The Friends of the World Methodist Museum’s 35th annual dinner and banquet will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, in Lambuth Inn’s International Room at Lake Junaluska.

Open to the public, it will celebrate Susanna Wesley, known of the Mother of Methodism on the 350th anniversary of her birth. Her sons, John and Charles, are still influencing the world through worship and music.

One can learn a great deal about a person by staying in his or her home, explains banquet keynote speaker, the Rev. Dr. John Beyers.

“For the past eight years, I have been privileged to serve as a World Methodist Council trustee of the Epworth Old Rectory, the home of the Wesley Family after the great fire of 1709 until the death of The Rev. Samuel Wesley, Vicar of St. Andrew’s Parish Church, in 1735.

“At the heart of this great structure is the fireside kitchen where the remarkable Susanna Wesley nurtured her growing family and the villagers of Epworth alongside her husband,” Beyers said. “Here, I have gained a better understanding of this unique woman’s character.”

Beyers is the senior pastor of LaGrange, Georgia, First United Methodist Church. He is a member of the World Methodist Council and teacher for The World Methodist Evangelism Institute. He teaches on the faculty of the North Georgia Conference’s elite Leadership UMC program on the Thought and Theology of John Wesley, the History of Methodism, the Sacramental Theology and Practice of Methodism, and the Doctrine and Discipline of the UMC. He has led international seminars in a number of countries.

Awarded the Harry Denman Evangelism Award in 2011, Beyers led a radio ministry, “Insight from Grace,” for five years and is continuously seeking new ways to reach people and introduce them to Jesus Christ.

At the banquet, Beyers will share new insights on this brilliant and forward-thinking woman who had a great deal of influence on all of her family.

Ivan Abrahams, General Secretary of the World Methodist Council, will share brief remarks. Four new directors have been nominated to be considered for election by the Friends.

“It is an important evening in terms of business to be completed and in celebrating this great Museum that we are privileged to have here,” said Friends Board of Directors President Norwood Montgomery, who will lead the evening’s business.

Grady Wiley will provide music for the evening. He is Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church’s Director Modern Worship and The Hangout.

Tickets are $25 and are at the World Methodist Museum at 575 Lakeshore Dr., Lake Junaluska, or by calling (828) 456-7242 with a credit card or online by going to http://worldmethodistmuseum.org and clicking on Friends Annual Banquet under Upcoming Events.

The banquet is not a fundraiser but tickets cover its cost. The meal includes a salad, two meats, sides, a dessert and beverage. It is a time for us to join in fellowship and learn how the money that the Friends have invested is being used.

President Elect Terry Bevill will share museum updates and plans. All are welcome.

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