This Week in Montreat – June 4, 2023

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A fittingly Scottish rainy morning greeted the annual gathering of Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan Worship Service in Anderson Auditorium on Sunday morning. Summer staff are landing and settling into lodging arrangements, adjusting to new work responsibilities, and making new and renewed connections with each other. Memorial Day has been observed, and despite the chill in the air, the green flag of summer is waving everywhere. Summer in Montreat is here. As always, the conference center’s programming portends much of the familiar. The conference schedule remains very much the same, highlighted by a Women’s Connection in early August that promises to . . .

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We are delighted to continue our Summer Worship Series in which leading preachers from across the country join with visual artists, musicians, and volunteers in a service of worship open to the surrounding community. All are welcome and all are invited.

All summer worship services take place in Anderson Auditorium at 10:30 am.

Preaching Sunday, June 4, 2023

Dr. Robert Gamble has been the director of This Child Here in Ukraine since 2006 and is providing aid and trauma-based programs for families displaced by the war. His sermon draws on Romans 8: 18–25 and Psalm 28: 6–9, and is titled "Immediacy of Hope."

Special Learning Hour

On Sunday, June 4, the first week of the Conference Center's summer worship series, we have the opportunity for a learning hour with the day's guest preacher, Dr. Robert Gamble. Our class time will include an overview of the work of This Child Here with families displaced by the war in Ukraine, including a more in-depth focus on the issues of trauma. In on-line attendance will be the Director of Programs, Olya Balaban, speaking from our Center for Creative Activities in Izmail, Ukraine. Join us at 9:30 AM in Upper Anderson for this event.

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Weekly Rundown

Sunday, June 4
10:30 am Summer Worship Service with Dr. Robert Gamble,
Anderson Auditorium
11:45 am Sunday Buffet,
Galax Dining Room
7:00 pm Hymn Sing,
Assembly Inn Lobby
Monday, June 5
7:30 pm Youth Conference Worship,
Anderson Auditorium
Tuesday, June 6
7:30 pm Youth Conference Worship,
Anderson Auditorium
Wednesday, June 7
7:30 pm Youth Conference Worship,
Anderson Auditorium
Thursday, June 8
7:30 pm Youth Conference Worship,
Anderson Auditorium
Friday, June 9
7:00 pm Big Circle Mountain Dance,
The Barn
8:30 pm Youth Conference Worship,
Anderson Auditorium
Saturday, June 10
7:00 am Second Loaf
(more info below)
Sunday, June 11
10:30 am Summer Worship Service with Dr. Ryan V. Moore
Anderson Auditorium
11:45 am Sunday Buffet,
Galax Dining Room
7:00 pm Hymn Sing,
Assembly Inn Lobby

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This Summer in Montreat

This Summer in Montreat (TSIM) is a publication of Montreat Conference Center gathering all of the hours, contact details, and opportunities for guest in the summer months.


Crafts and Pottery

The Currie Craft Center and Sally Jones Pottery are a collaborative ministry of Montreat Conference Center. Classes and pottery are open to people 12 years and older. Class offerings vary from week to week. In addition to classes, we offer independent throwing and hand building.

Sign up for classes begins online each Friday morning at 9:00 am. The class registration link will be at the top of the Crafts & Pottery page. If you need further assistance, please email or call Ann Laird Jones at 662.347.3614.

Pottery Hours (Upstairs)

Monday–Tuesday 9:00 am–12:00 pm
2:00–5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am–12:00 pm
Thursday 2:30–5:30 pm
Pottery Glazing
Friday Normally closed
Saturday 8:00–11:00 am
Pottery Pickup

Craft Hours (Downstairs)

Monday–Thursday 2:00–5:00 pm
View Class Schedule and Crafts & Pottery Page

Presbyterian Heritage Center

318 Georgia Terrace. 828.669.6556. Free admission.

This center offers multiple museum displays, special events, art galleries, and a reference library. Free WiFi and air-conditioning. Summer exhibits include: Missions in a Changing World; Minting a Tradition: Communion Tokens; Trains, Timber & Tourists: The Story of the Mt. Mitchell Railroad; Early Montreat; Chronicle, Culture & Context: Archaeology & the Old Testament; Who Are Presbyterians?; Montreat Scottish Society and much more!

Heritage Center Hours
Monday 1:00–4:00 pm
Tuesday–Friday 10:00 am–4:00 pm
Saturday 12:00–4:00 pm
Sunday closed
Free Admittance

Wilderness Hiking Program

The Ranger staff will offer public hikes each Tuesday and Thursday during the summer conference season with two special full day Saturday hikes. Skill demonstrations will be held on Thursdays. All hikes and skills demonstrations are free and open to the public. You must be 13 or older to attend a hike without an adult guardian. Hikes will leave at 9:00 am, unless otherwise, noted from the Montreat Nature Center, located at 301 Lookout Road. All hikes this summer are subject to change based on weather.

Hikes begin Tuesday, June 13.

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Craft'n Around

We are having family craft nights this summer!

These events are designed for families of all ages. Youth 12 years of age and above can attend by themselves. Grandparents or parents must accompany children under 12 years of age. Come and explore your creativity while meeting new people and having fun! Prices will vary per craft.


Tuesday, June 6, 6:30–8:30 pm

Tuesday, June 13, 6:30–8:30 pm

Tuesday, June 27, 6:30–8:30 pm


404 Assembly Drive, downstairs in the Currie Craft Center

Montreat Pool Updates

The pool is closed June 4–11 due to staffing challenges.

