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Saturday Snapshot: A Place of Rest

The Cove is surrounded by such beauty from the mountains to the creeks, it is a special place where you can leave all distractions and just have time with God.

When you visit The Cove, you will see that we have purposeful resting places. Places for you to relax and take in the mountain air. One of our most popular spots to settle is in our wooden rocking chairs.

We have many landscaped hiking trails around the Training Center and throughout The Cove property that have benches and stands with scripture.  These make for a perfect quiet spot to just read His word and be able to listen without noise or distraction.

As you walk along the trails, you will find these beautiful stands with  scripture and be reminded of His promises to you. This one says, ” The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all that call on Him in truth.”-Psalm 145:18

Surrounded by trees both young and old, you can walk through His glorious creation. Seeing the detail in everything that He creates reminds you that He has a plan for each and everything, just as He has plans for you.

When you are thinking about places to visit to rest and be refreshed by the Lord, we hope you visit us. We have incredible speakers, seminars, guest worship artists, personal spiritual retreats, and so much more!

Click here for a schedule of our upcoming events 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 GardenClick here for directions and operating hours. Tours are free.

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Saturday Snapshot– A Look Inside Our Chapel

Have you ever seen the Chatlos Memorial Chapel and Visitors Center at The Cove? There is something so beautiful about walking into a chapel that has so much history to offer! Here are a few pictures from inside our Chapel and Visitors Center this week.

This chapel known as Chatlos Memorial Chapel opened in 1988 and was a gift from the William Chatlos Foundation in Florida. The pews are believed to be 200 years old and are from the Royal School for the Blind founded in London in 1799. The only exception are the last two pews and they were donated from a church in Tennessee.

The pulpit is from The Church of England and is believed to be between 200-400 years old. If only we could hear the messages that were spoken from this pulpit so many years ago.

The top level of the chapel is a prayer room. The prayer table has a lighted globe to remind us to be in prayer for evangelism around the world as it is being carried out by God’s people. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God which passeth all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” – Philippians 4:6-7

The second floor of the chapel is the pictorial display area gallery of Dr. Graham’s ministries around the world! This is also our Visitor Center. Below is one of the powerful photos in this gallery!

Have a blessed week friends!

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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 GardenClick here for directions and operating hours. Tours are free.

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Saturday Snapshot– Winter Activity at The Cove

Can you believe that we are already in February? The weather in Asheville is still cool but it makes for a refreshing walk or cozy time to have a cup of tea. Enjoy some of the pictures from the Cove property this week!

One of the most popular spots for our guests to relax and enjoy a beautiful view is from our deck at the Training Center.

Check out the view for yourself on our live webcam by clicking here. 

For our guests that stayed inside, they were able to enjoy one of our tasty desserts and warm up with a delicious cup of coffee.

One of the many sweet decorations found in the Training Center is this lovely hand-crafted birdhouse. The design of the lobby interior was inspired by Ruth Graham’s vision that this space would be an extension of her home.

It looks like only three deer in the meadow below, but can you spot the 4th one?

Have a blessed weekend friends!


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 GardenClick here for directions and operating hours. Tours are free.

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Saturday Snapshot — Quiet and Busy

It’s been quiet around The Cove the last couple of weeks.  After a busy year of ministry, many of our staff are taking time off to rest and enjoy time with family.

As you can see, the deer are enjoying the space normally occupied by our RV (Recreational vehicle) volunteers.  Click here to read more about that ministry.

The nearly 10 miles of walking trails have not seen much activity in the last couple of weeks either.  Just look how the ice has formed on a branch hanging over the creek!  To put it in perspective, the largest ice formation in the middle of the picture is the size of a 16-ounce bottle and appears to be hollow inside!  God never ceases to amaze, does He?!

Meanwhile, over at Pilgrim’s Inn this week there is a flurry of activity.  Because we don’t have many guests staying in our inns during a pocket of time between late December and early January, we use that time to take on big cleaning and/or construction projects.  This winter, our big project is the completion of the Pilgrim’s Inn renovation.  We’ve updated all the inn rooms at Shepherd’s Inn and one half at Pilgrim’s Inn over the last few years, and this is the last phase of that renovation project.

Here’s a look at some of the work that took place this past week.  We’d appreciate your prayers for safety and favor during this project.

We look forward to providing a lovely updated inn-room for your next stay at The Cove!

Happy New Year, friends! We look forward to seeing you back here, or in person, in 2018.


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.

 

Saturday Snapshot — A Behind The Scenes Peek at Our Video Shoot

This week we were working on a new promotional video for The Cove.  This is to update the current video (you can see it here) for our Guest Groups area of ministry.

Wondering what a Guest Group is?

A Guest Group is a group that holds their own conference, retreat, or ministry event at The Cove.  They come with their own agenda, their own program, and their own speakers, and we provide the meeting space, the inn rooms and the delicious food.

Groups tell us, time and again, that The Cove is the perfect, distraction-free place for them to come and accomplish their ministry goals.  Our dedicated event planners make it a point to take care of all the details, so that when our groups come, they can get right down to what it is that God is leading them to do.

Here are a few behind-the-scenes pictures of the filming.

Gigi Graham greeting guests as they arrive at the Training Center.   If you’ve been here, you’ve probably been greeted by Gigi, either at the front door or in the dining room.  She loves meeting Cove guests and extending the warm Graham-family welcome.

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Guests love spending time on the Training Center deck.  With tables, rocking chairs, and mountain views, who wouldn’t?

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Yep, we brought the drone back out!  The drone captured some great aerial video of the Training Center, the Chapel, the front gate, and our private cabin road.

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The Cove dining experience is a delicious one.  The tables in the dining room are round with Lazy-Suzans in the center of each.  Mrs. Graham loved a round table and she said that the Lazy Suzan helped keep her children competitive.  ; )

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Our chef, Douglas Walls, and his team prepare wonderful menus of fresh, delicious food.  Here we caught him in action, doing what he does best.

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Zucchini and squash ready to be roasted.  Yum!

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Potato salad anyone?  You can probably tell from the amount of potatoes in the mixer, but to give you a different perspective, this mixer is about 4 feet tall!

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At the end of every day, our guests will find a warm and inviting guest room to lay their heads down.  This is a shot of guests checking in at Pilgrim’s Inn.

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We look forward to sharing the new Guest Group promotional video with you later this year or early January 2018.

Have a blessed weekend, friends!


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 — Ruth Graham’s Words Live On

Billy Graham once said, “Many ask me, ‘Who is the greatest Christian I’ve ever known?’ I always answer, ‘Ruth.’ She’s the greatest Christian I’ve ever known.”

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Today would have been Ruth Graham’s 97th birthday.  Born in China in 1920 to medical missionary parents, she later served the Lord, alongside her husband, for more than 60 years.  Ruth was called home by her Savior 10 years ago, but her words and her legacy of prayer live on…

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Ruth’s desk at their home in Montreat, North Carolina.  As you can see, she spent a great deal of time in God’s Word.  Ruth Graham desk

Executive Director of The Cove and Ruth’s grandson, Will Graham, appreciated his grandmother’s heart for prayer so much, that he dedicated Ruth’s Prayer Garden in her honor.  We’d love to share the prayer garden, adjacent to Chatlos Memorial Chapel, with more than 150 plant varieties, with you.  Stop by and take a tour….it’s free.  Click here for directions and hours. 

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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.

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Getting the equipment ready for flight.
Calibrating the drone before takeoff
Calibration process.
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Ready for takeoff!
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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.
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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.

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.