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Lake Junaluska Youth Events Schedule

Summer 2014

3–5:00 p.m. Registration at the Bethea Welcome Center
5:30 p.m. Dinner at Jones Cafeteria
7:30 p.m. Opening Session
9:00 p.m. Family Groups (Small Groups)
10:15 p.m. Vespers (Evening Devotions)

7:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a..m. Morning Session
10:45 a.m. Workshops
12:00 p.m. Lunch, followed by free-time
-Stop Hunger Now Project (Tuesday and Friday afternoons)
-Volleyball Tournament (Wednesday and Saturday afternoons)
5:30 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. Session, followed by Family Groups*
10:15 p.m. Vespers (Evening Devotions)

*Please note that the Family Groups and Session will be reversed on the last night of your stay. Vespers on the last night will be held at the Cross.

7:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Closing Session
11:00 a.m. Hotel Check-out

Afternoons are free each day for Youth Groups to customize their Lake Junaluska Experience.

Onsite options include: Participating in the Stop Hunger Now service project (Friday and Tuesday); entering the Volleyball Tournament (Wednesday and Saturday); or swimming and boating at the Lake Junaluska Aquatic Center.

Offsite options include: White water rafting and tubing (additional fee); youth group organized service project in the community; hiking and more. Contact Nantahala Outdoor Center (www.noc.com) or Wildwater (www.wildwaterrafting.com) for more details on rafting.

During the summer of 2014, Lake Junaluska Youth Event participants will provide 50,000 meals for hungry people through Stop Hunger Now, www.stophungernow.org. The mission of Stop Hunger Now, is to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-saving aid to the world's most vulnerable and by creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources.

During free time on Tuesday and Friday afternoons throughout the summer, youth groups can choose to help package meals for hungry people around the world. The project will take 1-2 hours. Each meal costs $0.25. Donations will be accepted in any amount, going directly towards hunger relief. Donations are not required to participate in the project.

Mission Fundraising:
During the event, youth groups will be asked to come up with fun and creative ideas to raise funds during the retreat. Money raised will go directly towards hunger relief, through Stop Hunger Now. Every $0.25 counts!

Additional Service Projects:
If your group would like to do additional service projects in the surrounding community, please contact Jennifer Martin, jmartin@lakejunaluska.com, for a list of community agencies. Your group will be responsible for making the arrangements and providing transportation to and supplies for projects in addition to the Stop Hunger Now event on Tuesday or Friday.
Follow this link for information on site locations: Waynesville and Asheville Area Mission Opportunities.

Each event includes morning and evening worship led by engaging worship leaders and guest speakers. Groups of 8 to 12 participants will gather in Family Groups following worship for Bible Study and reflection on the event theme. Discussions will include: The Body of Christ, Feeding the 5 Thousand, Manna and Mercy, Communion and more. Family Groups are led by a combination of Summer Staff and volunteers from participating churches. Churches are required to provide one adult leader for every 10 youth they bring.

One hour workshops will be offered in the mornings, focusing on event themes and other topics of interest to youth and youth leaders. Workshops are led by Summer Staff, Event Speakers and Musicians, and Youth Ministry professionals. Each participant will choose the workshop that is of interest to him or her.