Category Archives: Special Events

What’s Happening at The Cove – APRIL 2015

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Beautiful dogwood blooms at The Cove.
He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to His own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit.” Titus 3:5

Find yourself refreshed and renewed by the Holy Spirit at The Cove this Spring.  Join us during the month of April and find a new way to connect with Jesus!

Check out our schedule for April below.  Click one that interests you for more details and to register.

PERSONAL SPIRITUAL RETREATS (3)

Click on the link below for April dates or call 1-800-950-2092.

April Personal Spiritual Retreats

PERSONAL SPIRITUAL RETREATS(2)

Click on the links below for more information and to register.  You may also call 1-800-950-2092.

An Evening at The Cove – Dinner, Concert & Meet and Greet
with Point of Grace, April 9, 2015

SeniorCelebration- Living in the Fullness of Christ
Charles Price with Buddy Greene & Jeff Taylor, April 20-22, 2015
NOTE:  There are still of seats available for this event, but on-site lodging is currently full.

Women’s Day Away- Listen In: Building Faith and Friendship Through Conversations That Matter
 with Rachael Crabb, April 23, 2015

Standing Strong in Truth: Effective Evangelism in the 21st Century
 with Alex McFarland., April 27-29, 2015

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Our friendly neighbor, the black bear, at The Cove.

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Women’s Spring Luncheon with Cissie Graham Lynch

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Ladies, join us after church on Palm Sunday (March 29, 2015) for our annual  Women’s Spring Luncheon.

This year our speaker will be Billy Graham’s granddaughter, Cissie Graham Lynch.

When times are difficult, it can be hard for our hearts to sing praises to the Lord, but it is important for us to remember to praise Him through all the chapters of our lives. Learn the discipline of a worshipful walk with Christ and discover the joy that surpasses all understanding.

Come and enjoy a festive afternoon with music, a message from Cissie Graham Lynch, and a delicious meal. Open to area women ages 15 and above.

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Women’s Spring Luncheon: Here We Are To Worship
Program Fee: $29.00 Per Person. Call 1-800-950-2092 to register, or visit TheCove.org for more information.

Watch Cissie Graham Lynch here to learn more about her message she will deliver on Palm Sunday.

We hope to see you in March for the Women’s Spring Luncheon with Cissie Graham Lynch!

What’s Happening at The Cove – March 2015

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One of the many hiking trails at The Cove

“For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtle dove is heard in our land.” Song of Solomon 2:11-12

Come experience the Lord’s Majesty at The Cove as spring begins to make its appearance. Join us for the month of March and find rest and grow closer to our Almighty God!

Check out our schedule for March below.  Click one that interests you for more details and to register.

We look forward to serving you soon!

PERSONAL SPIRITUAL RETREATS(3)

Click on the links below for March dates or call 1-800-950-2092.

March Personal Spiritual Retreats

Guided Personal Spiritual Retreat
with John Parrish, March 27-29, 2015

PERSONAL SPIRITUAL RETREATS (2)

Click on each of the links below for more information and to register.  You may also call 1-800-950-2092.

An Evening at The Cove – Dinner, Concert & Meet and Greet
with Selah, March 12, 2015

SOLD OUT- Biblical Prophecy Seminar: Blowing the Trumpet
 with Anne Graham Lotz and Joel C Rosenberg, March 13-15, 2015

Believing Big: God’s Blueprint for Supernatural Outcomes
(*Free lodging seminar-pay program fee only- meals included!)

 with Ron Hutchcraft, March 16-18, 2015

SeniorSalt Impact Hymn Sing
with Ron Whittemore & David Gaines, March 23 2015

Pastors’ Institute- Faithful Preaching in a Post-Christian Age
 with R. Albert Mohler, Jr., March 24, 2015

Faithful Living in a Post-Christian Age
 with R. Albert Mohler, Jr., March 25-27, 2015

Women’s Spring Luncheon
 with Cissie Graham Lynch, March 29, 2015

Living the Christ Life
 with Herb Reavis, Jr., March 31-April 2, 2015

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Saturday Snapshot

One of our tech guys got a GoPro camera for Christmas this year and brought it to work.  Check out his fancy filming in which he used a time lapse setting to capture the 400+ ladies filling in the auditorium for our annual Women’s Bible Study.

Watch here!

Footage is from the morning Bible study with Jane Derrick.

It’s not too late to sign up for Bible study at The Cove.  Click here for all the details.

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What’s Happening at The Cove – February 2015

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View from the overlook.
Do you have big plans for this new year?  We would love to be part of that plan. 
As Jesus invited his disciples, we invite you to “Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while.”  The Cove was designed to be a place to get away from the daily demands of life and hear from God, through His word and His Spirit. 

