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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.

 

 

Saturday Snapshot – Bloggers and Pretty Color

Earlier this week, 30 local-ish Christian bloggers attended a 2-hour meetup at The Cove to be encouraged through fellow Christian bloggers and to learn ways to be more effective communicators.

There were lots of connections made, knowledge shared, and a feeling of gratitude that God placed this special call and gifting on these writers’ lives.

If you’re a Christian blogger and would like to be part of a Private Facebook group we’ve created, please let us know in the comments and we’ll add you to the group.

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With each day comes more vibrant color. We will continue to share our pictures week-to-week so you can enjoy right along with us.  We trust it is beautiful where you are as well.

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Angies Fall design outside the gatehouse

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Fall wreath above fireplace at TCHave a wonderful weekend, friends!


Fall is 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 – It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s a…

It’s a Hummingbird moth!

Spotted in Ruth’s Prayer Garden this week, the hummingbird moth is often mistaken for a small hummingbird.  It’s easy to see why–it flies and moves just like a hummingbird.

Watch our busy pollinator in action here:

Just look at the intricate design of this marvelous insect! Our heavenly Creator is a master-artist for sure.

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Tell us…have you ever seen such a thing?  We’d love to hear what sort of winged creatures you’ve spotted in your neck of the woods.  Let us know in the comment section  below.

Wishing you a blessed day!


 

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 — 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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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 – Retreats, Mountains, & Sunsets

It’s been a beautiful week here at The Cove. The daytime temperatures have stayed in the mid 60s to the low 80s without a whole lot of humidity.  Very nice!

The earlier part of the week was quiet here at The Cove (a great time for maintenance projects to be completed!), and then later in the week, we had a couple hundred come for a Samaritan’s Purse retreat for their site managers and volunteers. Here some of them are in full retreat mode enjoying time on the Training Center deck! (Photo taken from the prayer room on the 3rd floor.)

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This next photo was taken just before 9 p.m. earlier this week at the chapel.

One of our lighting and audio tech guys took the photo as he was leaving the chapel and shared, “It was that magic moment when the light on the building and the light in the sky were balanced beautifully!”  He’s a lighting guy, so he knows what he’s talking about!  Isn’t this beautiful!

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This last picture was taken on Friday afternoon from the deck off Billy Graham’s office on the 3rd floor.  Aren’t the mountains and lush forests of of Western North Carolina pretty!?

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We hope you enjoy your weekend and feel God’s loving presence in a mighty way.

Blessings to you!


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 newly opened Ruth’s Prayer Garden.  Click here for directions and operating hours.  Tours are free.

 

Saturday Snapshot – Photo Challenge

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Do you have an Instagram or Facebook account? We would love for you to participate in our 14-Day Photo Challenge beginning June 1.

Our theme is “In The Garden.”  We chose this because we will be celebrating the opening of Ruth’s Prayer Garden (and sharing photos from this garden), right here at The Cove in Asheville, NC, on June 2, 2016!

So, here’s how you can take part in our 14-Day Photo Challenge: Beginning June 1, share one photo per day on your Facebook or Instagram account based on the photo prompts we’ve outlined below and include the hashtag: #InTheGardenPhotoChallenge. 

By using the hashtag #InTheGardenPhotoChallenge we’ll all be able to see what each other are posting in that one central search location.    

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Don’t worry if you’re not a professional photographer–neither are we!  We will be using both an iPhone and a Canon camera to take our pictures.

Need some ideas of what to share? Post a picture of the flowers blooming in your yard (or your neighbor’s yard), the bumble bees pollinating the blooms in your garden, or a photo of the special place you call your spiritual sanctuary. Each day we will be sharing photos from Ruth’s Prayer Garden.

Here’s a sneak peek of what we will be sharing in our
14-Day Photo Challenge! One of Ruth Bell Graham’s favorite flowers was a rose. What a fitting bloom to commemorate her legacy in Ruth’s Prayer Garden at The Cove. 

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FYI: Anyone taking part in the photo challenge may have their photos shared by The Cove and other participants. 


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.

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.

Saturday Snapshot – Stop & Smell the Roses

“I am the true vine and My Father is the gardener.” (John 15:1, NKJV)

In case you haven’t stopped to smell the roses this week, we’ve got you covered!  Of course, you’ll have to use your imagination and trust us that they do smell good…especially the pink ones.

Do you remember the video devotion our gardener shared here back in March?

Well, just look at the fruits of his labor!

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Rose bush heaven near the Training Center.
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This one smells particularly good!

Do you ever stop and marvel at the awesome designs and colors our Creator blesses us with though His flowers?

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A bird’s eye view.

The Kousa dogwood, also know as the Japanese dogwood, is a beautiful addition to The Cove’s spring landscape.  This variety of dogwood blooms a few weeks later than the native flowering dogwood, and the white star-like pieces are not actually flowers–they are modified leaves–and the green part in the middle is the actual flower.

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The rhododendrons in May never disappoint!  This gorgeous group flanks the road as you drive through the gates.

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Get up close and personal with this rhodie near the administration building.

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These pretty blooms really remind us that God is in the details….in the garden and in our lives.

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We hope you’ve enjoyed the flower show today!

Have a lovely weekend!


 

Click here to see a full list of upcoming events at The Cove or contact our Guest Group department to hold your group retreat at The Cove.

Come take a free tour of the Chatlos Memorial Chapel & Visitors Center.  Click here for hours and directions.

Saturday Snapshot – Tweet Tweet

Yes, we have plenty of beautiful birds on The Cove property, but today the tweeting we’re sharing is of a different sort.

Earlier this week, we had a two hundred people attending a special leadership renewal retreat for youth leaders and their spouses.  Some in this group, probably because they need to keep up with the youth, were utilizing social media – Twitter in particular – to share their experience.

Today we’re sharing some of their “tweets”.

Don’t worry, if you never plan on using Twitter, this is an opportunity for you to take a glimpse into what happens in the Twittersphere!

A quick lesson on Twitter for non-Twitter-users:  Twitter is a real-time social media sharing site in which you are only allowed 140 characters or less to communicate your message.  Other people on Twitter can reply to, like, or re-tweet (share) your message.

These first two “tweets” capture our guests’ anticipation of rest, renewal, and learning of Biblical principles.  This is exactly what Billy and Ruth Graham envisioned this place to be….a place of rest, renewal, and instruction.

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You can’t beat the food at The Cove.  Here, one of our guests shares his delicious experience.

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Our chef has shared several of his recipes from The Cove kitchen.  Click here to see if one of those recipes strikes your fancy and for printable recipes.

If you’ve tasted the bread pudding you’re probably salivating right now.  We are too!

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Here a guest shares a couple quotes that resonated with him from one of our seminar speakers, Alex McFarland.

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As our guests and speakers depart three days after their arrival, they share thoughts of their Cove experience:

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Besides Twitter, you can also find us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Periscope.

We’d love to see you in person at The Cove!

Click here for a schedule of upcoming seminars, retreats, and concerts at The Cove.

Would you like to hold your group event at The Cove?  Click here for information.

God bless you!

Saturday Snapshot — Singing Unto The Lord

We had some very gifted visitors from Pennsylvania stop by our chapel for a tour last week, and wow! could they sing.  Enjoy the Grove City College Touring Choir here as they lift their voices unto the Lord in praise and worship.

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We posted another video on our Facebook page.  Head on over there and listen to another worshipful song they performed for us.

We’d love you to stop by and see us!  Click here for hours and directions to the Chatlos Memorial Chapel and Visitors Center at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville, NC.  Guided tours are free and open to the public.

God bless you!