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Mission in the Mountains Weekend

February 5-7

Worship, ski, and create lasting friendships at Ski Lake Junaluska!  Lake Junaluska offers incredible winter programming, while Cataloochee and Wolf Ridge Ski Areas provide excellent customer service, thrilling skiing, and convenience for our winter ski retreats.

If skiing is not your thing, join us for a day of mission work in the mountains.  We'll arrange half day service projects for any groups not planning to ski on Saturday, February 6th.  Ski groups that would like to contribute to the mission projects, may bring donations of new socks or diapers sizes 3, 4, or 5 to be distributed to those in need in the Asheville area through the Haywood Street Congregation.

A monetary mission offering will be collected for the Haywood Street Congregation on Saturday, a unique ministry with the poor in Asheville, NC.


Packages may also be customized to include additional lodging nights and days of skiing.  Download the registration form for a complete list of options.

Jennifer Martin, Director of Program Ministries


Watching the Rev. Brian Combs engage with his colorful flock of congregants [at the Haywood Street Congregation in Asheville, NC] evokes an almost surreal sense of witnessing how Jesus might have interacted with the lepers and prostitutes to whom he was so drawn.

Sometimes he comes to where they are — riverbanks, bridge underbellies, public parks and hidden campsites near downtown Asheville. Sometimes they come to him: at the Haywood Street Congregation he pastors, at the A-Hope of Homeward Bound Day Center for the homeless, where he keeps “office hours” or on a random street corner on a bitter winter day.

Wherever these encounters occur, there is a palpable connection when the congregants bare their troubled souls with the innocent trust of a small child, and the young pastor’s eyes and ears seem on fire with intense knowing and listening.

“There’s no doubt that Brian embodies a Christlike presence about the streets of Asheville,” said the Rev. Robert Blackburn, who is senior pastor of Central United Methodist Church as well as Combs’ mentor.

“He shows up in the kinds of places Jesus seemed to like to frequent — you’ll find him among the disposed and dislocated, and at table with them,” Blackburn said. “Brian really incarnates the Gospel in a powerful way — there’s no doubt about it.”

Combs says he is drawn powerfully to the weary and downtrodden, just as Jesus was.

“The holiest places in the world for me are always the most broken,” he said. “When you sit with somebody who just had a miscarriage by a rock down by the French Broad, or is sitting in jail, there’s just an absence of glibness — folks want to talk about questions that really matter, and superfluous stuff is not part of the dialogue.

“That raw, real authenticity is incredibly life-giving — (something) I would call resurrection, the good news of Easter,” Combs said. “The great paradox of Christianity is that you only have to die before you live."

From Barbara Blake's May 23, 2013 article in the Asheville Citizen-Times.

The Jimmy Atkins Band, Worship Leaders

Jimmy Atkins is a gifted singer, song writer, and worship leader from the Hickory, NC area.  Jimmy is no stranger to Lake Junaluska, having led worship with the bands Elishah and Second Hand City.  We welcome Jimmy back with a full band for a weekend of engaging, lively worship.