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Lake Junaluska to host Easter sunrise service and special holiday breakfast


Lake Junaluska will celebrate Easter with an outdoor sunrise service at the Lake Junaluska Cross and a contactless Easter breakfast buffet at the Lakeside Bistro on Sunday, April 4.

The sunrise service will begin at 7 a.m. at the outdoor amphitheater below the Lake Junaluska Cross and is open to the public for in-person worship. The service also will be streamed live on Lake Junaluska’s Facebook page at

“The message of Easter continues to be one of hope, and we invite you to join us in-person or online as we come together this Easter to share in the hope and the love of Christ,” said Ken Howle, executive director of Lake Junaluska.

A brass quintet will provide music, and the speaker will be the Rev. Gina Gilland Campbell. Campbell is an ordained United Methodist clergywoman and an adjunct faculty member at Wesley Theological Seminary, where she teaches classes in worship, preaching, pastoral leadership and the formation of Christian leaders in an increasingly interfaith world. She has a strong personal connection to Lake Junaluska and serves as a member of Lake Junaluska’s Board of Trustees.

“Mark’s Easter Gospel begins with the women leaving the empty tomb in fear,” said Campbell. “I confess some fear in gathering for Easter. What better place to gather than the foot of the Junaluska Cross, illuminating these mountains in times of war and times of peace; in times of struggle and times of ease. This Cross, illuminating marriage vows and the silent pilgrimages of youth. All manner of prayer offered in its light. So we will bring our Easter fear and our Easter joy and sing our bold Alleluias to the risen Christ.”

Service attendees are encouraged to dress warmly for cool mountain morning temperatures, and are asked to bring masks and observe social distancing. In the event of rain, the service will be held at Memorial Chapel. Check for possible schedule changes.

Following the service, Lake Junaluska also will host a sumptuous contactless Easter breakfast buffet at the Lakeside Bistro inside The Terrace Hotel from 7:30 a.m to 10 a.m. The menu features crustless quiche, Southern chicken and Belgian waffles, carved honey glazed ham, French toast, Applewood smoked bacon, sausage, Southern biscuits and gravy, homestyle grits and more. The cost is $32 per adult, $16 per child age 4 to 12, and free for children age 3 and younger. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 828-454-6662.

After the holiday breakfast, the Lakeside Bistro will reopen from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the regular menu of modern Southern cuisine and special Sunday brunch items.

Due to health and safety concerns, Lake Junaluska will not host Easter egg hunts this year and the Lake Junaluska Friends of the Lake 5K, previously held during Easter weekend, will take place Saturday, Sept. 4. 

For more information, to check updates for weather-related schedule changes or see the full menu for the Lakeside Bistro’s contactless Easter breakfast buffet, visit

Lake Junaluska is a place of Christian hospitality where lives are transformed through renewal of soul, mind and body. For more information about Lake Junaluska programs and events, visit



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