This Week in Montreat – June 6, 2021

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God Loves Through His People 06/04/2021

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.

Did you catch the end of the Liverpool/West Bromwich soccer match a couple weeks ago? No? This particular game basically came down to the last play, when Liverpool won on a header from their own goalkeeper, Alisson Becker, a play so rare that…well, it’s the first goal ever scored in competition by a Liverpool goalkeeper. Liverpool has been playing soccer/football since 1892. Yet that wasn’t what I’ll remember most from that day. After the game, Alisson was interviewed, of course, and asked about the winning play. He gave all credit to God, as athletes often do. Then the interview shifted. . . .

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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, June 6

Rev. Dr. Leah R. Hrachovec has served First Presbyterian in Stillwater, OK, since 2007. Dr. Hrachovec's sermon draws on Mark 2:23–3:6 and 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1 and is titled "A Healing Sabbath."

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

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Weekly Rundown

Sunday, June 6
10:30 am Summer Worship Service in Anderson Auditorium
11:45 am Sunday Buffet at the Galax Dining Room
7:00 pm Community Hymn Sing, Anderson Auditorium
Monday, June 7
8:00 pm Youth Conference Worship in Anderson Auditorium
Tuesday, June 8
8:00 pm Youth Conference Worship in Anderson Auditorium
Wednesday, June 9
8:00 pm Youth Conference Worship in Anderson Auditorium
Thursday, June 10
8:00 pm Youth Conference Worship in Anderson Auditorium
Friday, June 11
9:00 pm Youth Conference Worship in Anderson Auditorium
Saturday June 12
8:00 am Second Loaf at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church

A Note About Masks

Recommendations for camps remained more stringent than those for most endeavors, as health authorities cautioned that activities involving intergenerational participation – and particularly unvaccinated, younger populations – should remain more vigilant. We’re going to follow the more stringent guidelines until further notice, in large part because our programs serve a significant number of young people who are vulnerable to the coronavirus as summer begins.

  • All staff, conferees, and participants in conference center programs and activities will continue to wear masks indoors in each place that supports our intergenerational programs, including the Assembly Inn, Anderson Auditorium, the Montreat Store, and all meeting spaces.
  • We will be maximizing use of our outdoor spaces this summer, reducing the length of time spent indoors, and using precautions when we are indoors. Science has formed a consensus that it’s very, very rare to contract COVID outdoors. Conferees and participants, therefore, will not be required to wear masks outdoors except in crowds or in circumstances stipulated as high-risk situations.
  • While scientists once believed people could get COVID-19 by touching a surface that had the virus on it, we now know that the chances of contracting the disease this way are vanishingly small. Still, there are still lots of great reasons to keep your hands clean, and so hand sanitizer will remain available around our campus.

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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.


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: Cultures & Conflict: Native Americans and Presbyterian Missions; Fantasy & Fiction: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R.Tolkien & Dorothy L. Sayers; Women’s Suffrage in the U.S.; Missions to Central America & the Caribbean, and others!

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

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, our studio is open for independent throwing and hand building. Call Nancy Hyde 678.472.1292 or Ann Laird Jones 662.347.3614 Monday through Friday to reserve your place in a class.

Pottery Hours (Upstairs)

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 and Craft Classes
Friday Normally closed.
Saturday 8:00 am–11:00 am
Pottery Pickup

Craft Hours (Downstairs)

Monday–Thursday 2:00–5:00 pm
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Friday Night Big Circle Mountain Dancing

We are all excited that Friday Night Big Circle Mountain Dancing will resume its rightful place as an integral activity of the Montreat community this summer. Here are the new basics:

  • Dates: Dances will begin June 18 and continue weekly through August 6.
  • Time: Dances will begin at 7:00 pm and end by 9:00 pm
  • Place: Dancing will take place on the tennis courts at the Bill Wilde Youth Center.
  • Those attending the dance inside the fence will be asked to wear a mask and soft-soled shoes. (No boots!) We will be reminding you of these requests at the gate as necessary.

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.

Arts, Music, and Theology Lecture Series

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.

More About Arts, Music, and Theology
Ice Cream Update

Looking for a sweet treat? You can find ice cream or tropical shaved ice in Montreat over the next few weeks!

Monday, June 7 & 14  |  6:00–7:45 pm - Kona Shaved Iced in the Anderson Auditorium parking loop
Tuesday, June 8 & 15  |  6:30–8:00 pm - Montreat College's hand-dipped ice cream on Moore Center Field
Wednesday, June 9 & 16  |  6:30-9:00 pm - Montreat College's hand-dipped ice cream on Moore Center Field

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 fair-trade shop that supports artisans around the world. It’s located on the third floor of the Moore Center Building.

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

Galax Sunday Buffet

Stop by the Galax Dining Room at the Assembly Inn after worship to catch up with friends and family as you enjoy a feast for the body and the soul. Note: The Galax Dining room is closed to the public for all meals except for Sunday lunch June 6-August 8. Non-refundable tickets may be purchased any time at the Front Desk and used for any Sunday. You can call the Front Desk at 828.669.2911

The menu for Sunday, June 6 is:

Southern Fried Chicken
Pot Roast with Gravy
Parslied New Potatoes
Stewed Fresh Squash and Zucchini with Vidalia Onions
Green Beans Amandine
Rolls with Butter
Fruit and Salad Bar
Assorted Desserts

Adults Ages 5–11 Under 5
$16.50 $8.50 FREE

Development Summer Events

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

Pops in the Park
Pops in the Park June 27, 3:00–4:30 pm Location: Robert Lake Park
Sitting Duck Cafe Every Thursday in July, 9:00–11:00 am Location: The Huckleberry
Montreat Fund Patrons Reception July 17 More info to come.

Welcome Center at the Gate House

Stop by the Welcome Center, the small building attached to the Montreat gate, this summer for maps, materials, and personal recommendations or stories from our kind Welcome Center volunteers. Hope to see you there!

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

Hymn Sings

From June 6th through August 8th, join us on Sunday nights at 7 pm in person in Anderson Auditorium or through a live stream for Hymn Sings. Because we will be inside, we will seat you in alternating rows allowing at least 6 feet between family groups. We ask that you wear a mask at all times, including while singing. These protocols may change as the summer progresses. For updates on the protocols or to receive the link to the weekly live stream, subscribe to Community Announcements.