Category Archives: Behind The Scenes

Saturday Snapshot — Will Graham Teaches From The Book of 1 Samuel

Will Graham taught on 1 Samuel this past weekend, at The Cove.  From the disobedience of Saul, resulting in the loss of his position as king, to the anointing of David, a young shepherd boy, to the famous story of David and Goliath, Will taught how God’s Word shows us how to abide in HIS presence, grow in courage to obey HIM, and experience a life of adventure.

Here are a few snapshots from the weekend…

Always begin with prayer…
This is what happens in the green room before a seminar or concert.  Will, his worship team and emcee asking the Lord to speak.

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Shoot Number 17097 - Cove

Worship with Mark Christian (far right), Gina Kingsmore, Richie Kingsmore (at the piano), and Kameron Myers on the violin.

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While Will serves as Executive Director at The Cove, he has also been called to teach God’s Word and share the Gospel around the world.

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Will and Kendra Graham greeting seminar participants.

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After the seminar, worship leader, Mark Christian had some fun with his drone and captured a birds-eye-view of both the Training Center and the Chapel.

drone shot from Mark Christian at Wil Graham seminar in 2017

drone shot of chapel from Mark Christian at Wil Graham seminar in 2017

SAVE THE DATE:

If you’d like to attend Will’s seminar next year,  he will be teaching August 10 -12, 2018.  You can register for 2018 seminars beginning next month (September 2017).


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

Are you a Christian church or non-profit ministry looking for a place to hold your conference, retreat or ministry event?  Click here for more information on holding your event at The Cove.

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

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Saturday Snapshot – 106.9 the Light

Did you know that we share this beautiful 1,200 acre property with a radio station?

106.9 the Light is the award-winning, listener-supported radio station that was founded by Billy and Ruth Graham in 1962 and is operated by Blue Ridge Broadcasting.

Their mission is to lead as many people as possible into a personal and dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ and encourage their listeners in spiritual maturity and active service for Christ. They strive to do this through playing music with a hopeful message as well as through solid and powerful Bible teaching.

While the radio station is based here in Asheville, it broadcasts to a seven-state area that covers parts of North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia, Kentucky, and West Virginia. With a coverage like that, it reaches over 6 million people which makes it the 12th largest FM radio station in the nation, in terms of coverage area. You can also listen to 106.9 the Light online at www.1069theLight.org.

Initially starting with the AM signal WFGW (the first three letters stand for William Franklin Graham, and legend has it that the last ‘W’ stands for wife), Blue Ridge Broadcasting acquired the FM signal WMIT in 1963.

Blue Ridge Broadcasting is celebrating its 55th year of ministry this year. Below you will see the official announcement from Billy Graham as well as other things, old and new, that are around the station.

Radio Announcement
Announcement from Billy Graham about the station
Radio Equipment
This corner holds equipment used by the station in the past.
Floor Radio
This floor model radio belonged to Ruth Bell Graham’s family when she was a child. It has been refurbished to working condition.
Ministry Partners
This table holds items provided by ministries 106.9 has supported.
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This photo of Billy Graham preaching the gospel over the air waves overlooks the main staircase in the building.
DJ Jon Wood
Afternoon show host, Jon Wood, gives a traffic update.

The next time you visit The Cove, give 106.9 the Light a call to schedule a tour of their facility!


 

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Saturday Snapshot — We Love Our Volunteers!

We don’t know what we would do without the help of our faithful volunteers here at The Cove.  From administrative tasks, to Chapel tour guides, to helping with seating at our events, they serve with smiles and generous hearts for this ministry.

We currently have 142 volunteers serving at The Cove, and they logged 16,428 hours in 2016.  That’s like one person working 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, for two entire years!

Yes, we are blessed!

Every year, we celebrate our volunteers at the Cove Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon.  Take a peek at the fun afternoon this past weekend:

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As volunteers emerged from the shuttles they were greeted with a red carpet and cheering fans!

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Hugs all around.  Our volunteers are FAMILY.

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more hugsgigi huggingGigi Graham extended a warm Cove family greeting to each of the volunteers.

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Gigi escortingThere’s nothing like good fellowship around the table…

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Will Graham, Cove executive director, giving greetings and thanks to our faithful volunteers.

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Barbara utilizes many of our volunteers to lead tours and pray at the Chapel and Visitor’s Center.

Barbara greeting volunteers

Worship with Stephanie Seefeldt…

volunteers worshiping with Steph

Stephanie wrote a special song for the volunteers…This is an excerpt:

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Each volunteer received a gift bag as the fun afternoon came to an end…

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The Lord has blessed The Cove with these beautiful volunteers and for that we give thanks!

