Category Archives: Special Events

Christian Blogger MeetUp at The Cove

Do you have a story to tell?  Have you been called to encourage others and share what God has been teaching you?

Join us at The Cove for a Christian Blogger MeetUp on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.!

Come network with fellow Christian bloggers, learn tips and strategies that will help your message reach more people, and participate in round-table discussions on blogging.

While attendance is free, your RSVP is required.

Click here to register online.

Space is limited, so reserve your spot today!


Saturday Snapshot – Christmas Already?

If you’re like most of us and haven’t started humming Christmas hymns quite yet, you might be after seeing what’s now selling (like hotcakes) in Ruth’s Attic Bookstore!

You might be thinking, “Christmas stuff, already??”

Yes!  It’s for those organized people that actually do their Christmas shopping before the 2nd week of December!

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Ornaments, ornaments, and more ornaments!
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Christmas cards galore!
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The Reason for the season — Jesus!

Since we’re on the subject of Christmas, we’d love to hear from you:

What is your favorite Christmas hymn or carol?
What is your favorite Christmas food?
What is your favorite Christmas movie?

Leave your answers in the comment section below.

Would you like to attend a Carol Sing, Women’s Christmas Luncheon, or a Christmas at The Cove dinner and concert?  We’d love to have you!  Click here for our Christmas events schedule.

Saturday Snapshot – Photo Challenge Recap


The Cove’s 14-Day #InTheGardenPhotoChallenge is all done!
We debuted our photo challenge in the Saturday Snapshot post
three weeks ago.

#InTheGardenPhotoChallenge was all about putting a spotlight on the aesthetic and spiritual beauty in and surrounding a garden.

On The Cove’s Instagram (@thecovenc) feed we shared
images from the newly opened Ruth’s Prayer Garden each day.

How it worked: We asked everyone to post one photo per day on their personal Instagram and/or Facebook that followed our daily prompt. Everyone then included the hashtag #InTheGardenPhotoChallenge in their post!

Following are the images we shared, as well as some from others who have joined in and shared from their neck of the woods.


June 1: Bloom


June 2: Light


June 3: Tree Bark


June 4: Sky


June 5: Cloud


June 6: Green


 June 7: Moss


June 8: Stone


June 9: Fragrance


June 10: Bird


June 11: Pathway


June 12: Prayer


June 13: Growth


June 14: Sanctuary 


Thanks to everyone who has shared photos of their gardens with us!

See some of their photos here:





We hope you’ll make plans to visit Ruth’s Prayer Garden at the Chatlos Memorial Chapel and Visitors Center.

Click here for directions and operating hours.
Make sure to leave time to tour the Chatlos Memorial Chapel & Visitors Center while you’re here too.  Both tours are free.

And don’t forget to follow The Cove on Instagram @thecovenc.

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

Saturday Snapshot – Photo Challenge

Do you have an Instagram or Facebook account? We would love for you to participate in our 14-Day Photo Challenge beginning June 1.

Our theme is “In The Garden.”  We chose this because we will be celebrating the opening of Ruth’s Prayer Garden (and sharing photos from this garden), right here at The Cove in Asheville, NC, on June 2, 2016!

So, here’s how you can take part in our 14-Day Photo Challenge: Beginning June 1, share one photo per day on your Facebook or Instagram account based on the photo prompts we’ve outlined below and include the hashtag: #InTheGardenPhotoChallenge. 

By using the hashtag #InTheGardenPhotoChallenge we’ll all be able to see what each other are posting in that one central search location.    

14 Day June Photo Challenge Pinterest and Blog

Don’t worry if you’re not a professional photographer–neither are we!  We will be using both an iPhone and a Canon camera to take our pictures.

Need some ideas of what to share? Post a picture of the flowers blooming in your yard (or your neighbor’s yard), the bumble bees pollinating the blooms in your garden, or a photo of the special place you call your spiritual sanctuary. Each day we will be sharing photos from Ruth’s Prayer Garden.

Here’s a sneak peek of what we will be sharing in our
14-Day Photo Challenge! One of Ruth Bell Graham’s favorite flowers was a rose. What a fitting bloom to commemorate her legacy in Ruth’s Prayer Garden at The Cove. 


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

We hope you’ll make plans to visit Ruth’s Prayer Garden at the Chatlos Memorial Chapel and Visitors Center.  Click here for directions and operating hours.  Make sure to leave time to tour the Chatlos Memorial Chapel & Visitors Center while you’re here too.  Both tours are free.

