Category Archives: Behind The Scenes

Saturday Snapshot – Kingdom Parenting, Bears, Flowers, Facebook & Rain

Lot’s going on at The Cove this week!

Tony Evans taught the first ever parenting seminar at The Cove (this was actually last week, but sharing now).  His seminar, Kingdom Parenting, gave practical biblical instruction on training kids in the power of prayer, wisdom, loving God’s Word, getting through trials, and much more.  A blessing to both parents and grandparents alike.

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6 ESV)

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We never tire of the beautiful view off the Training Center deck.  

“I lift up my eyes to the hills.  From where does my help come?  My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1-2 ESV)

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This family of bears were hoping to join in on the Kingdom Parenting seminar, but unfortunately, the cubs were too young to attend.  Last we heard, they were off to Camp Cedar Cliff.

(Photo captured on one of our security cameras.)
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Ruth’s Prayer Garden is abloom with purple coneflowers, hydrangeas, tiger lilies, roses, and more!  If you haven’t stopped by for a garden tour, make plans to now.  You won’t be disappointed.  
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The sun peaking through the forest canopy.  Reminder to be a light in this world!

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Just look at the vibrant color on these Tiger Lilies!

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Stephanie Seefeldt leads worship at The Cove several times throughout the year.  This year, she streamed a few worship sets LIVE on her Facebook page.  This one during the R.T. Kendall seminar.  Sorry about the sideways picture, but we wanted to share with you the number at the bottom of the image.  705 people were able to join in Cove worship from all around the world.  Isn’t technology amazing!

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We’ve been praying for rain, so these rain clouds rolling in one evening early this week were a most welcome site.  TC with storm clouds July 2016 smWe hope you have a lovely weekend, friends!  “May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.” (Jude 1:2 ESV)


Click here for a schedule of seminar, concerts and retreats at The Cove in beautiful Asheville, NC.

Interested in hosting your own event at The Cove?  Click here for information.

Visit the Chatlos Memorial Chapel, Visitors Center, and Ruth’s Prayer Garden.  Click here for directions and operating hours. Tours are free.

 

 

Saturday Snapshot — Animals and People Abound

This beautiful deer was greeting our staff and guests as they came in the Training Center one morning this week.  She and her friends have enjoyed dining on our flower beds!  The perks of sharing space with God’s precious creatures on this 1,200 acres.

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Cove bears generally stick to the rules while on property.  This one yielded just in time for a quick photo before he sauntered off in to the woods.

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Despite all the animal pictures we share here, we also have humans on property too!  Pastor Lon Allison was a HUGE blessing to an auditorium filled with pastors and their spouses.  The event was a 2-day Pastor’s Institute in which pastor Allison taught on discipleship.

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This is one of five Leadership Events The Cove offered this year which was free (program, meals, and lodging) to qualifying pastors and their spouses.  If you are interested in attending one, look under the Leadership tab on our website.

There is only one more remaining in 2016 and lodging is now full, but we still have room in the auditorium and dining room.  Keep your eyes out for our free 2017 events for pastors too.

Wishing you a blessed weekend and week to come!


Click here for a schedule of seminar, concerts and retreats at The Cove in beautiful Asheville, NC.

Interested in hosting your own event at The Cove?  Click here for information.

Visit the Chatlos Memorial Chapel, Visitors Center, and newly opened Ruth’s Prayer Garden.  Click here for directions and operating hours.  Tours are free.

Saturday Snapshot – Gospel Music on the Mountain

Talk about worship!  If you’ve ever seen The Collingsworth Family perform live, your socks were no doubt knocked off.

This six-member family of amazingly talented people performed for An Evening at The Cove on Thursday to a sold-out crowd.  Following are a few pictures for your enjoyment.

Family from left to right: Kim (mother), Olivia, Phillip Jr., Courtney, Brooklyn, and Phil (father).

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Kim Collingsworth (matriarch of the family) has mastered the piano like no other.  She says, “I practice and pray and leave the rest up to Jesus!”

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Sisters Olivia and Brooklyn harmonizing with their brother, Phillip Jr. — delightful!

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This is little Emma, cradled in her grandma’s arms.  She is the first and only grandchild at this point.  You think she gets loved on a bunch?!  She has been traveling with her parents, Brooklyn (Collingsworth daughter) and Will Blair (Collingsworth road manager/sound technician) since she was 2-weeks old.     Collingsworth -1044 sm

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Most people say they never want to leave when they come to a Cove event.  241 of those attending the concert decided to stretch out their time a bit and spend the night with us.

Here’s a picture of one of our inn rooms, where the post dinner/ concert slumber took place.

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The following morning it was reported that “A joyful group of people sang hymns while in the breakfast line.”  Looks like they rested well and were still feeling the joy carried over from their evening!

