Montreat Conference Center

Mary Katherine Robinson Preaches Aug 6

posted on Jul. 31, 2017

The final Sunday in the Montreat Conference Center summer worship series is August 6, and closing out the 2017 season as guest preacher is the Rev. Mary Katherine Robinson, pastor of Black Mountain Presbyterian Church.

Rev. Robinson is a lifelong member of the Montreat family, having come as a child, a conferee, a cottager, a youth participant, a visiting leader, and most currently, as a member of the MRA Board of Directors and chair of its board life committee, whose job it is to tend to the spiritual life of the board. She has always thought of Montreat as her second home.

She is a graduate of Davidson College and Columbia Theological Seminary. Her husband Billy, also a graduate of Columbia Seminary, serves as presbytery associate for the Presbytery of Western North Carolina. They have three children.

In her nineteen years of ministry, she has pastored three churches: First Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, NC; Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church in Rock Hill, SC; and now Black Mountain Presbyterian Church here in the Swannanoa Valley.

“During these ministries, I have reveled in the opportunity to preach and regularly lead worship, counsel and marry members, baptize, and share the good news of the gospel. I have delved into authentic relationships with members and walked side by side with them in their growing discipleship. A pastor at heart, I have had the privilege and the honor to enter into people’s lives when they were most vulnerable.”

Her sermon for August 6 will focus on understanding those things that are most important in authenticating who we are when we are truly living in the values of God’s kingdom and abundance. Using the lectionary for the day, scripture texts are from Genesis 32 and Matthew 14, whereby she will juxtapose the values of Jacob’s world with those of Jesus:

“Jacob’s wrestling story in Genesis and Jesus’ feeding of the five thousand in Matthew is a perfect opportunity for us to look at God’s calling to move from scarcity to abundance in our own lives as well as in the life of our nation and world.”

Rev. Carol Steele, vice president for program at Montreat Conference Center, commends the conference worship team and those volunteers and staff members who each year help make these services a highlight of Montreat’s summer season:

“Conversations with God come in many forms,” says Rev. Steele, “from a quick prayer breathed in a moment of exasperation to an exquisitely planned Sunday morning worship service with scripture, preaching, music, art, and liturgy.

“At the conference center we tend toward the latter, but plenty of the former also finds its way to expression as we plan worship for this community of faith. We hope that worship is a place where people can bring all of who they are and hear the good news of God’s grace in a community of fellow travelers.”

All of the summer Sunday services in the series are at 10:30 am in Anderson Auditorium, just off Assembly Drive in Montreat. Child care is available for children six months through kindergarten at the Updike Child Care Center on Texas Road.

As is the summer tradition, the community is invited to the lunch buffet at 11:45 am in the Assembly Inn’s Galax Dining Room following worship. Lunch tickets can be purchased at the Assembly Inn front desk.

For further information or to learn about other worship, educational, and recreational opportunities at Montreat, visit, or call 828.669.2911.

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