This Week in Montreat – July 24, 2022

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The Gift of Being Together 07/22/2022

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.

Among the books, photos, and flotsam and jetsam that accumulate on my office shelves, one item qualifies as an automatic keepsake. It’s a framed certificate presented to “Miss Jane P. Holt” from 1962, signifying her status as a “Charter Patron” of Montreat.   Signed by Tom Belk, the original chair of the Patrons program, the certificate reminds me of Jane’s enduring commitment to Montreat, just as it represents for me the generous, faithful commitments to Patrons on the part of so many others over the last sixty years. The certificate reminds me that the true strength of our ministry lies in . . .

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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 24

Rev. Dr. Jill Duffield is pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, NC. Her sermon draws on Luke 11:1-13 and Psalm 138, and is titled "Shameless Prayer."

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 24
10:30 am Summer Worship Service with Rev. Dr. Jill Duffield, Anderson Auditorium
11:45 am Sunday Buffet,
Galax Dining Room
7:00 pm Hymn Sing led by Al Sudduth and Ethan Neal,
Assembly Inn Lobby
Monday, July 25
7:30 pm Youth Conference Worship,
Anderson Auditorium
Tuesday, July 26

9:00 am

Public Hikes (Half/Full Day)
(more info below),
Nature Center

7:00 pm

Arts, Music, and Theology Lecture Series: “Womanist Wit and Wisdom” led by Rev. Dr. Edna Jacobs Banes and Rev. Amantha Barbee accompanied by Eric Wall,
Convocation Hall

7:30 pm Youth Conference Worship,
Anderson Auditorium
Wednesday, July 27
7:30 pm Youth Conference Worship,
Anderson Auditorium
Thursday, July 28
9:00 am Public Hikes (Full Day),
Nature Center
7:00 pm Arts, Music, and Theology Lecture Series: “Participatory Aesthetics: Integrating Visuals into Church Communities Through Congregational Engagement” led by Catherine Kapikian and Grace Evans, Convocation Hall
7:30 pm Youth Conference Worship,
Anderson Auditorium
Friday, July 29
7:00 pm Big Circle Mountain Dance,
Cornwell Tennis Courts
8:30 pm Youth Conference Worship,
Anderson Auditorium
Saturday, July 30
7:00 am Second Loaf
(more info below)
Sunday, July 31
10:30 am Summer Worship Service with Rev. Dr. Frank Clark Spencer,
Anderson Auditorium
11:45 am Sunday Buffet,
Galax Dining Room
7:00 pm Hymn Sing led by Catherine Harkey and Ethan Neal,
Assembly Inn Lobby
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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 2:30–5:30 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 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

Second Loaf

Second Loaf continues its long history of collecting food donations for the food insecure in our community on 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.

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 26

Rainbow Mountain (Half Day)

East Ridge Ramble (Full Day)

Thursday, July 28

Trestle Railroad Tour (Full Day)

More About Summer Hikes
More About Montreat's Wilderness

Interested in renting your home to Youth Groups in 2023?

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 2023? 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

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.

“Womanist Wit and Wisdom” led by Rev. Dr. Edna Jacobs Banes and Rev. Amantha Barbee accompanied by Eric Wall.

  • Date: Tuesday, July 26
  • Time: 7:00 pm
  • Place: Convocation Hall

The Rev. Dr. Edna Jacobs Banes (right) is a native of Clinton, SC. Edna was a teacher in South Carolina, Germany (where she met her husband Warren), Nebraska, Florida, and Texas in her first career. A move to Alexandria, VA coincided with a call to ministry. She received an MDiv from Virginia Theological Seminary and a DMin from Columbia Theological Seminary. She served as associate pastor at Old Presbyterian Meeting House and then Dean of Students and Chaplain at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond and Charlotte before retiring to Montreat. She currently serves as pastoral associate at Kenilworth Presbyterian Church in Asheville. She and Warren have two adult children and four grandchildren. She enjoys walking/jogging, kayaking, reading, and discovering the holy in the ordinary.

The Rev. Amantha Barbee (left) is the senior pastor of Oakhurst Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Amantha has served on the MRA board for nearly six years, sharing her gifts and talents for Preaching, Teaching, Music, Networking, Leadership, and Anti-bias training. She currently serves as a member of the Executive Committee. In addition to her service to the MRA, Amantha is Chairperson of the GA Committee on Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, and Co-Chair of “Next Church.” She is a graduate of UNC, Union Presbyterian Seminary, and is currently pursuing a D. Min at Columbia Seminary.

“Participatory Aesthetics: Integrating Visuals into Church Communities Through Congregational Engagement” led by Catherine Kapikian and Grace Evans

  • Date: Thursday, July 28
  • Time: 7:00 pm
  • Place: Convocation Hall

Big Circle Mountain Dances

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

  • Date: Friday, July 29
  • 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.


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.

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!

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 24 is:

Southern Fried Chicken 
Herb Baked Salmon with Lemon 
Mashed Potatoes 
Brussels Sprouts Succotash 
Southern Style Green Beans 
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 24 Al Sudduth and Ethan Neal
July 31 Catherine Harkey and Ethan Neal
August 7 Vivian Hare and Keith Grogg