If you are interested in volunteering at The Cove, click here.


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

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

Are you a Christian church or non-profit ministry looking for a place to hold your conference, retreat or ministry event?  Click here for more information on holding your event at The Cove.

 

Saturday Snapshot — Summer Interns Tour The Cove

Each summer, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) offers a 10-week internship opportunity to college students looking to work in their field of interest within the context of a Christian ministry.

Earlier this week, the interns left BGEA’s Charlotte headquarters and headed for the mountains for a tour of The Cove.

The 12 interns hailed from Asbury, Baylor, Cedarville, Cornerstone, John Brown, Liberty, Indiana Wesleyan, Taylor, and Wheaton universities.  The departments they worked for over the summer included: Finance, Communications, Internet Evangelism, Audio Media Services, Video Media Services, and the Billy Graham Library.

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11 of the 12 interns who visited The Cove.

One intern, a recent graduate from Liberty University, has a passion and a real talent for photography, so we’re sharing some of the photos he took during their time here. Thanks for sharing you gift with us, John Fowler!

First stop on the tour was the beautiful Chatlos Memorial Chapel and Visitor’s Center.  The roses in Ruth’s Prayer Garden were still in bloom.

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The Visitor’s Center has a scale model of the Billy Graham Library, which is located near BGEA headquarters in Charlotte, NC. Since all of the interns had recently either visited or were working in the Library, they loved seeing the Library and it’s property from this perspective.  (The buildings in this photo are just a couple of inches tall.)

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The Chapel sanctuary holds such rich history, from pews that were originally used by the Royal School for the Blind, to the 400 + year old pulpit from the Church of England, to the beloved organ gifted to the Chapel by the late George Beverly Shea.

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This beautiful Steinway piano was purchased from a local Asheville area woman in the late 1980′s.  Can you imagine her surprise when she opened the door to greet the people who had responded to her newspaper ad, only to see George Beverly Shea standing there with the then Cove Executive Director?!  Mr. Shea graciously agreed to play a song for her.

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The Word of God…

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Rocking chairs as you enter the Training Center offer a place to rest, fellowship and enjoy the sights and sounds of God’s creation.

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The interns were given a rare peak into Billy Graham’s office at The Cove.  While Mr. Graham mainly used his office in Montreat, when he wasn’t traveling the world, his office at The Cove is more of photo memorial of how God used him in his 70+ years of ministry.

photos on the wall in BG office by John Fowler BG intern 2017 sm for blog

And a day at The Cove wouldn’t be complete without a taste of the delicious frozen yogurt!  It’s said that the calories don’t count at our elevation… ; )

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We hope you enjoyed John’s photos.

Click here for more information on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Internship Program.

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!


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

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

Are you a Christian church or non-profit ministry looking for a place to hold your conference, retreat or ministry event?  Click here for more information on holding your event at The Cove.

When Those Who Should, Don’t…

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You’d be amazed at what you can learn at The Cove!

Those who attended the July 17-21 Intensive Bible Training with Michael Card discovered some astonishing insights from God’s Word. Delving into the Scriptures, Michael led participants into a deeper understanding of Jesus through an in-depth study of “Luke: The Gospel of Amazement.”

Here are a few insights from Michael’s teaching on one of the major themes of Luke’s gospel:

“When Those Who Should, Don’t…”

As Luke went about the task of collecting eyewitness accounts of the life of Jesus, he noticed a pattern emerging. Time and time again, religious leaders—supposedly spiritual men, people who should have understood what Jesus’ ministry was about—were simply unable to comprehend the Rabbi from Nazareth. On the other hand, simple, run-of-the-mill people (most of them women) were able to almost immediately grasp the gift of grace that Jesus was offering them.

Eventually, the sheer weight of examples caused Luke to develop these stories into a literary theme which, for the lack of a better term, I call “when those who should, don’t and those who shouldn’t, do.”

Excerpt from the seminar presentation notes of Michael Card.

• Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist,
and Mary. Luke 1:5-56 (67ff)

Zechariah, a priest serving in the Holy Place in the Temple, is given a promise directly from the mouth of the angel Gabriel and yet, does not believe.

While Mary, a simple young girl from the backwater town of Nazareth, hears Gabriel and immediately responds by submitting herself as a “slave of the Master.”

• The Centurion and the Jews. Luke 7:1-10

The Jewish friends of the pagan soldier come to Jesus, insisting that he “deserves” Jesus’ attention.

While the Roman Centurion sends word, “…I do not deserve.” Nevertheless, he still asks for Jesus’ gift of healing for his slave. His faith amazes Jesus.

