Montreat Minute 12/16/22

Montreat Minute for December 16, 2022

Watch Night Service in Montreat

Please join the Montreat Cottagers for a brief New Year’s Eve Watch Night vespers service to give thanks for God’s love and care during the past year and to consider the many ways in which we may watch for God in the coming year.

The service will be led by Rev. Drs. Wanda and William Neely on Saturday, December 31, at 5:00 p.m. in Graham Chapel in Gaither Hall. An offering will be received for the benefit of three local charities.

Decorating for Christmas

For many in our community, there is a growing desire to add festive decorations in Montreat for the advent season. In response, a few Montreaters have pitched in to purchase garland and ribbon for part of the railing around Lake Susan. If you are interested in joining in on the early stages of planning and funding, your help is welcomed. The goal this year is to purchase more garland and ribbon for Lake Susan.

The hope is to collect enough money for lighting, possibly a large tree, and more decorations next year. Donations may be mailed and made payable to Robin Melvin,  P.O. Box 866, Montreat, NC 28757. 

Town Offices Holiday Schedule

With Christmas and New Year just around the corner, we’re announcing days off for the holidays. For Christmas, offices will be closed Monday and Tuesday, December 26 and 27. For New Years, the office will be closed on Monday, January 2. Of course, the Montreat Police Department will be operating 24/7 as usual.

Trash pickup will be affected on both holidays. For Christmas, pickup will not occur until Wednesday, December 28. For New Year, trash service will resume on Tuesday, January 3.

Please note that despite the delay in trash service, the sanitation convenience center adjacent to the Town Hall will be available 24/7 during the entire holiday period. Cross over the Flat Creek bridge on Rainbow Terrace and you will see the dumpsters up the hill on the right. The recycle dumpster is on the left and the regular trash dumpster is on the right. Security is ensured, as there are cameras monitoring activity at the convenience center.

Updates and Reminders

  • The Board of Adjustment and Montreat Tree Board will not be meeting in December.
  • Know someone who doesn’t receive the Montreat Minute? Tell them to email [email protected] and ask to be put on the Sunshine/Montreat Minute list.


Do you have Town-related questions you would like answered? If so, please send them to Angela Murphy at [email protected] and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Have a great weekend!