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March 15th, 2005

Posted at 7:14pm

Dear friends,

As of today we have received 1150 registrations for the Dare to be Lutheran Conference this summer in St. Louis. Our capacity is 1100, which means that 50 are on a waiting list. Everyone whose registrations were post marked on March 7 or before are registered.

As I said earlier, there is a possibility that we can add 40-50 spots.  We will also, without doubt, have a few cancellations.

If you have not registered yet, you may still do so to get on the waiting list. If you don't get in, your deposits will be returned to you, so there isn't anything to lose.  We will maintain the waiting list until May 1.

If your group is already registered, and you know of a cancellation, or if someone decides to give away their spot, and you do so by April 29th, we will refund your deposit for those spots as long as there are still people on our waiting list. Usually, we never refund this deposit, but we are doing so this year in order to give some others the possibility of attending. But we need to know by April 28, otherwise you will forfeit your deposit if you have a cancellation for which you are unable to find a substitute. In other words, not only will you be saving money, but you'll give someone the opportunity to attend the conference.

If you have any questions about this, email Pr. Woodring at

March 4th, 2005

Posted at 6:42pm

Dear Friends,

As of this afternoon, we are at 90% of conference capacity.  We have  slightly more than 1000 registrants for the Dare to Be Lutheran conference next July.  This means that we only have roughly 100 spots remaining.  We may be able to exceed the total of 1100 by around 50-60 registrants.

I realize that over the past month I gave various and sundry estimations of how much time groups have to register before we are full.  In these conversations, I have stressed that I really have no way to predict.  Two weeks ago we were less than 50%.

At any rate, I am estimating now that we will reach our capacity of 1100 within 7-10 days. This is only a guess. We could fill up completely with tomorrows mail, or it could be another month.  But I definitely would urge groups who still want to attend to move quickly.

We will create a waiting list of groups after we reach 1100 in case we are able to find more space, and in the event that we have some cancellations (which we always do).

Thank you all for your support toward Higher Things, your encouragement, and prayers.

Pr. Daniel Woodring
Executive Director
Higher Things, Inc.

Higher Things serves the Lutheran Church by providing resources for congregations to use in ministry toward youth.

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February 15th, 2005

Posted at 7:56pm

Oh, come, let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, Who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." (Hebrews 12:2)

Once again, just in time for your Lenten preparations, Higher Things is pleased to provide daily Lenten Reflections for personal or congregational use!

The Reflections will also be emailed daily during Lent to the Reflections e-mail list. If you are not yet signed up to receive Higher Things Reflections via email, send any message to

You can also download all of the Reflections here or view them as they are posted daily here.

February 13th, 2005

Posted at 11:40pm

The web site might not look too different, but the entire site has been reworked and is now on a new web host. This will allow Higher Things to expand more and provide even better services to those who Dare to be Lutheran!

December 25th, 2004

Posted at 1:00am

Merry Christmas! The winter issue of Higher Things is in the final stages of going to press, but we wanted to give you a little Christmas cheer as our Lord prepares you for His arrival! You will find linked below electronic (PDF) versions of the following articles that will be featured in the winter issue, to be released in early January:

Special Christmas e-Preview Issue

August 8th, 2013

Posted at 11:00am

Check out these great pics of kids from Immanuel Lutheran Church in Pensacola, Florida, as they participate in the 2013 Higher Things "From Above" Vacation Bible School.
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