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SURGE into Summer at Lake Junaluska

Contact: Ken Howle, Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center, 828-454-4784

LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C., April 9 /Christian Newswire/ -- Youth groups from all over the country coming to Lake Junaluska will enjoy summer events filled with fun and discipleship.

The theme for SURGE events will focus on the Imago Dei, the image of God, inside each of our young people. We will examine how God has created us with a divine mission, how we have corrupted that image and how Jesus came to bring restoration.

Meg Procopio of Monticello UMC in Statesville, N.C., has been bringing her youth group to Lake Junaluska for 8 years. She said she enjoys the speakers as well as the whitewater rafting opportunities.

"We love summers at Lake J and the Shack! The programming is done for you so you can concentrate on building relationships with your kids," she said.

"Surge is an awakening experience for your senses," Jessica Hodges of Adams UMC in Summit, Miss. Said. "It captivates your heart and mind. Lake Junaluska is a place my group finds peace and grows spiritually and physically as a group. It bonds them in the love of Christ," she said.

A change of venue where youth can experience God's grace in a different way is one of the reasons why Rev. Adam Gordon comes to SURGE with his youth group from Booneville First UMC in Booneville, Miss.

"LJ is a great place for youth and youth workers to come and experience the wonderful love of God. The experiences of worship and community in the backdrop of God's beautiful creation is just a small part of the greatness of LJ," Gordon said.

SURGE event dates:
June 21-25 :: SURGE Week 1
June 25-28 :: SURGE Weekend 1
July 2-5 :: SURGE Weekend 2
July 5-9 :: SURGE Week 2
July 9-12 :: SURGE Weekend 3
July 12-16 :: SURGE Week 3
July 16-19 :: SURGE Weekend 4
June 28 - July 2 :: Youth in Missions

The program cost for SURGE Weeks is $90 per person; Weekends $80 per person. Register now! Space is limited. Free SURGE T-shirt for your entire group if you register before May 1.

For more information on these events, visit http://myp.lakejunaluska.com or call Tammy McDowell at 828-452-2881 Ext: 681