Shop Hope Again at the Hope Market Square, Sept. 25

August 30, 2014

Come see us in the North Lobby of Hope Church at THE MARKET at Hope Church, Thursday, Sept. 25 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM

A Shopping Extravaganza

Over 120 vendors $5 Admission

Gourmet Food – South Hall

Food trucks – outside Entrance #2

THANK YOU for your generous support to serve missions and women’s scholarships.

Hope Church 8500 Walnut Grove Road Memphis, TN 38018

 

Special Urban Plunge for Men Only – Sept 11-14, 2014

August 18, 2014

memphis-neon-sign-web110x11We are offering a very special Urban Plunge for men only! We did the same thing with just ladies last spring and it was a great success!

We do a lot in a couple days, and the whole experience will stretch your mind, heart, and beliefs in a way you’d never imagine!

Pack your bags and spend 3 1/2 days with Eli, Terry and Urban/Oasis staff on our upcoming Plunge September 11-14, where you will hear the heart of our urban leaders and have your eyes opened to the many great things taking place in our city. You will leave changed and with a new outlook on the City of Memphis as you experience life in the inner city as well as cultural landmarks famous to Memphis’ civil rights history.

We leave Hope on Thursday evening and return to Hope Sunday afternoon. We have speakers come in, panel discussions about racism, 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, soul food restaurants, eat Saturday dinner at Eli’s home, do an Oasis work project on Saturday from 8a-1p in North Memphis, and end the entire weekend by attending First Baptist Church on Broad Avenue.

urban-plunge-100x116Are you ready to Plunge???

Housekeeping details: We sleep at one of our ministry partners in a dorm-style fashion. We provide beds and you bring your own linens or a sleeping bag, toiletries, clothes, and a pillow. All your meals are provided along with beverages and snacks. The cost for members is $100 and $175 for non-members. Email Di for more information. Space is limited, so register today! For more information and to register contact Di.

Hear from Coach Moore-Goodbye Summer Baseball

August 12, 2014

oasis-summer-baseball-100x1This summer was a great success for the kids most importantly and also, Colby and I. Everyday throughout the summer we had about 25 kids show up for baseball.

We had two different teams that we assembled after the first week of practice, which consisted of a Coach Pitch team and a Kids Pitch team. The teams both did very well this summer and have improved a lot from last summer. The coach pitch team went 8-1 and the kids pitch team went 8-0.

I am greatly pleased by the effort these kids gave me this season. These records are proof of how much hard work and determination they put into it this summer. I couldn’t be more excited for these kids after this season. I honestly think baseball is becoming one of the most popular sports down in the Bickford area, which is just so exciting to me as a coach.

Coach Tyler Moore

Our Heros Don’t Wear Capes-Middle School Mentoring

August 01, 2014

superhero-cape-100x116Pathfinders Mentoring Program: End of the year article
by Martell Hixson, Oasis Youth Developer

“[Our] heroes didn’t leap tall buildings or stop bullets with an outstretched hand; they didn’t wear boots and capes…their superpowers were as simple as listening, or loving. [Our] heroes were ordinary people who knew that even if their own lives were impossibly knotted, they could [still] untangle someone else’s. And maybe that one act could lead someone to rescue you right back.” ― Jodi Picoult

The Birth of a Mentoring Program

At the beginning of the 2013-14 school year, the Oasis of Hope Youth Staff begin to reflect on Jesus’ love for young people. We concluded that Jesus’ concern for them gave validity to our efforts as youth workers. As we discussed how we might best serve the kids in the North Memphis community (an at-risk, under-resourced part of town), we made an amazing discovery: we began to see that Jesus taught the importance of not only making disciples out of young people, but also learning from them! This made us shift from simply preaching to them to something a little more dignifying. We had to find a way to walk more intimately with the kids. As we talked about the changes that needed to be made, it became clear that our Pathfinders Middle School Bible Study needed to evolve into something more. This gave way to the birth to the newly formed Middle School Mentoring Program.

Embracing the mess!

We planned the details for the first year of our mentoring program and fanaticized about kids coming to Jesus and becoming great leaders! We reflected on their needs, hurts, and struggles, knowing that God could use us to change their lives! But the one thing we overlooked as we planned was that life’s not that neat…it’s messy!!

2014-pathfinders-web500Each week of our Pathfinders Mentoring Program we endured organized chaos. The kids didn’t answer our questions in “the right way.” They complained about the food and activities. Some kids didn’t know if they could trust Jesus because their lives were so hard. In all this, we kept moving forward. We were shocked that the more we worked to make a mess-free program, the harder it became to see what God was doing. We mentors thought that the kids needed us, but we found out that actually we needed them too. And more importantly, that we all needed God! The more we were honest about out brokenness, the more the kids admired our leadership in their lives. God was creating a sense of community that crossed age, racial, and socio-economic backgrounds. He was teaching us to love one another despite our differences!

Looking back over the year

When the Mentoring Program ended this year, we asked the kids and volunteer mentors for feedback concerning the program. We found out that the kids felt blessed to have older men and women spend time with them. They wanted more of the activities they complained about! They wanted more encouraging conversion about life and Jesus! One student in the program even said they wished there was a nearby church they could attend to spend more time with their mentors and friends from the program! The kids desired to be a part of community, to be loved, and to be challenged!

