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Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend

January 12-15


Over three days, participants will enjoy engaging preaching and energizing worship, paired with a special appearance by comedian John Felts! Lake Junaluska offers incredible winter programming where groups can customize their experience by choosing to ski, zipline or do mission work during their time at the lake.


Celia Whitler

Celia Whitler (Speaker & Worship Band) is a beloved returning worship leader at Lake Junaluska youth events. She communicates with a powerful and unique voice as she weaves together stories and songs with an intimacy that captivates everyone present. Youth leave her worship services knowing they are a part of a movement of God’s love so much bigger than the world in which they usually find themselves.  She is the author of Youth Praise: Helping Youth Plan WorshipNew Beginnings: Words and Music for Graduates, and On the Way to Somewhere, and various youth curriculum works for Augsburg Fortress and Cokesbury.

John Felts

John Felts (Comedian) delivers real, funny, one-of-a-kind perspectives on dating, marriage, parenting, American culture and struggling to do the right thing. John enjoys making a wide variety of audiences laugh while never having to resort to harsh language, shock value or taboo subject matters.John has performed for churches, local businesses, charities and schools in his area. 

Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend Schedule


            3-9 p.m.                            Groups Check in at Welcome Center

            Check in will be available all day. Bethea Welcome Center closes at 9pm. Groups arriving after 9 pm can check in at Terrace Hotel.

             8 p.m.                               Event Store Opens

             8:30 p.m.                          Program and Worship

             Group Leaders will meet with Lake Junaluska Director of Programs at the beginning of the session to go over information for the weekend.

            11 p.m.                                 Quiet Hours     


             7:30 a.m.                            Breakfast

Group Leaders please remember to pick up your Box Lunches during breakfast (for those going to Cataloochee, Zip Line or Mission Work) 

              9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.            Activity: Ski Cataloochee or Wolf Ridge, Zip Line or Mission Work/Swimming

                                                         Lunch at Activity Area (Box Lunches or voucher)

                                                         Lake Junaluska Gifts and Grounds open with hot chocolate and coffee.

              5:30-7 p.m.                       Dinner

              7:30 p.m.                           Event Store Opens

              8 p.m.                                 Program, Worship, and Comedian John Felts

                                                                  *Includes Mission Offering.

              11 p.m.                                 Quiet Hours


              7:30 - 8:30 a.m.                 Breakfast

              Group Leaders pick up Box Lunches at the dining room during breakfast (except those going to Wolf Ridge which provides vouchered lunch). 

               8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.         Activity: Some groups choose to add a ski or zipline package. Others explore the local area or hold their own retreat activities. 

                                                            Lake Junaluska Gifts and Grounds open with hot chocolate and coffee.

               2 - 4:30 p.m.                       Shackford Hall Open for Prayer Stations/Board Games/video

               5:30 - 7:30 p.m.                 Dinner

               7 p.m.                                   Event Store Opens

               8:30 p.m.                             Program and Closing Worship

                                                                  *Includes Communion.

               11 p.m.                                   Quiet Hours


                7:30 - 8:30 a.m.                  Breakfast

                11 a.m.                                   Hotel Checkout


Packages includes lodging, worship, an activity of your choice (ski, zipline or mission work) and breakfast on first full day through breakfast on day of departure. Additional lodging nights and activity days can be added to your package.

Mitzi Johnson, Director of Programming