Check out our schedule for the month of February below.  Click one that interests you for more details and to register.

We look forward to serving you soon!

PERSONAL SPIRITUAL RETREATS

Click on the links below for February dates or call 1-800-950-2092. 

February Personal Spiritual Retreats

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Click on each of the links below for more information and to register.  You may also call 1-800-950-2092.

An Evening at The Cove – Dinner, Concert & Meet and Greet
with Brandon Heath, February 12, 2015

Military Marriage Retreat: Building a Resilient Marriage in
Turbulent Times
(*Free to active duty military personnel and spouses)

 with John Cook, February 13-15, 2015

Church Staff Retreat- Nehemiah: Elevating Excellence in Ministry
 with Michael Catt, February 19-20, 2015

Leadership Renewal Retreat: Encouraging the Shepherd
(*Free for qualifying pastors & spouses)

 with Jim Henry, February 23-25, 2015
Please note: Limited availability. Lodging is now full.

Jonah: The Prophet Who Hated Success
(*Free lodging seminar-pay program fee only- meals included!)

 with Larry Crabb, February 27-March 1, 2015

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The Power of Christ in Louis Zamperini’s Life

By Will Graham, Cove Executive Director

Several decades ago, an Olympian turned soldier survived a plane crash in the Pacific Ocean, journeyed at sea in a small raft for 47 days, and was finally thrown into a Japanese prison camp; a place where he probably should have died of starvation and constant torture.

This man – Louis Zamperini – beat the odds and made it home. His incredible tale of determination, bravery and survival is excellently portrayed in the feature film “Unbroken,” which is in theaters this week.

There’s an interesting challenge when it comes to movies, though. There are only so many minutes to go around and you can’t tell everything about a man’s life in the space allowed, especially someone like Louis who lived through so many incredible experiences.

The name “Unbroken” definitely fits for the hero who returned victoriously from war, but something happened to Louis when he was back in the U.S., something that isn’t shown in the film.

You see, he survived, but Louis was not unbroken when he came home. Rather, by his own admission, he struggled with alcoholism as he attempted to overcome the memories of his experiences. He was inflicted with horrible nightmares of “The Bird,” the brutal guard who mercilessly antagonized and beat him in the prison camp. At one point Louis woke in the middle of the night from a vivid dream to find himself strangling his wife, envisioning her as his captor.

Louis’ world was spiraling out of control, and his marriage and life were falling apart. He was, indeed, broken.

If this was the end of the story, it would likely be a grim one, but something else happened. Jesus Christ grabbed hold of Louis and changed his life forever, for eternity!

In 1949, a young evangelist named Billy Graham – my grandfather – held a Crusade in a tent at the corners of Washington and Hill streets in the city of Los Angeles. Louis’ wife went to one of the meetings and committed her life to Christ. She returned home and told her husband that she was no longer planning to divorce him because of the decision she had just made in following Jesus. She asked him to come with her to hear Billy Graham the next night.

Louis did go to hear my grandfather, and – ultimately – remembered the promise he’d made to God when he was adrift in the ocean, when he promised to serve Him if allowed to survive.

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Louis Zamperini and Billy Graham first met at the 1949 Los Angeles Crusade. This picture was taken over 60 years later in 2011 at Billy Graham’s home in Montreat, NC.

Louis walked forward, committed his life to Christ, and allowed Him to mend the broken pieces of his life. The nightmares and the thirst for alcohol were gone. His marriage was restored. He was even able to forgive “The Bird.”

I never personally met Mr. Zamperini. I wish I had, but he passed away earlier this year. He was to be the Grand Marshal of the Rose Parade in Pasadena on New Year’s Day, and – even though he’s gone home to be with Jesus – the parade is still honoring his life and legacy. I’m very humbled to represent my grandfather and his role in Louis’ life on the City of Torrance float, which is dedicated to their hometown hero.

Perhaps you aren’t a war hero. You are likely not an Olympian. In remembering Louis, however, I’d like to ask you – the reader – a question. Is your life broken, like Louis’ was when he returned from war? Are you battling against things that are out of your control, captive to sin and pain? If so, I believe that Jesus can do for you what He did for Louis some 65 years ago. He can set you free, and make you unbroken! I invite you to visit www.PeaceWithGod.net to learn more.

On Christmas day, Dec. 25, 2014 the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association released a half-hour documentary telling the rest of Louis Zamperini’s story, the part that is left untold in the major Hollywood production of “Unbroken.” Watch the program at www.BillyGraham.tv, and order a DVD copy by giving a gift of any amount to the BGEA at www.BillyGraham.org/unbroken

Saturday Snapshot

We recently had three very special days with Cliff Barrows during his 10th annual “Christmas at The Cove with Cliff Barrows and Friends” event.

