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LAKE JUNALUSKA • 2020

Water’s Edge LIFE AT THE

A Legacy of Love: Gift Revitalizes Youth Ministry

HELPING GROUPS CONNECT Plan your trip to Lake Junaluska

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DISCOVER LAKE JUNALUSKA

ON THE COVER A perfect way to enjoy the scenic beauty of Lake Junaluska is by kayak or canoe. Paddle along to enjoy incredible mountain vistas, wildflowers and waterfowl.

LIFE AT THE WATER’S EDGE This issue of Discover Magazine focuses on how the lake is the center of community life. More than a body of water, Lake Junaluska connects people to each other, to their families, to nature, to God and to themselves. We invite you to come find renewal for your soul, mind and body along the shores of Lake Junaluska.

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Reflect 10 ways to enjoy the water

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FEATURE

Healing Waters

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Transforming stories from Lake Junaluska

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LODGING

Stay At The Lake See the variety of places to stay at Lake Junaluska to fit any budget

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PROFILE

Revitalize The gift of love transforms Youth Ministry

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RETREATS

Get Away Take a breather and experience renewal at Lambuth Inn

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PHOTO ESSAY

Life at the Water’s Edge

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Along the Lake Junaluska shore

Special Events & Packages Great escapes at incredible prices

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GROUPS

A Place to Connect Retreat finds ideal setting

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CALENDAR

2020 Events A look at the year ahead

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Remembered How the lake was formed

VISIT LAKE JUNALUSKA Lake Junaluska is a conference and retreat center in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Lake Junaluska first opened its doors in 1913 to serve The United Methodist Church. We welcome corporate and nonprofit groups, families, weddings, reunions, leisure guests and church groups of all denominations. We also host concerts and ministry events throughout the year. To plan your Lake Junaluska getaway, visit lakejunaluska.com. lakejunaluska.com 3


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KEN HOWLE

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Editor Assistant Editor Graphic Designer

KIM KINSELLA TERESA TATE SUSANNAH BRINKLEY HENRY

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Ally Hibbitts, Kim Kinsella, Bill Lowry, Allison Melrose, Teresa Tate, Amy Walker CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

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or more than a century, Lake Junaluska has drawn people to its scenic beauty, natural resources and recreational opportunities. Much more than a body of water, it’s a place of living spirit, a vibrant community that welcomes all persons and offers them experiences that renew their souls, minds and bodies. This issue of Discover Magazine dives into the role water plays in the community’s life. Within these pages, you’ll find inspiring stories of conservation, creativity, healing and recreation, and information about upcoming programs and events. There are infinite opportunities for spending time on or by the water at Lake Junaluska all year round. Whether you wish to paddle the lake, walk the trail, explore the grounds, enjoy an event, or attend a conference or retreat, we invite you to visit Lake Junaluska and find renewal. •

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Mary Bates, Liz Boyd, Derek DiLuzio, Wayne Ebinger, Victoria Grace, Mark Haskett, Ally Hibbitts, Kim Kinsella, Steven McBride, Allison Melrose, Teresa Tate, Amy Walker, Woody White HAVE AN IDEA FOR DISCOVER MAGAZINE?

We welcome story contributions and feedback. Contact the editor at communications@lakejunaluska.com.

The mission of Lake Junaluska is to be a place of Christian hospitality where lives are transformed through renewal of soul, mind and body. MAILING ADDRESS:

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PO Box 67 Lake Junaluska, NC 28745

91 N. Lakeshore Dr. Lake Junaluska, NC 28745 PHONE 800-222-4930

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© 2020 Lake Junaluska This publication is printed on sustainably sourced paper.


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BOAT TOURS

See Lake Junaluska from the Cherokee IV during a historic boat tour. Learn about the deep-rooted history of Lake Junaluska or just enjoy a peaceful pontoon boat ride. Evening tours offered Memorial Day through Labor Day. lakejunaluska.com/boat-tour

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ROSE WALK

Take a stroll through the Rose Walk early in the morning to catch a glimpse of the new-fallen dew on the petals. As a part of the walking trail, the Rose Walk runs parallel to the lake, giving the roses a perfectly picturesque backdrop. The walk features a combination of over 210 hybrid tea, grandiflora and floribunda roses. lakejunaluska.com/gardens lakejunaluska.com 5


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LAKE JUNALUSKA SWIMMING POOL

Hear the sound of trickling water from the gentle water feature on the Asbury Trail. The tree-lined lakeside path is part of the 3.8-mile Lake Junaluska Walking Trail. Take the Turbeville Footbridge for a shorter 2.3-mile loop. Gazebos and benches along the path offer opportunities to stop, rest and take in the beauty of the lake. lakejunaluska.com/laketrail

Splish and splash with your friends and family at the lakeside outdoor swimming pool. Enjoy gorgeous views of Lake Junaluska and the Western North Carolina mountains. The pool is open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. lakejunaluska.com/pool

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THE LAKE JUNALUSKA CROSS

Fishing is the perfect way to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of the world. At Lake Junaluska, fishing is open to all with a North Carolina fishing license. Common catches include bass, perch, crappie, brim, bluegill and trout. lakejunaluska.com/fishing

Standing at the foot of the cross, the lake seems to expand for miles and the mountains stretch towards the sky. Whether you worship in its shadow on Easter morning or view it from Inspiration Point above, the cross stands as a magnificent beacon of love and grace for all. A highlight of Summer Youth Events is the Walk to the Cross. Lake Junaluska hosts an annual Easter Sunrise Service at the amphitheater below. lakejunaluska.com/gardens

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MEDITATION AND FISHING PIER

Find peace and serenity where the land meets the water on the meditation and fishing pier. Cast off or just relax on the benches while overlooking the water and mountains in the distance. The pier is located near Stuart Auditorium and offers the perfect spot to watch the sunrise and sunset. lakejunaluska.com/gardens

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KAYAKS, CANOES AND PADDLEBOARDS

Paddle your way to the center of the lake while taking in the breathtaking views and interesting wildlife of Lake Junaluska. Kayaks, canoes and standup paddleboards can be rented at the Lake Junaluska recreation hut from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. lakejunaluska.com/pool

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FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS

See the reflections on the water from the fireworks display above Lake Junaluska on the Fourth of July. Spectators gather along the shore for the show as part of an Independence Day celebration tradition at Lake Junaluska that features concerts, a parade, a barbecue and more family-friendly fun. lakejunaluska.com/july4th

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PARK BELOW THE DAM

Hear the water cascading over the Lake Junaluska dam from a park at the base. A small pool of water offers a great place to fish and a fun area for kids to play during hot summer days. The park is furnished with tables and benches, creating an ideal spot for family picnics. • lakejunaluska.com 7


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Transforming Stories from Lake Junaluska

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SUNRISE SWIM WAT E R D R AW S E N D U R A N C E AT H L E T E S

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wimmers who start making their way across Lake Junaluska in the early morning darkness say there’s a moment — an extraordinary moment — when the sun starts to rise.

