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The Cove Weekly Snapshot

We had a wonderful week at The Cove with multiple groups on campus. The week started with an Intensive Bible Training and the arrival of  several Guest Groups for their retreats and donor events. We also offered a Personal Spiritual Retreat for individuals or couples looking to refocus on growing their relationship with God in the beauty and peaceful quiet of The Cove.

We were blessed to have Pastor Mark Yarbrough with us from the Dallas Theological Seminary. Worship was led by Richard and Gina Kingsmore.

We had students attend from the Dallas Theological Seminary that received seminary credit for their graduate work and CEU credit for a teacher certification. We also had several families and individuals who wanted to dive deeper into the Word.

Here is a sweet mother and daughter that decided to take their vacation to The Cove and spend time in the Word and with one another.

We also had several guest groups events and a personal spiritual retreat. The Training Center lobby  at The Cove was filled with many conversations, fellowship, and prayer.

To end our week, we have an Evening at The Cove with the wonderful group Veritas. They are a classical crossover vocal group that leads uplifting songs of worship. They recently  released their third full-length album, “Simply Veritas”, a collection of a cappella standards, patriotic tunes, and classic hymns, dear to their hearts.

Our summer is just beginning and we have an incredible line-up of Bible teachers, worship artists, and more. We hope that you can visit us soon!

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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7 Things You Should Know About The Chatlos Memorial Chapel & Visitors Center

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Whether you’re here to soak up His Word during a seminar or to visit and feel the presence of God on top of this mountain, the Chatlos Memorial Chapel and Visitors Center offers spiritual sanctuary to individuals and families on the grounds of the Cove.

The Chatlos Memorial Chapel and Visitors Center at The Cove is used for presenting the ministry of The Cove to visitors and offers a place of prayer for those seeking the peace of God. Volunteers provide guided tours for anyone wanting to know more about the chapel and the life and ministry of Rev. Billy Graham.

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

There is no denying the beauty and wonder of this place.

Following are seven fun facts about our chapel and visitors center.  If you haven’t had a chance to visit, we hope that you too, will come and experience God’s blessings here.

1. The steeple is REALLY Tall

  • 87 feet tall with leaded copper, the steeple atop the chapel is as tall as 14 Billy Grahams!

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 2. The cross on top of the steeple is tall, too.

  • The gold-leaf painted cross towers at 8 feet tall on top of the steeple and is a magnificent reminder of the sacrifice
    our Lord Jesus Christ made for us.


3. The pulpit, which is located in the sanctuary level of our chapel, is from the Church of England. Isn’t that cheeky!?

  • Did you know that the pulpit in the Chatlos Memorial Chapel is believed to be over 400 years old? How amazing it is to think of all the messages from God spoken from this pulpit.



4. The pews in the chapel aren’t much younger!

  • The antique pews were originally used in the Royal School for the Blind in England and are over 200 years old!

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5. There’s a Prayer Room located directly beneath the steeple and the cross.

  • Ruth Graham asked for knee pads to be placed around the prayer table so that everyone would feel comfortable during their time of prayer and reflection.  Her thoughtful touches can be found throughout the The Cove property.


6. Ruth Graham chose two special Scriptures to be written in calligraphy, freehand, on the wall in the Prayer Room.

  • The Scripture on the north wall, Philippians 4:6-7, is an invitation to prayer, and the other, on the south wall, Ephesians 3:20-21, a reminder of Who you prayed to. Ruth Graham wanted every detail of the Prayer Room to point to God and give peace to those seeking refuge from the daily trials of life.



7. The illuminated globe in the Prayer Room is a reminder to pray for our brothers and sisters sharing the Gospel around the world.

He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:7-8, ESV).


When asked about their favorite part of the chapel, visitors often say they sensed God’s Spirit upon entering through the doors.

We, at The Cove, pray you feel God’s peace today, and we extend a welcome invitation to come enjoy and experience what God has provided for us here at The Cove through the Chatlos Memorial Chapel and Visitors Center.

Click here for hours and directions.

Click here to see a full schedule of events taking place in 2016
at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove.

Cove Spring Highlight: Ruth’s Attic Bookstore


The beauty of the spring season is upon us and a wonderful reminder that our Creator, Almighty God, brings new life to all who seek His face.

With spring in mind and Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 8th, 2016) right around the corner, we’re sharing some lovely seasonal products from Ruth’s Attic Bookstore at The Cove.  Whether you purchase in person, or call and have us deliver right to your home, we hope you will find something that will delight you, or be the perfect gift for someone special in your life.

