We Still Have a Few Positions to Fill; Invest in a Youth’s Life!

September 23, 2013

read-2-succeed-rollerskatinOASIS’ FALL YOUTH MINISTRY PROGRAMS:
(updated 8-28-13)

- READ-2-SUCCEED – Weekly one-on-one reading with an elementary-aged child.
Contact: Brenda@oasis-of-hope.com, 496-5516
In The Cut Ministry House, 932 N. 6th St.
Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays, 4:30-6:00pm

- KIPP:Memphis MIDDLE SCHOOL Tutoring – Weekly 1-hour in-school tutoring sessions in Reading or Math, Grades 5-8. Training provided.
Contact: Brenda@oasis-of-hope.com, 496-5516
KIPP:Memphis Collegiate Middle School, 230 Henry Ave.
M, T, W, or Th – 4:00-5:00pm
STILL NEED: 10 volunteers

- CALDWELL-GUTHRIE ELEMENTARY Tutoring – Weekly 1-hour in-school tutoring sessions in Reading. Training provided.
Contact: Brenda@oasis-of-hope.com, 496-5516
Caldwell-Guthrie Elementary School, 951 Chelsea Ave.
Choose any 1-hr time slot below:

2nd Grade tutoring
M, T, W, or Th, F 11:35-12:35pm or 2:15-3:00pm

3rd – 5th Grade tutoring
M, T, W, or Th – 9:00-noon

- Think Tank – this is a new elective at KIPP Middle School that teaches 6th grade students business and entrepreneurial skills.
Contact: Terrice@oasis-of-hope.com, 527-0074
KIPP: Memphis Collegiate School, 230 Henry Ave.
Fridays: 10-11:30, 11:30-1, or 1-3
STILL NEED: 3 volunteers

- WARRIOR PRINCESSES Girls Club Club for 3rd – 6th grade girls living in an urban, underprivileged environment that teaches life skills.
Contact: Terrice@oasis-of-hope.com, 527-0074
Bickford Community Center, 233 Henry Ave.
Every 1st & 3rd Saturday, 10:00-noon
STILL NEED: 2 volunteers

- PATHFINDERS Middle School Group – Mentoring group for middle school students.
Contact: Martell@oasis-of-hope.com, 246-6010
Bickford Community Center, 233 Henry Ave.
Thursdays, 5:15-7:00pm
STILL NEED: 4 volunteers

- AMBASSADORS High School Bible Study – Dramatically impact the lives of high school students at this pivotal teenage stage of life. Separate groups for boys & girls.
Contact: Martell@oasis-of-hope.com, 246-6010
The Green House, 245 Guthrie Ave.
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:00pm
STILL NEED: 1 female volunteer

Click here to view all the ministries of Oasis of Hope or to sign up on our online Volunteer Form.

We Gathered to Remember and to Look Forward with Hope

March 10, 2013

Honoring Ms. Karen: On Wednesday, February 27, we hosted a dinner for our Oasis families in honor of Karen Durham, who went home to be with the Lord. It also gave our families the opportunity to know more about what Oasis of Hope is all about. The dinner was held at Bickford Community Center, and we had about 150 people in attendance for what turned out to be a very special evening. Please continue to pray for Karen’s family and loved ones!

Undefeated is Finally Released on DVD; It’s a Must See!

February 20, 2013

So, what is Oasis’ connection with she Manassas Football Team and the documentary ‘Undefeated’? For years we have assisted Manassas High School in providing volunteer coaches, pre-game meals, fans in the stands, and conducted a pre-season training camp for the players where we not only hone their athletic skills, but their spiritual game as well!

Oasis’ staff was highly involved in assisting the movie directors as they shot hours and hours of film of the team. Undefeated takes place in our ministry neighborhood and chronicles the Manassas Tigers’ 2009 football season, on and off-the-field, as they strive to win the first playoff game in the high school’s 110-year history.

A perennial whipping boy, in recent decades Manassas had gone so far as to sell their home games to the highest bidder, but that all changed in the spring of 2004 when Bill Courtney, a former high school football coach (and former Hope Pres member) turned lumber salesman, volunteered to lend a hand. When he arrived, the team consisted of 17 players, some timeworn equipment and a patch of grass masquerading as a practice field. Focusing more on winning young men than football games, the football program nevertheless began resurrecting itself and, in 2009, features the most talented team Manassas has ever fielded; a team that seems poised to end the playoff jinx that has plagued the school since time immemorial.

A coming-of-age documentary film, Undefeated provides audiences an intimate view of an underprivileged group of teens and their inspirational coach, as they attempt to make history. This film features Montrail ‘Money’ Brown, O.C. Brown, Bill Courtney and Chavis Daniels.

