This past July, 71 youth and chaperones from all across the North Dakota District traveled to Fort Collins, Colorado for the Higher Things Youth Conference. The feedback that we received from the youth was phenomenal and it was decided that we need to continue to provide the opportunity for them to attend Higher Things conferences. Next summer the conference is in Valparaiso, IN on July 25-28.
Tana McKenna, Zion Lutheran’s Parish Assistant, has agreed to take care of registration responsibilities for those wishing to attend. Unlike last year, we will NOT be coordinating a mass group transportation effort. In other words, all registrations, questions, and finances will be directed through Tana; however, your individual congregation will be responsible for arranging transportation and lodging both to and from the conference. We will still caravan where possible and most likely will arrange an overnight in a church for anyone wanting that option.
Higher Things traditionally fills up fast with conference registrations, so it is VERY important to get your registrations in early. Furthermore, Higher Things has deadlines in place, and in order to comply with those deadlines we have established the following to ensure an efficient registration process:
Early discounted registration ($375) opens on November 1 and ends February 1. Registration forms (attached) and a $100 non-refundable deposit (payable to SEND Youth) should be submitted to Tana as soon as possible!
If you wish to take advantage of the discounted registration rate, registration forms and
PAYMENT IN FULL MUST BE received NO LATER THAN January 25.
After February 1, registration cost increases to $405 per person.
The Higher Things Registration Policy states: Partial payments (including non-refundable deposits) do not “lock-in” your registration rates. An additional change fee of $25/change will apply for substitutions made after May 1, 2017.Unpaid balances and new registrations on or after May 1, 2017, will be charged a Late Fee of $25/person. Per-person rates are based on the date your group’s registration fees are PAID IN FULL!
Note that we are charging a $20 per person administrative fee, which will get you a ND group T-shirt as well as a no-hassle registration experience.
You can reach Tana at Zion Lutheran through email (firstname.lastname@example.org), phone (701-678-2401) or mail (PO Box 118 Gwinner, ND 58040). We look forward to hearing from you as we continually challenge our youth to “Dare to be Lutheran.” “Here I stand.” That’s daring to be…Lutheran! What words! What a theme! So on this 500th anniversary of Dr. Luther’s firing the Gospel shot heard around the Church, Pastors and Youth from across North Dakota are excited to continue to stand and confess the Gospel with Dr. Luther at Higher Things 2017 Summer Conferences.
Rev. Adam Moline, ND Southeast Circuit Visitor
Rev. Dr. Matthew Richard, Zion Lutheran Church, Gwinner