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A Temporary New Normal

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A Devotional from Rev. Bridgett Green Temporary new normal. Getting back to normal. In this time of surviving the spread and mitigation of COVID-19, these are common refrains in daily conversations. They help us as adjust to a life of social distancing and staying at home. Maybe in a few weeks or a few months, we will return to normal. Or maybe, we won’t.  Lately, I have wondered whether I want to return to normal. Do I want life to return as it used to be? Regardless of my preference, living through this pandemic is changing me. I imagine that it …

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June 2020 FAQ

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Why are we moving the first two youth conferences (alpha) to an online format? Even in the most optimistic recovery scenario, the reopening guidelines set forth by state leaders will not allow us to host participants on a youth conference scale in early June. At the same time, we believe that an online experience will provide our youth conferees a chance to connect to the Montreat community. What is the program for the online youth conference being offered in June? We will offer an experience that’s suitable to a virtual format and customizable by youth leaders depending on local circumstances: …

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A Lenten Devotional

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A devotional from staff member Martha Sloan Written from a study her church has been reading, “Lent in Plain Sight” by Jill Duffield. In the book, Duffield takes common objects like coins, sandals, oil, etc. and uses them as the basis for her Lenten meditations. In Martha’s devotional, the object is “coats.” Exodus 28:4-5 “These are the vestments that they shall make: a breastpiece, an ephod, a robe, a checkered tunic, a turban, and a sash. When they make these sacred vestments for your brother Aaron and his sons to serve me as priests, 5 they shall use gold, blue, purple, …

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#ConfessionsOfAPastor – Psalm 51

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A devotional from Rev. Dr. Aram Bae I’m tired of this. We’re three weeks deep, and I am over this (truth be told, I was over it after day 3).  I’m having a hard time with this stay at home, work from home, take an afternoon stroll, Zoom everything, FaceTime some things, record this and that, email non-stop because everything is an emergency and changes quickly, must stay in front of the situation and not behind, do this and that creatively and online, look at the screen, multiple screens at the same time, grab your earbuds, where the heck are …

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“Be still, and know that I am God!” Psalm 46:10

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A devotional from Lewis Galloway March 24, 2020 One of the hardest things to do in a crisis is to be still! As a confirmed extrovert, I have never found, even in easy times, stillness and quiet to come easily.  Being told to be still is a bit like being told to calm down when the mind, heart and body are on fire with anxiety.   The words of W. B. Yeats, “Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;/Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world… (The Second Coming)” fit our time. The lives of loved ones are threatened by a …

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Montreat Conference Center Statement on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

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As the story of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) evolves, the Montreat Conference Center is monitoring the situation at the national, state, and local levels. At present, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Buncombe County or North Carolina, and all of our programs are continuing as planned. 

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SO, WE DO NOT LOSE HEART

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A devotional from the Rev. Eileen Lindner The following is a reflection on 2 Corinthians 4:7-18. Offered at the MRA Board Meeting, March 17, 2020 In this fraught moment of the coronavirus pandemic Paul reminds us that we “have these treasures in clay jars…” Today all over the globe these clay jars are sickened, shattered and broken by the coronavirus. We know that as the clay jars break so to do human hearts. For such a time as this did Paul write these words of courage, faith and hope. “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed but …

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A Thin Place

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What does a thin place mean to you? Reflect by Lake Susan, worship in Anderson Auditorium, relax over breakfast in the Galax Dining Room… It’s easy to see the natural beauty of a thin place when the conference center is nestled in between the rolling hills and tall oaks… Read more.

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Giving Tuesday at Montreat!

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On this Giving Tuesday, join us in celebrating generosity and the spirit of Thanksgiving! Give to the Montreat Fund today!

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A Montreat Summer Tradition

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With summer over, you might be missing one of the most integral parts of a Montreat summer: barn dances. In 1969, Glenn Bannerman spent his first summer as director of recreation here at Montreat Conference Center. With him, he brought his love for recreation… Read more.

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Love Led Me to Montreat

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For two amazing weeks, I had the joy of serving as a small group leader for Montreat Youth Conference 2019: Let Love Lead… My biggest regret? Why did I wait so long?!?… Read more.

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Rev. Dr. Steve P. Eason: August 4, 2019

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Every Sunday during the summer months, Montreat Conference Center, along with Montreat Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) holds services for the Lord’s Day featuring guest preachers from around the country. The guest preacher for Montreat Conference Center’s Summer Worship Series on 8/4/2019 was Rev. Dr. Steve P. Eason. More information about Rev. Eason can be found at our press release: https://montreat.org/the-rev-dr-steve-eason-to-preach-on-august-4.

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The Rev. Dr. Steve Eason to Preach on August 4

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One of the highlights of Montreat Conference Center’s year-round programming is the summer worship series in which leading preachers from across the country join with visual art professionals, musicians, and volunteers in a service of worship open to the surrounding community. All are welcome and all are invited. The 2019 Sunday series concludes on August 4 with the Rev. Dr. Steve P. Eason as guest preacher. Dr. Eason recently concluded a call as interim pastor of Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, TN. His longest tenure as pastor and head of staff was at Myers Park Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, …

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Rev. Dr. Alice Ridgill: July 28, 2019

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Every Sunday during the summer months, Montreat Conference Center, along with Montreat Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) holds services for the Lord’s Day featuring guest preachers from around the country. The guest preacher for Montreat Conference Center’s Summer Worship Series on 7/28/2019 was Rev. Dr. Alice Ridgill. For more information about Rev. Ridgill, visit our press release: https://montreat.org/the-rev-dr-alice-ridgill-to-preach-on-july-28.

