Category Archives: Behind The Scenes

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!
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Charades and board games during free time.
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A perfect day for a hike to the overlook.
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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.

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Doe and her fawn outside a staff members window.
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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.

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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.

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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.
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Beautiful black bear out for a stroll.
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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.

 

Behind The Scenes: Housekeeping at The Cove

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If you’ve had the opportunity to stay in one of the two inns on our property, you know how clean and comfortable the rooms are.  You may even know that your bed–in fact your entire room–was prayed over before your arrival.

Today, we’d like you to meet one of the special people who are responsible for The Cove’s clean and prayed-over rooms.

Meet Linda.

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Linda in one of the inn rooms.

Linda has been a part of the housekeeping staff at The Cove since October 2004.  After working with her husband in the home improvement field for years, Linda’s daughter, who was on The Cove’s housekeeping staff at the time, asked her mom to come and work with her.  Having suffered from back problems all her life, Linda told her daughter, “My back wouldn’t take it.”   She did, however, agree to volunteer some.  After volunteering for several months, Linda was asked to join the team as an employee and she agreed.

You’re probably wondering why Linda decided to accept employment despite her history of back pain.  When asked, she replied with a warm smile, “It’s like a healing has taken place.  It’s very physically demanding, but it’s not like work.  I know this is where God wants me.”   Linda continues by sharing a Scripture that she has proven to be true: “As thy days, so shall thy strength be” (Deuteronomy 33:25).

Serving at The Cove is a bit of a family affair.  Not only did Linda’s daughter work here, but her sister, Ruth, does too.  “My sister and I make beds together,” Linda says.

While Linda enjoys the time of fellowship with her sister, she says the entire housekeeping team is like a family.

“When a new housekeeper comes, we adopt her in like a little sister, and if it’s an older one, it’s another mama.  There is just a bond here that we can’t explain.”

Every Day Steeped in Prayer.

During the week, before Linda comes to work, she begins her days attending prayer time from 6 – 7 a.m. at her church.  But, the prayer doesn’t stop there.

It’s a well-known fact that The Cove housekeepers pray over the rooms as they clean.  Linda said, “It’s like the Scripture, ‘pray without ceasing’; that’s what we do, we pray as we go.”  She adds, “I also make it a point to pray for the guests when I go home, when I’m not distracted with anything else.  I pray that as they come, God would take care of everything back home for them so they can get away without anything distracting them.”

So whether it’s cleaning, stocking or checking rooms, Linda’s heart is full with anticipation of the good things the Lord has for her and each of our guests here at The Cove every day.

“Every day I come through the gate, it’s a new day and a total new world. Mr. and Mrs. Graham’s vision became provision for so many people.”

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The Pilgrims’ Inn
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Enjoy the warmth of a fire while relaxing at one of our two inns.
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There are lots of places in our inn lobby to sit and read or visit.

Interested in working at The Cove? See a list of job descriptions by clicking here.

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Saturday Snapshot

We have a super talented team in our kitchen that creates delicious meals and desserts for our guests every day!  Check out what they were up to one morning earlier this week.

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Melanie spends time chopping chunks of chocolate for homemade brownies.

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Natalie and Melanie working well as a team as they prepare desserts for guests at The Cove.

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Pastry Chef Natalie showing off her delicious homemade cookies!

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Executive Chef Douglas expertly chops onion for a cranberry and pineapple salsa which will be used to garnish turkey burgers for lunch.

Click here to search for recipes from The Cove kitchen.

Make sure not to miss our “Behind The Scenes” feature on The Cove Kitchen coming up next month!

We’d love to see you at The Cove this year!  Click here to visit our website to see what’s coming up.