Presently, the DVD can be purchased online at Walmart for 50% off ($9.96!) … click here to purchase.

Until We See Karen Again; Funeral Services Scheduled

February 11, 2013

It is with an extremely heavy heart for the family and loved ones that we let you know that Oasis’ founding staffer, Karen Durham, passed away Feb 22 after complications from a heart attack. Her fingerprints are on everything in our ministry and she is DEEPLY missed by so many in our ministry neighborhood. Please pray for the family and all those who loved her dearly and will miss her! The memorial service will be held at Hope Church on Wednesday, Feb 27 at 2:00 pm.

Note from our Board Chair, Rev. Eli Morris, “Our ministry team salutes our precious sister Karen Durham. She was a warrior in every sense of the word. Her passion was only surpassed by her compassion. Her tenderness only surpassed by her toughness. One of a kind. Rest in the strong arms of Jesus, friend.”

In lieu of flowers, please make any donations to Hope Church, Urban Ministries.

Additionally, we will be hosting a Youth Dinner in honor of Karen in North Memphis at the Bickford Community Center on Wednesday evening at 6:00 pm.  All who are interested are welcome to attend.

Thank You For Cheering For the Manassas Tigers With Us!

November 06, 2012

The Manassas Tigers lost in the first round of playoffs last week to Milan, 44-6. Despite another season’s end that was earlier than desired, the Tigers had a good year and the Hope supporters can feel good about the investment in these young men’s lives. A huge thank you to the volunteers that helped with the football camp, the weekly meals provided by Hope’s Kitchen ministry, the volunteer coaching, the special tailgate times and messages, the cheering from the stands, and the encouragement given all along the way. Many of these young men will be graduating and moving on to the next phase God has for them in life and need your prayers to continue with them for the decisions they will make in the months ahead.

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NOTE: ‘Undefeated’ – an emmy award winning documentary on the Manassas Tigers from the 2009 season will be released in January 2013. Buy it and see what our ministry is doing!

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Check out photos from Football Camp held in early August

WON 34-6 / August 17 Manassas vs. Booker T Washington at Raleigh Eqypt Stadium, 7pm

LOST 17-6 / August 24 Manassas vs. Mitchell High School at J.P. Freeman Stadium, 7pm

WON 42-12 / August 30 Manassas vs. Kingsbury High School at Melrose Stadium, 7pm

WON 58-0 (game was called at half time due to inclement weather) / September 6 Manassas vs- . Northside High School at Booker T Washington Stadium, 7pm

WON 18-0 / September 14 Manassas vs. Frayser High School (Homecoming) at Crump Stadium, 7pm

LOST 24-30 / September 28 Manassas vs. Trezevent High School at Melrose Stadium, 7pm

LOST 24-40 / October 4 Manassas vs. Central High School at the Bookier T Washington Stadium, 7pm

WON 19-8 / October 11 Manassas vs. Douglass High School, at Melrose Stadium, 7pm

WON 52-18 / October 18 Manassas vs. MAHS at Crump Stadium, 7pm

LOST 6-44 / October 26 Manassas vs. Raleigh Egypt High School at Booker T Washington Stadium, 7pm

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October 26th: Thank you to all our FAITHFUL supporters who were there for the boys this season!!

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October 8th Message from Coach’s wife, Margo Germany:

The Tigers (3 A) lost to Central (6 A) in a heartbreaker Thursday night, 40-24. We put ourselves behind the 8 ball to start off with an opening kickoff return for a TD by Central. We just couldn’t get it together fast enough to pull out the win. We looked a little sluggish and the boys confirmed they were wiped out from the Trezevant game. Hopefully, we can re-group this week.

Speaking of this week…..We play Douglass in the SOUL BOWL Wednesday night! The game will be at Melrose at 7 PM. They usually sell T shirts, so be ready to come out and support the Tigers!

Hope to see you then!

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October 2nd Message from Coach’s wife, Margo Germany

We had a wonderful Tailgating with the Tigers last Thursday. After a great and inspirational talk from Patrick Wrenn, the boys and fans enjoyed another wonderful tailgate extravaganza put on by Hope and a Small Group from Hope. The boys loved it! Thanks for all who contributed.

Friday, Hope also provided a wonderful pre-game meal with some BBQ from Hope’s Beast Feast, thanks to Christy Bianchi.

We played our cross-town rival, Trezevant last Friday. We lost a close game in overtime. The boys played their hearts out and really looked like a team. Trezevant is ranked in the CA Dandy Dozen. We are not in the same (size) district as they are and we still played them like we were evenly matched. On a side note, as the boys watched the game film over the weekend, it was noted that our first two point conversion was really a score, the ref did not signal, so we didn’t get the points. Another ref even commented to Jeff that he thought it was good…Oh, well….Hopefully we will get them next time!