We’d love to see you at An Evening at The Cove.  Click here for the schedule.  A couple have sold out (Laura Story and Fernado Ortega), so make sure to get your tickets early.

God bless you!

Saturday Snapshot – Deliciousness at The Cove

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O taste and see that the Lord is good. Blessed is the man who puts his trust in Him. (Psalm 34:8, NKJV).

A stay at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove provides ample opportunity to feast on God’s Word, but as any Cove guest will tell you, there’s also plenty of delicious food!

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Our Executive Chef Douglas Walls and his team serve thousands of guests each year, as they come to enjoy a seminar, concert or retreat in the mountains of Western North Carolina.  Here are a few behind-the-scenes pictures of dishes that he’s served this week.

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Grilled grouper served with whipped parsnips and wild rice pilaf.
Photo credit: Chef Douglas Walls
Grilled pork chop with creamy risotto and shaved brussel sprouts.  Photo credit: Chef Douglas Walls
Grilled pork chop with creamy risotto and shaved brussel sprouts.
Photo Credit: Chef Douglas Walls


To enjoy recipes from The Cove at home,
click here.

Click here for a schedule of seminar, concerts and retreats at The Cove in beautiful Asheville, NC.

Interested in hosting your own event at The Cove?  Click here for information.

Visit the Chatlos Memorial Chapel, Visitors Center, and newly opened Ruth’s Prayer Garden.  Click here for directions and operating hours.  Tours are free.

 

Saturday Snapshot – Photo Challenge Recap

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The Cove’s 14-Day #InTheGardenPhotoChallenge is all done!
We debuted our photo challenge in the Saturday Snapshot post
three weeks ago.

#InTheGardenPhotoChallenge was all about putting a spotlight on the aesthetic and spiritual beauty in and surrounding a garden.

On The Cove’s Instagram (@thecovenc) feed we shared
images from the newly opened Ruth’s Prayer Garden each day.

How it worked: We asked everyone to post one photo per day on their personal Instagram and/or Facebook that followed our daily prompt. Everyone then included the hashtag #InTheGardenPhotoChallenge in their post!

Following are the images we shared, as well as some from others who have joined in and shared from their neck of the woods.

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June 1: Bloom

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June 2: Light

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June 3: Tree Bark

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June 4: Sky

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June 5: Cloud

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June 6: Green

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 June 7: Moss

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June 8: Stone

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June 9: Fragrance

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June 10: Bird

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June 11: Pathway

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June 12: Prayer

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June 13: Growth

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June 14: Sanctuary 

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Thanks to everyone who has shared photos of their gardens with us!

See some of their photos here:

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We hope you’ll make plans to visit Ruth’s Prayer Garden at the Chatlos Memorial Chapel and Visitors Center.

Click here for directions and operating hours.
Make sure to leave time to tour the Chatlos Memorial Chapel & Visitors Center while you’re here too.  Both tours are free.

And don’t forget to follow The Cove on Instagram @thecovenc.

Click here for a schedule of seminar, concerts and retreats at The Cove in beautiful Asheville, NC.

Saturday Snapshot – Retreats, Mountains, & Sunsets

It’s been a beautiful week here at The Cove. The daytime temperatures have stayed in the mid 60s to the low 80s without a whole lot of humidity.  Very nice!

The earlier part of the week was quiet here at The Cove (a great time for maintenance projects to be completed!), and then later in the week, we had a couple hundred come for a Samaritan’s Purse retreat for their site managers and volunteers. Here some of them are in full retreat mode enjoying time on the Training Center deck! (Photo taken from the prayer room on the 3rd floor.)

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This next photo was taken just before 9 p.m. earlier this week at the chapel.

One of our lighting and audio tech guys took the photo as he was leaving the chapel and shared, “It was that magic moment when the light on the building and the light in the sky were balanced beautifully!”  He’s a lighting guy, so he knows what he’s talking about!  Isn’t this beautiful!

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This last picture was taken on Friday afternoon from the deck off Billy Graham’s office on the 3rd floor.  Aren’t the mountains and lush forests of of Western North Carolina pretty!?

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We hope you enjoy your weekend and feel God’s loving presence in a mighty way.

Blessings to you!


Click here for a schedule of seminar, concerts and retreats at The Cove in beautiful Asheville, NC.

Interested in hosting your own event at The Cove?  Click here for information.

Visit the Chatlos Memorial Chapel, Visitors Center, and newly opened Ruth’s Prayer Garden.  Click here for directions and operating hours.  Tours are free.

 

Saturday Snapshot – Ruth’s Prayer Garden Dedication

Ruth Bell Graham lived a life committed to and dependent on prayer.  Several years ago, she wrote these words as a reflection on how we should pray:  As we come to this garden of prayer, we come being reminded that we come to acknowledge our Father. As we come into His presence, we come being anxious or worried about nothing. We come to worship Him in everything.