“The light filters through the water and the water just seems to glow,” said Kevin FitzGerald, an ultra-athlete. “It’s incredible to see when you’re out there swimming.” For more than five years, Kevin has enjoyed long-distance swimming across Lake Junaluska with a small but hearty group of athletes. He comes to exercise and train. At times, too, he has come to heal. When a foot condition made running on land too painful, Kevin would run a mile in the water after his morning swim. In 2015, he walked — or hobbled, he says — along Lake Junaluska while recovering from injuries sustained when a truck turned in front of his bicycle. After three weeks in the hospital with broken bones, a traumatic brain injury, a collapsed lung and a broken shoulder, he made his way back to Lake Junaluska with braces on his legs. “This is the first place I was able to come to and actually walk, so this place has a special meaning to me,” Kevin said. He first swam in Lake Junaluska in 2012 at a triathlon. When he later moved to the area, he and several fellow swimmers gained permission and agreed to safety precautions to be able to train in the lake. They swim a few times a week from late spring to early fall with swim caps, goggles, swim buoys and even wetsuits. To stay on track, they key off of landmarks at the lake such as the lighted Lake Junaluska Cross and the Malcolm the Swan statue. They sometimes see fish through their goggles and notice ducks, or pause for friendly conversation with anglers also out on the water at dawn. “It’s just amazing,” Kevin said “We are grateful for the opportunity to swim here.” He does get asked if Lake Junaluska is safe to swim in, a question to which Kevin confidently answers “yes.” Recent water quality tests back him up. Some remember more than 65 years ago when the lake closed to swimming. A letter sent to lifeguards in 1953 cited water quality concerns likely linked

Open-water swimmers meet before sunrise at Lake Junaluska.

to pollution entering Richland Creek upstream of the lake, said Bill Lowry, Lake Junaluska historian, in his book The Antechamber of Heaven: A History of Lake Junaluska Assembly. The letter also said action was being explored to remedy the situation. Meanwhile, Lake Junaluska constructed an outdoor pool that extended into the lake. The facility opened for the 1954 season and replaced the designated lake swimming area. The pool was replaced again in 1995 and renovated last year. Guests still enjoy its lakeside setting and mountain views. The good news for long-distance open-water swimmers is the water quality at the lake did improve. Susan and Bill Wilkins attested to that after reviewing water quality tests that made it possible for them to host the King of the Smokies triathlons at Lake Junaluska in 2012 and 2013. The swimming portions were held in the lake and the water had to meet safety standards for swimming. Water quality testing continues, with the Haywood Waterways Association regularly testing sites, including one near the confluence of Richland Creek and Lake Junaluska. For Robin Batchelor, a competitive open-water swimmer, being able to swim in Lake Junaluska is a blessing and can have a spiritual quality, she said. “I’m thankful every time I enter the water,” Robin said. “Every morning is beautiful. Last Monday, Kevin and I got in in the dark at 6:30. The air temperature was 39; the water 67. The full harvest moon was bright in the sky. Heading across the lake from Stuart (Auditorium) toward the Malcolm the Swan statue was unbelievable. The cross lit up on my left side and the full moon was shining bright on my right. How can anyone ever doubt there is a God?” • lakejunaluska.com 9


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classmate’s unexpected death during an already turbulent senior year of high school was “a life turnaround” for Mackenzie Aldridge.

“I wasn’t walking with the Lord then, but was exploring what that looked like,” said Mackenzie, now a music therapy student at the University of Louisville in her native Kentucky. “I decided to be publicly baptized by full immersion to demonstrate my commitment to Jesus Christ and to be washed of my sins.” Lake Junaluska was a natural fit for the ceremony. Mackenzie moved to the area with her parents when she was 11. Her mother, Melissa, took a job at the Lake soon after, and Mackenzie worked and spent time there during her teens.

The Rev. Chris Westmoreland of Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church baptizes Mackenzie Aldridge.

On an overcast afternoon in May 2018, Mackenzie and a small group of family and friends gathered on a dock near the Lake Junaluska Aquatic Center.

assistant director of development at Lake Junaluska.

She sang “You Were Faithful Yesterday,” a favorite of her late gospel singer grandfather, accompanying herself on the ukulele. Then she and her local pastor waded into the lake’s seasonably cold waters, where he baptized her. They exited to sudden rain and thunder.

“My entire life has changed since being baptized,” said Mackenzie, who has long heard God’s call to help those in need in Africa and hopes to work there in the future.

“I felt it was Grandpa clapping for me,” said Mackenzie. “It’s the most amazing feeling to see your child baptized and to know they want to follow Jesus,” said Melissa Aldridge,

“It was one of the most special moments as a parent.”

“I got super involved in my college ministry and in my Louisville church, which set up a mission trip to the Horn of Africa last summer. I loved it with every ounce of my body! I think God put Africa on my heart when I was little and waited for me to come home to Him.” •

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Dave Hogan enjoys the view from a bench at Lake Junaluska.

REST STOP B E N C H E S N U RT U R E S O U L , M I N D A N D B O D Y

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ave Hogan rarely stopped to sit on the benches during his daily walks around Lake Junaluska until he had surgery for a sciatica problem. As Hogan was healing and needed to rest frequently to complete his walks, he gained a new appreciation for the more than 70 benches on the grounds at Lake Junaluska. “I would walk from bench to bench,” said Dave. “I’d walk across the bridge and sit on the bench on the other side, rest a little bit, go on to the next bench, and so on. “ With time and treatment, he regained the ability to walk around Lake Junaluska without stopping, but he started to feel something was missing from his daily walks. Dave missed spending extra time talking with visitors. He missed watching the water, observing the squirrels and trees, and enjoying the honking of the geese, the quacking of the ducks and the silence of the majestic swans. He missed the special moments he had experienced sitting on the benches. “Now when I walk, I’ll stop at least twice — not necessarily to rest, but to relax and enjoy the lake,” he said. “The lake is different every day. One day, the water will be smooth as glass and the next day, a little choppy. Some days, the wind will be blowing and some days, very calm. I see different waterfowl. Early in the morning, there will be fog.”

