July 12, 2018
LIFT EVERY VOICE! This past week at Montreat was all about listening to the voices around us. GOD’s voice, DIFFICULT voices, OUR voice, SILENT voices, and UNITED voices. Our Keynote Speaker Aram Bae and Worship Pastor CeCe Armstrong led us in uplifting and transformative sermons. We even had one of our own sing in the choir! You can see Aiden Owen’s noggin peaking out of the back of the choir in the picture below.
We stayed in the dorms this year, specifically at McGregor Hall. While the lobby was a great space for us, the rooms were a little stuffy after the AC broke down for four out of the six days we were there. But God blessed us with cool air towards the end of the week.
Our meals were in the cafeteria, a two minute walk away from where we stayed. Most of us took advantage of the all-you-can-eat ice cream machine.
Wednesday afternoon, a group of us hiked Lookout Mountain Trail. I remember four years ago, when I was a senior high at Montreat... I sprinted up that mountainside. This year, things were a little different. Our senior high group quickly made it to the top while I was left crawling after them. The good news is we got plenty of great photos.
Thursday afternoon, our group invited John Knox and St. Giles to an ice cream social at our place, McGregor Hall. It was nice to have our youth make some new friends with other churches from Greenville!
Later that night, I risked my life crossing over a bridge made by two of our senior highs. It was kind of like a crazy trust exercise.
On Friday morning, more of our senior high group convinced me to wake up at 6:00 AM for another Lookout Mountain hike. This hike was not as bad as the first one, but I was still left in the dust and felt very grateful for my fellow chaperone.
Before candle light service on Friday night, we had a photo shoot in our Sunday finest.
Then came the best part about Montreat. Everyone at the conference walked around Lake Susan. We surrounded the lake on all sides, holding candles, and singing the worship songs we had learned that week. One by one, our rising 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th and college students blew out their candles.
Thanks to everyone for a great week!