Category Archives: Behind The Scenes

Saturday Snapshot: A Look Around The Cove

If you have never visited The Cove, we would love to invite you to come this year. Founded by Billy and Ruth Graham, this 1200 acre property  is one of the most beautiful places to visit in North Carolina.

As soon as you drive through the entrance, you will feel the peace and the presence of the Lord.  Billy and Ruth Graham prayed over this property for years and the staff continue to pray before guests arrive.

This photo was taken behind one of our Inn’s on property. A place to relax and to focus on God’s Word. It is also a great place to have conversation with friends.

A photo of the outside of the Training Center at night. The Training Center has a 458 seat auditorium, meeting spaces, Ruth’s Attic Bookstore, and more.  The outside area is a favorite among guests. It is very peaceful and quiet.  The rocking chairs provide the perfect place to take in the mountain views.

We have many trails for hiking or just peaceful walks. One specific trail is approximately 3 miles long and leads to the top of the mountain behind The Cove. It has a panoramic view of the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains.

The Dining Room provides chef-prepared meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You will want to come hungry.

“There are two gorgeous chapels in eastern America. One is at Duke University and the other is here at The Cove.” —Billy Graham

The Chatlos Chapel and Visitors Center is open Monday-Friday for guests to visit and the cost is free. A wonderful place to also view the history of Billy Graham and the ministries of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.


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: Upcoming Events

Who is ready for Spring? We are almost through the winter months and are looking forward to the beautiful flowers blooming throughout The Cove property. It is truly one of the most wonderful times of year and we have an incredible line-up of Seminars, Women’s Events, Evenings at The Cove, and more. Here are a few of the upcoming events:

Our Women’s Spring Luncheon is hosted by Angela Cottrell.  Come be equipped with the foundational, Biblical keys to use in several times of prayer. Return home feeling confident and stirred with a new passion for your prayer life and anticipate deeper intimacy with God.  The event will include a delicious meal, afternoon music, and Bible teaching. To register for this event, click here.

A wonderful Seminar at the end of March that you will not want to miss is led by Will Graham.  His Seminar entitled, The Desert Belongs to God, will be taught from 1 Samuel 21-25:1.  As a fugitive, David spent years in the wilderness and discovered God was always with him. Event when we run from our problems, God is still with us. This Seminar will encourage you to not just survive in those “desert” times in life, but to thrive. To register for this event, click here. 

Come for a wonderful evening of music and fellowship. Enjoy friendly conversation over a fine dinner prepared by our chefs, followed by an uplifting concert program by Phil Keaggy. Overnight lodging is available. For more information on this Evening at The Cove, click here. 

We hope to see you soon!


Click here for a schedule of seminars, 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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Blog Post: Time To Declutter

Welcome to the Saturday Snapshot at The Cove. This week we have a special blog post from our Ruth’s Attic Bookstore Manager, Aimee Rogers. Aimee has served at The Cove for 22 years.

Time to Declutter

What are you unintentionally accumulating?

When we think of clutter we think of stuff accumulation, but our mental, emotional and spiritual lives are an easy place for us to accumulate clutter too!  What are you accumulating in those places that you need to declutter?

Our thoughts are like moving data that never stops.  What are things that could be causing clutter or tangled thoughts?  When we clean-out and declutter our homes we sort into piles (Keep it, trash it, donate it, sale it).  Here are some ideas to ask yourself when sorting:

  • Are there any layers of sin causing lack of freedom that need to be cleansed?
  • Which habits aren’t necessary that need to be trashed?
  • Do I have incorrect priorities that need to be reorganized?
  • What are my likes/luxuries and preferences that keep me from being flexible with others?
  • Do I have negative thoughts and negative talk that need to be trashed?
  • Are there vacuums that suck up my time that need to be turned off?
  • Am I involved in a relationships or activities that drain energy my energy?
  • What responsibilities should I share, donate or delegate to others to lighten my load?
  • Are there good things that aren’t bad, but just need to be stored or passed on in order create more space in my life?

These are a few declutter strategies to consider:

  1. Write down what is consuming your thoughts (this is what I call a brain dump).
  2. Track where you spend time/money.
  3. Observe your behavior – what are you praying vs. what are you saying?
  4. Be decisive – don’t just operate on auto pilot – decide what you should keep/donate/dump in your spiritual/mental/emotional life.
  5. When you declutter – LIMIT what comes back in – don’t declutter and then continue unintentionally accumulating more mindless clutter. Capture those things and sort them.

Here are a few scriptures that help guide us through the process:

I have the right to do anything, you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything.” (1 Corinthians 6:12)

 

“Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,  fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” (Hebrews 12:1-2)


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: Memorial Display at the Chatlos Memorial Chapel

We are so honored to present to the public “An Extraordinary Journey” Memorial Display of Billy Graham at our Chatlos Memorial Chapel.

Just like the Crusades held in the later decades of Billy Graham’s ministry, his funeral reached far more people than just those present in person.

Millions of people heard a clear presentation of the Gospel as they watched the service live on television and online.