The best thing about our game was seeing both teams on the field after the game praying together. This is the same team that in the movie “Undefeated” was told not to shake hands on the field after the game because of threats of violence. I was very proud of both teams.

Manassas plays Central THURSDAY at Booker T. Washington Stadium (off Thomas). The game will begin at 7 PM. Hope to see you there!

Next week, due to Fall Break, we will play Douglass on WEDNESDAY! Mark your calendars. That game is scheduled to be played at Melrose Stadium.

Have a great week! Thanks for being such wonderful supporters!

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Sept. 18 Message from Coach’s wife, Margo Germany:

Dear Manassas Tigers Supporters,

We had a wonderful week last week and many of you were a part of it. Thanks to all who participated in Tailgating with the Tigers. It was fantastic! I will send photos with a later email. Lionel Hollins, head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies, came out and spoke to the boys after practice last Thursday. He was so unassuming. He talked to the boys as if they were his own sons. He shared about his faith and how that got him through a lot of things he had to deal with growing up. He grew up in a similar background as many of our boys. He was not wealthy growing up. He did not have a father. His mother died when he was just 13. He had a rough life, but made good choices. He told the boys that sometimes life throws you a knife. You have to decide if you’re going to catch it by the blade or the handle…..He also talked about how when he was their age, he had several awards, championship rings, etc. and how they are all put away somewhere….he emphasized that right now, they may think that this is as good as it gets, but they should strive to have a future full of hope and promise. At any rate, he was awesome!

After Coach Hollins spoke with the guys, we were all treated to a FABULOUS FEAST presented by Hope Church and several of our volunteers. Hope brought two HUGE grills and meat to feed an army(100)! The talk of the tailgate was the chicken wings….the burgers, hot dogs, nachos, baked beans, chicken nuggets, cakes, cookies, chips, cole slaw and other sides were delicious as well. A BIG thank you to all who made that possible. The tailgate was decorated with signs, football plates and napkins, footballs, balloons and a “Believe Street” banner (read Kyle Veazey’s article9/2/12 in the CA for explanation). One volunteer made a special goodie bag for each boy filled with things every guy needs……

Friday, Hope provided the pre-game meal which the boys LOVED as well (tacos, salad, mac and cheese, hot dogs, desserts, and more!). Montrail Brown (from the movie, “Undefeated”) gave the pre-game devotional to the boys. He talked about David and Goliath. He told the team he would share more before they play Trezvant (cross-town rival) next week.

So, as a reminder, we will have NO GAME this week….Rest up, because we need you all in FULL FORCE next week!

Speaking of next week, we will have our second tailgate party on Thursday, September 27th from 4:30-6p at Manassas High School parking lot (1111 Manassas Street). We need food for an army (100), so please let me know if you can help out in any way. Next week’s speaker has a martial arts background and is one of Coach Jason Johnson’s favorite speakers. He came and spoke to the Memphis Tigers when Coach Jason played for them and was VERY motivational, to say the least. You will be entertained if you get a chance to come see him speak to the boys.

I assume the format will be the same as the last tailgate. The speaker will speak to the team around 5 on the field, weather permitting. We will begin tailgating right after that (5:15-5:30). If you can come, we will be set up in the Manassas parking lot near the football field (last time we were closer to the baseball field). If you can’t find us, just drive around until you do.

Here are some things we need and we really need all the help we can get because many of our volunteers are involved at the Hope Market Square that day and will be unable to participate:

Tables

Chairs

Boombox with good tailgating music

Plates

Napkins

Cups

Ice

Ice chests

Bottled Water

Soft Drinks

Side dishes

Meat(?) * working on this one….

Any tailgate food (pizza, little smokies, BBQ, wings, veggie tray, sub sandwiches,hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken tenders

Trash bags

Cookies

Brownies

I am not the tailgate queen, so please help with any suggestions…

If you bring something that requires electricity, you may want to bring an extension cord.

Thanks for supporting the Manassas Tigers! Our game next week will be against Trezvant, a very good team.

Thanks again! Hope to hear from you soon!

ManRise Football Camp Wraps Up and the Season Begins

August 04, 2012

What a great Football Camp we had! Check out our camp slideshow. The Manassas Tigers look ready for the season – thanks to help from the Hope Kitchen ministry, 22 awesome volunteers, the Manassas Football coaching staff, Hope Church’s student ministry (who let us use their space), ManRise, Germantown Baptist Church and Burger King! For 3 days Hope Church was turned into a football training facility that not only brought the team together to go over football fundamentals, but also faith fundamentals. Guest speakers shared God’s word with the young men, and small group sessions provided opportunities to take discussions to a deeper level. Their bodies were challenged, their souls were encouraged, and their bellies were fed! They even had the opportunity to scrimmage other teams, some from higher divisions, and they more than held their own and are looking forward to a very successful season!