Many of the benches at Lake Junaluska were made possible through charitable gifts, and the donation of a bench and commemorative plaque is very meaningful for the families involved, said the Rev. Rebecca Mathis, director of development at Lake Junaluska. “Adult children delight in surprising their parents with a bench in their honor,” Rebecca said. “Grieving families find solace in offering a memorial in a place that was special to their loved one. These donated benches create an ongoing ministry of respite to every person who passes by, offering an inviting place to rest, pray and reflect.” That has been true for Dave, as he expressed in a column about the benches that he wrote for The Mountaineer newspaper: “As I look across the calm waters on this clear fall day and marvel at the beauty of the chapel, the grandeur of Lambuth Inn and the tranquility of the Cross, I’m thankful that I’m now allowing Lake Junaluska to nurture not only my body, but also my mind, spirit and soul.” • Call 828-454-6749 or visit lakejunaluska.com/support to learn more about making a charitable gift in honor of a loved one through Lake Junaluska’s bench program. lakejunaluska.com 11


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STAY AT THE LAKE LAKE JUNALUSKA OFFERS A HOST OF LODGING OPTIONS F O R E V E RY O N E

THE TERRACE This contemporary hotel offers modern luxury and breathtaking views of the lake. With its location in the heart of Lake Junaluska, The Terrace is convenient to the Harrell Center and Stuart Auditorium. Come relax in a rocking chair on one of the balconies or read a book by the large fireplace. Book your stay at 800-222-4930 or lakejunaluska.com/terrace.

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HILLSIDE LODGE

These dormitory-style lodgings are a nice budget option for hostel hoppers or youth groups and are just steps from Shackford Hall. The Mountainview building has 40 rooms and the Sunnyside building has 20. The rooms can accommodate four to six people. Book your stay at 800-2224930 or lakejunaluska.com/mountainview-sunnyside.

With 25 motel-style sleeping rooms, the Hillside Lodge is conveniently located close to the aquatic center. The lodge features a large lobby. Book your stay at 800-222-4930 or lakejunaluska.com/hillside-lodge.

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HISTORIC LAMBUTH INN

LAKE JUNALUSKA VACATION RENTALS

From rocking chairs on the balconies to quaint parlors, the Lambuth Inn is a popular destination for guests looking for historic charm and old world feel. Built in 1921 and renovated in 2018, the Lambuth Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It offers panoramic views of Lake Junaluska and the Great Smoky Mountains. Book your stay at 800-222-4930 or lakejunaluska.com/lambuth.

Privately owned homes, apartments and cottages are available throughout Lake Junaluska. Book a large home for your family reunion overlooking the lake, a weekend getaway with the girls or a special anniversary vacation. Lake Junaluska vacation rentals offer fully equipped kitchens, coffee makers, Wi-Fi, TVs and more. Each unit is individually furnished and outfitted by the owner, accommodating from two to 24 people. Book your stay at 800-222-4930 or lakejunaluska.com/rentals.

LAKE JUNALUSKA APARTMENTS

LAKE JUNALUSKA CAMPGROUND

The recently renovated Lake Junaluska Apartments provide a comfortable, convenient and economical solution for families or youth groups. Many units offer efficiency kitchenettes and room capacity ranges from four to 10 people per apartment. Book your stay at 800-222-4930 or lakejunaluska.com/apartments.

Lake Junaluska Campground offers RV and tent sites, apartments and a meeting lodge. The campground includes full hookups, pull-through sites for RVs of all sizes, picnic tables, pet-friendly campsites and fire rings at tent sites. For more information, call 800-222-4930 or visit lakejunaluska.com/campground.

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Youth ministry revitalization at Lake Junaluska made possible a custom stage set in Shackford Hall.

Revitalize DONORS’ LOVE AND COMMITMENT T R A N S F O R M Y O U T H M I N I S T RY

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or more than a century, Lake Junaluska has made it possible for thousands of youth each year to experience personal and spiritual renewal through events and programs. In 2018, in response to aging facilities and dwindling participant numbers, the organization embarked on the revitalization of youth ministry.

Donors are the life force of the ongoing initiative. They lead with their love for Lake Junaluska and their commitment to its enduring quality for future generations.

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YOUTH DINING FACILITY TIMELINE The renovations will take place in three phases. The contractor for the project is Clark and Leatherwood. Phase One (2017, completed) Included insulation, an HVAC system, a new ceiling in the main dining room, new flooring in the secondary dining room, new interior and exterior paint, and infrastructure repairs.

A LEGACY OF LOVE North Carolina natives Ann and Vann York met in the Lake Junaluska dining hall cafeteria line in the summer of 1952 while attending a youth conference with their Methodist Church groups. The couple wed in 1953 and went on to raise their three children while building a successful automobile dealership business in High Point. Active leaders and supporters of United Methodist Church youth ministries and community organizations, Ann and Vann continued their relationship with Lake Junaluska through the years.

Phase Two (Late 2019 to early 2020) Includes a partially covered deck overlooking the lake, an accessible entrance ramp, landscaping, new accessible bathrooms, new exterior doors, dining space and kitchen upgrades, and mechanical system improvements.

“It’s a beautiful place that uplifts you — you just feel good after being there,” said Ann.

Phase Three (2022) Expected to center around the expansion of the kitchen and the development of a food court area.

“We thought the dining hall would be a wonderful place to give to, not only because it meant so much to us, but also because renovations and new programs can help to get more youth to come,” said Ann.

The couple became interested in contributing to the youth dining facility while on a visit to Lake Junaluska a few years ago. A discussion around the potential addition of a deck overlooking the lake caught their imagination.

The Yorks joined 60 donor households in pledging support for the revitalization initiative and their leadershiplevel gift increased the overall total to $1.5 million. This support led Lake Junaluska to announce plans for major renovations to its youth dining facility. “We know that our future is connected to the youth of today,” said Lake Junaluska executive director Ken Howle. “Ann and Vann’s story and their leadership-level support are inspiring to supporters of Lake Junaluska and to the young people that use these facilities.” The phased renovations (see sidebar) will enable Lake Junaluska to

Vann and Ann York, pictured above, first met at Lake Junaluska. PHOTOS COURTESY YORK FAMILY

modernize and develop the existing building. Renovations include a new partially covered deck that overlooks the lake, an accessible entrance ramp, accessible bathrooms, and dining space and kitchen upgrades. Upon completion of the second phase, Lake Junaluska will rename the facility the York Dining Commons in honor of Ann and Vann’s support of this effort. “Gathering around the table has always been central to the Christian faith,” said the Rev. Rebecca Mathis, Lake Junaluska director of development. “With the gifts to the revitalization of youth ministry, we’ll be able to ensure young people have a place to meet with each other and connect to Christ through food, faith and fellowship for generations to come.”

