Donate to Oasis Without Writing a Check: Kroger & AmazonSmile

May 08, 2015

kroger-logo-110x116Kroger Asks You to Re-Enroll Your Desired Non-Profit: Shop at Kroger and Donate 3-5%! Old concept; quicker process!

As of January 1, 2015, all Kroger Community Reward Participants are required to renew their organization of choice to receive Kroger reward payments. We are hoping you will choose Oasis of Hope!

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 to our ministry each time you shop for groceries or buy gas!

For example, if 2,500 people spent $100, Oasis could receive a total of $7,500!

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:

If you already have an existing Kroger account:

  1. Sign in to your Kroger account at
  2. Click ‘View Your Rewards Details,’ edit your Community Rewards, and search for ‘Oasis of Hope’ (or 80469). Click ‘enroll’

If you are registering your Kroger account for the first time:

  1. Creat an account at
  2. Follow the prompts to enter your email, password, & address.
  3. Click ‘View Your Rewards Details’ and designate Oasis of Hope as your Community Rewards recipient by typing ‘Oasis of Hope’ in the Search box (or #80469). Click ‘enroll’

That’s it!

amazon-smile-logo110x116AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to Oasis of Hope! Same products, same service!

To designate your existing Amazon account:

  1. Go to (email/password); click ‘Sign In’
  2. Type “Oasis of Hope” in the search field (Cordova, TN) & select … then Start Shopping! From then on Amazon will remind you to sign in with using the ‘Smile’ site every time you log on.

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.

Big Announcement: Welcome Pastor Colley to Church Plant!!

May 07, 2015

colley-cooper-175x175Watch the video.

5/9/2015 Update: Hope has chosen Pastor Colley Cooper and his family (wife Sheri, and sons, Kofi and Cohen) as the new Pastor! Colley, a native of Memphis, has extensive experience working with disenfranchised persons and especially youth. He is a visionary desiring to motivate others to do common things in an uncommon way.

The next steps will be for him to begin building relationships in the neighborhood and getting to know families, businesses and staff. In the future, at least a year from now, they will begin solidifying a church building. We are thrilled to see this step completed and this exciting process moving forward!

bearwater-construction-julyWe 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)

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.

Make Summer Meaningful and See How to Get Plugged In

May 05, 2015

2013-6-vbs-shelby-farms-100Summer Opportunities for Involvement:

– Assist during VBS, June 29-July 1
– Repair bikes and mentor youth at the same time by joining the Oasis Bike Shop team
Youth Service Projects with Hope & Oasis youth
– Volunteer time at the Hope Again Boutique or Oasis Appliance stores
– Build friendships with our senior citizens during their daily program
– Teach our Warrior Princess middle school girls a life skill
– Participate in one of our many fall youth programs
– Coach local youth during Summer Baseball

Current Opportunities to Give:

– Sponsor 1 of 34 youth to attend Summer Bible Camp ($215/each)
– Give financially without writing a check; Designate Oasis of Hope on your Kroger Community Rewards or AmazonSmile accounts
– Donate items to Hope Again Boutique, Oasis Appliance, and the Oasis Bike Shop

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.

Our Youth Are Counting Down to Summer Bible Camp!

May 04, 2015

KAA-camp-web100x116Spring has arrived, which in Memphis means two things: that temperatures skip directly into summer-like temps and youth camps are being planned!!  Oasis of Hope has already registered 35 students, ages 9-18 years old, to attend Kids Across America (KAA) June 7th-13th!! KAA, located in Branson, Missouri is celebrating their 25th year of serving urban youth.  Their mission is to build Christian leaders by encouraging, equipping, and empowering through camp & education.

This year’s theme for camp is: True or False- Matt 16:25 “But who do you say that I am?”

Summer Bible camps, such as KAA, truly are a highlight in our students’ lives!  It’s an opportunity for them to experience a time away from their everyday surroundings, try new things, and conquer challenges that they didn’t think they could ever accomplish!  More importantly, it’s a time for them to grow in their relationship with Christ.

Each year, we have faithful sponsors who make it their summer tradition to pray for and/or to financially sponsor a child to attend one week at summer camp.  Please pray for their safety, protection and for them to grow in the Lord.  We also humbly ask that you might consider sponsoring one of them. $215 will cover their registration, transportation fees, & snacks.  If you can’t sponsor the full amount, any amount would be greatly appreciated.  Checks may be made out to Oasis of Hope with “Camp sponsorship” noted in the memo and mailed to 8500 Walnut Grove, Memphis, TN 38018 or you may donate on line.  Thank you for your love and support!

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.

Save the Date for Oasis VBS! Join the Fun! June 29-July 1!

May 03, 2015

2013-6-vbs-shelby-farms-100ARE YOU READY to jump in on an exciting adventure with inner city kids as we explore God’s Word, play games, sing songs and make crafts together during Oasis of Hope’s Vacation Bible School?

