Have you Enrolled to Run/Walk the Hope 5K on July 12

May 26, 2014

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 12th 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 6/14/14), and day of race registrations. Packet Pick-up and registrations (packets will not be mailed):  Thursday, July 10th – at Breakaway Running, 1223 Germantown Parkway, 901/754-8254; Friday, July 11 – Hope Church/South Foyer from 5-6pm; and Saturday, July 12th (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 male 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.

Teaching Healthy, Fun Activities Through Bike Rodeos

May 15, 2014

bike-rodeo2-webCome and be a part of the fun by joining the Oasis Bike Shop as we partner with various local organizations to host the following Bike Rodeos!

Sat 4/12 @ Caldwell-Guthrie Elementary from 1130a-1pm
Tues 4/15 @St. Louis School from 6-8pm
Sat 4/19 @Shelby Farms Park from 7-9pm
Sat 5/10 @Berclair Elementary from 9-10am
Sat 5/17 @Methodist Laundry Services from 1030-12pm

Just what is a Bicycle Rodeo?

Bicycle Rodeos are for approximately 4–13 years old. The activities that are provided are suitable for each age so that no one is bored during the event. Each rodeo usually begins with a short lecture on bicycle safety and a safety course that includes a safety check for both the rider and the bicycle. The safety check for the rider is the helmet and bicycle fit. An ABC quick check is performed on the bicycle. The ABC quick check consists of checking for proper air in the tires, checking to see that the brakes work, and checking that the chains are on properly. Following this the real fun begins by navigating a road course which offers real life situations such as traffic lights, stop signs, pedestrians crossing the streets, and road intersections. Children learn to handle riding their bikes in this life like setting.

In a typical bicycle rodeo there are eight different stations with chalk courses that the children have to master in order to pass the course. The objective of each course is to make sure that each child knows how to operate his or her bike correctly. The stations are: mounting and dismounting the bicycle, changing direction and turning in circles, steering through tight spaces, weaving, having the ability to stop quickly, turning around, riding the bicycle very slowly while maintaining balance, and learning to maneuver tight turns.

bikde-rodeo-100x116There are always plenty of fun things to do! After each child is finished with the safety course they are free to go around to the different booths to check out what they have. There is usually plenty of food and free prizes. A local bicycle shop might be giving away a bell or light for the bicycle. There might also be competitions held where the children can show off their newly learned skills. Some of the competitions may involve racing.

The Oasis Bike Shop is a ministry of Oasis of Hope where volunteers meet regularly with local children from North Memphis to teach them how to work on and repair bicycles. Children track their time with the goal of earning themselves a new (gently used) bike, a mentor, a biking team to go on outings with, and a healthy alternative in using their time wisely. This is a win-win for the kids and the mentors!

Come join us and be a part of our biking team! We are always looking for interested volunteers to join our team. If you would like more information regarding this ministry, email Bill. Stay up-to-date by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter and checking our website for pictures, videos and current information.

Oasis Won $5,000 from First TN Bank; THANK YOU!

May 15, 2014

first-tennessee-bank-logo10As of Saturday, May 17 we were SO THRILLED and appreciative to learn that Oasis of Hope won the vote that day! We are truly grateful to First TN Bank for their generous grant and also to all the voters who have been faithfully logging on day after day!

Now that we have won and you are used to voting, we’d love to have you transfer your voting habit to some of the awesome organizations we partner with! Here are a few of them:

Neighborhood Christian Center, Memphis Leadership Foundation, Woodland Presbyterian School, Salvation Army, Memphis Athletic Ministries, Advance Memphis, Streets Ministries, Binghampton Development Corp, Community Development Council, Christ Community Health … and many more!

First Tennessee is celebrating their 150th birthday with their 150 Days of Giving campaign. For 150 days, whatever nonprofit organization gets the most votes on a certain day will win $5,000 between now and August 21.

Help Oasis of Hope’s partnering ministries win $5,000 by continuing to vote; you don’t have to register, voting takes less than a minute, and you can vote from any device (laptop, desktop, smartphone, ipad), and you can vote on 5 devices each. If you believe in what we do, please support inner city ministry with your click!

Voting is simple–just three easy steps:

1) Click on this link from your laptop, desktop, smartphone, ipad or ipod

2) Type the name of the organization in the box that says Search. This will take you to their link.

3) Click the vote box and that’s it!

You can choose up to 10 nonprofits to vote for until August 21. The top 150 vote-getters will each receive a $5,000 donation!

Thanks for voting!

If you would like more information regarding this ministry, email Deborah or call at 901.527.0074. Stay up-to-date by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter and checking our website for pictures, videos and current information.

Congratulations to all of our Getting Ahead Graduates!

May 10, 2014

2014-5-getting-ahead-class- Graduations aren’t just happening in high schools and colleges right now! Oasis of Hope students are graduating from the Spring Getting Ahead course as well; Congratulations to all 13 of them!

