Join us for The Easter Experience April 16 at Noon

February 20, 2017

oasis-easter-egg-hunt300We are thrilled to once again partner with Hope City! Pastor Cooper 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, April 16th
Location: Caldwell-Guthrie Elementary School, 951 Chelsea Ave.
Time: 12:00pm

test-100x116Get 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 The Easter Experience, contact Jasmine.

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.

Lions Cage: A New Program For Middle School Guys

February 18, 2017

2016-tylon-walkerFor many years we have offered an excellent program for middle school ladies called Warrior Princesses to address important issues facing this season of life. This program has been exceedingly popular with both girls and volunteers, so much so that we knew we needed an equivalent program for the guys. So, we are thrilled to announce Lions Cage Boys Club for our middle school boys!

This is a mentoring program geared toward urban boys living in a disadvantaged environment in grades 4-6 where they can learn skills that are relevant to their actual life experiences. We seek to help develop character and dignity in each young man through our partnership with a diverse group of dedicated mentors. We also want to increase their networks by connecting them to resources that will enhance their scope of life.

2017 Lions Cage Schedule (subject to change):
Jan. 7: Orientation (outing)
Jan. 21: The Four Faces of Manhood: an Overview of the principles of Manhood (Self-Defense)
Feb. 4: The King Face (A man’s leadership, worth, goals, and ambitions … made for greatness!)
Feb. 18: Field trip – TBD
Mar. 4: Warrior Face (What should a man take a stand for? Peer pressure, bullying, conflict resolution, and more – Self defense)
Mar. 18: Spring Break – no meeting
April 1: Friend Face (A man’s circle: How to make friends and navigate relationships – Self defense)
April 15: Lover Face (Why is Jesus and Love important to manhood – Easter weekend)
May 6: Field trip – TBD
May 20: End of year party (Parent & child)

Location: Bickford Community Center
Meeting Dates: 1st and 3rd Saturdays, 10:30a-12p

THERE ARE TWO WAYS TO SUPPORT OUR EFFORTS:

1. Volunteer with us: We need several male volunteers to assist who are willing to commit to a mentoring relationship. We’d especially love African-American males to join us!

2. Donate funds to support this ministry: We always appreciate financial support; donate online or by mail here.

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

Sign Up with Amazon Smile and Re-Enroll Your Kroger Card

February 08, 2017

kroger 275x303Kroger Requires You to Re-Enroll Your Desired Non-Profit Each January: Shop at Kroger and Donate 3-5% without writing a check!

Each January 1st, all Kroger Community Reward Participants are required to renew their organization of choice to receive Kroger reward payments. We are hoping you will choose Oasis of Hope!

It may seem like a small act, but it’s a huge help! Designating Oasis of Hope on your Kroger card allows you to donate to our ministry each time you shop for groceries or buy gas!

For example, if 2,500 people spent $100, Oasis could receive a total of $7,500!

We can do a lot of ministry with that!

It takes about 3 minutes and registering your Kroger Plus Card is easier than ever:

If you already have an existing Kroger account:

  1. Sign in to your Kroger account at www.kroger.com/communityrewards
  2. Click ‘View Your Rewards Details,’ edit your Community Rewards, and search for ‘Oasis of Hope’ (or 80469). Click ‘enroll’

If you are registering your Kroger account for the first time:

  1. Creat an account at www.kroger.com/communityrewards
  2. Follow the prompts to enter your email, password, & address.
  3. Click ‘View Your Rewards Details’ and designate Oasis of Hope as your Community Rewards recipient by typing ‘Oasis of Hope’ in the Search box (or #80469). Click ‘enroll’

That’s it!

amazon-smile-logo110x116AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to Oasis of Hope! Same products, same service!

To designate your existing Amazon account:

  1. Go to www.smile.amazon.com (email/password); click ‘Sign In’
  2. Type “Oasis of Hope” in the search field (Cordova, TN) & select … then Start Shopping! From then on Amazon will remind you to sign in with using the ‘Smile’ site every time you log on.

Shop online via Smile.Amazon.com rather than Amazon.com. Smile.Amazon.com has the same products, prices, and service as Amazon.com, and Oasis of Hope will receive a donation from Amazon equal to .5% of your purchases placed through Smile.Amazon.com.

Invite family and friends from across the country to support Oasis of Hope by designating Oasis of Hope, Inc. on their Amazon account and shop through Smile.Amazon.com.

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.

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.

Why Has Our Senior Program Doubled? Volunteers Needed!

January 08, 2017

web2-IMG_3460Any line dancers out there? How about computer nerds? Or maybe you’re a quilter or an arts and crafts fan?