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Thousands of youth experience personal renewal at Lake Junaluska each year through events and programs.

generated the youth ministry revitalization’s first wave in 2018. Donors banded together to give almost $500,000 for upgrades to lodging facilities, Shackford Hall and programs. Grace Gaines Gattis, a member of the Lake Junaluska board of trustees, recalls visiting her church’s youth group at their on-site lodging a few years ago. “The youth were so inspired by the fellowship, programming and beautiful surroundings, but the Mountainview lodging was not very welcoming,” she said. “I wanted their entire experience to be uplifting. They are the future of Lake Junaluska and the stories they take home influence future visits. It’s so important that their memories be ones that bring them back.” Charitable gifts enabled Mountainview and the Lake Junaluska Apartments to receive new beds, mattresses, bedding, lamps and a fresh coat of paint. In addition, upgrades took place at historic Shackford Hall to porches, the exterior and auditorium. Improvements included programmable LED lighting, audio equipment, updated on-screen visuals and a custom stage set designed and constructed by volunteers.

but you’ve also got to have the facilities and accommodations that youth have grown to expect in other places,” said Mike. “Lake Junaluska has so much to offer that it seemed like just a little shot in the arm would help to improve the things that make a huge difference in kids’ lives,” said Anne.

“It’s so important that [youth’s] memories be ones that bring them back.” — Grace Gaines Gattis, a member of the Lake Junaluska board of trustees A NEW BEGINNING Last winter, youth program participants and organizers experienced the effects of the revitalization.

Among youth ministry revitalization contributors were the chairman of the board of trustees, Mike Warren, and wife, Anne.

Among them was Austin Holland, director of student ministries at Ocala First United Methodist Church in Florida, who brought his youth group for a retreat and stayed at Mountainview.

“You’ve got to have good programming,

“The room you walk into sets the tone

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for the whole weekend and I have never been more comfortable at Lake Junaluska,” said Austin, a former youth program participant and summer staff member at Lake Junaluska. Chuck and Jan Lipp were part of the group of volunteers who worked on Shackford’s stage set, a stylistic mountain scene. They later attended a youth worship evening alongside some of the first participants to experience the venue’s improvements. “While observing that worship event, we were impressed by the leadership and the quality of the youth ministry at Lake Junaluska,” said Chuck, a member of the board of trustees. Final winter youth participant numbers provided further validation: 1,750 participants registered for the five weekend youth retreats, an increase of 30 percent over 2018 and the highest number since 2015. “This growth is affirmation that what youth are experiencing here in worship, fellowship and mission is having an impact,” said Ken. Lake Junaluska looks forward to connecting more youth to Christ through meaningful ministry, inspiring facilities and stunning surroundings. “What we’ve done with the revitalization is not the end, but rather a new beginning of what youth facilities and accommodations can be at the Lake, and that’s wonderful,” said Mike. •


Get Away to Connect TA K E A B R E AT H E R A N D E X P E R I E N C E R E N E WA L AT THE HISTORIC LAMBUTH INN MARRIAGE ENRICHMENT RETREATS

March 15–17; May 3–5; July 19–21; Sept. 27–29; Oct. 25–27 These three-day retreats teach couples how to forge stronger relationships through meaningful conversation. Retreat leader Ned Martin (M.Div., M.A., LPC) will use emotionallyfocused therapy and a faith-based approach to explain the psychology of successful relationships and guide couples through a series of conversations to help them connect. Register at lakejunaluska.com/marriage or 800-222-4930.

SELF-DIRECTED PERSONAL RETREATS Offered Sundays–Thursdays throughout 2020, as space is available.

Plan your own retreat at Lake Junaluska. Spend time walking the trails, meditating in the gardens, in private devotions, journaling, reflecting and more. The lodging package includes a booklet with optional agendas, as well as resources and ideas for structuring your retreat. Register at lakejunaluska.com/retreats or 800-222-4930.

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A PLACE TO CONNECT RISE AGAINST HUNGER HOLDS A N N U A L S TA F F R E T R E AT AT LAKE JUNALUSKA

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esponsible for finding a place for her organization’s annual staff retreat, Kristin Brown looked for a special location that offered more than a clean, comfortable hotel with simple, standard meeting and dining services.

Kristin also wanted an authentic retreat experience — a place for the Rise Against Hunger staff to get away, grow closer and recharge. Her search led her to Lake Junaluska, where renovated hotels coupled with the breathtaking location — a lake set between majestic mountains — sounded ideal. “Lake Junaluska combined the best of both worlds for us,” said Kristin, executive administrator to the Rise Against Hunger president and board of directors. More than 100 staff members from 20 locations across the country gathered at Lake Junaluska for the 2019 summer staff retreat and it was a tremendous success. “The setting was lovely,” said Kristin. “We come together just once a year to learn and develop professionally, but the thing that energizes us is to be able to connect with colleagues we don’t often get to see and to feed off of each other’s stories. Lake Junaluska helped make that happen.” The mission of Rise Against Hunger is to end hunger by providing food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable populations and create a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources. In 2018 alone, the organization worked with 460,000 volunteers and impacted 794,700 lives with meals and other aid. The work can be incredibly rewarding but also challenging and emotional, and Kristin kept that in mind while planning the retreat. The event included not only educational sessions and meetings, but also a food packaging event, a Rise Against Hunger Olympics and scavenger hunt.

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During the Rise Against Hunger annual retreat, participants gathered for educational sessions and a food packaging event (top and right). PHOTOS COURTESY RISE AGAINST HUNGER

In addition to the meeting rooms within their hotel, Lake Junaluska provided varied meeting environments for guests to experience nature at every turn, from an indoor auditorium with windows overlooking the lake to an open-air gym and field. At past retreats, Kristin noted, participants had often split up and spread out to different parts of a city. This time, however, many chose to stay together and enjoy the conference and retreat center. Some walked around the lake or played board games or cornhole, for instance. Overall, Kristin said, the group thoroughly enjoyed the experience at Lake Junaluska. Colleen Carswell, director of sales at Lake Junaluska, said many groups like Rise Against Hunger value the vast


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BRING YOUR GROUP TO LAKE JUNALUSKA Choose Lake Junaluska for your next group event. With a wide range of accommodations, meeting spaces, dining options and amenities, Lake Junaluska is the perfect place for your next meeting, conference, retreat, wedding, training event or reunion. Contact the group sales office for more information about hosting events at Lake Junaluska. GROUP SALES OFFICE: Call 828-454-6650 or email groupsales@lakejunaluska.com. LEISURE FACILITIES & AMENITIES: • 18-hole golf course • 200-acre lake • 2.3-mile (or 3.8-mile full loop) walking trail with Rose Walk • Canoes, kayaks and paddleboards • Fitness center • Outdoor pool MEETING FACILITIES: Stuart Auditorium: Accommodates 2,000 people in permanent theater-style seating. Shackford Hall: 3,375 square feet in the main auditorium with stage; nine breakout rooms. Harrell Center: 4,307 square feet in the auditorium; four breakout rooms. Rise Against Hunger retreat participants bonded through outdoor activities. PHOTO COURTESY RISE AGAINST HUNGER

opportunities for connection throughout the grounds of Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center — connection to nature, connection to the spiritual and to self, and connection to each other. “Through that much needed connection, our minds are quieted and our souls renewed. And I think for that, we are all better — a better friend, a better sister or brother, a better mother or father, a better spouse, a better coworker,” said Colleen. “At Lake Junaluska, we are committed to ensuring events held here allow our guests to focus on making these important connections.” •

Terrace Auditorium: 2,640 square feet in the auditorium; six breakout rooms. Lambuth International: 2,536 square feet in the auditorium; seven breakout rooms. Memorial Chapel: Accommodates 200 people in pew seating. Kern Center: 2,378 square feet; accommodates up to 200 people in theater-style seating. For more information, please call the Group Sales Office at 828-454-6650 or email groupsales@lakejunaluska.com.

