This Week in Montreat Summer Post #1 | 06/05/2020

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Following last week’s announcements on our summer plans, Montreat staff should by all rights be due something of a breather. Instead, we’ve pivoted from questions of “What…?” and “Whether…?” to questions of “How.” The cancellation of some programs and activities has not quenched the thirst of staff and volunteers alike to serve our community and the church in a variety of ways. Examples include:

Montreat@Home: Having moved the remainder of our youth conferences online, an incredible creative team has been hard at work to prepare this first-of-a-kind program in Montreat. Building on our 2020 Youth Conference theme of “We Are,” Montreat@Home will provide a package of at-home videos, interviews, bible studies, community building, and worship for youth conferees. As this one-page program overview illustrates, leaders will relay each day’s scripture within an easy-to-use curriculum, giving youth leaders and youth the opportunity to interpret and explore, depending on their own context and circumstances. There are too many heroes in the planning to name them all, but what they’ve put together is truly impressive. Montreat@Home launches Monday. 

Sunday Morning Worship: As so many congregations have resolutely provided worship online over the past few months, so we are called to do likewise. Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. you can find the first worship service of what will be our ten-week summer series. Jonathan L. Walton is the Dean of the Divinity School at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Trained as a social ethicist focusing on evangelical Christianity, Jonathan’s work and insights have been featured in several national and international news publications. Jonathan has been a conference leader in Montreat in the past and we are so grateful to have him as our inaugural preacher for this summer’s series. You can find the worship service on Sunday at this link or click on the Summer Worship Series banner on our website’s homepage. 

Sunday Evening Hymn Sing: Speaking of resolute, Eric Wall and our development office are collaborating to offer online the first Hymn Sing of the summer season on Sunday night, June 7th at 7:00 p.m. Email Martha Sloan at to get the Zoom meeting information and you can print out a PDF of hymns here.

Grab and Go – Heat and Eat: Our hospitality staff is relaunching this program to provide affordable and easy-to-prepare meals for the Montreat community next week. Ordering will begin on June 10th, with pick-up to begin on June 12th. Check Monday’s Community Announcements for more details on menus and how to order, purchase, and pick up your meals. To sign-up to receive our Community Announcements click here

Meanwhile, we will be using alternative means of communications this summer to the community. Due to budget and staff constraints, we are unable to produce a weekly paper edition of “This Week In Montreat,” and to compensate you will receive – if you’re on our distribution lists – an abundance of emailed updates and communications. We’ll endeavor to tee up the weekend in these Friday posts, and Community Announcements will continue to go out every Monday. Sign-up to receive This Week in Montreat here

If you are unclear about an upcoming activity or event, feel free to email us here. Keep in mind that, sometimes, you don’t have the answer because we don’t have the answer. To wit, here are some answers to questions I’ve been asked a few times this week: 

  • We expect to open the Montreat Store on June 12th. 
  • We hope to open the Montreat Campground on Friday, June 19th. 
  • The Huckleberry’s status remains undecided at this point. 
  • Having resolved our planning for conferences through the official summer season, we’ve turned full attention to August, beginning with Women’s Connection, scheduled for August 14th – 16th. We hope to have an announcement on plans for that conference soon. 

Check the space below for more details about upcoming events.

  • The Presbyterian Association of Musicians Worship and Music Conference has moved to a virtual program. They are still taking reservations for the new program! Learn more here.
  • Assembly Inn reservations for personal Sabbath will open on June 19th. Learn more here. Please note, the date change from June 12th to June 19th.

 On other matters this week, the activities above will be accompanied by increasing the presence of our staff on campus. We plan on using June as a transition time as we shift to receive guests and resume full operations. We are of course making training available to staff that includes workplace procedures and practices. Supervisors will be working with their teams over the course of this month to implement plans and timelines.

Amid the work we are doing, the national conversations and events have not escaped our attention. We posted a statement on social media on Wednesday, which you can find here. Personally, nothing I have read this week has resonated so deeply as this personal reflection from our friend, Union Seminary President Brian Blount. I feel like the country stands on the threshold of a moment moving us finally toward a willingness to accept the realities and consequences of systemic racial oppression. Brian’s message tempers that optimism with fearful urgency and a challenge to active Christian witness; as I ponder my own obligations, his voice is ringing in my ears. 

Surely in our summer worship series we can anticipate other voices to ring out as well, as we celebrate our unity in faith that God remains sovereign above all; that the Christ we love was denied a room at the Inn on the night of his own birth, and yet one day overcame death on a cross; and that we profess our belief in the unbounded power of the Holy Spirit to move us toward a world in which truly all are welcome.

More to come.

Richard DuBose

The Weekly Rundown | Sunday, June 7 – Saturday, June 13

Sunday, June 7

  • Summer Worship Series | 10:30 a.m.
  • Hymn Sing | 7 p.m. | Download PDF. Contact for program instructions if you have not already received an email

Monday, June 8

Wednesday, June 10

Friday, June 12

To read previous updates from president Richard DuBose click here.