Elevation Church

April 10, 2012

Monday Morning Commentary... Seven Mile Miracle

What an amazing Easter weekend.  I am coming back to life today, still kind of recovering from the excitement of all that God did this past weekend.  We had record attendance and over 1500 people turn in a card indicating that they gave their lives to Christ.  That makes everything worth it.

I am so thankful I get to be a part of such an amazing move of God across our city and our world.  I am thankful for every volunteer and staff member who tirelessly gave up their Easter to make 7 Mile Miracle possible.  I am blown away at how our worship team gave the same excitement to the first worship experience that they did to the 10th, and every one in between, no matter how many people were present.  I am so proud of every spouse who held down the fort while their husbands (or wives) worked countless hours leading up to and during Easter.  Even though that does not feel like an act of worship, it is.

And today I am praying not only for all the people who gave their lives to Jesus this weekend, but also the ones who didn't. I am praying that their hearts would begin to soften as the message of the gospel echos in their head.

I hope you had a wonderful weekend.  I will share some family pictures tomorrow!

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April 06, 2012

Easters past and present


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Happy Good Friday!  I just love the Easter season!  These are pictures from our staff Easter party, we had such a great time. 

The anticipation of this weekend is so exciting.  Yesterday, I had the opportunity to preview our worship experience at Elevation and it is going to be spectacular.  I am so proud of our team.  I cannot wait for tonight.

Today I thought I would link a few blogs I have posted from Easters past...

Posted 4/9/09, in this post I talk about raising kids in the ministry (there may or may not be pictures from my childhood)
Who says you have to hunt eggs on Sunday?

Posted on 4/2/09, here I talk about praying against attacks from the Enemy.
Put up your dukes

Posted on 3/31/10, it's an oldie but a goodie!  4 year old Elijah tells the Easter story with props (man he is growing up fast!)
Elijah Furtick presents the Easter Story

Posted on 3/30/10, I share one of the Easter activities we like to do with our kids.
Celebrating Easter

Posted on 4/1/10, more the seriousness of the Enemy that we face and our need to fight back.
Keep your dukes up

March 20, 2012

I love eKidz!

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Our children's ministry is first class.  A while back they created a blog that is so helpful!  I no longer have to wonder what my kids are learning about in church, or rely on their interpretation of what they were taught each week.

The eKidz blog gives a weekend recap every Monday, so I know exactly what concepts I can be reinforcing at home.  They also post about upcoming events, contests they are doing and other helpful information as well as the memory verses for each month.

I am so proud of our children's ministers.  They work so hard to make Elevation an exciting place for kids.  My kids love going to church and that makes me so happy!

Last month, Graham's age group did a spy contest.  This month it's all about basketball in Elijah's group.  Here are their pictures that they entered...

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You can check out their blog here.

February 14, 2012

Love Week (Tuesday)

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx has proclaimed February 11-19 LOVE Week across our city.  In celebration, he will join my husband and I to bless children and families on Valentine’s Day, February 14.

We will visit children in the playroom at Levine Children's Hospital with a team from Elevation Worship to sing songs, read books, and deliver Valentine’s Day gifts supplied by Elevation volunteer, Stephanie Castles.  My friend Stephanie was moved to service following an extended stay at Levine when her son Jacob was seriously ill.

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Last April, Pastor Steven and Mayor Foxx signed the “Orange Initiative.”  It’s an Elevation Church promise to serve 100,000 hours and give $750,000 in one year to fight homelessness and hunger and improve our city for all our citizens.

LOVE Week is an audacious, collaborative initiative to unify our city in an outpouring of volunteer service.  More than 40 churches will join together to beautify our parks, improve our schools, honor our police and firefighters, feed the hungry, raise awareness about homelessness, poverty, and addiction, serve the poor and improve the quality of life for neighbors of all ages, and from all walks of life.

There are opportunities to serve TODAY.  If you've been sitting on the sidelines of LOVE Week, this is your opportunity.  What better way to show our city LOVE on Valentine's Day than to serve?