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Water’s Edge ALONG THE LAKE JUNALUSKA SHORE

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hen sunlight breaks through the clouds and a rainbow emerges over Lake Junaluska, Inspiration Point offers one of the most spectacular vantage points for seeing the ribbon of color stretch across the water. Adjacent to historic Lambuth Inn and overlooking the Lake Junaluska Cross, Inspiration Point has unparalleled lake and mountain views, beautifully landscaped gardens and 20 DISCOVER MAGAZINE · 2020


benches, as well as a bronze sculpture of the Christ and a Memorial Cross made of copper, stone, river rock and concrete. Revitalized in the early 2000s with help from George Whitaker and Hattie Polk, the site is a popular wedding location. Guests often visit Inspiration Point for quiet meditation, prayer and study, or to simply watch the sunrise or sunset. PHOTO COURTESY VICTORIA GRACE PHOTOGRAPHY

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A Walk for All Seasons

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n every season, walkers of all ages take to the 3.8-mile trail that winds around Lake Junaluska. In fall, they enjoy the autumn glow of red, orange and golden-hued leaves. Winter offers great visibility for birdwatching and catching sight of snow on the mountains. Springtime bursts forth with buds and flowers, and summer brings the scent of roses along the Rose Walk and the sounds of families splashing at the pool nearby.

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Family Time

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he Lake Junaluska shoreline draws families together to wonder, to fish and to connect. Families not only gather at Lake Junaluska for reunions and to enjoy activities from swimming and canoeing to climbing on the playground, but they also enjoy joining in Summer Activities Program events, from outdoor movies to nature walks. Families can book group whitewater rafting or skiing trips, or add on day-trips to Biltmore Estate. Lake Junaluska Road Scholar programs also include intergenerational experiences that bring grandparents together with grandchildren for adventures, such as hiking or riding on a historic railroad.Â

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Haven for Wildlife

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Great Egret with a dagger-like yellow bill stands regally along the shore, one of the many beloved birds who have found a haven at Lake Junaluska. Community members and guests also enjoy watching the swans, which are fed and cared for by a group of community volunteers. Early spring also offers opportunities to see baby swans called cygnets, and, in 2019, baby eagles. A birding checklist can be picked up at Bethea Welcome Center year-round. As part of the Lake Junaluska Summer Activities Program, guides offer free birdwatching tours and nature walks. 24 DISCOVER MAGAZINE ¡ 2020


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Dancing Butterflies

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he yellow-and-black Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly joins a variety of butterflies that flutter to Lake Junaluska during warm summer days and early fall. Attracting the beautiful winged creatures are the native phlox that bloom in the Corneille Bryan Native Garden, as well as the many wildflowers across the grounds — near the Colonnade, outside the Administration Building, by the bridge and other sites. An official Monarch way station, Lake Junaluska also has a dedicated butterfly garden along the Francis Asbury portion of the Lake Junaluska Walking Trail. Visit in September or October to see Monarch butterflies stop by Lake Junaluska as they migrate south for the winter.

Scenic Serenity

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unique liveliness characterizes the conferences, meetings, festivals, concerts, recreation and other events centered around Lake Junaluska, while the tranquility of the lake helps center all who pause for quiet reflection along the shore. For over 100 years, Lake Junaluska has welcomed visitors as a place of Christian hospitality where lives are transformed through renewal of soul, mind and body. Today, this special place invites all to slow down and enjoy peaceful moments, taking in the awe-inspiring beauty of the mountain vistas, watching ducks, hearing birdsong or simply feeling the warmth of the sun or a gentle breeze. • lakejunaluska.com 25


2020 EVENTS A L O O K AT T H E Y E A R A H E A D

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January

March

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Ski Lake Junaluska THROUGH MARCH 1

Lake Junaluska makes planning your ski weekend simple — we take care of all the details while you enjoy time with your family or group. Ski packages include lodging, meals, ski lift ticket, boots and skis or snowboard, and a lesson at the ski area. Meeting spaces are available for a small fee. lakejunaluska.com/skigroups

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Self-Directed Personal Spiritual Retreats

SUNDAYS THROUGH THURSDAYS THROUGHOUT 2020, AS SPACE IS AVAILABLE

Come alone or with a friend or small group for an opportunity to grow your relationship with God in the beauty and peaceful quiet of Lake Junaluska. We provide a booklet with optional agendas, resources and ideas for structuring your retreat. Some restrictions and blackout dates apply for these affordable retreats. lakejunaluska.com/retreats

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Western Carolina University Dulcimer U Winter Weekend

JANUARY 9–12

Participants can choose from over 50 hours of instruction on the mountain dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, ukulele, banjo and guitar at the annual Dulcimer U Winter Weekend. dulcimerU.wcu.edu

Marriage Enrichment Retreats

MARCH 15–17; MAY 3–5, JULY 19–21; SEPTEMBER 27–29; OCTOBER 25–27

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Winter Youth Retreats

JANUARY 17–20, 24–26; JANUARY 31 – FEBRUARY 2; FEBRUARY 7–9, 14–17

Experience high-energy worship with dynamic speakers during a winter retreat in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Affordable ski packages are available. lakejunaluska.com/winteryouth

February

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Boy Scout Ski Retreat

FEBRUARY 28 – MARCH 1

Participants will get hands-on experience at Cataloochee Ski Area as they hit the slopes and learn about snow safety. In the evenings, Scouts will attend workshops at Lake Junaluska to complete the requirements for the Snow Sport merit badge.

