Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO
June 29 – July 2, 2020
NW Missouri State University
Maryville, MO
July 7 – 10, 2020
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN
July 14 – 17, 2020
Calvin University
Grand Rapids, MI
July 21 – 24, 2020


Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

The global outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is on the minds of individuals and organizations everywhere. Not surprisingly, we at Higher Things have received some questions regarding the impact it will have on our retreats and conferences. The purpose of this update is to inform you of our organization’s immediate plans in light of this situation.

There are a couple of scheduled retreats remaining before our summer conference season. Here is the status of those retreats:

  • “Fully Sinner/Fully Saint” Camp Okoboji, Iowa on March 20-21, 2020: rescheduled for spring 2021 per CDC recommendations.

  • “What is Church?” Wahpeton, North Dakota on March 27-28, 2020: rescheduled for spring 2021 per CDC recommendations.

Regarding the 2020 Watermarked conferences, we are in regular contact with the four conference sites; each site is currently managing the situation with their students by utilizing online learning until mid-April or through the end of the school year. None of the sites have indicated that they will be closed for summer activities. Therefore, Higher Things’ Watermarked 2020 registration remains open and will operate as though the end result will be a normal conference season. Higher Things will continue to monitor the evolving coronavirus situation and keep you informed as matters progress.

We thank you for your continued support of Higher Things and ask you to pray for our employees and volunteers as we will assuredly continue to pray for you, your children, your families, your congregations, and your communities.



Erica Jacoby
Executive Director
Higher Things, Inc.

“Baptism now saves you.” (1 Peter 3:21)

You were born to die. You’re a sinner, and sinners are marked for death. You not only inherited it, but the sins you commit daily earn you death. You won’t just die and be buried. Since you’re born dead in trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:1), you’re marked and sentenced to die forever in hell—a child of wrath (Ephesians 2:3).

Yet your sins aren’t yours anymore, neither is your death. Jesus took them as His own. “He became sin” (2 Corinthians 5:21), your sin, and “He died to sin once for all” (Romans 6:10), for you, too. He gives you what is His to you—“righteousness and purity forever”. You are no longer marked and sentenced and left to die. You are marked for life in Jesus.

Jesus marked you with the Water of Life in Holy Baptism. His water and Word splashed over your forehead, washing you with the rosy-red water from His spear-pierced side and clothing you with His own resurrection. In Holy Baptism Jesus re-created you to be what He has forever wanted you to be: His disciple and friend, a child of His Father and His own brother or sister, that is, “an heir, having the hope of eternal life” (Titus 3:7).

At the 2020 Watermarked Conferences we rejoice in and cherish all the promises and blessings Jesus makes and delivers to each of us in Holy Baptism. You really are what He says you are: marked forever as His own.