This Week in Montreat – June 26, 2022

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No Two Days Alike 06/24/2022

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.

As much as Montreat seems changeless for some, the one constant at the conference center is this: no two days are alike, and the opportunities and challenges sometimes present themselves from the most unanticipated angles. Stuff happens.   I recently spent a morning, for example, reading up on Canada geese because a family of them has decided to summer in Montreat around Lake Susan. While Canada geese are found in Canada, of course, they are also prevalent in the United States. Numbers of Canada geese were in serious decline in the early 20th century, but a recovery program has proved successful. Thanks . . .

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This Sunday in Montreat

Scott Black Johnston

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.

Preaching Sunday, June 26

Rev. Dr. Scott Black Johnston is senior pastor, Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, New York, NY. His sermon draws on Luke 19:1-10 and is titled "Jesus and the Deplorable."

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

Learn More About Summer Worship

A Note About Masks

We are continuing to monitor the need for masks. To find mask requirements for specific events, please visit our Covid Health and Safety page.

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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.

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Weekly Rundown

Sunday, June 26
10:30 am Summer Worship Service with Rev. Dr. Scott Black Johnston, Anderson Auditorium
11:45 am Sunday Buffet,
Galax Dining Room
7:00 pm Hymn Sing with Kyle Ritter and Chris DeJarnett,
Convocation Hall
7:30 pm Worship & Music Opening Worship, Anderson Auditorium
Monday, June 27
11:00 am Worship & Music Daily Worship,
Anderson Auditorium
7:30 pm Worship & Music Organ Recital,
Anderson Auditorium
Tuesday, June 28

9:00 am

Public Hikes (Full Day)
(more info below)
11:00 am Worship & Music Daily Worship,
Anderson Auditorium
7:30 pm Worship & Music Talent Show,
Anderson Auditorium
Wednesday, June 29
11:00 am Worship & Music Daily Worship,
Anderson Auditorium
7:30 pm Worship & Music Hymn Festival,
Anderson Auditorium
Thursday, June 30
11:00 am Worship & Music Daily Worship,
Anderson Auditorium
7:30 pm Worship & Music Chamber Concert,
Anderson Auditorium
Friday, July 1
11:00 am Worship & Music Daily Worship,
Anderson Auditorium
7:00 pm Big Circle Mountain Dance,
Cornwell Tennis Courts
7:30 pm Worship & Music Closing Concert,
Anderson Auditorium
Saturday, July 2
7:00 am Second Loaf
(more info below)
Sunday, July 3
10:30 am Summer Worship Service with Rev. Dr. Brandi Casto-Waters,
Anderson Auditorium
11:45 am Sunday Buffet,
Galax Dining Room
7:00 pm Hymn Sing with Catherine Harkey,
Assembly Inn Lobby

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 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 just below the Lake Susan spillway. All hikes this summer are subject to change based on evolving health guidance and weather.

Tuesday, June 28

Pinnacle (Full Day)

Thursday, June 30

No activities (Ranger Work Day)

More About Summer Hikes
More About Montreat's Wilderness

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 exhibit includes: Mount Mitchell Railroad; Diplomats, Missionaries & Montreat, repatriation during WWII; Native Americans & Presbyterian Missions; Early Montreat and much more!

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

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 Thursday evening at 6:00 pm. 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 pm–5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am–12:00 pm
Thursday 2:00 pm–5:30 pm
Pottery Glazing
Friday Normally closed
Saturday 8:00 am–11:00 am
Pottery Pickup

Craft Hours (Downstairs)

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

Second Loaf

Second Loaf continues its long history of collecting food donations for the food insecure in our community Saturdays, in the parking lot area in front of Black Mountain Presbyterian Church. Adjusting for COVID related restrictions, Second Loaf can only take shelf ready non-perishables, cold or frozen food in their original unopened packaging (such as a whole, unopened package of hot dogs), personal care items and paper goods (opened or unopened), and fresh produce (fruits and vegetables). Individually wrapped snacks are especially welcome. We are grateful for the generous response of groups who drop off their "second loaves" on their way home.

Big Circle Mountain Dances

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

  • Date: Friday, July 1
  • Time: 7:00–9:00 pm
  • Place: Cornwell Tennis Courts

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 Café

The newly renovated Huckleberry will be opening this summer! Details on our reopening date (once determined) will be included in This Week in Montreat. Stay tuned!


Pickleball is offered on Monday and Friday mornings from 10:30 am–1:00 pm. The cost is $3 per session. Pickleball will conclude for the summer after the first week in August.

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.

Coming up is "Evensong for Peace," a candlelight service around Lake Susan on July 7 at 8:30 pm. Everyone is welcome! Featuring handmade prayer bowls for peace made by you, the community! Led by Eric Wall, Hannah Garrity, Ann Laird Jones, and Alec Peters.

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!

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.

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 closed to the public for all meals except for Sunday lunch June 5–August 7. 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 19 is:

Orange Marmalade Glazed Baked Ham 
Oven Roasted Turkey Breast with Cranberry Sauce 
Cornbread Dressing with Gravy 
Mashed Sweet Potatoes 
Steamed Vegetable Medley 
Southern Style Turnip Greens 
Dinner Rolls 
Salad Bar 
Fruit & Assorted Desserts

Development Summer Events

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Welcome Center at the Gatehouse

The Montreat Gate House will be open beginning Memorial Day through the conference season. The Gate House is staffed by volunteers in two hour shifts. Volunteers are needed to serve, either as a regular volunteer or a substitute. If you are interested, please let Jim Richardson know.

Monday–Thursday 10:00 am–4:00 pm
Friday 12:00–2:00 pm

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Hymn Sings

Montreat Conference Center's in-person hymn-sings are back. After two pandemic summers of turn-on-a-dime live-streamed hymn-sings, we return for in-person gatherings. A stellar group of musicians, introduced by congenial community hosts, will lead the hymn-sings.

We will gather Sunday evenings, 7:00–8:00 pm, in Assembly Inn. Masking protocols, per Montreat Conference Center, apply. Please come and bring your fellow singers! Our June 26th hymn sing will take place in Convocation Hall.

* Hymn Sings return to the Assembly Inn Lobby on Sunday, July 3.

Hymn Sing Lineup
Date Leader
June 26 Kyle Ritter and Chris DeJarnett
* July 3 Catherine Harkey
* July 10 Jeremy Roberts
* July 17 Eric Wall, hosted by the Presbyterian Heritage Center
* July 24 Robert Alexander
* July 31 Catherine Harkey
* August 7 Vivian Hare and Keith Grogg