2014-pathfinders2-web500Of course none of this would have happened without our amazing volunteers who were willing to give away the most cherished gifts of all: their time and love. Many of them made small but significant sacrifices to be involved in the kids’ lives. One of the mentors, an Anatomic Pathology Specialist, asked her employer to rearrange her work schedule so that she could be a small part in the lives of the girls she mentored. She said connecting with the kids in simple ways gave her confidence that God could use her to impact people for Jesus! Wow. These guys made a DIFFERENCE!

So here we already are, at the end of another year and will soon be planning to kick off another school year in the Fall. If you are interested in joining us to make a simple, but deep impact in the lives of our middle schoolers, please considering joining our team!

“But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” – Matthew 19:14

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

Yes it’s Early but it’s Time for Our Backpack/Uniform Drive

August 01, 2014

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We know the thought of heading back to school conjures up a lot of emotions; there is excitement, anxiety, tighter schedules, and the fun of reuniting with classmates and friends. However, in the inner city, it often also means financial concern about being able to even afford one new uniform, or finding money to purchase a backpack or notepaper. If surprising a child with a backpack full of beautiful, new, school supplies sounds like a fun way to bless a student, we can connect your gift with kids who really need it!

This is your chance to shop for a cause! While you’re out buying school supplies for your own children, consider picking up a few more items to be passed on to less fortunate students from one of our many partnering inner city schools (KIPP Middle & Elementary, Caldwell-Guthrie Elementary, and Humes Middle) who have helped us formulate the school supply lists (below) for various age groups.  It takes a little effort but makes a big impact!

Backpacks of supplies can be dropped off at Hope Presbyterian Church from now until July 27th; look for the bins/carts that say ‘Backpack Drive.’

If you would like us to do the shopping for you, you can donate online or make checks payable to Hope Church and write ‘Backpack Drive’ in the memo.

Uniform Drive:

We often know kids who have one uniform to wear at school, as well as throughout the summer. We’d love to send these kids to school dressed in NEW uniforms!  This year, our neighborhood schools have asked for help in stocking their depleted school clothing closets, so that students are able to get items that they don’t have. Your monetary donation (donate online) will enable us to “shop in bulk” to help out these students and the school clothing closets.

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

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SCHOOL SUPPLY LISTS:

Kindergarten

Backpack
6 pocket folders
1 glue stick
1 bottle of Elmer’s glue
2 boxes of crayons-8 count
1 pkg washable markers
1 pair scissors-Fiskar blunt tip
12 #2 pencils
4 fat pencils
2 Kindergarten tablets
1 pkg 3×5 index cards
1 bottle anti-bacterial hand sanitizer

Grade 1

Backpack
4 folders with pockets
4 folders with pockets and brads
2 glue sticks
1 bottle Elmer’s glue
1 box crayons-24 count
1 pair scissors-Fiskar blunt tip
24 #2 pencils
6 1st grade tablets
2 black/white marble composition books
1 pkg washable markers
2 pink erasers
1 spiral notebooks
2 steno pads
1 bottle of anti-bacterial hand sanitizer

Grade 2

Backpack (no rolling backpacks please)
1 box of crayons (no more than 24 count)
24 #2 pencils
2 glue sticks
1 bottle Elmer’s glue
1 pair scissors
1 3-subject composition notebook
2 70-page spiral composition notebooks
2 boxes of Kleenex tissues
1 box of gallon size Ziploc bags
5 2-pocket folders (no prongs)
1 box of markers, thick point
2 soft vinyl 1-inch 3-ring binders
1 Steno notebook
1 pkg wide-ruled notebook paper
1 spiral notebook
1 Steno pad
1 bottle of anti-bacterial hand sanitizer

Grades 3, 4, 5

Backpack
24 – #2 pencils (wood only)
2 glue sticks
1 box colored pencils
1 pair scissors, Fiskar
1 box crayons, 24 count
1 pkg ink pens (blue, black & red)
1 pkg washable markers
3 spiral notebooks
2 pkgs notebook paper, wide rule
8 folders with pockets & brads (assorted colors)
1 ruler with inches & centimeters
2 composition books
1 box Kleenex
1 bottle anti-bacterial hand sanitizer
1 box Ziploc bags (gallon or quart size)

Grades 6, 7, 8

Backpack
24 – #2 pencils (wood only)
1 eraser
1 pair scissors, Fiskar sharp tip
6 spiral notebooks, 1-subject, wide rule
8 folders with pockets & brads
1 bottle of glue
2 glue sticks
1 box colored pencils, 24 count
1 protractor
2 red ink pens
1 pkg blue ink pens
1 pkg black ink pens
1 pkg colored markers
2 pkgs notebook paper, wide-rule
1 ruler with inches and centimeters
1 Steno pad
1 3-ring binder 2″
2 pkgs dividers
1 pkg 3×5 index cards

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12

Draw string backpack or regular backpack
24 – #2 pencils (wood only)
1 eraser
6 spiral notebooks, 1 subject, college rule
8 folders with pockets & brads
1 box colored pencils, 24 count
2 yellow highlighters
1 protractor
1 pkg red ink pens
1 pkg blue ink pens
1 pkg black ink pens
1 pkg colored markers
2 pkgs notebook paper, college rule
1 ruler with inches & centimeters
1 steno pad
1 – 3 3-ring binder, 2″
2 pkgs dividers