God so loved the world that he GAVE – and as a church we place a high value on giving.
Not only sacrificially giving financially, but giving of our time by serving. As we continue to reflect on how God has SURROUNDED us with evidence of his love, and explore what it means to SURROUND our city with that same love–be sure to check our events site, for weekly opportunities to get involved! Here are some of our stand-outs this week.
CHRISTMASVILLE Rock Hill – Nothing gets a community in the spirit of Christmas better than seeing their town dressed to the nines in holiday decorations. During this time of year, the city of Rock Hill turns into “Christmasville,” and we as a church have the opportunity to help with that transformation by hanging signs a few days before their big festival.
HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Crisis Assistance Ministry – We have the unique opportunity to come and celebrate in the success of a few families who are transitioning out of homelessness, by helping them settle into their new homes! With the Concrete 2 Couch program, volunteers will have multiple opportunities to serve by helping to unpack boxes, arrange belongings, and move furniture.
12 HOURS OF CHRISTMAS Least of These Gaston – This spirit-filled event focuses on lifting up children and families in the foster care system, by giving them a Christmas they’ll never forget! Loving volunteers are needed in all areas to make this event spectacular. We’ll have the chance to help with everything from wrapping presents, to parking assistance.
A CARD FOR CHRISTMAS Urban Ministry Center – It’s the beautiful mission of this non-profit to ensure that those struggling with homelessness aren’t also struggling with feeling isolated. This holiday season, we can offer our presence and encouragement, by coming together over a Christmas craft that will help our neighbors get reconnected with their loved ones.
HOLIDAY SHOWCASE Blessed Assurance – This adult day care facility is getting ready to double the size of their building, which will allow them to make an even greater impact! A loved partner by volunteers, spots will go quickly to help set up, tear down and serve food for this exciting occasion!
Week 4 of our series SURROUND was an Elevation Outreach takeover! Thank you, Pastor Steven and Holly for the opportunity to share some of what God is doing through us as we embrace a lifestyle of generosity and service.
Operations Pastor Josh Blackson shared from Romans 12:7-8 that reminds us that we all have a part to play – “if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach, if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.”
David and MC Garrett and the team from our outreach partner One7 joined us all weekend long and we laughed and cried as we heard from them and the students who’ve been impacted through their ministry.
The sermon will be available Monday in the Elevation Church archives.
If you watched this weekend and are wondering how to respond – there are three ways:
GIVE: We committed $250,000 to the expansion of One7 – a multi-purpose building that will allow the team to bring indoors some of the transformational work they do everyday. Believing today in how God will move in the hearts of each of us as we give to the SURROUND year-end offering. We always give 12% off the top to serve our outreach partners.
SERVE: When we bring our ordinary, we get to see God make it extraordinary. It’s easy to serve in outreach at our church. Click over to our EVENTS site for opportunities to take part in outreach events happening in the near future. Still uncertain? Watch here on our blog every Tuesday for our top picks of the week, or talk to your eGroup or eTeam leader for ideas to get involved. You can also check out our ABOUT page for details and contact information for each of our partners. Or just rake leaves for your neighbor. Buy a co-worker coffee. Tell your sister you believe in her. Say thank you. Smile.
PRAY: You may feel like you have nothing to give. But if you’ve placed Jesus Christ at the center of your life, HE is in you, HE has given you gifts that you are to share with a world that is broken and hurting. You may feel like you’re broken and hurting, right now. You may feel lost and overwhelmed. There is hope. You are not alone. Contact our prayer team and we will be there for you. If you need more practical help from one of our outreach partners, check out our RESOURCES page.
One of the things we are most grateful for in our outreach strategy is that we would not just serve once a year… but that we would be in intentional relationship, prayer, and service with our partner non-profits all year long.
That means when Thanksgiving comes along, we have just a few opportunities to serve – they are rare and special.
Because more than anything, we want you to be able to focus on spending time with your own family.
Here are a few of our upcoming favorites:
TURKEY TUESDAY Jackson Park – We are excited to have an opportunity TONIGHT to serve Thanksgiving dinner to West Charlotte families through Jackson Park ministries. This organization specializes in helping families transition to stable financial situations by providing them with programs that will give them the tools they need to succeed.
WHILE THEY WAIT Crisis Assistance Ministry – Just two spots left this week to serve with one of our original outreach partners. Respect and honor are among the top priorities here as this non-profit works to help neighbors keep their lights and heat on while under financial strain. We come alongside them in their mission, by offering warm drinks and kind words to clients waiting in line.
DECK THE HALLS Brookdale Senior Living Center – The holidays can sometimes be a lonely time for our senior neighbors. To celebrate with them, and to help get them in the spirit of the season, we will be assembling and decorating their 7 Christmas trees with all of the trimmings!
RECONNECTING FOR CHRISTMAS Urban Ministry Center – In spending time with homeless neighbors, we’ve learned one of the most difficult, but most rewarding things is to reconnect with family. Volunteers will get to work side-by-side with our neighbors to create Christmas cards for our loved ones.
We’re grateful for an opportunity to be a part of a special Thanksgiving-week event at Jackson Park Ministries.
This Tuesday evening event just opened up and we are excited to be able to help celebrate the holiday with families transitioning out of homelessness.
It’s a great opportunity for eGroups to serve and it IS family-friendly. Sign up now – slots will go quickly!