The ministry goes on. If you would like to partner with Oasis and the Manassas Football Team, there are still many opportunities in various capacities. First of all, we want as many people as possible to come cheer on our guys at their games this year (see schedule) … or you can help by providing a tailgating meal the day before one of their games after practice at Manassas High … or if you have coaching experience, you may even be able to spend some time with the kids at practices. Our hope is to connect you with one player and for you to be an encouragement to each other.

For more information, contact Terrice Thomas, or call her at 901-527-0074.

 

Remember ‘Undefeated’? Football Camp Wraps Up

July 28, 2012

Our partnership with the Manassas Football Team is going strong and we’re excited for a VERY good season this year! Once again Oasis of Hope is teaming up with ManRise and will jointly host the Manassas Football Camp August 2-4, 2012 at Hope Church. We are looking for donors to sponsor a player for $75 to allow each of the boys to attend Football Camp (donation information), or volunteers to get involved by helping to coach, feed, cheer or encourage the boys during their 3-day training camp held at Hope Presbyterian Church August 2-4! We would love to have 20-25 volunteers join us!

Players will experience guest speakers, dynamic worship times, practices, scrimmages, Hope’s delicious food from Jennifer & the kitchen staff, and sleeping in the Youth Building (entrance 6). Watch here for the daily camp schedule and feel free to pop in and out as you are able. Then of course when the season starts, let’s fill the stands in support for the team and possibly cheer them on all the way to the State Championships! View the ManRise Football Camp 2012 Slideshow.

“Undefeated” Wins Oscar for Best Documentary! Opened March 2nd

May 11, 2012

Read Forbes’ article “Why ‘Undefeated’ Should Make You Cry.” So, what is Oasis’ connection with she Manassas Football Team and the documentary Undefeated?  For years we have assisted Manassas High School in providing volunteer coaches, pre-game meals, fans in the stands, and conducted a pre-season training camp for the players where we not only hone their athletic skills, but their spiritual game as well!  Oasis’ staff was highly involved in assisting the movie directors as they shot hours and hours of film of the team. Undefeated takes place in our ministry neighborhood and chronicles the Manassas Tigers’ 2009 football season, on and off-the-field, as they strive to win the first playoff game in the high school’s 110-year history. A perennial whipping boy, in recent decades Manassas had gone so far as to sell their home games to the highest bidder, but that all changed in the spring of 2004 when Bill Courtney, a former high school football coach turned lumber salesman, volunteered to lend a hand. When he arrived, the team consisted of 17 players, some timeworn equipment and a patch of grass masquerading as a practice field. Focusing more on winning young men than football games, the football program nevertheless began resurrecting itself and, in 2009, features the most talented team Manassas has ever fielded; a team that seems poised to end the playoff jinx that has plagued the school since time immemorial. A coming-of-age documentary film, Undefeated provides audiences an intimate view of an underprivileged group of teens and their inspirational coach, as they attempt to make history. This film features Montrail ‘Money’ Brown, O.C. Brown, Bill Courtney and Chavis Daniels and opens in Memphis Friday, March 2nd at Malco Paradiso at Poplar and Mendenhall – showtimes at 1:10, 4:20, 7:30, and 10:05pm.  Read what USA Today says about the film.  Read what the LA Times says about the film.  If you watched the Oscars you might have noticed the controversial lack of thanks from the producers to the players, the coaches and North Memphis for their roles in making the movie.  Read on if you’d like to hear the producers reasons as to why they didn’t do this.

Manassas is in the Playoffs! Cheer Them On Friday, Nov. 4th

November 05, 2011

football playerThis Friday at 7:00pm Manassas will be playing Lewis County at Cordova High School in the playoffs!  Come and cheer on our guys who’ve worked so hard to get to this point!  Many thanks to all our volunteer coaches, to Jennifer in the Hope kitchen for feeding the team prior to each game, for Christy for washing smelly uniforms, and to all of you who have been in the stands cheering them on!  It’s been a great year! Click here for the 2011 Manassas Football Highlights.

Can You Imagine Feeding An Entire Football Team EACH Week?

November 03, 2011

football playerDid you know that Oasis of Hope in partnership with Hope’s Kitchen Ministry feeds the entire Manassas Football team prior to every game?  That’s a LOT of food to prepare and deliver!  In addition, Oasis volunteers help volunteer coach the team during practices and games.  We also encourage Hope fans to come to the games and cheer on our players!  Click here for the 2011 Manassas Football Schedule.  For more information contact Terry.

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