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

Something New at The Cove: Ruth’s Prayer Garden


“We cannot pray and remain the same. We cannot pray and have our homes remain the same. We cannot pray and have the world about us remain the same. God has decreed to act in response to prayer. ‘Ask,’ He commands us. And Satan trembles for fear we will.”  —Ruth Bell Graham,  Legacy of a Pack Rat

By Donna Riesen:

Ruth Bell Graham was a woman of prayer; and Ruth’s Prayer Garden, opening June 2, 2016 at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove, is designed to honor her memory and encourage others to pray. As the wife of evangelist Billy Graham, Ruth’s schedule was packed full with commitments—at times she traveled with her husband to crusades around the world, yet most often Ruth supported him behind the scenes and out of the spotlight by shouldering the responsibility of caring for their five children at their home in Montreat. This remarkable woman could not have had the impact she had on her husband, her family, and the world, without the daily discipline of prayer.

Winding along pathways surrounding Chatlos Memorial Chapel, Ruth’s Prayer Garden will offer a peaceful place for prayer and meditation amid the natural beauty and serenity of The Cove.

“My grandfather wanted this place to be known as a mountain of prayer,” says Will Graham, executive director of The Cove and grandson of Billy and Ruth. “There’s prayer going out all over The Cove, from our Intercessory Prayer Team to our staff prayers to our Personal Spiritual Retreats. There are so many needs facing us today, we can’t pray enough!”

“Like The Cove itself, this garden is designed to be an extension of my grandparents’ home at Montreat,” Will says.

With five children in the household, the Graham home was a place of laughter, activity, and the usual childhood scrapes and squabbles; but more importantly, it was a place of prayer.


“I would go down to her room late at night,” daughter Anne Graham Lotz remembers. “I would see the light on underneath the door and I’d go in, and she would be on her knees in prayer.”

Daughter Ruth Graham reflects, “Faith was the very heartbeat of life at Little Piney Cove. We began and ended each day as a family on our knees in prayer.”

Ruth’s Prayer Garden was created to honor and perpetuate this legacy of prayer.

The garden was also designed to be a reflection of Ruth’s love of nature and appreciation for the beauty of her North Carolina mountain home. Lucas Jack, horticulturist and supervisor of Grounds Maintenance at The Cove, explains how great care was taken to convey Ruth’s personality as a gardener and plant- lover. When asked about the process of planning and designing the gardenscape, Jack noted, “Everything that I know of Ruth Graham has been learned secondhand, which is difficult when trying to piece together a ‘botanical personality.’ I learned she really didn’t have dislikes but had a lot of favorites. She loved color and appreciated gardens in general, and we’ve tried to convey her botanical personality by including many of the plants and flowers she loved.”


Roses, daylilies, touch-me- nots will line the winding paths. “Our goal was not to overwhelm the visitor with the landscape,” Jack says, “but to allow them to enjoy the experience and feel as if they are part of it.”

Ruth’s love for color and beauty may have been the result of two strong childhood influences: her early childhood years in China as the daughter of medical missionaries, and her teen years in Montreat.

According to grandson Will, “My great-grandfather Nelson Bell loved gardens and gardening. He loved flowers and plants, and he used them to teach lessons to his children. When we work with our hands in a garden, God teaches us things.”

If she were here today, Ruth Bell Graham would probably agree. When you visit Ruth’s Prayer Garden, enjoy the view and take time to smell the roses; then bow your head and echo the disciples’ request to Jesus: “Lord, teach us to pray.” (Luke 11:1, NKJV)


We hope you’ll make plans to visit Ruth’s Prayer Garden at the Chatlos Memorial Chapel and Visitors Center.  Click here for directions and operating hours.

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

Message from Will Graham: An Easter Message


But He was pierced for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities; upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with HIs wounds we are healed. ~ Isaiah 53:5 (ESV)

While the New Testament details the crucifixion extensively, my own personal belief is that there is no greater text dealing with the suffering of Christ than Isaiah 53:5. As we near Easter — a time in which we remember and celebrate the finished work of Jesus on the cross — I’m once again reminded of this emotional, poignant passage. This single verse shows so much about our own human brokenness, and Christ’s incredible sacrifice.

When Christ suffered, it was not pointless suffering, but it was in order to meet four of man’s greatest needs.