Letters poured in from all over the world of people sharing their condolences and thankfulness for Billy Graham sharing the Gospel in their city.

We invite you to visit this extraordinary exhibit.

The Chatlos Chapel at The Cove is open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.


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: Great Start to 2019

We had a wonderful start to 2019 with the Women’s Bible Studies at The Cove. The morning session is taught by Dottie Edwards and our evening session by Kendra Graham.

Here are a few photos from this week

Women from the local area as well as some surrounding cities joined us for the opening day.

A great time of connection and to make new friends. Several women enjoyed sitting by the fireplace in our lobby with some coffee and great conversation.

Here are a few of our prayer intercessors. They meet together in the mornings to pray over the Bible studies and the women who are attending.

Dottie Edwards is sharing from  1 and 2 Thessalonians on the topic, “Hope in Christ Matters: Tell Others Why!” Following her study is a small group break-out time and then a delicious lunch in our dining room.

Kendra Graham is taking her Bible study group on a journey through the Exodus.  Her study is entitled, ” I AM ENOUGH.” You can also view her Bible study on periscope. Click here to watch this past week’s session. 

Both Bible studies are free to attend (lunch additional cost) and you can join at anytime. To find out more information, click here.


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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Importance of Prayer

As we begin 2019, may we remember to start everyday in prayer and in His Word.

Billy Graham reminded us about the importance of prayer when he said, “In the morning, prayer is the key that opens to us the treasures of God’s mercies and blessings; in the evening, it is the key that shuts us up under His protection and safeguard.”

Prayer is our communication with God. We can have the assurance that He hears our prayers and knows our heart.  According to 1 John 5:15, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, He hears us.”

You can have assurance that if you call on Him, He will be with you. Psalm 145:18 states, ” The LORD is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth.”

God also wants you to be in communion with Him continually. Throughout your day, find time to just talk to Him and include Him in all that you do. Thank Him for what He has provided and for the people in your life.  Colossians 4:2 states, ” Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.”

We are also to pray for one another.  James 5:16 says, ” Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”

Our prayer for you is that you draw closer to God and your communion with Him in 2019. He loves you and is faithful in His Word.


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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Christmas at The Cove with Phillips Craig and Dean

We had two beautiful Christmas at The Cove evenings with special musical guest Phillips Craig and Dean.

Both nights were sold out and guests had a wonderful time. Prior to the concert, guests enjoyed a chef-prepared dinner overlooking the beautiful snow-capped Blue Ridge Mountains.

The sleigh in front of the Training Center has been a popular photo spot for couples.

 Truly a night to remember celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

 


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.

 

Christmas at The Cove: SeniorSalt Carol Sing

One of the more popular of our Christmas at The Cove events is the SeniorSalt Carol Sing. Guests receive a warm welcome from our wonderful staff and have some time to rest by the beautiful fireplace and grab a cup of coffee before the program begins.

Guests enjoy a morning of singing traditional carols, interspersed with uplifting Scripture readings and stories.

A delicious buffet-style lunch follows each program.  Around the beautiful wooden tables in Training Center dining room, guests can relax, get to know one another and enjoy a wonderful time of fellowship. Great food, good conversation and a gorgeous view combine to make it a meal to remember!

After lunch, guests often make a stop at Ruth’s Attic Bookstore at The Cove. It’s a great place to purchase beautiful Christmas ornaments and gifts!

For more information on our Christmas at The Cove events, visit www.thecove.org. We would love for you to share your Christmas season with us.


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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Christmas at The Cove

Christmas at The Cove is officially here as we celebrate Jesus’ birth.

Elegantly decorated trees fill the halls with Christmas splendor and a beautiful nativity rests as the focal point in the Training Center.

From the moment that you enter the doors, you’ll enjoy the warmth of the fireplaces and the aroma of festive and delicious chef-prepared meals served in our dining room.

As guests enter the Training Center, the sleigh makes for a perfect photo opportunity.

The majestic wreath above the fireplace is one of our guests’ favorites.

This past week, we opened our Christmas at The Cove season with the inspiring and seasonal music by Christian artists: Annie Moses Band and Sisters. We have an incredible line-up of artists this  Christmas, and we invite you celebrate Jesus’ birth with us. For more information on our upcoming guests for Christmas at The Cove, click here.


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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Operation Christmas Child: Highlight

We wanted to take an opportunity to highlight this incredible ministry that is making such a difference around the world. Operation Christmas Child is in full effect but it is actually something that you can participate in year round.

At nearly 5,000 locations across the nation, volunteers will welcome and pray with people who drop-off Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. The Cove is one of these locations. Since 1993, Samaritan’s Purse has partnered with local churches around the world to deliver 157 million Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts to children in need in 160 countries.

This is your chance to truly make a difference and impact in the lives of children across the world.

To learn more about Operation Christmas Child visit their website and click here. The last day to drop off your shoebox at The Cove is Monday, November 19th. Weekdays: 9am-5pm. Saturday: 12pm-6pm. Sunday 1pm-6pm and Monday, November 19th: 9am-8pm.



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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