Consider a Year-End Gift For a Great Cause – Grow the OEC!

December 11, 2017

OEC-collage-11-2017We can’t thank God enough for the incredible recent growth we’ve seen (increased staff, huge Bearwater Park build, newly renovated Oasis Appliance & Home Furnishings, etc.).

Now we are on the verge of another opportunity that can take the ministry to a new level.

We have struggled with limited space since our inception, but what is a challenge for us is not too big for God! The City of Memphis has appreciated our partnership with them over the years at the Bickford Community Center and has awarded us the opportunity to operate out of their former Head Start space in the back half of the building. This new Oasis Enrichment Center (OEC) will allow us to expand our current youth programs and launch new empowerment initiatives including, a daily after-school program focusing on education, entrepreneurship and technical skills, Bible studies, computer lab, and a safe space for youth to hang out and call their own.

However, this wonderful space has been vacant for many years and needs significant updating (painting, computer/AV equipment, furniture, etc.). Additionally, the expanded outreach will require another van to transport our youth. To the left are some pictures of the current space to help you picture the need and opportunity.

We have had a wonderful first response from some of our committed donors who have made challenge/matching gifts totaling $110,000!

Due to this, your gift will be doubled until we match that amount. Giving us a total of $220,000!

The attached fact sheet gives a little more financial information on the OEC Challenge.

Please consider partnering with us to make the most of this opportunity! You can make a one-time donation and/or prayerfully consider being a monthly contributor to the ministry, as the needs continue throughout the year.

For questions contact Terry Hoff or for more information, visit www.oasis-of-hope.com. Stay up-to-date by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter and Instagram, and checking our website for detailed information.

God’s blessings to you and your family as we celebrate Christ’s birth,

Eli Morris
Board Chair

Terry Hoff
Executive Director

 

Summer Baseball Wraps Up Another Great Year!

September 01, 2017

manassas-baseball-100x116The Oasis summer baseball teams wrapped up their season on a high note. In the Parks league playoffs, the 8 & under team placed second, the 10 & under team placed third and the 12 & under team placed second. We had 55 kids involved this summer having a great time doing such a positive activity! Thank you to our coaches, volunteers, parents, and kids!

We partner with A Game Sports to provide this program teaching fundamentals, team spirit and fun competition.

To volunteer or for more information about this ministry, contact Coach Cleo Hayes, 901-801-3103. Stay up-to-date by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter and Instagram, and checking our website for detailed information.

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Summer Means It’s Time for Baseball! Batter Up!

June 04, 2017

manassas-baseball-100x116Our youth (and their parents!) desire fun and active things to do while school is out and few things signify summer fun like baseball!

We partner with A Game Sports to provide a program teaching fundamentals, team spirit and fun competition. Over the last few years we have had winning seasons by our teams as they put into practice what they’re learning. This year we plan to have 2 teams (14 & under and 10 & under).

How You Can Help:

Donate: If you’d like to help make this American summer tradition possible for our kids (and free to them) – the costs for this outreach including coaching, league fees, equipment and transportation is roughly $4,000.

Volunteer: Also, if you like baseball and have some time, we’d love your help coaching these awesome kids!

Send Your Kids: Practices will be held most evenings at the Bickford Community Center baseball field. Schedules will be handed out at practice. Teams will be divided into a 10 & Under and a 14 & Under.

To volunteer or for more information about this ministry, contact Coach Cleo Hayes, 901-801-3103. Stay up-to-date by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter and Instagram, and checking our website for detailed information.

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We Are Hiring A Ministry Director to Join Our Team!

April 28, 2017

Blackboard with the text We want youWe are *more than excited* to announce we are ready to hire additional staffing to enhance our staff and outreaches!

We are hiring a Ministry Director!

Following are the details of the job. If you are interested or know someone who is, please contact Terry Hoff, our Executive Director with your resume (contact information below). For our prayer warriors, please be in faithful prayer about bringing on the person God knows is the perfect fit! Details are:

Department/Ministry: Oasis of Hope
Job Title:
Ministry Director
Reports to: Executive Director of Oasis of Hope
Salary Range: Commensurate with Experience
Type of Position: Full-Time

General Description: This position will be an essential part of Oasis of Hope with the overall responsibility to: Oversee the ministries coordinated by the staff, including ministry direction, evaluation, and staff/volunteer relations; with an emphasis on making disciples. In addition, adult outreach will be a main responsibility (discipleship, life/skills, connection with Hope City Church).