Forgiveness: Isaiah says that, “He [the Messiah] was pierced for our transgressions.” The word for transgression is that of rebellion or revolting. In other words, we have rebelled against God and His commandments. We’ve sinned against Him, and we need forgiveness. God’s answer is that He sent His only Son Jesus to shed His blood for our sins in order to forgive us of our sin. (See Hebrews 9:22)

Substitution: Man is not only sinful but he is guilty and deserves punishment for breaking God’s commandments. When we break laws in society, punishment is given to us. For example, we receive a fine when we are caught speeding. However, when we break God’s law, the punishment is death. (See Romans 6:23) Therefore, man’s need is not necessarily to get out of punishment or a reduction in punishment, but man needs a substitute. Jesus was pierced, crushed, chastised and wounded — for OUR sins. And because Jesus loved us, he chose to take our place. He became our substitute.

Peace: Since we broke the covenant with God, our natural human status is to be in conflict with the Lord; the opposite of peace. Knowing this, and knowing that we could never afford to pay for such a peace, God gave His Son to take the wrath the God in order to appease His holy nature. Man was in debt to God and God paid His own bill. Jesus’ chastisement on the cross enables us to have peace with Him.

Healing: Due to our own actions, we allow sin to come into our bodies and start to bring about death. This is spiritual death, and because it is spiritual, we need a divine cure: Jesus. Christ’s death on the cross allows spiritual healing to come to our dying souls. By His wounds we are healed.

Our sinful human nature is not a surprise to God. Yet in His love for us, He provided a way for us to find forgiveness, substitution, peace and healing through Jesus.

Perhaps as you read this, you are beginning to realize that you’ve never found forgiveness, or healing, or peace. You’ve struggled to do the right thing, trying to earn your way to heaven, only to fall time after time.

If this sounds familiar, now would be the perfect time to find out the true meaning of Easter, and place your faith in the One whose death and resurrection we celebrate this season!

God bless you.  — Will Graham


2016 Women’s Events at The Cove


Ladies, we hope you’ll join us for a time of rest, refreshment, and a good dose of God’s Word, in the company of other Godly women at The Cove!

Click on the event titles below for more information!


Women’s Spring Luncheon: I Want It ALL
with Gwen Smith, March 13, 2016

Women’s Christmas Luncheon
with Karlene Shea, December 11, 2016

These two seminars are free.  (Meals and lodging fees apply.)

The Larger Story: What the Christian Life is All About
with Rachael Crabb, March 31-April 1, 2016

The Jesus We’re Aching For: The Gospel According to Mark
with Lisa Harper, August 19-20, 2016

We hope to see you soon!

It’s Operation Christmas Child National Collection Week: Drop Your Boxes With Us

Harold at OCC drop off November 2013

November 16-23, 2015 is Operation Christmas Child Shoebox National Collection Week and The Cove is a drop-off site.

We’d love to see you!  Bring a single box, a truckload, or a busload.

We’re at 1 Porter’s Cove Road (Exit 55/I-40)
Asheville, NC 28805

Following are the hours we have a volunteer on hand to drop your boxes with:

Cove Drop-off Hours:
Monday, November 16:  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 17:  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 18:  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 19:  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, November 20:  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 21:  12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 22:  1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Monday, November 23:  9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

If you’ve never packed an OCC shoebox, you’re missing out on a fun and fulfilling activity.  Each box is a gift that will communicate hope, joy, and God’s love to a child somewhere overseas.   Click here to find out exactly how to pack a box.

Don’t live close enough to us to drop your boxes with us?  Click here to find a drop-off location closer to home.

God bless you!

Come Celebrate Christmas at The Cove 2015

December 2015

Come and enjoy the beauty and warmth of the Christmas season at The Cove! Click the links below to find out more information about our 2015 Christmas events.

C@C Concerts(2)

Christmas at The Cove with Veritas
December 3, 2015SOLD OUT
December 4, 2015 - SOLD OUT
December 5, 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
December 18, 2015

Christmas at The Cove with Huntley Brown
– Excerpts from Handel’s Messiah
Also performing: Mount Paran Singers from Mount Paran Church of God, Atlanta, GA. 

December 19, 2015

SeniorSalt Carol Sings(1)

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
December 7, 2015 - SOLD OUT
December 8, 2015 
December 14, 2015 - SOLD OUT
December 15, 2015 - SOLD OUT

Ladies….Be sure not to miss out!!

Womens Christmas Luncheon

Come and enjoy a festive afternoon of music, a message from Casey Schutrop, and a delicious meal. Open to women ages 15 and above. December 6, 2015 Click here for more Info!  - SOLD OUT

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.

The Cover 2014 , Billy Graham Training Center 2014
Angel with Lion and Lamb in Chatlos Memorial Chapel.