This Week

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This Week

This week 12-16-14

Several Things going on this week:

First: Invite your friends to Hope! You know it's safe! They can just come see what it's like. No dressing up. Come as you are. Just bring them, they'll like it. I promise they will feel like they found a new home. 


Christmas at Hope:

Christmas Stirring Dec 14 ... 5:30p - 6:30p - Communion (This is the only Christmas Service that will have Communion)

All the candlelight services are the same

Christmas Candlelight Services  Dec 23 ... 6pm and 8pm

Christmas Candlelight Services  Dec 24 ... 4pm, 6pm and 8pm

We will only run trams Dec 24 at 4pm and 6pm .. so Entrance 5 will be open at all of the other services for those who need to park really close, even on the sidewalk. 

The biggest services will be Dec 24 at 4pm and 6pm ..  come about 20 minutes early. If you come before that, I won't have any place for you to park yet. We have to get the previous service out first 

Remember Handicapped parking means you get to park close if you come on time. It does not mean we are saving you a place so that you can come 20 minutes late. When they are gone, they are gone!

4pm & 6pm on 12/24 will be the biggest services.. By far!

Here's what you can do for me:
1. Don't bring every car you own ... ride together if you can .. Be a family, pick up friends, stuff like that. If you invited people, go pick them up..

2. Its ok to come early, have some coffee ..  BUT!!! If you are coming to one of the 8pm services or the 6pm service on Christmas Eve, don't come too early because there won't be any place to park (the service before that one will still be here).. come about  20 min early and you'll be great!

3. No Trams on the 23rd and at the 8pm on the 24th..  If you are bringing someone who can't walk far, you can pull right up to the door at entrance 5.. DON'T PARK THERE IF YOU DON'T NEED TOO!! AND DON'T BLOCK THE DRIVEWAY IF YOU DO PARK THERE!..  Trams will run and the tram lane will be blocked at 4pm & 6pm on the 24th..

4. If you need handicapped parking, come early. Handicapped parking means you get to park close WHEN THERE ARE PLACES.. It doesn't mean you get to come late and expect to find a close place to park. HANDICAPPED PLACES WILL FILL UP QUICK!!! Come 15 -20 min early.

5. Blue Zone places (big blue dot) are for people who should have a handicapped sticker but don't.. Elderly, broken foot, too many kids under the age of 3, 9 months preg, ....stuff like that.. Don't be shy, park there if you need to..  DON'T PARK THERE IF YOU DON'T NEED TOO!! ..

6. Bring your friends!!! ... I promise you'll love it!! ...

7. Come Have fun.... It’s going to be Great!!!



Whether you’re remodeling your whole kitchen/laundry room or just replacing a single item, don’t forget Oasis Appliance Store wants and needs your discarded appliances. Donating to Oasis Appliance creates a win-win-win for everyone: hassle-free removal of your old appliance and an easy tax-deduction for you, on- the-job training and part-time employment for four deserving North Memphis residents, and quality pre-owned appliances at substantially reduced prices for anyone looking for a bargain. And, any profits made in the process are put back into the economically distressed neighborhood Oasis of Hope has been called to serve. Where else can so much good be done through the simple act of donating appliances? Email< to volunteer your help.  If you have a donation, follow this link to schedule your pick-up:

READ-2-SUCCEED – Weekly one-on-one reading with an elementary-aged child: Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays, 4:30-6:00
PATHFINDERS Mentoring Group – Mentoring group for middle school students: Tuesdays, 5:30-7:00



CONEHEADS & TRAM DRIVERS or INSIDE CONEHEADS - This is the funnest volunteer thing you can do!! 

Want to be ConeHead or a Tram Driver(must be 25)? I always need more. No such thing as too many ConeHeads! Email me back and I'll hook you up.

How about being an INSIDE CONEHEAD? Are you an "A" personality? Then you're an Inside ConeHead. We are inside the Sanctuary. We count attendance, get people to do collection, you'll love it. Email me back and I'll hook you up.


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 (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 9am.


