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COVE BIBLE VERSE OF THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 16

This week’s verse is brought to you by Doug, Manager of Property Services here at The Cove. His verse is Philippians 4:13.

 I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.

Doug Van Wirt_Manager of Property Services


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.

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

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- 2017 Fall Photo Challenge Begins Today

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Last spring we had wonderful participation in our #CoveSpringPhotoChallenge. Thanks to all who shared their fresh snapshots of the budding season with us!

Are you ready to join us again?

We are excited to announce that today officially launches The Cove’s 2017 #CoveFallPhotoChallenge

Here’s how it works:

Post one photo daily, using the daily prompts noted below, on Instagram or Facebook.  Don’t forget to use the hashtag #CoveFallPhotoChallenge when you post your photo so we can all see what each other are sharing.

FALL PHOTO CHALLENGE

Not a professional photographer?  Don’t worry, neither are we. Every photo we post will be taken by either an iPhone or a Canon camera.  No fancy equipment or special skills needed!

Need some ideas of what to share? Post a picture of the changing colors of leaves, your favorite fall recipe, a beautiful fall view, or a photo of your enjoying the warmth of your fireplace or firepit. 

The most important thing is that you have fun! We can’t wait to see what you have to share with us!


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

The changing colors of fall make this season one of the most beautiful times to visit our area.  Make sure to 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.

Saturday Snapshot — Watch Will Graham Share The Gospel

Have you ever been to a Billy Graham Evangelistic LIVE event?  Perhaps you’ve attended one of Billy Graham’s Crusades or Franklin Graham’s Festivals?

Well, this weekend you have the opportunity to virtually attend one from the comfort of your own home.  Join Will Graham tonight at 7 pm ET and Sunday at 4pm ET as he shares the Gospel in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  You’ll also have the chance to see music artists including Phil Wickham, Aaron Shust, The Afters, and Jimi Cravity. 

Will Graham Fort Wayne Indiana CelebrationJust click here at the appointed time and enjoy! 


On another note, look at the pretty imprint left by a leaf on the steps near the Training Center… Isn’t nature fun?!

Fall Leaf Imprint October 2017

Have a great weekend, friends!

 
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PRAYER NOTE: October 2017

We hope you will enjoy our “Prayer Note”—an internal communication here at The Cove, created each month to remind and encourage our staff to pray. We share these with you at the beginning of each month in hopes that you, too, will be encouraged.

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“Who’s In Charge Here?”

I recently overheard the following conversation in a church sanctuary after the Sunday morning service:

“So how are the plans for the church barbeque/outreach going?”

“Pretty well, but I’ve looked over the sign-up sheet and there are still a few blanks. Why don’t you try calling some of these people? You were an army colonel—I’ll bet you could get ‘em to sign up! I imagine people were scared when they saw you coming—afraid they’d get yelled at!”

“I didn’t really have to yell. I just told them what to do and they did it.”

The soft-spoken colonel’s matter-of-fact reply reminded me of the New Testament story of the Roman centurion who came to request Jesus’ intervention on behalf of his paralyzed servant (see Matthew 8:5–13).  When the Lord offered to go to the centurion’s home to heal the servant, the centurion replied, “‘Lord, I am not worthy for You to come under my roof, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to this one, ‘Go!’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come!and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this!and he does it’” (Matthew 8:8-9, NASB).

What happened next is astonishing.

Matthew tells us that when Jesus heard the centurion’s statement of faith, “He marveled, and said to those who were following, ‘Truly I say to you, I have not found such great faith with anyone in IsraelI say to you that many will come from east and west, and recline at the table with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heavenbut the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ And Jesus said to the centurion, ‘Go; it shall be done for you as you have believed.’ And the servant was healed that very moment” (Matthew 8:10-13, NASB).

With mass shootings, hurricanes, fires, earthquakes, cultural and political turmoil, and a volatile world stage, the past month has left many reeling, with some wondering “Who’s in charge here?”  In a chaotic world that sometimes seems to be spinning out of control, the faith-filled centurion can teach us some valuable lessons about prayer.

As a commander of 100 soldiers in the Roman army, this man held a position of importance, yet he recognized that his authority only went so far. He had heard enough about Jesus to understand that He possessed not only authority but power. While the Scribes and Pharisees—the religious leaders of the Jews—remained spiritually blind, this Gentile military officer’s eyes were opened to see and understand Christ’s divine power to heal.

