Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center
Lake Junaluska E-news October 12, 2010
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Ebony Youth Retreat
March 18-20, 2011
Registration ends January 8, 2011.

Ebony YouthLake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center will host the 4th annual Ebony Youth Christian Vocation Exploration Retreat March 18-20, 2011. African-American youth, grades 9-12, will have the opportunity to explore Christian vocations and God's call on their lives during this intentional spiritual formation weekend.

"This is an exciting way for African-American youth to come together from across the Church and learn about all of the wonderful ministries that the Church has to offer and where God may be calling them to serve," said Reverend Dr. Carl Arrington, Director of African-American Ministries at Lake Junaluska. "They learn that God can and is willing to use their gifts, not only as pastors, but in other areas of ministry as well. It is so inspiring for them to see that there are other African-American young people in The United Methodist Church who are on this same journey of discovering where God is leading them."

Students who attend the retreat will not only experience fellowship with other African-American youth of their faith, but that they will also discover their spiritual gifts, engage in spirit-filled worship and take part in a mentoring relationship, all while they discover, explore and celebrate a call to ministry.

Church leaders are encouraged to share information about the conference with youth whom they feel are being called into ministry, or who have expressed the desire to go into ministry. The registration fee for the conference is $90 per person, and those interested are asked to submit an application by January 8, 2011.

For additional information on the conference or registration, please visit, or contact Rev. Dr. Carl Arrington at 828-454-6739.
Cabinet Consultation 2011
Cabinet Consultation
January 18-21
Epworth By the Sea

"A Future Worthy of Our Past:
Leading Across Generations"

This event will explore topics like:
  • Understanding younger clergy and laity
  • Age trends among clergy and laity
  • Best practices in working with young clergy
  • Rallying everyone around reaching more people, younger ages, and more diverse groups
  • Much more!
Leadership includes:
  • Dr. Lovett H. Weems, Jr., a distinguished professor of church leadership and director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C.
  • Dr. Cynthia Weems, pastor of First UMC of Miami, FL
  • Bishop Larry Goodpaster, WNC Annual Conference
Register today!
$99 Fall Foliage Getaway
Fall at Lake Junaluska
September - November, 2010

Lake Junaluska is here to provide a place for you to relax and escape the everyday stresses of life. Don't miss out on spectacular mountain fall colors. Take advantage of our Fall Foliage Getaway packages starting at $99 for 2 nights up to four people. Take a solo retreat or bring the family, either way it's $99.

Call 800-222-4930 to reserve your spot today!
Caring for Creation 2011
Caring for Creation 2011
March 31 - April 3
Early Registration ends January 1, 2011.

Over 38 guest speakers, including:
  • Rev. Sally Bingham, founder of Regeneration Project
  • John Hill, Director of Economic and Environmental Justice from the General Board of Church and Society
  • Mr. Carter Ries and Ms. Olivia Ries, students and co-founders of One More Generation, dedicated to the preservation of all endangered species
  • Jonathan Merritt, author of Green Like God: Unlocking the Divine Plan for Our Planet
Participate in informative workshops, vist a sustainable community, worship and share green ideas with others!

*First 50 registrants will receive a FREE copy
of Jonathan Merritt's book*
Ethnic scholarships available.
Lake Junaluska Multicultural Conference

December 2-4, 2010

Early registration deadline - October 16!

Embracing Christ's Multi-Ethnic Body - Breaking Down Barriers and Building Bridges: The 2010 Lake Junaluska Multicultural Conference. The Multicultural Conference is designed to increase awareness and appreciation in church and the world for the richness of diversity. Leave with a new passion, commitment and power to create a church and world where we will embrace all of God's children and create the "Beloved Community." Leaders include: Rev. Eric Law, Bishop Gregory Palmer, Bishop Will Willimon, Kristina Gonzalez, Dr. Anne Marshall, Tim Tyson, Dr. Mary John Dye, and Bishop William Morris. You will not want to miss this life transforming event and the blessing it will be to our church.

Leader focus:
Kristina Gonzalez
Kristina GonzalezKristina Gonzalez, Associate Director of Connectional Ministries for the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Methodist Church, works in leadership development for an inclusive church and coordinates ethnic and multicultural ministry development. Kristina trains in cultural competency in the United Methodist connection and ecumenically, and has served on the faculty of the New District Superintendent/Directors of Connectional Ministries Orientation for seven years. She is a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory and works with the Kaleidoscope Institute for leadership in a diverse and changing world.

