Elevation Outreach

Water projects on two continents

Tracing the hand of God’s faithfulness on this Throwback Thursday.

Two community water projects are in process now in Mexico and Tanzania thanks to the generosity of our church and our eKidz during LOVE Week 2014.

One of the two is very near completion. Together, we are bringing clean, safe water to families. Stay tuned!

Surrounding our cities with love

Surround 5b4 | Week 5 from Elevation Media on Vimeo.

LOVE Weekend Blakeney

THURSDAY UPDATE: Neat opportunity to make the holiday super special for a child in need. Our LOVE Week events with outreach partner Beds for Kids are always filled to capacity because we get an opportunity to do really rewarding hands-on work at the warehouse. Saturday’s event is a family-friendly way to remind ourselves what a blessing it is to have a warm place to sleep. You’ll be making Christmas merry for a child who may have been previously sleeping on the floor or in a shelter.

By JILLANA JONES

This weekend Pastor Steven empowered us to “take the pen into our own hand,” and to decide how big our faith will be by how significant our gift to his kingdom will be. We remember that part of giving includes giving of our gifts, talents, and time. It’s Elevation Blakeney’s turn for a LOVE Weekend!

Appropriately, there are 25 chances for you to get out and serve. Below are some of our favorites. CLICK HERE to see the entire list.

SERVE FRIDAY

WRAPPING UP LOVE with A Child’s Place — A loving home is often the key to a child’s success in school. But for a child without this stability, A Child’s Place steps in to ensure that homeless children succeed in their education. This weekend volunteers will be able to bring their donated gifts to wrap together and brighten up the holiday of those children!

SERVE SATURDAY OR SUNDAY

JOY IN THE SUFFERING with Kindermourn — Imagine how difficult it is to enjoy the holiday season with the death of a family member fresh in your heart. Together on Saturday, we will assemble care packages to encourage families. On Sunday, we’ll serve refreshments to those coming to share their joys and sorrows together.

MAKE MEMORIES with Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte — Join us as we help host a Parent’s Day Out! This is a spectacular opportunity for our volunteers to step in and give the parents of children with Down Syndrome a rare day to themselves. The kids and volunteers will spend the day at Elevation Blakeney.

DECK THE HALLS with Brookdale Senior Living Center — Come fill the halls with the sweet sounds of Christmas this weekend as we go around Brookdale bringing the gift of Christmas caroling, fellowship, and holiday treats!

CHEER ON YOUR TEAM with Inreach — Come for an afternoon of tailgating and football with our friends at Inreach! With an organization that has 15 homes in the Charlotte area that houses adults with disabilities, we not only have the chance to partake in a fun-filled afternoon, but we will also stand with the organization in empowering these individuals to succeed.

Remembering God’s Faithfulness

It begins with the blank page. The flashing cursor. The spark of an idea. That moment of inspiration. The gaps between expectation, preparation and completion. The point where you commit to making something meaningful out of a bunch of thoughts, moments, pictures, statistics, and stories.

This fall our outreach team was blessed with the opportunity to take over the entire Thanksgiving worship experience. We starting hearing details in August, while the fatigue of LOVE Week 2014 was just beginning to wear off. The aftermath of hundreds of thousands of meals packed, dozens of homes, schools, and buildings refreshed, truckloads of mulch spread, nine days worth of video clips taken and photo streams uploaded was all still very fresh in our minds.

How to capture – now – the evidence of God’s faithfulness in the midst of all that and more? How to share with our church the impact we make together on both the grandest and most personal scales? The idea of the assignment was heavy and exhilarating at the same time.

Over the next several weeks, we would study, brainstorm, pitch, refine, study, brainstorm, refine, and pitch again. We debated, we questioned, we built up, we tore down – we kept thinking – Is this it? Or is there something more?

The outreach vision video we shared during our SURROUND series was one piece of the work we had the opportunity to bring to our church last month. The sound clips are from Pastor Steven’s 2008 One Prayer sermon called “This is That.” The video concept started with an idea Jamie Waldron had been thinking about for a couple of years – to show the exponential impact of what God has done through outreach in our church.

We took the idea, and we considered how to execute it in a fresh, inspiring, visually appealing way. We started talking about stacking stones (Banner Years) and drawing circles (Surround) and creating a memorable moment. MC Garrett and the staff and students at One7 Academy helped us write on the stones. Each girl chose a word that inspired her, or a word she is believing in for her future.

We stood on the place where we will help One7 construct a new multi-purpose building. We stacked stones to remember God’s faithfulness, and to say we are believing in Him for even greater things. We circled up and we prayed.

We brought our ordinary. And God made it into something more. He does it every time.

 

 

Serve locally. Serve globally. 5b4 Refresh with Holly Furtick

Surround 5b4 | Week 4 from Elevation Media on Vimeo.