Category Archives: Behind The Scenes

Saturday Snapshot – A Look at the 2017 Program Guide

The 2017 Program Guide is out and we’re pleased to share it with you today on video.

To have a Program Guide mailed to you, please click here and complete the online request.

Get registered today for one of our seminars, programs, or concerts. Click here for a schedule of upcoming seminar, concerts and retreats at The Cove in beautiful Asheville, NC.

If you’d like to hold your own event at The Cove, click here for more information.

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

Bless you, friends.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Saturday Snapshot — Winter Wonderland

Well, we received about six inches of snow last weekend.  Asheville’s first snowfall of the winter season left us with quite a beautiful sight.
Here are some pictures from last Friday, as the snow first began to fall and then some from Monday, after the snow had stopped.

The Chatlos Memorial Chapel lightly dusted with the first kiss of snow late Friday afternoon.

chapel  with snow on Friday 1 6 17The view from the Training Center prayer room window at about 4 p.m. on Friday afternoon.
snow on TC deck on Friday afternoon 1 6 17

Brrrrrr…..

snow on bench on Friday afternoon 1 6 17And here’s what it looked like on Monday after the snow stopped falling, but remained cold enough that melting was not taking place.
snow view from prayer room 1 9 17

rocking chairs on side deck of TC with snow 1 9 17 rocking chairs and tables in snow 1 9 17S’mores anyone? 
firepit after weekend snow to use

Stay warm and dry, friends.  Did anyone try out one of the recipes we shared last Saturday?  If so, let us know how it turned out.


Click here for a schedule of upcoming 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.

PRAYER NOTE: JANUARY 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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Happy New Year!  We look forward to what God has in store for His children this new year.  We hope this prayer, and the Scripture to follow, will give you words to meditate upon as you walk with Him into 2017.

The Spirit to Know You

A prayer by St. Benedict of Nursia

O gracious and holy Father,
give us wisdom to perceive Thee,
intelligence to understand Thee,
diligence to seek Thee,
patience to wait for Thee,
eyes to behold Thee,
a heart to meditate upon Thee,
and a life to proclaim Thee;
through the power of the Spirit
of Jesus Christ our Lord.


And our prayer for you from 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12

“Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power, that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ” 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12.


Join us in praying for the following events in January:

Women’s Morning Bible Study with Jane Derrick – January 10 – February 28

Women’s Evening Bible Study with Kendra Graham – January 10 – February 21

We also have many Guest Groups on property during the month of January, taking time to focus on God and His leading during their conferences, retreats, and ministry events.

Thank you for praying!

Saturday Snapshot – Christmas Beauty

Oh, how we love that celebrating our Savior’s birth involves pretty lights and decorations!

If you’ve been here, you know how gifted our guest services team are with making this place especially beautiful for the Christmas season.

Enjoy…
front entrance smMrs. Ruth Graham, herself, picked these light fixtures out from an antique store here in Asheville.  Wouldn’t she love the adornment?!
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Sleigh bells ring, can you hear them?
This is probably one of the most photographed spots during our Christmas events.sleigh sm

Where two or more are gathered…
We love the fellowship that takes place in this cozy seating arrangement, and others, throughout the building. lobby sitting area sm

The wreath over our fireplace was given to the Grahams by a neighboring landowner as a “welcome to the neighborhood” gift back when the Training Center was built in the early 90′s.  The wreath is 8-foot in diameter and is made from grape vines from the neighbor’s property.

fireplace smMany of our ornaments are homemade.  Our staff work on them throughout the year.  
handmade ornament smWishing you a very blessed and merry Christmas, friends!

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Click here for a schedule of upcoming 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.

Saturday Snapshot — Christmas Caroling

Christmas at The Cove is in full swing!  We had some beautiful caroling going on earlier this week with our SeniorSalt Carol Sing events.

Here is a sampling for you to enjoy…

Click here to see what senior events we have scheduled for 2017.

What special plans or activities are you partaking in this year to celebrate our Savior?


Click here for a schedule of upcoming 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.

 

 

PRAYER NOTE: DECEMBER 2016

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.

Prayer Note(3)By Donna Riesen

THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS

Some of the most priceless moments of every Christmas celebration involve imperfections. Think back on all the church Christmas programs you’ve attended. Did any of the more memorable scenes involve mishaps or bloopers? If those amateur holiday productions were like most, a shepherd might have tripped over his staff, a wise man lost his crown or an angel forgot one of her lines. Yet we grin, applaud and cherish the memory of the sweet and endearing depiction of the Savior’s birth. Is there any better portrayal of the miracle of Christmas than seeing it through the eyes of a child?

The Christmas season is a study in contrasts. One evening a large and accomplished choir may stir your spirit and move your emotions with a dramatic performance of Handel’s Messiah, and the next night your heart melts as you open the front door to find a group of Christmas carolers from the junior high youth group singing a sweet though slightly off-key rendition of “Silent Night.”

