Summary— You’re Invited!

You’re invited to join us next summer for Higher Things: “For You” youth conference.

  • Current 8th-12th graders
  • July 5-8, 2022
  • On the campus of the University of Scranton in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Cost (per person)
  • Registration fee: $150 (Registration opens November 1)
  • Balance due after registration fee is paid:
    • $285 if paid in full by January 31, 2022
    • $310 if paid in full by April 30, 2022
    • $350 starting May 1, 2022
  • There will be additional travel costs, as well. More information about those will be available as soon as we have it. Current estimate is about $75 per person.
  • We do have fundraisers planned that should offset a portion of the cost. (We managed to raise about $200 per person for our 2021 trip.)
How Do I Sign Up?
  • Contact Pastor or Betsy Stolarczyk for more information

More Information

Who Is “Higher Things”?

Higher Things has taken on the mission making known the gifts of Christ Jesus to youth and young adults. The most direct way they do this is through their annual youth conferences. They are convinced that youth need solid teaching and experiences that will nurture a lasting Christian faith. they believe in challenging youth to learn the pure doctrine of the Christian faith. By teaching them the same message that they are already hearing at home and at church, youth grow in the fullness of the Christian faith as they come to appreciate historic liturgical practice and its unique focus on God’s gifts of forgiveness, life, and salvation for us delivered in Word and Sacrament.

What Is “For You” About?

They sum it up this way: 

Six letters. That’s all you need. Six letters to explain the point of everything. Six letters to make crystal clear the entire Christian faith. What are those letters? FOR YOU.
“For you” makes the Gospel, well, the Gospel! The Gospel isn’t that Jesus died and rose. No, that’s just history. (Even the demons believe that.) What the Lord did isn’t just facts. He did it all for a reason, and His merits are for someone. FOR YOU!
Yes, even you. Yes, with all your sins and evil desires. “While we were still sinners, Christ died for the ungodly” (Romans 4). Christ died for you. Christ rose for you. Not just you. “Christ died for our sins” (1 Corinthians 15:3). For each and for all, too. “He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not only for our own, but also for the whole world!” (1 John 2)
All that Christ did is for you—has to be for you! He makes it yours. In His Spirit-illed Gifts, Christ delivers it right to you over and over and over again! Water and Word over your forehead. Gospel sermons and Absolution into your ears. God’s Word into your ears and eyes. Jesus’ Body and Blood into your mouth. No doubt about it: all Christ did, all Christ does—all FOR YOU!
Not just for each of you. Oh, no, no, no. There’s no end or limit to the Lord’s giving. No stop, no wall, no sin can contain His FOR YOU. It’s for all of you, and those around you, too! For all! For them, even them, through you!
Six letters. FOR YOU. Calvary. Easter. Font. Bible. Gospel sermons. Absolution. Supper. FOR YOU. Jesus’ salvation FOR YOU. Jesus’ mercy, forgiveness, and love FOR YOU. And that means it’s ... no ... He’s all yours and you are His.