In 2012, our LOVE Week goal is to serve 50,000 volunteer hours in collaboration with 50 churches.  Our hope and prayer is that this effort will inspire the citizens of Charlotte with a spirit of compassion, unity, selflessness, and service.

More than 350 events are planned and there is something for everyone.

To find out how you can be a part of this citywide initiative, join us at www.loveweekcharlotte.com   

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February 13, 2012

Monday Morning Commentary

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This weekend we continued in our series, Living a Better Story and if you have not heard any of these messages, you are missing out.  This series has been so helpful for me and so many others.

My husband opened up the message in Jeremiah 1:5,
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
   before you were born I set you apart;
   I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

He said something (something that was not necessarily new, or all that profound, that is until I took it to heart) that I hope will stick with me for a long time... "God chose me before I ever did anything wrong AND before I did anything right!"

If you really take this to heart, it will change your life.  I can cancel the audition because God has designed me for my part, and I never really had to try out.  I realize that I can stop auditioning for my friends, my family, my church members (hello PWs), my critics, and even my children because God custom designed me for the part He wanted me to play.

This message was so powerful.  You can listen to the message at the Elevation Network, in our archive and on our podcast.  You can also download our Elevation iPhone app and have the messages in your phone each week too.  Have a great Monday!

February 10, 2012

Love Week is here!!

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I love my church.  You know that.  But I especially love my church this time of year when we work together all over our city to do what I’m teaching my kids this month. 

1 John 3:18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

LOVE Week 2012 begins tomorrow.  For eight days, we will work together all over the Charlotte area to share God’s love through our service.  Two years ago we served 10,551 hours.  Last year, we partnered with 25 churches to serve 34,257 hours.  This year, we believe in the unifying power of Jesus to bring 50+ churches together to serve 50,000 hours.

 There are more than 350 opportunities to serve all over the Charlotte area.  And it’s amazing, but there are more than 50 opportunities Saturday alone!  Most of the events are family friendly, and some of them you can even do from home.  But I love how we can get out and serve with our family alongside others in our church so we can be living out that John 3:18 lesson together.

You can sign up at LOVEWEEKCHARLOTTE.COM – but if you find the list daunting, I asked our outreach team to point out a few great opportunities you’ll love.

SERVE OUR CHILDREN AND SCHOOLSLink arms and serve with neighbors from Elevation and other churches to have fun painting and landscaping at Martin Luther King Middle School.  Saturday, February 11 10am-1pm 

ENHANCE AND BEAUTIFY OUR CITY PARKS:   Just the best way to spend a Saturday morning – head to the park with the kids!  Serve at the same time when you join us at Reedy Creek Park to spruce up this beautiful natural area.  Saturday, February 11 9am-Noon 

eKIDZ INVASION:  DADDY/DAUGHTER DATE NIGHT:  Our eKidz staff is knocking LOVE Week out of the park this year as they “take over” Ronald McDonald house.  There are opportunities to serve almost every day.  From home, you can create “Welcome Boxes” for parents and children facing serious illness.  My favorite is Daddy/Daughter date night.  Monday, February 13 6:30-8pm

There are only 20 slots left, so Dads get signed up now.

DELIVER MEALS TO THE HOMEBOUND:    Amy Corbett and I have been delivering meals on a Friendship Trays route for years.  It’s great because it only takes about 90 minutes and the kids develop relationships with the neighbors we visit twice a month.  You can try out a Friendship Trays route any day during LOVE Week.  Click the link above to sign up on Valentine’s Day.  Take flowers with you and really brighten a homebound senior citizen’s day!  Weekdays, 11am-Noon

HONOR A TEACHER, POLICE OFFICER OR FIREFIGHTER:  Here’s another great opportunity you can do from home.  My husband is huge on “honor” – we want to restore honor to our generation by freely giving respect and honor to those around us.  Make a gift basket with an encouraging card and some special items to honor the people who serve us in our city.  Bring them to any Elevation Church location on February 19.

