Category Archives: Behind The Scenes

Saturday Snapshot — It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

And so it begins…

This weekend is our last seminar for 2017, so next week all hands will be on deck to get our property all dressed up for our Christmas at The Cove events.

Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the Christmas decorating process here at The Cove.

A lot of the pre-decorating takes place in a meeting room that we turn into a staging area.

Christmas decoration setup room 2017

Christmas decorating Nov 2017 wreath

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Many of our decorations are custom created every year.

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These two are looking very official, don’t you think?

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And speaking of Christmas, we’ve been busy all week as an Operation Christmas Child shoebox drop-off location.  Join us in prayer that this truck will continue to be filled with boxes over the weekend.  If you’d like to stop by this weekend or Monday with your shoeboxes, we’d love to see you!

OCC boxes in truck

The 106.9 The Light crew was on-site, here at The Cove, receiving shoeboxes and giving out free CDs on Friday afternoon.  The hearts of these people are so beautiful! Did you know that you can listen to the station from home? Click here to listen.

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These ladies were enjoying a little rockin’ and mountain air before the Joe Stowell seminar began on Friday night.

on deck before seminar Nov 17 2017

We wish you a blessed weekend, friends!

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Bring Your Shoeboxes to The Cove for OCC National Collection Week

 

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It’s that time of year again to pack your shoebox(es) for Operation Christmas Child! 

A project of Samaritan’s Purse, OCC’s mission is to provide local partners around the world with shoeboxes filled with small toys, hygiene items, and school supplies as a means of reaching out to children in their own communities with the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Just like years past, The Cove will once again be a drop-off location for your shoeboxes during the National Collection Week, November 13-20, 2017.

We’re located at 1 Porter’s Cove Road, Asheville, NC (Just off of I-40, exit 55).

Learn how to pack a shoebox here, and come drop it off at The Cove during the following hours:

  • 9:00am-5:00pm ET Monday, November 13 through
    Friday, November 17
  • 12:00pm-5:00pm ET on Saturday, November 18
  • 1:00pm-6:00pm ET on Sunday November 19
  • 9:00am-8:00pm ET on Monday, November 20

Radio station 106.9 The Light will be at The Cove drop-off location on Friday, November 17 from 2:00pm – 6:00pm. They will be giving out free Christmas CDs to the first 25 families to bring shoeboxes.

We look forward to seeing you!

Watch this video to learn more about OCC and the amazing impact they have on children across the globe.

Saturday Snapshot – Mountain Views

If you’ve been to The Cove you may have made the 3-4+ mile hike (depending on where you’re venturing out on the property) to the overlook.  If so, this will be a walk down memory lane.  If not, we hope you’ll enjoy the magnificence of God’s creation.

I lift up my eyes to the hills.  From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth. – Psalm 121 1-2

Sorry for the portrait view in this video…it was originally filmed for Instagram.

Nice place to spend time with the Lord.

Woman at the overlook November 2017

Road leading to the overlook.

Road to overlook with Fall color November 2017

The colors are so vibrant this week!

Red leaves Nov 2017

And finally, we’d love for you to caption this photo.  Leave in the comments section below.

Turkey at The Cove deciding on which Inn to stay November 3 2017

Wishing you a blessed weekend!

Prayer Note: November 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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GRATEFUL FOR MOTHS?

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 1:3, ESV).

We’re entering the Thanksgiving season…an occasion for gathering with family and friends…a time of gratitude and reflection—also known as the Prelude to Black Friday.

Each year the buying frenzy seems to come a little earlier, as another store announces plans to open early on the afternoon or evening of Thanksgiving.  Crowds gather in mall parking lots, awaiting the bargain fest that is to come. It’s the same every year. Harried moms come armed with coupons and lists, strategizing the quickest route to the toy aisle. They leave laden with bags and boxes, excited about the great deals they scored. And the cycle continues… Black Friday sales lead to Christmas sales which lead to after-Christmas sales which lead to January white sales which lead to “Just 310 shopping days till Christmas!” Parenting isn’t for sissies—especially when it comes to Christmas shopping. Yet, loving parents will go to great lengths to give their children presents they know will bring squeals of delight.

