Cycle to Lake Junaluska 2018


Cycle to Lake Junaluska
June 18-20, 2018

You are invited to join in the 5th Annual Cycle to Lake Junaluska which will take place Monday, June 18 to Wednesday, June 20, 2018. Join us as we pedal to Lake Junaluska in a 3-day fully supported charity bicycle ride that benefits the campus ministries of our conference. The C2LJ Team has been hard at work to set up a 145 mile route with amazing host sites.
  • Day 1 will start in Hickory, NC at Christ UMC on Monday, June 18 and cycle to Rutherfordton, NC. For the second year First United Methodist Church be our host site. This route is 57 miles on beautiful rural roads in the heart of the Piedmont.
  • Day 2 will take us from Rutherfordton to East Flat Rock on a journey of 40 miles. It is our shortest day and will conclude with with a 2 mile climb up the picturesque Saluda grade on Pearson Falls Road and over the Eastern Continental Divide. Our host site for the second year will be Hope UMC. The evening will include time to relax or to walk around the historic downtown of nearby Hendersonville. 
  • Day 3 concludes the journey with a 49 mile route to Lake Junaluska, NC. The course will take us north along the French Broad River to the west side of Asheville and on towards Lake J. We conclude the ride with a celebration meal at the hall near the swimming pool where you can use the showers before heading home.
This is a fully supported ride with indoor camping, meals, rest stops, showers and SAG support. You'll also receive a commemorative tee-shirt and a “SWAG” bag as a way of recognizing your participation. Go online to register today at If you have any questions or trouble with registration give Doug Miller a call at 336-460-0615 or send an email to

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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