Do we remember who’s in charge when we pray? Our faith will be strengthened when we remind ourselves that we are communicating with the all-powerful, omnipotent God, coming to Him in the name of His Son Jesus, who said, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth” (Matthew 28:18, NASB).

Be it Harvey, Irma, Maria or some yet-to-be-named storm, a hurricane does not have authority over us. Fires, earthquakes or other natural disasters cannot touch us without His permission. While the Bible teaches us to be subject to rulers and those who are in authority (see Titus 3:1), political leaders do not have ultimate power over us—God does. Cancer is not in charge—Christ is. Even death has no dominion over us if we know the one who defeated the grave through His death and resurrection (see John 11:25).

Who’s in charge here? God is. While we can come boldly to Him with our requests, as children approach a loving father (see Hebrews 4:16 and Galatians 4:6), we need not instruct God on how to act or advise Him on the best strategy to employ. Like the Centurion, we can simply recognize His power, state our need and trust Him to work.

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13, NKJV).

—Donna Riesen


We appreciate you joining us in prayer for the following events taking place on The Cove property during the month of October.

Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.   (Psalm 95:6, NKJV)

OCTOBER CALL TO PRAYER

Jim Henry – October 9-11
Pastor Renewal Retreat — Trophies That Won’t Fade

Allistair Begg with World Medical Mission— October 13-15
Prescription for Renewal and Missionary Medicine Seminar (October 12-13)

Kay Arthur and David Arthur — October 25-27
The Freedom and Power of Keeping in Step With the Spirit

Saturday Snapshot – Fall Has Arrived

Angie, our Guest Services Coordinator, and her helpers have been at it again!  They’ve used their creative minds and capable hands to put together several beautiful Fall displays throughout the property.

Enjoy this year’s Fall decorations…

This fun display is located just past the gatehouse as you pull onto the property.

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Our John Deere hay loader is spruced up for the season!

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One of our super talented maintenance men, Barry, built this new arbor! The photos do not do it justice, but still show the workmanship and beautiful design.  We’ll keep it up through Christmas (of course Christmas decorations will be added in a couple of months.)  Register for one of our Christmas at The Cove events. 
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The huge wreath over the Training Center fireplace has it’s new Fall look, too…Fall decorations 2017 wreath above fireplace at TC completed September 2017

On another note…

As many of you faithful readers have noticed, we’d had some technical difficulties over the last week.  Everything should be in good working order now, but in case you missed some of our last several posts, here’s a handy list you can just click on to see the fully functioning post.  We appreciate your patience. : )

Take a look at 11-year-old, Quinn Graham’s, Autumn Psalm.

A delicious Butterscotch Blondies Dessert Recipe.

See all the fun pictures from our Military Marriage Retreat Race to the Top.

Saturday Snapshot—An Autumn Psalm

Sept. 22 marked the first day of fall, and the foliage on our property here at The Cove is beginning to reflect the change in seasons.

While it’s been unseasonably warm, the cool mornings and evenings give us another peek into this wonderful time of year!

What better way to welcome in this new season than with an Autumn psalm written by Quinn Graham (Executive Director Will Graham’s son, and Billy Graham’s great-grandson). Quinn will be 12 this month and has proven over the last few years to have quite the gift of sharing the love of God through his psalms.

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Blog Size Image of Autumn Psalm By Quinn September 2017

A little closer…

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Print Quinn’s psalm.

Take a look at some of Quinn’s other psalms.

The leaves are just beginning to change as we move into the beautiful fall season in Asheville, NC.  Here are a few pictures from around the property.

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Recipe from The Cove Kitchen: Butterscotch Blondies

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Blondies

Butterscotch Blondies
Makes about 24 blondies.

INGREDIENTS

2 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, room temperature
2/3 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2/3 cup evaporated milk
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips
½ cup chopped pecans or walnuts

DIRECTIONS

Heat oven to 375°F.
Grease a 13”x9”x2” baking pan.
Combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition.
Beat in evaporated milk and vanilla.
Mix in dry ingredients on low speed, just until blended.
Stir in chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, and chopped nuts.
Spread batter in prepared pan and bake for about 25 minutes, or until golden brown and a toothpick comes out almost clean.

