Summer Worship Series kicks off June 15

By Lake Junaluska Center | Jun 11, 2014

By: Melanie Threlkeld McConnell

You don’t have to leave Haywood County to hear world-class spiritual speakers. Head to Lake Junaluska this summer for its annual Summer Worship Series, scheduled for Sundays, June 15 through Aug. 10. The series is open to everyone, but geared towards adults.

“This year’s theme, ‘Grace Upon Grace,’ is taken from John 1:16: ‘From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace,’” said Jennifer Martin, director of program ministries at Lake Junaluska. “The beauty of the Summer Worship Series is that it offers a variety of services and world-class speakers, preachers, and the Lake Junaluska Singers.”

The Lake Junaluska Summer Worship Series kicks off at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, June 15, at Lake Junaluska Assembly, located at 91 North Lakeshore Drive Lake Junaluska.

The first guest preacher will be the Rev. Stephanie Moore Hand, minister of evangelism and discipleship at Providence United Methodist Church in Charlotte. Hand earned her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a master’s degree in religious education from Pfeiffer University. She has also completed seminary requirements at Hood Theological Seminary.

Each Sunday during the series, Holy Communion will be offered at 9 a.m. in the Memorial Chapel, followed by an adult Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. at the Harrell Center, and traditional morning worship at 10:45 a.m. in the historic Stuart Auditorium, with guest preachers.

Inspirational worship music will be provided by The Lake Junaluska Singers. Childcare is offered at the 10:45 a.m. service for children six months and older at the Wilson Children’s Complex, located at 21 Shackford Hall Road.

Each Monday, a Taize Service of Prayer and Song will be held at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Chapel. This service, Martin said, is a contemplative service in a casual atmosphere, modeled after the Taize community in France, where participants engage in simple repetitive songs, Scripture, candlelight and silence.

“It’s a way for people to slow down their fast-paced lives for just a while to contemplate their spiritual world,” Martin said.

Other guest preachers include:

— June 29, Bishop Kenneth Carter

— July 6 , the Rev. Dr. James Howell

— July 13, the Rev. Timothy Bias

— July 20, the Rev. Dr. Mark Beeson

— July 27, the Rev. Canon Gina Gilland Campbell

— Aug. 3, Dr. Derrick-Lewis Noble

— Aug. 10, Fred Bahnson

To find out more about the 2014 Sunday Summer Worship Series or Lake Junaluska, visit, or call 800-222-4930.

Melanie Threlkeld McConnell is a freelance writer, former AP newswoman, editor and media consultant based in Waynesville.