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Saturday Snapshot — April Showers Bring May Flowers

April showers bring May flowers….

The vibrant colors of spring show off God’s artistic touch in such beautiful ways.  All we have to do is look around…

This rose in front of the Training Center is one of the first to bloom this season.  Oh, how we wish you could smell it!

Do you remember the video devotion our gardener shared with us last year?  If not, or you’d like to watch again, click here.

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Two of God’s beautiful creations!  He spoils us, doesn’t He?

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Pink and purple azaleas delight those passing by in the Training Center parking lot.

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The butterflies were all aflutter on the azaleas near Chatlos Memorial Chapel.  Can you hear the stream in the background.  Ahhh….

We’d love to hear what your weekend plans are.  Tell us in the comments below.


 

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.

Saturday Snapshot — Cinematic Filming

This week we had a special opportunity to have a drone pilot and his team stop by to do some aerial cinematography of the beautiful Cove property.  We look forward to showing you the finished footage in the future, but in the meantime, here are some behind-the-scenes shots for you to enjoy.

Drone being put together
Getting the equipment ready for flight.
Calibrating the drone before takeoff
Calibration process.
Drone closeup in parking lot
Ready for takeoff!
Drone pilot and camera man
Pilot and camera operator in action.

And here is the drone in flight with the Shepherd’s Inn in the background…

And here is a bit of the filming off the Training Center deck.  The drone later took off much further back and higher…

We can’t wait to share the footage captured by the drone — from our preview today, it looks absolutely breathtaking!

Happy 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.

 

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.

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.

Hold Your Event at The Cove — Top 10 Tips for Meeting Planners

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Did you know that every year 140 – 150 different groups choose to hold their conference and ministry events at The Cove?

The groups come in all shapes and sizes: small groups, such as board meetings and church staff retreats, as well as large groups with up to 450 attendees.

No matter the size, groups come with one wish in common: To get away to a distraction-free atmosphere where they can seek the leading of the Holy Spirit through the application of God’s Word.

We’d love for you to bring your group to The Cove.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Call  1-800-950-2092 to discuss booking your event.
  2. Confirm your dates, and the number of rooms and meals you’ll need.  A contract will be drawn up at this point.
  3. You will be assigned an Event Coordinator to work with you through every little detail in order to make sure your event goes smooth.  This event coordinator will be your point of contact from the time you sign the contract until you arrive on The Cove property.
  4. Repeat year after year. :)

Maybe you’re the meeting planner at your church or Christian ministry?  (If you’re not, please forward this blog on to that special person).  To help in the planning process, we thought it would be helpful to provide some tips to help the planning process along.

Here they are:

Top 10 Tips for Meeting Planners
(For after you book your event at The Cove.)

1. Read Your Contract.

You would be surprised at how many people do not read what they are signing.  Many of your questions will be answered by reading this document.

2. Designate one person to communicate with your event coordinator.

Feel free to copy any correspondence with your team, but the old saying is really true, “too many cooks can spoil the stew.”  It’s much easier to deal one-on-one with your event coordinator.

3. There is no such thing as a bad or stupid question.

The more you ask, the better your event coordinator will know what you’d like to accomplish while you are here.  Ask away!

4. Be specific.

Let your event coordinator know your schedule with as much detail as you can.  Will you have workshops or breakout sessions in addition to main sessions?  How will your guests be arriving?  Will they be arriving individually, carpooling or on a charter bus?  Check-in will be handled differently based on arrival information.  What are your technical needs?  Will you be having praise and worship? Will you run a PowerPoint program, and will you need microphones?  How will you like to greet your guests and get program materials to them?

By being as specific as you can in advance of your event, the better we can serve you while you are here.

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5. Do you want something special?

Many guests like to add communion, foot washing, or a chapel service to their schedule.  Think about this beforehand and discuss with your event coordinator.

6. Be timely.

Getting information to your event coordinator in a timely manner will allow them to serve you well.

7. We feed you very well while you’re here.

We serve three full gourmet buffet-style meals daily, along with night-time snacks and all the beverages and frozen yogurt you could wish for.  Come hungry!