Grow closer to each other at a two-night Christian marriage retreat in North Carolina. Workshop sessions are led by a licensed professional counselor. Clergy earn a CEU. lakejunaluska.com/marriage

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Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Women Foundation MARCH 18–22

The MFM Women Foundation conference and retreat brings together a dynamic and God-centered group of women in the spirit of unity, cooperation and love, and who serve as ambassadors for MFM Ministries Worldwide. mfmnawomenfoundation.org

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FCF Confirm 2020

FEBRUARY 28 – MARCH 1; MARCH 6–8, 13–15, 20–22, 27–29; APRIL 3–5, 17–19, 24–26; MAY 1–3

Weekend events for young confirmands of The United Methodist Church. Sponsored by the Foundation for Christian Formation and the Department of Religion at Pfeiffer University. fcfconfirm.net

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April

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Lake Junaluska Easter Celebration

APRIL 11–12

Weekend activities include the Lake Junaluska Friends of the Lake 5K Road Race, Walk & Kids’ Fun Run, Easter egg hunts (including a special needs hunt) and a 7 a.m. Easter Sunrise Service at the amphitheater below the Lake Junaluska Cross, with preaching by the Rev. Bill Gattis. Rain location: Memorial Chapel. Easter breakfast buffet and lunch buffet. lakejunaluska.com/easter

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Friends of the Lake 5K Road Race, Walk & Kids’ Fun Run

APRIL 11

The Friends of the Lake 5K Road Race, Walk & Kids’ Fun Run is a charitable event to support the recreation opportunities of Lake Junaluska through the Friends of the Lake program. Profits support the annual maintenance and improvement of the recreation areas so that Lake Junaluska continues to be a place where the community can enjoy the walking trail, gardens and breathtaking vistas. lakejunaluska.com/run

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Southeast Church Network

APRIL 19–22

Network with other Southeast Church Network business administrators for support, to share knowledge, and for other tools for spiritual and personal growth. secn.biz

May

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South Carolina United Methodist Women Spiritual Growth Retreat MAY 1–3

The South Carolina Conference of United Methodist Women will meet by the lakeshore at Lake Junaluska for the annual spiritual growth retreat. All are invited to attend. umcsc.org/discipleship/ united-methodist-women

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Summer Recreation

MAY 22 – SEPTEMBER 7

The lakeside swimming pool and kayak, canoe and paddleboard rentals open for the summer, as well as equipment rental for minigolf, tennis and shuffleboard. Evening historic boat tours are offered. lakejunaluska.com/pool

FRIENDS OF THE LAKE 5K SATURDAY, APRIL 11, 2020

Friends of the Lake 5K Road Race, Walk & Kids’ Fun Run at the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center — Nanci Weldon Memorial Gym 5K Road Race: 9:00 a.m. 5K Walk: 9:05 a.m. Kids’ Fun Run (for ages 10 and under): 9:45 a.m. lakejunaluska.com/run

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Carolina Conference Camp Meeting

MAY 24–31

Seventh-day Adventist members from around the Carolinas join together for a week of seminars and activities designed to bring spiritual and physical renewal. carolinasda.org/camp-meeting


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ROAD SCHOLAR PROGRAMS Road Scholar programs empower adults to explore the world’s places, people, cultures and ideas, and, in doing so, learn more about themselves. A fellowship of learning and the joy of discovery are the hallmarks of the Road Scholar experience. The Great Smoky Mountains Through the Photographer’s Lens Program #22927 • April 19–24; May 10–15; Sept. 13–18; Oct. 25–30 The Women of Appalachia: Traditions, Stories and Song Program #22829 • April 19–24; July 19–24 A Wildflower Quest in the Mountains of Western North Carolina Program #23036 • May 3–8 Discovering the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Program #20552 • May 3–8; Sept. 13–18 Exploring the Trails of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Program #23501 • May 10–15; Oct. 25–30

June

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Holston Annual Conference

JUNE 7–10

Clergy and laity from the Holston Conference will gather for worship, learning, business and fellowship. holston.org/about-us/

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WNCC United Methodist Women Spiritual Growth Retreat JUNE 12–14

A time to pray, listen, reflect, study and share fellowship with women from across the Western North Carolina Conference. wnccumw.org

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Western North Carolina Annual Conference

JUNE 18–21

Clergy and laity from the Western North Carolina Conference will gather for worship, learning, business and fellowship. wnccumc.org

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Music & Worship Arts Week

JUNE 21–26

A multi-generational educational event composed of arts, praise and renewal. Designed for those who want to sing, dance or act all week, as well as for those who lead these ministries in local congregations. lakejunaluska.com/mwaw

Youth Mission Week JUNE 14–18

Youth groups participate in two and a half days of mission work, along with games and high-energy worship with Andy Lambert, plus Jimmy Atkins and the Light ’Em Ups. Wednesday afternoon is free for groups to plan rafting trips or enjoy the swimming pool and boats at Lake Junaluska.

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Native American Summer Conference

JUNE 26–28

The United Methodist Church Southeastern Jurisdiction Association for Native American Ministries (SEJANAM) Summer Conference includes speakers, Bible study and workshops. lakejunaluska.com/sejanam

lakejunaluska.com/summeryouth

Hike, Raft & Ride: The Great Smoky Mountains with Your Grandchild Program #23531 • July 27–31; Aug. 3–7 Scottish and Cherokee Heritage and Music in Appalachia Program #21338 • Aug. 30 – Sept. 4; Sept. 27 – Oct. 2 For information about Road Scholar programs, visit lakejunaluska.com/road-scholar.

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Summer Youth Events

JUNE 18–21, 23–27; JULY 10–13, 15–19

Youth groups enjoy morning and evening sessions, with high-energy worship, games and fun, followed by workshops or family groups. Afternoons are free for groups to plan rafting trips, do mission work or enjoy Lake Junaluska. lakejunaluska.com/summeryouth

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M28 Camps

JUNE 28 – JULY 1; JULY 1–5, 6–9

Designed to help leaders and students grow deep relationships with Christ. Worship and teaching sessions make a difference to every attendee. M28camps.com

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Taizé services

MONDAYS, JUNE 29 – AUGUST 3

Candlelight contemplative services with prayer and song take place at Memorial Chapel, 7–8 p.m. lakejunaluska.com/ summer-worship

July

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Independence Day Celebrations

JULY 2–5

Theme: America: Goin’ for the Gold. The celebrations include concerts by the award-winning bluegrass group, Balsam Range, and the Lake Junaluska Singers, as well as a Cool Dog Stunt Show. A parade, fireworks, community picnic and other family activities round out the week. Vacation packages include lodging, tickets to all events and special meals. lakejunaluska.com/july4th

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Blue Ridge Big Band JULY 2

Gather lakeside to listen, dance or sing along as this talented big band entertains with a variety of musical styles. All ages welcome. lakejunaluska.com/july4th

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Cool Dog Stunt Show JULY 3

High-energy, choreographed stunt show featuring world-class trained dogs who astound with their athleticism, talent and intelligence. lakejunaluska.com/july4th