• Simon the Pharisee and the “sinful” woman. Luke 7:36-50

Simon, a Pharisee who has invited Jesus for meal fellowship, inwardly judges both Jesus as well as the sinful woman who has crashed the party.

While the woman who was a “sinner” weeps over the feet of Jesus and dries them with her hair. Jesus responds to Simon, “Do you see this woman?” because Simon has only viewed her as one of his categories.

• The Good Samaritan. Luke 10:25-37

So pervasive is this literary theme that it even makes it into the parables of Jesus. Here the priest and Levite pass by the wounded traveler, while the Samaritan goes far out of his way to help.

• The parable of the lost son. Luke 15:11-32

The younger son, who has wasted his father’s inheritance limps home and asks to become a servant.

While the older brother scorns the father’s forgiveness and complains that he is really a slave.

• The tax collector and the Pharisee. Luke 18:9-14

The religious Pharisee “prays about himself” before God and goes home unjustified.

While, unthinkably, the tax collector seems to understand the grace and forgiveness of God when he merely blurts out “have mercy…”

• The rich young ruler and Zacchaeus. Luke 18:18ff, 19:1-10

The young man cannot give up his possessions.

While Zacchaeus, the tax collector, repents and pays restoration.

• The rich men and the poor widow.  Luke 21:1-4

The poor widow put more into the treasury than the rich men.

• The Crucifixion. Luke 23:35, 47

The religious leaders mock Jesus on the cross.

While the thief and the Roman soldier protest His innocence.

• The 11 and “the women.” Luke 24:8-12

After the resurrection, the women come to the eleven, believing Jesus has been raised from the dead.

While the disciples think they are merely “delirious.”

Our next Intensive Bible Training seminar is scheduled for August 28-September 1.  Register now and enjoy the insightful teaching of Dr. R.T. Kendall as he speaks on “Experiencing the Presence of God.”

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Saturday Snapshot — A Behind The Scenes Peek at Our Video Shoot

This week we were working on a new promotional video for The Cove.  This is to update the current video (you can see it here) for our Guest Groups area of ministry.

Wondering what a Guest Group is?

A Guest Group is a group that holds their own conference, retreat, or ministry event at The Cove.  They come with their own agenda, their own program, and their own speakers, and we provide the meeting space, the inn rooms and the delicious food.

Groups tell us, time and again, that The Cove is the perfect, distraction-free place for them to come and accomplish their ministry goals.  Our dedicated event planners make it a point to take care of all the details, so that when our groups come, they can get right down to what it is that God is leading them to do.

Here are a few behind-the-scenes pictures of the filming.

Gigi Graham greeting guests as they arrive at the Training Center.   If you’ve been here, you’ve probably been greeted by Gigi, either at the front door or in the dining room.  She loves meeting Cove guests and extending the warm Graham-family welcome.

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Guests love spending time on the Training Center deck.  With tables, rocking chairs, and mountain views, who wouldn’t?

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Yep, we brought the drone back out!  The drone captured some great aerial video of the Training Center, the Chapel, the front gate, and our private cabin road.

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The Cove dining experience is a delicious one.  The tables in the dining room are round with Lazy-Suzans in the center of each.  Mrs. Graham loved a round table and she said that the Lazy Suzan helped keep her children competitive.  ; )

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Our chef, Douglas Walls, and his team prepare wonderful menus of fresh, delicious food.  Here we caught him in action, doing what he does best.

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Zucchini and squash ready to be roasted.  Yum!

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Potato salad anyone?  You can probably tell from the amount of potatoes in the mixer, but to give you a different perspective, this mixer is about 4 feet tall!

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At the end of every day, our guests will find a warm and inviting guest room to lay their heads down.  This is a shot of guests checking in at Pilgrim’s Inn.

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We look forward to sharing the new Guest Group promotional video with you later this year or early January 2018.

Have a blessed weekend, friends!


Are you a Christian church or non-profit ministry looking for a place to hold your conference, retreat or ministry event?  Click here for more information on holding your event at The Cove.

 

Saturday Snapshot — Summer in the Mountains

Summer has brought longer days and shorter nights, warmer air, afternoon showers, and beautiful fireflies to the mountains of North Carolina.

BGTC front gate area July 14 2017

The chapel nestled in the lush, green woods…

chapel nestled in the woods July 2017

Last weekend, Darren Thomas led a seminar titled, “Jesus, Don’t You Care?”  Darren spoke about how worrying puts us in places that God never intended for us.

