Attend Hope City Church…A New Way To Do Church!

February 06, 2017

logo-web215x215Last week we watched a years-long dream come to fruition as Pastor Colley Cooper took the stage and welcomed North Memphis to Hope City’s first official church service!

Hope City is here to offer the unchurched, the dechurched and the rechurched a New Way To Do Church!

Everyone is welcome at Hope City and there are no dress codes, no inner circles, and no churchy languages. This is just a church with a passion to be relevant and real for our neighborhood.

Hope City’s Vision:

We are a place where the unchurched can find meaning and purpose through Christ-centered living and love-centered outreach!

Hope City’s Mission:

- Evangelize the lost
- Equip the believer
- Empower the community

Join Pastor Colley and team on Sundays at noon in the Caldwell-Guthrie Elementary School (951 Chelsea Ave) for an uplifting message and spiritual connection. Children’s ministry provided.

Be sure to following Hope City on Facebook and Twitter!

For more information about this exciting and growing ministry, or to learn more about how you can get involved, email Pastor Colley  or call him at 901-881-5877.

Hope’s North Memphis Church Plant – HOPE CITY!

August 30, 2016

church-plant4-web215x215For the last 15 years, Hope has had a dedicated commitment and constant presence in North Memphis and the surrounding communities with the creation of Oasis of Hope. In 2014, Hope’s investment in North Memphis became even deeper when they decided to plant a new type of church – contextualized and relevant to the community – to include those who have given up on traditional church but not given up on God. The time has officially come to welcome the community into this new church, Hope City. We ask that you continue to partner with us through prayer as we begin the exciting countdown to Hope City’s first worship experience this September.

Join us as we pray for…

• the strength and well-being for Pastor Colley Cooper, his wife Sheri and their sons.

• the immediate sale of the Cooper’s home in Cordova as they prepare to relocate to North Memphis.

• the core launch team’s development and preparation.

• the indigenous residents becoming charter members of the new church.

• the hiring part-time staff members (musical worship leader, children’s ministry director and audio/video technician).

• God’s divine protection against all evil.

• the continual generosity and blessings of monetary gifts and givers.

• successfully launching the church on Sunday, September 11.

Stay tuned for more information here.

You’re Invited to a Community Cookout Saturday, July 16!

June 14, 2016

Join the fun as we gather together as a community with our Memphis Habitat partners this Saturday! The Oasis Bike Shop will also be holding a Bike Rodeo for the kids!! Join us!!

fall-fest-web500When: Saturday, July 16
Time: 10:30am-12:30pm
Where: Bickford Community Center
Cost: FREE! Hotdogs & lemonade will be served.

Information will be shared about:

- Habitat for Humanity’s plans in Bearwater Park for this Fall
- Oasis of Hope’s yearly activities and ministries available for youth through senior citizens

See you Saturday!!

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

Hey Kids! Join us for I’ve Got Talent / VBS June 27-30!

May 14, 2016

2014-6-best-of-vbs-web500The God of the universe has given each of us special talents to use for HIS service and glory!

In I’ve Got Talent, students will learn how famous Bible characters used their God-given skills for Him – and how they too can accomplish great things in their careers and life! Students will uncover their personal gifts and will learn about contemporary jobs that depend on those talents for success. Then everyone gets to put their gifts on display at the I’ve Got Talent Stage Show event! Kids will leave motivated to excel in their personal giftedness and inspired to be used by God to better His world.

Theme Verse

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. –Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)

Theme Focus

God has created each of us with unique gifts and talents. Through our work, we can bring honor to Him, help others, and play our part in God’s plan for humankind.

We’d love to have your kids join us for this exciting and FUN time this summer!!

Dates: June 27, 28, 29 at Bickford Community Center from 6-8pm and June 30 at Shelby Farms from 10a-1p
Registration opens soon … please check back next week to learn how.

We are always in need of volunteers … if you love kids, we’d love to have you join us!

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

Rent Selma Then Attend the Justice Tour June 3-5

May 12, 2016

justice-tour-ella-miller-20Did you see the movie ‘Selma’ last year? If not, rent it, then sign up to go on the Justice Tour and watch history come to life as you experience a glimpse of the labored path to civil rights!

SELMA is the story of a movement. The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Director Ava DuVernays tells the real story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history. View the trailer here.

Then after the movie, make plans to join us on the annual Justice Tour, June 3-5 where Pastor Eli and Hope Urban have been walking people over the infamous Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, AL for years to literally and metaphorically give us a glimpse of what African-Americans have gone through to bridge the gap to equal rights, beginning with their fight to be allowed to vote.

Can you imagine what it feels like to walk under the actual arch where Bloody Sunday occurred on 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?

1st-baptist-church2-100x116This is just one of the many stops on the Justice Tour as we attempt to walk the same paths as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and others did 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 – as is seen in the movie), attend services at Sixteenth Street Baptist Church and more.

Elle Miller (in the above picture), 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 (Selma included!), 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 Megan. If you would like to register, click here. Space is limited to 35.

Who: Adults interested in a 3-day Journey of Civil Rights Heritage
When: June 3-5, 2016
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 Instagram, and checking our website for detailed information.