As an extra special conclusion on the last day (Wednesday) we will take all the kids to our 4th annual “Day of Fun in the Sun” at Shelby Farms! We will need lots of help as we station groups through paddle-boating, playing in the new playground, and biking the trails (thanks to the Oasis Bike Shop!). This trip is often many of the kids’ first time visiting Shelby Farms and enjoying new experiences like riding horses! Check out last year’s Photo Gallery!

The kids look forward to VBS every year and it’s impossible to not be moved as you work side-by-side with them! We’d love to have you join in on the crazy fun!

Event: Oasis of Hope VBS
Date/Time: June 29-July 1st (Mon/Tues 5-7pm and Wed 2-5pm)
Location on June 29, 30: Multinational Ministries, 1548 Poplar Ave, Memphis
Location on July 1: Shelby Farms

We need volunteers to help throughout VBS week
We need donations of individually wrapped snacks & drinks

Kids are hungry! We will need LOTS of SNACKS!! If you can help in this way, here’s what we need (carts will be in the main foyers at Hope Church to place your donations):

- Fruit snacks/fruit roll-ups
- Rice krispie treats
- Chips (1 oz serving bags)
- Cookies
- Cheese Its
- Capri Sun Pouch Drinks
- Monetary Donations (donation info here)

If you would like more information regarding this ministry, contact us. Stay up-to-date by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter and checking our website for pictures, videos and current information.

Summer Baseball Teaches So Much More Than the Game

May 02, 2015

oasis-summer-baseball-100x1We are currently looking for volunteers to invest in relationships in North Memphis by coaching kids in the sport of baseball.

We are thrilled to again partner with the Red Birds RBI league! More details coming soon!

Kids from the neighborhood, ages 4-16, are invited to participate Monday-Friday for no fee in Oasis’ Summer Baseball program. They are divided into teeball, coach pitch, and kid’s pitch categories to teach appropriate skills and provide needed encouragement.

But we all know we’re not doing this just for the love of the game.

So much more is at work here: We want kids to bond with coaches and volunteers, develop meaningful relationships, provide healthy activities, get kids moving, bring a variety of ages together, offer healthy food, and even more.

Even if the scoreboard never shows a win, this ministry is a home-run!

WHO: Kids ages 4-16 or volunteers of any age
WHEN: M-F from 9a-1p – Time To Be Confirmed
WHERE: Bickford Community Center Ball Field

Watch the website if you would like to come to a game!

If you would like more information regarding our ministry, email us. Stay up-to-date by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter and checking our website for pictures, videos and current information.

Volunteer at the Bike Shop…or Donate a Bike, Parts or Funds

May 02, 2015

oasis-bike-shop-collage-500Oasis Bike Shop seeks to empower our neighbors by creating a fun and safe community space to help with bicycle repair, instruction on bicycle repair, and bicycle safety

Donate Your Used Bike/Bike Parts
Your bike donation equals mentoring time, teaching bike repair, lessons in working hard to earn something, healthy living, & the invitation to attend group bike outings! Tax donation receipts are available for your donations. Funds to run the Bike Shop come from private donations and the sales of bikes. We include bike locks and helmets with every bike. We accept drop-offs at any of our Oasis offices or at Hope Presbyterian Church, or we can schedule to pick up your donation from you. Contact Jessica to schedule a pick-up time.

Work in Our Store to Clean and Repair Used Bikes
Volunteers are needed to work Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10a-2p, and Wednesdays from 4-6p.
Mechanics Training is available but hours vary
Help us fix up bikes and at the same time teach a youth the trade!

Join us for Group Bike Rides
Casual riders and bike enthusiasts are all invited to join us; The more the merrier!
Let us know if you’d like to come on our next ride.

Shop at our Store
Part of our funding comes from bike sales!
We depend on consistent sales to stay in business so stop on by and buy yourself a bike!

Oasis Bike Shop is in need of more volunteers! This growing ministry is now offering the following opportunities to get involved:

Tuesdays 10a-2p Open Shop
Wednesdays 4-6p After-School Bike Program (during the school year)
Thursdays 10a-2p Open Shop
Mechanics Training – Hours vary

Come be a part of the good things happening here! We need more safety instructors, mentors, and mechanics. Instructors and mechanics both require training. Mentors are interviewed prior to start. Contact Jessica to get involved!

Recently, the Oasis Bike Shop had seven young men from the inner city currently work through the Apprentice Mechanics Program where they were 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.

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, like us on Facebook, or check out the Oasis Bike Shop webpage, or if you would like to get involved, please contact us!

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.

Go See Selma…Then Sign Up for the Justice Tour June 12-14

April 30, 2015

justice-tour-ella-miller-10Grab your friends, your kids (13 and older), your small group or your spouse and hit the theaters! SELMA is a must see! Here’s what it’s about:

SELMA is the story of a movement. The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Director Ava DuVernays tells the real story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history. View the trailer here.

Then after the movie, make plans to join us on the annual Justice Tour, June 12-14 where Pastor Eli and Hope Urban have been walking people over the infamous Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, AL for years to literally and metaphorically give us a glimpse of what African-Americans have gone through to bridge the gap to equal rights, beginning with their fight to be allowed to vote.

Can you imagine what it feels like to walk under the actual arch where Bloody Sunday occurred on March 7, 1965 … and hearing how African Americans peacefully marched to gain voting rights but were brutally attacked by police with billy clubs to break up the protest killing men, women and children, ultimately hospitalizing over 50 people … and then crossing that bridge yourself next to unified friends who are both black and white?

1st-baptist-church2-100x116This is just one of the many stops on the Justice Tour as we attempt to walk the same paths as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and others did in the late 50s and 60s during turbulent times in our country as they fought for equal rights for all. It is a powerful history lesson listening to the stories of that day from many first-hand witnesses as we visit Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, the Civil Rights Memorial, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Kelly Ingram Park, the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church (which was bombed in September of 1963, resulting in the death of 4 young girls – as is seen in the movie), attend services at Sixteenth Street Baptist Church and more.

Elle Miller (in the above picture), Oasis of Hope leader, volunteer, and North Memphis resident attended the Tour in recent years. “I really enjoyed everything. I learned a lot of history in such a little amount of time. Everyone should go on this trip! ” – Elle Miller

Eli and urban staff will escort you on this unforgettable journey. We leave Friday morning, from Hope at 6am on a charter bus, and return Sunday at approximately 6pm.

While on the bus we view some movies (Selma included!), have discussions, and get more historical background on the Civil Rights march to freedom from Eli. This is an informative tour about the struggle for equal rights, but also packed with fun as we fellowship and make friends with a lot of Hope members we never knew before! Your transportation, snacks, most meals, hotel accommodations (based on double occupancy), and tour fees are covered by the $225 fee; ($325 fee for non Hope members). You will need money to purchase a couple of lunches and possibly souvenirs.

If you are interested in joining us or would like more information about the trip, contact Di. If you would like to register, click here. Space is limited to 35.

Who: Adults interested in a 3-day Journey of Civil Rights Heritage
When: June 12-14, 2015
Where: Selma, Montgomery & Birmingham
Click here to view Justice Tour Photos

If you would like more information regarding our ministry, email us. Stay up-to-date by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter and checking our website for pictures, videos and current information.

Support Our Local Schools by Serving as TCAP Proctors

April 22, 2015

student-taking-test-100x116 One of the best ways we can help our North Memphis students succeed is by supporting our neighborhood schools!

The following two partnering schools are asking for volunteers to be present in each classroom while they administer TCAP and SAT tests:

Caldwell-Guthrie Elementary, April 28-30 & May 5-8. Just 2 hours in the morning is all it takes (show up at 845a … monitor from about 9:00-11:00am).

Humes Middle School, April 27-May 8. Choose time slots that are convenient for you (show up as early as 7:15am…monitor slots between 8:00am-12:00pm). Contact Jasmine for details.

Stay up-to-date by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter and checking our website for pictures, videos and current information.

Mentors, Mentees, and Neighbors Doing Life Together

April 18, 2015

2015-ben-and-jessica100x116Ben and Jessica are just volunteers from Christ City Church with a passion for North Memphis and two VERY BIG hearts.

A few years ago they got involved with the Oasis Bike Shop ministry and since then have made it their mission to connect inner city kids from Oasis of Hope with volunteers ever since. Recently, they have been holding a bi-weekly potluck to encourage fellowship together between our middle school Life Builders kids and mentors, as well as Bike Shop volunteers and the kids they mentor as well. Anyone who is interested in becoming a mentor is welcome to join in on the fun:

We would love other folks from Oasis or from Hope join us if they are ready to love and engage these kids.  We have been praying for more folks; we could love them more effectively if we love them together.

WHO: You … just bring a dish … but contact me (Jessica) to make sure we are still on schedule
WHAT: Mentors/Mentees/Neighbors doing life together
WHEN: We meet the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month at 1pm-ish
WHERE: 225 Angelus Street, please RSVP to Jessica
WHY: Our purpose is to “follow Jesus in a genuine, mutually transforming love of our neighbors.” (Sherman Restorers of Hope) The potlucks on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month have given us another opportunity to develop deeper life-on-life relationships.  The young people have opened up, asked profound questions, and shared a part of their stories and personalities that we hadn’t known before.  Folks from Oasis ministries and from our church and neighborhood have gathered to share love and time and support to the youth and it’s been wonderful.  We’d love to have more folks join in. The kids need all the love they can get. Contact for details.


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.

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