You are invited to join us
at the Joy of Abiding 2022 ADVANCE and celebrate
our 20th anniversary.

Beautiful Branches Rooted in Truth”

February 25-27, 2022

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you
that you should go and bear fruit …
John 15:16
The Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove
1 Porter’s Cove Road
Asheville, NC 28805

In August 2003, the Joy of Abiding ministry, less than a year old, took a step of faith and held its first Advance at The Cove. Armed with our God-given purpose derived from John 15, we invited women to the mountain to feast upon God’s Word, participate in true worship, and experience sweet fellowship. While our world has changed drastically in the past 20 years, our faithful God, the truth of His Word, and the purpose of the ministry has not. So, it is with thankful hearts and great joy that we invite you to join us in celebrating Joy of Abiding’s 20th Advance at The Cove on February 25th – 27th, 2022. Our Topic – Beautiful Branches Rooted in Truth.


This year, registration and payment are by mail.  You can print out and mail in the registration form in the brochure you received or you can click on the link below to open and print out the Check Payment Form.


Send one of these forms along with your $50.00 deposit to:

           Joy of Abiding
           4042 Springhill Rd.
           Columbia, SC 29204-4327

Scholarship Fund Donations are optional.

If you know someone who does not use email but would like to register, please share a brochure with her, or let us know so we can mail her one.  Our email address is

As usual, we expect all available rooms to be filled, so please register right away.  Your registration form along with your deposit will hold your place.

Full or partial scholarships are available.


The cost for the study, materials, two night’s lodging, dinner on Friday, breakfast, lunch & dinner on Saturday & breakfast on Sunday is:


____ 1/room – $414 per person                   ____ 3/room – $258 per person

____ 2/room – $286 per person                  ____ 4/room – $246 per person



____ 1/suite – $584 per person                     ____ 3/suite – $316 per person

____ 2/suite – $372 per person                     ____ 4/suite – $286 per person

$164 for a non-lodging guest (for meals and program)

All registrations and full payment (deducting your $50 deposit) must be received by February 11.
You will receive an email to confirm your registration.

A few details as you plan:

Registration: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Friday
The Cove requests participants not arrive before 3:00 p.m. Dinner on Friday will be served at 6:00 p.m.
Final session concludes at 12:00 p.m. noon on Sunday.

What to Expect:

Our Theme – Beautiful Branches Rooted in Truth

Our Goal – For God to prepare this 20th Advance in such a way that each woman who attends will return home better rooted in God’s truth, equipped in practical ways and ready to embrace her place as an influencer for Christ.

Our Approach – Returning to John 15, we will examine the life-principles and God-promises for women whose desire is to abide in Christ and produce spiritual fruit that remains. We will go to other Bible passages to study God’s plan for women as image bearers who reflect His design and transform our culture, which seems to be rapidly turning away from God and His Word. We will also look at some examples of women in Scripture who remained rooted in truth during turbulent times, whose courageous response to God’s directives was, “Here I am.”

Other things on the schedule will include:

  • Food and Fellowship around the tables in the beautiful Dining Hall
  • Time for visiting by the fireplaces or on the walking trails
  • A free afternoon on Saturday to explore or rest
  • The Lord’s Day Worship Service and Sharing on Sunday morning.
Teaching by Delaine Blackwell

Delaine has studied and passionately taught God’s Word for more than 30 years. Currently, she is the teaching director for Community Bible Study in Columbia, SC. Also, as one of the founders of Joy of Abiding, she teaches women’s conferences and leads Bible study tours in the Bible Lands. Her delight is to disciple women and see them fall in love with Jesus Christ, walk in the truths of the Bible and in the power of the Holy Spirit. She believes that when you disciple a woman, you disciple the world.

Music led by One Purpose

One Purpose is a music and teaching ministry. Laura Christy, Beth Greer and Miriam Beacham have been singing together since 1991, leading in worship at women’s retreats, conferences, revivals and concerts. They seek to encourage and evangelize through music and teaching.

…make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose (Philippians 2:1-2)

We are blessed to have Duchess Raehn on the piano leading us in worship.