Big News! Hope Wants to Plant a Church in North Memphis!

December 06, 2014

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We at Oasis are very excited to announce a new outreach of our parent church, Hope Presbyterian, that has the potential to be used of the Lord to radically impact the lives of people in our community at a much deeper level. From our perspective, Oasis does a good job at touching lives, sharing the gospel and meeting practical/tangible needs of people in our area of North Memphis.

However, we are painfully aware of the need for deeper discipleship in the lives of our families that is best accomplished through a community church. Hope’s leadership has a passion to make a significant spiritual impact in the lives of the families we know, and many we haven’t met yet.  After 13 years of investment, the time seems right for the Lord to work in a new way in our neighborhood.  We are so thankful for Pastors Rufus, Craig and Eli for their support all these years and for their commitment to bringing real transformation to our neighborhood. Check out Pastor Eli’s sermon addressing this issue from 11/16/2014.

We’d love to surround this movement in prayer. Will you join us in praying for the following:

1. A full-time lead pastor and a bi-vocational assistant pastor or music leader
2. A strategic building in which to gather for worship and an outpost for service
3. 10-12 person church development planning team as well as other Hope Church volunteers
4. Continued favor from residents, businesses, schools, other pastors and stakeholders
5. That many will become Jesus-followers and that God’s name would be glorified/praised
6. Protection from evil and the evil one
7. Future indigenous neighborhood leaders

Please join us in support of this life-changing effort to engage the unchurched neighbors in our community to experience Jesus in a dramatically deeper way.  If you would like to support the church financially please designate “Urban Church Investment” in the memo, and you can either donate online, or write checks to Hope Church, and mail to 8500 Walnut Grove Rd, Cordova TN 38018.

Don’t give glory to us, O Lord. Don’t give glory to us. Instead, give glory to your name because of your mercy and faithfulness. –Psalm 115:1 (GW)

The Concept Behind the Toy Store. Why We Do What We Do

December 05, 2014

oasis-toy-store2014-110x116It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

At least that’s how you remember Christmas time as a kid -  exploding with the excitement of opening your presents and playing with your new toys on Christmas morning. That excitement is multiplied across the entire family when parents have the positive self-esteem of purchasing their presents themselves instead of receiving hand-outs. That’s where the Oasis Toy Store comes in – your donations (toys or money) help us to provide deeply discounted, brand new, trendy toys at prices that can’t be found elsewhere. In addition, the Toy Store employs four local adults from the community, providing job training in customer service, sales, management, and cash register operation.

Mary Susan and Tom Capon have volunteered to run the Toy Store ministry since its inception, more than a decade ago! This ministry would not exist if it weren’t for their passion and commitment to making Christmas better for families that feel the financial crunch every month and especially during the holidays! According to the Capons, “The focus of the Toy Store is to provide quality name brand toys at very affordable prices. The store is designed for neighborhood families and those in significant financial need. Having a quality neighborhood outlet in their North Memphis community is essential to empowering parents to provide the best Christmas for their children themselves.”

This is such a fun and joyful outreach to get involved with! Simply bring your new toys to Hope Church anytime (look for the marked bins), now through December 7th. If you would like us to do the shopping for you, you can either donate online; or write a check to Oasis of Hope, put “Toy Store” in the memo and mail to 8500 Walnut Grove Rd, Cordova TN 38018.

Store location: Inside the Oasis Appliance warehouse, 1294 N. Thomas Street, Memphis, TN 38107, T:  901.577.0013
Store hours: Dec. 1-12, open 10am-5pm; Dec. 13 open 10a-12p.

Gifts ideas for Boys & Girls:

Toddlers:
-learning toys
-mega blocks

Kids:
-action figures
-lego sets
-board games
-sports balls
-Disney ‘Frozen’ toys

Teens:
-MP3 players
-itunes gift cards
-board games
-AA batteries
-cologne & aftershave

If you would like more information about this ministry, please contact us!

 

Oasis Bike Shop Helps Kids Earn Bikes, Teaches Mechanics

December 04, 2014

oasis-bike-shop-collage-500Santa has his elves, and the Oasis Bike Shop has seven young men from the inner city currently working through the Apprentice Mechanics Program where they are being trained in bicycle repair, safety and mechanics … all skills that may come in handy for either their personal health, or a possible career path someday.

In addition to learning the how-to mechanics of bike repair, local youth can also get involved in the Oasis Bike Shop Earn-a-Bike program by volunteering, learning, and helping out in the Bike Shop with the end result of earning and selecting their very own bike. While logging their 24 hours, they are learning how to run a small business, being taught how to fix, revive and recycle used bikes, and perhaps most importantly, they are being mentored by a caring adult who is interested in investing in not only their physical health, but also their emotional and spiritual well-being.

Group events are frequently planned to further bonding and to demonstrate what healthy living looks like. Thanks to the exciting growth in Memphis regarding the Greenline and the Hampline, there is a lot of buzz in the biking industry, and specifically in North Memphis.

