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Saturday Snapshot – 2017 Spring Photo Challenge Recap


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The Cove’s 14-Day Spring Photo Challenge has come to an end. Thanks to everyone who participated!

We wanted to create a challenge that would celebrate the Winter to Spring transition and although Spring hasn’t fully sprung yet, we were impressed by everyone’s originality!

Following is the photo prompt list and all 14 days of our posts.  We hope you enjoy!

Spring Photo Challenge Pin

 Day 1 – Photo Prompt: “Fun”

Isn’t this fun! Ruth Graham had quite the sense of humor, and this picture shows it! She tucked this photo of herself into Billy Graham’s suitcase before he left on a trip to share the gospel. . .                                    Photo: A photo of a photo of Ruth Graham located in The Cove Visitors Center.

Fun - Day 1

 Day 2 – Photo Prompt: “Sunshine”

Thankful for His new mercies each and every morning.                       Photo: Sunrise off The Training Center deck captured by one of our employees.

Sunshine - day 2

 Day 3 – Photo Prompt: “Bloom”

Our Grounds and Maintenance employees work hard to grow and preserve these beautiful blooms at the Training Center and all over the property!                                                                                                                            Photo: Blooms around the first sign to the Training Center parking lot.

Bloom - Day 3
Day 4 Photo Prompt: “Water”

“The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters; The fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.” Proverbs 18:4                                                          Photo: The creek just below Chatlos Memorial Chapel.

Water - Day 4

 Day 5 – Photo Prompt: “Handwritten”

More ideas can be expressed and retained when one writes by hand. Handwriting scripture is a great way to train your mind to reflect on God’s word.                                                                                                                               Photo: Handwritten scripture by one of our employees.

Handwritten - Day 5

 Day 6 – Photo Prompt: “Prayer”

The Lord has heard many prayers lifted from the prayer room in the Training Center. Aren’t you thankful we have a living God who hears our prayers?!                                                                                                                           Photo: The Prayer Room on the 3rd floor of the Training Center. 

Prayer - Day 6

 Day 7 – Photo Prompt: “Garden”

There are fresh signs of life budding all around us, here at The Cove.    Photo: Fresh buds peeking through in Ruth’s Prayer Garden.

Garden Day 6

Day 8 – Photo Prompt: “Weather”

Asheville, NC can experience a varying range of weather in just one week! Whether rain or shine, the Blue Ridge Mountains that surround The Cove, always reflect the splendor of God’s creation.       Photo: Sunny sky captured from The Training Center parking lot.


Day 9 – Photo Prompt: “Critters”

Make sure to click “play” and turn up the volume for this one!

Day 10 – Photo Prompt: “Book”

This is the Graham family book section at Ruth’s Attic Bookstore in the Training Center. What’s on your bookshelf?                                                 Photo: Taken in Ruth’s Attic Bookstore which is located on the bottom floor of The Training Center.           

Book - Day 10

 Day 11 – Photo Prompt: “Grass”

“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.” Isaiah 40:8                                                                                                Photo: Dew on the grass outside the Administration Building, here at The Cove.

Grass - Day 11

 Day 12- Photo prompt: “Renewal”

Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a right spirit within me. Psalm 51:10.                                                                                                                             Photo: The Bible on the pulpit in Chatlos Memorial Chapel.

Renewal - day 12

 Day 13- Photo prompt: “Basket”

With the coming and going of Easter, there were bound to be a bundle of baskets around the house. Maybe not like this one, though. Photo: Basket next to the fireplace in the Training Center lobby that has several balls of yarn and a half crocheted blanket.

Basket - Day 13

 Day 14- Photo prompt: “Cross”

Let us celebrate what Christ did for us on the cross, not only at Easter, but every day.                                                                                                         Photo: Cross on the wall of The Training Center dining room.

Cross - Day 14

Here’s a peak at what other photo challenge participants shared with us!  To see them all, visit #CoveSpringPhotoChallenge in Instagram or just click here.

bill and june

black cat

bw handwritten

bee flowers


blooming book

cross hill

veggie basket

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Be on the lookout for our next photo challenge in Autumn 2017!

We’d love for you to stop by for a visit and tour the Chatlos Memorial Chapel & Visitors Center.  Both tours are free.  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

“When I look at Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in place…” Psalm 8:3

Have we got something special for you today!

The moon was full when, a guest here at The Cove, took these amazing  photos from the rear Training Center deck.

Moon off the TC deck from guest

Moon off the TC deck from guest 2

Colleen, an amateur photographer, said she mainly shoots for fun.  This was her first attempt at getting a photograph of the moon.  We would never have guessed!  Well done, Colleen!

