Mack's Corner

This Week

This week 12-23-14

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:

Everybody should know how to roast a chicken. It's one of the great dishes of the world, and it's easy. You don’t need a brick oven for this perfect roast chicken from the legendary chef Judy Rodgers — but you do need a hot one, and a day or so to dry-brine the bird before using it. Rodgers’s technique, which involves drying and seasoning the chicken, then flipping it while cooking, results in a wonderfully browned bird, with crackling skin and moist meat. It’s simple. Serve it over a bread salad, as she did, or with well-dressed greens and a baguette. You win either way.

This is from THe New York Times Cooking and Adapted from Judy Rodgers, former Chef and owner of the world famous Zuni Cafe in San Francisco. The restaurant is still open, but she died last December. If you eat there have "Chicken for two roasted in the brick oven; warm bread salad with scallions, garlic, mustard greens, dried currants, and pine nuts" It takes about an hour to prepare, so have some apps and a few drinks. This is one of the greatest dishes from any restaurant anywhere in the world.  
Zuni Cafe Chicken

 One small chicken, 2 3/4 to 3 1/2 pounds
4 sprigs fresh thyme, marjoram, rosemary or sage
 Sea salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

Season the chicken 1 to 3 days before serving (for 3 1/4- to 3 1/2-pound chickens, at least 2 days): Remove and discard the lump of fat inside the chicken. Rinse the chicken and pat very dry (a wet chicken will spend too much time steaming before it begins to turn golden brown).
Slide a finger under the skin of each of the breasts, making 2 little pockets, then use a fingertip to gently loosen a pocket of skin on the outside of the thickest section of each thigh. Push an herb sprig into each of the 4 pockets.

Using about 3/4 teaspoon sea salt per pound of chicken and pepper to taste, season the chicken liberally all over with salt and the pepper. Sprinkle a little of the salt just inside the cavity and on the backbone. Twist and tuck the wing tips behind the shoulders. Cover loosely and refrigerate.
When you’re ready to cook the chicken, heat the oven to 475 degrees. Depending on your oven and the size of your bird, you may need to adjust the heat to as high as 500 degrees or as low as 450 degrees during roasting to brown the chicken properly.

Choose a shallow flameproof roasting pan or dish barely larger than the chicken, or use a 10-inch skillet with an all-metal handle. Preheat the pan over medium heat. Wipe the chicken dry and set it breast side up in the pan. It should sizzle.

Place in the center of the oven and watch for it to start sizzling and browning within 20 minutes. If it doesn’t, raise the temperature progressively until it does. The skin should blister, but if the chicken begins to char, or the fat is smoking, reduce the temperature by 25 degrees. After about 30 minutes, turn the bird over (drying the bird and preheating the pan should keep the skin from sticking). Roast for another 10 to 20 minutes, depending on size, then flip back over to re-crisp the breast skin, another 5 to 10 minutes. Total oven time will be 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Remove the chicken from the roasting pan and set on a plate. Pour the clear fat from the pan, leaving the drippings. Add about a tablespoon of water to the hot pan and swirl. Slash the stretched skin between the thighs and breasts of the chicken, then tilt the bird and plate over the roasting pan to drain the juice into the drippings. As the chicken rests, tilt the roasting pan and skim the last of the fat. Place over medium-low heat, add any juice that has collected under the chicken, and bring to a simmer. Stir and scrape.
Cut the chicken into pieces and pour the pan drippings over the chicken.


23and Me

I was reading about a new company called 23andMe (web page is A few years ago for $1000 they will send you a saliva kit so you can send them some of your saliva and then they will extract your DNA from it. (They used to could tell you all about you Health and Ancesters, but the FDA made them stop doing health screening, so now it $99 for ancestry only) From that they can read nearly 600,000 data points on your genome. They say "You can discover your origins, learn what the latest genetic findings may mean for you, and connect genetically with friends, family, and others across the globe." That means you can find out who your ancestors were, maybe your great, great, great, grandfather was a stray? Maybe that guy at work with your same last name really is kin to you??? Maybe you have northern European genes that are prone to some things or African genes that are prone to others or both… Maybe you have the gene for breast cancer or Crohn's Disease or MS.. or maybe you don't and you can mostly quit worrying about it. You can find out all kinds of stuff about yourself that up until now you had no way of knowing. So when you know, what do you do? Do you go on a diet because you have a certain marker? Do you start eating nothing but oatmeal and raw vegetables? Maybe you start exercising every day to fight the cancer you might get. Maybe you go over seas to see your homeland. My sister and father did that on a trip to Ireland several years ago. They both looked the part (Red hair and Green Eyes, and Black hair and brown eyes) and got treated as locals until they started to speak.. Maybe you go to the doctor more often, or start reading more to keep your mind active. Maybe you quit drinking any alcohol or start drinking red wine.
Maybe you move to a warm climate or a really cold one (northern European ancestors, you were born to live in the cold).  Maybe you're a born runner or a born swimmer. Maybe your family was royalty or a group of great warriors?..  What would you do? Would you change anything?
Would you do anything special or different? ..
God's like that: He knows everything 23andMe can tell you and a bunch more. What if you knew what God knows?  What if you knew everything about yourself? What if you could know how your kids would be when they grow up, or what your marriage would look like a year from now or when you were going to die. Would you drive slower?
Would you spend more time with your kids? Would you stay late at work if you knew six months from now that would be the thing that kept your company going? What would you change?..  The thing people don't understand is that Gods knows everything about you. He knows things you won't tell anybody and things you're proud of. Things you do in secret and things you do in public. He knows everything in your future and everything in your past. There's nothing to hide. He won't tell you the future, but he's willing to help you get there..  All you have to do is ask..

I wonder if 23andMe can tell me if I'm prone to get rich or prone to be smarter?



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