Monday Morning Commentary

Honorology We wrapped up our series, Honorology, this weekend with a bang!  If last week's message was inspirational, this week's was practical.

There is no one better to teach on how to practically honor others than my husband.  He truly seeks to honor every person God places in his life.

The second point was my favorite.  He said, "if you want to honor someone, you have to know their honor code, how they receive honor."  Person to person, we all receive honor differently like we each receive love differently.  Here are a few different ways you can give honor…
    -stand at attention (maybe not physically, but sometimes simply giving your full attention)
    -bow in respect (differing your own preference to the other person)
    -serve with passion
    -give with thoughtfulness
    -speak with affection
    -look past offenses
    -believe the best

Honor and love go hand in hand.  Romans 12:9-10 says, "Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves."

You can watch the message at The Elevation Experience and in our archives.

Elevation Staff in LOVE Week action

I thought I'd leave you with a quick look at what some of our staff and staff spouses have been up to this week during LOVE Week.


Urban Ministries

The Elevation staff spent the morning touring Urban Ministries, serving breakfast and jumping in on the work.

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Ladies Night Out

Volunteers spent the night pampering the girls at One7, Right Moves For Youth and Safe Journey.  My husband and I stopped by this event last night after our date, it was amazing!

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Hope Haven

Elevation Staff and volunteers spent the morning remodeling and serving breakfast to the residents.

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Piney Grove Elementary School

Elevation Staff spent time reading and donating books to the students at Piney Grove Elementary.

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Youth Homes Inc

Some of the band spouses got together to make Project Hugs Care Kits for moms at Youth Homes Inc

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Bright Blessings

Staff Spouses got together to make gift baskets for children at Bright Blessings.

Love week 

Stop Hunger Now 

Volunteers packaged 20,001 meals that will be shipped to Haiti.

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If you haven't had a chance to get involved yet, there are still many opportunities to serve tomorrow and Sunday (go to AND don't forget to stuff the truck when you come to your campus this weekend.

Matthews Campus- Clothing
Blakeney Campus- Food
Uptown Campus- Books
Providence Campus- School supplies 

Tell me what LOVE Week projects have you done!

There are only 4 more days left in LOVE Week, and many more opportunities still open, it's not too late to get involved. Our goal for the week was to reach 25,000 volunteer hours. And we have already reached over 18,000 hours!!

I'm so proud to be a part of a movement that is making such an impact in our city. And I know you are too!  I want to know what you have been doing.  Leave a comment telling us where you have volunteered this week!

This morning Elijah and Graham volunteered at Bright Beginnings (see below).  They are making birthday packets for homeless children.

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Here's a quick look at some of the projects that have been going on through out the week.

1200547923_dsc_0296 Samaritan's Feet

Our goal for Samaritan’s Feet was 10,000 shoes processed. In one weekend we processed 17,279 pairs of shoes! That is 5 months worth of work for Samaritan's Feet!



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We contacted our Outreach partners to see what their greatest needs were. Starting with last weekend, at each campus we have been collecting everything from clothing to books for schools. This is a great way that we can provide for our outreach partners in a big way. The trucks will be there this weekend so it's not too late to bring stuff with you!




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Christ Our Shepherd ministries exists to empower single parents to reach financial and spiritual security by providing quality children's programs, education and life skills in a Christian environment, and provide quality Christian resources and children's programs to the community at large. 




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Jackson Park is an incredible ministry with a vision "to see the families, children and all individuals of Jackson Park, Charlotte and surrounding communities come to know Christ as their Savior and Lord; becoming productive citizens in the community and serving others as a disciple of Christ." Our volunteers spent time cleaning up their facilities this week.




1204155679_dsc_6141 Bright Blessings

Bright Blessings vision is to bring joy, recognition and support to homeless children and families during difficult times.   Volunteers spent time this week putting together birthday gift baskets for kids who otherwise would not be getting anything on their birthday. It was a great way for children to get involved with LOVE Week and volunteer with their parents.




Check out the LOVE Week website to find out how you can still get involved!

And leave a comment to tell me what you have been involved in!

Hope Haven

All week long LOVE Week volunteers have been serving at Hope Haven working to remodel their building. Hope Haven is a foundation of recovery that provides life skills for homeless, chemically dependent adults and families within a supportive residential environment, leading to independence. They offer counseling, vocational training, parenting classes, money management and job placement.

The work started at Hope Haven on Friday night with an overnight student project and has been continuing throughout the week. Yesterday a team of about 70 LOVE Week volunteers spent 2 hours painting, putting furniture together and remodeling. Here's a few pictures of our volunteers hard at work!

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I am so proud of all the work that is going into loving our city! 

Today I want to hear what you have been doing.  There are so many projects going on, I would love to hear what you have been involved in!  If you have participated in LOVE Week leave a comment telling me what you have done.  I can't wait to hear from you!




Don’t miss out on LOVE Week!

Shoes LOVE Week is going full force! This week we are partnering with 25 other churches to impact the city of Charlotte with a goal to serve 25,000 volunteer hours and have already reached over 13,000 hours! We’ve already seen a tremendous impact over the last few days. It’s not too late for you to get involved.

Yesterday I made a gift basket for one of the teachers at Piney Grove Elementary.  This morning my husband is going to read to some of the students there.

Here are just a few great LOVE Week projects that you can still get involved in…

  • Crisis Assistance Ministry

Crisis Assistance Ministry serves the low-income citizens of Mecklenburg County, often classified as “the working poor,” who are facing financial emergencies and are struggling to meet life’s basic needs.You can help serve by sorting and organizing donations at the Crisis Free Store or feeding breakfast. There are opportunties available every day!

  • Gift Baskets

Many local ministries and organizations operate with a small staff who often go unnoticed. You have the opportunity to honor foster families, teachers and other ministry staff for all of the work they do daily helping those in our city who are less fortunate. This is a great way to make a huge impact in someone’s life and show them how appreciated they are.

  • Hope Cancer Ministries

Hope Cancer Ministries provides Christian volunteer services to cancer patients and their families throughout the Charlotte NC and Mecklenburg County area.

This is the perfect event for stay-at-home parents or home-schoolers.  Volunteers will serve by registering for event and will receive an e-mail with age-appropriate education for families with pre-schoolers and elementary students.  The curriculum will include brief education for parents to review with their children as well as a butterfly art project families can do together.  Projects should be mailed back to Hope Cancer Ministries OR dropped off at the Hope Cancer Center Monday 2/28 – Friday 3/4 from 9:00am-3:00pm.  Monday 2/28 – Friday 3/4.  Hope Cancer will distribute to families battling cancer for hope and encouragement.

Be sure to check out the LOVE Week website for many more opportunities!