In  the picture below, he’s illustrating the umbrella of faith.  We must cast our cares on the Lord and trust Him with the outcomes.  The umbrella of faith is a protective covering for us.

Darren explained that when we worry, it’s like walking around in fear without the umbrella of faith.

By the way, before opening the umbrella inside the auditorium, he assured everyone, that the Bible does not tell us anywhere that it’s bad luck to do so.  : )

DT umbrella of faith July 2017

This week Dr. Woodrow Kroll led a 5-day Intensive Bible Training seminar.  This is a picture of him with Betty, who has attended his seminars for 21 of the 23 years he’s been teaching at The Cove. That’s one committed student!

Betty and Dr Kroll Her 20 or 21 visit of his 23 July 2017

What’s summer like in your neck of the woods?


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

Are you a Christian church or non-profit ministry looking for a place to hold your conference, retreat or ministry event?  Click here for more information on holding your event at The Cove.

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

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Saturday Snapshot — Update on Mr. Graham

Hello, friends!  We hope you are enjoying the summer months.

We have a special update (and a sweet snapshot) for you today from Franklin Graham, on his father, Billy Graham…

“Some have asked about an update on my father Billy Graham. He’s now approaching his 99th birthday in November, and while he is doing well, he does have the physical challenges that come with his age. He enjoys visits from family members, including his sister who is his only remaining sibling. Grandchildren and great-grandchildren also come by more frequently in these summer months. His pastor, Dr. Don Wilton from Spartanburg, South Carolina, continues to visit weekly which means so much. This has been a tradition of prayer and encouragement for more than 20 years—we are so grateful to Pastor Wilton.

My father also has a constant companion you might not have heard of. No one could ever remember her name, so we all call her “Kitty.” She was a gift from all of us children on his 90th birthday and continues to be by his side.

Mr Grahams kitty July 2017

Thank you for your concern and prayers for him—you really don’t know how much that means to our family.” — Franklin Graham

Have a wonderful weekend!


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

Are you a Christian church or non-profit ministry looking for a place to hold your conference, retreat or ministry event?  Click here for more information on holding your event at The Cove.

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

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Ruth’s Prayer Garden—1 Year Anniversary

“Prayer is our umbilical cord to our Heavenly Father.  This is going to be a place of spiritual life and vitality.” 

Will Graham spoke these words on June 1, 2016, one year ago at the Ruth’s Prayer Garden dedication.  

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Will Graham addressing those attending the Ruth’s Prayer Garden dedication.

The 1.5 acre garden featuring more than 150 plant varieties is located adjacent to Chatlos Memorial Chapel and Visitor’s Center, and was named in honor of Ruth Bell Graham.

The Garden offers a peaceful place for prayer and meditation amid the natural beauty and serenity of The Cove.

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Since the Garden dedication one year ago, nearly 20,000 people have visited.

Many enjoy a stroll along the pathways to take in the beauty and see what’s in bloom, while others appreciate sitting on one of several benches and directing their hearts to the Lord in prayer.

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Each season will provide new color, texture and fragrance throughout the garden.

Let’s take a look at what’s in bloom this month:

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IMG_2992_webThis marker (1 of over 300 throughout The Cove property) beckons the passerby to slow down and locate the nearby prayer pillar.

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The Scripture referenced on the prayer pillar reminds us of Jesus going to the mountain to pray:

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

You can also browse the schedule of seminars, concerts and retreats at The Cove in beautiful Asheville, N.C.

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Recipe from the Cove Kitchen: Blueberry Crumb Bars

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BLUEBERRY CRUMB BARS

Blueberry season is upon us! Go grab your buckets and pick some of those deliciously sun kissed berries for this summer dessert served at The Cove. Let us know how yours turns out!

Blueberry Crumb Bars
Approximately 20 squares

INGREDIENTS

For Blueberry Crumble:
3 cups all purpose flour
½ cup light brown sugar
¼ cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
Zest of 1 lemon
8 oz unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg

For Blueberry Filling:
4 cups frozen blueberries
4 teaspoons cornstarch
¼ cup sugar
Juice of 1 lemon

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Whisk together flour, light brown sugar, sugar, baking powder, salt, and lemon zest in a bowl. Cut in butter in small amounts until mixture forms into small crumbs. Stir in vanilla extract and egg. Press HALF of crumb mixture into the bottom of a greased 9”x13” pan.

Toss all filling ingredients together in a separate bowl and spread over crust. Sprinkle remaining crumble mixture over top of blueberry filling. Bake at 375 degrees for 45-60 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool before serving.

Click here for a printable recipe.  

Enjoy delicious recipes like this on your next stay at The Cove. 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.

 

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