Category Archives: Behind The Scenes

Saturday Snapshot — More SNOW!!

You may have seen last week’s snow post, but wait until you see how beautiful it was when we got MORE snow!  It was serene and absolutely beautiful.

Enjoy the photos and see if you recognize the man shoveling snow at the end of this post.

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Welcome to The Cove!
chandelier with snow in background
Bringing the outdoors in.
These rocking chairs look inviting no matter what season we’re in!
Early bird gets the…
Snowy white chapel.


View from above the overlook.
Wil Graham shoveling snow Jan 2016
Leader with a servant heart, Will Graham, lends a hand in making our sidewalks safe.


Why not make a snow angel at work! Angie, our Guest Services Coordinator, knows how to have a good time!

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Pastor Saeed Abedini Finds Rest at The Cove

Many of you have asked how Pastor Saeed Abedini is since his release from imprisonment in Iran.  It has been a pleasure to host him here at The Cove for a much needed time of rest and a chance to reconnect with family.

While here, Saeed told Franklin Graham that “he is not angry and he is not bitter about his imprisonment—but he is tremendously thankful for his freedom and to be back in the United States.”

Greata Van Susteren traveled to Asheville to interview Pastor Abedini in our beautiful chapel.

Pastor Abedini chapel interview jan 25 2016

Click here for more behind-the-scenes photos.

To view the video interview click here.

We appreciate your continued prayers for Pastor Abedini and his family in the coming weeks and months.


For a full schedule of seminars, retreats, and concerts at The Cove, click here.

Saturday Snapshot

It’s January and that means we mail out our annual Program Guide!  We’ve got lots of great seminars, programs, concerts, and retreats (both group and personal) in 2016 and we anticipate God to move mightily, like He always does, in the lives of those who come.

Our Program Guide is not only a great informational piece, but a beautiful work of art, thanks to our talented designer.  We thought you might like to take a peek behind-the-scenes of the printing of the Program Guide.

This huge contraption is called a web press, a type of printing press that prints on continuous rolls of paper.  Can you see the Program Guide sheets in there?

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Here is a short video of the web press in action.

Click here if you are unable to see the video.

Program Guides will be arriving in mailboxes in the couple of weeks, so be on the lookout for yours.  If you do not receive one by February 1, but would like to, you can request one by calling 1-800-950-2092.

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Saturday Snapshot

If you follow us on Facebook or Instagram, you’ve probably seen pictures of the beautiful deer that grace our 1,200 acres.  We love the chance to snap a photo and share with you.

With lots of deer on property (no hunting allowed), our groundskeepers find antlers in the woods that have been shed throughout the year.

So,…what does one do with a bunch of antlers, you may ask?

You decorate a Christmas tree at The Cove!

This tree in our administration building was decorated by our amazingly talented Guest Services Coordinator, Angie.

Keep it in mind for your tree next year!


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carribou antler
This is a caribou antler that one of our staff’s son sent him from Alaska. All other antlers on the tree are from The Cove property.

We hope to see you next year at The Cove! God bless you!

Saturday Snapshot from The Cove staff

Our staff broke bread and enjoyed fellowship earlier this week at our annual employee luncheon.

The common sentiment felt by the staff was how blessed we are to work at a place where we get to see God so clearly work in the lives of our guests and visitors.

Whether you’ve spent time with us at our retreat center in Asheville, NC, or connect with us here online, you’ve made a difference in our lives, and for that, we are thankful.

From our Cove family to yours, we wish you a very merry Christmas!

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Saturday Snapshot

We kicked off Christmas at The Cove this week and Veritas did not disappoint!

The Cove was decorated to the hilt, the food was wonderful, and the music of Veritas was a true celebration of our dear Savior’s birth!

If you’d like to join us for one of our Christmas at The Cove events, click here.

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Veritas at Christmas at The Cove

Veritas at Christmas at The Cove at book signing
CD signing and meet & greet after the concert. What a fun group!

Saturday Snapshot

The Cove turkeys have a good life.  There is no hunting allowed on our property and we offer plenty of opportunities for spiritual enrichment.  We caught this feathered friend meditating on Ephesians 3:20.

Turkey meditating on Ephesians 3 20

If you’ve found yourself with leftover turkey from Thanksgiving, we’re bringing back an oldie but goodie recipe from The Cove kitchen.  Hope you enjoy!

Black Bean and Turkey Chili

Serves: 4-6

1 lb black beans
2 diced yellow onions
2 diced red bell Pepper
1 diced green bell pepper
2 – 3 lbs shredded turkey (you can use as more or less depending on the amount you have leftover)
32 fl oz. beef stock
4 tbsp chili powder
2 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp paprika
2 tbsp minced garlic
3 bay leaves
1 lb fresh diced tomatoes
Salt and black pepper to taste

1. In stock pot, sauté onions until caramelized
2. Add and sauté peppers and garlic
3. Add beans, beef stock, diced tomatoes, and turkey and stir.
4. Add chili powder, cumin, paprika, bay leaves and simmer for 1 hour.
5. Add additional seasoning to preferred taste
6. Enjoy a nice bowl of turkey chili on a nice cool fall day!

Saturday Snapshot

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

We just finished up with our last seminar of 2015, so we’re now in full swing in getting our Christmas decorations up for the events that will take place here during the month of December.

Here’s a sneak peak:

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The Reason for the Season. Jesus!

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Handmade origami creations.
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Ruth’s Attic Bookstore always has lots of lovely Christmas items.

A special traveling exhibit will be on display at The Cove during the month of December:  Calligraphic Word Pictures Inspired by the Music and Text of George Frederick Handel’s Messiah by Timothy R. Botts, a favorite artist of the late Ruth Bell Graham.  We’ll make sure to share pictures of that in the coming weeks.

We still have tickets available for the following events.

Christmas at The Cove with Veritas
December 5, 2015 

Women’s Christmas Luncheon with Casey Schutrop
(Open to women ages 15 and above.)
December 6, 2015

Christmas at The Cove with Tommy Coomes Band
December 7, 2015

Christmas at The Cove with Travis Cottrell
December 10, 2015

Christmas at The Cove with Marty Goetz & Misha
December 18, 2015

Christmas at The Cove with Huntley Brown with excerpts from Handel’s Messiah.  Huntley will be joined by the Mount Paran Singers from Mount Paran Church of God, Atlanta, GA, singing under the direction of Teresa Bledsoe.
December 19, 2015

We hope to see you in December!