Jesus Himself described God as a gracious and generous Father who loves to give good gifts to His children (Matthew 7:9-11); and when we stop and look around, we must admit He has given us many good gifts in the form of material blessings. “Every good and perfect gift is from above.” (James 1:17, NKJV)  When we recognize that truth and acknowledge that everything we have comes from God, it should prompt a response of heartfelt praise. It is good and proper to praise God for material blessings. Yet there’s so much more for which we should praise Him! God wants us to recognize our life, our health, and our earthly possessions as gifts from God; yet He also wants us to remember that each of these gifts is temporary.

Jesus said,  “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal” (Matthew 6:10-20, ESV).

Things don’t last. Moths may flit through your home, feasting on curtains and coats and eating away at earthly possessions.  Rust will eventually eat its way into high-end appliances, expensive tools, and high-performance cars. Thieves may stroll right up to your front porch and steal a package—or worse yet—break into your house and take what isn’t theirs. Yet Jesus tells us to not be troubled or afraid.

It’s when we take our eyes off Christ and become engrossed in our material possessions and everyday problems that the moth of anxiety flits in and begins to eat away at our rest. What if the roof leaks…the car breaks down…the job doesn’t last? It’s then that the bandit of fear creeps in through the back door of our consciousness and tries to steal our peace. Though we may be wealthy by earthly standards, without peace we are spiritually bankrupt.

We can’t conjure it up, yet we know God’s peace when we experience it. We hear our Father’s words of comfort, as He invites us to receive His gift of peace—to climb up into His lap and rest our mind, quiet our heart. He is our peace.

It’s when we experience “the peace that passes understanding” (Philippians 4:7), that we’re reminded of the greatest gifts God gives to us. Times like that can bring us back to the place of true gratitude for “spiritual blessings in the heavenly places.”

Ephesians 1 describes just a few of those spiritual blessings—lasting gifts from our good Father: We are chosen, made holy, predestined, adopted, accepted, redeemed, forgiven. We are His purchased possession! When we consider these priceless gifts, the value of our own earthly possessions fades in comparison.

Do you think maybe God created moths and rust for that special purpose—just to remind us of the gifts that really last? Praise God for moths!

Let’s gather together this Thanksgiving with grateful hearts, praising God for the material and spiritual blessings He’s rained down on us. But before sitting down to dinner, carefully inspect the tablecloth—there may be moth holes!

—Donna Riesen

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7, NKJV).


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

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

NOVEMBER CALL TO PRAYER

Guided Personal Spiritual Retreat — November 3-5
Facilitated by John Parrish and Trish Lancaster

Anne Graham Lotz — November 10-12
In This Final Hour

 An Evening at The Cove with Fernando Ortega — November 12

Stuart and Jill Briscoe — November 13-15
Looking Back to the Future

Lon Allison — November 15-17
Pastor Renewal Retreat — (im)POSSIBLE: Discovering the Joy of a Prayer, Care, and Share Life

Joe Stowell — November 17-19
This Little Light of Mine

Christmas at The Cove with Point of Grace— November 30, December 1, December 2

Saturday Snapshot — A Typical Fall Week

It’s hard to believe we are nearing the end of October already!  Where has the time gone?

Next week is said to be the peak Fall foliage color display here in Asheville, but the weeks leading up to it have been so pretty and full of life, too.  We hope you are enjoying the Fall season in your neck of the woods.

Colorful mums are providing beautiful pops of color throughout Cove property.  This one is located on the porch of one of our cabins.  Doesn’t that rocking chair feel like it’s calling out to you? : )

Mums and rocking chairs at cabin 3

We begin our days around here with staff devotions.  This week the maintenance crew and our bookstore manager treated our staff to a wonderful time of praise and worship.  And, we get to work here! Thank you, Jesus.  (Click here if you’d like to join our team.)

Maintenance Band plus Aimee

The last quarter of the year is very busy at The Cove (have you got your tickets to attend a Christmas at The Cove event?).  In an effort to keep us all sane, our Program department sets up a puzzle table so staff can stop by on their breaks or during lunch and do a little puzzle work.

Puzzle in the Fall

Puzzle pieces close up

Puzzle box closeup

Puzzling in action!

Doug solving a puzzle

Bear sightings are fairly common during this time of year.  This cute little cub is either doing a stretch or attempting to practice some climbing techniques.  What do you think?

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Here’s another peek at one of our larger resident bears.  Is that honey dripping from his chops?

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


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

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.

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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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.