Oakes, North Dakota. He and his wife, Meredith, have five children.

When: August 12-13, 2016
Where: St. Paul's Lutheran Church | 214 7th Ave SW, Aberdeen, South Dakota
Cost: $40 per person
Contact: Pastor Samuel Bobby | 605-415-5578 or samuellbobby@yahoo.com
Or Patrick Sturdivant | Higher Things Retreat Coordinator | retreats@higherthings.org | (888) 482-6630

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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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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
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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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