Cooking 220 - 2 pans, 2 burners, 20 minutes - Living Well - Mediterranean Diet:

One of my favorite things is simple pasta. If you live in Italy this would be routine. Pasta is the main thing in the dish. Everything else is just something to go along with the pasta. In America we think of pasta as something to help eat the sauce, like bread with gravy. The sauce is the star. Or the most expensive part of the dish is the star. But in Italy, the pasta is the star. Here's 2 easy recipes that are so good. For the one made with butter, use some nice butter, like the butter from Parma (fresh Market) or Kerrygold .. something nice. You only need 3 tbsp, but it will make a big difference in the flavor. Use good pasta like De Cecco   

Cacio E Pepe
Literally "cheese and pepper"

Kosher salt
6 oz. pasta (such as egg tagliolini, bucatini, or spaghetti)
3 Tbsp. unsalted butter, cubed, divided
1 tsp. freshly cracked black pepper
3/4 cup finely grated Grana Padano or Parmesan
1/3 cup finely grated Pecorino

Bring 3 quarts water to a boil in a 5-qt. pot. Season with salt; add pasta and cook, stirring occasionally, until about 2 minutes before tender. Drain, reserving 3/4 cup pasta cooking water.

Meanwhile, melt 2 Tbsp. butter in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Add pepper and cook, swirling pan, until toasted, about 1 minute.

Add 1/2 cup reserved pasta water to skillet and bring to a simmer. Add pasta and remaining butter. Reduce heat to low and add Grana Padano, stirring and tossing with tongs until melted. Remove pan from heat; add Pecorino, stirring and tossing until cheese melts, sauce coats the pasta, and pasta is al dente. (Add more pasta water if sauce seems dry.) Transfer pasta to warm bowls and serve.


The Silkiest Carbonara

1/4 pound lean Bacon cut into 1/2-inch cubes(((Freeze it and cut across in 1/2in cross cuts)))
7 large egg yolks
1 large egg
1 pound rigatoni
Kosher salt
1/2 cup finely grated Pecorino or Parmesan plus more for garnish
Freshly ground black pepper


Put bacon in a large skillet and place over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until fat renders but not browned, about 5 minutes. Drain bacon on a paper towel and pour drippings in to a bowl. Transfer bacon to a large bowl and let cool slightly. Whisk egg yolks and egg and add to bacon..whisk to blend.

Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until al dente. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup pasta cooking liquid.

To egg mixture, immediately add rigatoni, 2 Tbsp. pasta cooking liquid, and 1 tsp. guanciale drippings; toss to coat. Working in 3 batches, gradually add Pecorino, stirring and tossing to melt between batches. Add  1 1/2–2 teaspoons black pepper; toss until sauce thickens, adding more pasta water by tablespoonfuls if needed. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.

Divide among bowls. Garnish with Pecorino.


The Perfect Christmas Tree

When I was a kid my mom decided that she wanted a live Christmas tree. Not live vs fake, but really alive, roots and all. She wanted to plant it after Christmas. No big deal, other than it was really heavy because of the root ball. It was a nice 6 foot perfect Christmas tree. The day after Christmas she announced to everybody that we were planting the Christmas tree. My dad and brother and I looked up from breakfast for about a second with one of those "I guess that means us" looks and kept eating. We got the lights off and undressed it as best we could and started dragging it outside. Then she walked out and pointed to the spot..  Right dead in the middle of the front yard. She wanted to have a Christmas tree in the front yard so we could put lights on it every year.. Now I get it!!! ... There were 2 things bad about this idea. First my Dad and brother and I hated putting up outside lights. We always had one strand of outdoor lights that we had to put around the front window and every year my brother and I tried to create some reason why we wouldn't be able to do it. We broke bulbs, cut wires, smashed sockets, but they kept coming back...  This tree thing meant a lot more lights. If that was allowed, we might be putting lights on the roof next year... Second the tree was in the middle of our football field, about the 20 yard line. Our field went from the sidewalk on the corner lot, across our driveway to our neighbor's driveway. It was a great field. The mailbox at the end of our driveway got in the way sometimes, but we knew that had to be there. Now we had this 6 foot tree. Oh well, just have to play around it...

