We’re back from both of our Memphis trips and had a great time sharing with our church family and friends about our experiences there. We hope you were able to be there and hear many of the stories we shared. We serve an awesome God!
Watch the highlight video we created that shares a bit of our experience in Memphis.
Thank you for your financial and prayer support that made this trip possible!
You’re invited to coffee and dessert!
Friday, June 11
You are invited to join other Oasis adult leaders, parents, and students for a casual evening of coffee and dessert in the Oasis room at Grace Bible Church!
Come and enjoy some great dessert, coffee, and conversation with others in the group! We will also be sharing important “last minute” information for Memphis, answer any questions, and spend time in prayer for our June and July Memphis teams.
We hope to see you there!
We’re a little under one month away from our first Memphis team heading to Memphis, and less than 2 months until our second Memphis team leaves! Crazy!
For those of you going on our Memphis trips this summer, our Memphis Packing List is now posted for you to download! Please read through this carefully and let Eric know of any questions or concerns you have. You can grab this latest download in the “Forms/Downloads” section of our site.
As you prepare to pack for Memphis, please remember the following:
–You will be allowed to bring 2 bags + 1 carry on bag/backpack on the van.
-Please make sure all your belongings are clearly labeled!
-When packing, please allow room for some VBS supplies and materials to be put in one of your bags. It is likely we will need to use some of your luggage to help transport our supplies safely.
-Your sleeping bag, mat, and pillow can be packed separately in a large bag, if needed.
–Please keep in mind the LeaderTreks Standard of Conduct when deciding what to bring/not bring. You will be expected to abide by these guidelines.
–Remember this list is an example of what to bring, but our trip will be 10 days (not 7 days, as is assumed on the list). Be sure to add/subtract items you think you may or may not need for our time in Memphis. Keep in mind we will not have laundry facilities on the trip, and that wearing the same work clothes multiple days is encouraged!
–We will pack our luggage and supplies on the Saturday before we leave on the trip (June 19 & July 10). Exact times will be posted as we get closer to our departure date.
Contact Eric if you have any questions!
Hey all -
2 quick Memphis financial updates for you:
1. I will have updated financial sheets for you tomorrow night at Oasis. All the ‘over & above’ money has been redistributed and you will see any adjustments on your sheets. Check in at our Oasis check-in table tomorrow night to get yours.
2. A new fundraising opportunity has come up. A real estate agent from the Coldwell-Banker office here in Elmhurst needs help.
- -Looking for 4 people to help put U.S. flags and packet of info in lawns in neighborhoods around Elmhurst.
- -Need to be available on July 1 or July 2 to help (exact time: TBD). NOTE: this is 1 day after the first Memphis trip returns.
- -money will be put into to your account IN ADVANCE of doing the work. If you commit to helping and later cannot do it, you will be asked to pay back the amount you were given.
Please contact Eric if you are interested. First 4 people to respond will get it. Will follow up with more details as it gets closer.
Next Memphis Training on Sunday - Plan to arrive here at church no later than 3:30pm for our next Memphis training! We will be heading to the LeaderTreks office in Carol Stream and take part in some team building exercises and activities, followed by pizza and some hang out with Doug, Angie, and Steve – our Memphis trip leaders! We’ll return to church by 7:30pm.
LeaderTreks Trip Waiver Form Packets – Please bring these completed forms with you to our training on Sunday. These are required by LeaderTreks and must be turned in! If you need a copy, download one here! Don’t forget to get your parents’ signatures on them before turning them in!
Car Wash Saturday – WE NEED TOWELS!!! If you have some, bring them with you to the car wash! We also still have room for you to get involved. Crew #1: 8:30-noon, crew #2: noon-3:30pm. Let Eric know if you can make it. Spread the word and invite others to get their car washed!
See you this weekend!
Does your vehicle need a bath?
Come and get your dirty car, truck, van, or RV cleaned by a member
of the high school Memphis team on
Saturday, May 15
GBC Parking Lot
There’s no cost to have your vehicle washed, but we’ll be accepting donations to help us raise financial support for our upcoming Memphis summer trip and related expenses.
Come on out and support our students while they wash your vehicle!
YOUR HELP IS NEEDED!
We need LOTS of towels to use to dry cars! Drop them off at church or bring them to Oasis on Wed.!
If you are interested in helping work one of two car wash crews that day, contact Eric:
Crew #1: 8:30am-12:00
(includes set up and prep)
Crew #2: 12:00-3:30pm
(includes clean up and take down)
All money raised will be split among those who work one of the crews!
Hey Memphis Group -
Our next Memphis training was originally scheduled for Sunday, May 9. But since that is Mother’s Day, and you will be busy showering your mom with an unlimited amount of cards, gifts, and love, we are going to push back that day’s training to the following Sunday – May 16. So we will not have a training on May 9, but instead have one on May 16. (our online calendar has been reflected to show this change)
Good news, though, is that for our May 16 training, we will be heading out to the LeaderTreks office in Carol Stream for a time of group building activities, team initiatives, and group interaction with Doug & Angie and possibly Steve, our LeaderTreks trip leaders who will be with us in Memphis. They’ve offered to host us at their office and lead this training time focused on group building and team interaction games/activities. As a bonus, we’ll have some time afterwards to relax, have some pizza, and hang out with them.
To make this happen, we will need you to help us do a few things:
–Meet at church at 3:30pm sharp to drive over in church vans.
–Training will be approximately 2 hours (4-6pm)
–Pizza dinner afterwards at the LeaderTreks office (no additional cost to you)
–Return to GBC 7:30pm (approximate)
I realize this date may pose a conflict to some since it was not originally on our training schedule, and I apologize for this rescheduling, but wanted to let you know as soon as possible so you can make adjustments. I do hope it will give you and your family the chance to enjoy Mother’s Day and celebrate with your family!
Attendance is expected at this training, like our other trainings. If you believe you cannot make this training due to an urgent commitment elsewhere, please contact Eric immediately and discuss it with him. This is a unique opportunity to spend time with our LeaderTreks leaders and it is our desire to have everyone there for this time as we continue to prepare for our trips in Memphis!
Thanks….and remember: eat your veggies and pick up your room – you’ll make your Mom proud.
Hey Team -
As was announced and passed out at our last training session on Sunday, each person attending the trip will need to fill out the LeaderTreks Release Form Packets. If you need another copy, you can get one here.
Please take a moment and fill this out and return it by our next training – Sunday, May 9. Please make sure it is filled out completely, including all the appropriate signatures and medical information that is requested. We can’t let you go unless it is completely filled out!
Thanks for taking care of this important detail! If you have any questions, please contact Eric.
Hey Team -
Just a quick update and reminders on a few Memphis details:
- Memphis Spring Clean Up Days – Our first date is this Saturday! Please let Eric, Kyle, or Jackie know of your availability to help on any of the days we are hosting them (please tell us days and times you are available). Remember: your account will be credited with any donations you receive for the work you do on these days!
- Saturday, April 10, 9-5pm
- