Big News! We Want to Plant a Church in North Memphis!

November 17, 2014

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.

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.  To donate, write checks to Hope Church, put “Urban Church Investment” in the memo and mail to 8500 Walnut Grove Rd, Cordova TN 38018.

 

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

November 16, 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.

 

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

November 15, 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!

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. 7 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. 1-23 from 10a-5p and Dec. 13 10a-12p. For volunteer opportunities or more information, email us.

Bittersweet Changes to the Oasis Staff Roster

November 14, 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

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

November 04, 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.

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!

So Much Good Can Be Done By Donating Your Old Appliance

November 01, 2014

oasis-appliance-100x116Donating Your Appliance Provides Jobs & Affordable Goods

Whether you’re remodeling your whole kitchen/laundry room or just replacing a single item, don’t forget Oasis Appliance Store wants and needs your discarded appliances.

Donating to Oasis Appliance creates a win-win-win for everyone: hassle-free removal of your old appliance and an easy tax-deduction for you, on- the-job training and part-time employment for four deserving North Memphis residents, and quality pre-owned appliances at substantially reduced prices for anyone looking for a bargain.

And, any profits made in the process are put back into the economically distressed neighborhood Oasis of Hope has been called to serve.

Where else can so much good be done through the simple act of donating appliances?

Fill out our online donation request form to schedule a pick up, or email Deborah to volunteer or inquire about more information. See the Oasis Appliance webpage for details.

Angel Street’s First Official Semester is Off And … Singing!

October 30, 2014

2014-9-angelstreet500What began as an inner-city choir performance, evolved into the non-profit organization known as “Angel Street.”

The choir meets weekly at the Bickford Community Center and kicked off their first official semester on September 11th where the song, ‘Carry the Light’ was introduced and immediately loved.

Angel Street serves girls and teen ladies of North Memphis by providing musical training, songwriting, professional live studio recording (in Memphis and Nashville) as well as performance opportunities during special events.

Angel Street focuses on mentoring, individual and team building, and a united fellowship through our collaborations with other youth ministries. This outlet of creativity strives to invest in young artists as we encourage, nurture and develop a deep desire for further education and beyond through the Angel Street experience.

There are MANY great things planned for Angel Street. We’re excited to share where God has directed Jill Dyson Ministries to serve alongside these young voices!

For details, performance dates, and more information, check out the Angel Street webpage.

Fall Fest Recap – Thank You All for Coming; It was a Great Day!

October 28, 2014

2014-10-fall-fest110x116Saturday, October 18, 2014 was gifted with perfect clear skies, sunny weather, over 600 people fellow-shipping and llamas! That’s right, animals! The 13th Annual Oasis of Hope Fall Festival was one of the biggest celebrations of community bonding.

The event started off without a hitch. The DJ serenaded the crowd with their favorite tunes, as the volunteers took their stations. The air was filled with hamburgers, hot dogs, cotton candy and turkey legs; the brave few partook in the consumption of grilled pig tails. That wasn’t the only first though. The petting zoo was packed with curious children of all ages, staring in awe of the llamas in North Memphis!

The younger kids enjoyed the train, which made multiple packed trips along the outer edges of the parking lot. On the other side of the lot, our bike shop showcased their bikes and the riders’ talents, with an amazing obstacle course! In the field, the older children went airborne in the two bounce houses. Only the brave climbed the inflated steps to the top of the 24ft slide! Field games, including a hula hoop competition, egg and spoon challenge and potato sack race, filled the yard with excitement.

Under the gazebo, the balloon artist and face painters worked feverishly to keep up with the demand for their craft. The famous “clown from jook town” made his way through the crowd, delighting and scaring children and adults alike; some people just can’t get over the killer clown movie from the 80s.

Inside, our wonderful seniors played multiple rounds of bingo. Every half hour, raffle prizes were awarded, with the main prize being a $250 gift card to Wal-Mart! At the end of our event, we wrote personal statements to God, and released them on balloons.

Overall, the event was a huge success and it could have not been accomplished without the dedication of the Oasis support staff, dynamic volunteers and beautiful people of the area in which we serve. Every day is a special gift, but October 18th, God gave us a little sugar on top.

- Jaime

Be sure to check this out: Oasis of Hope Fall Fest 2014 Photo Gallery or Facebook Album (tag yourself!)

Meet Our New Team Member Jaime Krone, Admin Assist

September 24, 2014

jaime-110x116I’m originally from Memphis and I graduated from Central High School in 1995. Immediately, I enlisted into the United States Air Force and was stationed at Travis AFB, CA. I was there for three years and then returned to Memphis in 1998. I joined the Air National Guard and worked as a logistics specialist, recruiter, human resource specialist and training and development manager. Presently, I’m serving as a Master Sergeant (E-7) and handling wing training management and development, Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) advisement and a couple other programs and special projects.

I am remarried to my magnificent husband of two years, and combined, we have three children: aged 14, 13 and 11, and three dogs. I have a background in career development, and was trying to figure out how to use my talent in a very impactful way. I’m a member of Hope Church and I remembered that Oasis of Hope is a non-profit affiliate. It offers holistic services for poverty liberation. I felt like Oasis of Hope was the organization that could possibly use my help. I contacted Terry and asked if I could create a career counseling program for the neighborhood adults. I wanted to begin honing my skills more towards occupational development of impoverished families. Terry helped set everything up and I started seeing clients on my off days.

When I found out that Oasis had an opening, I knew I had to apply for the job. I realized that God had meticulously developed my career, so that I could use my experience for developing the careers of others. I plan to offer career development and mental health services to low income families. My immediate goals are to gain a MSSW in Social Work and become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Also, I will seek a designation in career development. We must encourage a healthy relationship with our neighbors, by assisting them in self-sustainment. My prayer is that we decrease dependency, and provide support during the transformative process.

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