Girls Night Out

Last night was our 3rd annual Girls Night Out.  It was a night where select girls who participate in One7, Right Moves for Youth and Safe Journey get to come and be pampered, loved on and encouraged.  The girls arrived in limos, ate delicious desserts, had their make up and nails done, danced and got to hear about Jesus too.  It was such a fun night for everyone involved.

Tonight is our live Elevation Worship recording.  I am so excited.  Everyone is welcome, but you better get there early.  We will be collecting school uniforms for kids at the door.  More details here.

If you want to get involved tomorrow, there are still plenty of openings.  You can serve at a free medical clinic, cook for people, do building renovations, grounds clean up and more.  Just head to our LOVEWeek2013 site and sign up.  (And don’t miss the little button in the right hand corner that takes you to a new page).

It is not too late to get involved for the first time or do more!

Books, Books, Books

Yesterday we served at Promising Pages, an organization that gives books to kids in need.  The kids made bookmarks while the grown ups sorted  and wrapped books to be given out later.  The books are distributed at local schools and shelters.  Promising Pages has an audacious goal to distribute 1 Million books this year!  They are ALWAYS collecting  new and used books.

Tonight I am serving at Girls Night Out.  A night of fun for high school and middle school girls served by our partners, One7, Safe Journey and Right Moves for Youth.  It will be a night full of glitz, glamor and pampering.  I can’t wait to share pictures with you.

Tomorrow night is the Elevation Worship LIVE recording at Blakeney, everyone is welcome (hint: get there early!). And this weekend EVERYONE can participate in opportunities on location after worship experiences on Saturday and Sunday.  Check out to see more opportunities to get involved.

Servants with a heart

Last night we got to serve as a family. Servants with a Heart is an organization that provides food for hungry children all over the world. You may have seen a lot of pictures of people packaging this food this week because we have a goal to package 350,000meals by this Sunday and we are well on our way!

This is a fun activity that everyone in our family enjoyed. Together with other families, we formed a line to assemble bags full of rice, crushed soy (protein), powder with vitamins and flavoring, and dried veggies. The bags were then weighed, measured and sealed. Tonight we even got to taste the stew cooked and it was delicious!

















If you’re frustrated because many of the sign ups are full, keep checking the LOVEweek site because we are adding events daily!

LOVE Week Opportunities to serve from your home

Yesterday the boys and I served at Bright Blessings.  Bright Blessings is an organization that provides gifts and birthday parties for homeless kids and it is a cool place.  We had the best time decorating wrapping paper, packaging goodie bags, and wrapping books.  It was such a fun place to serve with my kids.  All of the events are full for LOVE Week but Bright Blessings is always collecting items for kids that range from new toys and books to hygiene items and juice boxes (see here for their wish list) and they also have ongoing opportunities for serving with your kids.  Check out their site for more information.

Here are three ways you can serve at home…
Clean out your closet and donate your new and gently used in season clothing to the Crisis Assistance Ministry Free Store to be redistributed to people in need from our own community.  The Crisis Assistance Ministry Free Store allows people in need of clothing to still get the items they need while allowing them to reallocate funds to pay essential bills, food, and shelter. The entire stores turns over in only 2-days. So that means that your clothing will likely be on someone within a week. Men’s clothing comes in and goes out much quicker. Donations for men will be on someone within two days.
Create a welcome basket of essential items for families who have moved into the Ronald McDonald House while their child is being treated at an area hospital.  Families often leave in a hurry to get to the hospital to get help for a sick or injured child.  Most often leaving without basic essentials for themselves. These welcome baskets fulfill a need for families while encouraging them and helping them rest, relax, and find hope.
Take the opportunity to bless a new mother by creating a new baby basket full of diapers, onesies and other baby items. These baskets are a way you can bless a young family with basic items needed to care for newborns.


You can drop these items off at the actual organization OR at the orange tent of your campus this weekend.  Just make sure you label your items for the correct location.

My boys (and I) cleaned out their closet.  Here they are stuffing the truck at our Matthews location which is open every day this week for donations.

I can’t believe I get to do this!!

It was a special weekend at Elevation as we kicked off LOVE Week 2013.  My husband led our church in 2010 to launch the first LOVE Week when we served more than 10,000 hours.  This year we expect to serve more than 60,000 hours.

This first weekend we began building three homes, making meals for 250,000 people, serving meals to homeless neighbors, cleaning and renovating parks and more.  Here are some photos from each campus…
Elevation Blakeney and Rock Hill packaged meals with Servants with a Heart.  Together we packaged more than 400,000 meals to be distributed in Nicaragua and in our own city to feed hungry children




The Providence Campus worked hard to made 5,000 sandwiches for homeless and under resourced people in our city.





At Elevation GTA (that’s Toronto :)) we are doing LOVE week too!  We packaged care kitsto go out to the community.





Our University Campus put together more than 3,000 Hygiene Kits for the people being served at the Urban Ministry Center, Crisis Assistance Ministry, Ronald McDonald House, and local homeless shelters.





At Elevation Gaston volunteers assembled nearly 1,000 Backpacks for under resourced kids in CMS and Gaston County schools.





