They Just Don’t Do VBS Like This in the Burbs; What a Blast!

June 18, 2013

2013-6-vbs-shelby-farms-100Check out our VBS Photo Gallery! For three days, infants to adults packed out the Bickford Community Center to either participate or help lead the VBS fun! As each day arrived we grew in numbers and ended with about 70 kids who explored God’s Word, played games, sang worship songs, made crafts (of course!), and more!

But our big finale on the last day when we bussed everyone to Shelby Farms made our 2nd annual ‘Day of Fun in the Sun’ an even bigger success than last year! Our kids and volunteers experienced paddle-boating on the lake, bike riding on the trail, playing in the fantastic spider web & other playgrounds, and several other recreational/sporting events. And of course there was always lots and lots of food!

Each year when we arrive at the end of a huge, multi-day event like VBS, we are FILLED with gratitude and SO MUCH appreciation for all our wonderful volunteers who were willing to brave the chaos, the needed flexibility, the heat, and the organized craziness to help us pull off such a successful and FUN time together of sharing about God’s love and building relationships. So – a very sincere and special thank to all of our wonderful volunteers who helped us out as well as the Hope staff members, the Hope Youth Department and the Oasis Bike Shop team who brought this year’s VBS to an extra special level!

Until next year!

As Expected, Bible Camp was Powerful, Moving, Unforgettable

June 16, 2013

Ckaa2013-2-web500amp Reflections from Oasis Children’s Developer, Brenda:

As I sit and write this at my computer, I am struck by how quiet it is.  You see, we just returned from a week at Kids Across America Kamp, and I am already missing all of the joyful noise – kids laughing & cheering, playing in the pool, singing & bopping to loud Christian hip hop music, and just being silly!  Even eating a meal in the dining hall is full of fun – with non-stop music, chanting, and line dancing!

God truly blessed us with a fantastic week! This year, thanks to the generosity of our many faithful supporters, we were able to take 29 young people, ranging in age from 10 – 18, and 5 adults.  The weather in the Ozarks was a perfect 70° – 80°, and everyone stayed healthy and safe.

This summer’s camp theme was “Rooted,” based on Colossians 2:6-7

All week long we were inspired by that scripture, and learned about ways to live and grow spiritually while being rooted in Christ.  For me, being with the youth all week and experiencing camp through their eyes truly recharged and encouraged me.  I loved watching the wonder and delight on their faces as they got to experience new things and conquer challenges that they didn’t think they could ever accomplish.

There were so many wonderful moments, but some of the highlights for me were:

– When one of the kids was pretty homesick on the first night, but the next day he told me that he decided to take his counselor’s advice and just try to make the best of it and enjoy all the fun activities. He had a smile on his face for the entire rest of the week and at the closing ceremony he was presented with one of the top awards at camp – the “Barnabas Award” for being an encourager to his cabin mates!

– Watching another camper enjoy tubing on the lake.  She had never been on a boat or a lake before, and said the lake water felt pretty good, even though she didn’t want to think too much about what else might be in the water with her!

– Witnessing the transition from terrified to proud as one of the girls conquered her fear of heights by not giving up on the treetops challenge course, even when it started to rain!  She was so proud of herself when she finished it!

– Cross Talk – On the night of Cross Talk, an emotional evening that includes a life-like reenactment of the crucifixion, and a call for campers to commit or rededicate their lives to Christ, 3 of our teen campers gave their lives to Christ, and 7 rededicated themselves.  It was a beautiful evening filled with encouragement, tears and prayers, and what made it even more special was seeing the other campers in our group circle around these young people to hug and congratulate them.

These are just a few of the many amazing and special moments that we experienced at camp all week, and I am humbled that I was able to be there to witness God at work transforming lives.  Thank you so much to all of the many people who supported this trip with prayers and donations – we truly appreciate your investment and love!

If you have a heart for kids and are interested in plugging into one of our numerous programs for elementary or high school children, please contact Brenda or Martell for more information.