Each December we’re given opportunities to travel back to Bethlehem and consider both the majesty and simplicity of the Incarnation. The miraculous story never grows old: The perfect, sinless, infinite Son of God taking on fragile flesh and coming to us in the form of a helpless baby. God’s perfect Son being born to a humble peasant girl in an obscure village, coming to bring salvation to a world marred by sin and imperfection. Majesty and simplicity merged to bring hope. If we wrote the script ourselves, we would welcome the King with flawless and beautiful surroundings. But we didn’t—He wrote it, and for a backdrop He rejected the perfect in favor of the imperfect. What could be more ordinary and imperfect than a stable and a makeshift bed of straw?

This Christmas, let’s ask God to help us find the miracle in both the majestic and the mundane. Let’s appreciate the beauty yet resist the temptation to measure our joy by the degree of perfection we can achieve. The tree may be slightly lopsided, with a gap in the middle. The gingerbread house may be leaning precariously to one side. And our actual home—filled with ordinary, imperfect people—may not look like the picture-perfect image of the harmonious family in the airbrushed magazine ad.

But “thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15, NASB). He came as our Immanuel… God With Us (Matthew 1:23, NIV), to bring His good and perfect gifts of peace, joy, salvation and hope right into the middle of our mess. If Christmas finds you lonely, tell it to the one who bore your griefs and carried your sorrows. (Isaiah 53:4). If the season finds you anxious and overwhelmed, allow your heart to be calmed by the one who is called the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). If Christmas finds you struggling with sin, admit it and confess it to the one who “knew no sin yet became sin that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21). “He remembers that we are dust” (Psalm 103:14). He came into our broken world, born in a dusty, dimly lit stable in order that He might one day deliver us from the filth of sin and the darkness of despair.

Seek to reflect the majesty of Christ this Christmas. Light the candles and hang the lights to announce that the Light of the World has come. Sing the timeless carols that tell the world of the joy He brings. Fill your home with reminders that God came in the flesh to make His home in our hearts. Then kneel and welcome Him. And if you notice the floor is a little dusty, thank Him for the reminder. The stable was dusty, too.

This December, please pray that the beauty of The Cove’s Christmas displays will honor and glorify the King of Kings whom we serve. Pray that those who come to celebrate His birth would sense His presence, feel His love, and be blessed and encouraged by every carol and hymn of praise that is sung. Pray that the Holy Spirit would empower and fill each flawed, imperfect person who serves Him on staff at The Cove. May He pour His strength into our weakness, and may the light of His presence shine through the cracks to reveal His glory. Oh come, let us adore Him!

“Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen” (Jude 24-25).


Join us in praying for the following events in November:

Christmas at The Cove with Reggie and Ladye Love Smith and Friends — December 1, 2 & 3
(Emcee: Tom Bledsoe)

SeniorSalt Impact Carol Sings — December 5, 12, 13 & 14
(Emcee/Worship Leader: Ron Whittemore; Musician: David Gaines)

An Evening at The Cove with Tommy Coomes Band — December 5
(Emcee: Michelle Bachelor)

Women’s Christmas Luncheon with Karlene Shea — December 11
(Emcee: Patty Stump; Pianist: Kris Bartman; Special Music: Skylar and Luca Bartman by Faith Abiding)

Christmas at The Cove with Charles Billingsley — December 15
(Emcee: Michelle Bachelor)

Christmas at The Cove with Travis Cottrell — December 16
(Emcee: Michelle Bachelor)

Christmas at The Cove with Annie Moses Band — December 17
(Emcee: Michelle Bachelor)

Thank you for praying!

Saturday Snapshot — Boxed Blessings

One of our favorite reasons for being a drop-off center for Operation Christmas Child are the smiling faces and people we get to meet.  But, even better is knowing that God knew, before the beginning of time, the exact child–somewhere far away–that would receive their box in the name of His son Jesus.

Here are just a few of the smiling faces sharing the love of Jesus as they dropped their boxes (over 3,000 in total) off at The Cove during collection week…


These three show us that packing boxes is a fun family activity!

Dropping off OCC boxes 2016

A local church beat their goal by over 300 and delivered 901 boxes!! In case you were wondering, this is what 901 boxes looks like…

901 boxes dropped by 1st baptist church of swannanoa their goal was 600 2016 all stacked upAnd these are the six elves who helped deliver the 901 boxes…

Three faithful women head up the shoebox ministry at their church, but as one man put it, “It’s the Lord doing it!”  Isn’t it wonderful how God uses His children to accomplish great things here on earth!

901 boxes dropped by 1st baptist church of swannanoa their goal was 600 2016These boxes being delivered came from a packing party put on by a singles group at a church in Tennessee.
OCC drop off from Tennessee singles group from church put together 2016

A local machining company’s employees and their families packed 100 boxes for girls and 100 for boys.  This is one of their employees who delivered the boxes and some of our Cove staff/volunteers praying over the boxes.

praying over the 200 boxes from daystar machining 2016

You may recognize these precious girls’ faces…these three best friends began packing boxes in 2013.  (Click here to read a post about their first year of ministry.)  This year they raised money through doughnut sales and yard sales, and packed 125 boxes!  When asked if they would do this again next year, they all wholeheartedly said, “Oh, yes!!”

