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Winter Youth Retreats - Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend

January 17-20, 2020


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

Jimmy Atkins

Speaker: Mark Oestreicher (Left) has been involved in church ministry his whole life, particularly with teenagers and youth workers. Marko has had a broad experience working in churches in roles ranging from Junior High Pastor to Executive Pastor. For 11 years, Marko was at Youth Specialties in San Diego, an organization that trains and equips church youth workers – the last 8 of those years as president.

Marko has authored or contributed to more than 70 books, including the much-talked-about "Youth Ministry 3.0" and "Hopecasting: Finding, Keeping and Sharing the Things Unseen." Marko is a partner in The Youth Cartel, providing resources, training and coaching for church youth workers.

Worship Band: Jimmy Atkins (Right) hails from western NC, where he is a worship pastor at a local church, a songwriter, and a storyteller. A frequent conference speaker and band leader, he formerly led the band, Second Hand City. He sings at Lake Junaluska Youth Events “to help point youth in the direction of owning their own faith in God, of knowing who they are, and who they should be, and who they can be. This is something born out of a hope and desire to see them grow up in Jesus.”

Event Schedule


4:00-9:00 p.m.                   Check-in, Bethea Welcome Center After 9 pm, check in at the Terrace Hotel.

               Lake Junaluska “Gifts and Grounds” open 9-5 with hot chocolate and coffee.

7:00 p.m.                           Board Games, Shackford Hall, Rooms 13 and 16

8:30 p.m.                           Program and Worship, Shackford Hall

                                          LEADER MEETING: Group Leaders meet with the Director of Programming in Room 11 when prompted.  T-shirts distributed.

11:00 p.m.                         Quiet Hours



7:00 a.m.-8:30 a.m.          Breakfast, Jones Dining Hall

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

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.       Activity: Ski Cataloochee or Wolf Ridge, or Mission Work

             Lunch at Activity Area (Bag Lunch or pre-paid meal at Wolf Ridge)

5:30-7:00 p.m.                 Dinner, Jones Dining Hall

6:30 p.m.                         Shackford Opens

                                        Optional Board Games, Shackford Hall, Rooms 13 and 16

7:30 p.m.                         Program and Worship, Shackford Hall Auditorium            

11:00 p.m.                       Quiet Hours



7:00 - 8:30 a.m.               Breakfast

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

8:00 - 4:30 p.m.               Activity: Some groups choose to add a ski package. Others explore the local area or hold their own retreat activities.

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.               Dinner, Jones Dining Hall

6:30 p.m.                         Optional Board Games, Shackford Hall, Rooms 13 and 16

7:00 p.m.                         Program and Worship with Holy Communion, Shackford Hall Auditorium

8:30 p.m.                         Entertainer:  Marty Simpson, Comedian.

11:00 p.m.                       Quiet Hours



7:00 - 8:30 a.m.               Breakfast, Jones Dining Hall

11:00 a.m.                       Hotel Checkout - Drop keys at Bethea Welcome Center


Wilson Booth, Youth Ministry Specialist