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Summer Activites Program


The Summer Activities Program is offered by Lake Junaluska as a way for residents and visitors of the lake to find community and make memories with events throughout the season. From June - August, activities for the 2019 summer season will include outdoor movie nights, crafts, game days, music, yoga, bonfires and more. Made possible through charitable giving, the program includes events for all ages. It's a great way to stay connected with the Lake Junaluska family. 


Week IX Schedule

July 28- August 3, 2019

Summer Activities program at Lake Junaluska

Sunday, July 28

  • Summer Sunday School - 9:30 a.m., Harrell Center, Room 102
  • Summer Worship Series - 10:45 a.m., Stuart Auditorium
  • Folkmoot Closing Ceremony - 7 p.m., Stuart Auditorium, $21-$31

Monday, July 29

  • Morning Devotion - 8:30 a.m., Harrell Center Porch
  • Taize Service - 7 p.m., Memorial Chapel 
  • Indoor Movie Night - "Akeela and the Bee"- 7:30 p.m., Kern Center Auditorium 

Tuesday, July 30

  • Sharing Circle "Life Coaching- Seeking the Change You Desire!" - 10:30 a.m., Harrell Center, Room 105
  • Mixed Flow Yoga - 6:30 p.m., Inspiration Point, $7 per session
  • Hymn Sing with the Lake Junaluska Singers - 7 p.m., Memorial Chapel

Wednesday, July 31

  • Game Night - 7 p.m., Harrell Center 202

Thursday, August 1

  • Gentle Yoga - 10:30 a.m., Inspiration Point, $7 per session 
  • Bonfire/Ice Cream Social- Shackford Fire Pit, 8 p.m. 

Friday, August 2

  • Lake Junaluska Singers Concert - 7:30 p.m., Stuart Auditorium, $18 plus tax

Saturday, August 3

  • Paul Saik in Concert - 7:30 p.m., Stuart Auditorium, $18 plus tax

Tuesday Sharing Circles

Sharing Circles are workshops led by knowledgeable residents on topics ranging from Cherokee culture, to spirituality, to life coaching.

*Donations to support the Lake Junaluska Summer Activities program accepted. Visit to give.

June 4 – Cherokee Culture led by Jody Lipscomb | 10:30 a.m., Harrell Center 105

A historical look at the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI); our culture, language
and where we are today. We are still here.

About Jody: She is an enrolled member of EBCI. She taught cultural orientation to new employees at Cherokee Hospital. She was born and raised on the Cherokee Reservation.

June 11- Relax and Read led by Diana Foederer | 10:30 a.m., Harrell Center Library

Come visit the Lake Junaluaska library where you will find books for all ages and
interests – a wide selection of best sellers, books for visiting grandchildren and teens,
travel books and more. Need a spiritual boost? Curious about the lives of famous
leaders? We have them all. Come learn what is available and receive a library tour.

About Diana: She is the Director of the Library and has worked there for many years.
She has led the Books Alive Book Club at Lake Junaluska. She loves books and wants
others to be interested in using the library

June 18 – Creation Care led by Heather Bennett | 10:30 a.m., Harrell Center 105

We will all look through the scriptures about the Biblical call to care for creation and
discuss practical tips to do so.

About Heather: Heather is the Director of Blessed Earth-Tennessee, and holds a
Masters in Sustainability from Lipscomb University. Blessed Earth is dedicated to
inspiring faithful stewardship of all creation through teaching, curricula, and outreach.

June 25 – Mystery of Memorial Chapel led by John Hooper | 10:30 a.m., Memorial Chapel 

For years, no one knew the meaning of the symbols in the stained glass windows of Lake Junaluska's Memorial Chapel or who embedded them there. Come learn about the mystery and history of the stained glass windows of this holy and sacred chapel. 

About John: John and his wife Mary Ann have volunteered for many years at the Lake Junaluska RV Campground. It took him 5 ½ years to determine the meaning of the symbols and discover more about who designed the chapel’s stained glass.

July 2 – One Hundred Years at Lake Junaluska led by James Hilliard Shackford | 10:30 a.m., Harrell Center 105

The grandson of the Lake Junaluska founders shares about the early days of Lake
Junaluska and the influence the Assembly has had on his life as he has shared his faith testimony in the US, India and five countries in Africa over forty years.

About James: His maternal grandfather, Bishop James Atkins and fraternal grandfather, Dr. John Walter Shackford (for who Shackford Hall is named) were early founders of Lake Junaluska. He has traveled the world sharing his testimony.

July 9 – Praying in Color led by Stephanie Schulz | 10:30 a.m., Harrell Center 105

Do you find that you want to pray but words escape you? Are sitting still and staying
focused in prayer a challenge – especially when your body wants to be part of your
prayer? If you need a new visual, concrete way to pray, a way that incorporates fun,
color, and joy – come learn to pray in color, based on the work of Sybil Macbeth.

About Stephanie: She is an art educator, illustrator, and author who has been introducing children and adults to the wonder of art through volunteer and professional efforts for more than 40 years. You can see her work in “Pray Me A Rainbow,” “Time for Bed,” “Blueberry Hill” and “Devotions from the Lake.”

July 16- Prayer Labyrinths as Transformative Practice led by Rev. Mitzi Johnson | 10:30 a.m., Harrell Center 105

Learn the history of labyrinths in the Christian tradition, different types of labyrinths, and ways to walk labyrinths for joy and celebration, processing grief, seeking healing, and enrichment of everyday prayer. Suitable for all ages, we will end the workshop by walking Lake Junaluska’s prayer labyrinth together.

