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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.

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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 – 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.

 

Saturday Snapshot – Photo Challenge Recap

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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.

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June 1: Bloom

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June 2: Light

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June 3: Tree Bark

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June 4: Sky

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June 5: Cloud

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June 6: Green

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 June 7: Moss

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June 8: Stone

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June 9: Fragrance

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June 10: Bird

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June 11: Pathway

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June 12: Prayer

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June 13: Growth

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June 14: Sanctuary 

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

See some of their photos here:

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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.

Something New at The Cove: Ruth’s Prayer Garden

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“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.

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“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.”

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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)

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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.

2015 Military Marriage Retreats

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It’s our turn to serve you.

We want to support you and your marriage at The Cove by providing a FREE retreat for any active-duty service-member (Guard & Reserve too) and their spouse.

You will enjoy the quiet seclusion of our mountain retreat, complete with winding trails, well appointed rooms, and celebrated cuisine.

Most importantly, you will have plenty of time and space to be alone with God.  Click here to download the military resource form.

Following are the 2015 Military Marriage Retreats:

Building a Resilient Marriage in Turbulent Times
with John Cook, February 19-20, 2015

Building a Lifelong Love
with Gary Thomas, May 29-31, 2015

Military Marriage Seminar-TBD
with Gary Chapman, September 4-6, 2015

Please share this information with other individuals who would be blessed by this opportunity.

military handsThe Cove also offers financial resources (program, meals and lodging are covered…travel is your responsibility) for couples or individuals to come to any Cove seminar or Personal Spiritual Retreat throughout the year.  For more information on our financial resources, visit our website here.

Stay at The Cove for Free

Shepherds Inn roomThis year we are delighted to offer free lodging for several of our three-day seminars!

That means all you have to do is register and pay the program fee of $279 per person (meals included) and your two nights of lodging are completely free.   

Take a look at the seminars listed below to decide which you would like to attend, give us a call at 1-800-950-2092 to register and get the dog sitter lined up.  We look forward to serving you on your visit to The Cove! 

Pursuing Holiness in a Broken World with Jonathan Falwell on February 25-27

From Fear to Faith with Jim Henry on March 25-27

The Peace of God: Experiencing Mental and Emotional Freedom with Neil Anderson on March 28-30

Last Days Living with Ron Hutchcraft on April 28-30

The Cause: Strengthen Your Faith for College with Sean McDowell on July 11-13 Note: Pastors or leaders bringing four or more students are eligible to attend at no cost.  Student rate also available with this seminar.

The Overcoming Life: How to Thrive Instead of Survive with Herb Reavis, Jr. on August 25-27

Not able to make it?  Tell a friend or family member.  This would be a nice opportunity to introduce The Cove to your loved ones!

Visit our website here for a complete listing of all 2014 events.

Women’s Bible Studies Begin January 7th

Ladies, it’s that time of year again!  A special time set aside for you to rest in the presence of God and learn more about who He is and who you are in Him.

The Cove’s Annual Women’s Bible Study begins Tuesday, January 7th.

Come away each Tuesday (1 morning and 1 evening study) for the next several weeks and hear God’s voice speaking to you.

Click here or call 1-800-950-2092 for more details and to register.  It’s free!  Don’t forget to bring a friend or two.

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See what Kendra Graham has in store for her evening study here.

See what Jane Derrick has planned for her study here.

2014 Military Marriage Retreats

2014 Military Marriage flyerFor more information on the February retreat, click here.
For more information on the June retreat, click here.

The Cove also offers financial resources (program, meals and lodging are covered…travel is your responsibility) for couples or individuals to come to any Cove seminar or Personal Spiritual Retreat throughout the year.  For a full listing of events to choose from, visit our website here.

You will enjoy the quiet seclusion of our mountain retreat, complete with winding trails, well appointed rooms, and celebrated cuisine. Most importantly, you will have plenty of time and space to be alone with God.  Click here to download the military resource form.

Please share this information with other individuals who would be blessed by this opportunity.