RETREATS

Do you miss HT conferences during the year? Attend one of our many regional retreats! Hosted at a church or a camp, these one- or two-day events will fill you with all of the great things you get during a summer conference, but in a more intimate way. Picture the sanctuary of your local church filled with teenagers who are eager for the organ to begin the opening lines of the liturgy or their favorite hymns, are listening intently as they learn how their Lutheran faith applies to their lives and relationships, and laughing as they horse around playing games and getting to know other youth from the area. When you attend a Higher Things retreat, you challenge youth to Dare to be Lutheran, inspiring them to deeper faith and love for their neighbors.

Find a retreat near you to be refilled with the same reverent worship, robust teaching, and playful fun that Higher Things delivers at summer conferences, but in a smaller way. See you there!

Unboxed

January 6-7, 2023
St. paul's Lutheran Church - Fort Wayne, IN

It's Epiphany. Not just the wind down from Christmas, but a chance to reflect on who the Christ child grows up to be. Epiphany is the revelation that Jesus is God. God puts himself in a box. He is found in human form. He is found in the sacrament. It's important. God reveals himself chiefly in mercy, not power. Epiphany opens the box to find Jesus, true God and true man, being merciful to to you. 

 

Chief of sinners. Child of God. Pastor Harrison Goodman preaches Christ crucified as a light that shines in darkness and a hope for the hopeless. As HT's Content Executive, he helps to make these same gifts known online by employing the many voices and talents of our brothers and sisters in Christ.

 

Join us at the inaugural HT retreat in Fort Wayne on Epiphany and hear all about the great gifts God continues to give us. 

$40 per person covers all Friday night snacks,
Saturday breakfast, lunch, and snacks, all
presentations and activities, and overnight lodging at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. This retreat is intended for High School youth, grades 9-12, but all are welcome to attend. The retreat will begin at 6 pm on Friday and end at 3 pm on Saturday after Divine Service.

Boys and girls will have separate sleeping areas. Each group should have at least one female chaperone for the girls in their group and at least one male chaperone for the boys in their group. Attendees need to bring toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.), a sleeping bag, a pillow, and a change of clothing. There are no shower facilities. Participants should shower before they come and put on deodorant. And bring deodorant. And reapply deodorant.

Andrea Hoover
(260) 222-1434
youthdirector@emanuelnh.org


Tana McKenna
Higher Things Retreat Coordinator
888-482-6630 x. 4
retreats@higherthings.org

Born That Way

January 6-7, 2023
FAITH LUTHERAN CHURCH - PIERRE, SD

When it comes to sex and related topics, our teens are overwhelmed and hearing very different messages from the Church and the culture. Come and hear from Pastor Joel Shaltanis of Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Plano, TX as we take a very practical look at why God's Word says what it does about the proper role and place of sex (within a marriage) and why it says it (God really wants you to be blessed.) We will also consider and answer the many lies that are told surrounding homosexuality and how we can speak the truth in love by sharing what Scripture teaches on the subject as well as offering some helpful and compassionate ways of thinking about a temptation most of us do not experience and cannot fully understand. 

$40 per person covers all Friday night snacks, Saturday breakfast, lunch and snacks, all presentations and activities, and overnight lodging at Faith Lutheran Church. This retreat is intended for high school and college age young adults. The retreat will begin at 6pm on Friday and end at 3pm on Saturday. 

 

Please RSVP by December 19, 2022

Rev. Randy Sturzenbecher
605- 391-0482
dslcpastor@divineshep.org


 

Tana McKenna
Higher Things retreat coordinator
888-482-6630 x. 4
retreats@higherthings.org

Ten

January 27-28, 2023
Immanuel Lutheran Church - Broken Arrow, OK

A good God gives us 10 commandments. A good God doesn't give bad gifts. So the law is a good gift from God. Even when we don't like what it has to say. 10 words. The 10 Commandments show us how things are supposed to be. They teach us about God. And they make it clear that we're not Him. That's not just ok. That's the first commandment Come hear the rest at a Higher Things Retreat to learn about the law that paints a picture of Jesus so that the gospel can paint a picture of you. 

Chief of sinners. Child of God. Pastor Harrison Goodman preaches Christ crucified as a light that shines in darkness and a hope for the hopeless. As HT's Content Executive, he helps to make these same gifts known online by employing the many voices and talents of our brothers and sisters in Christ.

 

$60 per person covers all Friday night snacks,
Saturday breakfast, lunch, and snacks, all
presentations and activities, and overnight lodging at Immanuel Lutheran Church. This retreat is intended for both JR High and High School youth - all are welcome to attend. The retreat will begin at 6 pm on Friday and end at 3 pm on Saturday after Divine Service.