Mom had her perfect Christmas tree for about a week... We had a game going and I caught a pass going full speed. The only thing between me and a touchdown was that tree (I was a big kid, 6'2 - 220 in the 7th grade).. I tried to jump over it, but I'm not much of a jumper..  I scored the touchdown and took off the top 1/3 of the tree... Ooops...  From then on the tree got beat up every week. We quit trying to be careful. We stepped on it, ran in to it, fell on top of it, it became part of the field. We ran plays around it, used it as an extra defensive player.... By the end of football season it looked like something dropped by aliens. We tried putting lights on it the next Christmas, but it just looked dumb... That tree is still there, it's uneven, branches going in all directions, looks terrible, but it's about 20 feet tall now and doing great.

God's like that: People think that they should have this perfect little relationship with God and if they don't then they've failed. Preachers will tell you if you don't pray every day, read your Bible every day, and feel God's touch every day, that maybe you didn't really do it right, maybe it didn't take... maybe you need to do it one more time so you'll be really, really, really, really, sure. Truth is that relationship gets beat up every day, but it also grows every day too. It's ok to yell at God, be mad at him, he's a big boy, he's not going anywhere. You can't say anything he hasn't heard before. He becomes part of your life. If bad things happen, he gets your anger and your sorrow. If good things happen, he gets your happiness.  The best thing is that the relationship depends on God, not you. You can't make him go away.

Maybe I'll start kicking all of my trees....



2 Chronicles 7:14 . if my people, who are called by my name, will pray then I will hear from heaven.

Here's an email I got about Meredith (in Red below):

"I'm struggling to type as I'm swimming in a pool of tears. Tears of joy, thanksgiving and ECSTASY. The two small spots that were on Meredith's lungs have disappeared, and the large tumor that was previously 10 mm is now 1-2 mm. Meredith's doctors described the results of her scan by saying the cancer had "melted away." Her doctor is amazed, but I think he is in the minority in that respect. For most people, stage 4 melanoma is a certain death sentence. Today, our God has said, not for Meredith." ....... Cool Huh?

So I need everybody to pray. If you don't pray much, do it one time. You can just say "God help these people. I pray in Jesus's name". That will be good enough. Let's see what God will do. Do it right now!

Christiana, Brian, Brent, Tracy, Craig, Alexis, Joni, Russ, Andi, Emily, Carol, Ronnie, Jack, Brady, Amanda, Smith, Terri, Stovall, Miracle, Hutch, Cheryl, Craig, Thomas, Wade, Dalton, Morgan, Bradc, Tracy, Pierce, children of St.Jude, Louanne, Jason, Hatley, Cam, Chet, Judy, Addyson, Jay, Greg, Mitzi, Matt, Grace, Jennifer, Scott, Cristen, Alexandria, Cole, Jerry, Ron, Jeremy, A Dillon, Rev Cole, Samuel, Morgan, Terry, Kaz, Lauren, Allison, Christian, Marilyn, Ken, Ashley, EJ, Lora, Paige, Kyle, Franca, B- Family, Dylan, Gary, KJ, Cliff, David, Billie, Julie Ann, Jessica, Pam, Doug, Martha, Jason, Nolan, Hayes, Bennett, Joyce, Layla Grace, Joe, Tina, Chris, Daniel, Jacob, Tyler, Don, Charlotte, Heather, Margaret, S- Family, Kavious, Wayne, Raymond, Cody, Judy, Laura, Sue, Eden, Tammy, Mike, Ron, Ed, Jaxon, TM, Kelsey, Blake, Charlie, Brad, Kirk, Will & Ben, Pat & Tracy, Kimberly, Brooke, Gary, Raymond, Michel, Jimmy, Mike, Carol, Karen, Robin, Joe, Forrest, Metis, Ben, Genie, Walt, Sheri, Lisa, Brooke, Yater, Barbara, Don, Rick & Barbara, Ana & Will & Mary Margret, Jonah, Kay, Jim, Freddie Mae, Meredith, Ron, Saeed, Laurie, Sean, Susie, Phillip, Arnell, Lauren.

See you this weekend. Bring a friend. It's going to be great!!!


Posted by Mack Oates at 12:00 AM