Have you ever considered that using your personal interests and talents could immensely bless others? Our senior ministry has doubled to 123 members in the past few years and we are in need of at least five more weekly volunteers to come and hang out with us! We are bursting at the seams but are thrilled that the word has spread that Bickford Senior Center is the ‘happening place to be’ for those 60 and over in North Memphis!

Our Seniors Program Director of nearly 3 years, Shirley Glenn, in partnership with Activities Coordinator, Leon Murrell, have poured themselves into advocating for our seniors and have been growing and expanding the programming we offer to provide activities that are truly needed and wanted. Practical, helpful, useful and fun events rotate weekly and this program has evolved from a place to perhaps cool off or warm up, to a place that offers educational, healthful, spiritual, practical, financial and fun activities for members, volunteers and staff to enjoy Mondays-Fridays from 8am-1pm.

The atmosphere around the center is very casual but bustling. Friendships are formed here, and relationships are developed that go beyond a neighborly hello. Seniors look forward to spending time with their friends doing the typically expected activities such as playing bingo or wii, sewing or making ceramics, exercising by line dancing or practicing water aerobics, and attending the highly-anticipated field trips that are both educational and social.

2014-susan-harber-110x116However, so much more is offered in addition to the assumed senior activities. Through seeking out numerous local partnerships, seniors can expect delicious free meals, optometry assistance, regular health check-ups, massages, needed home repair, and financial help. And programming is continually expanding and evolving to address new needs as they arise. For example, cell provider, Cricket, will be coming next week to work with anyone needing a lesson on how to use their cell phones. UT nursing interns are scheduled to check blood pressures and discuss blood sugar. The Red Cross will be coming to address disaster awareness. MPD is always nearby and can often be talked into playing a round of Spades. We’d like to give a special thanks to the City of Memphis, Division of Parks & Neighborhoods for their generosity in providing this facility free of charge!

This is a FUN place to be and the activity calendar is packed providing both the social and the practical! Come teach a line dance, or show someone how to send an email, or just simply provide a listening ear and adopt a grandparent! If you have a heart for seniors and a hobby or skill you are willing to share, we invite you to hang out in the most happening spot in North Memphis!

To volunteer or to become a member (free; must be 60 years or older), contact Shirley. Stay up-to-date by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter and Instagram, and checking our website for detailed information.

Resolve to Grow Your Disciple Making at the Downline Summit

December 30, 2016

downline summit logo 2017Did you resolve to grow your faith in 2017? We highly recommend you attend the Downline Summit at Hope Church on Feb. 3-4! Read on to learn more:

Downline Ministries is on a mission to restore biblical disciple-making. They equip Christ-followers in and through the local church to make disciples in their homes, churches and communities.

The 2017 Downline Summit will be here before you know it, and we are so excited to be a part of what the Lord is doing with such a powerful weekend of full of shared insight, equipping and connection. The Downline Summit is a time for church members and churches to join together, fanning the flame of disciple-making—and renew their commitment to live out the great commission.

It is our sincere hope that this weekend will refresh your relationship with Jesus and renew your passion for the mission He has entrusted you with and gifted you for. Please make plans to join us and invite others to come with you!

When: February 3-4, 2017
Where: Hope Presbyterian Church, 8500 Walnut Grove Road

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3

12 PM – 2 PM – Church Leaders Lunch
5:30 PM – Doors Open
6:30 PM – Main Stage 1
8:20 PM – Main Stage 2
9:30 PM – Dismiss

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4

8:30 AM – Main Stage 3
10:15 AM – Workshop 1
11:30 AM – Lunch Break
1:00 PM – Workshop 2
2:30 PM – Main Stage 4
4:00 PM – Dismiss

As a Hope attender, you receive a discounted general admission ticket by using the promo code ‘downlinefriends.’ For more information and registration, click here.

Downline Ministries exists to restore biblical discipleship in and through the local church.  It is our desire to serve the local church by equipping students with a clear vision and definition of what Jesus meant when He said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations” and providing them with resources, including the Downline Institute, Downline Builder, and Downline Summit Series to assist them in living a Great Commission lifestyle for a lifetime.

At Downline, they define discipleship as “truth and life transference in the context of authentic relationship” based on Paul’s description of his relationship with the Thessalonians (I Thess. 2:8). Paul’s love for the Thessalonians compelled him to give them the Truth of God and his life for their good and God’s glory. Our hope is that wherever you are in your journey toward making disciples in the home, church, and community, that this weekend would compel you to respond to the gospel by loving someone else to the point of sharing the Truth of God and your life with them, so he or she can in turn do the same with others.

