Elevation Outreach

Archive for March, 2012

It’s a #SpringBlitz of Service!

Click the links above to see SIX new pages of service opportunities available NOW on our Outreach Events page.  It’s a #SpringBlitz of service as we finish our 100k hours Orange Initiative commitment.

Celebrating a Milestone

Remember helping your kids learn to ride a bike?  Or the days your parents taught you?  It’s a milestone in a child’s life.  Lose the Training Wheels is a program offered by Autism Foundation of The Carolinas that helps children living with disabilities like Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome learn to successfully learn to ride a bike.

To celebrate kids who have completed Lose the Training Wheels in the last few years, we’ve organized a day of celebration for the whole family to enjoy.  The young scholars will get to show off their bike riding skills in a cycling rodeo.  They will get to play with their siblings at our carnival complete with face painting, bubbles, a moon bounce, games and so much more.

We will honor and serve parents a light brunch while their little ones play outside.  They will have the opportunity to connect and share experiences with other parents who walk in similar shoes.

Maybe you have experience working with children with similar disabilities and can offer your service to host the children as they ride and play.  Maybe you simply love children and want to lend a hand.  Maybe you have a gentle, peaceful spirit that will bring ease to the parents as they separate themselves from the kids, even if just for a short time.  Or maybe you aren’t sure how you can offer help but have a heart to serve… sign up.

We’ve separated the different volunteer opportunities at this one event below, so when you sign up here, be sure to sign up for the one that’s right for you.


THIS SATURDAY: Firefighter Appreciation Day

This Saturday, Bring Lunch or Dinner to a Fire Station

This Saturday Elevation Outreach is declaring our own Firefighter Appreciation Day.  All across the city, we want to blanket our fire stations with the love of Jesus.

Anyone can join in!  Ordinary folks, Elevation eGroups, eTeams, and eKidz will bring lunch or dinner to a local fire station.

Write notes of encouragement, and let these courageous men and women know how much you appreciate them!

At some point in their lives, it seems just about every boy longs to be a firefighter.  The lights, the sirens, and the hero factor all probably play a role.

But deep down, any real firefighter you talk with will tell you he or she has a deep desire to serve the community.

And on the list of things we take for granted, protection from fire probably ranks pretty high.  We don’t really think about these civil servants until we’re in a car wreck, or when something’s burning down, or worse.

When Pastor Steven Furtick signed the “Orange Initiative” last April, his promise to Mayor Anthony Foxx was that our church would serve our community in an unprecedented way.  That we would dedicate 100,000 hours and $750,000 towards eradicating homelessness and making this city a better place for all its citizens.  We are just under 15,000 hours shy of reaching that goal, and this Saturday, you’ve got a great opportunity to be a part of an Elevation Church milestone AND to honor and encourage a firefighter.

Here are some ideas for feeding a crowd.  Most fire stations have 12 or so personnel in them.  You can also call today to get an accurate count of the station nearest you.  Click here for a map of the location nearest you, and then sign up and SERVE!


Carry the Jerry 5k

Elevation friend and volunteer Sherry Roese has uncovered the purpose God has for her life and she’s running with it.

Next Saturday, you can join Sherry, her friends and Elevation Outreach as we “Carry the Jerry” for South Sudan.

This unique 5k is a fundraising event for “Water is Basic” – a non-profit started by Sherry’s brother in law in Texas.  So far they’ve raised $1.7 million for the effort.

See more here in Sherry’s interview with WCNC’s “Charlotte Today” show.

You can sign up to volunteer for next Saturday’s event here.


The Cause within You

Pastor Matthew Barnette was supposed to run the Los Angeles marathon Sunday.

Instead, Saturday he reported to the ER with shortness of breath and doctors found blood clots in his lungs.

The founder of LA’s “The Dream Center” has been keeping Twitter followers updated on his progress.

Pastor Barnette spoke briefly to encourage Pastor Steven and our church during Code Orange Revival in January. We sent him home with a check for $20k for his amazing Dream Center ministry.

Pastor Barnette’s book, “The Cause within You” is a New York Times best seller. Please join us as we pray for the healing work we believe God’s already begun in Pastor Barnette.

And tell us below about the cause you believe God is stirring in you. We’ll give away copies of Pastor Barnette’s book to five winners.