This past Wednesday, June 1, 2016, Ruth’s Prayer Garden was officially dedicated with a special message from her grandson, Will Graham, executive director at The Cove.

“Prayer is our umbilical cord to our Heavenly Father,  This is going to be a place of spiritual life and vitality.” Will Graham said of the 1.5 acre garden featuring more than 150 plan varieties.

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Over 150 people in attendance at the dedication.

Listen and watch as over 150 people in attendance  on Wednesday lifted their voices unto the Lord in worship and adoration.

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Ruth’s Prayer Garden — a garden for every season.
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The garden is a lovely place to stroll and take in all the beauty.
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Beautiful violin music played in the garden before the dedication began.

Watch as the violinist played throughout the the garden paths.

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Benches are placed throughout the garden so one can sit and pray.
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It was fun having so many people enjoying the garden at one time!
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A beautiful rose still fresh with dew during the dedication.
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Over 150 plant species are present in the garden. There will be something in bloom every season.
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Prayer. This is what Ruth would have loved to see taking place in this garden.
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Thankful for the leadership on this project from Lucas, The Cove’s supervisor of grounds maintenance. That’s a wooden bow tie he’s sporting!

We hope you’ll make plans to visit Ruth’s Prayer Garden at the Chatlos Memorial Chapel and Visitors Center.  Click here for directions and operating hours.  Make sure to leave time to tour the Chatlos Memorial Chapel & Visitors Center while you’re here too.  Both tours are free.

Click here for a schedule of seminar, concerts and retreats at The Cove in beautiful Asheville, NC.

Saturday Snapshot – Photo Challenge

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Do you have an Instagram or Facebook account? We would love for you to participate in our 14-Day Photo Challenge beginning June 1.

Our theme is “In The Garden.”  We chose this because we will be celebrating the opening of Ruth’s Prayer Garden (and sharing photos from this garden), right here at The Cove in Asheville, NC, on June 2, 2016!

So, here’s how you can take part in our 14-Day Photo Challenge: Beginning June 1, share one photo per day on your Facebook or Instagram account based on the photo prompts we’ve outlined below and include the hashtag: #InTheGardenPhotoChallenge. 

By using the hashtag #InTheGardenPhotoChallenge we’ll all be able to see what each other are posting in that one central search location.    

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Don’t worry if you’re not a professional photographer–neither are we!  We will be using both an iPhone and a Canon camera to take our pictures.

Need some ideas of what to share? Post a picture of the flowers blooming in your yard (or your neighbor’s yard), the bumble bees pollinating the blooms in your garden, or a photo of the special place you call your spiritual sanctuary. Each day we will be sharing photos from Ruth’s Prayer Garden.

Here’s a sneak peek of what we will be sharing in our
14-Day Photo Challenge! One of Ruth Bell Graham’s favorite flowers was a rose. What a fitting bloom to commemorate her legacy in Ruth’s Prayer Garden at The Cove. 

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FYI: Anyone taking part in the photo challenge may have their photos shared by The Cove and other participants. 


We hope you’ll make plans to visit Ruth’s Prayer Garden at the Chatlos Memorial Chapel and Visitors Center.  Click here for directions and operating hours.  Make sure to leave time to tour the Chatlos Memorial Chapel & Visitors Center while you’re here too.  Both tours are free.

Click here for a schedule of seminar, concerts and retreats at The Cove in beautiful Asheville, NC.

Saturday Snapshot – A Peak Behind-The-Scenes

The Cove has a lot of special people working here.  Their hearts for Jesus is reflected in all they do.  Do you ever wonder about some of the people behind-the-scenes, that you may or may not ever see while you’re here?

Well, today, we’re sharing a little bit about the personalities of some of these people through an item or items that they have in their work-spaces.

The departments that are represented in today’s post are Program (plan and coordinate all our seminars, senior-events, personal spiritual retreats and concerts), Guest Groups (work with churches and other Christian ministries that want to hold their own events at The Cove) and the Executive Director’s office.

Here we go…

Looks like someone has a green-thumb!  The person that has this beautiful plant arrangement in her work space helps with our Guest Groups department.  The little frog  looks like quite the daydreamer!

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This Program department employee, is following the rule of three decorating guideline.  Angel, plant, and faith…not a bad combination! IMG_0539 sm Teresa Matthews office decor

This Program department employee has a little table in her office with a few of her favorite things: God’s Word, tea, and a devotional.  A lovely way to spend time during a break or lunchtime. IMG_0537 sm Lauras Bible devotional and tea

We are thankful for Billy Graham’s faithful obedience to our heavenly Father.  This poster is a reminder to pray without ceasing.   This is displayed in another Program department employee. IMG_0536 sm Billy Graham pray in Michelles office

Yet another employee from our Program department, who cross stiched this beautiful “Names of God” piece.  She said that it took her about one month working on it in the evenings and weekends.    IMG_0534 sm Teebers cross stich names of God piece

This employee, also works with our Program department and received these roses from her husband who had surgery last week.  Apparently she took good care of him!  IMG_0529 sm donnas roses from Bruce

This Program department employee has a real knack for seasonal decorating.  The little sheep is the constant presence as decorations change several times throughout the year.  IMG_0533 sm Tracis desk

And if you’re a Vikings fan, then you’ll love and appreciate this crafty tissue box cover.  This employee works in the Executive Director’s office and is clearly a huge fan!

