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Summer Activities Program

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Make great memories and find community at Lake Junaluska with its Summer Activities Program. Enjoy s’mores and storytelling by the fire, canoe races, pickleball and tennis tournaments, Paddle to the Cross (devotion time in boats at the Cross) and much more. Made possible through charitable giving, the program includes events for all ages so multiple generations of friends and families can experience the beauty and wonder of Lake Junaluska together. Check out our 2024 schedule below. Additional events may be added, so check back soon and subscribe to updates below. We also invite you to check out the latest news in the Junaluska Weekly

Monday Morning Devotions
8:30 a.m. | Harrell Center back balcony

Join us for morning devotions led by our visiting theologians-in-residence at 8:30 a.m. Mondays on the Harrell Center back balcony. Come early for conversation and connection!  Junaluska Gifts & Grounds nearby opens at 8 a.m.

July 1: Rev. Riley Short
July 8: Rev. Jasmine Smothers
July 15: Rev. Dr. James Harnish
July 22: Rev. Dr. Alma Tinoco Ruiz
July 29: Rev. Dr. Michael Adam Beck*
August 5: Rev. Dr. Sandra Richter
August 12: Rev. Jack Shitama

*Thank you to The Foundation for Evangelism for sponsoring Rev. Dr. Michael Beck as a summer Theologian-in-Residence.

Yoga at the Lake
6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays | Inspiration Point | July 2, 16, 23 and 30; Aug. 6 (No class on July 9.)

We’ve partnered with The Yoga and Bodywork Collective to offer yoga at Inspiration Point, one of the prettiest and most inspirational views at Lake Junaluska. Participation fee. Register online or electronically on site.

Paddle to the Cross
8:30-9:30 a.m. Wednesdays | Paddle from the Boat Beach (by the swimming pool) to the Cross | June 19, 26; July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; Aug. 7, 14

Jump start your Wednesdays this summer with a paddle across the lake for a morning devotion beneath the Cross. Join us as we launch from the Boat Beach near the swimming pool for an easy paddle to the Cross to hear a short devotion while sitting in your boat. Bring your own boat, or one will be available to you through Lake Junaluska Outfitters. Advanced registration is required. Register online.

QiGong for Energy and Vitality | Nourish Soul, Mind and Body
10 a.m. Wednesdays & 7 p.m. Fridays | Outdoor Lawn Near Memorial Chapel | July 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31, & Aug. 2, 7, 9, 14, 16

Marga Fripp, a Certified Qigong Teacher and Healing Arts Practioner, will lead outdoor QiGong classes as part of Lake Junaluska’s Summer Activities Program.

Summer Recreation Tournaments
10 a.m. Wednesday, June 19 | Pickleball Tournament | pickleball courts | Register online.
10 a.m. Wednesday, July 24 | Family Games Tournament (shuffleboard, corn hole and bocce ball) | Recreation area near the pool| Register online.
10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14 | Will it Float? | Boat Beach | Register online.
Bring your best homemade, manned water craft that doesn’t have a motor and floats. Be creative. Gift card prizes will be awarded: $50 for a single participant, $100 for a team of two or more.

Sunset Paddleboarding
6-8 p.m. Thursdays | Boat Beach | June 20, 27

Learn the basics of paddleboarding during a two-hour instructional course. Equipment provided. Sunset Paddleboarding is for ages 18 and older. $5 each session. Register online.

Storytelling and Music Around the Campfire
8 p.m. Thursdays  | Shackford Firepit | June 27-Aug. 15

Bring the family and your lawn chairs (or blankets) to the Shackford Firepit this summer for a fun and interactive evening of storytelling, music and s’mores. (We’ll supply everything you need for s’mores.) Relax by the fire and under the stars while enjoying campfire songs, praise and bluegrass music, mountain folklore, biblical stories and more in our beautiful mountain setting.

June 27: Rev. Dan Martin
July 4: John Scott
July 11: A Night of Music
July 18: Rev. Ashley Calhoun (at the boat beach by the swimming pool)
July 25: Donna Marie Todd  (at the amphitheater below the Cross )
Aug. 1:  Rev. Mark Barden
Aug. 8: Johanna Hagen-Hassan McNeely (child-focused stories and music)
Aug. 15: Jody Lipscomb

Summer Worship Series
9 a.m. Sundays | Lakeside Tent | June 30-Aug. 16

All are welcome this summer at the Lakeside White Tent near Stuart Auditorium at 9 a.m. for Sunday outdoor worship services with our theologians-in- residence. A limited amount of seating is available, and attendees may bring their own chairs.

June 30: Rev. Riley Short
July 7: Rev. Jasmine Smothers
July 14: Rev. Dr. James Harnish
July 21: Rev. Dr. Alma Tinoco Ruiz
July 28: Rev. Dr. Michael Adam Beck*
Aug. 4: Rev. Dr. Sandra Richter
Aug. 11: Rev. Jack Shitama

*Thank you to The Foundation for Evangelism for sponsoring Rev. Dr. Michael Beck as a summer Theologian-in-Residence. Learn more at www.FoundationforEvangelism.org.



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