One of the students, Monique Salter, who is the daughter of one of the seniors in our daily Senior Citizen Program and Bickford Community Center Staff Member, will begin meeting with our career development volunteer, Jamie Krone, in June. Monique plans to use the career planning sessions to help her narrow down a career field that she can excel in.

We offer this practical course twice a year, which is designed to help participants examine the effects of poverty on their lives and in their community and teach them skills to begin to take more control over their situations. Students set goals for their lives through self- assessment and financial literacy, and learn how to practically apply the principles into their specific situations. It also gives information on how to use current resources to help reach goals in life.

Congrats to all the Getting Ahead graduates!

Memphis is a Lot Cleaner Due to the Largest City Clean Up!

May 07, 2014

2014-4-faith-in-action-web5Join Mayor Wharton and Oasis volunteers as we make history in cleaning up our city on Saturday, April 26th together! Our team will focus on the Bickford/Caldwell area in N Memphis. Read on to see how to register!

Preach the Gospel at All Times … When Necessary Use Words -St. Francis of Assissi

Something exciting is happening in Memphis on Saturday, April 26th! Join in and be a part of history!!

Faith in Action is a project initiated by Mayor Wharton to help clean up the City of Memphis. Years ago, Memphis was always being recognized for its cleanliness and always held an annual event called CleanUP, PaintUP, FixUP in which volunteers and school kids from all over the city came together to clean up the city. This Faith in Action Event this year is similar but with a different name.

The Mayor is hoping to have the largest ever clean up project, not just in Memphis, but in the country!

He is hoping that at least 300 organizations will sign up and that more than 10,000 volunteers will participate some time during the project weekend to help. Teams and individuals can register here to get involved. Hope Church will have three teams:

faith-in-action-web5001) Hope Presbyterian Church which will focus their efforts in the Cordova area and also work with a couple of schools in that area
2) Oasis of Hope, which will focus in the Bickford/Caldwell area, and
3) Hope Presbyterian–Urban Ministry–which will focus on an area in the Chelsea/Hollywood area.

One way for an individual to register to be part of a team is to go to the website and follow the instructions below:

1) On the Home Page click Register Now
2) After you click the register now button, there is an option as to whether you are registering as an individual or team. Select individual.
3) Once you click individual, complete the information requested which includes the question “Would you like to join a registered team”. Click “team”. A box will appear that says “Select a Current Registered Team”. Click on the down arrow and you should see an alphabetical list of teams that have registered including Hope Presbyterian Church, Oasis of Hope, and Hope Church Urban Ministry.

Then, you just need to complete the rest of the information requested and show up on Saturday, April 26th between 10:00-2:00pm! Note – light refreshments will be served.

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

Volunteers Serving as TCAP Proctors-Final Week; Big Help!

May 04, 2014

student-taking-test-100x116TCAP proctor volunteers: One of the best ways we can help our North Memphis students succeed is by supporting our neighborhood schools!

Caldwell-Guthrie Elementary needs TCAP proctors during the weeks of Apr. 29-May 9. Just 2 hours in the morning is all it takes (show up at 815a … monitor from 9-11a; that’s it)!

If you would like to sign up to help or would like more information regarding this ministry, email Brenda or call at 529-0130.. Stay up-to-date by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter and checking our website for pictures, videos and current information.

Spring Clean and Donate Your Stuff to Support Missions

May 01, 2014

Now that we’ve moved around the corner, we are certainly less visible so are relying more on you, our current customers, to keep shopping and to help us spread the word about our store and our mission!

We are always looking to restock, but we especially need furniture, home decor, high quality clothing and appliances right now. We are always looking for upscale items that are clean and in good shape (nothing broken or stained).

Remember, if you have large items, give us a call and we’ll discuss pick-up options.

Proceeds benefit local, national and global missions. In addition to donors and customers, more volunteers are always needed to help make this outreach work. If you have retail store contacts that may be willing to donate discontinued items, please let us know!

Thank you and keep on donating, shopping and volunteering for a cause!

Oasis VBS This Week!! Join the Fun! June 16-19, 5-8pm

May 01, 2014

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?

We would love to have you join our VBS team! If you are curious about what this entails, please join us for an informational/training meeting on Thursday, May 29 from 6-7pm at Hope Church in room 222/224.

As an extra special conclusion on the last day (Thursday) we will take all the kids to our 3rd annual “Day of Fun in the Sun” at Shelby Farms! We will need lots of help as we station groups through horseback-riding, 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 16-19th from 5-8pm
Location on June 16-18: The Green House / In the Cut
Location on June 19: 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.

Justice Tour-Come Along on A Journey of Civil Rights Heritage

May 01, 2014

justice-tour-ella-miller-10Can you imagine what it would feel like walking over the Edmond Pettus Bridge after learning that Bloody Sunday occurred there on Sunday, 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?

That is just one of the many stops we take on the Justice Tour as we attempt to walk the same paths as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others 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), attend services at Sixteenth Street Baptist Church and more.

Elle Miller (pictured at left), 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, 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 or Register Online. Space is limited to 35.

Who: Adults interested in a 3-day Journey of Civil Rights Heritage
When: June 6-8, 2013
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.