What is Church?

march 26-27, 2021
St. Paul's Lutheran Church - Minot, ND

Is church just a building? Is it where people come to pray? Does a church have to have stained glass windows and a steeple?  Is church better if there are more people and loud singing? What is the purpose of the church and why should we even go? Do we go to church to give God our best, or do we go to receive God's best in Christ via the Word and Sacraments?
At this Higher Things Retreat, Pastor Jon Walla and Pastor Matt Richard will be digging in and answering these tough questions and more! Finally, Pastor Josh Reimche will take attendees behind the scenes of the Divine Service, explaining the significance of what is happening. Everything from the albs that a pastor wears to what is happening at the altar during communion and how these everyday things deliver the Lord’s gifts to us.
Pastor Matthew Richard
(701) 389-0418
stpaulrev@srt.com 

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Tana McKenna
Higher Things Retreat Coordinator
retreats@higherthings.org

things to know...

$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. .

Groups may  pay securely online, however you are encouraged to  bring your payment with you when you arrive for the retreat. Please RSVP  by March 20, 2021.

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What is Church?

march 26-27, 2021
Immanuel Lutheran Church - Wahpeton, ND

Is church just a building? Is it where people come to pray? Does a church have to have stained glass windows and a steeple?  Is church better if there are more people and loud singing? What is the purpose of the church and why should we even go? Do we go to church to give God our best, or do we go to receive God's best in Christ via the Word and Sacraments?
At this Higher Things Retreat, Pastor Matthew Tooman and Pastor Chris Brademeyer will be digging in and answering these tough questions and more! Finally, Pastor Aaron Filipek will take attendees behind the scenes of the Divine Service, explaining the significance of what is happening. Everything from the albs that a pastor wears to what is happening at the altar during communion and how these everyday things deliver the Lord’s gifts to us.
Pastor Matthew Tooman
(701) 899-1976
looktoxp@reagan.com 

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Tana McKenna
Higher Things Retreat Coordinator
retreats@higherthings.org

things to know...

$50 per person covers all expenses for the retreat at Immanuel, 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. .

Groups may  pay securely online, however you are encouraged to  bring your payment with you when you arrive for the retreat. Please RSVP  by March 20, 2021.

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Divine Service

April 16-17, 2021
camp okoboji - milford, ia

The Divine Service. God speaks. We listen. And more! What is going on when you are at church? Have you ever wondered that? Well, Jesus is having a church. And when He is having a church, His bunch of hangers-on, moochers and faith-ers cling to His every Word. Jesus speaks. We listen. His words, read and preached from the Bible, do incredible things to us. Like what? Repent and faith you! Turn you from your sin and turn you toward Him to be given His Good Friday won forgiveness in His Word and the Lord’s Supper. Sounds great, right?! Come to this retreat to learn even more!
Pastor Brent Kuhlman and his  lovely wife Robin are empty nesters with the kids all grown up and on their own.  He pastors, preaches,and teaches at Trinity Lutheran Church in Murdock, NE,  has taught confessional and pastoral theology in Siberia, Sumatra, Vietnam, Tanzania and Canada, and is also a school bus driver and golf enthusiast.  Pastor Kuhlman loves HT! Otherwise, he’s just another dinosaur Lutheran who lives by faith alone in Christ Jesus the Savior.
Izaak Wendorff
(507) 766-0072
izaak.campokoboji@gmail.com
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Tana McKenna
Higher Things Retreat Coordinator
retreats@higherthings.org

things to know...

$60 per person covers all expenses for the retreat at Camp Okoboji, including all classes, food, activities, and lodging. Boys and girls will be housed in separate rooms, and attendees should bring sleeping bags and pillows. There are shower facilities. The retreat will begin at 8pm on Friday and end at 2:30pm on Saturday.

Groups are encouraged to register online, however you may bring your payment with you to Camp Okoboji when you arrive for the retreat. Please RSVP for this retreat by April 2.

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Higher Things® Retreats

What is an hT retreat?

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!