It's Giving Tuesday!

Give just $10 today and we'll send you the gift below to show our thanks!

Well, Thanksgiving has come and gone. Black Friday and Cyber Monday have passed. But now it's time for Giving Tuesday — the day we remember to give to others because we're thankful for all we have. For us at Serve More, that means giving more neighbors are loved and served. Watch this:

Your donation means more neighbors like Rickey get help in times of disaster. More elderly neighbors like Sue getting the vital home repairs they need. And more of our disabled neighbors like Jazmine being given freedom and accessibility in their homes!

Make a donation to Serve More today, on Giving Tuesday, and we'll put it to work serving neighbors all over central Oklahoma. And we'll even put this Serve More Scout Book + 2 Stickers in the mail to you to show our thanks.

Community renewal starts with you but it ends with whole neighborhoods being restored by the neighbors that love them.

 

Serve Moore Saturday

You know how they say, "All good things must come to an end?" 

Yeah, I don't think "they" really understood good things. Good things are important. Good things can be contagious. Good things bring people together.

Serve Moore Saturday is a good thing. Rather, it's a bunch of people doing MANY good things.

In the last 15 months, Moore has seen tens of thousands of volunteers cross city, state, and national borders to come serve in the wake of a devastating EF-5 tornado. These people coming to serve our city has been a good thing. Eventually though, all those volunteers go home -- back to their cities, states, and nations. 

But remember -- all good things do NOT have to end. You and I still live here. You and I still know people suffering. You and I still want to keep Moore a great place to live. So it's you and me -- and our families, friends, and neighbors. Let's keep this good thing going to #RenewMoore!

Let's push to get hundreds of people together for October's Serve Moore Saturday and make a huge difference in our community! Invite everyone. Even if you helped at Serve Moore after the tornado, there's still PLENTY to do!

Join in on October 25th from 9am till 3pm at 200 S Howard Ave, Moore.

A Statement on The Future of #ServeMoore

The words "Thank You" just seem so small. We've always seen Serve Moore as a team effort but we're talking about a team that's just rolled past 42,000 people strong. How do you tell that many people you deeply appreciate their partnership; that thousands of residents are grateful for their service; or that an entire community is forever-changed by their presence? 

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Preparing Your Kids For Storm Season

Welcome to Springtime in Oklahoma, land that I love! If your heart is like mine or if your family is like mine, there are already questions about what the next few months will hold for us. Last week, my kids were given helmets in their classrooms at school, bringing on a new wave of conversations in our home. The weather folks are reminding us to prepare our storm shelters, and while I want to make preparations for my home, it’s also an important time to make preparations in our hearts and in our children’s hearts. Here are a few simple truths from scripture that you can share as a family heading into a season of uncertainty.

Jesus is our safety
The name of the Lord is a strong tower, we can run in and be safe. Proverbs 18:10 

There truly is peace in just speaking the name of our King. When we are afraid, we can take refuge in Jesus and His love for us.

God cares for His kids
Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows. Luke 12:6-7

My son has expressed to me that his greatest fear is that we would lose our home. We find great comfort in knowing that God cares for the birds and the flowers. He gave us the house we have, and we can trust Him to make sure we have what we need.

Rain comes from God’s hands.
Job 5:10 says that it is God who commands the rain to fall and the fields to be watered.

Rain shouldn’t frighten us but remind us of God’s provision and care. Genesis 2 shows us that God’s design even before the fall was that He would send rain to cause plants to grow. When God sends rain, he’s sending nourishment to the earth to care for it and for us.

Thunder can be a reminder to us that God is in control.
He thunders with His majestic voice, and does not restrain the lighting when His voice is heard. Job 37:4-5

The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord, over many waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty. Psalm 29:3

Many times in scripture, we see that thunder is a reminder of God’s strength! When we hear thunder today, we can remember that God is in control of waves, wind, and storms.

Jesus sent His Spirit to be with us and comfort us.
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. John 14:26-27

Jesus promised to send us another Helper when He left the earth. The Holy Spirit of God is inside of us if we belong to Him. God is with us!

If we belong to Jesus, nothing can separate us from Him!
Read and be comforted by the words of Jesus in John 10:1-18. He is a shepherd to us, He cares for us, and nothing can take us out of His care.

Jesus will make all things new.
Romans 8 says that all of creation is groaning and longing for the day when it will be set free from the bondage of corruption. And we are too! We wait for the time that is ‘not yet’ while placing our hope in Jesus who has “already” paid the price for this redemption.

The place we live is broken and won’t be fixed completely until Jesus comes back for those who love Him and have put their trust in His work on the cross. The promise we have in the mean time is that we can trust Him. Many difficult things will happen to us while we live here, but none of them can separate us from the love and hold of Jesus. Not sickness, not tornadoes, not even death.

