Category Archives: Special Events

Senior Salt Hymn Sing

We invite you to join us for one of our upcoming Senior Salt Hymn Sings at The Cove. Senior Salt Hymn Sings are a wonderful opportunity for senior adults to gather for a morning of worship and fellowship. Centered around the joyful singing of beloved traditional hymns and choruses, the morning program will also include inspiring Scripture passages and interesting stories behind some of our favorite songs.

A delicious buffet-style meal in the dining room will follow. While here, guests are welcome to view The Cove’s inspiring displays of memorabilia from Billy and Ruth Graham’s life and ministry, shop in Ruth’s Attic Bookstore at The Cove, tour our Visitors Center, or simply relax and fellowship together.

This is a great opportunity for church groups to gather and have a mini-getaway together. Many churches being their senior adult ministry or prime time groups.

Click here for more information on our Senior Salt Hymn Sings. Our next one is November 18th.


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 Garden. Click here for directions and operating hours. Tours are free.

 

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Anne Graham Lotz Live Stream Event

Join Anne Graham Lotz Live Online
LIVE STREAM FROM THE COVE
November 8-10, 2019
Seminar: “Jesus In Me”

Anne will draw on Biblical insights and her own personal stories—including her recent cancer diagnosis—to help you better understand who the Holy Spirit is, and why and how He moves. Invite the Holy Spirit to guide you in your decisions, comfort you in your pain, and stay by your side at all times, enriching your daily life.

Cost is $30 and includes all five seminar sessions. Register today to get online access to view all seminar sessions live AND on demand (available for 30 days after the event). Register: www.TheCove.org/LIVE


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 Garden. Click here for directions and operating hours. Tours are free.

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Job Fair at The Cove

We are so excited to announce that our next job fair is coming up on September 15th and 17th. We have a variety of positions available.

Click here to learn more about these positions or to apply.


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 Garden. Click here for directions and operating hours. Tours are free.

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A Personal Invitation from Anne Graham Lotz

 

A Personal Invitation from Anne: 

As we watch events unfolding in our nation, both Rachel-Ruth (my youngest daughter) and I are deeply burdened for Christian families. Like you, we are observing an all-out assault of the enemy on our homes, resulting in a breakdown that seems to bear the bitter fruit of the next generation walking away from the faith.

I want to personally invite you to join a special live stream of a seminar I’m leading from the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove: “Leaving a Godly Legacy in an Ungodly World

Click here to get live & on demand access to our three-day (August 23-25) seminar.


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 Garden. Click here for directions and operating hours. Tours are free.

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PRAYER NOTE: MAY 2018

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THE IMPORTANCE OF STAYING AND PRAYING

A survey of the book of Acts reminds us of the importance of prayer in the early days of the church. In fact, the church was birthed in prayer. Try to imagine yourself as part of the gathering of believers in that first “Upper Room Prayer Vigil.”  In obedience to Christ’s command to “stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high” (Luke 24:49, ESV), they had gathered in Jerusalem to “stay and pray.”

And when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James.   All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.  (Acts 1:13-15, ESV)

PEACE AMONG PRAYER PARTNERS

Acts 2:1 tells us that at the moment of the coming of the Holy Spirit on that day of Pentecost, “They were all with one accord in one place.”

In his commentary on the book of Acts, Matthew Henry explains how prayer played a part in bringing this group of disparate individuals into that peaceful state of unity:

“And here they were with one accord. We cannot forget how often, while their Master was with them, there were strifes among them, who should be the greatest; but now all these strifes were at an end, we hear no more of them. What they had received already of the Holy Ghost, when Christ breathed on them, had in a good measure rectified the mistakes upon which those contests were grounded, and had disposed them to holy love. They had prayed more together of late than usual (Acts 1:14), and this made them love one another better.”

As that relatively small group of believers gathered, they were empowered by the Holy Spirit to proclaim the gospel with boldness. The practice of prayer was a regular occurrence in those early days. God’s Word was proclaimed, the church grew, and the prayer-circle expanded: “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” (Acts 2:42, ESV).  Christ’s church was built on the rock-solid foundation of the gospel and God’s gracious response to the prayers of His people.