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Balsam Range in Concert

JULY 3

The award-winning bluegrass group, Balsam Range, takes the stage as part of the Lake Junaluska Independence Day celebrations. lakejunaluska.com/july4th

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The Lake Junaluska Singers in Concert

SUMMER WORSHIP SERIES Theme: “A More Excellent Way,” based on 1 Corinthians 12:31. Internationally known preachers and the Lake Junaluska Singers lead spirited worship throughout the summer in Stuart Auditorium at 10:45 a.m. Two Saturday lectures extend the experience. On July 25 at 4 p.m., Rev. Dr. Ben Witherington will speak on “Joanna/Junia: The First Woman Apostle.” On August 1 at 3 p.m., Rev. Dr. Greg Jones will speak on “Resurrecting Excellence.” lakejunaluska.com/summer-worship

JULY 4

The Lake Junaluska Singers celebrate America in Stuart Auditorium. lakejunaluska.com/july4th

June 28 – Rev. Dr. Joy Moore July 5 – Rev. Dr. Donna Claycomb Sokol July 12 – Rev. David McEntire July 19 – Rev. Dr. Tom Long July 26 – Rev. Dr. Ben Witherington August 2 – Rev. Dr. L. Gregory Jones


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Independence Day Festivities

JULY 4

Enjoy the Fourth of July parade at 11 a.m., a barbecue picnic with live music and family-friendly activities from noon to 2 p.m. and a fireworks display over the lake at approximately 9:30 p.m. lakejunaluska.com/july4th

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Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference

JULY 15–17

Delegates from conferences of The United Methodist Church gather for the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference. sejumc.org

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Lake Junaluska Associates Weekend

JULY 31 – AUGUST 2

Associates Weekend is an annual event where donors come together to celebrate the mission of Lake Junaluska and experience the impact of our ministries. Associates are individuals or households who love Lake Junaluska and support our mission by making an annual charitable gift of $250 or more. Join in a fun weekend of celebration, appreciation, recreation, music, storytelling, table fellowship, worship and connecting with friends. lakejunaluska.com/associates

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Lake Junaluska Singers Season Finale Concert JULY 31

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Folkmoot International Festival

JULY 19–26

Folkmoot USA is a celebration of the world’s cultural heritage through folk music and dance. The closing ceremony for Folkmoot will take place on stage in historic Stuart Auditorium. This performance highlights more than 150 international dancers and musicians. PHOTO COURTESY FOLKMOOT

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Lakeshore Goes Broadway

JULY 21 & 22

The Lake Junaluska Singers present selections from favorite Broadway shows while guests enjoy a delicious plated meal.

Two months of daily practice and performance culminate in this musical celebration in Stuart Auditorium. lakejunaluska.com/concerts

August

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Festival of Wisdom & Grace

AUGUST 3–6

Theme: Living Abundantly. Will Willimon, Dr. Amy Hanson and Bishop Ken Carder provide leadership for this time of renewal for those in the second half of life. Come for worship, workshops, Bible study, recreation and fellowship. Co-sponsored by The Upper Room. lakejunaluska.com/ wisdom-and-grace

SUMMER YOUTH EVENTS Theme: “Branching Out,” based on John 15:5. Each summer youth group event offers morning and evening sessions with high-energy worship, guest preachers and family groups or workshops. The program is geared toward sixththrough 12th-graders, with a focus on spiritual enrichment and learning in small groups. Afternoons are free for groups to plan rafting trips, do mission work or enjoy the swimming pool and boats at Lake Junaluska. lakejunaluska.com/summeryouth

June 14–18 (4 nights) Mission Week (2.5 days of mission work) Speaker: Andy Lambert Band: Jimmy Atkins and the Light ‘Em Ups June 18–21 (3 nights) Speaker: Juan Huertas Band: Jimmy Atkins and the Light ‘Em Ups *Special rate for youth of WNCUMC conference attendees.

June 23–27 (4 nights) Speaker: Charlie Conder Band: Jimmy Atkins and the Light ‘Em Ups July 10–13 (3 nights) Speaker: Jason Stanley Band: Abbye West Pates July 15–19 (4 nights) Speaker: Justin Warner Band: Abbye West Pates

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Salvation Army Bible Conference

AUGUST 9–15

SUMMER ACTIVITIES PROGRAM JUNE 26 – AUGUST 3

Throughout the summer, bring friends and family for free and lowcost activities that celebrate faith, recreation, arts and education. Activities change frequently, so be sure to check the online calendar for up-todate offerings. lakejunaluska.com/summeractivities

A spiritual highlight of the USA Southern Territory each year is the Territorial Bible Conference conducted for The Salvation Army officers, soldiers, friends and their families. Great Bible teachers from various denominations lead conference delegates through a week of renewal and spiritual refreshment. All sessions and a Sunday evening concert and outreach event are open to the public. southernspiritonline.org

September

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Smoky Mountain Folk Festival

SEPTEMBER 4–6

Faith: Lakeside devotions, Sunday school, Bible studies, Taizé services and hymn sings. Arts: Gospel and folk jam sessions, craft sessions, dance lessons (clogging, square dance, line dance), live music. Recreation: Tournaments (shuffleboard, pickleball, corn hole), yoga, board games, movies, bonfires and boat tours. Education: Nature walks, birding tours, garden tours, and sharing circles on a variety of historical and cultural topics.

The 51st annual Smoky Mountain Folk Festival offers two nights of the finest traditional music and dance of the Southern Appalachian region.

October

16

Choir Music Weekend

OCTOBER 16–18

Join the celebration with the Western North Carolina United Methodist Women.

Designed for small and medium-sized adult choirs, the weekend includes worship and specialized workshops. Groups will learn eight new anthems to take back to their home churches and revel in the beauty of fall at Lake Junaluska. The theme will be “Reflections of Christ ­­— His Life and Mission.”

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November

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WNCC UMW Annual Celebration

SEPTEMBER 11–13

Retreat and Refresh Stroke Camp

SEPTEMBER 11–13

Stroke survivors, caregivers and family members enjoy crafts, games, educational sessions, friendship, hiking, walking and other activities modified so everyone can participate.