Boys and girls will have separate sleeping areas. Each group should have at least one female chaperone for the girls in their group and at least one male chaperone for the boys in their group. Attendees need to bring toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.), a sleeping bag, a pillow, and a change of clothing. There are no shower facilities. Participants should shower before they come and put on deodorant. And bring deodorant. And reapply deodorant.

Todd Stevens
tstevens@icaba.org


Tana McKenna
Higher Things Retreat Coordinator
888-482-6630 x. 4
retreats@higherthings.org

Life by Drowning

February 17-18, 2023
Mount Calvary Lutheran Church - Lititz, PA

When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said ‘Repent,’ he intended that the entire life of believers should be repentance. This was the very first of Dr. Martin Luther's 95 Theses hammered to the church door in Wittenberg to begin the Reformation. So what? What does this mean for YOUR reformation, your rehabilitation, your repentance, your death, your life now, today, February 2023? Come and find out!

Pastor Eric Andrae has been the campus and outreach pastor at First Trinity Lutheran Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania since February 2001. He is often seen bicycling around town and offering "Free Prayer" to college students. He is married and has 2 children. His favorite Lutheran theologian is Bo Giertz.

$50 per person covers the retreat t-shirt,  all Friday night snacks, Saturday breakfast, lunch, and snacks, all presentations and activities, and overnight lodging at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church. This retreat is intended for High School youth - all are welcome to attend. The retreat will begin at 5 pm on Friday and end at 5 pm on Saturday after Divine Service.

Boys and girls will have separate sleeping areas. Each group should have at least one female chaperone for the girls in their group and at least one male chaperone for the boys in their group. Attendees need to bring toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.), a sleeping bag, a pillow, and a change of clothing. There are no shower facilities. 

Erin Seifferlein
920-918-9222
eseifferlein@gmail.com


Tana McKenna
Higher Things Retreat Coordinator
888-482-6630 x. 4
retreats@higherthings.org

Baptized Rite!

February 18-19, 2023
Trinity Lutheran Church - Sheboygan, WI

Water and Word. Baptism is that simple. A little water applied in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. That's it. Baptism takes about five seconds. But if that's all there is to it why do we have this whole Baptismal Rite that takes like 15 minutes? What's with that? Join us as we look at what we do and why we do the things we do in the Rite of Holy Baptism and how it teaches about the wonderful gifts God gives in something as simple as water and Word. 

Pastor Brett Simek is the pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church-Rantoul in Hilbert, WI and currently serves as the Catechesis Coordinator for Higher Things. Pastor Simek and his wife, Nicole, have three boys, Joel, Elijah, and Jude. He enjoys being a husband and father, especially while his kids are still young enough to like him. 

 

$50 per person includes all food and lodging at Trinity, a retreat T-shirt and all the other programming, fun and games. T-Shirts are only guaranteed for registrations received by January 20th. Trinity Lutheran Church will open for housing and pre-retreat festivities on Friday, February 17th, for those who are traveling, at no extra cost. The retreat will begin with registration/ check-in at 7 a.m. on Saturday, February 18th and ends after Divine Service and Bible Study on Sunday. Registrants are encouraged to bring a swimsuit for entertainment at the YMCA. 

Boys and girls will have separate sleeping areas. Each group should have at least one female chaperone for the girls in their group and at least one male chaperone for the boys in their group. Each person staying overnight will need to bring toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.), sleeping bag, pillow, and change of clothing. There are limited shower facilities. Restrooms are located throughout the building.

Rev. John Berg
(920) 458-8246

berg@trinitysheboygan.org 


Tana McKenna
Higher Things Retreat Coordinator
888-482-6630 x. 4
retreats@higherthings.org

Who Am I?

MARCH 24-25, 2023
ST. PAUL'S LUTHERAN CHURCH - MINOT, ND

The Christian's Identity in a World Full of Labels

Who are you? The world has a bunch of answers to this question. However, the answers from the world are nothing more than temporary labels. Yes, the world is busy putting labels on everyone and everything. The only problem is that the world can't make up its mind. Culture right now is very confused and struggling. It hurts to be slapped with a label, only to have the same label ripped off in the next moment.  


Join Pastors Richard, Walla, and Woodside, as they present the various labels that the world attempts to place on you, why these labels are temporary and false, and, finally, hear about your true identity in Christ. Yes, hear the good news of who you are - your identity in Christ is not a temporary label but an absolute certainty!

$50 per person covers all expenses for the retreat at St Paul’s, including all classes, food, activities, and lodging at the church. Boys and girls will be housed in separate areas of the church, and attendees should bring sleeping bags and pillows. There are no shower facilities, however bathrooms are located throughout the church. The retreat will begin at 6pm on Friday and end at 3pm on Saturday. 

Rev. Matthew Richard
701-389-0418
st.paulsrev@srt.com


 

Tana McKenna
Higher Things retreat coordinator
888-482-6630 x. 4
retreats@higherthings.org

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