This Week in Montreat Summer Post #4 | 06/26/2020

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On Wednesday, Governor Roy Cooper announced that, because of the continued upward trends in COVID-19 related metrics, North Carolina will remain in Phase 2 of its reopening plan until at least Friday, July 17. In addition, North Carolina is making it mandatory for people to wear a cloth covering over the nose and mouth when people congregate indoors and in outdoor public places where staying six feet from people who are not part of their households is impossible. The governor cited the increasing evidence that face coverings do help control the spread of the virus and protect our families and other people around us.

The governor’s announcement means two things for our work here at the conference center: 

  • First, the extension of Phase 2 doesn’t require us to adjust our timetable established at the summer’s outset to open facilities and programs. 
  • Second, we request that those gathering in Montreat on our grounds take seriously the guidance on face covering. We know that families will be congregating at Monkey Bottom, taking hikes together, and otherwise enjoying Montreat with folks we have not seen in a while. Please do so responsibly. 

In conference news, Women’s Connection is moving – with stage leadership team intact – to August 2021. This week we received confirmation from our plenary leaders (preacher Alice Ridgill, bible study leader Frances Taylor Gench, and keynoter Jen Hatmaker) that all are able to reschedule to August of 2021, along with our fine planning team. We are notifying participants that their reservations will be transferred to 2021. 

For other news of upcoming happenings and events, see below as usual. This Sunday’s worship service will begin at 10:30 a.m. The reverend Dr. Brandi Casto-Waters, pastor of Faith Presbyterian Church in Cape Coral, Florida, will be preaching. Hope you can join us! 


Over the next week or two the Town of Montreat will move into its brand new Town Hall. It will be a happy time, since for a while now the Town of Montreat’s employees have performed their duties out of facilities minimally sufficient for their responsibilities, to say the least. The new facility’s significance, however, extends beyond functional. The Town Hall will also serve as a fitting symbol of the public service that our elected officials and town staff are called to provide and the importance of that service. 

I attend numerous town meetings and try to stay informed especially on issues where the conference center’s interests are at stake. That kind of engagement in a town this size affords me an up-close look at those in public service; my admiration for those who stand for office or serve on the town staff grows each year. The demands of the citizenry and scope of work is significant. There is something moving when a town official or staff member is sworn in and takes the oath of office on our behalf. 

As an outcome of history and mission, the conference center performs many services for the public, but we are not public servants in the strictest sense. Our staff answers ultimately to a 27-member, self-perpetuating governing board that does ministry based on the claim that God is sovereign. For the Town of Montreat, the people are sovereign, and now our town will have a building to symbolize concepts like “the common good” and “civic virtue,” concepts that must be nurtured and preserved in any community. (Has there been a moment in recent memory when acting for the common good and the importance of civic virtue has seemed more urgently necessary?) 

Town staff and volunteers will be offering tours of the Town Hall to the public on July 4th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. That the new facility is opening for us on the holiday so traditionally celebrated here in our valley is most appropriate. Even if you can’t make it down there, find some way to congratulate the Town of Montreat on this milestone, not just for how the new building will support the work of its staff, but for what it represents for all of us.

More to come!
RD

Richard DuBose

The Weekly Rundown | Sunday, June 28 – Saturday, July 4

Sunday, June 28

  • Summer Worship Series | 10:30 a.m.
  • Pops on Your Porch! 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. See the route map here. It begins with the orange route at Assembly Inn and returns up the blue route at the gate. Meet us anywhere along the route to pick up your popsicles!
  • Hymn Sing | 7 p.m. – Download PDF. Contact marthas.montreat@gmail.com for program instructions if you have not already received an email

Monday, June 29

  • Visit the website for full details on class times/size limits, costs, and more information. Contact Ann Laird Jones at 662.347.3614 or montreatpottery@gmail.com with questions. Reservations only. Sign-up sheets are outside of the studio.

Tuesday, June 30

  • Visit the website for full details on class times/size limits, costs, and more information. Contact Ann Laird Jones at 662.347.3614 or montreatpottery@gmail.com with questions. Reservations only. Sign-up sheets are outside of the studio.

Wednesday, July 1

  • Visit the website for full details on class times/size limits, costs, and more information. Contact Ann Laird Jones at 662.347.3614 or montreatpottery@gmail.com with questions. Reservations only. Sign-up sheets are outside of the studio.

Thursday, July 2

  • Grab and Go – Heat and Eat pick-up day at Assembly Inn

Saturday, July 4

  • Please note there will be no Fourth of July parade or regular Fourth of July activities this year

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