This year marks the end of his “official” involvement with the event, but as he has always been family and a ministry partner to the Graham family, he is sure to come back for many visits.   “We’ll never have another one like this,” Mr. Barrows said.

Click here for a recap of this wonderful celebration.

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Cliff Barrows and Tom Bledsoe at Christmas at the Cove.
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Sweet moment as Will Graham escorts Mr. and Mrs. Cliff Barrows away from the Training Center.

Women’s Bible Studies at The Cove

Ladies, it’s time to sign up for the free women’s Bible study at The Cove!

Both Jane and Kendra have been working diligently throughout the year to prepare their lessons and are looking forward to seeing each of you.

Take a look  at their videos below to get an idea of what to expect in January.

Jane Derrick — Is Peace Possible?
Tuesday mornings: January 6 – March 3, 2015
9:45am - 11:45 a.m.
11:45 – 1 p.m. (optional)
Jane’s study will have an optional $10 lunch available, but you must sign up the week prior to each meal by calling 1-800-950-2092.
Note: Class will not meet on February 24th

Click here or call 1-800-950-2092 to register for Jane’s morning Bible study.

Click here if you do not see Jane’s video in your browser.

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Kendra Graham — Compelled: Christ’s Relentless Love For You
Tuesday evenings: January 6 – February 17, 2015
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Click here or call 1-800-950-2092 to register for Kendra’s evening Bible study.

Click here if you do not see Kendra’s video in your browser.

Newcomers always welcome!  Bring a friend or two.

A Word of Thanks From Will Graham

Dear Friends,

We have much to be thankful for this year at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove. We’ve been blessed beyond measure, and we are grateful to God and to each of you for that.

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Over the past several months at The Cove, we’ve had outstanding speakers who have shared with us clear and inspiring truths from the Word of God. Attendees at the seminars have commented to us that they felt the presence of God in this place, and their faith was deepened and enriched through the teaching here. They’ve left feeling more equipped than ever to walk in righteousness and reach those around them who need to hear of the hope of the Savior.

This is exactly what my grandparents, Billy and Ruth Graham, envisioned when they built this beautiful place, and I know that my grandfather is moved when he hears of what is happening here.

In addition to the seminars, we’ve had several concerts with nationally-known musicians who take time out of their busy schedules to stop in for an intimate performance at The Cove. Thousands have taken advantage of these events – called An Evening at The Cove.

One of the most moving events that has taken place this year was the National Law Enforcement Retreat in October, sponsored by the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team. Police officers from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom took time away from their very stressful duties to learn how to deal with the emotional and spiritual challenges they and their families endure on a daily basis. This was a wonderful time of ministry. Men and women who have seen and lived through things most of us could never even imagine, were able to let their guard down and pray, worship and heal together. Marriages were reconciled and families strengthened.

As we approach the end of November, we’re now looking forward to one of the prettiest times of the year: Christmas at The Cove. We hope you’ll have an opportunity to visit us in the coming days to see the beautiful decorations and take in some of the exciting events and sing-alongs on the schedule in the waning weeks of 2014.

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The beautiful creche at The Cove.

My friends, at Thanksgiving, I’m so thankful for you. Each of us who have the blessing of working at The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove realizes every day the importance of your prayers and support. None of what I’ve just mentioned would be possible without you and God’s blessings. We are eternally grateful.

May you and yours have a happy Thanksgiving and a blessed Christmas!

Will Graham
Executive Director, The Cove

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Celebrate Christmas at The Cove

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Come and enjoy the warmth and splendor of The Cove during the Christmas season!

Click the links below to find out more information about our
2014 Christmas events.

CAC Concerts

Christmas at The Cove with Cliff Barrows & Friends
Featuring The Collingsworth Family

Christmas at The Cove with Tommy Coomes Band
December 8, 2014

Christmas at The Cove with Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
December 11, 2014

Christmas at The Cove with Point of Grace
December 12, 2014

Christmas at The Cove with Sara Groves
December 13, 2014

 

SeniorSalt Carol Sing

Come and celebrate the birth of our Savior with an inspiring devotional and your favorite Christmas carols. (click dates below for more details)

SeniorSalt Carol Sing at The Cove
with Ron Whittemore with David Gaines

 

Ladies….Be sure not to miss out!!

Womens christmas luncheon

Come and enjoy a festive afternoon of music, a message from Kendra Graham, and a delicious meal. Open to women ages 15 and above. *Space is limited. Click here for more Info!

 

This year, give a gift with eternal benefits.  Cove gift certificates make the perfect gift for your loved ones.   To order call 1-800-950-2092.

Nativity

Nativity Scene at The Cove