And just like that, we are headed into our fourth month as a Campus! In case you didn’t get the memo about “First Look” in the March edition, this monthly blog is my way of ensuring that you get a “first look” at what’s going on in the life of our Church.

Here are the highlights for April:

STAFF UPDATE:

We are still actively pursuing God’s best for openings in Kids and Worship. We have a few strong candidates on our radar. Hope to share some exciting news on this soon.

PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS:

Throughout the month of April, we will continue in our current sermon series “The Pursuit of Happiness.” As we do, let me encourage you to soak up each and every message as we discover what it looks like to find settled happiness in God.

LOVE LOUD – April 23 from 9-Noon

Last week I had the privilege of meeting with the Resident Director and Groundskeepers from Deaverview Apartments. After exploring the possibility, I am excited to confirm that our upcoming LOVE LOUD project will center on beautification projects in and around the complex with the possibility of a cookout for the residents after. More details to come!

If you would like to participate, please take 90 seconds to register here:

www.biltmorebaptist.org/loveloud/

UPCOMING - MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

STUDENT CAMP will be June 13-17 at Anderson University.

Students and Parents of Students grades 5-12, let me encourage you to go ahead and lock in your spot for just $50. Student Camp is one of the greatest investments you will ever make!

You can learn more and/or register here:

 www.biltmorebaptist.org/camp/

VBS for ages 3-Grade 4 AND Adult Volunteers is coming up on June 26-28.

Our theme this year is based on Philippians 3:14 and is called “Go for Gold.”

If you would like to register your kids or volunteer to serve, you can do so here:

www.biltmorebaptist.org/vbs/

We will need 60+ student/adult volunteers to make VBS happen. We serve because Christ first served us!

Questions? Call our office at (828) 687-1111 or send an email to westasheville@biltmorebaptist.org.

For the City,

JW

 

 

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Dear West Asheville Family,

We are two high-octane months into the journey of Biltmore | West Asheville and I couldn’t be any more fired up about what God has in store for us this third month!

As your Campus Pastor, one of my commitments to you is an unrelenting pursuit of progress and clarity for Biltmore | West Asheville. In the midst of this pursuit, I am starting to get a handle on the best way to keep you informed—something you all deserve.

So, from here on out, I will be posting a “First Look” blog at the beginning of each month. The blog will highlight key events and happenings in the life of Biltmore | West Asheville. Additionally, this monthly blog will serve as an application of what I’ve learned from fellow Campus Pastors at Biltmore as well as what I’m hearing from you guys.

So, lean in, here comes March!

STAFF UPDATE

We are still prayerfully pursing two open staff positions in Worship & Kids. Please continue to pray for guidance and discernment as we search for God's best to lead in these areas.

March 6 – KIDS DAY

At Biltmore, we believe three things about Kids Ministry: it should be safe, gospel-centered and lots of fun! Kids day is an amped up application of each of these convictions. For Kids Day, Bob & Larry from Veggie Tales will be in the house (*side note: I grew up watching Veggie Tales and if they had hands, I would get their autographs!). Also, Christian Illusionist, Bill Grimsley, will be with us. Bill is sure to gets your kids laughing while offering them a memorable, God-honoring, time! So, if you have a child—infant-5th grade—do whatever it takes to get them to Church this Sunday.

March 11-14 – THE COMPASSION EXPERIENCE

One of our strategic international mission partners is Compassion International—a child sponsorship program that helps supply children with daily necessities such as education, food, faith love and clothing. Coming up on March 11-14, our friends from CI will be offering the opportunity to participate in an interactive journey through the true stories of children living in third-world countries. With over 2,000 square feet of interactive exhibit space, you will get to step inside the homes, markets and schools of these children—all without getting on a plane.

If you would like to register to participate, you can do so here: www.biltmorebaptist.org/compassion/

March 13 – TIME CHANGE SUNDAY

The bad news? We lose an hour of sleep. The good news? We will be serving up donuts and coffee in Connect Groups. Even better, we will be offering you the opportunity to sponsor a child through Compassion International! Don’t miss out.

March 20 – PALM SUNDAY / LORD’S SUPPER

The Sunday before Easter is shaping up to be a big day for our church! As we continue in our current series, “Elephant in the Room,” I will be teaching live that day as well as leading us in the Lord’s Supper.

March 27 – EASTER SUNDAY / EGG SCRAMBLE

Believe me when I say, this Easter is going to be a bookmark day in the life of our Church. As we celebrate the reality of an empty tomb and resurrected King, we will also be starting a news series on happiness as well as celebrating new life in Christ through Baptism. So, allow me to ask two things:

First, if you or someone you know needs to be baptized, shoot me an email and let’s get you signed up.

Secondly, INVITE people to church! Without question, Easter and Christmas Eve are the two best times to invite/bring someone to church with you. That’s because most people, whether churched or unchurched, are already looking for a place to worship anyway. So, why not invite them to join us?

Oh, and did I mention that we will be doing an Egg Scramble and having the one and only, Brandon Rushin, with us for your kids? If you would like to learn more about Brandon’s ministry, you can check out his website here: www.brandonrushin.com

Suffice it to say, we have much to look forward to this Easter. 

Questions? Call our office at (828) 687-1111 or send me an email at jwoods@biltmorebaptist.org.

Spread the word, share this post, and know that you are loved!

For the City,

JW

 

 

 

 

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After four months of praying, pushing and believing, Biltmore | West Asheville enjoyed it’s first day of services this past Sunday. I don’t say this lightly but it was one the most rewarding days of my life.

Here are four reasons why:

1. A Successful Launch.

We couldn’t have scripted a better outcome. Consider the fact that…

We had more people than we had seats. Kids ministry was packed. The parking lot was slammed. Overflow was rocking. Spirit-filled volunteers were everywhere. Unchurched people were engaging. Every generation was in the house. Families poured in. Diversity was evident. The Gospel was proclaimed. Repentance transpired. Generosity was celebrated. Much joy was in our city.

And because of all these things, God was greatly glorified!

2. A World Class Launch Team.

I’ve said it before—I will say it again: there is NO other group of people that I would rather embark on this journey of faith with than our West Asheville Campus Launch Team.

You guys are game-changers, path-pointers, faith-builders and outright difference-makers!

Victoria and I…

Love you.

Believe in you.

See Jesus in you.

Are committed to you.

Enjoy being on the frontlines with you.

Feel loved, supported and encouraged by you.

Are inspired by the work ethic God has placed in you.

Are eager to grow the Kingdom of Christ alongside of you.

And are exceedingly grateful for you.

We couldn’t ask for a better group of people to “ring the bell for our city” with!

3. A Bright Future.

At one point on Sunday, we sang a song called, “Come Alive.”

The chorus goes like this:

“We call out to dry bones, come alive, come alive. We call out to dead hearts, come alive, come alive.”

When these words appeared on the screens my faith exploded as I considered the fact that a church that was once dying and struggling was now alive and thriving! Moreover, many dead hearts were coming alive to the truth of the gospel for the very first time.

And from here on out, this will be happening each and every Sunday through Biltmore | West Asheville!

4. A God who is Faithful.

Even more than we wanted people to show up, we wanted Almighty God to show up. And He did just that!

From start to finish, God was relentlessly active throughout our campus—breathing new life, giving new hope, doing a new thing and frustrating the enemy.

Be encouraged church, the best is yet to come!

Here are a few moments from the big day...

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