For more information visit Downline.

Teens From SLA Program Get Offered Part-Time Jobs!

September 01, 2016

SLA-web500I am very proud to say that this year’s Summer Leadership program was a huge success! Summer Leadership Academy (or SLA) is an 8 week leadership development program aimed at high school youth. SLA is designed to help teens grow in their leadership capacity, biblical worldview, workplace competency, and in their social capital. This is achieved through training sessions, exposure outings, and work internships. A recent study out of Chicago showed that that an 8 week paid summer jobs programs for at-risk youth reduced violent crime arrests by 43% over a 16-month period. So we decided to create a space where teens could learn and develop skills called Summer Leadership Academy. This is extremely important because without this type of investment kids who grow up in generational poverty will have a hard time successfully transitioning into the “real world.”

It’s been strange, however, to talk to my teens about the challenges of the “real world.” I know many of the youth I mentor have experienced more trauma in their short lives than most people twice their age. They understand what it means to be poor and to struggle. They know what it means to experience significant loss. They are not afraid of the uncertainties of life, but in fact, they are quite adapted to disappointment. They do however, have many fears. Ironically, my student leaders are often afraid of success. After navigating through life with very little affirmation concerning their ability to impact the world around them, they struggle to believe that their choices can actually lead to significant success in life. They have learned simply to be resilient and to survive.

It’s easy for me to relate to my student leaders. Growing up I didn’t know many successful people. That is why success seemed so unrealistic for me as a teen. It was not until God placed mentors in my life that I made a change. It was the first time I understood that I had talents and gifts that people needed. My mentors helped me to see how I could make an impact on the world around me. They took the time to affirm my gifts and talents. They also leveraged their influence to help me gain opportunities and gave guidance concerning what it took to become successful. In short, my mentors gave me hope regarding what I could achieve in life. I developed a new perspective that allowed me to dream beyond what my underprivileged community had to offer.

SLA has been a way for me to give back to youth in at-risk community much like the one I grew up in. We have sought out partnerships with local businesses like Chick-Fil-A and Oasis Appliance & Home Furnishings to host our teens as summer interns as we provide training and accountability for their work ethic and character. We have raised money from people who believe in what we do to provide work stipends for the teens, so that our student leaders can learn the value earning an honest dollar. We also took the teens on college tours and other exposure trips to help our young leaders discover what they want out of life.

One of the student leaders told me that after our long summer experience that I had become like a father to her and the SLA teens. She said she understood what I was trying to do for them and that she appreciated it.

I could only think how my mentors supported me as a teen and had become father figures in my life. Nothing is more fulfilling than being able to pay forward the gift God gave me in my time of need. I am more convinced than ever that programs don’t change people, but it’s people who change people. Our decisions to invest in the lives of others will bring healing to our communities and also to the world around us. We’d love to have you join us; we need more mentors.

– Martell Hixson, High School Youth Developer

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

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.

Tylon Won the Prestigious I’M THIRD Award!! WooHoo!!

July 24, 2016

camp-web215x215Every year for the past eight years, Oasis of Hope has taken our students to Kids Across America (KAA) Bible camp. This privilege is available for any student, ages 9-18, who actively participates in our weekly programs. KAA is a camp that seeks to transform urban youth to impact their communities for Christ. Students have the opportunity to experience camping, tubing, team building, climbing tree tops, learning the value of serving others, and some for the first time feel the Lord stirring their hearts to pursue Him.

Kids Across America (KAA) 2016
Theme: F.O.C.U.S – Fixed on Christ’s Ultimate Sacrifice
Verse: John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

KAA camp is truly a mountain top experience. The staff and counselors are very intentional about ushering in the Holy Spirit on those grounds even before the students arrive. Throughout the week of camp the counselors are saturating the minds and hearts of the kids with the word of God. All of this leads to one of the major highlights of camp: CROSSTALK. Crosstalk is when the staff of KAA does a reenactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. This is such a powerful night and several students make the decision to accept God as their personal Savior and Lord. Oh what a joyful and freeing commitment!!

2016-tylon-walkerAnother highlight of camp is Vespers, which is an award ceremony. On this night the campers are awarded for their hard work and excellence throughout the week. The highest and most prestigious award that is given is the “I’m Third” award. This award is based on the life of a pilot who made the decision to sacrifice his life to save the lives of thousands in a fatal plane crash. When his coworkers were gathering the things from his work locker they became aware of the personal oath that the pilot made to himself.

The pilot vowed to keep God 1st, others 2nd, and self 3rd.

