Mack's Corner

This Week

You can't know the players without a program …

I have people ask me all the time what is the best way to get to know more people at Hope. It's easy to hide at a big church. With so many people you can come and go and never really meet anybody.  And really, that's not a bad thing, it's one of the things that makes Hope a safe place for people that just want to come see what happens. It's easy to sneak in, look around, and sneak out. We want you to be able to do that… But once you've been here a while you need to meet some people.

HERE'S WHAT YOU DO: Volunteer!!!!!!!!! Be on a team that makes something happen.

When I first went off to college, I went to Vanderbilt. At the time there were no athletic dorms, all of the athletes lived in the regular dorms with everyone else. The great thing about it was that I knew the whole football team and the whole basketball team. We went to dinner together, played golf together, studied together, I borrowed their cars to go on dates, everything. They were some of my best friends. So when it came time to go to the games, it wasn't about football or basketball, it was about supporting a friend. They could have been playing anything (we went to a bunch of rugby matches too). So when the team did well (We won the SEC in basketball that year) we went nuts. Not only was it our School and our Team, it was our friends. And when several of them were interviewed on national TV, it was our friends, on TV!!! That was unbelievable, it was really our friends on national TV.   When I came back to Memphis and went to Memphis State (U of M), the Tigers were our School and our Team but I didn't really know any of them as friends. It just wasn't the same. They were people that I knew from far away.  If one of the players got interviewed on TV, it was no big deal. I wasn't going to see them in the dorm that night and sit out in the hall and laugh and talk about it. It was different.

A lot of people that go to Hope talk about it as "That's where I go to church". They come, they worship, they love Craig, Rufus, Eli, they love Daniel, Shaun, Tammy, Jill, Danny, Candice, Ephie, Amy and the whole band, they love Hope, but they don't really own it. We love that they're here, but we would also like to take them further. People that are part of teams talk about Hope as "My Church", they own it, they have more invested. When they bring their friends, they're like proud parents. Even people that are not members. I've got ConeHeads that are not members, but they are ConeHeads, and they own part of Hope. It's a big deal. Some of them haven't quite figured out church, but they own it. If somebody has a problem in the parking lot, they take it personally. They know the other ConeHeads and they know what needs to get done. To them Hope is a much smaller place, it's a place where 20 guys park cars and drink coffee and worship together. And when Craig talks about the ConeHeads from the pulpit, that's them. They know they make a difference, they know that everyone at Hope counts on the them, and they know that God uses them. Scrubs, Greeters, Video, Inside ConeHeads, Choir, Coffee, Sunday school teachers, Macky & Friends, they all know that. They have a common cause and they work hard and they're friends. The people on staff know we can't do it without them, so we take care of them, they're our friends too, they're family. If you want to be part of the family, let me know, I'll hook up, I'll find a place for you, no matter how much time you've got or how many kids you've got, we'll figure it out. We want Hope to be your family, people you can depend on, people you can call when you have a problem, or when you just want talk.  When you know the players, when you're family, it's totally different.

God's like that: He put us here to be with each other, to help each other, to worship with each other. As a friend of mine used to say "We're all in this together!"
I know there's not a lot going on right now, but there will be. And when we do start gearing up for church again, whenever that happens, there will be lots to do. Don't watch from far away. We'll let you know when it starts then you can let me know when you want to start…. We want you to own Hope, we want you to be Hope.


Cooking 220 - 2 pans, 2 burners, 20 minutes:

Mediterranean Diet:
Well I made a big breakfast yesterday, omelet with pulled pork from the Germantown Commissary, cheese, strawberry jam, Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce, salt & pepper… Toast with maple syrup .. coffee .. Like it was a Memorial day breakfast … so now back to real life .. If you ate breakfast like that every day, you would gain 5 pounds a day … Here's some different breakfast ideas..

(((Still holding with the Mediterranean Diet idea: It allows people to eat as many nuts and eggs and even as much chocolate as they want, as long as it is chocolate with more than 50 percent cocoa. It permits unlimited consumption of fish, seafood, whole-grain cereals and low-fat cheese. Olive oil, used in abundance on salads and cooked vegetables. At least two servings a day of vegetables, with at least one of those servings in the form of a salad. At least three servings a day of fresh fruit. Legumes, which include garbanzo beans, lentils, soybeans and peas, at least three times a week. Fish or seafood three times a week, with at least one meal of a fatty fish like salmon, tuna or sardines. A sauce made with tomatoes, garlic and onions simmered in lots of olive oil at least twice a week. The sauce can go on pasta, rice or vegetables. Those who drink wine can have it with meals, at least seven glasses a week.)))