4th year 2016 occ box drop from Lydia Hope and Emma

106.9 The Light radio station was here on the last collection afternoon to greet people as they dropped off their boxes.

This precious 4 months old may have been our youngest to donate a box.  And because he and his mama were one of the first 25 to drop off their boxes during The Light’s on-air mention, they went away with some neat giveaways.

dropping off boxes with 4 month old Gavin from Old Fort 2016

More boxes being delivered….

dropping off boxes 2016

This local couple enjoys packing several boxes each year.  Here they are inside the large tractor trailer where the boxes collected, here at The Cove, are stored.

local couple dropping off their boxes 2016

Thank you to everyone who packed a box for a child this year!  Join us in lifting each box and each child that will receive one in prayer.

Have a blessed weekend, friends!


Click here for a schedule of upcoming 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.

A Thanksgiving Message from Will Graham

Blog Title Being Thankful In Dark Days

By Will Graham, Cove Executive Director

As we’re coming up to the Thanksgiving holiday, it’s important to stop for a moment and consider all of the many blessings that we have. It’s easy to do most of the time. We’re thankful for the roof over our heads (unless we don’t have one). We’re thankful for our jobs (unless we’re one of millions who are unemployed). We’re thankful for our families (though many are struggling as they watch a loved one deal with a debilitating or deadly disease).

So, maybe it’s not always so easy to give thanks. Maybe it’s easier to huddle in the corner and look hopelessly on as the world seems to be falling apart all around us. We’re witnessing very serious and troubling conflicts and upheaval on a daily basis.

Things don’t look great at home either. Our chaplains who work in areas that have been impacted by major tragedies (floods, tornadoes and the like) report that up to 70 percent of those to whom they minister were already facing some sort of “storm” in their life prior to the natural disaster.

Truthfully, it may be easier to focus on all the hurt and pain in the world than it is to focus on being thankful. It’s easy to be discouraged. Undoubtedly, many of you are dealing with very deep and personal pain as you read this.

Of course, as Christians we understand that there’s more to the story. My grandfather, Billy Graham – who turned 98-years-old this month – once wrote: “We’re living in a time of spiritual darkness and political upheaval. Only the forward-looking Christian remains sincerely optimistic and joyful, knowing that Christ will win in the end and ‘if we endure, we will also reign with him.’ (2 Timothy 2:12)”

If we can be thankful about only one thing in this world, it’s that we know the One who is in control; the Rock to whom we cling.

That’s what sets us apart, isn’t it? That’s why we can be thankful in a world of turmoil. That’s what gives us encouragement when the never-ending procession of talking heads in the 24-hour news cycle tell us how bad everything is.

And that’s why we need to be sharing this hope at every turn, knowing that everyone else needs it just as badly as we do.

In this dark world, we do have hope, we do have reason to be thankful, and we do have a calling to share that hope with others. Be praying for those you know who need to hear this message, and – when God gives you the opportunity – share it.

And then, my friends, when God answers your prayers and you see a harvest, that’s something to truly be thankful for.

Bless you!

Saturday Snapshot — A Thanksgiving Psalm From Quinn

We have a modern-day Psalmist on our hands:  Quinn Graham, Will Graham’s son and Billy Graham’s great-grandson, wrote a special Thanksgiving Psalm to share.

We hope this blesses you.

If you’d like to comment on the Psalm, we’ll make sure Quinn gets your messages.

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Speaking of Thanksgiving, maybe one of our Cove recipes will be perfect for your upcoming holiday get togethers.  Click here to see if one of our recipes might do the trick.

May the Lord bless and keep you, our friends.  Have a wonderful weekend!


 

Click here for a schedule of upcoming 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.

Drop Your Operation Christmas Box at The Cove This Week

Emma Tarpley and friends Hope and Lydia delivering 100 OCC boxes in November 2015 2Have you packed your OCC shoebox?

If you have, or plan to, we’d love for you to drop your box(es) here at The Cove.

Packing an Operation Christmas Child shoebox is a simple way to let hurting children around the world know that they are loved and not forgotten.

November 14-21, 2016 is National Collection Week, and The Cove is one of many drop locations for your boxes.  We are at 1 Porter’s Cove Road in Asheville, NC (just off exit 55). 

You may drop your box off anytime during this week at our gatehouse, but you may also visit our volunteers at the drop-off truck during the following hours:

Truck Hours:
  • Monday, November 14: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 15: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 16: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 17: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Friday, November 18: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 19: 12:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 20: 1:00-6:00 p.m.
  • Monday, November 21: 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

Not sure how to pack a box or need some pointers on what to pack?  Click here or watch this video:

See you soon!  God bless.