CALLED TO PRAY AND PROCLAIM

During His brief time of earthly ministry, the Lord Jesus had shown by example the importance of spending time in prayer and communion with the Father (see Matthew 14:23, Luke 9:28, and Mark 1:35), and as they sought to obey Christ’s final command to “go into all the world and preach the Gospel” (Mark 16:15, NASB), these early believers followed His example and gathered often to pray.

Yet even in its infancy, the newborn church experienced its share of growing pains. Despite the prayers, conflicts arose and there was “trouble in the nursery.” Today’s church nursery scuffles usually involve a toddler hoarding animal crackers or snatching a toy, but back then the dispute was over the daily distribution of bread:

Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distributionAnd the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, ‘It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables.Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this dutyBut we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.’ And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of AntiochThese they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands on them.  And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith” (Acts 6:1-7, ESV).

This passage highlights for us the apostles’ wisdom in leading the infant church. They understood the importance of caring for the physical needs of their flock, yet they would not allow it to take priority over the spiritual feeding of souls. Their recommendation to appoint “men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom” (6:3) to serve tables and oversee food distribution is proof that the leaders of the early church clearly understood their own apostolic calling: to pray and to preach.

PRAYER IS STILL PRIMARY

Fast-forward to today. Regardless of membership roles, music style, or the number of likes on a Facebook page, Christ’s church is still being built by praying and proclaiming. This same principle applies to us as Cove staff. As we seek to serve God by welcoming His people and proclaiming His Word, we know our efforts will only be effective if they are preceded by prayer.

JOB FAIRS AND FAITHFUL PRAYERS

Two job fair events were recently held at The Cove, and we praise God for the tremendous response. We as Cove staff prayed often prior to and during these events, and we continue to pray as our leadership proceeds with applicant interviews and hiring decisions. Please join us in asking the Lord to bring just the right people to serve Him at The Cove. Although we are in need of additional staff, our first priority is to seek God’s face for wisdom, guidance and provision. If you serve in an area with open positions, your workload may be heavy. Remember the psalmist’s instruction to “cast your burden on the Lord and He will sustain you” (Psalm 55:22, NASB), and continue to remain faithful in your work and in your prayers. As our founder Billy Graham once said, “You cannot afford to be too busy to pray.”

Keep praying and seeking!

—Donna Riesen


We appreciate you joining us in prayer for the following events that will take place on The Cove property during the month of May.

MAY CALL TO PRAYER

Jim Henry — May 1-3
(Emcee: John Parrish; Worship Leader: John Chisum; Pastor-in-Residence: Kevin Wimbish)
Pastor Renewal Retreat— Jesus: The Joy of the Journey

 SeniorCelebration: Don Wilton with the Burchfield Brothers — May 7-9
(Emcee/Worship Leader: Tom Bledsoe; Musicians: John Innes, Burchfield Brothers; Pastor-in-Residence: John Parrish)
Living it Up (1 Peter)

 Ron Hutchcraft — May 9-11
(Emcee: Michael Everhart; Worship Leader: Mark Christian; Pastor-in-Residence: David Taylor)
Uncommon Courage: Joshua’s Five Bold Choices for Our Uncharted Times

An Evening at The Cove with Veritas — May 11
(Emcee: Michelle Bachelor)

Chip Ingram — May 25-27
(Emcee: Bill Wolfe; Worship Leader: Michael O’Brien; Pastors-in-Residence: John Parrish and David Taylor)
Military Marriage Retreat — God’s Blueprint for a Great Marriage

 Ed Stetzer — May 30-June 1
(Emcee: Glynn Bachelor; Worship Leader: John Elliott; Pastor-in-Residence: Preston Parrish)
Pastor Renewal Retreat— Leading as Agents of Gospel Transformation

Prayer Note — January 2018

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.

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“The Lord is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed” (Deuteronomy 31:6, NASB).

Remember 2017? Terror attacks. Wildfires. Violent protests. Nuclear threats. Political divisions. A concert shooting. School shootings. Church shootings. Sexual assaults. Hurricanes. Floods. Earthquakes. Amid the chaos, confusion and sadness brought on by many of these tragic events, we saw glimpses of goodness, bravery, compassion and human kindness. Brave soldiers, firemen, police officers, EMTs, relief workers and ordinary citizens ran toward danger rather than away from it, saving lives, relieving burdens and providing glimmers of hope in the midst of heartbreak. Some made headlines while others did not.

