Since 1913, lay leaders have gathered at Lake Junaluska each summer for ministry and fellowship. From June 30 – July 3, 2011, laity are invited to “Rekindling the Flame of the Laity Conference.”
“We want to give laypersons and their families the opportunity to grow in the Christian faith and experience the faith of their mission to the world,” Rev. Bill Appleby stated. Appleby, along with other volunteers from across the SEJ, is helping organize the conference. “We feel the fellowship and inspiration from great preaching will inspire people to take a more active part in the church.”
Adults, college students, youth and children are invited to join together for a weekend of fellowship through preaching, Bible study, singing, and a special project – Stop Hunger Now, where persons may volunteer to help package meals.
With over 15 interest groups to choose from, topics include Faith Sharing Ministry with Dr. Eddie Fox; Disaster Response/UMVIM Ministry with Van Gorp and Don Bishop; Treasures of a Transformed Life with Dr. Mathison; Bridging the Gap, dealing with faith and vocation, with Bernie Brown; Revitalizing Small/Middle Size Churches with Dr. Vic Dingus; and a Festival of Families for youth and children.
“Faith is the key to whatever we do or believe, therefore the principle speakers on Friday and Saturday will deal with aspects of faith,” Appleby explained. “Each of the speakers will focus on different aspects of our faith journey – on personal, confessing, serving, and witnessing faith.”
The Lake Junaluska Singers, under the direction of Dr. Melodie Galloway, will provide music. Dr. Glenn Draper, the Lake Junaluska Director of Music Emeritus, will lead congregational singing.
Additional features include special sessions for Campus Ministers, college students, and youth and children. For a brochure and more information about Rekindling the Flame at Lake Junaluska, visit www.lakejunaluska.com/rekindling-the-flame or call 828-454-6656.