February 15-16 – Higher Things, Trinity, Sheboygan

February 15-16, 2020

“The Beautiful Life”

Trinity Lutheran Church
824 Wisconsin Ave.
Sheboygan, WI

God’s love gives every human life worth and purpose. His work of creating, knitting together in mother’s womb, proclaims all human beings special. His labor of redeeming, becoming incarnate as an embryo and incapacitated by crucifixion, proves all human beings precious. His activity of calling, making temples from sinful bodies, pronounces all human beings priceless.

His grace – not anyone’s age, appearance, or ability – provides sanctity and significance. We may receive every neighbor, even the least of these, as gifts and privileges. We get to declare it with courage and demonstrate it with compassion. Life issues like surprise pregnancy or terminal diagnosis mean much more than political controversies or personal choices. The Gospel of Jesus Christ brings joy and hope, comfort and healing right where the world pressures to use death as a solution. Join us in Sheboygan for the annual Higher Things retreat with Pastor Michael Salemink from Lutherans For Life. We’ll explore speaking His truth, showing His love, and sharing His life in a better way than abortion and embryo experiments!

Picture the sanctuary 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. That’s a glimpse of what will happen at this Higher Things Youth Retreat!

Cost:  $50 per person

Contact:  Rev. John Berg
920-458-8246

or Tana McKenna
Higher Things Retreat Coordinator
retreats@higherthings.org or (888) 482-6630

Register via online registration here.

Click here to download the Registration and Information Packet

Disaster Relief Teams

The March 9-16 Disaster Relief Team #6 trip to Port Arthur, Texas completes the Winter/Spring cycle of our Mercy Ministry assistance for Hurricane Harvey. Please stay tuned as one more larger group is to be planned and scheduled for Fall of 2018!


Registration and payment is on a first come basis, and the liability form must be received the week prior to departure.  Once you register you will receive a confirmation email securing your spot on a team which will include a suggested packing list.  All registered participants must be 18 or older (future youth trips are being considered) and each individual should bring an insurance card with them to Texas.This 12-person volunteer team will travel by van and stay at Trinity Lutheran Church in Port Arthur. Work will include site preparation, drywall installation, home restoration, and site clean-up.

Please complete all the fields in the registration and liability forms as this is important information. Please note, a non-refundable $25 background check fee is required to complete your registration. Refunds cannot be issued if you are unable to attend.

Registration and Liability Forms
Open and complete the PDF Registration Form and email it to Burakowski@swd.lcms.org. Click here to pay your $25 fee for a background check (choose “Disaster Relief” from the drop-down menu).

Complete the Liability Form, sign it and mail or email it to the District office one week prior to departure (address below).

The cost is $25 per volunteer for required background checks. Your prayers and monetary donations are also welcome to support the efforts of our relief teams. Contributions may be made on our website, or mailed to:
SWD Hurricane Relief
8100 West Capitol Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53222
Please note in the memo line:
“SWD Hurricane Relief.”

Please contact Rev. Jonah Burakowski at Burakowski@swd.lcms.org or (414) 464-8101 if you have immediate questions.

Information for future Disaster Relief Team trips will be coming this summer.

Specific Trip Information

Shower facilities: Provided (gymnasium) but bring your own towel and toiletries
Laundry: Available
Accommodations: Gender specific space with cots available but you should bring your own bedding
Meals: Teams will prepare daily meals (food provided) but meals while traveling will be your responsibility
Cost: $25.00 for the necessary background check

General Daily Schedule

6:30 AM Breakfast Preparation
7:00 – 8:00 AM Breakfast and Lunch Packing
8:15 AM Depart for Worksites
Noon – 1:00 Lunch
4:30 PM Depart Worksite
5:30 PM Dinner Preparation
6:30 PM Dinner
7:30 – 9:00 PM Debrief and devotion
11:00 PM Lights out

Team Breakdown
Site Manager
The Site Manager is an experienced resident professional, provided by the Texas District, who will manage the site and provide all of the direction to the team.

Team Leader
The Team Leader is a volunteer responsible for facilitating the group schedule by coordinating daily tasks such as meals, showers, travel, and communication with the Site Manager.  The Team Leader should have some experience with basic construction skills and will work with the Site Manager on assigning Team Members to various work site tasks.  Transportation will be the responsibility of the Team Leader and they will assist the Site Manager in the safe and efficient use of tools.

Team Member
The Team member is a volunteer responsible for working at the site, assisting in preparing daily meals and providing compassion to local community members.

Tools
You are encouraged to bring your own tools (travel space is limited), but tools will be provided at the work site. Each member should bring the following:

  • Durable Work Gloves
  • Safety Glasses
  • Hat or Head Covering
  • 2 or 3 N95 Dust/Face Masks or other higher NIOSH labeled Dust/Face Mask of your choosing