Youth Winter Retreat

Youth Winter Retreat


Presidents Day Weekend

Theme: Embrace Winter. Embrace the Word.

“For as the rain and snow come down from heaven…so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth.”

Isaiah 55:10-11

Feb. 16 – Feb. 18, 2018

We will leave on Friday, Feb. 16th after school and spend the next two days in Lake Junaluska, NC.  We, along with other youth groups, will be staying at Lake Junaluska and we will be going snow tubing on  Saturday. Each night they have a youth  program with a speaker, musicians and entertainment.

Eddie Willis

Eddie Willis (Speaker) is the campus minister at the University of Mississippi  and serves as a local pastor at Taylor UMC outside of Oxford, MS.  He and his wife have four children, who have spent every summer at Lake Junaluska.  He strives to use creative resources, speaking, and music to help children, young people, and adults understand the deep love of Jesus Christ.   He understands the importance of retreats and camps in the formation of faith of youth and adults!

Abbye West Pates

Abbye West Pates (Worship Band) is a worship leader from Memphis, TN. Originally from south Mississippi, she spent her summers at Lake Junaluska with her youth group. She’s excited to be here for her first summer, leading others in worship, with her husband Jeff. Both in performing originals and as a worship leader, she has a passion for the work of hospitality, that even in leading others, she helps set the tone for inviting others into a participatory work. Abbye and Jeff live in community, where they grow their own food, cook lots of meals, and find joy in opening their home for their friends and neighbors. You can find her original songs at

Joshua Lozoff

Joshua Lozoff (Illusionist) has studied and shared magic around the world for the past decade. After 14 years as a professional actor, Joshua left Hollywood to devote more time to service work, including volunteer stints throughout Latin America. It was during his travels that a chance encounter with a street magician sparked a new passion.  After years of full-time training, he began sharing his craft with others. Now Joshua is a highly sought-after performer at corporate events and at colleges around the country, performing over 200 shows per year. Joshua loves sharing his craft with people in every setting. And his love, respect and passion for magic come across in every performance. A few moments spent with Joshua can truly inspire, amaze and entertain.



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