Celebrate Easter at Lake Junaluska


LJeasterLAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. – All are invited to attend Lake Junaluska's Easter weekend events. The conference and retreat center offers a number of family-friendly activities, including a children’s Easter egg hunt, a sunrise service overlooking the lake and a 5K road race and walk. Easter weekend lodging is also available at The Terrace, a hotel at Lake Junaluska. Friends of the Lake 5K Road Race and Walk The Easter festivities kick off with a 5K road race and walk at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 26. Join runners and walkers of all ages and skill levels for this popular annual event around the Lake Junaluska Walking Trail. As a charitable event, 100 percent of the proceeds go toward supporting recreational opportunities at the lake. Registration is required. To register, call (828) 454-6680 or visit lakejunaluska.com/run. Easter Egg Hunt Join the Easter bunny to hunt for more than 10,000 Easter eggs! All children ages 12 and under are invited to join the Easter egg hunt, located near Stuart Auditorium. The eggs are filled with candy and special prizes. There will be three separate hunts according to age, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Please dress your children appropriately for the weather and for outdoor play, bring a basket or bag for collecting the eggs and arrive 15-20 minutes before your child’s designated time. Ages 1-3 at 11:30 a.m., ages 4-7 at 11:45 a.m. and ages 8-12 at 12 p.m. Sunday Morning Sunrise Service Begin your Easter Sunday with a powerful sunrise service at the amphitheater below the Lake Junaluska Cross. The service, which begins at 7 a.m. on March 27, features a brass ensemble with special music. The sun peeking over the mountains and the waters shining with morning dew adds a level of intimacy to this already moving worship experience. In the event of rain, the sunrise service will be moved to Memorial Chapel. Rev. Susan Giles, dean of Memorial Chapel, will preside. Breakfast Buffet All are welcome at Lambuth Inn for an Easter breakfast buffet from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Tickets are available at the front desk of Lambuth Inn on Sunday morning, or by calling (828) 454-6662 or visiting the Bethea Welcome Center. Long’s Chapel Easter Service Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church will host their annual Easter service at Stuart Auditorium, starting at 10:30 a.m. They encourage everyone to be in their seats by 10:15 a.m. Childcare is provided for children 5 and under. Children older than 5 are encouraged to join their families in worship. Easter Lunch Buffet Bring your family for a special Easter lunch buffet at The Terrace. The menu includes fresh salads, chef carved roast beef, baked ham, chicken Florentine, delicious fruit and vegetables and homemade desserts. Reservations are required. Call (828) 454-6662 or visit the Bethea Welcome Center to make your reservation. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For additional information about Easter at Lake Junaluska, please visit lakejunaluska.com/easter or call (800) 222-4930.

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 hfleming@wnccumc.net.


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