So throughout the week at camp the directors, counselors, and staff seek students who exhibit this kind of sacrificial giving and servant leadership. Out of hundreds of campers, our student Tylon Walker was the only student to receive this honor! Tylon has participated in our Read2Succeed program since he was in the 2nd grade; through this program he learned Bible stories, memorized verses, and established a personal relationship with Christ! We are beyond proud of the leader and young man of God that Tylon is becoming. This year Tylon will be heading to middle school and joining our Pathfinders program. We can’t wait to continue to nurture and foster a relationship with Tylon. We will continue to help him realize who God wants him to be and develop skills in him so that he is an asset to his community, city, and nation.

-Jasmine Martin, Middle School Developer

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.

R2S-A Small Idea That Grew Into a 13-year Project!

July 03, 2016

read2succeed-215x215When Oasis of Hope began 13 years ago, one of the very first needs identified was the need to partner with local elementary schools to help provide assistance tutoring. Although our program has evolved over the years, it began as a reading enhancement lesson combined with Biblical stories and has remained a strong and growing reading program today. We run Read2Succeed (R2S) out of one of our small ministry houses (see In the Cut) and initially offered this service one night a week, then two, and now we have expanded to three! Over the years we have been approached by more parents from the community desiring to enroll their child in this thriving program, but due to space and volunteer limitations, we are presently at capacity!

What happens during a typical night goes something like this: The students start off the night with prayer, a snack and a fun activity, then meet with their assigned “coaches” to read together and check out additional books from the Oasis Library. Bible stories are shared, Bible verses are memorized, and kids and mentors build strong bonds as they work together from August through May. The real key here is relationship building and having a r2s-web215x215caring adult involved in their lives and providing additional support, encouragement and spiritual guidance.

Students’ progress is carefully tracked throughout this 30 week period. Sight word recognition and reading comprehension are measured.

This year 95% of our students reached the goal of acquiring 200 or more sight words! 95% are also reading sight words above grade level!

In addition, kids are rewarded for participating in service projects, memorizing Bible verses, and demonstrating faithful attendance. Occasionally motivational and educational incentives are planned to reward hard-working students and give them the chance to attend field trips to places such as nature little-library-web215x215centers, the Imax Theater, Hope Church events, pool parties, etc.

So when the end of the year approaches, it’s a BIG deal to these kids and volunteers who have been meeting together every week throughout the school year! It’s time to party! This year the kids thanked their faithful coaches by serving them dinner and making special frames they painted that included the following words and Bible verse: Thank you for your servant’s heart. ‘As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another.’ I Peter 4:10

Since R2S meets on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, a grand gathering of all participants, their coaches, and families recently combined to celebrate the year’s successes! Two very special surprises happened:

Shelby County’s Outstanding Teen Gabby Generaux built and donated a ‘Free Little Library’ to be placed outside r2s-bike-winner-boy-web215xThe Green House for kids to take a book/return a book to fuel their desire to read year-round! Additionally, Gabby collected 2,000 books to keep the library well stocked and the kids reading for a long time! The library is dedicated to Norm & Kay Rodriguez who are the founders of this program, which is still going strong 13 years later! Look at the legacy Norm and Kay started!

The Oasis Bike Shop donated two, brand new bikes to be raffled off to R2S students based on points earned for attendance, memorized Bible verses, and service projects. The winner of the boy’s bike,  Johntarrious Covington, selflessly declined his prize declaring that he already owned a bike, and insisted on giving it to another boy!! WHAT?! That’s an amazing display of kindness and selflessness! Because of this act of generosity, Davion Lee actually took home the boy’s bike prize which was especially touching because he lost his dad in a car accident one year ago to the day of the R2S dinner! Nierria Humphrey, a 4th grader who did not own a bike, won the girl’s bike. Thank you to The Bike Shop for this exciting memory in these great kids’ lives!

r2s-bike-girls-web215x215As a ministry, we are grateful when God implants a passion and a vision in someone who is faithful to the call and willing to put in the work to carry it out! Read2Succeed began as a tiny seed and has grown into a strong tree with deep roots. We are also grateful for the opportunity to watch kids grow, become parents themselves, and then enroll their own children in our programs! Although we break for the summer, we will be enlisting another round of students and volunteers soon. If you are interested in finding out more about this ministry, we’d love to tell you about it.

Read2Succeed
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays from 4:30-6:00pm
In the Cut ministry house, 932 N. 6th Street, North Memphis
Staff contact: kathleen@oasis-of-hope.com

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 Instagram, and checking our website for detailed information.

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