Elevation Outreach

Archive for May, 2012

Health Clinic Volunteers Needed!

During our series “How to Hug a Vampire” we’re encouraging our eGroups to sign up and serve our outreach partners and send photos.  We love this one, and if you look closely – you can see these blood-givers are wearing fangs!

You can sport your bloodsucking behavior this Friday too as we serve with Matthews Free Medical Clinic.

Volunteer leader Heidi McClure says she gets “instant gratification” serving with the clinic. “When I volunteer, it is for people like you and me that need my help that live here in the Charlotte and Matthews area,” she says.

The Matthews Free Medical Clinic (MFMC) is a non-profit organization that seeks to provide free healthcare to underprivileged patients. The clinic provides acute and chronic primary care as well as women’s, psychiatry, orthopedic, and pharmacy clinics.  MFMC is funded by grants and private donations and is primarily kept running through the faithful service of many volunteers.

Patients at MFMC must be recertified every twelve months to ensure that the resources provided are given to people with no other options concerning their healthcare. Volunteers are needed for both greeting patients and reviewing necessary paperwork.  Join us as we walk alongside our strategic outreach partner and bring life-saving services to our neighbors.

McClure says, “They are so appreciative, and it is a great way to show them God’s love and get involved in something bigger than my daily problems. I know my time helped someone and that volunteering made a difference in someone’s life today.”

There are two opportunities to serve MFMC – this Friday June 1 and on Monday June 4.  Click the link below to sign up and serve!

UPLIFT – Soul 139

Mark your calendar and sign up to serve next Saturday, June 9 as we join our friend Kat Crawford for “UPLIFT”Soul 139′s first big fundraising event.

It’s always exciting to see how God inspires amazing volunteers in our church to take a leap of faith to launch out and trade their comfort for their calling.

One year ago this July, Kat launched Soul 139, a non-profit that provides free hair care services to the underprivileged in our city.  Kat and her team have worked with Hope Haven, Jackson Park Ministries and other Elevation Church Outreach Partners to seek out and serve neighbors who can’t afford a trim for a potential job interview or need a friend to remind them of God’s love.  In less than a year, the Soul 139 team has provided these services for more than 60 clients free of charge.

SOUL stands for Strong, Obedient, Unique, and Lovely.  139 comes from Psalm 139:

13 For you created my inmost being;
You knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.

Elevation Outreach volunteers have the opportunity to serve with setup, teardown, security, parking, greeting, serving, and more.  Click the link below to go to our events page to sign up.  Questions?  Contact Kristi DeMeritte or your Elevation Outreach team by leaving a comment below.




Answers to FAQ – Serving in Missions

Elevation’s Steve Fox asks:  ”We’d like to lead our eGroup on an overseas mission trip.  What is our church involved in?  How do we plug in?”

Here’s our answer:

We sponsor a Child Survival Project in Kamwokya, Uganda through Compassion International.

We’re involved with Bless Back Worldwide who has sent hundreds of Charlotte-area volunteers to Haiti since the 2010 earthquake.  Bless Back is branching out into Nicaragua this summer as well.  New this year, Bless Back is also hosting local clinics.

Issachar Initiative’s Pat Murdock is researching where Elevation should be involved in the 10/40 window.

La Roca Skate Church is a new outreach partner in Quito, Ecuador that is a ministry that works to evangelize, disciple, and invest in inner city youth.
(this Executive Director, Brock Luginbill will be in Charlotte in July)

Crossroads Worldwide is Clayton King’s Shelby-based ministry.  They’ve got a trip to India planned for December.

That’s a few of the great International ones to get you started on your search.
Important note, it appears all scheduled trips are already full through the end of 2012.

Here in the US – the LA Dream Center has short-term missions opportunities.  This is the ministry of Matthew Barnett, who Pastor Steven gave $20k to during Code Orange Revival.

While it’s great to plan an International trip, and it’s definitely something God’s word calls us to do, please be encouraged to get more deeply involved locally as well.

During “How to Hug a Vampire” we’re encouraging eGroups to serve together and we’ve got 20+ opportunities to serve right now.  Here’s another link for you to check out:  Elevation Outreach Events.

Elevation’s Outreach team is ready to help you plug into any of these opportunities.  You can sign up locally on our Outreach Events page. Internationally, we have liaisons to help connect you.  Leave us a comment and we’ll help you connect! Thanks for your heart to serve through Elevation Outreach!

New Series: How to Hug a Vampire

We are excited about our new series that launches this weekend, “How to hug a vampire:  loving the people who suck the life out of you.”  And as we get started, we’re encouraging eGroups to get out into our city and serve.  You can get a head start this weekend at a few great events.  Click the link below to go to our volunteer events site.  More opportunities will be added soon!


How To Hug A Vampire Promo from Elevation Church on Vimeo.

“Take Steps” with Jacob Castles

Jacob and Luke Castles

Providence volunteers!  You have an opportunity this Sunday to walk in support of the 2012 Honored Hero in the Charlotte Take Steps for Crohn’s and Colitis walk.  Jacob Castles is an extraordinary 8-year-old who suffers from ulcerative colitis.  His mom and dad (Stephanie and Lindsay) are incredible volunteers at the Providence location.  Wear your red LOVE Week t-shirt and join us this Sunday at Freedom Park as we walk in support of Jacob and his family and all they’ve done to inspire us through their trial and beyond.  Sign up here – we’ll see you Sunday!