Pastor Coop Recaps the Easter Service In His Own Words…

April 10, 2016

web3-215x215 Check out Easter Extravaganza pics here.

What an awesome God we serve!

We had an amazing time on Easter Sunday; our Easter Extravaganza was a great success! We experienced rocking praise and worship, a radical word, and a remarkable egg hunt for the kids.

For me personally, the highlight of the day was not the turnout of 350 men, women, youth and children, but the highlight happened when I felt lead to break away from the service and check out the parking lot which was filled to capacity to my surprise. As I was outside, I noticed two young adult females walking away from the lot out the back gate. I immediately engaged them by asking, “Hey! Where are ya’ll going?”

One of the ladies replied as I introduced myself, “I don’t have on the right clothes. I didn’t know this was a church service. I need to go change because I don’t want people looking at me and talking about what I am wearing.”

web4-215x215At that moment it became apparent to me why I had been lead to slip outside. It was a moment that God would have no one else to seize, but the Pastor of this “New Kind of Church!” I comforted the young lady with these words, “We’re not that kind of church. You can wear whatever you have to wear. We won’t judge you. This will be the kind of church where all are welcome to come just as they are. No one will judge you here because it is God’s job to judge us all.”

My words assured her, and we went into the building to worship. That moment confirmed for me that God has us in the right place, at the right time, for the right reasons in North Memphis.

Many more stories happened on Sunday and more can be shared by others who also witnessed moving interactions. We’d love to hear other thoughts, highlights, and experiences.

Undoubtedly, I especially want to say, Thank you to all that made this day a success. Thank you to everyone for their prayers and support!

web2-215x215Remember these words, “Eyes have not seen, ears have not heard, nor has entered into the hearts of men, what God has prepared….”

Stay tuned for updates on what is next for the church plant as we reach new milestones, with a goal of launching in the fall of 2016.

Blessings,

Pastor Coop
North Memphis Church Plant

The Latest Update on the North Memphis Church Plant

April 08, 2016

In 2004 Hope Church followed through on their mission statement “to engage our unchurched neighbors of every age and ethnicity to experience Jesus” by committing to invest in families in an under-resourced area of North Memphis by developing Oasis of Hope and being a daily presence in an area where crime rates, economic decline and infant mortality are among the highest in the country … education, employment and annual income, among the lowest in the city.

In 2014, Hope committed to the natural next step of going even deeper by starting a new, vibrant, relevant, holistic, God-based community church that would leverage the work of Hope’s Urban and Oasis

Ministries to comprehensively serve the 38107 neighborhood residents to experience Jesus in an even greater way. Check out Pastor Eli’s sermon addressing this issue from 11/16/2014.

Since this announcement, much has been happening behind the scenes and Hope has hired Reverend Colley S. Cooper to serve as the North Memphis Church Planting Pastor. In May of 2015, Pastor Colley began the process of developing the church from the ground up, by strategically aligning himself with families, schools, businesses and other churches to build intentional relationships within 38107. Pastor Colley, a native of Memphis, has extensive experience working with disenfranchised persons and especially youth. He is a visionary desiring to motivate others to “do common things in an uncommon way.”

“We will be planting a new kind of church.”

Pastor Colley, his wife Sheri, and two sons, Kofi and Cohen, are fully committing to live out true life-on-life relationships with those they will serve by residing within the 38107 zip code or 1-3 miles outside of the targeted area.

Colley says, “I am moving my family into this neighborhood and will be planting ‘a new kind of church’ to reach those who do not currently go to anybody’s church…. We believe this will compliment (not compete) with the other good neighborhood churches and para-churches as TOGETHER we seek the peace and prosperity of 38107.”

What’s Happening Now?

  • Seeking out 15-20 leaders who will serve as the core launch team
  • Determining the church name/logo
  • Building relationships with community members who will potentially commit to attend the church

  • Starting weekly adult Bible studies to encourage relational and spiritual growth
  • Planning community events such as the Resurrection Easter Sunday Service and Oasis Easter Egg Hunt
  • Hiring a bi-vocational, part-time Assistant Pastor or Music Leader
  • Continuing the search to either purchase a building or to consider building on the land that was purchased in 2015
  • Launching the church in September 2016

Ways You Can Get Involved:

  • PRAY for God to lead in all areas of this endeavor, for Pastor Colley & his family, and for the above tasks to be done
  • DONATE financially to support the church plant
  • VOLUNTEER your time, skills, and passions if you’d like to be a part of the launch team
  • ATTEND the upcoming Bible Studies and community events
  • COMMIT to being a part of the church family as they launch in the Fall of 2016

Contact Info:
Office Phone: 901/881-5877
Email: colley@hopechurchmemphis.com

Don’t give glory to us, O Lord. Don’t give glory to us. Instead, give glory to your name because of your mercy and faithfulness. –Psalm 115:1 (GW)

If you believe in what we are doing in inner city Memphis, this is a valuable way to support us. If you’d like more information about our programs, please check out our website, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.

