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Saturday Snapshot — Christmas Caroling

Christmas at The Cove is in full swing!  We had some beautiful caroling going on earlier this week with our SeniorSalt Carol Sing events.

Here is a sampling for you to enjoy…

Click here to see what senior events we have scheduled for 2017.

What special plans or activities are you partaking in this year to celebrate our Savior?


Click here for a schedule of upcoming 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.

 

 

PRAYER NOTE: DECEMBER 2016

We hope you will enjoy our “Prayer Note” — an internal communication here at The Cove, created each month to remind and encourage our staff to pray. We share these with you at the beginning of each month in hopes that you, too, will be encouraged.

Prayer Note(3)By Donna Riesen

THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS

Some of the most priceless moments of every Christmas celebration involve imperfections. Think back on all the church Christmas programs you’ve attended. Did any of the more memorable scenes involve mishaps or bloopers? If those amateur holiday productions were like most, a shepherd might have tripped over his staff, a wise man lost his crown or an angel forgot one of her lines. Yet we grin, applaud and cherish the memory of the sweet and endearing depiction of the Savior’s birth. Is there any better portrayal of the miracle of Christmas than seeing it through the eyes of a child?

The Christmas season is a study in contrasts. One evening a large and accomplished choir may stir your spirit and move your emotions with a dramatic performance of Handel’s Messiah, and the next night your heart melts as you open the front door to find a group of Christmas carolers from the junior high youth group singing a sweet though slightly off-key rendition of “Silent Night.”

Each December we’re given opportunities to travel back to Bethlehem and consider both the majesty and simplicity of the Incarnation. The miraculous story never grows old: The perfect, sinless, infinite Son of God taking on fragile flesh and coming to us in the form of a helpless baby. God’s perfect Son being born to a humble peasant girl in an obscure village, coming to bring salvation to a world marred by sin and imperfection. Majesty and simplicity merged to bring hope. If we wrote the script ourselves, we would welcome the King with flawless and beautiful surroundings. But we didn’t—He wrote it, and for a backdrop He rejected the perfect in favor of the imperfect. What could be more ordinary and imperfect than a stable and a makeshift bed of straw?

This Christmas, let’s ask God to help us find the miracle in both the majestic and the mundane. Let’s appreciate the beauty yet resist the temptation to measure our joy by the degree of perfection we can achieve. The tree may be slightly lopsided, with a gap in the middle. The gingerbread house may be leaning precariously to one side. And our actual home—filled with ordinary, imperfect people—may not look like the picture-perfect image of the harmonious family in the airbrushed magazine ad.

But “thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15, NASB). He came as our Immanuel… God With Us (Matthew 1:23, NIV), to bring His good and perfect gifts of peace, joy, salvation and hope right into the middle of our mess. If Christmas finds you lonely, tell it to the one who bore your griefs and carried your sorrows. (Isaiah 53:4). If the season finds you anxious and overwhelmed, allow your heart to be calmed by the one who is called the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). If Christmas finds you struggling with sin, admit it and confess it to the one who “knew no sin yet became sin that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21). “He remembers that we are dust” (Psalm 103:14). He came into our broken world, born in a dusty, dimly lit stable in order that He might one day deliver us from the filth of sin and the darkness of despair.

Seek to reflect the majesty of Christ this Christmas. Light the candles and hang the lights to announce that the Light of the World has come. Sing the timeless carols that tell the world of the joy He brings. Fill your home with reminders that God came in the flesh to make His home in our hearts. Then kneel and welcome Him. And if you notice the floor is a little dusty, thank Him for the reminder. The stable was dusty, too.

This December, please pray that the beauty of The Cove’s Christmas displays will honor and glorify the King of Kings whom we serve. Pray that those who come to celebrate His birth would sense His presence, feel His love, and be blessed and encouraged by every carol and hymn of praise that is sung. Pray that the Holy Spirit would empower and fill each flawed, imperfect person who serves Him on staff at The Cove. May He pour His strength into our weakness, and may the light of His presence shine through the cracks to reveal His glory. Oh come, let us adore Him!

“Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen” (Jude 24-25).


Join us in praying for the following events in November:

Christmas at The Cove with Reggie and Ladye Love Smith and Friends — December 1, 2 & 3
(Emcee: Tom Bledsoe)

SeniorSalt Impact Carol Sings — December 5, 12, 13 & 14
(Emcee/Worship Leader: Ron Whittemore; Musician: David Gaines)

An Evening at The Cove with Tommy Coomes Band — December 5
(Emcee: Michelle Bachelor)

Women’s Christmas Luncheon with Karlene Shea — December 11
(Emcee: Patty Stump; Pianist: Kris Bartman; Special Music: Skylar and Luca Bartman by Faith Abiding)

Christmas at The Cove with Charles Billingsley — December 15
(Emcee: Michelle Bachelor)

Christmas at The Cove with Travis Cottrell — December 16
(Emcee: Michelle Bachelor)

Christmas at The Cove with Annie Moses Band — December 17
(Emcee: Michelle Bachelor)

Thank you for praying!

Saturday Snapshot

We kicked off Christmas at The Cove this week and Veritas did not disappoint!

The Cove was decorated to the hilt, the food was wonderful, and the music of Veritas was a true celebration of our dear Savior’s birth!

If you’d like to join us for one of our Christmas at The Cove events, click here.

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Veritas at Christmas at The Cove

Veritas at Christmas at The Cove at book signing
CD signing and meet & greet after the concert. What a fun group!

Saturday Snapshot

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

We just finished up with our last seminar of 2015, so we’re now in full swing in getting our Christmas decorations up for the events that will take place here during the month of December.

Here’s a sneak peak:

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The Reason for the Season. Jesus!

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Handmade origami creations.
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Ruth’s Attic Bookstore always has lots of lovely Christmas items.

A special traveling exhibit will be on display at The Cove during the month of December:  Calligraphic Word Pictures Inspired by the Music and Text of George Frederick Handel’s Messiah by Timothy R. Botts, a favorite artist of the late Ruth Bell Graham.  We’ll make sure to share pictures of that in the coming weeks.

We still have tickets available for the following events.

Christmas at The Cove with Veritas
December 5, 2015 

Women’s Christmas Luncheon with Casey Schutrop
(Open to women ages 15 and above.)
December 6, 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 & Misha
December 18, 2015

Christmas at The Cove with Huntley Brown with excerpts from Handel’s Messiah.  Huntley will be joined by the Mount Paran Singers from Mount Paran Church of God, Atlanta, GA, singing under the direction of Teresa Bledsoe.
December 19, 2015

We hope to see you in December!

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

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.
Cliff Ann and Wil exit the TC after 10 years of C at the C 2014
Sweet moment as Will Graham escorts Mr. and Mrs. Cliff Barrows away from the Training Center.

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