This Week in Montreat – July 25, 2021

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A Purpose That Grows as Generosity Flows 07/23/2021

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.

This week’s message is longer than usual, a message adapted from the address given to Montreat Patrons at last week’s reception. I always have a glad and grateful heart when I attend the annual Patrons Reception to honor the donors and leaders who make Montreat’s mission and ministry possible, and when we gathered this past Saturday night, I think my heart set a new record for gladness and gratefulness. As I told those assembled, “Thank God we are here, thank God we are together!” This gathering was an important opportunity to say thank you to the people who have made . . .

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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 25

Dr. William G. Jones is pastor of Germantown Presbyterian Church in Germantown, TN. Dr. Jones' sermon draws on Ephesians 3:14–21 and Psalm 145:10–18. His sermon is titled "Immeasurable Imaginations."

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

Learn More About Summer Worship

Weekly Rundown

Sunday, July 25
10:30 am Summer Worship Service,
Anderson Auditorium
11:45 am Sunday Buffet,
Galax Dining Room
7:00 pm Hymn Sing,
Anderson Auditorium
Tuesday, July 27
9:00 am
Public Hikes (more info below)
7:00 pm Arts, Music, & Theology Lecture, Upper Moore Center (formerly the Huckleberry. More info below.)
Thursday, July 29
9:00 am Sitting Duck Cafe, Upper Moore Center (formerly the Huckleberry)
Friday, July 30
Big Circle Mountain Dance Cancelled. See below for more.
Saturday, July 31
8:00 am Second Loaf (more info below)
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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.


Wilderness Hiking Program

Due to staffing fluctuations, we may not be able to offer both hikes every day. If that happens, we will see what the interest is when hikers arrive and pick the appropriate hike.

Tuesday, July 27

Half Day – Rainbow Mountain
Full Day – Walker's Knob

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: 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, we offer independent throwing and hand building. Please email to make reservations for the coming week. With other questions please call Nancy Hyde 678.472.1292 or Ann Laird Jones 662.347.3614.

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
View Class Schedule

Ice Cream Update

Looking for a sweet treat? Buy hand-dipped ice cream in the POD at Montreat College's Bell Library.

Sunday  |  4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  |  11:00 am–10:00 pm

Friday Night Big Circle Mountain Dancing

Big Circle Mountain Dance for Friday, July 30 is cancelled. For details, read Richard DuBose's latest TWIM post.

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.

July 27, 7:00pm: “We've Come This Far, But Have A Long Way To Go: The Black Presbyterian Story” – Rev. Dr. Byron Wade

Location: Upper Moore Center (formerly the Huckleberry Cafe)

More About Arts, Music, and Theology

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.

Montreat's New Lodge


Pickleball will be offered on Mondays this summer at the Patricia Cornwell Tennis Courts from 10:15 am–noon. The cost is $3 per session. Pickleball's last day is August 2.

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 way for you to shop with intention for ethically-sourced wares — and to share in the joy of empowering artisans around the  world. 

Monday–Friday 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Sunday noon-5:00 pm

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 for more information or to purchase tickets.

The menu for Sunday, July 25 is:

Southern Fried Chicken 
Herb Baked Salmon  
Mashed Potatoes 
Corn & Hominy With Roasted Red Pepper 
Southern Style Green Beans 
Rolls, Butter 
Fruit, 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

Sitting Duck Cafe Every Thursday in July, 9:00–10:30 am Location: The Huckleberry

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.