Elementary students across Macon County received a special delivery last week. With brand new Nike shoes in tow, Biltmore Baptist Church’s Franklin campus visited every elementary school in Macon County to fit children with brand new footwear.
“Biltmore is constantly trying to think of ways to reach out to our community and show them we care,” said Patrick Trawick, Franklin Campus pastor. “We kept hearing so many positive things from the LoveLoud event with East Franklin Elementary last year that we wanted to pursue doing it again this year. One thing led to another and we were able to do it again with all of the schools in Franklin.”
Last year, Biltmore was able to fit 319 children with new shoes, and this year they wanted to go even bigger. Expanding to all of the elementary schools in the county – Iotla, Cartoogechaye, East Franklin and South Macon – this year, just under 1,400 children received new shoes from the program. Volunteers with the church worked to make sure each child was properly fitted with a brand new pair of Nikes.
“We love our community. Franklin is our home. It's where we live, work, and play,” said Trawick. “We believe that Jesus reached out and served the people in his life. Serving was important to him. Because of that we emphasize the importance of serving all the time at our church. I would be remiss as a pastor if all I did was tell people they need to serve but never offered an opportunity for them to serve. Because we love our community we want to serve our community.”
Biltmore Franklin campus hopes to continue programs such as these as outreaches into the community.
“I'm unbelievably proud of the people of Biltmore Franklin,” said Trawick. “A lot of them took the day off work, sacrificing pay so they could serve their community. I'm thankful that Dr. Baldwin and all of the principals allowed us to serve them this way. We're looking forward to more opportunities to serve Franklin in the future. That's why we're here.”
About Biltmore Baptist Church
Biltmore Baptist Church has been recognized as one of the 100 fastest-growing churches in the country, and is dedicated to reaching up through worship, reaching in through community and reaching out through service. Biltmore Baptist Church is a multi-site church with the Arden Campus located at 35 Clayton Rd, Exit 37 on I-26 in Arden, East Campus at 74 Riverwood Rd, Swannanoa, (on the Campus of Asheville Christian Academy) and Franklin Campus at the Smoky Mountain Center for Performing Arts at 1028 Georgia Road, Franklin. Sunday activities start at 11 a.m. – Kids have their own worship service designed specifically for them. The Student Ministry meets during the week, and worships with the adults on Sunday. The coffee counter is open if you get there a little early and want to hang out in the lobby. Don't worry too much about what to wear – Biltmore is a "come-as-you-are" church. The worship service is typically band-driven, with new songs plus some favorite hymns, along with original videos and stories of lives changed. Pastor Bruce is brought in via live HD video. After every service Pastor Patrick and other staff members hang out in the lobby to meet and chat with you and other guests. For more information about the worship services and upcoming events at Biltmore Baptist, visit www.biltmorebaptist.org.