You will not want to miss this life transforming event and the blessing it will be to our church. Find out more today at
Appalachian Christmas

Ricky SkaggsDirected by Dr. Melodie Galloway, the Lake Junaluska Singers will perform their classical Christmas program. Each year at Appalachian Christmas the Lake Junaluska Singers deliver an outstanding performance in Stuart Auditorium. In addition, we have a heartwarming musical celebration of the season with Ricky Skaggs and his talented family sharing songs from A Skaggs Family Christmas.

MYP INFUSE Ski Speaker Spotlight:
Rev. Jasmine Smothers

Jasmine Smothers

The Rev. Jasmine Smothers became the Associate Pastor of Atlanta First in June 2008. Rev. Jasmine has primary responsibility for Christian Education, Young Adults, Sunday Night in the City worship, and the newly formed Atlanta First Day School ministry. She also shares some administrative, worship, and preaching duties with the Senior Pastor.

Jasmine loves living in and serving the city of Atlanta. Jasmine enjoys music, traveling, movies, technology and spending time with her family and friends. Jasmine loves God, loves the Church, and is committed to "equipping the saints for the work of ministry" so that the world may know and be transformed through Christ!

Jasmine will once again inspire Christian youth with his powerful message and presence at MYP at Lake Junaluska's New Year's INFUSE I winter youth program. She will be joined onstage by band Rush of Fools and This is Luke!

MYP INFUSE Ski Winter Events

MYP Ski Ad 2011

Register by December 10
and receive a FREE
INFUSE t-shirt!

INFUSE 2010-2011 Ski Schedule

December 31 - January 2: INFUSE I
Speaker: Rev. Jasmine Smothers
Band: RUSH OF FOOLS and This is Luke

January 7-9: INFUSE II
Speaker: Rev. Tim Reaves
Band: The Justin Graves Band

January 14-17: INFUSE III (MLK Weekend)
Speaker: Rev. Olu Brown
Band: Unspoken

January 28-30: INFUSE IV
Speaker: Rev. Troy Benton
Band: Among the Thirsty

February 4-6: INFUSE V
Speaker: Rev. Tiffany Knowlin
Band: Eddie Willis & The Narrow Path

February 11-13: INFUSE VI
Speaker: Rev. David Walters
Band: TIED

February 18-21: INFUSE VII (President's Weekend)
Speaker: Rev. Andy Lambert
Band: The Wayne Kerr Band

Intentional Growth Center Presents:
  • Online Seminars: Through our distance learning classes, the IGC offers "connected" learning, coaching, and support for ministry. Find out more about our online seminars, including "Telling the Story" (starting November 9th).
  • Confirmation - November 5-7
    Our whole weekend will be focused on 5 key words: Prayer, Presence, Gifts, Services and Witness. Our theme for 2010 is "I Promise."
  • Experiencing the World of the Bible I - November 8-10
    Journey with Jesus and his disciples and learn the various ways Jesus taught them.
  • Experiencing the World of the Bible II - November 10-12
    Follow the Gospel records as we focus on the significant places, events, and people that we find at crucial turning points in Jesus' life. Become familiar with the places Jesus lived and visited, and how these places shaped the stories he shared with his disciples.
  • Christmas at Lambuth -
    November 30 - December 3
    A special seasonal program for adult groups or individuals who wish to experience a meaningful preparation for celebrating the Christ in Christmas. You will enjoy browsing through the beautifully decorated Lambuth Inn, intriguing displays and delightful entertainment.
It's not too late - Go on a
Rafting Adventure!

Rafting Adventures


Planning your youth group whitewater rafting retreat has never been easier with Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center ALL INCLUSIVE PACKAGES.Find out more or book now by calling 1-800-222-4930.
Appalachian Christmas 2010

August- December
10/19 - 10/22 Fall Fling
10/22 - 10/24 Choir Music Weekend
10/22 - 10/24 Waking Up and Coming Alive
10/31 - 11/05 Road Scholar: Civil War- The Common Soldier
11/02 - 11/04 Alban @ Lake Junaluska: Holy Conversations
11/05 - 11/07 Confirmation Retreat Weekend 6
11/08 - 11/10 Experiencing the World of the Bible I
11/10 - 11/12 Experiencing the World of the Bible II
11/30 - 12/03 Christmas at Lambuth 2010
12/02 - 12/04 Multicultural Conference
12/05 - 12/10 Road Scholar: Christmas, Past and Present
12/10 - 12/11 10th Annual Appalachian Christmas
12/31 - 01/02 MYP INFUSE I

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