Bearwater Park is Growing By the Week! Watch the Video!

February 26, 2013

Houses have started to go up! Foundations are poured and 4 of the housing units are framed and progressing fast. Families in the community will have new places to call home soon…thanks to the generous donations of people from Hope, along with the grants from the City of Memphis and Tennessee Housing Development Agency. Click here to view ongoing details & view the progress video.

Undefeated is Finally Released on DVD; It’s a Must See!

February 20, 2013

So, what is Oasis’ connection with she Manassas Football Team and the documentary ‘Undefeated’? For years we have assisted Manassas High School in providing volunteer coaches, pre-game meals, fans in the stands, and conducted a pre-season training camp for the players where we not only hone their athletic skills, but their spiritual game as well!

Oasis’ staff was highly involved in assisting the movie directors as they shot hours and hours of film of the team. Undefeated takes place in our ministry neighborhood and chronicles the Manassas Tigers’ 2009 football season, on and off-the-field, as they strive to win the first playoff game in the high school’s 110-year history.

A perennial whipping boy, in recent decades Manassas had gone so far as to sell their home games to the highest bidder, but that all changed in the spring of 2004 when Bill Courtney, a former high school football coach (and former Hope Pres member) turned lumber salesman, volunteered to lend a hand. When he arrived, the team consisted of 17 players, some timeworn equipment and a patch of grass masquerading as a practice field. Focusing more on winning young men than football games, the football program nevertheless began resurrecting itself and, in 2009, features the most talented team Manassas has ever fielded; a team that seems poised to end the playoff jinx that has plagued the school since time immemorial.

A coming-of-age documentary film, Undefeated provides audiences an intimate view of an underprivileged group of teens and their inspirational coach, as they attempt to make history. This film features Montrail ‘Money’ Brown, O.C. Brown, Bill Courtney and Chavis Daniels.

Presently, the DVD can be purchased online at Walmart for 50% off ($9.96!) … click here to purchase.

Our Accountants Are Giddy With Excitement

February 18, 2013

Did you know Oasis has a faithful group of accountants who have been training volunteers to file tax returns for our North Memphis families for FREE for eight years now? Each February they sharpen their pencils, charge their calculators, and prepare for the shoe boxes full of receipts to begin walking in! Why do they do this? For two reasons: 1) because they love numbers! and 2) because they love to help save people money!

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) service begins Sat. Jan. 26 – April 9. Volunteers are needed to be trained and certified through the IRS to help prepare tax returns for citizens at the Bickford Community Center. Hours are Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7:00 PM, and on Saturdays from 10 AM to 1 PM (walk-in).

Prior experience in doing returns is not required, and training will be provided. Come and assist residents with basic tax returns, so they avoid high fees and save much needed cash.

Update as of February 25: We are approaching the halfway point in the season and so far have done 83 returns with an economic impact of $253,754 and have put 149 man-hours in. For all of last year we did 135 returns and had $297,000 in economic impact so while the number of returns are behind last year’s pace, the amount of money going back into people’s pockets is ahead of last year. – Doug Edwards

This is a great opportunity to make a difference for local families in a few hours a week, meet new people, and gain experience.

For more information please email Terrice, or call 901-527-0074.

We Have Stuff … We Have a Store-Front Location!

February 14, 2013

Watch for information about our Grand Opening in Mid-March!

After much searching and much prayer, we have settled on a location for the new boutique store in Cordova (1140 N. Germantown Parkway, Suites 110 & 112) near the Malco Cordova Theatre and remodeling has begun.

It’s official now as the lease has been signed! Thanks to volunteers like you, we have collected THREE semi-trailers full of furniture, clothes, housewares, etc; thank you!! We have volunteer decorators who are already working feverishly with carpenters to design and paint the show room, as well as begin the organizing, sorting and cleaning process. We are always enlisting more volunteers to join in on the excitement. For now though, we really need your donations (especially furniture)!

How to Donate: Drop off donations at the semi trailer in the Hope Church parking lot or contact us for large item pick-ups.

We are so excited to partner with you, our volunteers, into making this store a success to help earn money for missions – whether it’s our mission in Urban Memphis, or through our partners over-seas.

If you have a passion for this kind of volunteer work, we would love to have you join our team! This will not work without partnering with you for 1) volunteers and 2) STUFF! Contact Terrice for details or follow the store’s progress on our Second Chance webpage.

Urban Plunge is Going on This Weekend

February 13, 2013

Don’t Miss Your Chance

to see parts of Memphis you may not even know exist. Join Eli and the Urban Staff, February 28-March 3, 2013, as they lead the group through our own inner-city and to cultural landmarks famous in Memphis’ civil rights history. Also, see how we are working together with numerous other ministries to make Memphis even better!

The Plungers’ schedule is to leave Thursday evening and return to Hope on the following Sunday afternoon. While away we stay at one of our ministry partners in a dorm style fashion; all the women in one room and all the men in the other. We provide beds but you must bring your own linens or a sleeping bag, toiletries, clothes and a pillow.

All your meals are provided along with beverages and snacks. We have speakers come in, panel discussions, visit approximately 10 of our ministry partners, tour the National Civil Rights Museum and Slave Haven, eat lunch on Friday in one of our many urban, home cooking restaurants, eat Saturday dinner in Eli’s home, have a work project on Saturday from 8am to 1pm in North Memphis, and end the weekend by attending First Baptist Church on Broad Avenue. We do a lot in a couple days and the whole experience will stretch your mind, heart and beliefs in a way you never imagined.

Some of the places we will visit will be:

- Streets
- Oasis of Hope (The Green House, In the Cut, Oasis Appliance, The Bike Shop, Sweet Shirts, & KIPP Memphis School)
- Youth United with Senior Citizens
- National Civil Rights Museum
- Memphis Leadership Foundation
- Eikon Ministries
- Economic Opportunities
- Luke 4:18 Ministries
- Slave Haven
- First Baptist Church Broad

You will be changed by this three day journey and moved to view our city in a new way.

We have two Plunges a year, one in March and the other in September. The cost is $200 but we feel this is such an important experience that we subsidize part of the expenses and only charge $100 per person (members and long-time attendees) or $175 (non-members). Overnight lodging, meals and snacks are provided. We like to keep our groups small for a more personal experience so we limit our roster to no more than 32.  Registration is now open online or contact Di.

Until We See Karen Again; Funeral Services Scheduled

February 11, 2013

It is with an extremely heavy heart for the family and loved ones that we let you know that Oasis’ founding staffer, Karen Durham, passed away Feb 22 after complications from a heart attack. Her fingerprints are on everything in our ministry and she is DEEPLY missed by so many in our ministry neighborhood. Please pray for the family and all those who loved her dearly and will miss her! The memorial service will be held at Hope Church on Wednesday, Feb 27 at 2:00 pm.

Note from our Board Chair, Rev. Eli Morris, “Our ministry team salutes our precious sister Karen Durham. She was a warrior in every sense of the word. Her passion was only surpassed by her compassion. Her tenderness only surpassed by her toughness. One of a kind. Rest in the strong arms of Jesus, friend.”

In lieu of flowers, please make any donations to Hope Church, Urban Ministries.

Additionally, we will be hosting a Youth Dinner in honor of Karen in North Memphis at the Bickford Community Center on Wednesday evening at 6:00 pm.  All who are interested are welcome to attend.