Colleen, who was shooting with a Tamron 150-600mm lens on her Nikon D7200, shares the following tips for this kind of photography:
1. Always use a tripod
2. Use a wired or remote shutter release
3. Use a good telephoto lens
4. Darkness helps a lot (Colleen extended thanks to Cove staff member Bill, who turned off the Training Center deck lights for her).

Thank you for sharing with us Colleen!  We hope you’ll come back again and capture more of God’s awesome creation.

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Behind The Scenes…Through the Lens

Have you ever met someone and wondered what they are like outside of work or away from the usual setting in which you see them?

When you come to The Cove, you are sure to be greeted by staff members with smiling faces that reflect what is deep inside each of their hearts…a love for the work to which God has called them.They are called to serve you, so that you are free to hear from HIM while at The Cove. 

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as
good stewards of God’s varied grace
.” 1 Peter 4:10

A call to serve. Now, that’s a beautiful thing. But, maybe there’s more than meets the eye. Let us introduce one of those smiling faces to you today – Patty Smith. 

Patty works in our Housekeeping department. What most people do not know is that she has a passion and a gift for photography…and serving at The Cove. The photographs below are from Patty’s personal collection, captured right here on property.  Enjoy!

How long have you worked at The Cove and what brought you here?
Patty: “I have worked at The Cove for ten-years. I began as a housekeeper. For the last six-years, I have been a housekeeping supervisor and also help with front desk and other lodging duties. I married right after high school and had my first child a year later. I started college but quit to raise my son and later my daughter, as well. I was blessed to be able to stay at home for many years and homeschool my children. But, there came a day when I thought I should help with the finances. I wasn’t actively looking for a job but was praying and thinking about it. One day a new member of the church I was attending, who knew nothing about me, asked if I needed a job and told me she just started working as a housekeeper at The Cove. I felt good about it so I applied and was hired.”

How did you first start taking photographs?
Patty: “I wanted to be a photographer when I was ten-years old. I was not encouraged to become anything in my home growing up. The goal for my stepfather was to get me and my sister to the obligatory age of 18 and out of the house. I never stopped wanting to take photographs, but had very little resources since I was married right after high school and did not have the finances to do very much. In the last few years I have been able to pursue the dream that all but died. I am working on a degree in Fine Art with a concentration on photography right now in my 40s!”


How and when do you take photographs at the Cove?
Patty: “One of the hardest lessons I have learned as a photographer happened at the Cove one morning. I was coming down the cabin road around 7 a.m. when two very large bucks tumbled down the bank right in front of me and continued the fight that had obviously began up the mountain side. They locked horns and pushed one another furiously for about five-minutes in the road, right in front of me. I sat in my car, headlights on them, and watched; lamenting the fact that I did not have my camera or even my cell phone. That particular moment is recorded only in my mind. So now, except for rare occasions, I keep my camera in my car. Most photos I have taken are spur-of-the-moment. You can’t plan to drive around the curve and find a mama bear and her two cubs playing on a cabin porch. There are other times when I am working and I might see a particular flower, tree, or block of color and patterns that I think I want to capture. I remember those places and when I have a free moment I get my camera and take a picture. I have driven around the Cove property, after work, in the spring and fall or on a rainy day when the colors and the surprises found from just looking a little closer, tug at me. God is an artist. Our grounds maintenance crew also have an artistic vision. I am amazed some days, when I really look, how beautiful The Cove is.”

What is your favorite part of working here?
Patty: “The job I have is physically demanding and some days I feel like I just can’t make it another day. But, I am surrounded by very precious ladies in the housekeeping department who pray for me and encourage me. When it gets a little bit hard something tends to happen to remind me that we make a difference, even in our small way. One of those moments happened just recently when a deployed military participant checked in and said he was overwhelmed by the beauty of The Cove. He said he was almost in tears as he drove up the road. In his words, “I have served 2 tours in Iraq and I get to come here.” His attitude and appreciation made my tiredness fade a little. People like this make every hard task a little easier to bear.”

Do you have a favorite Cove story?
Patty: “There are many stories that fill the years and I don’t really have one that stands out among them. I have had the privilege of meeting Billy Graham and escorting several speakers to their cabins. I have been blessed when helping Cliff Barrows by his genuine concern for me personally. On that same note, Steve Brown blessed me just recently when I called him to check on a problem with his wireless internet connection in his cabin and he asked if I slept well the night before because he had prayed for me personally. When you feel insignificant and small in the great scheme of things going on and plans being made, these moments are life-affirming and appreciated. I think it is the sum of these small moments that create the big story.”

We all feel blessed to work at such a beautiful place and serve people like you! We hope to see you at The Cove soon.