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8. Bring your walking shoes.

To enrich your retreat experience, we have miles of walking trails with scripture pillars along the way.  You may also enjoy strolling through Ruth’s Prayer Garden, or hike to the prayer alter where Billy and Ruth Graham first asked God if this mountain was the place He chose for them to build the Training Center.

Emanuel Romanian Church hiking October 2011

9. Do your guests have any special needs we should know about?

This will help in our room assignment process.  If there are specific dietary needs, let your event coordinator know about that ahead of time as well.

10. Don’t stress!

One of the first documents you will receive from us is an event planning guide.  It has many helpful tips, along with a time line of when things are due.  Out staff loves to take care of groups, it’s what we do!


Call  1-800-950-2092 to book your event today.

Interested in submitting an online request to hold your Christian conference or ministry event here at The Cove?  Click here for information.

Saturday Snapshot – Fall Photo Challenge Begins Today

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The participation in our summer photo challenge (#InTheGardenPhotoChallenge) was fantastic!  Thank you to everyone who joined in on the fun.

Are you ready for another photo challenge?

We are!  And today officially launches The Cove’s 2016 #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.

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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 tradition, a newspaper headline that makes you smile, or a photo of the special place where you find stillness with God. 

Most importantly, have fun!  Take time to enjoy the details in your surroundings.


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 — A Delight For All Your Senses

This week we bring you snapshots from around The Cove to delight all your senses.  Enjoy!

These beautiful roses adorn the front desk at the Training Center.  They come from the garden of Ed Graham, a pastor-in-residence at The Cove (and Billy Graham’s cousin).  Ed’s roses are famous for, not only their beauty, but their wonderful smell.  Since you can’t smell through your screen, you’ll have to trust us on this one.  Delightful!

Eds wonderful smelling roses July 28 2016

Michael Card spent five days teaching on Recovering the Lost Language of Lament.  We saw Jesus’ words come alive, Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy.

We give thanks and praise to God for this powerful week of ministry.

Michael Card IBT 2016

Chef Douglas was in the kitchen cooking up some tasty creations this week.  While our food is presented on a fantastic buffet spread, we thought it would be fun to plate up the food to give you an idea of the types of delicious food chef and his team lovingly prepare for our guests.

Friends, you can be assured, while spending time with us at The Cove, you will never go hungry!

chef with a variety of meals July 28 2016

The chapel steeple, the deep blue sky, and the white puffy clouds were such a pretty site!

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Moss-covered rock walls line the paths throughout Ruth’s Prayer Garden.  Come and find a comfortable spot to sit, pray, praise, read, and delight in the Lord’s grace, peace, and love.  Click here for hours and directions to visit our garden.

Bible resting in the moss in Ruths Prayer Garden July 2016

Bless you, friends!  Thank you for spending time with us each Saturday to see what’s going on at The Cove.


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

Interested in hosting your own event at The Cove?  Click here for information.

Visit the Chatlos Memorial Chapel, Visitors Center, and Ruth’s Prayer Garden.  Click here for directions and operating hours. Tours are free.

 

Saturday Snapshot – Summertime at The Cove

He loves righteousness and justice; The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord (Psalm 33:5, NKJV). 

We have loved the beautiful summer sunshine at The Cove this week. Just look at these gorgeous mountain views and blue skies from the Training Center deck.

This picture was taken Wednesday afternoon as our guests were wrapping up a session during the Intensive Bible Training seminar with Walter C. Kaiser, Jr.

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The bright and vibrant blooms throughout the grounds at
The Cove have been nothing short of spectacular. What’s your favorite summertime flower?

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Back inside, where it’s much cooler, visitors can always enjoy a refreshing snack of soft-serve yogurt from our yogurt machines. Yum!

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We hope you enjoy your Fourth of July weekend with loved ones.

Blessings to you and your family. Safe travels!

If you’re in Asheville over the weekend, come visit the Chatlos Memorial Chapel, Visitors Center, and newly opened 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.

Interested in hosting your own event at The Cove?  Click here for information.