Arts, Music, and Theology

Arts, Music, and Theology is a mission and ministry of Montreat Conference Center. Its purpose is to provide the community with educational nourishment via various lectures and lecturers during our summer season. Themes of the lectures span disciplines.

“The Psalms of Middle-Earth: Tolkien’s Use of Songs to Tell a Story and Create a World” led by Alec Peters.

  • Date: Tuesday, June 13, 2023
  • Time: 7:00 pm
  • Place: Convocation Hall

Big Circle Mountain Dances

Summer dances will take place on Friday nights through August 5.

  • Date: Friday, June 9
  • Time: 7:30-10:00 pm
  • Place: The Barn

Big Circle Mountain Dancing is a special Montreat tradition! It's a fun filled night of dances called by the Bannerman family and music from the Stoney Creek Boys. All are welcome and admission is free.


Pickleball is offered June 5–August 4, Monday and Friday mornings from 10:15 am–12:30 pm. The cost is $3 per session. Pickleball will conclude for the summer after the first week in August.

The Huckleberry Café

The newly renovated Huckleberry is now open! Thanks to generous donors, and efforts of staff and partners, the top floor of the Moore Center has been completely renovated to offer a state-of-the-art dining facility for Montreat visitors. In addition to a fully renovated interior, The Huckleberry menu has also been reworked and will include Dynamite Coffee, ice cream, burgers, the Tennessee Twister, and more!

Huckleberry Summer Hours | June 5–August 5
Monday–Friday 8:00 am–9:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am–3:00 pm
Sunday Closed

Second Loaf

Second Loaf continues its long history of collecting food donations for the food insecure in our community beginning Saturday, June 10 (except for July 8), and ending Saturday, August 5, in the parking lot area in front of Black Mountain Presbyterian Church. Second Loaf can only take unopened shelf-ready foods. Frozen, fresh, and prepared foods cannot be accepted. We are grateful for the generous response of groups who drop off their "second loaves" on their way home!

Second Loaf Hours
Saturdays 7:00–11:00 am

Interested in renting your home to Youth Groups in 2024?

Each year we have youth groups looking for suitable housing for their Montreat Youth Conference experience and we are beginning to update our Private Housing List. Are you interested in renting your house to youth groups in 2024? If so, please fill out the form below, even if you are on our current list. This will allow us to have the most up-to-date information for our list.

If you have questions, please email us at

Private Housing List

One Person's Trash

Clubs Crafts has a wish list! Please place items outside the porch of the Currie Craft Center by the double doors or contact Lynn Turnage at 828.707.6354 and/or Susan Haws at 615.584.1009.

  • Paper plates - any size
  • Ziplock baggies - all sizes
  • Wood burners - of any kind
  • Old candles or paraffin wax
  • Sandbox sand
  • Electric extension cords strips
  • Electric pencil sharpeners
  • Masking tape - any width
  • Sandpaper - all grits
  • Hemlock pinecones
  • Acorn caps
  • Hickory nut halves
  • Marbles
  • Paper towels
  • Modge Podge

The Montreat Store

The Montreat Store is an awesome mix of boutique, gift shop, and general store. From snacks to t-shirts to toiletries to books to pottery, the Montreat Store has it all!

The Montreat Store Hours
Monday–Friday 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Sunday Closed

Contact: 828.669.5298
Located: 2nd floor, Moore Center

Ten Thousand Villages

Ten Thousand Villages is a global maker‑to‑market movement that breaks the cycle of generational poverty and ignites social change in the developing world.

Ten Thousand Villages Hours
Monday–Friday 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Sunday Noon–5:00 pm

Contact: 828.669.1406
Located: 3rd floor, Moore Center

Galax Sunday Buffet

The Galax Dining room is open for Sunday lunch June 4–August 6. Non-refundable tickets may be purchased at the Assembly Inn front desk and used on any Sunday. You can call the front desk at 828.669.2911 for more information or to purchase tickets.

Adults Ages 5–11 Under 5
$17.00 $8.50 FREE

The menu for Sunday, June 4 is:

Southern Fried Chicken
Tilapia Vera Cruz
Parsleyed New Potatoes
Green Beans Amandine
Fresh Summer Squash
Rolls & Butter
Fruit, Salad Bar, & Assorted Desserts

Development Summer Events

To support these activities and all aspects of Montreat's ministry visit

Welcome Center at the Gatehouse

The Montreat Gate House will be open June 5-August 4. Those interested in volunteering at the Welcome Center should contact Martha Todd Sloan, director of donor engagement at or 828.419.9883.

Gatehouse Welcome Center Hours
Monday–Friday 10:00 am–4:00 pm

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Hymn Sings

It’s time for singing on Sunday nights at Montreat! Each Sunday evening from June 4 through August 6 you are invited to come to Assembly Inn Lobby at 7:00 pm, our usual place to gather. *Note the venue changes on June 25 (singing by the lake at Left Bank) and July 16 (Presbyterian Heritage Center).

You will enjoy an hour of singing or listening to your favorite hymns, learn some new hymns, and learn a little about some of the hymns we sing on Sunday mornings. Come!

Hymn Sing Lineup
Date Leader
June 4 Eric Wall
June 11 Ted Stewart
June 18 Bekah Caruso
June 25* Beth Neville Lancaster Evans
July 2 Susan Strickland
July 9 Susan Strickland
July 16* Eric Wall
July 23 Vivian Hare and Keith Grogg
July 30 Wayne Smith
August 6 Eunice Wonderly Stackhouse