Each of these products are great reminders of how God shows His love, mercy, and grace to us each and every day.

Flower arrangement painting, $145.00
Framed flower arrangement painting, $145.00. Scripture: Numbers 6:24.
Hanging black sheep, $29-$39 (Different styled sheep available).  Wall post, $17.99
Hanging black and white sheep, $29-$39 (Different style sheep available).
Wood and metal wall post, $17.99.
"Clay in The Potter's Hand" mug, $24. Small casserole dish, $26. (Each ceramic piece is hand crafted and uniquely made, colors may vary.)
“Clay in The Potter’s Hand” mug, $24. Small casserole dish, $26. (Each ceramic piece is hand crafted and uniquely made, colors may vary.)
First picture: Bird with cross painting, $28. Scripture: Psalm 37:4. Second picture: HEAVEN, God’s Promise for Me by Anne Graham Lotz, Children’s book $16.99.
Assorted adult coloring books, $9.99.
Assorted adult coloring books, $9.99.
God's Good News by Billy Graham, Children's book $19.99.
God’s Good News by Billy Graham, Children’s book $19.99.
Outdoor wind chimes, $42. (Assorted styles and prices available.)
Outdoor wind chimes, $42. (Assorted styles and prices available.)

To order any of the products seen on this post, you may either purchase on-property at Ruth”s Attic bookstore, by phone at 1-800-950-2092 (menu 3) or by email at bookstore@thecove.org.

Give the gift with eternal benefits. Cove gift certificates make the perfect gift for your loved ones. To order a gift certificate call 1-800-950-2092.

To see a full list of events at The Cove, click here.

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!

Saturday Snapshot

It’s leaf peeping season here in Asheville, NC, and the colors are really beginning to  show off!

Today we’d like to share the view from our webcam.  The camera looks out a window from the top floor of the Training Center.

The image below was captured on Friday, October 2 at 4:30pm.  It’s been raining most of the day, but that only adds to the beautiful glistening effect on all the changing foliage.

God is good!

Cove webcam on October 2 2015 at 4 20 pm

Click here to see what the view from the Training Center looks like right now.  Bookmark our site so you can join us virtually any time of the year.

Have a blessed weekend!

We’d love to see you in person.  If you’d like to see us too, click here to see our full schedule of events.

Take a free tour of our chapel and visitor’s center.  Click here for hours and directions.

Saturday Snapshot

Fall has arrived! We do hope you’ll have a chance to visit us during this beautiful season.

Foggy morning trail to the overlook:

Trail at The Cove on Sept 22 2015

Foggy morning view from the overlook:

a walk in the clouds the overlook Sept 22 2015

If you’ve been here, you’ve seen the beautiful seasonal decor that one of our gifted employees, Angie, creates. She’s done it again! Look at the beautiful Fall display here on our John Deere hay loader. Where does she get her vision and gifts from? She will always tell you, “It’s all Him,” as she points heavenward.

John Deere Fall Decor by Angie September 23 2015

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Click here for information on a free tour at The Chatlos Memorial Chapel and Visitors Center.

Click here for a listing of all upcoming events at The Cove.

God bless you!

What’s Happening at The Cove — October


Autumn is just around the corner and Asheville, North Carolina is one of the most beautiful sites to behold during “leaf” season.  We hope you will come enjoy God’s colorful display and His sweet presence here at The Cove.

Check out our schedule for the month of October below.  As you can see several of our events have sold out, so if you see something that interests you, we encourage you to reserve your seat right away. 


Click here to see the available October Personal Spiritual Retreat dates or call 1-800-950-2092.


Click on each of the links below for more information and to register. 

David’s Heart: Devoted but Distracted
with Stuart and Jill Briscoe, October 5-7, 2015

SeniorSalt Impact Concert
with Stephanie Seefeldt, October 5, 2015

Strength Through Grace  — SOLD OUT (Program and Lodging)
with Alistair Begg, October 12-14 , 2015

Pastors’ Institute: The Bible’s Priorities for God’s Shepherds  (Pastors & Spouses attend for just $99!)
with Alistair Begg, October 15, 2015

Solid Footings for Unstable Times: A Practical, Demystifying Study of Revelation 
with Dr. Ross S. Rhoads, October 21-23, 2015

The Invisible War: Seeing What Lies Below the Surface
with Chip Ingram, October 23-25, 2015
NOTE: Seats for seminar are available, but on-property lodging is full.  

