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An Invitation from Chip Ingram

Plans for Memorial Day weekend?

Chip Ingram would like you to join him here at The Cove on May 23-25, 2014. 

Chip will be teaching from the Book of Titus in his seminar titled, Doing Good: What Happens When Christians Live Like Christians. 

As Chip mentions here in his video invitation to you, one of the best parts about being at The Cove for an entire weekend is getting to hang out with you and hear about what is going on in your life. 

Don’t miss this chance to get away, study God’s word and fellowship with Chip Ingram.

For more information on Chip’s seminar, click here or call 1-800-950-2092.

SAVING A SEAT FOR YOU: Strengthen Your Faith

The Cause Seminar 

We’ve got something near and dear to Billy Graham’s heart planned for this year — training students in God’s word to win others to Christ. 

Sean McDowell will be leading a seminar July 11-13, 2014 that will be geared toward helping students learn how to defend and share their faith as they are preparing or are currently attending college. 

Youth pastors, parents and grandparents—Who do you know that would benefit from this seminar?  Youth pastors who bring four or more students come for free!

Watch here as Cove program manager, Darren Thomas, tells you a little bit more about what this program will entail.

For more information click here.  To register call 1-800-950-2092.

Need Some Time Away With God?

“Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” – Jesus

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Looking out over God’s creation from the deck of the Training Center.

It’s a new year and many of us are a couple of weeks into working on our New Year’s resolutions.

What are your goals for 2014?  Perhaps you have set up a plan to maintain a healthier lifestyle through diet and exercise.  Maybe you are working on landing that perfect job you’ve always wanted.  Is this the year you will finally stick to your financial budget?  All worthy goals, indeed. 

But what about setting a goal with eternal benefits?     

Have you considered committing to deepening your relationship with God this year?  

Tending to this relationship would leave a lasting–eternal–impression. 

Would you agree that our lives are more meaningful when we choose to make our relationship with our Heavenly Father our number one priority?

Isn’t it true that whether we are deep in a valley or high on a mountaintop, when we feel God’s presence, there is nothing more comforting or life sustaining?   

At The Cove, we are committed to preparing a place of peace, love, beauty and care which creates a safe space for your divine meetings with God, minus the distractions of daily life.  Our Personal Spiritual Retreats are designed with all of this in mind. 

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Warm yourself by the fire as you reflect on the goodness of God.
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Enjoy prayer time at the beautiful Chatlos Memorial Chapel on the property.

  

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Enjoy the solitude along a beautiful stream on our 1,200 acre property.

Following are some words our guests have shared from their experiences while on a Personal Spiritual Retreat at The Cove.

“If you need a place to relax in the beauty God created and a time of quiet reflection, this is a wonderful place to be.  God’s presence is here.”

“Prayer was such a strong part of this retreat.  All the people here reinforced prayer and hospitality.”

“I loved the free time and the variety of places inside and out.  To be still and read, pray, journal, be quiet and rest, to walk around inside and out.  I also loved the fellowship, laughter and Godly conversations at meal times.  We made good friends.  You really can have intimate alone time with God here in a wonderful environment.”

“I heard God clearly.”

“The Cove facility is completely covered in prayer and the presence of God. There’s no other place like it.”

“Everyone should take some time out of their busy lives to reflect on their relationship with God.”

“It is truly a wonderful experience.  It’s time away from the business of life to reflect on your closeness to God. Drawing closer to God through pray and reading His word.”

“This is special place and the retreat was well worth it. We have never spent time alone like this, just being in God’s presence.”

“This retreat was life changing.”

We hope you will consider spending some quiet time with God at The Cove this year.  It would be our pleasure to serve you as you grow deeper in your relationship with your Heavenly Father. 

Click here to see available dates for both self-directed and guided Personal Spiritual Retreats at The Cove in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. 

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.

Children Sharing the Love of Jesus With Children A World Away

What happens when three best friends, all under the age of 12, set a goal to share the love of Christ with 100 children from around the world?

God’s Spirit moves mightily.

The idea came to them last year when Lydia (age 10), Hope (age 11) and Emma (age 11) who live in Marion, NC were packing a few Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes, as they had done for many years. 

The girls decided that for Christmas 2013, they wanted to pack 100 boxes. 

100 boxes!  No small feat by any measure.

So the planning began.

They began raising funds for the contents of the boxes early in March. 

How did they raise the money?  The old-fashioned way, of course…

Yard sales, lemonade stands, showing an outdoor movie on a sheet, making Duct Tape wallets and bows to sell, and going door to door asking for donations.  

And then the fun part…time to shop!

photo 5Each box contained a stuffed animal, notebook, coloring book, pencils, jump rope, bandana, washcloth, comb, toothbrush, toothpaste, tissues and other fun items they thought the children receiving would enjoy.

On November 22nd, they loaded up the truck and headed to The Cove, one of Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection locations, to drop off their boxes.  Hope and Lydia had dropped off their boxes at The Cove last year and said that the experience was wonderful, so they decided to go back this year. 

photo 3Harold was the volunteer at The Cove the day the girls came by.  Harold has witnessed a lot in his days, but seeing these girls with such beautiful hearts for the Lord brought him to tears.  Before the girls left, he asked if he could pray over the boxes.  He not only prayed for the children who would receive the boxes, but he thanked God for the children who made it all happen.

You may be wondering if the girls have a plan for next year.  Yes, they do!  They plan to pack another 100 boxes and raise enough money this time to cover the shipping fees for the boxes as well. 

Watch here as the girls tell what they enjoyed most about packing the boxes.

It’s not too early to start thinking about packing your boxes for next year.  Visit the Operation Christmas Child website here for more information.    

Women’s Christmas Luncheon at The Cove

Come to The Cove this Sunday afternoon for a most meaningful Christmas celebration and rediscover the great joy of Christmas.

Enjoy a festive Christmas luncheon, inspiring Christmas music and a spiritually renewing Christmas message by Jane Derrick.

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Click here to register online or call 1-800-950-2092.
Cost is $29/person.