This Week in Montreat – June 16, 2024

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Visions for the Future 06/14/2024

Richard DuBose, president of Montreat Conference Center, writes a weekly message to Montreat. An excerpt of this weeks message is below. To read his full message, click the "Read More" button below the excerpt.

Because this past Monday evening was one of those nights when neither my wife nor I wanted to cook, we found ourselves sitting outside a local restaurant, enjoying sunshine, good company, and, importantly, a meal prepared by somebody else.   At some point, Jeannie pointed to the play area crawling with children just over my shoulder. “That’s smart,” she remarked. “Look at all the young families here, thanks to that big pile of sand for the children to play in.”   I took in the scene and joked that perhaps the conference center should open a restaurant at Robert Lake Park.  Though
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This Sunday in Montreat


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 16, 2024

Rev. Dr. Robert W. Henderson received his Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and was ordained March 12, 1989. Bob moved to Covenant from Westminster Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, NC, where he served as senior pastor 1993 to 2008. Prior to Westminster, Bob was associate pastor of the Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Stone Mountain, GA, from 1988-1993.

Learn More About Summer Worship

Weekly Rundown

Sunday, June 16
10:30 am Summer Worship Service with Rev. Dr. Robert W. Henderson,
Anderson Auditorium
11:45 am Sunday Buffet,
Galax Dining Room
7:00 pm

Hymn Sing,
Assembly Inn Lobby

7:30 pm

Worship & Music Worship Service,
Anderson Auditorium
Monday, June 17
7:30 pm Worship & Music Organ Recital,
Anderson Auditorium
Tuesday, June 18
9:00 am Public Hike (full day),
More information below
7:30 pm

Worship & Music Talent Show, 
Anderson Auditorium

Wednesday, June 19
7:30 pm

Worship & Music Hymn Festival,
Anderson Auditorium

Thursday, June 20
9:00 am Public Hike (half day),
More information below
1:00 pm Public Hike (half day),
More information below
7:30 pm

Worship & Music Chamber Concert,
Anderson Auditorium

Friday, June 21
7:30 pm Worship & Music Closing Concert,
Anderson Auditorium
7:30 pm Friday Night at the Barn,
The Barn
Saturday, June 22
7:00 am Second Loaf,
More information below
Sunday, June 23
10:30 am Summer Worship Service with Rev. Laura Smith Conrad,
Anderson Auditorium
11:45 am Sunday Buffet,
Galax Dining Room
7:00 pm

Hymn Sing,
Assembly Inn Lobby

7:30 pm Worship & Music Worship Service,
Anderson Auditorium
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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.


Wilderness Hiking Program

The Ranger staff will offer public hikes during the summer conference season. All hikes 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.

Tuesday, June 18

9:00 am, Full Day – Pinnacle
Moderate hike with some strenuous sections | 16.4 miles total | 3300’ gain

Thursday, June 20

9:00 am, Half Day – Lookout Loop
Easy hike | Moderate pace

1:00 pm, Half Day – Lower Piney
Easy hike | Leisurely pace

More About Summer Hikes
More About Montreat's Wilderness

Crafts and Pottery

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

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)


9:00 am-12:00 pm
2:00-5:00 pm


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
Tuesday–Friday 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Saturday 12:00-4:00 pm
Sunday–Monday closed
Free Admittance

Pool Announcements

The Montreat Pool will open to the public on July 1.

Clubs Crafts Request

Club crafts is searching for an old (but working) box fan for spin art later in the summer, tin cans, and shells of any size. Items can be dropped off in or outside the bottom floor of the Currie Craft Center. Contact: Cory Earp at 828.499.3754.
Is It Just Me, Or is Parenting Harder Now?

Join us for the first in a series of free mini-workshops for parents and professionals working with adolescents on Thursday, June 20, at 7:00 pm. We will gather in The Barn to hear from Joyce Ann Mercer as she shares methods for calm parenting in times of stress. Learn more at

Tennis & Pickleball

Tennis Courts are available to the public on Monday - Friday 10:00 am-2:00 pm and 3:00-4:30 pm, $3/person/hour.

Pickleball is offered on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:15 am-12:30 pm, $3/session.

Montreat Adult Summer Club

Please join us at the annual Montreat Adult Summer Club Picnic on Wednesday, August 2, at 6:00 pm in Gaither Fellowship Hall. Please bring your favorite covered dish to add to the fun and wonderful food. Enjoy seeing old Montreat friends and meeting new ones! Walter Somerville will entertain us with lighthearted stories and interesting facts about our beloved Guinea fowl. Everyone is welcome! Bring your guests and friends!

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.

Please note: The first lecture is July 2.

Friday Night at the Barn

Summer dances will take place on Friday nights through August 2.

  • Date: Friday, June 21
  • 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.

The Huckleberry

Known to many Montreat visitors as “The Huck,” our recently renovated café is located on the third floor of Moore Center and serves breakfast, coffee, ice cream, hamburgers, and other quick eats. With great views of the Lake Susan dam both inside the café or from a rocking chair on the porch, The Huckleberry is a great place to relax and reconnect with friends.

Huckleberry Summer Hours | June 3–August 3
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 8 and ending Saturday, August 3 (except July 6), 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 2025?

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 2025? 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

The Presbyterian Association of Musicians (PAM)

The Presbyterian Association of Musicians (PAM) invites you, as always, to daily worship services (11:00 am) and evening events (7:30 pm), Monday through Friday, June 17-21 and June 24-28. Opening worship is on Sunday evenings, June 16 and June 23, at 7:30 pm. You are also invited to join us for Morning and Evening Prayer. Click here for more details.

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–Wednesday 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Thursday–Saturday 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Sunday 9:00 am-4:00 pm

Contact: 828.669.1406
Located: 3rd floor, Moore Center

Galax Sunday Buffet

The Galax Dining room is open for Sunday lunch June 2–August 4. 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 16 is:

Greek Lemon Chicken 
Herb Baked Whitefish 
Mashed Potatoes 
Lima Bean Succotash 
Buttered Broccoli & Cauliflower 
Rolls, Butter
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 3–August 2. 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

Support Montreat

From Big Circle Mountain Dances and Energizers to rock hopping and hiking, gifts to the Montreat Fund support the summer memories we hold most dear here in Montreat!

Hymn Sings

It’s time for singing on Sunday nights at Montreat! Each Sunday evening from June 2 through August 4, you are invited to come to the Assembly Inn Lobby at 7:00 pm, our usual place, to gather.*

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!

*Please note: Our July 14 Hymn Sing will be take place in the Presbyterian Heritage Center.

Hymn Sing Lineup
June 16 Bekah Caruso
June 23 Wayne Smith
June 30 Susan Strickland
July 7 Aaron Price
July 14 Eric Wall
July 21 Ted Stewart
July 28 Eunice Wonderly Stackhouse
Aug 4 Vivian Hare