The World Methodist Museum at Lake Junaluska, N.C. will commemorate two significant anniversaries this year. In 2016 the museum will hold events celebrating the 60th anniversary of the opening of the World Methodist Museum and will commemorate the 200th anniversary of the death of Francis Asbury, pioneer of the Methodist movement in America.
Museum Birthday Party
You’re invited on May 22! Bring your classes, family and friends. A special family style birthday party will be held on Sunday afternoon, May 22. Cake and punch will be available but more importantly, multiple opportunities to learn about Methodist/Wesleyan roots in an exciting way will be offered. Multiple activity centers will feature some of the more than 130 countries in the World Methodist Council as stories are shared and hands-on opportunities are available for children and youth. Centers will be in the Museum as well as in the Susanna Wesley Garden. A number of activities and speakers will be featured including Bishop Ivan Abrahams who will share about Nelson Mandela and South Africa. Rev. Ashley Calhoun will portray Bishop Lambuth (from whom Lambuth Inn is named) and provide an opportunity to learn about China, Congo, France and more. Others are being contacted and a complete schedule will be available soon. If you would like to help, please contact us at 1 (828) 456-7242 or email email@example.com.
Hike section of Asbury Trail Saturday, April 23
Francis Asbury will be featured in Museum exhibits, programs and two hikes as the 200th Anniversary of his death is acknowledged and he is celebrated for dedicating his life to the spread of Methodism and Christianity. Hike a short trail on a pretty day and imagine being alone, in severe weather conditions, and traveling day after day and year after year like this until you have traveled more than a quarter of a million miles.
LOCATION: Mount Sterling Gap to Cataloochee Creek only 3.5 miles appx. Classified “moderate” (It’s really easy for a hike. )
TIME: Meet at Museum – Departure – 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 23.
Must pre-register. No cost for registering. Pre-register by 4/18 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, calling (828) 456-7242 or mailing Box 518, Lake Junaluska NC 28745. May also register in person at the Museum.
BRING: Trail lunch and the amount of water you need and can carry.
DRESS: Comfortable. Hiking shoes recommended.