Elevation Outreach

Doing Something

Today we #tbt to September 2012 – Pastor Steven was releasing his new book GREATER and we had just packed thousands of bookbags to send to children in need. We personally delivered some to friends in Atlanta, Georgia.

20120913-065208.jpgBy TONIA BENDICKSON

We’ve been in the distribution business this past week, sending out thousands of GREATER book bags to children in need across the country.  We packed 450 of them into a van and headed to Atlanta to a place called “Kids in Need”.

We met many teachers there who were coming to pick up supplies for their students from some of the poorest schools in the country.  Miss Polycarpe is a 3rd grade teacher at Campbell Elementary.  We gave her a copy of Pastor Steven‘s book GREATER and a few book bags.  She told us about her beautiful students, some of whom bring paper sacks to school to carry their books and homework.

Kids in Need Atlanta last year helped more than 380,000 students get school supplies.

380 THOUSAND students.  I was so grateful to bring down the book bags you so lovingly assembled to teachers I knew would get them to students who desperately needed them.  But for a moment, I felt a twinge of despair – that the donation that felt huge to us was barely a drop in the bucket for the need.

I prayed.  In that moment I knew darkness wanted to paralyze me.  And in that moment God reminded me what he has so many times in this season of my life:

This world, these people are his.  He doesn’t ask us to do everything.  He asks us to do something.  And in the doing something – we must not let the fear of not being able to do enough keep us from doing anything at all.

Today, please join me in resolving to do something.

Love someone TODAY.

Begin with yourself.  Psalm 139 reminds us that we are fearfully and wonderfully made.  As we praise him, let that love flow through us to others.

Here’s a praise starter for you:  Elevation Worship with “Sing Forever.”  And then – get signed up for the M1 Initiative, or any of the dozens of new opportunities posted on the Elevation Outreach Events page.

Because there is such great need – and we are so blessed.

Wordless Wednesday

Photo Credit: Allison Fowler

Five Great Opportunities to Serve This Week

It’s Top Opportunities Tuesday and we’re sharing our top FIVE opportunities to serve over the next 5 days.


ONE7 TUTORS - One7 is one of our favorite partners to serve with. If you’ve never been this is a perfect opportunity to get involved. Our friends are believing that God will connect 70 people to students who need help with their homework. Volunteers must be 14 and up. To learn more about the students from One7, check out a recent eKidz Motion video from our series “Beats”. (Tonight and Thursday)

SAMARITAN HOUSE - Samaritan House provides recuperative care for homeless men and women in need of short-term care immediately following a hospital or emergency room stay. This is a great eGroups opportunity. We cook a meal together, and then we sit down to enjoy each other’s company. One of the beautiful stories coming out of LOVE Week is from a teenage boy named Dominic. He didn’t want to cook so he sat down with Michael one of the Samaritan House guests. Michael and Dominic laughed together and Dominic talked about Michael all the way home. (story from Samaritan House liaison Charis Duncan)


PREGNANCY RESOURCE CENTER SETUP AND EVENT VOLUNTEER - Our friends at PRC have their biggest fundraiser of the year coming up and we have the chance to help. PRC is committed to providing compassion, information and support to anyone facing the challenge of unintended pregnancy. Two chances to help here – one in the morning as they set up for special guests Matt Maher and Brian Fisher and then in the evening as greeters and hosts.


ICAN BIKE CAMP - Autism Charlotte will create an atmosphere of fun and celebration at our Blakeney location. Volunteers will set-up a safe and exciting play space for children with special needs and their families. Volunteers will also act as buddies for the children as they have the opportunity to practice their bike riding skills. Volunteers must be 16 and up.

CONCRETE TO COUCH - This was a favorite opportunity during LOVE Week. If you missed it, you can be involved with Crisis Assistance Ministry‘s new hands-on chance to help a neighbor transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency. You’ll help move gifts from Crisis’ Furniture Bank over and into the neighbor’s new home. It’s a life-changing way to spend your morning. Volunteers must be 13 and up.

Serve, and be blessed


Before LOVE Week 2014, I was fairly new to Elevation Church.  I had never served in a specific area at any of the campuses.  I had heard so much about how the church showed the love of Christ to our city by helping people in need during LOVE Week and I wanted to join the movement.

I’m grateful now to be a part of the history of LOVE Week. In 2010, Pastor Steven preached from Jeremiah 29:7 which says “Also seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”

God was calling me to move out of my comfort zone and lead as a liaison for Tyvola Senior Center.  Up until the night before the first event, I was super worried. It was a painting project and I didn’t have any experience.  Will I have any volunteers? Will all my supplies be at the job site on time?

A friend reminded me we serve an amazing God and we just need to pray and ask for him to guide us.  Through the power of Christ, the wonderful volunteers, the skilled project managers and my eGroup, the first event went off without a hitch!  The Lord truly answered my prayers and we got more work done than expected.

I got to work with more partners and God opened my eyes to see how powerful service and generosity can be. And the passion of our leadership team is epic – Tonia, Kyle, Jamie, everyone I got to know at LOVE Week HQ – God’s glory was really shining through each of you.

The love of Jesus is INFECTIOUS – we serve during LOVE Week “so that” people like me can get involved in seeking the peace and prosperity of our city, grow in our faith and lead others to know and understand what it means to SERVE AND BE BLESSED.

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