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Bike the Red, White & Blue Ride to Support Oasis Bike Shop

June 10, 2013

oasis-bike-shop-100x116Memphis Hightailers Present the Red, White & Blue Metric Century Ride July 06, 2013! Join them during Independence Day Weekend for this annual event. The Oasis Bike Shop is honored to be chosen as the recipient of this year’s proceeds! Yes, it’s going to be hot, but your registration fee includes an air-conditioned after party with lunch, and you’ll be able to end on an even cooler note by helping yourself to the ice cream sundae bar!

Date: Saturday, July 6
Start Time: 7:30am
Location: Hope Presbyterian Church, 8500 Walnut Grove Road, Memphis
Cost: $30 for members through Sunday & $40 beginning June 24th
Routes: 28 – 42 – 61
Register online

Volunteers are still needed for the following positions:
– Set-up*
– Registration captain & registration/check-in volunteers*
– Rest stop host with truck
– Rest stop volunteers
– Rolling SAG support with a truck
– Post-ride party volunteers**
– Clean up crew**

* If you want to ride, this is a great opportunity to volunteer before the ride.
** If you want to ride, this is a great opportunity to volunteer after the ride.

Volunteer online

Run/Walk Hope’s 5K on July 13 to Support Inner City Memphis

June 10, 2013

hope-5k-tennis-shoesHave a passion for inner city ministry?  Have a passion for exercising?  Then how about combining the two and helping to raise money for Oasis of Hope and Multi-National Ministries by running in the Hope 5K on July 13th at 8am? We are looking for sponsors, door prizes, vendors for the expo after the race, volunteers, runners and walkers! Contact Di for more information (507-1920).

Registration:  Online; or at Breakaway Running, 1997 Union Avenue; Breakaway Running; and 1223 Germantown Parkway. Cost: $18/pre-registration, (are you a MRTC member? If so, use PREREG), $25/late registration (after 6/14/13), and day of race registrations. Packet Pick-up and registrations (packets will not be mailed):  Thursday, July 11th – at Breakaway Running, 1223 Germantown Parkway, 901/754-8254; Friday, July 12 – Hope Church/South Foyer from 5-6pm; and Saturday, July 13th (race day) from 7-7:45am (Hope Church/West Parking Lot).

Race Benefits:  Oasis of Hope Ministry: a non-profit, community based Christian organization that encourages life-on-life relationships in North Memphis. It is a ministry of partnerships connecting people across racial and socioeconomic boundaries in the North Memphis neighborhood, 38107 zip code; and Multi-National Ministries that show kindness to refugees and immigrants, helping them understand the culture, attain academic success and feel the love of God. They do mission work as well right here in Memphis. 
Divisions – Male & Female:  9 & under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+. Awards will be presented to the:  Overall male and female winners, overall male and female master’s winners (40-49), overall male and female grand master’s winners (50 and over), overall male and female wheelchair winners, and three deep to the mail and female winners in the age division. Overall winners are not eligible to win their age divisions. There will be no duplication of awards among the Open, Master’s and Grandmaster’s winners.
 
For the safety of all participants, NO rollerblades, skates, bicycles or pets are allowed in the race.  Walkers may use strollers, but must start at the back so competing runners will not be impeded.
 
If you would like more information regarding this ministry, contact Terrice. Stay up-to-date by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter and checking our website for pictures, videos and current information.
 

Hey Batter Batter SWING; Summer Baseball Begins

June 01, 2013

manassas-baseball-100x116We are thrilled to announce that there has been enough volunteer interest to start a summer baseball program for boys and girls ages 8-16 years old beginning Monday, June 3rd and ending when school starts! Players will meet at the Bickford Community Center Monday-Friday from 8am-12p and snacks will be provided (something that is often a concern for kids when school is out). Check out our Summer Baseball Photo Gallery!

Many thanks to those who are committing their time to this, and special thanks to Head Coach, Tom Moore who finished his first year at UT Knoxville and is a longtime player prior to that at Briarcrest!

Without healthy, positive activities to participate in, inner city kids can easily be swayed into getting involved with gangs, drugs and destructive behavior. We are thrilled to once again offer summer baseball to our program!

If you have a heart for kids and a love for the game, we would love for you to join the team! If you would like more information regarding this ministry, contact Terrice. Stay up-to-date by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter and checking our website for pictures, videos and current information.