An Evening at The Cove with – Dinner, Concert & Meet and Greet — SOLD OUT
with Annie Moses Band, October 25, 2015

Grace to Get Past Our Past
with Erwin Lutzer, October 26-28 , 2015
NOTE: Seats for seminar are available, but on-property lodging is full. 

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God Bless You!


Saturday Snapshot

Over 100 military couples are enjoying rest and renewal at The Cove this weekend for a military marriage retreat. We are blessed to serve these special people.

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The United States and North Carolina flags greet our guests upon their arrival.

Are you active-duty, Guard or Reserve military? We’d like you to come to The Cove and it won’t cost you a penny once you get here. Click here to learn more about our military scholarships.

Click here if you are interested in attending our military marriage retreat in September.

Saturday Snapshot

We’ve got some serious prayer warriors that work and volunteer here at The Cove.  This is Betty who celebrated her 92nd birthday this week.

Betty chapel Volunteer 92 on April 30 2015

Betty has volunteered at The Chatlos Memorial Chapel & Visitors Center here at The Cove for 26 years!  When she first started volunteering, she gave tours to our visitors.  Betty is now faithfully volunteering every Friday–dedicated to praying for our visitors, guests, fellow volunteers and staff.

When this picture was taken, Betty had already prayed for 481 people.  No, that’s not a typo–four hundred eighty one–all covered in prayer before noon!  How does she keep track?  She makes a check next to their name or on their prayer request card and keeps a running tally.

At 92, Betty is sweet, sharp as a tack and quick witted.  If you are visiting us on a Friday morning, make sure to stop by and say hello to her.

Fun fact: Betty earned 12 varsity letters while in high school.

Would you like to volunteer at The Cove?  Click here to complete a volunteer application.

Make a plan to visit The Chatlos Memorial Chapel & Visitor’s Center.  Tours are free.  Click here for hours of operation and directions.

Behind The Scenes: Housekeeping at The Cove


If you’ve had the opportunity to stay in one of the two inns on our property, you know how clean and comfortable the rooms are.  You may even know that your bed–in fact your entire room–was prayed over before your arrival.

Today, we’d like you to meet one of the special people who are responsible for The Cove’s clean and prayed-over rooms.

Meet Linda.

Linda in one of the inn rooms.

Linda has been a part of the housekeeping staff at The Cove since October 2004.  After working with her husband in the home improvement field for years, Linda’s daughter, who was on The Cove’s housekeeping staff at the time, asked her mom to come and work with her.  Having suffered from back problems all her life, Linda told her daughter, “My back wouldn’t take it.”   She did, however, agree to volunteer some.  After volunteering for several months, Linda was asked to join the team as an employee and she agreed.

You’re probably wondering why Linda decided to accept employment despite her history of back pain.  When asked, she replied with a warm smile, “It’s like a healing has taken place.  It’s very physically demanding, but it’s not like work.  I know this is where God wants me.”   Linda continues by sharing a Scripture that she has proven to be true: “As thy days, so shall thy strength be” (Deuteronomy 33:25).

Serving at The Cove is a bit of a family affair.  Not only did Linda’s daughter work here, but her sister, Ruth, does too.  “My sister and I make beds together,” Linda says.

While Linda enjoys the time of fellowship with her sister, she says the entire housekeeping team is like a family.

“When a new housekeeper comes, we adopt her in like a little sister, and if it’s an older one, it’s another mama.  There is just a bond here that we can’t explain.”

Every Day Steeped in Prayer.

During the week, before Linda comes to work, she begins her days attending prayer time from 6 – 7 a.m. at her church.  But, the prayer doesn’t stop there.

It’s a well-known fact that The Cove housekeepers pray over the rooms as they clean.  Linda said, “It’s like the Scripture, ‘pray without ceasing’; that’s what we do, we pray as we go.”  She adds, “I also make it a point to pray for the guests when I go home, when I’m not distracted with anything else.  I pray that as they come, God would take care of everything back home for them so they can get away without anything distracting them.”

So whether it’s cleaning, stocking or checking rooms, Linda’s heart is full with anticipation of the good things the Lord has for her and each of our guests here at The Cove every day.

“Every day I come through the gate, it’s a new day and a total new world. Mr. and Mrs. Graham’s vision became provision for so many people.”

Pilgrims Inn
The Pilgrims’ Inn
Enjoy the warmth of a fire while relaxing at one of our two inns.
There are lots of places in our inn lobby to sit and read or visit.

Interested in working at The Cove? See a list of job descriptions by clicking here.

Click here to visit our website and see what’s happening at The Cove.