Elevation Outreach

Archive for April, 2012

“What are you waiting for?”

More than 1,200 volunteers clearly took Pastor Steven’s Waiting Room week three message to heart:  ”What are you waiting for?”  At all six Elevation locations, you brought SIX TONS of food to be distributed to local food banks.  In all, you filled SEVEN local pantries with food.  That’s not waiting around – that’s love in action.

And you brought cash gifts, too – at Blakeney – a family drove up with $1k in grocery store gift cards and said, “We’re so inspired by what you’re doing every week, and we’re so glad to have the opportunity to be a part of it.”

This was our grand finale to the Orange Initiative:  A promise to our city that we would serve 100,000 hours and give $750,000 to participating strategic partners.  We’re excited to release the totals of this unprecedented outreach initiative.  Be sure to join us on Mother’s Day for the big reveal.

We’re doing the natural – God’s doing the supernatural.  And we get a front-row seat as a city is changed for Jesus.  It doesn’t get any better than that.  Thank you for being the change we wish to see in the world!


Serving Saturday

A huge thank you to incredible volunteers making service a lifestyle.

Here’s a snapshot of preps from today’s event at Elevation Blakeney. It’s a celebration in partnership with Autism Foundation of the Carolinas.

Remember to bring non-perishable food this weekend at every Elevation location as we celebrate the Orange Initiative finale.


Work through the pain

Check out this tweet by bestselling author and leader of Saddleback Church Rick Warren:

It struck me this would come as good news to many of the young people I had the opportunity to meet and encourage last week at our city’s Communities in Schools “Celebrating our Graduates” event.  Held at Time Warner Cable Arena, it was gathering of more than 1,500 students who participate in the Communities in Schools program in Charlotte.

Elevation is a strategic partner with a program under the Communities in Schools umbrella called “Safe Journey.”  There will be limited opportunities June 7 to volunteer for Safe Journey’s graduation celebration for adolescent mothers.

Scholarship Winner Asante' Hazziez Photo Courtesy Mark Sluder

CIS is the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization and supports 6,500 students in 44 Charlotte schools.

Asante’ Hazziez is one of those students.  An essay she wrote this year earned her a $1,500 scholarship for college.

Her essay begins with a quote from Helen Keller;

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.  Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”  Hazziez went on to say – “This quote illustrates how one’s hard times do not prohibit one from experiencing a promising tomorrow.”

“Furthermore,” she goes on to say, “It shows how going through sufferings can help shape our character and if channeled properly, may bring great success.”  Congratulations Asante’ on your brilliant essay.  We look forward to following you as you dream bigger dreams and accomplish great things.

Our friend Ish Payne at Compassion to Act reminded me of the bible reference that illustrates this point.  Be encouraged today if you life’s struggles have caused you pain, and if you feel like you walk with a limp like Jacob.  And then, be further encouraged to dream bigger dreams by Pastor Steven Furtick’s thoughts from a 2009 blog post .

Orange Initiative Grand Finale

Because of your dedication to service and generosity, we are on the brink of a huge milestone at Elevation Church.


This weekend, we celebrate reaching our Orange Initiative goals with a “Food Drive Finale.”

Under Pastor Steven’s leadership, we pledged to serve 100,000 hours and give $750,000 to partnering organizations over the course of one year.

This is the home stretch.  As we wrap things up, we’re serving more hours, and giving more money away to our outreach partners.  If  you’ve been waiting to get involved – now is the time.  Bring non-perishable food items to any Elevation location this weekend.  Here’s the list of most-needed items from our new outreach partner, “Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.”






The need this spring is great.  More than 17 million homes in the United States are “food insecure” – that’s an all-time high.  It means 50 million Americans have anxiety over having enough food to feed their families. The video below is from CNN’s “Witnesses to Hunger: A portrait of food insecurity in America.”

Incredible Weekend Ahead

Code Orange Revival from Elevation Church on Vimeo.

What an amazing weekend ahead at Elevation Church!

In case you’ve haven’t heard, Bishop T.D. Jakes is returning to preach, and we are incredibly honored to host this best-selling author and teacher who calls himself a Christian motivator.

Bishop Jakes certainly moved us during Code Orange Revival and we are anticipating a great word as he returns this weekend.

If you’re looking for an opportunity to serve in advance of Bishop Jakes this weekend, you’ve come to the right place.  There are seven outreach opportunities available for you to sign up for between Thursday and Saturday.

Get to know our friends at Freedom School Partners on Thursday at their volunteer appreciation event.  Head to the speedway for the AutoFair and serve with Speedway Children’s Charities.  Michelle Nievar and some of our other volunteers will be running the “catfish races” which should be fun for the entire family.  The Historic West End Cleanup for Change, Matthews Litter Sweep, and Springfest at Christ Our Shepherd all offer great opportunities to serve for families, singles, eGroups, or eTeams.

We look forward to seeing you this weekend!  And to get you ready, check out the video and re-live some amazing Code Orange Revival moments.