This Week in Montreat – July 10, 2022

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Thank God for Model Trains 07/08/2022

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.

Once upon a time, model train sets represented one of the crown jewels of a toy store’s inventory. Ads for train sets took up pages in every Christmas catalogue. Alas, the sun long ago set on the heyday of model trains. Today, in the minds of my own adult children, the words “model train” are more likely to conjure memories of this scene from the movie “A Mighty Wind” than of any playtime on the den floor.     So, I was intrigued when I learned that a new model train display was attracting attention at the Presbyterian Heritage Center (PHC) this . . .

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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.

Preaching Sunday, July 10

Rev. Dr. Byron A. Wade is General Presbyter of the Presbytery of Western North Carolina. His sermon draws on Colossians 1:1-14 and is titled "Nothing Like A Good, Old Fashioned Letter."

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.


Weekly Rundown

Sunday, July 10
10:30 am Summer Worship Service with Rev. Dr. Byron A. Wade, Anderson Auditorium
11:45 am Sunday Buffet,
Galax Dining Room
7:00 pm Hymn Sing with Jeremy Roberts,
Assembly Inn Lobby
Monday, July 11
7:30 pm Youth Conference Worship,
Anderson Auditorium
Tuesday, July 12

9:00 am

Public Hikes (Half/Full Day)
(more info below)

7:00 pm

Arts, Music and Theology Lecture Series: "Signs and Seals: The Colorful History of Presbyterian Symbols,"
Convocation Hall

7:30 pm Youth Conference Worship,
Anderson Auditorium
Wednesday, July 13
7:30 pm Youth Conference Worship,
Anderson Auditorium
Thursday, July 14
9:00 am Public Hikes (Full Day)
Skills Demo,
Nature Center
7:30 pm Youth Conference Worship,
Anderson Auditorium
Friday, July 15
7:00 pm Big Circle Mountain Dance,
Cornwell Tennis Courts
8:30 pm Youth Conference Worship,
Anderson Auditorium
Saturday, July 16
7:00 am Second Loaf
(more info below)
Sunday, July 17
10:30 am Summer Worship Service with Rev. Dr. Bridgett Green,
Anderson Auditorium
11:45 am Sunday Buffet,
Galax Dining Room
7:00 pm Arts, Music, and Theology Events: "Texts and Tunes: A few Thousand Years of Hymns by Women" led by Eric Wall,
Presbyterian Heritage Center
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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, July 12

Rattlesnake Rock (Half Day)

Walker's Knob (Full Day)

Thursday, July 14

East Ridge Ramble (Full Day)

Flintknapping and Early Tools (Skills Demo)

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
2:00–5:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM–12:00 PM
Thursday 2:00–5:30 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

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 8 & Friday, July 15
  • 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.

Correction: July 8, 2022
A previous edition of This Week in Montreat misstated that a Big Circle Mountain Dance was cancelled. There will still be a Big Circle Mountain Dance on Friday, July 8.

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.

“Signs and Seals: The Colorful History of Presbyterian Symbols” led by Alec Peters. Everyone is welcome!

  • Date: Tuesday, July 12
  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Place: Convocation Hall

Alec Peters has a lifelong interest in Presbyterian history and its use of symbols. He is an elder and choir member at West Raleigh Presbyterian Church, in Raleigh, NC. A retired lawyer, Alec and his wife Sarah, who works at the Sally Jones Pottery during the summer months, are the parents of Walker and Lila. Alec and Sarah are upcoming chairpersons of Montreat’s President’s Council. During the summer months, he serves on the Summer Sunday Worship Team.

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 12:00–5:00 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, July 10 is:

Apricot Glazed Pork Loin 
Thai Fish Curry 
Basmati Rice Pilaf 
Steamed Green Beans 
Summer Vegetable Medley 
Dinner Rolls 
Salad Bar 
Fruit & 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 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 the Assembly Inn Lobby. Masking protocols, per Montreat Conference Center, apply. Please come and bring your fellow singers!

Hymn Sing Lineup
Date Leader
July 10 Jeremy Roberts
*July 17

Eric Wall, hosted by the Presbyterian Heritage Center
*Takes place at the Presbyterian Heritage Center

July 24 Robert Alexander
July 31 Catherine Harkey
August 7 Vivian Hare and Keith Grogg