It’s Top Opportunities Tuesday and we’re sharing our top FIVE opportunities to serve over the next 5 days.
SERVE TONIGHT (TUESDAY)
ONE7 TUTORS - One7 is one of our favorite partners to serve with. If you’ve never been this is a perfect opportunity to get involved. Our friends are believing that God will connect 70 people to students who need help with their homework. Volunteers must be 14 and up. To learn more about the students from One7, check out a recent eKidz Motion video from our series “Beats”. (Tonight and Thursday)
SAMARITAN HOUSE - Samaritan House provides recuperative care for homeless men and women in need of short-term care immediately following a hospital or emergency room stay. This is a great eGroups opportunity. We cook a meal together, and then we sit down to enjoy each other’s company. One of the beautiful stories coming out of LOVE Week is from a teenage boy named Dominic. He didn’t want to cook so he sat down with Michael one of the Samaritan House guests. Michael and Dominic laughed together and Dominic talked about Michael all the way home. (story from Samaritan House liaison Charis Duncan)
PREGNANCY RESOURCE CENTER SETUP AND EVENT VOLUNTEER - Our friends at PRC have their biggest fundraiser of the year coming up and we have the chance to help. PRC is committed to providing compassion, information and support to anyone facing the challenge of unintended pregnancy. Two chances to help here – one in the morning as they set up for special guests Matt Maher and Brian Fisher and then in the evening as greeters and hosts.
ICAN BIKE CAMP - Autism Charlotte will create an atmosphere of fun and celebration at our Blakeney location. Volunteers will set-up a safe and exciting play space for children with special needs and their families. Volunteers will also act as buddies for the children as they have the opportunity to practice their bike riding skills. Volunteers must be 16 and up.
CONCRETE TO COUCH - This was a favorite opportunity during LOVE Week. If you missed it, you can be involved with Crisis Assistance Ministry‘s new hands-on chance to help a neighbor transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency. You’ll help move gifts from Crisis’ Furniture Bank over and into the neighbor’s new home. It’s a life-changing way to spend your morning. Volunteers must be 13 and up.
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.