Additionally, the Bike Shop is partnering with Memphis Leadership Foundation and Community Bikes to help empower the neighborhood biking community through education, safety and training. By working together, we hope to offer more services and to create a buzz about this healthy and fun activity and to make our shop a sustainable ministry that the North Memphis biking community is proud to call their own.

On Saturday, Jan. 24th at 7pm, the Mississippi Riverkings are sponsoring an Oasis Bike Shop night at the game and will be donating a portion of the proceeds to benefit our ministry. Please support our youth by attending the game!

Many thanks to the Bike Shop for recently repairing and donating eleven bikes to the Oasis Toy Store! What could be more fun and memorable than getting a bike for Christmas?

Currently we are open two days a week, but hope to expand our hours in the future. If you would like more information regarding this growing ministry check out the Oasis Bike Shop webpage, or if you would like to get involved, please contact us!

Shop Hours:

Tuesday 4:30-7:00pm
Saturday 9:00am-12:00pm

Bittersweet Changes to the Oasis Staff Roster

December 03, 2014

We are so excited to introduce to you two new members to the Oasis staff. However…they are not new to our ministry. Actually they have been involved with Oasis of Hope since the very beginning. First, Jasmine Martin was a young girl in elementary school when Oasis of 2014-11-oasis-staff-changesHope came into her neighborhood. She has been involved with us for more than a decade, first as a student, then as a volunteer, and finally as a coordinator. After graduating from the University of Memphis Jasmine has felt the Lord’s call to join the staff of Oasis of Hope in the role of our Middle School Developer. To have a passionate young lady who loves the Lord and her community like Jasmine does is a huge blessing to the ministry! Jasmine officially joined the team on November 17. Welcome Jasmine – we’re so glad you’re here!

Second is Kathleen McDonald. Like Jasmine, Kathleen has been with the ministry from the beginning, first as a volunteer, then as our first Youth/Education Coordinator, then back to being a volunteer again for a number of years. Now the Lord has led full circle to allow Kathleen to join us again as our Youth Ministry Manager. Her skills, experience, relationships in the neighborhood, and passion for God’s Word are what makes her an amazing gift to the ministry. We feel so blessed to have her back on staff and are looking forward to what the Lord is going to do in the lives of our young people in the coming year(s). Kathleen rejoined the team on November 10, welcome back All-Star!

All this good news doesn’t come without a cost, however. It is with HUGE sadness that we announce that Brenda Lampela, the current head of our youth department, is leaving for a new call. She and her husband Eric will be moving to Indianapolis at the end of the year. Brenda has beyond a doubt loved like Christ loves, served like Christ serves, and has been a HUGE reason for the growth in our youth ministry. Her organization, passion, and encouragement have often times been the glue that held the ministry together. Her deep friendship with staff, volunteers, students and parents will be missed maybe most of all. I can’t tell you how much her humble, joyful spirit has meant to me over the years. It is so hard to imagine ministry without this great soldier and dear friend! Brenda won’t be leaving until December 19th, so please take some time between now and then to tell her thanks for ALL she has done for the ministry here in North Memphis. Our lives are so much richer for having known her!

-Terry Hoff, Director

We Surely Practice Reading, But We Also Play a Little!

December 02, 2014

oasis-read-2-succeed-110x11Read-2-Succeed Field Trip with Great Outdoors University at St. Columba Retreat Center On Saturday, November 22

Our Read-2-Succeed students, parents, and volunteers had a day of fun and adventure with Great Outdoors University (part of the TN Wildlife Federation) at St. Columba Retreat Center!

This nature preserve is located on 145 acres of old-growth forest and rolling hills in Bartlett, TN. We spent the day exploring, taking nature hikes looking for animal tracks and traces of wildlife, and visiting the “Fairy Garden” where we built fairy houses and gnome homes.

We also roasted hot dogs and s’mores over a campfire for lunch. It was a wonderful day, and one that the students will remember forever!

View slideshow here.

Shop at Kroger; Donate 5% to Oasis Without Writing a Check!

November 22, 2014

kroger-logo-110x116Old concept; quicker process!

It may seem like a small act, but it’s a huge help! Designating Oasis of Hope on your Kroger card allows you to donate 5% to our ministry each time you shop or buy gas without even sending us a check!

For example, if 2,500 people spend $100, Oasis would receive $5 from each purchase, or a total of $12,500!

We can do a lot of ministry with that!

It takes about 3 minutes and registering your Kroger Plus Card is now easier than ever:

  1. Go to www.kroger.com/communityrewards
  2. Create an account & follow the prompts to enter your email, password, & address. You can even request a digital Kroger Plus Card.
  3. Designate Oasis of Hope as your Community Rewards recipient by typing our name in the Search box (or #80469)

If you already have a Kroger Plus Card, it’s even quicker:

  1. Go to www.kroger.com/communityrewards
  2. Sign in to your account and view your reward details.
  3. Edit Community Rewards and designate Oasis of Hope as your Community Rewards recipient by typing our name in the Search box (or #80469)

That’s it!

