The Christian Life

NOVEMBER 5-6, 2021
VILLAGE LUTHERAN CHURCH - LADUE, MO

Jesus calls us to live in the world, but not to be conformed to the world around us. This is a difficult challenge! There are so many different messages given to us about what kind of life we should live today—it can blow our minds! There are unending opinions about what the Christian life should look like in different situations:  from a world that is changing its mind about gender, marriage, and family, to social media’s constant presence, to the role of your Christian faith in a life busy with sports, friends, schools, clubs, and family activities,. This retreat will focus on what the Bible says about the Christian life and how you as a junior high student live as a Christian today. God has called you to be a Christian and to love the Lord your God and your neighbor. At this retreat, you will get to think about how to live as a Christian in a 21st century world.
Pastor Peter Ill, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Millstadt, Illinois, will be our presenter for this retreat. He and his wife, Carrie, love to travel and enjoy plays and concerts. He is a Detroit Tigers fan and a recovering tuba player.
Kristine Boehlke
youth@villagelutheranchurch.org
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Tana McKenna
Higher Things Retreat Coordinator
retreats@higherthings.org

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$35 per person includes Friday night snacks, Saturday breakfast, lunch, and snacks, all presentations and activities, and overnight lodging at Village Lutheran Church. The retreat will begin at 6:30p.m. on Friday, November 5th and end around 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 6th.

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Life Ain't Easy

NOVEMBER 12-13, 2021
ST. JOHN'S LUTHERAN CHURCH - WESTFIELD, MA

It's tough to be a Christian in our world, and it seems to be getting tougher all the time. But we're not the first Christians to live in challenging times. The book of 1 Peter is a letter of hope written to Christians familiar with suffering. Through whatever challenges you face, learn to hold on to the hope that we have in Christ.
Pastor Peter Gregory, one of our New England district pastors, will be the speaker for this retreat. Pastor Gregory has been serving the saints of  Our Savior in Westminster, MA since March 2015. He is married to Kristen and they have six children at home and one home with Jesus.
Chris Moser
603-899-9499
cmoser0404@myfairpoint.net
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Tana McKenna
Higher Things Retreat Coordinator
retreats@higherthings.org

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$50 per person includes Friday night light supper and snacks, Saturday breakfast, lunch, and snacks, all presentations and activities, and overnight lodging at St. John's Lutheran Church. Registration and check in will begin at 5p.m. on Friday, November 12th and end around 4p.m. on Saturday, November 13th.

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Canceled!

DECEMBER 31, 2021 - JANUARY 1, 2022
FAITH LUTHERAN CHURCH - PIERRE, SD

"My God! My God! Why have You forsaken Me?" Was Jesus canceled? Yes! For you Jesus was cancelled by the Father when He claimed all your sins as His very own and gave up His life so that you may be reconciled with the Father. No, this isn't woke and in step with modern society. God became man so that you and I may not be canceled, but rather accepted by the Father. The atonement is not a social movement, but rather the very gift of our Lord for us that we may never be cancelled, but always received by our Father in heaven because of the blood, wounds, and death of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Come and walk along with Pastor Chris Hull and other amazing Lutheran pastors as we live our life together, kept safely in the peaceful hands of our Lord Jesus.
Rev. Randy Sturzenbecher
605- 391-0482
dslcpastor@divineshep.org
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Tana McKenna
Higher Things Retreat Coordinator
retreats@higherthings.org

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$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.

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America's Idols

March 25-26, 2022
St. Paul's Lutheran Church - Minot, nd

When we hear the word 'idolatry,' it’s easy to imagine primitive people bowing down to gods made of carved stone.  But we'd be naive to think that idolatry only happened with primitive people long ago. What are the idols of America?  What are your idols?  Ask yourself "What do I find security in, and what do I boast about and defend the most?"  The answers - those are  your idols - anything from money, sports, fame, even ourselves.  
Maybe you think that idols aren’t that big of a deal.  Join us at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Minot, ND as Rev. Justin Woodside helps us understand why idols cannot love us, pursue us, or bleed for us. They cannot protect us from the grave. Only Christ can - that’s a big deal.
Rev. Matthew Richard
701-389-0418
st.paulsrev@srt.com
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Tana McKenna
Higher Things Retreat Coordinator
retreats@higherthings.org

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$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.

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Higher Things® Retreats

Missing HT Conferences throughout 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, eager for the organ to begin the opening lines of the liturgy or their favorite hymns, 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!