One positive event that occurred last summer brought Americans together from coast to coast, and the hype surrounding it was almost as memorable as the event itself. Dubbed “The Great American Eclipse,” the total solar eclipse that took place in the skies over the United States on August 21 of 2017 was an unforgettable shared experience. Scores of Americans laid down hard-earned cash to buy goofy-looking protective glasses in cardboard frames. Some traveled great distances to gather in public squares, on mountaintops or in open fields along the path of totality. Many of us at The Cove even donned those classy protective shades to glimpse the eclipse from the Training Center deck or parking lot!

While many Christians were moved to expressions of awe and praise to God for the breathtaking display of His handiwork during the celestial event, there were also plenty of unbelievers who were moved to near-religious fervor at the spectacle—praising nature, the sun or “The Universe.” God’s common grace allows us all to recognize beauty when we see it. Almost equally as miraculous was the fact that despite our political or religious affiliation or skin color, we all were looking up in unison as the path of the eclipse moved from the Oregon coast and across the country to South Carolina.

As we reflect back on 2017 and look ahead into the new year, we may be tempted to give in to feelings of fear, anxiety, anger or disappointment. Some of us may progress into 2018 with heavy hearts as we still move in the shadows of a serious personal trial or loss. Like the shadow cast when the sun, moon and Earth aligned last August, we stand in a dark and gloomy place, wondering when the light will return. It’s in these places where we realize rose-colored glasses provide no help. We need much more than positive thinking to carry us through. We need to look up.

“Lift up your eyes to the sky, then look to the earth beneath; for the sky will vanish like smoke, and the earth will wear out like a garment and its inhabitants will die in like manner; but My salvation will be forever, and My righteousness will not wane” (Isaiah 51:6, NASB).

Despite the very real shadows that may obscure your path as you begin a new year, look up and acknowledge God’s sovereignty and seek Him through prayer and study of His Word. As we intentionally seek to view the world and our circumstances in the light of God’s eternal truth and unbreakable promises, we can gain the courage needed to walk through the shadowy places, knowing He walks beside us though we may not see His face.

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me” (Psalm 23:4, NASB).

Before plunging ahead into the activities and events of this new year, let’s take the time to look up. Let’s pray and seek the face of our Shepherd, asking Him to light our path, guide our steps and encourage our hearts. His promises are true and we can trust Him!

“The Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord gives grace and glory; no good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly” (Psalm 84:11, NASB).

 Keep praying and seeking!
—Donna Riesen


We appreciate you joining us in prayer for the following events taking place on The Cove property during the month of January.

Women’s morning Bible study: January 9-February 27
(Teacher: Jane Derrick; Worship Leader/Emcee: Carole James)
Living the Blessed Life (Matthew 5:1-12)
Register online today.

Women’s evening Bible study: January 9-February 20
(Teacher: Kendra Graham; Emcee: Jill Gottenstrater)
Live Bold (Selected Scripture)
Register online today.

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Can’t make it in person? Kendra’s Bible study will also be streaming live each Tuesday evening on Periscope, via Twitter, where you can watch from the comfort of your own home.

Bring Your Shoeboxes to The Cove for OCC National Collection Week

 

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It’s that time of year again to pack your shoebox(es) for Operation Christmas Child! 

A project of Samaritan’s Purse, OCC’s mission is to provide local partners around the world with shoeboxes filled with small toys, hygiene items, and school supplies as a means of reaching out to children in their own communities with the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Just like years past, The Cove will once again be a drop-off location for your shoeboxes during the National Collection Week, November 13-20, 2017.

We’re located at 1 Porter’s Cove Road, Asheville, NC (Just off of I-40, exit 55).

Learn how to pack a shoebox here, and come drop it off at The Cove during the following hours:

  • 9:00am-5:00pm ET Monday, November 13 through
    Friday, November 17
  • 12:00pm-5:00pm ET on Saturday, November 18
  • 1:00pm-6:00pm ET on Sunday November 19
  • 9:00am-8:00pm ET on Monday, November 20

Radio station 106.9 The Light will be at The Cove drop-off location on Friday, November 17 from 2:00pm – 6:00pm. They will be giving out free Christmas CDs to the first 25 families to bring shoeboxes.

