Upcoming Events

Commandments and Gifts
April 10-11, 2015

One of the things often lacking in our understanding of the Ten Commandments is the *gifts* each one represents. The "giftedness" of the decalogue becomes more clear when we note how the very first words God writes on those two stone tablets are actually not "commandments" at all. He says, ”I am Yahweh, your God...who rescued you..." When we first take note of what kind of a God we have, and what kind of good, gracious gifts He provides, we begin to view His commandments in a whole new light!

At this retreat we will look at several of the God-given gifts in an in-depth study of the Ten Commandments. We will take time to consider God's gift of Himself, His name, His day, parents & authorities, life, marriage, possessions, reputation, and finally the conscience of the heart.

Rev. John Drosendahl has been a Pastor in the Missouri Synod for 22 years. For the past 11 and a half years he has been privileged to serve two congregations in Eastern North Carolina: Peace Lutheran of Goldsboro and Our Redeemer Lutheran of Wilson

When: April 10-11, 2015

Where: Our Savior Lutheran - Houston, TX

Cost: $50 per person

RSVP: via online registration at higherthings.org/retreats/registrations

Contact:
Rev. David Vandercook - pasvandercook@osl.cc or 713-290-9087
or Patrick Sturdivant - Higher Things Retreat Coordinator retreats@higherthings.org or (888) 482-6630

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Growing in Wisdom and Stature: Your Post-Confirmation Life
April 10-11, 2015

Confirmation. All you have to do is pass the class, say the words, and boom, you’re graduated right? There’s a great temptation to think that being Confirmed in the church means being done with having to learn the Catechism and go to Sunday School. But what is life after your confirmation supposed to look like? Join us as we explore what your Confirmation really means (HINT: It's really about your Baptism), and what gifts Jesus still has for you as you continue to grow in His grace and knowledge your whole life long! We'll even have some Good News for navigating the craziness that is High School as a Christian.

Rev. Mark Buetow. Pastor Buetow serves Bethel Lutheran Church in DuQuoin, IL and is the Media Executive for Higher Things, Inc.

When: April 10-11, 2015

Where: Camp Io-Dis-E-Ca / 3271 Sandy Beach Road Northeast, Solon, IA 52333

Cost: $50 per person

RSVP: via online registration at higherthings.org/retreats/registrations

Contact:
Daniel Sanchez - (319) 848-4187 or drs.leones@gmail.com
or Patrick Sturdivant - Higher Things Retreat Coordinator retreats@higherthings.org or (888) 482-6630

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Cultured Christians: Secular Culture, Pop-Culture, and Christ's Church
April 10-11, 2015

Do you ever feel surrounded and overwhelmed by a society and culture that is against Jesus? So many people views and values that seem to tear down families, celebrate sin, and ignore Christ and His Church. And politicians, artists, and Hollywood are happy to hop on that bandwagon. Pastor Heinz’s own hero, Obi Wan Kenobi, says that truth depends on "point of view." And sometimes churches even seem to go along with it all!

Join us as Pastor Rich Heinz helps us navigate through the many “cultures” that impact us, but pull your focus away from Jesus. As we hear God’s Law and Gospel, He blesses us with the Word-and-Sacrament Culture of His Church! Pastor Heinz serves St. John’s Lutheran Church in Chicago, Illinois, and is the Worship Coordinator for Higher Things conferences.

When: April 10-11, 2015

Where: Trinity Lutheran Church / Springfield, MA / Hosted by Immanuel Lutheran Church in Manchester, NH in conjunction with LCMSNew England District Youth Commission.

Cost: $50 per person

RSVP: via online registration at higherthings.org/retreats/registrations

Contact:
Christine Moser - (603) 899-9499 or cmoser0404@myfairpoint.net
or Patrick Sturdivant - Higher Things Retreat Coordinator retreats@higherthings.org or (888) 482-6630

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Dating, Relationships, and THAT
April 18, 2015

Have you ever been in love? Did your heart race? Did the other person love you too? Is he the one? Is she? What if they don’t love you? What if you never love anyone? And then, there’s that, you know . . . THAT thing that God wants only in marriage. What does the Bible say about dating? What does it say about love? What about this courtship thing everyone is talking about? Is it okay not to marry? Has God cursed me with being alone? Wow, that’s a lot of questions! Can they be answered in the span of a single retreat? Let’s see!

Pastor Borghardt serves Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in McHenry, IL. He is the President of Higher Things

When: April 18, 2015

Where: St. John Lutheran Church - Berlin, WI

Cost:
$15 per person Advance Registration
$20 per person Walk-In Registration

RSVP: via online registration at higherthings.org/retreats/registrations

Contact:
Dakotah Pike - 254-768-3065 or dakotah.pike@cuaa.edu
or Patrick Sturdivant - Higher Things Retreat Coordinator retreats@higherthings.org or (888) 482-6630

Download the registration packet here

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