If you believe in what we are doing in inner city Memphis, this is a valuable way to support us. If you’d like more information about our programs, please check out our website, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, now #GivingTuesday, Dec. 2

November 21, 2014

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What is #GivingTuesday?

It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.

This Christmas Season as you purchase gifts for your loved ones, please consider giving a gift that will reach those in our city that may be struggling to make ends meet.

This Giving Tuesday is a great opportunity to have a positive impact on one corner of Memphis in a tangible way.

Oasis of Hope offers a variety of programs from young to old that meet spiritual and practical needs in a neighborhood that has suffered neglect for decades.

Your gift this December could help us make a bigger difference in many lives this coming year. Giving could not be easier. You can donate online; or write a check to Oasis of Hope mail to 8500 Walnut Grove Rd, Cordova TN 38018.

Need Permission to Shop? Buy Toys for the Oasis Toy Store!

November 20, 2014

oasis-toy-drive-110x116The Oasis Toy Store truly is one of the most fun things we do to bless our North Memphis families! This outreach empowers under-resourced families to buy their own presents and offers dignity along with grace. What a great way to celebrate the season!

Additionally, we hire four local residents to help us run the store which teaches customer service, cash register skills, store management and more!

Help our North Memphis community parents provide for their children this Christmas – donate to our annual toy store! The toys are deeply discounted, allowing parents to purchase new, trendy gifts for their children. Drop-off any new, unwrapped toys from the wish list below Nov. 22 through Dec. 12 in the designated boxes located in the North, South and Main Lobbies at Hope Church.

Gifts for Boys & Girls:

Toddlers:
-learning toys
-mega blocks

Kids:
-action figures
-lego sets
-board games
-sports balls
-Disney ‘Frozen’ toys

Teens:
-MP3 players
-itunes gift cards
-board games
-AA batteries
-cologne & aftershave

If you’d like, we can shop for you! Make checks payable to Oasis of Hope (write ‘Toy Store’ in the memo) or donate online. The Toy Store is open Dec. 1-12 from 10a-5p and Dec. 13 10a-12p. For volunteer opportunities or more information, email us.

Providing Thanksgiving with Dignity – We Have Listened and Learned From our Families

November 11, 2014

thanksgiving-baskets-100x11The Thanksgiving Holiday is soon upon us and many people are looking for ways they can make a difference by helping out a family in need.

Many families in our Oasis neighborhood struggle on daily basis to put food on the table, let alone a feast of Thanksgiving over the holiday. However, a complete Feast Box including the turkey and ALL the fixings for just $7 provides a great meal to celebrate what God has given us. It also provides the dignity of purchasing the meal for their family, along with the joy of getting an unbelievable deal. Empowerment and blessing are the goal and your participation helps us spread the joy of the season to as many families as possible.

What does this look like and how does this work?

1. Volunteers donate the following food items & bring them to Hope Church Nov. 8-9, 15-16 and 22-23:

- Turkey (frozen, 10-12 lbs)
- Canned green beans
- Canned peas
- Canned corn
- Canned yams
- Boxed instant potatoes
- Cranberry sauce
- Stuffing
- Cake mix
- Vanilla Frosting

2. North Memphis residents order their complete Thanksgiving baskets on Nov. 5 from 12-3p, Nov. 6 from 9a-3p, and Nov. 7 from 9a-3p by turning in their order forms and $7 to one of our North Memphis ministry offices.

3.  Volunteers can help collect, sort, and package items on the following days. If you would like to volunteer for this, please let Di know you’re coming.

- Sat, Nov. 8, 15, 22 from 5:30-6:30p at Hope Church – collecting and sorting
- Sun, Nov. 9, 16, 23 from 8-11:45a at Hope Church – collecting and sorting
- Sun, Nov. 9, 16 from 5:30-6:30p at Hope Church – collecting and sorting
- Mon, Nov. 10 & 17 from 5:30-7p at Hope Church – prepacking boxes
- Sun, Nov. 23 from 8a-1p at Hope Church – packing and distributing boxes to various ministries

4. Volunteers and Oasis staff distribute complete baskets in North Memphis for pick up on Monday, November 24th.

 

Hope Again Has Expanded! Shop, Donate, and Volunteer!

November 02, 2014

grand-opening2-110x116We are thrilled to advertise that Hope Again is doubling in space in our current location at 1134 N Germantown Parkway, Suite 101 (still behind Humdingers/next to Cordova Theater)!

This means we now have room to display twice as many treasures for our shoppers to find!

We have been busy behind the scenes rearranging and remodeling this past week in preparation for our Grand Opening which will be held on Tuesday, October 21st from 10am to 6pm! Please come and check out the new look and all the great items for sale!

Of course due to this exciting expansion, we will also need more awesome donations (donation information) and more wonderful volunteers (volunteer information)!

Shopping, donating or volunteering with us directly benefits our local missions that we personally oversee (Hope Church Urban & Oasis of Hope) as well as national and international missions (Hope Church Global).

What a great reason to shop, donate and volunteer!

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