We look forward to seeing you!

Watch this video to learn more about OCC and the amazing impact they have on children across the globe.

An Easter Message From Will Graham

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Perfection. Have you ever seen it? Sure, we may gaze at a snowflake, a flower or a child’s smile and feel that we are looking at perfection. But examine more closely – that snowflake will soon dissolve, the flower is missing a petal, and the child will certainly have his share of misbehavior. The fact of the matter is that in this world, very little is without blemish or defect.

The same can be said of the Old Testament sacrifices. They were not perfect and did not permanently purify anything. They had to be repeated constantly, and they never truly dealt with sin and judgment.

But when we look at the sacrifice of Jesus, the most pivotal moment in history, we witness something that is so perfect that it changes the course of eternity. Let’s visit Hebrews 9:23-28.

First, Jesus’ sacrifice purified everything—in heaven and on earth. Verses 23 and 24 share that not only the “copies of heavenly things” (in other words, the things of man) would be purified, but “the heavenly things themselves.” Christ’s blood had to be over everything, and therefore even the way into heaven must be covered and cleansed with blood as man comes to God. The sacrifice of Jesus – the very reason we celebrate Easter – is what makes it possible for us to enter into heaven. We have been cleansed through the blood of Jesus on the cross, all the way to the heavenly realm.

Second, Jesus’ sacrifice does not need to be repeated. Under the old covenant, the High Priest had to annually make atonement for the sins of the nation on Yom Kippur, year after year. Not true with Jesus’ sacrifice. Verses 25 and 26 explain that there is no longer a need for repeated blood sacrifices, as Jesus “…has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.” He never had to repeat it because it was a perfect sacrifice—the shed blood of a man for men. That is why, as Christians, we don’t have to fear death.

Finally, Jesus’ sacrifice is perfect because it took away judgment. My friends, I’m sorry to break it to you, but – short of Christ’s return – you are going to die someday. Verse 27 says, “And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment.” We will all eventually pass from this world and stand before the Lord. However, thanks to the finished perfect sacrifice of Jesus, He has taken that judgment for those who believe. Verse 28: “so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.” What an incredible grace that we’ve been given! The debt has been paid!

What is the point of Hebrews 9:23-28? It’s this: Jesus’ sacrifice was so perfect that it purified everything from you and me, to heaven itself; it never had to be repeated, and took away our judgment.

As you enjoy your Easter celebration, please take a moment to pause and appreciate Christ’s perfect sacrifice; the purifying final act that took away judgment for those that call upon His name. What a joy to place our eternal hope in Him!

God bless you!  — Will Graham


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

Click here for a schedule of seminar, concerts and retreats at The Cove in beautiful Asheville, NC.

Interested in holding your own church retreat, conference or ministry 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.

 

Christian Blogger MeetUp at The Cove

Do you have a story to tell?  Have you been called to encourage others and share what God has been teaching you?

Join us at The Cove for a Christian Blogger MeetUp on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.!

Come network with fellow Christian bloggers, learn tips and strategies that will help your message reach more people, and participate in round-table discussions on blogging.


While attendance is free, your RSVP is required.

Click here to register online.

Space is limited, so reserve your spot today!

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Saturday Snapshot – Christmas Already?

If you’re like most of us and haven’t started humming Christmas hymns quite yet, you might be after seeing what’s now selling (like hotcakes) in Ruth’s Attic Bookstore!

You might be thinking, “Christmas stuff, already??”

Yes!  It’s for those organized people that actually do their Christmas shopping before the 2nd week of December!

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Ornaments, ornaments, and more ornaments!
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Christmas cards galore!
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The Reason for the season — Jesus!

Since we’re on the subject of Christmas, we’d love to hear from you:

What is your favorite Christmas hymn or carol?
What is your favorite Christmas food?
What is your favorite Christmas movie?

Leave your answers in the comment section below.


Would you like to attend a Carol Sing, Women’s Christmas Luncheon, or a Christmas at The Cove dinner and concert?  We’d love to have you!  Click here for our Christmas events schedule.