Category Archives: Behind The Scenes

Saturday Snapshot

We couldn’t close the month of August out before sharing something that has been in the works for the last few months…

Here’s a hint…

♪♪ Joy to the world!  The Lord is come.  Let earth receive her King! ♪

We know, summer is still here, and Fall is knocking on the door, but we’ve been busy working on Christmas decorations at The Cove!

Why so soon?  Because our handcrafted decorations take hours and hours to create.  We have a very talented woman on our staff named Angie, that is visionary, creator, and team leader for all our Christmas (and other) decorations.  Angie doesn’t just go out and buy decorations and ornaments, as you will see, she uses her God-given gifts to design and create beautiful things.

Here is one of the pieces that she dreamed up and created for Christmas 2015…

Cross made by Angie with vines May 2015

This 12-foot handcrafted cross is made from grape and wisteria vines that Angie and another Cove employee, Susie, harvested off our mountain.  It took them 2.5 hours to gather all the vines!  We’ve included a picture of Angie wrangling the vines below.

At the time this picture of the cross was taken, there were still more lights to be added and a couple other final tweaks.

During the Christmas season, the cross will adorn the large stone wall in the Training Center dining room.

Here’s a picture of Angie gathering vines:

Angie pulling vines for Christmas cross 2 May 2015

Want to see the cross, as well as the other amazing handcrafted decorations and ornaments that Angie and her team are working on?   Join us for one of our Christmas events in December and see them in person.

Click here for a listing of our Christmas at The Cove dinner and concert events.
Click here for a listing of our SeniorSalt Carol Sings.

Have you handcrafted any Christmas ornaments or decorations over the years?  We’d love to hear what you’ve created.  Tell us in the comments below.

Saturday Snapshot

“When I look at Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in place…” Psalm 8:3

Have we got something special for you today!

The moon was full when, a guest here at The Cove, took these amazing  photos from the rear Training Center deck.

Moon off the TC deck from guest

Moon off the TC deck from guest 2

Colleen, an amateur photographer, said she mainly shoots for fun.  This was her first attempt at getting a photograph of the moon.  We would never have guessed!  Well done, Colleen!

Colleen, who was shooting with a Tamron 150-600mm lens on her Nikon D7200, shares the following tips for this kind of photography:
1. Always use a tripod
2. Use a wired or remote shutter release
3. Use a good telephoto lens
4. Darkness helps a lot (Colleen extended thanks to Cove staff member Bill, who turned off the Training Center deck lights for her).

Thank you for sharing with us Colleen!  We hope you’ll come back again and capture more of God’s awesome creation.

Click here to see what’s happening at The Cove.

Saturday Snapshot

College-age students from as far away as California attended an apologetics seminar last weekend, led by Sean McDowell, in which they learned about the truth and evidence behind Christianity.

Many of those in attendance are currently in college, or college is in their near future, so this time of digging into God’s Word and understanding why they believe what they believe was very helpful as they head off to school in the Fall.

Not only did the participants enjoy solid Biblical teaching, but they enjoyed fellowship with one another and lots of good food!

Following are a few pictures to give you a glimpse of their time here.

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Sean McDowell teaching on how to defend your faith in college.
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There was no shortage of food over the weekend and the desserts were divine!
fellowship with the girls
Charades and board games during free time.
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A perfect day for a hike to the overlook.
view from the overlook July 2015
Every step up the mountain was worth this spectacular view.

Click here to see a current schedule of seminars at The Cove.

Saturday Snapshot

“As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God.” Psalm 42:1

It is so wonderful to see all the deer on our property this time of year.  This week we’ve had a mama and her fawn that greeted some of our staff right outside their office windows.  The others (four of them, but could only get three in the picture!) were caught crossing the road early one morning.

Doe and fawn outside admin June 2015
Doe and her fawn outside a staff members window.
four deer crossing road June 2015
Deer XING

The video below was filmed almost exactly two years ago in our staff parking lot, but we wanted to share with you today because you don’t get to see this type of footage very often.  Enjoy!

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Saturday Snapshot

Salt of the earth.  That’s what comes to mind as we share this picture with you today.

Featured are some of our hardworking and talented maintenance and grounds crew alongside a couple of volunteers from Campers On Mission–that’s one of the volunteer’s RV they’re standing near.

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Why an RV at The Cove, you may be wondering?  Now, before you jump in your RV and head our way, please understand that we don’t have camp sites or hook-ups for RVers who are attending a conference, retreat, or event at The Cove.  You all are invited to stay in one of our two lovely inns here on property. :)

We do have four designated RV hook-ups that are used by volunteers from Christian RV and camping groups who share their gifts and talents with a variety of Christian organizations around the United States.

The volunteers perform a variety of tasks while at The Cove, but the majority fall under grounds care, building maintenance, laundry/housekeeping, office work, prayer intercession, and tours at our chapel on property.

The two groups that serve The Cove are the SOWERS  and Campers on Mission.  For more information on either ministry, click on the links below.

Click here for more information on the SOWERS ministry.
Click here for more information on Campers on Mission ministry.

Click here to visit our website featuring upcoming retreats and events.

Saturday Snapshot

This photo captures a sweet moment of refreshment and fellowship on the Training Center deck for a group of chaplain volunteers attending a four-day training retreat at The Cove this week.

The chaplains, who minister to the brokenhearted in the aftermath of disasters, are attending training classes to equip them to support the emotional and spiritual needs of those they come across in their work.

Click here to read a full article on this crisis ministry conference.

chaplains from RRT on TC deck outside June 2015

Would you like to host your group’s next retreat, conference or ministry program at The Cove?  Click here to find out more about our facility and how we can meet your group’s needs.

Saturday Snapshot

Bobcats and squirrels and bears! Oh my!

We’ve had some pretty special visitors near the Cove administration building over the last week or so.

Just look at this beautiful bobcat who passed through earlier this week!  Have no fear–bobcats are not a threat to humans.  Cove staff was delighted to see this cool cat crossing our path.  In case you were wondering, he measured about 15″ to his back.  We are guessing he was probably 30 lbs.  This photo makes him look a little larger.

bobcat at The Cove May 20 2015

This little squirrel was either admiring its reflection in the glass or listening in on the meeting that was going on right on the other side of the windows.  Thank you to Cove Executive Director, Will Graham, who snapped this photo.
squirrel with Wil May 2015

Beautiful black bear out for a stroll.
Bear in admin parking lot May 2015

See what’s going on at The Cove by clicking here to visit our website.

Saturday Snapshot

We are blessed with Scripture etched in stone on some of our  buildings around the property.  These remind us of the abounding love, protection and grace we receive from our Heavenly Father.

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The verse John 10:14 carved in stone at the entrance to Shepherd’s Inn.

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The verse 2 Chronicles 6:18b at the entrance to Chatlos Memorial Chapel.

While attending your event or retreat at The Cove, make sure to allow for plenty of time to explore our property and take a moment to meditate on God’s word.

Click here to view upcoming events at The Cove.

Interested in bringing a group to The Cove for a special retreat, click here for information.