PREPARE AND DELIVER A MEAL TO FAMILY FACING CANCER: If you love to cook, you can bless a family with your gifts and deliver to their home.  Hope Cancer Ministries offers us this opportunity at dinnertime all week long.  Weeknights 5-7pm. 

GIVE SHOES, GIVE BLOOD, GIVE ANYTHING:  Spend an extra hour right at church serving.  At every location, we’ll bring the opportunity to you.  Bring a new pair of shoes to help our outreach partner Samaritan’s Feet recover from a recent theft at their Los Angeles warehouse.  Or help us give away more than a thousand pairs of shoes in the Druid Hills neighborhood on February 18.  Give blood at every location on the weekends and all week long at Elevation Matthews.  Package essential items for homeless children served through “A Child’s Place.”   Bring books, school uniforms, gently used clothing, furniture, or household items as we “stuff a truck” at every location to bless our outreach partners. 

From February 11-19 we will impact more than 50,000 lives through our service.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity.  Click one of the links above, or go to LOVEWEEKCHARLOTTE.COM.  I look forward to sharing the LOVE Week experience with you!

 

January 23, 2012

Code Orange Revival Recap

What an incredible 12 days. I am so thankful my husband obeyed God and followed through with Code Orange Revival. I am personally still trying to process all the Lord has taught me. Here is a recap our amazing video team put together. Tomorrow I will be back to life as normal.

Code Orange Revival from Elevation Church on Vimeo.

January 17, 2012

Code Orange Commentary

We have been a little busy the past 6 days.  Code Orange Revival has been amazing.  God has truly shown up each night and we are having a blast!  If you are in the area, you have got to join us at our Matthews or Blakeney locations.  If you cannot get here, you can join us online each night at 7 at TheElevationNetwork.com.  Tonight we will hear from Pastor Perry Noble.

Here are a few of the pictures I have been tweeting the past few nights...

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January 13, 2012

Bleeding Orange

Well we did it!  The vision the Lord gave my husband this summer has come to life.  Code Orange Revival has been a smashing success and the excitememnt is only building.   We have had overflowing crowds at both of our locations and the rooms are on fire!  No only that, but people all over the world are watching online.  So far, we have heard from Pastor Craig Groschel, and Pastor Jentezen Franklin.  And tonight we will hear from Pastor Matt Chandler.

Check out this letter that we got Marilena in Thailand.

I want to thank you for sharing the CODEORANGEREVIVAL worldwide. I live in Thailand as a missionary, I work with icarethailand, It is just a small group of us, international people and we love your videos and resources. By the grace of God we are able to follow all your 12 revival's meetings here at 7.00 AM local time, that is when we usually gather for prayer and reading the Word. Perfect timing! Now we are with you, praising, worshiping, listening to the inspiring sermons and praying that our lives will change and we will be use more for God's glory.

We love you
Marilena

You can join us each night at the Elevation network starting at 6:12pm.  The worship experiences will also be rebroadcasted at 10:12pm, 3:12am and 12:12 pm.  But of course, if live near Charlotte, you can join us at our Blakeney and our Matthews campuses.
 

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December 22, 2011

Code Orange Christmas

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Last night we began our Christmas worship experiences.  The first 2 of 30! 

We are calling it Code Orange Christmas.  Code orange means there is a heightened since of urgency.  We are using it to say that God has rescued us in our most desperate need. 

The worship experience was amazing.  I don't want to spoil anything, so I'll just say, the gospel is presented in a powerful, life changing and creative way.

I hope you will be a bringer not just a consumer this Christmas no matter where you live.  People's hearts are so open to the gospel at Christmas time.  I am praying for each and every person who will be bringing their friends and family members to church over the next several days.

And Elevation, here's the best part... we are releasing more tickets at all of our campuses and worship experiences.  You can get tickets at CodeOrangeChristmas.com.  I will see you there!