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November 04, 2011



CHARLOTTE, North Carolina - This beautiful Thursday morning, as every morning, there were more than 200 people waiting in line for assistance outside the doors of Crisis Assistance Ministry.

At lunchtime, Urban Ministry Center will serve more than 300 hungry people their only meal of the day.

At dinnertime tonight, a working single mother will weep because she doesn't have enough decent food to feed her children.

Hunger is real in the Charlotte area.  You know it.  You want to do something about it.

But you worry the need is so great, that no amount of effort on your part can make any sort of difference at all.  And especially now, as the holidays are approaching, you're wondering - how can I make THIS season different for my family?

Our staff at Elevation has been working to help you make your holiday season more meaningful than ever before.  Our church gives away 12% of everything that comes in back out to serve the underserved in our community.  But to really change this city, it takes more than our money.  Jesus calls us to a life of service.

This week, we are launched a month long outreach initiative called  "30 Days of Thanks"- 72 opportunities for you, your family, your eGroup, or your eTeam to serve the hungry in Charlotte.

Click here for the list of opportunities.  In many cases, we’ll provide the food, and all you have to do is show up and see how God might work through you.

One of my favorites is shopping with the kids for “Turkey Tuesday.”  For less than $40, you can provide a family all the fixings for their Thanksgiving meal.  Together, our goal is to provide 200 meals to families in need through our strategic outreach partner, Matthews Help Center.  It’s a great opportunity to share with your kids about gratitude and God’s provision, and how he calls on us to share with those in need.

You know can't do everything.  You know you must do something.  Not "one day" - but today.  Sign up now, and let me know where YOU will be serving during #30DaysofThanks this month.  I hope to see you there!



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I thank Our God for Elevation Church and the vision it carriers to meet the needs of others in need. It has be our honor to attend your church while visiting our middle son, (Graham Marshall). May the LORD bless you as you continue to serve HIM.

In His Vineyard,

Rev. Mark Marshall
1 John 3:18

What a great way for your church to serve your area! A lady at our church (viningslake.org) began a ministry to meet the needs of hungry children in our area. Currently, she stocks food pantries in 4 local schools and distributes the food to children and their families. It is amazing to see God at work in such life changing ways! Thank you for your post!

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