Category Archives: Behind The Scenes

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-er 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.  Click here for directions and operating hours.

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

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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.

 

For more Cove recipes, click here.

 

 

COVE BIBLE VERSE FOR THE WEEK OF JUNE 12th

This week’s verse is brought to you by Mike, who works in Facilities Support here at The Cove. His verse is Romans 1:16.

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.

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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.

Saturday Snapshot — Ruth Graham’s Words Live On

Billy Graham once said, “Many ask me, ‘Who is the greatest Christian I’ve ever known?’ I always answer, ‘Ruth.’ She’s the greatest Christian I’ve ever known.”

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Today would have been Ruth Graham’s 97th birthday.  Born in China in 1920 to medical missionary parents, she later served the Lord, alongside her husband, for more than 60 years.  Ruth was called home by her Savior 10 years ago, but her words and her legacy of prayer live on…

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Ruth’s desk at their home in Montreat, North Carolina.  As you can see, she spent a great deal of time in God’s Word.  Ruth Graham desk

Executive Director of The Cove and Ruth’s grandson, Will Graham, appreciated his grandmother’s heart for prayer so much, that he dedicated Ruth’s Prayer Garden in her honor.  We’d love to share the prayer garden, adjacent to Chatlos Memorial Chapel, with more than 150 plant varieties, with you.  Stop by and take a tour….it’s free.  Click here for directions and hours. 

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Saturday Snapshot – Race to the Top

Who doesn’t love a good challenge?

Many of the participants for last weekend’s Military Marriage Retreat sure did!  Anytime we have active-duty military men and women on property, hiking or running to the overlook is a popular option during free time, so this year we thought we’d make an official race of it–complete with prize packs for the winners!

Our Race to the Top challenge started from the trail entrance near Chatlos Memorial Chapel and ended at the top of The Cove overlook–a nearly 4-mile uphill trek!

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Each participant  timed themselves (the honor system seemed appropriate with our honorable military participants) and completed the challenge during their free time.  Some woke up early and headed up at sunrise, while others ventured up in the afternoon.

Finish times ranged from 41 minutes and 12 seconds to over 2 hours.  As you can imagine, it wasn’t a feat for the faint of heart, but 39 people finished the race.

Here are some of the racers:

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We think the view from the top, as well as the journey along the way, was a fun experience for all.

And the winners were…

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Women’s Division Winner – Kati. She completed the race with a time of 46:03.
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Men’s Division Winner – Christopher. He completed the race with a time of 41:12.

Congratulations to the winners, as well as to all the participants. Racing to the overlook here at The Cove is certainly no easy feat!

There was more than a race going on over the weekend…118 military couples were enlightened by powerful Bible teaching from Chip Ingram, and led in worship by Marty Goetz.

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The next Military Marriage Retreat at The Cove will be held September 8-10, 2017.  Tommy Nelson will be speaking on the topic of Living Well in Your Marriage.  The retreat is free (includes program, meals and lodging) to active-duty, Guard, and Reserve service-members, so please help spread the word.


Saturday Snapshot — Retired Life

Ron Hutchcraft, one of our speakers at The Cove, says about retirement: “It’s God’s will that you should “bear fruit” in your “old age,” that you stay fresh and productive, not stale and on the sidelines. You can retire from a career. You can retire from a company or an occupation, but you can’t retire from the service of Jesus Christ!”  

Many of the prayer requests we receive from guests and visitors are from people in retirement who have slowed down and have lost the sense of purpose they once had.

While there are all sorts of volunteer ministry opportunities, we have some pretty special retired saints serving at The Cove in a ministry that you may not have heard of.  They are Christian RV’ers, traveling the country and serving the Lord through their volunteer service with Volunteer Mobile Missionaries (VMM).  The Cove happens to be one of the volunteer sites they choose to come and serve throughout the year.

We’d like you to meet Ashley and Gloria.  These two have blessed us with their service for several weeks during the spring months over the last two years.

Listen as they tell you a little about their experience volunteering at The Cove and beyond.

So grateful for these two!
Ashley and Gloria and their neighborhood May 2017 with their RV

A shot of Ashley and Gloria’s “neighborhood” while staying at The Cove.

Ashley and Gloria and their neighborhood May 2017 RV

When asked if the RV was a gas guzzler, Gloria directed me to this sign on their RV door…
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Amen to that!

Click here and here to read about other Christian RV’ers that also serve at The Cove.

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!


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.

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.

 

 

COVE BIBLE VERSE FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 22nd

This week’s verse is brought to you by Alex, a chapel volunteer here at The Cove. His verse is John 14:3.

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.

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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.

Saturday Snapshot — Bears Requesting Recipes

Is anyone else amazed that we are almost five full months into 2017? How time flies!  Let this be a reminder to us all to slow down and enjoy the special moments that God arranges throughout our days.

Here are a few of those moments captured from our neck of the woods…

Rhody in all her glory!

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Our guests are always pleased when Blue Cheese Bread Pudding is on the menu.  It truly is scrumptious!
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This curious creature is trying to get a peek in the Training Center’s dining room windows. Her body language told us that she’d like the recipe for the blue cheese bread pudding to share with her family. We certainly do share the recipe…if you’re interested, here it is.

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Have a wonderful weekend, friends!


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.

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.

COVE BIBLE VERSE FOR THE WEEK of May 15th

This week’s verse is brought to you by Paula, a guest here at The Cove. Her verse is John 14:6.

“No one comes to the Father except through me.”

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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.

Saturday Snapshot — Music, Scripture, Flowers and Views

This week, at the Training Center, we had a wonderful Senior Celebration seminar with Pete Briscoe teaching on how Jesus sees us.  Can you imagine being able to see through Jesus’ eyes?!  Pete was joined by extremely talented musicians, Buddy Greene and Jeff Taylor.  A great time was had by all.

Here, some of the Senior Celebration participants are seen on the Training Center deck during their free time, enjoying fellowship and live music.  The young man playing is a pastor that came with some of the senior adults in his church.

singing and picking on the deck guests from senior celebration May 2017During the month of May, the Trillium wildflowers are in full bloom. They bloom along the hiking trail as you get higher up the mountain, but are like a carpet in a meadow near the overlook.  Behold the beauty…

Trillium May 2017There are over 300 prayer pillars located throughout our 1,200 acres, and this one reminds us of Jesus’ words: “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”

Prayer Pillar at meadow May 2017And now, the grand finale and reward for making it all the way to the top…

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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.

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.