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Thanksgiving at Lake Junaluska

NOVEMBER 25–27

Start a new tradition and savor an exquisite Thanksgiving meal with family and friends. Add a Biltmore Estate ticket or visit other local area attractions. lakejunaluska.com/thanksgiving

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December

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Balsam Range Art of Music Festival

DECEMBER 3–6

Enjoy the award-winning bluegrass group, Balsam Range, as they perform alongside friends for a festival featuring some of the top bluegrass and acoustic musicians in the nation. lakejunaluska.com/balsamrange

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Appalachian Christmas

DECEMBER 10–13

Awaken the spirit of Christmas through festive live music, hearty meals and local artistry. Festivities include musical concerts and the Appalachian Christmas craft show, which showcases the work of dozens of local artisans. Round out your weekend with worship in historic Memorial Chapel. lakejunaluska.com/Christmas

GOLF EVENTS

Enjoy a round of golf or participate in a tournament at the Lake Junaluska Golf Course. Fairways deliver topnotch conditions and incredible views of Lake Junaluska and the surrounding mountains. A fun and challenging par-68 course, the Lake Junaluska Golf Course offers a layout for all levels. Upcoming Tournaments March 15 – St. Patrick’s Day May 16–17 – Spring Invitational July 31 – Associates Tournament October 10–11 – Fall 4-Ball

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Candlelight Service in the Moravian Tradition DECEMBER 19

This evening Love Feast service in historic Memorial Chapel is a time of carols, special music and prayer, accompanied by sweet coffee and buns in the Moravian tradition of love and fellowship in Christ. lakejunaluska.com/events/worship

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Winter Youth Retreats

DECEMBER 31, 2020 – JANUARY 3, 2021; JANUARY 15–18, 2021; JANUARY 22–24, 2021, JANUARY 29–31, 2021; FEBRUARY 5–7, 2021; FEBRUARY 12–15, 2021

Bring your youth group and experience high-energy worship with dynamic speakers and bands. Ski and mission work opportunities are available. • lakejunaluska.com/winteryouth

Ski Lake Junaluska

DECEMBER 18, 2020 – FEBRUARY 28, 2021

Lake Junaluska makes planning your ski weekend simple — we take care of all the details while you enjoy time with your family or group. Ski packages include lodging, meals, ski lift ticket, boots and skis, and a lesson at the ski area. Meeting spaces are available for a small fee. lakejunaluska.com/skigroups

Golf lodging packages and fundraising opportunities are available. For more information, call 828-456-5777, email golf@lakejunaluska.com or visit lakejunaluska.com/golf.

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Special Events & Packages PERSONAL RETREATS

WHITEWATER RAFTING

YEAR-ROUND

MARCH – OCTOBER

ZIPLINE ADVENTURES

BALSAM RANGE ART OF MUSIC FESTIVAL

YEAR-ROUND

DECEMBER 3–6

Lake Junaluska partners with local outfitters to offer all-inclusive rafting and ziplining experiences. We manage the details so you can focus on having fun with your group.

This festival features some of the top bluegrass and acoustic musicians in the nation. Enjoy this weekend of concerts and workshops.

Come alone or with a friend or small group for a self-directed retreat to grow your relationship with God in the beauty and peaceful quiet of Lake Junaluska. Some restrictions and blackout dates apply. lakejunaluska.com/retreats

lakejunaluska.com/adventure

LAKE JUNALUSKA INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS JULY 2–5

Theme: America: Goin’ for the Gold. The celebrations include concerts by the award-winning bluegrass group, Balsam Range, and the Lake Junaluska Singers, as well as a Cool Dog Stunt Show. A parade, fireworks, community picnic and other family activities round out the week. Vacation packages include lodging, event tickets and special meals.

lakejunaluska.com/balsamrange

APPALACHIAN CHRISTMAS AT LAKE JUNALUSKA DECEMBER 10–13

Awaken the spirit of Christmas through festive live music, hearty meals and local artistry. Festivities include concerts and the Appalachian Christmas craft show, which showcases the work of dozens of local artisans. Round out your weekend with worship in historic Memorial Chapel. lakejunaluska.com/Christmas

lakejunaluska.com/july4th

BILTMORE ESTATE PACKAGES

SMOKY MOUNTAIN FOLK FESTIVAL

YEAR-ROUND

SEPTEMBER 4–6

The Biltmore Estate, America’s largest home, is just a short drive from Lake Junaluska. The estate boasts an abundance of festivities and activities for any season.

The Smoky Mountain Folk Festival offers two nights of the finest traditional music and dance of the Southern Appalachian region.

lakejunaluska.com/biltmore

lakejunaluska.com/sm-folk-festival

THANKSGIVING AT LAKE JUNALUSKA

SKI PACKAGES

NOVEMBER 25–27

Grow closer to each other at a twonight Christian marriage retreat. Workshop sessions are led by a licensed professional counselor.

Start a new tradition — savor an exquisite Thanksgiving with family as we take care of the details. Add a Biltmore Estate ticket or cut down your own Christmas tree to make your trip truly unforgettable.

Stay at Lake Junaluska and ski at Cataloochee or Wolf Ridge. Ski packages include lodging, meals, ski lift tickets, boots, skis and a lesson. Also take a look at Winter Youth Retreats for youth groups and the Boy Scout Ski Retreat (page 27). •

lakejunaluska.com/marriage

lakejunaluska.com/thanksgiving

lakejunaluska.com/skigroups

MARRIAGE ENRICHMENT RETREATS MARCH 15–17; MAY 3–5; JULY 19–21; SEPTEMBER 27–29; OCTOBER 25–27

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REMEMBERED

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE SEJ HERITAGE CENTER

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here had to be a lake. The two visionaries who first dreamed of a great “assembly,” James Atkins and George R. Stuart, were both inspired by institutions located by lakes that gave them their names — Atkins by Chautauqua Lake Assembly in New York and Stuart by Winona Lake Assembly in Indiana. Any new assembly had to have a lake. The planning committee for the new assembly, however, chose Haywood County as the location and there were

no natural lakes in Haywood County. The plan was to form a lake through damming Richland Creek as it flowed through a lovely valley once known as “the best corn-growing area west of Asheville.” The committee hired J. W. Seaver as their construction engineer. He, in turn, enlisted the advice of J. O. Olmstead, son of famed landscape architect, Fredrick Law Olmstead. Seaver designed the dam that was built over a period of three years and

completed just in time for the opening service at Lake Junaluska Assembly on June 25, 1913. At that time, the gates at the dam had not been closed and there was no water in the lake. Nevertheless, upon closing the gates, the water rose at the rate of about a foot a day. By the end of the summer, the beautiful 250-acre lake was full. • Courtesy of Bill Lowry, author of The Antechamber of Heaven: A History of Lake Junaluska Assembly

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Lake Junaluska Assembly, Inc. PO Box 67 Lake Junaluska, NC 28745

WATERFRONT VIEWS FROM THE TERRACE PA G E 1 2

Discover Lake Junaluska Lake Junaluska is a conference and retreat center in the mountains of Western North Carolina. With a unique location 30 miles from Asheville and between two of the most popular national parks in the country, Lake Junaluska is your gateway to the best outdoor activities and attractions in the Southeast. We welcome corporate and nonprofit groups, families, weddings, reunions, leisure guests and church groups of all denominations.

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