Bittersweet Changes to the Oasis Staff Roster

December 02, 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

We Surely Practice Reading, But We Also Play a Little!

December 01, 2014

oasis-read-2-succeed-110x11Read-2-Succeed Field Trip with Great Outdoors University at St. Columba Retreat Center On Saturday, November 22

Our Read-2-Succeed students, parents, and volunteers had a day of fun and adventure with Great Outdoors University (part of the TN Wildlife Federation) at St. Columba Retreat Center!

This nature preserve is located on 145 acres of old-growth forest and rolling hills in Bartlett, TN. We spent the day exploring, taking nature hikes looking for animal tracks and traces of wildlife, and visiting the “Fairy Garden” where we built fairy houses and gnome homes.

We also roasted hot dogs and s’mores over a campfire for lunch. It was a wonderful day, and one that the students will remember forever!

View slideshow here.

The Concept Behind the Toy Store. Why We Do What We Do

December 01, 2014

oasis-toy-store2014-110x116It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

At least that’s how you remember Christmas time as a kid –  exploding with the excitement of opening your presents and playing with your new toys on Christmas morning. That excitement is multiplied across the entire family when parents have the positive self-esteem of purchasing their presents themselves instead of receiving hand-outs. That’s where the Oasis Toy Store comes in – your donations (toys or money) help us to provide deeply discounted, brand new, trendy toys at prices that can’t be found elsewhere. In addition, the Toy Store employs four local adults from the community, providing job training in customer service, sales, management, and cash register operation.

Mary Susan and Tom Capon have volunteered to run the Toy Store ministry since its inception, more than a decade ago! This ministry would not exist if it weren’t for their passion and commitment to making Christmas better for families that feel the financial crunch every month and especially during the holidays! According to the Capons, “The focus of the Toy Store is to provide quality name brand toys at very affordable prices. The store is designed for neighborhood families and those in significant financial need. Having a quality neighborhood outlet in their North Memphis community is essential to empowering parents to provide the best Christmas for their children themselves.”

This is such a fun and joyful outreach to get involved with! Simply bring your new toys to Hope Church anytime (look for the marked bins), now through December 7th. If you would like us to do the shopping for you, you can either donate online; or write a check to Oasis of Hope, put “Toy Store” in the memo and mail to 8500 Walnut Grove Rd, Cordova TN 38018.

Store location: Inside the Oasis Appliance warehouse, 1294 N. Thomas Street, Memphis, TN 38107, T:  901.577.0013
Store hours: Dec. 1-12, open 10am-5pm; Dec. 13 open 10a-12p.

Gifts ideas 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 would like more information about this ministry, please contact us!