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This is Like, a Bob Ross Painting

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“This is like, a Bob Ross painting,” says SK through deep breaths. A group of us are on Lookout Rock in Montreat for sunrise, and it’s becoming more worth the 5:30 a.m. departure as… Read more.

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Rev. Dr. Peter Enns: July 21, 2019

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Every Sunday during the summer months, Montreat Conference Center, along with Montreat Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) holds services for the Lord’s Day featuring guest preachers from around the country. The guest preacher for Montreat Conference Center’s Summer Worship Series on 7/21/2019 was Rev. Dr. Peter Enns. You can learn more about the speaker at https://montreat.org/dr-peter-enns-to-preach-at-montreat-conference-center-on-july-21.

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The Rev. Dr. Alice Ridgill to Preach on July 28

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One of the highlights of Montreat Conference Center’s year-round programming is the summer worship series in which leading preachers from across the country join with visual art professionals, musicians, and volunteers in a service of worship open to the surrounding community. All are welcome and all are invited. The 2019 Sunday series continues on July 28 with the Rev. Dr. Alice Ridgill as guest preacher. Dr. Ridgill is founder and pastor of New Faith Presbyterian Church in Greenwood, SC. Prior to this she served as pastor of the former Washington Street Presbyterian Church in Abbeville, SC, as adjunct professor of …

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Dr. Peter Enns to Preach at Montreat Conference Center on July 21

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One of the highlights of Montreat Conference Center’s year-round programming is the summer worship series in which leading preachers from across the country join with visual art professionals, musicians, and volunteers in a service of worship open to the surrounding community. All are welcome and all are invited. The 2019 Sunday series continues on July 21 with Dr. Peter Enns as guest preacher. Dr. Enns is Abram S. Clemans professor of Biblical studies at Eastern University in St. Davids, PA.  He has taught at numerous other schools, including Princeton Theological Seminary, Harvard Divinity School, and Temple University.  Dr. Enns speaks …

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Rev. Michael R. Bailey: July 14, 2019

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Every Sunday during the summer months, Montreat Conference Center, along with Montreat Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) holds services for the Lord’s Day featuring guest preachers from around the country. The guest preacher for Montreat Conference Center’s Summer Worship Series on 7/14/2019 was Rev. Michael R. Bailey.

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Rev. Dr. Patrick Johnson: July 7, 2019

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Every Sunday during the summer months, Montreat Conference Center, along with Montreat Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) holds services for the Lord’s Day featuring guest preachers from around the country. The guest preacher for Montreat Conference Center’s Summer Worship Series on 7/7/2019 was Rev. Denise Anderson, former co-moderator of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). You can learn more about this preacher from our press release at montreat.org/the-rev-dr-patrick-johnson-to-preach-at-montreat-conference-center-on-july-7.

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The Rev. Dr. Patrick Johnson to Preach at Montreat Conference Center on July 7

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One of the highlights of Montreat Conference Center’s year-round programming is the summer worship series in which leading preachers from across the country join with visual art professionals, musicians, and volunteers in a service of worship open to the surrounding community. All are welcome and all are invited. The 2019 Sunday series continues on July 7 with the Rev. Dr. Patrick Johnson as guest preacher. Dr. Johnson is pastor of First Presbyterian Church in neighboring Asheville, NC. Prior to his call to Asheville, he served as pastor of Frenchtown Presbyterian Church in Frenchtown, NJ, and as adjunct faculty at Princeton …

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Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson: June 30, 2019

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Every Sunday during the summer months, Montreat Conference Center, along with Montreat Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) holds services for the Lord’s Day featuring guest preachers from around the country. The guest preacher for Montreat Conference Center’s Summer Worship Series on 6/30/2019 was Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). You can learn more about this preacher from our press release at montreat.org/the-rev-dr-j-herbert-nelson-to-preach-at-montreat-conference-center-on-june-30.

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Rev. Denise Anderson: June 16, 2019

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Every Sunday during the summer months, Montreat Conference Center, along with Montreat Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) holds services for the Lord’s Day featuring guest preachers from around the country. The guest preacher for Montreat Conference Center’s Summer Worship Series on 6/16/2019 was Rev. Denise Anderson, former co-moderator of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). You can learn more about this preacher from our press release at montreat.org/the-rev-denise-anderson-to-preach-at-montreat-conference-center-on-june-16.

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The Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson to Preach at Montreat Conference Center on June 30

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One of the highlights of Montreat Conference Center’s year-round programming is the summer worship series in which leading preachers from across the country join with visual art professionals, musicians, and volunteers in a service of worship open to the surrounding community. All are welcome and all are invited. The 2019 Sunday series continues on June 30 with the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson as guest preacher. Dr. Nelson serves as stated clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Prior to becoming stated clerk, he served as director of the PC(USA)’s Office of Public Witness in Washington, D.C. …