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Love and be a follower of Jesus Christ
  • Adhere to the Core Values and ministry philosophy of Oasis of Hope
  • Be a Servant Leader – the main responsibility is to serve the staff so they can succeed
  • Provide leadership to the staff, in area of ministry impact, making sure our energy/resources are utilized to their potential
  • Conduct program evaluations (in conjunction with the responsible staff person), offering suggestions for improvement and assisting them in making the necessary changes
  • Lead weekly staff meetings (in partnership with Executive Director), providing Biblical motivation and making sure staff are on the same page and ministry calendar
  • Run ministry outreaches for adults in the community, including discipleship & life-skills
  • Correspond and work with various departments of Hope Church & Hope City Church
  • Respond clearly and promptly to all calls and emails
  • Organize and prioritize work flow
  • Have a “whatever it takes” attitude and a passion for urban ministry

Skills and experience requirements:

  • Have a working knowledge of Microsoft Office products (Outlook, Word).
  • Strong written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, handle multiple tasks, and reassess priorities as necessary.
  • Energetic, exceptional organizational skills and a positive outlook.

Education Requirements:

  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in a related field is preferred. Minimum of 5 years of related experience. . Church ministry experience is preferred.

Other:

  • Participate in weekend ministry assignments, as needed
  • Compile/maintain basic ministry schedule/calendar from all departments
  • Have a working knowledge of Facebook, Twitter & Instagram and post as assigned
  • Others duties as necessary

To Apply: Send a resume & references to: Terry Hoff, Executive Director, terry@oasis-of-hope.com, 901/438-6600, fax 901/527-0053; 8500 Walnut Grove Road, Memphis, TN 38018.

Download a PDF of the job description: Oasis of Hope Ministry Director 2017 3

For more information about our ministries, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and check out our website for detailed information.

Batter Batter Batter Swing! It’s Time to Play Baseball!

July 04, 2016

oasis-summer-baseball-100x1Spring always makes us think of showers, flowers … and baseball! We are geared up and ready to play ball with your kids!

How Can Your Child Get Involved:

Practices: Mon-Fri, 4:00-5:45pm at the Bickford Community Center, now until school starts
Ages: 5-14
Enrollment Procedure: Just show up at the field and parents can sign a permission form
Fees: None
Games Played at: Will Carruthers Park, 3880 Neely Road, Field #1

Join Coach Barry (a leader from the neighborhood) as he heads up summer baseball for the 9th year in a row! We are also excited to have KIPP’s PE administrator, Coach Cleo co-coordinating again for his 3rd year. In addition, another local young man, Dante, has joined the coaching staff and is currently playing baseball at Lane College!

Offering a healthy alternative and providing kids a positive activity provides the following:
1: Keeps kids out of trouble when they have ample free time
2: Brings baseball back to the inner city
3: Provides a potential means for a college scholarship
4: Brings our community together

How Can You Help?

We need more coaches. If you love baseball and kids, we’d love to have you join our volunteer coaching staff! We are especially needing a pitching coach and a t-ball coach.

We need donations. We purchase team uniforms, cover all program fees, provide transportation to games, and offer snacks. If you would like to support this ministry, we’d truly appreciate your donations.

Game Schedule for 10 and under (watch website/social media for additional games to be posted):
April 23, 1:00pm
April 26, 7:30pm
April 30, 11:30am
May 3, 7:30pm
May 7, 11:30am
May 10, 6:00pm
May 14, 11:30am

If you would like more information regarding this specific ministry, contact Terry. Stay up-to-date by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter and Instagram, and checking our website for detailed information.

Summer Baseball Teaches So Much More Than the Game

July 23, 2015

oasis-summer-baseball-100x1We are currently looking for volunteers and sponsors to invest in our youth in North Memphis through our summer baseball program.

We are thrilled to again partner with the Red Birds RBI league! They are returning to our community and with our Parks and Little League World Series Teams, we anticipate having 7 teams this summer! Pray for us!

Kids from the neighborhood, ages 4-16, are invited to participate Monday-Friday from 9a-12p for no fee in Oasis’ Summer Baseball program. They are divided into teeball, coach pitch, and kid’s pitch categories to teach appropriate skills and provide needed encouragement.

But we all know we’re not doing this just for the love of the game.

So much more is at work here: We want kids to bond with coaches and volunteers, develop meaningful relationships, provide healthy activities, get kids moving, bring a variety of ages together, offer healthy food, and even more.

Last year our teams won almost all of their games, but even if the scoreboard never shows a win, this ministry is a home-run!

WHO: Kids ages 4-16 or volunteers of any age
WHEN: M-F from 9a-1p – Time To Be Confirmed
WHERE: Bickford Community Center Ball Field and Manassas HS fields

Watch the website if you would like to come to a game!

