Discover Seasonal Warmth at Lake Junaluska’s Appalachian Christmas


ljsingersLAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. – Appalachian Christmas at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center will deliver the nostalgic charm of Appalachian hospitality to visitors Dec. 11-13, 2015. The annual festive weekend features live music, hearty meals and local artistry. Festivities include Handel’s "Messiah," featuring the Lake Junaluska Singers and regional orchestra and choir; Classic Sounds of Christmas, a concert by the Lake Junaluska Singers; the Appalachian Christmas Craft Show, showcasing the work of dozens of local artisans; and a matinee concert by The Cockman Family, a local treasure. All events are open to the public. Individual concert tickets and two- and three-night lodging packages are available. Tickets are $22.50 for reserved seating; $17.50 for general admission seating. Children ages 18 and under may attend for free in general admission seating. Packages include lodging, meals, concert tickets and tickets to visit the Biltmore Estate. For more information or to buy concert tickets, visit or call 800-222-4930. Appalachian Christmas Events All concerts are in Stuart Auditorium Handel's Messiah, featuring the Lake Junaluska Singers Friday, Dec. 11 7:30 p.m. Appalachian Christmas Craft Show Saturday, Dec. 12 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Harrell Center Auditorium The Cockman Family in Concert Saturday, Dec. 12 2 p.m. Lake Junaluska Singers Christmas Concert Saturday, Dec. 12 7:30 p.m.

Resources for Vital Congregations



Lewis Center for Church Leadership

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Books

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Serve Your Neighbor

GBHEM Leadership Resources


Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church

Englewood Book Review

Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations

Ted Talks: The Golden Circle

Ted Talks: The Power of Vulnerability

Ted Talks: The Price of Invulnerability

Design Thinking

Meditations on the Ministry of All Christians


Be A Disciple

A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Adult Christian Studies from the Wesley Ministry Network

Traveling Together: A Guide for Disciple Forming Congregations


Living As United Methodist Christians

Methodist Doctrine: The Essentials

Reclaiming our Wesleyan Tradition: John Wesley’s Sermons for Today

John Wesley Sermons: Anthology


Get Their Name

Evangelism & Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit

Canoeing the Mountains

Fresh Expressions

Fresh Expressions: Dinner Church

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Reach New Disciples

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: 50 Ways to Reach People

Community: The Structure of Belonging


Institute for Emerging Issues

Congregations 4 Children


The Royce and Jane Reynolds Ministry Fund Grants

The Duke Endowment


The Appalachian District Church Vitality Team has been prayerfully seeking ways to help support you and the ministries of your local congregation during this COVID-19 pandemic. Together they have diligently researched and connected with others throughout the conference and our denomination to identify resources and offer them to you. We hope they will be helpful to you and bless you greatly in leading your churches and communities through this unprecedented time. We are very grateful to the District Vitality Team and other contributors for their great work on this resource.
This faithful team has created three documents, two of which you are receiving today. They include:

  • Family Home Worship – designed to help families establish a regular worship space within their homes as well as a time where they can worship together.
  • Tech Strategies – to help guide you in selecting effective tools and resources within your budget to best communicate in the digital world.

We believe these resources will be of great benefit to you. Also know that the District Vitality Team is available to answer any questions you might have in regards to the documents attached. If you have questions, you may email Rev. Howard Fleming at


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