And at Elevation Matthews and Uptown our church packaged 100,000 meals with Stop Hunger Now to be distributed around the world to starving children.



We shared our new outreach documentary with our church, showing how we’ve invested part of $1 million given to outreach from our 2012 Banner Years offering.  We were inspired to see how our giving is making an impact all over the world.


I cannot believe  that during the life of our church we’ve given away $9.5 million to our outreach partners.  And it’s exciting to think about how the best is still yet to come.  And together this week we have the opportunity to bring the practical love of Jesus to people who are hurting in our cities.  See the full list of serving opportunities at


Here are some of the top opportunities still with plenty of space for you to serve.

Click on the links to be a part of the LOVE Week movement!

Autism Foundation:  Build an interactive porch and lead special needs children in summer camp.

Hope Cancer Ministries: Prepare and deliver a meal to a homebound cancer patient, write an encouraging note, or help renovate the ministry center.

Urban Ministry Center: Serve ice cream and sno-cones to homeless neighbors.

Stuff the Truck: Clean out your closets and playrooms, give to neighbors in need.

Promising Pages: Clean, organize, prepare books for children in need.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas: Local agencies report a critical shortage of blood products to help neighbors with life-saving treatments.

A Lovely Giveaway

Jamie Waldron made my dreams come true this week. I have watched the show Survivor since I was in college. I always wanted a buff but felt it would be a bit silly to have a Survivor buff (buff… you know those team things that they wear on their head, their arm, their waist etc…). Well Jamie had a few made for LOVE week.

LOVE week buffs!!!!

And I have one to give away today. Here’s how you can win yours… Sign up for LOVE week and then tweet or comment (here or on my Instagram post with this same picture) letting me know what you signed up to do. If you are already signed up, just tell me what you are doing.

I will close the comments tonight at midnight and post the winner in the morning.

Here’s the link to sign up… LOVE week. Good luck!

Update: @nomorerhymes on Instagram is the lucky winner! Thanks everyone for serving this week! It’s going to be a great week.

Love Week!!!!!!!!!!

We are coming up on one of my favorite weeks of the year, LOVE Week!  It is the week where thousands of Elevators will gather together to love on our cities.  And this year it is not just Charlotte we are loving on, it is Toronto, ON, Roanoke, VA, Phoenix, AR, Norwalk, OH, and more.

We will be building homes, sorting clothes, making food, cleaning, mentoring, painting, renovating, beautifying, and so much more.  It is all about uniting as a body of believers, in the name of Jesus to serve.

Beth Moore says, “We have something in us that is only satisfied and fulfilled when we are pouring out what God has poured into us.”  Life is experienced at it’s fullest when you give back to others what God has given to you.

There are opportunities for you to serve whether you have 1 hour or 40 hours to give. There are opportunities for you to serve as a family, as a small group, with your children, or by yourself.  You can serve before work, during the day or in the evening.  You can serve during the week or on the weekend.  There are literally thousands of events to choose from that fit every talent and every time frame and so many locations.  You have no excuse.

I will be serving somewhere everyday this week alongside many of you and I cannot wait!!  I will be sharing pictures and highlighting opportunities all week here on the blog.

You can start by clicking here to sign up for an event that fits you.






Life change inbox

It’s Friday and time for another Life Change Inbox! Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 3:2-4 that our lives are living letters written so that God might be glorified. People often write in to Elevation and share the work God is doing in their lives through our church. When I read these stories, I am reminded that we serve a powerful God who still works miracles in the lives of everyday people. These stories inspire me to keep giving, keep serving and continue praying for those who are far from God. I hope they will do the same for you.

Today we have a video story of a family who came to Elevation from half way around the world. I think you will enjoy their story!

If you have a story you would like to share, email us at


Ladies First

Last week we got together with our female staff and staff spouses.  We try to get together a few times a year.  Each time we meet we try to change it up.  We have served together, we have simply gotten to know each other and we have brought in speakers too (this was our last event).

This time we brought in one of my favorite authors, Shaunti Felhahn.  We decided to have everyone who normally attends this event invite someone with them.  We had the best time.  We had ice cream in January.  We talked about the core values of Elevation (The Code).  We collected items for Pregnancy Resource Center AND gave them a check from the generous people of Elevation for $40K!   And we heard from a bestselling author.

Shaunti spoke to us about the inner workings of men and how we can apply what we know about men to working with them and being married to them.  Her content is so good.  I love it because it is not one woman’s opinion for men, it is a woman’s findings after interviewing thousands of men.  If you have never read her book, For Women Only, or For Women Only in the Workplace, you need to get a copy!

Here’s a few pictures from our night…

Kids serving kids

Right before Christmas we had the opportunity to make boxes for Operation Christmas Child along with a few other Elevation staff children.  I love serving with my kids.  I love teaching them to care about others.  They had such a great time picking out toys for their boxes and then assembling their boxes.

Did you know that this year, Operation Christmas Child expects to hit 100 Million boxes this year?  And, did you know that you don’t have to wait until Christmas time to make a box?  The boxes that we made will be distributed in Panama this March and you can still contribute to the stack (contact for more information).

And don’t forget, you can always visit Elevation Outreach for more information about how you, your family, or your small group can get involved.