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Friends, we hope this little behind-the-scenes snapshot was fun for you.  If you’d like to see other departments featured like this in the future, let us know.

What do you have in your work or home that tells a little about your personality?  Share with us in the comments below.

Have a beautiful and blessed weekend!


Click here to see a full list of upcoming events at The Cove or contact our Guest Group department to hold your group retreat at The Cove.

Come take a free tour of the Chatlos Memorial Chapel & Visitors Center.  Click here for hours and directions.

 

 

Something New at The Cove: Ruth’s Prayer Garden

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“We cannot pray and remain the same. We cannot pray and have our homes remain the same. We cannot pray and have the world about us remain the same. God has decreed to act in response to prayer. ‘Ask,’ He commands us. And Satan trembles for fear we will.”  —Ruth Bell Graham,  Legacy of a Pack Rat

By Donna Riesen:

Ruth Bell Graham was a woman of prayer; and Ruth’s Prayer Garden, opening June 2, 2016 at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove, is designed to honor her memory and encourage others to pray. As the wife of evangelist Billy Graham, Ruth’s schedule was packed full with commitments—at times she traveled with her husband to crusades around the world, yet most often Ruth supported him behind the scenes and out of the spotlight by shouldering the responsibility of caring for their five children at their home in Montreat. This remarkable woman could not have had the impact she had on her husband, her family, and the world, without the daily discipline of prayer.

Winding along pathways surrounding Chatlos Memorial Chapel, Ruth’s Prayer Garden will offer a peaceful place for prayer and meditation amid the natural beauty and serenity of The Cove.

“My grandfather wanted this place to be known as a mountain of prayer,” says Will Graham, executive director of The Cove and grandson of Billy and Ruth. “There’s prayer going out all over The Cove, from our Intercessory Prayer Team to our staff prayers to our Personal Spiritual Retreats. There are so many needs facing us today, we can’t pray enough!”

“Like The Cove itself, this garden is designed to be an extension of my grandparents’ home at Montreat,” Will says.

With five children in the household, the Graham home was a place of laughter, activity, and the usual childhood scrapes and squabbles; but more importantly, it was a place of prayer.

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“I would go down to her room late at night,” daughter Anne Graham Lotz remembers. “I would see the light on underneath the door and I’d go in, and she would be on her knees in prayer.”

Daughter Ruth Graham reflects, “Faith was the very heartbeat of life at Little Piney Cove. We began and ended each day as a family on our knees in prayer.”

Ruth’s Prayer Garden was created to honor and perpetuate this legacy of prayer.

The garden was also designed to be a reflection of Ruth’s love of nature and appreciation for the beauty of her North Carolina mountain home. Lucas Jack, horticulturist and supervisor of Grounds Maintenance at The Cove, explains how great care was taken to convey Ruth’s personality as a gardener and plant- lover. When asked about the process of planning and designing the gardenscape, Jack noted, “Everything that I know of Ruth Graham has been learned secondhand, which is difficult when trying to piece together a ‘botanical personality.’ I learned she really didn’t have dislikes but had a lot of favorites. She loved color and appreciated gardens in general, and we’ve tried to convey her botanical personality by including many of the plants and flowers she loved.”

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Roses, daylilies, touch-me- nots will line the winding paths. “Our goal was not to overwhelm the visitor with the landscape,” Jack says, “but to allow them to enjoy the experience and feel as if they are part of it.”

Ruth’s love for color and beauty may have been the result of two strong childhood influences: her early childhood years in China as the daughter of medical missionaries, and her teen years in Montreat.

According to grandson Will, “My great-grandfather Nelson Bell loved gardens and gardening. He loved flowers and plants, and he used them to teach lessons to his children. When we work with our hands in a garden, God teaches us things.”

If she were here today, Ruth Bell Graham would probably agree. When you visit Ruth’s Prayer Garden, enjoy the view and take time to smell the roses; then bow your head and echo the disciples’ request to Jesus: “Lord, teach us to pray.” (Luke 11:1, NKJV)

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We hope you’ll make plans to visit Ruth’s Prayer Garden at the Chatlos Memorial Chapel and Visitors Center.  Click here for directions and operating hours.

Click here for a schedule of seminar, concerts and retreats at The Cove in beautiful Asheville, NC.