(This one is not Keto, but the next one is.)

Sweet Breakfast Quinoa - 4 servings

1 cup red (any kind works) quinoa, rinsed

2 cups water

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 cup slivered almonds

1/2 cup dried apricots, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

1/2 teaspoon finely grated orange zest

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 cup fresh ricotta or cottage cheese

In a small saucepan, cover the quinoa with the water and bring to a boil.
Cover and cook over low heat until the water has been absorbed and the quinoa is tender, about 15 minutes. Lightly fluff the quinoa with a fork and cover it again.

In a medium skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the almonds and cook over moderate heat, stirring a few times, until golden brown, about 2 minutes.

Add the apricots, maple syrup, orange zest and cinnamon and stir well until heated through.

Add the quinoa to the skillet and stir gently to incorporate the almonds and apricots.

Serve in bowls. 

Top each portion of quinoa with a tablespoon of ricotta/cottage cheese and serve.
(((You could also serve this with an egg on top instead of the cheese)))

NOTES One Serving 311 cal, 44 gm carb, 11 gm fat, 2 gm sat fat, 10 gm protein, 4 gm fiber.


This is an iron skillet recipe. My Favorite …

Eggs Baked Over Sautéed Mushrooms and Spinach - 4 servings

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 large leek, white and light green parts only, cut into 1/2-inch pieces or a sweet onion like a vidalia

1 tablespoon unsalted butter or use 1 tbsp olive oil instead

1 pound white or cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced (about 6 cups)

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1/4 cup dry red wine or water

5 ounces baby spinach

Salt and freshly ground pepper

4 large eggs

4 slices of whole-grain toast(Keto: leave this off)

Preheat the oven to 350°.

In a deep iron skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the leek/onion and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until softened, 3 minutes.

Stir in the butter/oil and mushrooms. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms are softened and a lot of liquid is released, 7 minutes.

Uncover and add the soy sauce and red wine/water and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until the liquid is reduced to 2 tablespoons, 5 minutes.

Add the spinach and stir until wilted, 2 minutes.

Season with salt and pepper.

If you would like to make individual dishes you can Coat four 1-cup ramekins or small gratin dishes with oil. Transfer the mushrooms and spinach to the ramekins and crack an egg on top of each. Put ramekins on a baking sheet.

OR to keep it simple … push the mushroom mixture down evenly in the iron skillet so that it's flat on top. Then make 4 indentations with a spoon and crack an egg in to each indentation.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until the white is barely set and the yolks are runny. Let stand for 2 minutes.

Toast the bread.

Serve with the toasts.

NOTES One Serving 323 cal, 13 gm fat, 4.2 gm sat fat, 35 gm carb, 6 gm fiber, 16 gm protein. (only 8 gm carb if you leave out the toast, total)


How about saving a kid's life!!

When you give Platelets it's like giving St Jude $700 - $1000. If we don't give them, they have to buy them.

Giving Platelets is like giving blood, it just takes longer (1 1/2 hours) and you get all of your blood back (so you can do it every week if you want) . I know it's a long trip to go all the way down to St Jude, but you may be saving a kid's life . plus you get to watch a movie while you're there. Call Kim at 901.595.2024 and she'll setup an appointment and treat you like family. Just tell her you're from Hope.

Directions: From Poplar, turn north on Third Street, then right on Lauderdale/Jackson Ave (first right after you go under the expressway). Enter through the north guard gate (you'll see the Danny Thomas Pavilion. Gold top).

Tell the guard at the gate that you are here to donate blood. The guard will instruct you where to park. You will then enter the hospital by the red side door closest to the blood donor parking lot. The Blood Donor Center is in the southwest corner of the hospital on the ground floor.

Appointment times are generally available Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm. Except on Tuesdays they start at 9:15am.

See you online this weekend. It's going to be great!!!


Posted by Mack Oates at 9:28 AM