“Be of good cheer, I have overcome the whole world!”—Jesus

6 Months Later

Today marks six months since an EF-5 tornado ripped through our community on May 20th. An incredible amount of work has been accomplished in that time. For some perspective, take in these stats: 3,300 people showed up that day to clean the Moore Cemetery, taking #ServeMoore from a hashtag to movement. In 1 week we saw people from all 50 states. By Week 2 we saw people from all 6 inhabited continents. Since then, the 2,500 needs of 1,800 residents have been met by nearly 40,000 volunteers having logged more than 200,000 hours of service. Whew!

Look at how much favor God has poured out on our community. Moore residents constantly tell us they are blown away by the amount of love and help that's been given. So thank you. Thank you for coming and volunteering. Thank you for sending cash, gift cards, and supplies. Thank you for praying for and encouraging us with notes and emails. Every piece of this puzzle is invaluable and we've seen everyone do their part.

Now we stand with 6 months behind us. What will the next 6 months bring?

Consider this our first of many "Work Outlook Updates." We want to inform you of what work we're still doing and what we expect we'll be doing down the road. Right now, Serve Moore Teams are busy with lots of interior rehab. That's to say we're tearing out interior walls, ceilings, and floors. Then, we'll go back with new framing, drywall, insulation, and flooring. This many times also means that we need to repair or replace a roof. 

In addition to all of that, we're also doing a variety of lesser-skilled work such as: painting (both interior and exterior of homes and at public parks), yard work (such as removing dead bushes and repairing yard ruts), moving (residents moving out to begin work and some back in now that work is done!), small repairs (we're looking at you handymen and women)!

The point is that a lot of work still remains. If you have great skill, we need you. If you have lesser skill (but a big heart) we need you too! Even if you can't make the trip to volunteer, you can GIVE so that others have material to work with!

Please consider volunteering. You can start the process at servemoore.com/serve. Please consider giving. Every dollar given is invested in our community's renewal. Give right now at servemoore.com/give.

Thanks again. We look forward to another 6 months as we #ServeMoore together.

Here We Go Again

Romans 8:28 reads, “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose.” This promise, made by God to his people through the Apostle Paul, has been vividly displayed during the months since an EF-5 tornado destroyed 1,100 homes, leveled two elementary schools, and killed 24 people on May 20 in our town of Moore, Oklahoma. It defies logic that something so destructive could generate anything approaching the description of “good” but time-and-again we’ve seen just that — good coming from tragedy.

Where We've Been

In the hours after the tornado there was a lot that was unknown. One thing we did know was that we wanted — needed — to do something instead of just talk about doing something. After all, these were our people who were hurting: friends, family, congregations. We met that next morning at the Community Center and saw needs all around us. We began cleaning lawns in that neighborhood. The idea was to start where we could and do what we could. We invited anyone and everyone to come join us. We’d figure the rest out along the way.

As folks shared pairs of gloves and wielded shovels and rakes that day, the City of Moore made a request; to assemble volunteers and begin cleanup at the cemetery ahead of graveside services for victims. The plan was simple: ask for 500 people to join in Wednesday morning and clean as much as we could. Our churches began asking people to “#ServeMoore” on social media. A meeting time and place were set. Wednesday morning came and brought with it more than 3,000 people — too many for our buses so they walked across the interstate overpass to the cemetery. It was clear then that God was pouring out favor on this community and that we stood at the start of something very big.

Since those first days of work, Serve Moore has welcomed nearly 40,000 volunteers to the community. Your church may have even been among that number. Those volunteers have clocked hundreds of thousands of hours served, met the needs of more than 2,000 homeowners and residents, and brought hope to an entire city. Everyone knew God would do something big. We just couldn’t have imagined how big. And now, mere months later, we again find ourselves at the start of something big. A phase of renewal in our community that will prayerfully last for decades.

Where We're Going

Our dream is that through the tragedy of these storms and the extraordinary good we’ve seen since, the Church would spark renewal in our community. Renewal which spreads to every part and every person; bringing both healing and growth. We want the Gospel and it’s unmatched renewing power poured out here in Moore and our surrounding areas. We’re looking for churches, local and not to join us in partnership. Local churches to serve families in their neighborhoods; churches from afar to pour in resources and people. Many needs remain unmet; some storm related and some not. Our vision is to match residents with churches in or near their neighborhood so that a long-term relationship can be built. Churches who serve their neighbors earn the right to share the Gospel and speak truth into the lives of the families who live around them!

Will you join us? Will you give of your people, your time, your cash, and your supplies to bring about renewal like our community has never seen it before?

We pray that you’ll consider partnering with us in this phase of renewal. For more information about partnering with Serve Moore please call us at (405) 735-3060 or email us at chris@servemoore.com.