About Mitzi: For more than 25 years, she has led and served at UMC churches and faith-based organizations living out her calling to proclaim God’s word to adults, youth, and children. She is Lake Junaluska’s Director of Programming and a UMC pastor.

July 23 – Art and Spirituality: A Creative Process led by Ashley Calhoun | 10:30 a.m., Harrell Center 105

Explore the connection between the arts and spirituality. Consider a process of creativity that grows out of that connection.

About Ashley: His interest in the arts began as a small child, age 2-3. Creativity has always been a part of who he is. He began using both art and creativity to express his faith around the age of 12 which blossomed into becoming an artist in worship. For 19 years he was artist for the Holston Conference of the UMC and has continued expressing his gifts locally for the past 11 years at Long’s Chapel UMC.

July 30 – Life Coaching-Seeking the Change Your Desire! led by Rev. Bill Gattis | 10:30 a.m., Harrell Center 105

Life coaching is valued tool for personal and professional growth that delivers many benefits to those who open themselves up to the process. How might a life coach be beneficial? What is it about life coaching that causes it to flourish while self-help books gather dust? Come learn more about what life coaching is and what it is not, and whether a life coach may be right for you or your loved ones.

About Bill: He is Certified Professional Co-Active Coach who is endorsed by United Methodist Endorsing Agency. He is also a retired UMC pastor, former UMC District Superintendent, and Executive Director of the Academy for Leadership Excellence.

Monday Night Movies

Select Mondays | Nanci Weldon Memorial Gym and Kern Center Auditorium | FREE*

Bring a blanket or chair. Alcoholic beverages prohibited. Dress for the weather. Summer nights can be cool after sundown.

*Donations to support the Lake Junaluska Summer Activities program accepted. Visit to give.

June 17 – Groundhog Day (PG) | 9 p.m., Outdoors at the Nanci Weldon Memorial Gym

A cynical TV weatherman finds himself reliving the same day over and over again when he goes on location to the small town of Punxsutawney to film a report about their annual Groundhog Day. His predicament drives him to distraction, until he sees a way of turning the situation to his advantage.

June 24- Hoosiers (PG) | 9 p.m., Outdoors at the Nanci Weldon Memorial Gym

Failed college coach Norman Dale (Gene Hackman) gets a chance at redemption when he is hired to direct the basketball program at a high school in a tiny Indiana town. After a teacher (Barbara Hershey) persuades star player Jimmy Chitwood to quit and focus on his long-neglected studies, Dale struggles to develop a winning team in the face of community criticism for his temper and his unconventional choice of assistant coach: Shooter (Dennis Hopper), a notorious alcoholic.

July 1 – Greatest Showman (PG) | 9 p.m., Outdoors at the Nanci Weldon Memorial Gym

Inspired by the imagination of P. T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business & tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

July 8 – Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (PG) | 7:30 p.m., Indoors at Kern Center Auditorium

The true story of fast-draws and wild rides, battles with posses, train and bank robberies, a torrid love affair and a new lease on outlaw life in far away Bolivia. It is also a character study of a remarkable friendship between Butch - possibly the most likeable outlaw in frontier history - and his closest associate, the fabled, ever-dangerous Sundance Kid.

July 15 – Marley and Me (PG) | 7:30 p.m., Indoors at Kern Center Auditorium

Newlyweds John and Jenny Grogan (Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston) leave behind snowy Michigan and move to Florida, where they buy their first home and find jobs at competing newspapers. Soon afterward, the Grogans adopt Marley, an adorable yellow Labrador pup. But Marley soon grows up to be a mischievous handful. Still, even while he's destroying the furniture and failing obedience school, he always manages to bring out the best in John, Jenny and their growing family.

July 22 – Raising Arizona (PG-13) | 7:30 p.m., Indoors at Kern Center Auditorium

Fast-paced farce about an unlikely pair who go to extreme lengths to have a child. When an incompetent robber marries a policewoman, they discover that they are infertile. In order to appease his wife's longings for a child, the man steals one of a set of quintuplets, but mayhem ensues when the child's rich father sends a rabbit-shooting bounty hunter after the kidnapper.

July 29 – Akeela and the Bee (PG) | 7:30 p.m., Indoors at Kern Center Auditorium

Akeelah, an 11-year-old girl living in South Los Angeles, discovers she has a talent for spelling, which she hopes will take her to the National Spelling Bee. Despite her mother's objections, Akeelah doesn't give up on her goal. She finds help in the form of a mysterious teacher, and along with overwhelming support from her community, Akeelah might just have what it takes to make her dream come true.

The Junaluska Weekly, published throughout the summer months, is the best way to stay updated on events around Lake Junaluska. Check here each week to see the new edition of the Junaluska Weekly.  

Click here to read Week One of the Junaluska Weekly, 2019.

Click here to read Week Two of the Junaluska Weekly, 2019.

Click here to read Week Three of the Junaluska Weekly, 2019.

Click here to read Week Four of the Junaluska Weekly, 2019.

Click here to read Week Five of the Junaluska Weekly, 2019. 

Click here to read Week Six of the Junaluska Weekly, 2019.

Click here to read Week Seven of the Junaluska Weekly, 2019.

Click here to read Week Eight of the Junaluska Weekly, 2019. 

Click here to read Week Nine of the Junaluska Weekly, 2019.

The Summer Activities Program is made possible through charitable giving. If you would like to support the Summer Activities Program by making a gift, please donate to the Annual Fund by visiting