Thanks to those of you who give regularly in our church – we are ALREADY INVOLVED in helping to fight Ebola.
This fall, we’ve given $75 THOUSAND to three of our partners working in the midst of the outbreak. Samaritan’s Purse, Young Life Africa, and SIM are all working to bring aid in this crisis.
Here’s a look at how YOUR GIVING is already making an impact through one of our outreach partners in West Africa.
Together we can stand up against this injustice.
Compassion To Act is a faith-based ministry that serves victims of human-sex trafficking and exploitation through awareness, liberation and restoration.
The goal is to raise awareness and funds for Compassion To Act, while gaining the support of men in the community. Men who will stand up to sex trafficking and exploitation by saying “no” to sexual sin.
I’m wanting to write what Pastor Steven said on my hands and my heart today…
Breathe. Remember. Ask. Visualize. Elevate.
“Atmospheric pressure decreases as Elevation increases.”
And I love the way our eGroups are getting involved this week, too – our Monday assignment is to invite someone from work to coffee and invite them to church.
Plus, we had hundreds of brave friends out serving this past weekend for LOVE Weekend and other outreach events across the Concord and Charlotte area.
Remember today that “If I can calm the waves within, God will calm the waves without.”
This weekend we start a new series called “How to Be Brave.”
We can’t think of a better way than getting out and putting someone else’s needs above our own. It’s LOVE Weekend for our Elevation Concord location and there are more than a dozen events to choose from. Runners and walkers the next two weekends are perfect for you – just sign up – there are THREE big events.
KATE’S RACE – If you know someone fighting cancer this is a great opportunity to run or walk in their honor. Our friends at Hope Cancer Ministries will be at McAlpine Creek Park bringing hope to families facing this terrible disease and you can join them. Volunteers are also needed for setup and teardown.
BUDDY WALK – This Saturday UNCC’s football stadium is the venue for Down Syndrome Association of Greater’s Charlotte‘s annual walk to raise awareness and funds. There are opportunities for you to walk in the event or to help us at the craft booth as we celebrate life with our friends.
BIG SOUTH 5K – NEXT SATURDAY (10/18) Elevation Blakeney is the host site for this annual event that raises funds for middle school athletics in Mecklenburg and Union counties. This is a great opportunity for eGroups to run together or to serve together.
Here are a few more of our upcoming LOVE Weekend favorites:
SERVE THURSDAY OR SATURDAY
MAKE FALL FUN FOR KIDS – Church of God Children’s home is providing a positive and safe living environment for hurting, abused and neglected children. You’ll enjoy a free meal while interacting with the kids and help tear down. This is a family friendly event. Then Saturday you can participate in LOVE Weekend with the Autism Society of Cabarrus County. It’s fall fun in Kannapolis for volunteers age 5 and up.
Elevation Concord Outreach Coordinator Kristi Bezy says, “I’m blown away how God uses our partnerships to draw people to himself. I love how he’s not only using our partnerships to meet physical needs but also to meet spiritual needs.” Three friends met through “My Father’s House” ministry got baptized at Concord this month.
Kristi continues, This weekend, we have the opportunity to continue to embrace a lifestyle of generosity and service through LOVE Weekend at Elevation Concord. We have events for everyone—ranging from landscaping to a fall festival. We will also be putting together Homeless Care Kits after each worship experience at Elevation Concord on Sunday.”
BEDS FOR KIDS – If you’ve got a truck and just a few hours of time you can change the world for a family in need. Beds for Kids plans to deliver 50 beds across the Charlotte area Saturday. We’re excited for the opportunity to help. Imagine getting to see the look on a child’s face as you deliver an opportunity to sleep better, learn better, and live better.
BUILD A FENCE – Our friends at Charlotte Rescue Mission are working to improve the look and safety of their property. We love this ministry and the opportunity to see lives changed through the power of God’s love in action. Volunteers age 16 and up.
SPRUCE UP CONCORD SCHOOLS - Three schools, three projects. We’re getting busy in Concord painting, landscaping, and cleaning to improve the atmosphere for students and teachers. There’s room for you to serve at Irvin and Wolf Meadow elementary or at Concord High. Let’s support our schools!