It was one week ago today that a series of violent storms and tornadoes swept across Alabama and changed our lives. Almost 300 lives were lost. Almost 800 were seriously injured. Many of our church family were directly and indirectly affected. There has never been a greater opportunity for us to give of ourselves for the city!
In light of this, we wanted to let you know of the opportunities you have to GIVE and to SERVE during this time of need. Every penny of offering we took in this week after paying the bills went straight to tornado disaster relief - to help families in our church like the Reeves (who lost their entire home) and the Cornwells (whose 15-year old daughter Katy was killed in one of the storms) as well as other families in our church and community. The needs are great and they are many! Because of this, we are partnering with Casey Graham (www.caseygraham.org) and our friends at Crosspoint Church in Decatur to raise funds. Casey set out to raise $10K for relief. As of yesterday the amount had crested $100K! This next Sunday (5/8) we will GIVE 10% of our entire offering to the victims of this disaster. The website is www.immediaterelief.org. God is moving and stirring people's hearts to give! Will you join us?
If you're looking for an opportunity to SERVE, we will be meeting at 8:00 AM every morning this week (5/2-5/6) at Capshaw Baptist Church to send out a group from The Brook. They will provide breakfast before we head out. If you can't make it at 8:00 AM we will regroup after lunch at 1:00 PM at Capshaw. If you have skills with roofing, chainsaws, construction, or even just a strong back, we can use your help. You must be 18 or older. Please, do NOT show up in shorts and flip-flops. If you're coming to work, be dressed and ready to work! For more info contact Randy Silver: 256-527-8116.
If you would like to donate basic staple items please check this list at Inside-Out Ministries or contact Deborah Ward: 256-325-5193. We encourage you to give generously and serve wholeheartedly as we walk through this rebuilding together.