Category Archives: Behind The Scenes

Saturday Snapshot — Bear Frolics

We love the critters who share this 1,200 acre property with us. These two are obviously working on an interesting communication strategy.  Sibling rivalry or deciding who gets to work as a greeter at the Training Center?  What do you think?

Happy weekend, friends! Be blessed.

P.S. Speaking of working at The Cove…we have several associate positions (this means 19 hours or less per week) and 1 part-time position open.  If you, or someone you know, is looking to work in a wonderful environment with people who love the Lord and serving His people, look no further!  Click here to see the list of jobs and apply.
NOTE:  After you click, make sure to select “Billy Graham Training Center” on the left sidebar.


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.

COVE BIBLE VERSE FOR WEEK OF April 3

This week’s verse is brought to you by Barbara, one of our precious and faithful volunteers here at The Cove.  Her verse is: Psalm 46:10

“Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10). 

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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 — Pilgrims’ Inn Gets a Fresh Look

Who doesn’t like to freshen up a bit?  It was about time for  one of our two inns, Pilgrims’ Inn — in this case, to get a little renovation love.

And…we have just the person to give you the behind-the-scenes video tour…

Join our manager of property services, Doug Van Wirt, as he shares the new addition in the lobby and the renovated inn rooms.

P.S. Doesn’t Doug’s voice sound perfect for one of those radio theater shows!

If you’d like to lay your head down in one of our inns and experience all that The Cove has to offer, click on one of the links below.

Have a blessed weekend, friends!  Don’t forget the #CoveSpringPhotoChallenge begins today (April 1, 2017).  We hope you’ll join us over on Instagram for the fun!


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.

Take Our Spring Photo Challenge

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words…well, Spring is in the air, and how better to share with one another than through pictures from each of our own neck of the woods?

You may have participated in our photo challenges in the past, but if not, it’s easy, and we hope you will join in and share through the lens of your camera (or smartphone in most cases)!  (Click here for a photo recap of our last photo challenge.)

Our 2017 Spring Photo Challenge begins Saturday, April 1st.

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 #CoveSpringPhotoChallenge when you post your photo so we can all see what each other are sharing.

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Not a picture taking pro?  Don’t worry, neither are we. All of our photos will be taken with an iPhone.  No fancy photography skills required!

Need some ideas of what to share? Post a picture of the blooming flowers, your favorite spring activity, a page or quote from an inspirational book, or a photo of the place where you find renewal.

Most importantly, have fun!  Take time to enjoy the lively buzz of spring.

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


The bright, blooming foliage of spring make this time of year one of the most incredible seasons 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.

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 WEEK OF March 27

This week’s verse is brought to you by:
Kent | Cove Guest Group Manager | 2 Corinthians 5:17

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17). 

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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 — The Ladies Take Over the Mountain

For the last 15 years, an amazing group of ladies from a church in South Carolina have been holding their women’s retreat at The Cove.  Each year is fun, with a creative theme, workshops, skits, exercise, prayer, and fellowship. It’s always a joy to see these ladies come together here, experiencing the love of God, away from the daily distractions of life.

Here’s a sneak peak into their 3-day women’s retreat…

The leadership team came a day ahead, to pray and prepare for the ladies. #prayerwarriors

praying in chapel before event for blogThese group leaders don’t miss a detail!  Each woman had her own door decoration.

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….and goody bags packed with special surprises.  bed with goodie bag in inn room

The theme for the weekend was, “True Reflections: A Makeover to Remember.” A weekend at The Cove is always memorable!

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Here’s a fun photo booth moment captured by one of the ladies who attended. #faithlift

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These lovely ladies embodied the meaning of Proverbs 31:25 — She laughs at the time to come.

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The fruits of the Spirit were beautifully displayed on stage and in the lives of these sweet women.

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Have a blessed weekend, friends!


Interested in holding your own church retreat, conference or ministry event at The Cove?  Click here for information.

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.

 

COVE BIBLE VERSE FOR WEEK OF March 20

This week’s verse is brought to you by:
Ken | Erwin Lutzer Seminar Guest | Albany, GA

“Now unto Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we can ask or think according to the power that works in us.” (Ephesians 3:20). 

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Picture taken at The Cove overlook — a 3.5 mile hike from the Training Center.

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.

COVE BIBLE VERSE FOR WEEK OF March 13

This week’s verse brought to you by:
John | Erwin Lutzer Seminar Guest | Albany, GA

“I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in me will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6). 

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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.

Saturday Snapshot — Sights and Sounds to Soothe Your Soul

“They will neither hunger nor thirst, nor will the desert heat or the sun beat down on them. He who has compassion on them will guide them and lead them beside springs of water.” Isaiah 49:10

We have a beautiful stream that meanders throughout our 1,200 acre property, and there are several places along the trails where you can stop , sit on a bench, and enjoy the sights and sounds of the nature that surrounds you.

Today, we’re sharing a little piece of the tranquility found in our woods.  We hope you enjoy.

TIP: If you’d like the video to continuously loop, so you can enjoy the sights/sounds for longer than 1 minute, right click your mouse and select “loop”.

Have a blessed 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.

 

Saturday Snapshot — Blooms and Blue Skies

It’s a glorious time of year in the mountains!  The majority of the blooms on our property now are daffodils, crocuses, and Lenten rose.   Enjoy!

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Don’t the yellow, blue and green look gorgeous together?!
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Daffodils along the creek. Very serene.
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Crocus in the foreground. 87-foot steeple of the Chatlos Memorial Chapel in the background.
Lenten Rose at admin March 2017
Isn’t it lovely that God has these Lenten Roses come up around the season of Lent?

What’s coming up in your yard?

Have a beautiful weekend!

P.S. If you didn’t already see the Spring garden tips post from our gardener, click here to read now.


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.