Enjoy!

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Enjoy delicious recipes like this on your next stay at The Cove. 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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Saturday Snapshot – Military Marriage Retreat Race to the Top September 2017

There’s nothing like a good challenge, and many of the men and women attending last weekend’s Military Marriage Retreat were able to accomplish a difficult feat.

Earlier this year, we started our Race to the Top challenge because we knew many of our active-duty military men and women enjoy hiking or running  on the trails throughout The Cove property.  So we thought, why not have a little healthy competition?!

This last weekend marked our 2nd Race to the Top challenge.  The weather was perfect and 22, in all, finished the race.

The race began at the trail entrance near Chatlos Memorial Chapel and ended at The Cove overlook.  The course is a steep, winding, four-mile uphill journey!

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Following the honor system, each participant timed themselves and completed the challenge during their free time on Saturday.

Some of our racers woke up early and headed up at sunrise, while others ventured up in the afternoon.  Finish times ranged from 42 minutes and 28 seconds to just over an hour.

Enjoy the pictures…

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This is a very welcoming sign to our racers…only 150 yards to go!

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The mens’ winner rounding the bend to the overlook…

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Behold the view from the overlook…
Not a bad reward for finishing the race!

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Many of the race participants took pictures at the top.  Here they are…

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Taking time for a little fellowship and more pictures on the mountain…

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And the winners are…
Married!

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That’s right, the men’s and women’s division winners are a couple!! That’s one fast couple.

The view from the top and the journey along the way was a memorable experience for all.

Look who one of our couples spotted as they were coming off the trail near the parking lot… an official Cove ambassador!

Bear that Cristina Moore and husband saw near trail entrance coming back to parking lot

On Sunday morning, we opened up our last session of the weekend with the winner announcement and prize award.

Bradley was our mens’ winner, and he finished the race in an impressive 42 minutes and 28 seconds.

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And our womens’ winner, Marcelle, finished in 51 minutes and two seconds.  Well done, sister! sm blog Female Winner

Congratulations to the winners, as well as to all the participants. 

There was more than a race going on over the weekend, 70 military couples were blessed with powerful Bible teaching from Tommy Nelson, worshiping, relaxing, and enjoying each other’s company.


We expect to have three Military Marriage Retreats at The Cove in 2018.  At the time of this publication, we only have two confirmed, so check back for the third date (probably March 2018) in November.  These retreats for our military are free to active-duty, Guard, and Reserve service-members and their spouses.  (Includes program, meals and lodging).  Please help spread the word to your military friends and loved ones.

Active-duty, Guard and Reserve service-members are also welcome to attend any of our regular seminars, Personal Spiritual Retreats and concerts.  Click here for more information and to download the resource form.


Saturday Snapshot — Register for 2018 Seminars & A Prayer Request!

Our 2018 seminars are online now and open for registration! Whether this will be your first time with us or your 100th visit, we hope to see you in 2018.

Click here to visit our website (below).

Website 2018 speakers unveiled

As you look through the 2018 lineup, you will notice that not all seminars have their titles or descriptions yet, just dates and speaker names.  This information will all be fully updated by November.

On another note, we have 50+ military couples with us this weekend for the Military Marriage Retreat.  Will you please join us in lifting them in prayer?  These military families are faced with circumstances that many of us could never imagine, and we are blessed to be able to serve them well while they are here.  Holy Spirit, fall on this place!

We expect clear skies and temperatures in the low 70s this weekend.  Perfect weather for the Race To The Top  – a 4-mile race from the chapel to the overlook that our military guests can participate in.

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Have a blessed weekend, friends.


 

Are you a Christian church or nonprofit ministry looking for a place to hold your conference, retreat or ministry event? Get more information on holding your event at The Cove.

Find a schedule of seminars, concerts and retreats at The Cove in beautiful Asheville, N.C.

Visit the Chatlos Memorial Chapel, Visitors Center and Ruth’s Prayer Garden. Tours are free.

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COVE BIBLE VERSE FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 4th

This week’s verse is brought to you by Eric, Director of Operations here at The Cove. His verse is 1 Peter 3:15.

“But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; but do it with gentleness and respect.”

Eric Wilkes_Director of Operations


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.

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

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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