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Helping to End Ebola

Thanks to those of you who give regularly in our church – we are ALREADY INVOLVED in helping to fight Ebola.

This fall, we’ve given $75 THOUSAND to three of our partners working in the midst of the outbreak. Samaritan’s Purse, Young Life Africa, and SIM are all working to bring aid in this crisis.

Here’s a look at how YOUR GIVING is already making an impact through one of our outreach partners in West Africa.

How To Be Brave | Ebola Outreach from Elevation Media on Vimeo.

Stand up against injustice. Tee off against trafficking.

Gentlemen (and ladies) your hobby can bring healing tomorrow.

Join us Wednesday at Ballantyne Resort as we support our strategic outreach partner Compassion to Act in their first-annual “Tee off against Trafficking.”

 The FBI reports that sex trafficking of adults and children is the “fastest growing business of organized crime, and the third largest criminal enterprise in the world.”

Together we can stand up against this injustice.

Compassion To Act is a faith-based ministry that serves victims of human-sex trafficking and exploitation through awareness, liberation and restoration.

The goal is to raise awareness and funds for Compassion To Act, while gaining the support of men in the community. Men who will stand up to sex trafficking and exploitation by saying “no” to sexual sin.

Learn more about Compassion to Act from their latest video produced by Carly Sewell. Sign up to GOLF or SERVE AND SUPPORT today!

Be Brave. Serve.

This weekend we start a new series called “How to Be Brave.”

We can’t think of a better way than getting out and putting someone else’s needs above our own. It’s LOVE Weekend for our Elevation Concord location and there are more than a dozen events to choose from. Runners and walkers the next two weekends are perfect for you – just sign up – there are THREE big events.

KATE’S RACE – If you know someone fighting cancer this is a great opportunity to run or walk in their honor. Our friends at Hope Cancer Ministries will be at McAlpine Creek Park bringing hope to families facing this terrible disease and you can join them. Volunteers are also needed for setup and teardown.

BUDDY WALK – This Saturday UNCC’s football stadium is the venue for Down Syndrome Association of Greater’s Charlotte‘s annual walk to raise awareness and funds. There are opportunities for you to walk in the event or to help us at the craft booth as we celebrate life with our friends.

BIG SOUTH 5K – NEXT SATURDAY (10/18) Elevation Blakeney is the host site for this annual event that raises funds for middle school athletics in Mecklenburg and Union counties. This is a great opportunity for eGroups to run together or to serve together.

Here are a few more of our upcoming LOVE Weekend favorites:

SERVE THURSDAY OR SATURDAY

MAKE FALL FUN FOR KIDSChurch of God Children’s home is providing a positive and safe living environment for hurting, abused and neglected children. You’ll enjoy a free meal while interacting with the kids and help tear down. This is a family friendly event. Then Saturday you can participate in LOVE Weekend with the Autism Society of Cabarrus County. It’s fall fun in Kannapolis for volunteers age 5 and up.

SERVE SATURDAY

It’s a beautiful LOVE Weekend with 16 events around the Charlotte area and you can get involved.

Elevation Concord Outreach Coordinator Kristi Bezy says, “I’m blown away how God uses our partnerships to draw people to himself. I love how he’s not only using our partnerships to meet physical needs but also to meet spiritual needs.” Three friends met through “My Father’s House” ministry got baptized at Concord this month.

Kristi continues, This weekend, we have the opportunity to continue to embrace a lifestyle of generosity and service through LOVE Weekend at Elevation Concord. We have events for everyone—ranging from landscaping to a fall festival. We will also be putting together Homeless Care Kits after each worship experience at Elevation Concord on Sunday.”

BEDS FOR KIDS – If you’ve got a truck and just a few hours of time you can change the world for a family in need. Beds for Kids plans to deliver 50 beds across the Charlotte area Saturday. We’re excited for the opportunity to help. Imagine getting to see the look on a child’s face as you deliver an opportunity to sleep better, learn better, and live better.

BUILD A FENCE – Our friends at Charlotte Rescue Mission are working to improve the look and safety of their property. We love this ministry and the opportunity to see lives changed through the power of God’s love in action. Volunteers age 16 and up.

SPRUCE UP CONCORD SCHOOLS - Three schools, three projects. We’re getting busy in Concord painting, landscaping, and cleaning to improve the atmosphere for students and teachers. There’s room for you to serve at Irvin and Wolf Meadow elementary or at Concord High. Let’s support our schools!

 

 

 

Wordless Wednesday

Photo Credit: Allison Fowler

Serve, and be blessed

By FILIPE HO

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.