Celebrate July 4th at Lake Junaluska


Lake Junaluska, N.C. – The Independence Day Celebrations at Lake Junaluska will feature three concerts, a variety of family-friendly activities and a fireworks display with more than 800 fireworks launched. Plus, don’t miss the all-new square dance that will take place on July 4 during the annual barbecue picnic. All are invited to spend a patriotic Fourth of July at Lake Junaluska. A concert by acclaimed bluegrass band Balsam Range kicks off the celebrations on July 2 in Stuart Auditorium. They will play a mixture of fan favorites from past albums, as well as new selections from their Mountain Voodoo album, which was released in November 2016. On July 3, a garden tour will take place from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. with stops at five of Lake Junaluska’s gardens: the Biblical Garden, Corneille Bryan Native Garden, Rose Walk, Susanna Wesley Garden and Inspiration Point. There will be volunteers at each location to answer questions and provide information on each garden’s unique horticultural story. At 2 p.m. on July 3 a friendly competition will take place in the form of the Family Olympics. A series of fun and sometimes silly challenges will have families working together for ribbons and glory. The Family Olympics will take place in the field by the Nanci Weldon Memorial Gym. On the evening of July 3, Laura Story will perform in Stuart Auditorium. Story is a well-known contemporary Christian artist who has been recognized for her amazing musical ability and knack for getting to the heart of difficult issues. Her song "Blessings" won a GRAMMY award, a Billboard Music Award and three Dove Awards. Her fifth studio album, "Open Hands", was released in March of 2017. On the Fourth of July, festivities begin with a community Independence Day Parade. The parade theme is “This Land is Our Land: Celebrating Our National Parks.” Anyone is invited to participate or watch the parade. The parade begins at Lambuth Inn at 11 a.m. and proceeds along North Lakeshore Drive until its conclusion at the Nanci Weldon Memorial Gym. Immediately following the parade, a barbecue picnic will take place with bounce houses, face painting and a balloon artist for the kids, while adults will enjoy a performance by Whitewater Bluegrass Company. At 1:30 p.m., Whitewater Bluegrass Company’s front man, “Uncle” Ted White, will switch gears to serve as caller for a mountain square dance. No experience is needed to join the free dancing. The Lake Junaluska Singers will return to the Stuart Auditorium stage on the evening of July 4, when they perform a patriotic salute in their first concert performance of the season. After the concert, the Lake Junaluska Singers will sing the national anthem as the fireworks begin around 9:30 p.m. There will be more than 800 fireworks launched for the community to enjoy. The Balsam Range, Laura Story and Lake Junaluska Singers concerts take place at 7:30 p.m on July 2, 3 and 4. Tickets are $23 reserved or $18 general admission. As a special promotion, for general admission you can buy a ticket to Balsam Range and Laura Story and receive a free ticket for the Lake Junaluska Singers Lodging and meal packages for the entire event are available. To learn more about the Independence Day Celebrations or to purchase tickets, visit www.lakejunaluska.com/july4th. Lake Junaluska is a place of Christian hospitality where lives are transformed through renewal of soul, mind and body. For more information about Lake Junaluska programs and events, visit www.lakejunaluska.com. The Independence Day Celebrations are sponsored in part by the Haywood County TDA, Haywood Regional Medical Center, Smoky Mountain News, Sheppard Insurance Group, Wells Fargo, The Mountaineer, and RCF Construction Company.   INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS SCHEDULE Sunday, July 2 7:30 p.m. – Balsam Range in concert Monday, July 3 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Garden Tour. Various locations. Free 2 p.m. – Family Olympics. Field near Nanci Weldon Gym. Free 7:30 p.m. – Laura Story in concert Tuesday, July 4 11 a.m. – Independence Day Parade. Starts at Lambuth Inn, proceeds along North Lakeshore Dr. Free. 12 p.m. – Independence Day BBQ Picnic. Nanci Weldon Gym. $9 adults, $5 kids 4-11, Free for ages 3 and under. 1:30 p.m. – Square Dance. Nanci Weldon Gym. Free 7:30 p.m. – Lake Junaluska Singers in concert 9:30 p.m. – Fireworks display. Free  

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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