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 Instagram, and checking our website for pictures, videos and current information.

Oasis Family Dinner is this Wednesday, April 15th

March 29, 2015

you're-invited-110x116Who: Families of youth participating in any Oasis of Hope program, mentors and Oasis & Bickford staff
What: Dinner for your whole family on us (it’s free)!
When: NEW DATE is Wednesday, April 15th from 6-7:30pm
Where: Bickford Community Center
Why: To enjoy community fellowship, to honor our participants, and to showcase Oasis programs that can encourage community growth

Families of the youth currently involved in our programs are invited to attend the 3rd Annual Oasis Family Dinner! We would love to treat the whole family to a delicious meal and an entertaining program to celebrate how special you are to us! Mark your calendars and plan to enjoy the sounds of the Angel Street choir, hear a rousing word from staffer Martell, and listen to personal testimonials from students & families who have been involved themselves.

We are looking forward to a fun night of fellowship and mingling, and to inform families of additional upcoming programs/volunteer opportunities we have to invest in more families in North Memphis!

We know that by working together, we will all have a much more profound impact on our community!

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

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

Summer Baseball Teaches So Much More Than the Game

June 14, 2014

oasis-summer-baseball-100x1 Briarcrest Christian School graduates and former baseball players, Tyler Moore and Colby Herndon are committing another summer to invest in relationships in North Memphis by coaching kids in the sport of baseball. Also sharing their time and talents are two men from the neighborhood, Coach Barry and Coach Cleo, who will also be helping out.

Kids from the neighborhood, ages 4-16, are invited to participate Monday-Friday for no fee in Oasis’ Summer Baseball program. They are divided into teeball, coach pitch, and kid’s pitch categories to teach appropriate skills and provide needed encouragement.

But we all know we’re not doing this just for the love of the game.

So much more is at work here: We want kids to bond with coaches and volunteers, develop meaningful relationships, provide healthy activities, get kids moving, bring a variety of ages together, offer healthy food, and even more.

Even if the scoreboard never shows a win, this ministry is a home-run!

WHO: Kids ages 4-16 or volunteers of any age
WHEN: M-F from 9a-1p
WHERE: Bickford Community Center Ball Field

Watch the website if you would like to come to a game!

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.

Wanna Enjoy the Outdoors? Cheer on the Baseball Team

April 26, 2014

web-fav-IMG_3720The 2014 Manassas High School Baseball Team season is already underway with a win under their belt! The players LOVE to have cheering fans in the stands to fire them up! Support our team by coming out to a game, or if you would like to volunteer your time to help Coach Jordan Buchheit, contact Brenda at: 901-496-5516, or Brenda@oasis-of-hope.com.

Here is the Manassas Baseball Schedule 2014 – see you at the ball field!

• All start times at 3:30pm unless otherwise indicated
• @ signifies away game
• vs. signifies home game

03/27/14 Rained out: Manassas vs. Craigmont

03/19/14 Final score: Manassas 9/Sheffield 4

03/21/14 Final score: Raleigh Eqypt 9/Manassas 8

03/24/14 Rained out: Manassas vs. Douglass

03/24/14 Rained out: Manassas vs. Craigmont

03/31/14 Final score: Manassas 4/Trezevant 2

04/2/14 Final score: (Double-Header) Manassas 19/Frayser 1 and Manassas 17/Frayser 1

04/04/14 Rained out: Manassas vs. Raleigh Egypt High School

04/07/14 
Rained out: Manassas vs. Fairley High School

04/09/14 Rained out: Trezvant High School

04/10/14 Rained out: Make-up game @ Trezvant High School

04/14/14 Rained out: Westwood High School

04/15/14 Make-up Game @ Craigmont High School – 3:00pm

04/16/14 Make-up Game vs. Raleigh Egypt High School – 3:00pm

Final Score: Fairley 12/Manassas 4

04/24/14 Final Scores: Manassas 14/Westwood 4 and Manassas 9/Westwood 1

05/01/14 vs. Douglas – 4:oopm

05/05/14 Final Score: Craigmont 19/Manassas 1

Many thanks to Manassas Coach, ‘Buck’ Buchheit, who is from MO and in his second year of coaching at Manassas participating in the ‘Teach America’ program, to Volunteer Coach Lynn Alford who is a former U of M 2nd baseman from the ’70s, and to Zeke Isaacman, Assistant Volunteer Coach and former U of M Tiger baseball player who pitched in the ’90s, for investing in the team … among all our wonderful volunteers who support and pour into these young men!

If you would like more information regarding this ministry, email Brenda. 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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