Make an Impact in 2016; Attend Urban Plunge Feb. 25-28

January 20, 2016

memphis-neon-sign-web110x11Spend 3 1/2 days with Eli and Hope’s Urban Staff on our upcoming Plunge 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 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!

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, have a work project on Saturday from 8a-1p in North Memphis, and end the entire weekend by attending First Baptist Church on Broad Avenue.

Are you ready to Plunge???

Housekeeping: We sleep at one of our ministry partners in a dorm-style fashion; all the women in one room and all the men in the other. 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.

Space is limited, so register today! For more information and to register contact Megan.

If you believe in what we are doing in inner city Memphis, this is a valuable way to support us. If you’d like more information about our programs, please check out our website, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.

Easter Extravaganza! Egg Hunt and Worship Service March 27

January 15, 2016

oasis-easter-egg-hunt300Something extra special will be happening this year during the Annual Oasis of Hope Easter Egg Hunt!

We are thrilled that Colley Cooper, Pastor of the North Memphis Church Plant, will be providing an inspirational Easter message during a time of teaching and worship, including special music, and even door prizes and a raffle drawing! Parents can sit back and enjoy a time for adults, while we watch the kids, teach them a Bible lesson, and take them on a quest to fill their baskets with eggs and candy.

Bring your friends and neighbors and come out to celebrate the meaning of Easter, have fun with the kids, and get to know Community Pastor Colley and his family.

Date: Easter Sunday, March 27th
test-100x116Location: Caldwell-Guthrie Elementary School, 951 Chelsea Ave.
Time: 12:00-2:00pm

Get Involved: If you would like to be involved in helping, we can use your help! You can either volunteer your time, or donate items for the hunt:

  • Volunteer your time to help with the kids
  • Donate baskets, plastic eggs, candy (no chocolate please; it melts), or stuffed eggs taped shut (Look for drop-off bins at Hope Church)

This is going to be a great community building event and we’d love to have you help us spread the word and join us Easter Sunday! If you would like more details about the Easter Extravaganza, contact Terry.

If you’d like more information about our other many programs, please check out our website, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter or Instagram.

North Memphis Church Plant – What’s Happening Now

January 01, 2016

colley-cooper-175x175Watch the video.

In 2004 Hope Church followed through on their mission statement “to engage our unchurched neighbors of every age and ethnicity to experience Jesus” by committing to invest in families in an under-resourced area of North Memphis by developing Oasis of Hope and being a daily presence in an area where crime rates, economic decline and infant mortality are among the highest in the country … education, employment and annual income, among the lowest in the city.

In 2014, Hope committed to the natural next step of going even deeper by starting a new, vibrant, relevant, holistic, God-based community church that would leverage the work of Hope’s Urban and Oasis Ministries to comprehensively serve the 38107 neighborhood residents to experience Jesus in an even greater way. Check out Pastor Eli’s sermon addressing this issue from 11/16/2014.

Since this announcement, much has been happening behind the scenes and Hope has hired Reverend Colley S. Cooper to serve as the North Memphis Church Planting Pastor. In May of 2015, Pastor Colley began the process of developing the church from the ground up, by strategically aligning himself with families, schools, businesses and other churches to build intentional relationships within 38107. Pastor Colley, a native of Memphis, has extensive experience working with disenfranchised persons and especially youth. He is a visionary desiring to motivate others to “do common things in an uncommon way.”

bearwater-construction-julyPastor Colley, his wife Sheri, and two sons, Kofi and Cohen, are fully committing to live out true life-on-life relationships with those they will serve by residing within the 38107 zip code or 1-3 miles outside of the targeted area. Colley says, “I am moving my family into this neighborhood and will be planting ‘a new kind of church’ to reach those who do not currently go to anybody’s church…. We believe this will compliment (not compete) with the other good neighborhood churches and para-churches as TOGETHER we seek the peace and prosperity of 38107.’”

What’s Happening Now?

– Seeking out 15-20 leaders who will serve as the core launch team
– Determining the church name/logo
– Building relationships with community members who will potentially commit to attend the church
– Starting weekly adult Bible studies to encourage relational and spiritual growth
– Planning community events such as the Resurrection Easter Sunday Service and Oasis Easter Egg Hunt
– Hiring a bi-vocational, part-time Assistant Pastor or Music Leader
– Continuing the search to either purchase a building or to consider building on the land that was purchased in 2015
– Launching the church in September 2016

Ways You Can Get Involved:

PRAY for God to lead in all areas of this endeavor, for Pastor Colley & his family, and for the above tasks to be done
DONATE financially to support the church plant
VOLUNTEER your time, skills, and passions if you’d like to be a part of the launch team
ATTEND the upcoming Bible Studies and community events
COMMIT to being a part of the church family as they launch in the Fall of 2016

Contact Info:

– Office Phone: 901/881-5877
– Email: colley@hopechurchmemphis.com

Don’t give glory to us, O Lord. Don’t give glory to us. Instead, give glory to your name because of your mercy and faithfulness. –Psalm 115:1 (GW)

If you believe in what we are doing in inner city Memphis, this is a valuable way to support us. If you’d like more information about our programs, please check out our website, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.

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