“Delight” was the topic of Bishop Ken Carder’s closing sermon at the Festival of Wisdom and Grace.  The Festival was held at Lake Junaluska, the Methodist conference and retreat center, in western North Carolina. It’s promoted as “A Conference for Finding Purpose and Renewal in the Second Half of Life.”  Our own PrimeTimers attended the event.

A dozen of us boarded the church’s bus (air conditioner repaired!) on Saturday, July 30, for the twelve-hour drive to a rental house overlooking Lake Junaluska, with Sally and Clarke serving as the bus drivers!

The opening event was Sunday morning in a sprawling lakeside tent and featured Sally’s inspiring sermon based on the story about Jesus feeding the five thousand (John 6:1-14).  Sally, in addition to leading our group, was the week’s “Theologian in Residence,” a new program offered by the conference center.

During the week the PrimeTimers not only attended the conference (plenary sessions and workshops) but also went sight-seeing and shopping in downtown Waynesville, at Asheville’s Farmer’s Market, and at Ten Thousand Villages in Montreat.  We especially enjoyed visits with Larinda Smith and Carol Turpin, Martha Gay and Mont Duncan.  And we drove to UNC-Asheville to attend the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival organized by The Folk Heritage Committee.  Cloggers, bluegrass bands, guitar and banjo music, dancers.  Exciting!  Delightful!

The highlight of our trip was the deep fellowship we experienced.  Together we worshipped, laughed, told stories, played cards, prepared and served meals, walked around the lake, sat in rocking chairs on the porch, praised God at every sunrise and sunset.  We experienced sabbath as we delighted in community!

We returned to Tampa on Friday, August 5 as a tired and grateful group, full of delight, in stories and memories. If you want to know more about the PrimeTimers group and how you can get involved, we’d love to speak with you.


*Participants included: Linda and Jack Brown, Sally and Clarke Campbell-Evans, Gwen Lindsey, Susan Northcutt, Sharron and David Scharr, Brenda Swenson, Judie and John Thomas, Glenda Vick, Harry Osborne.


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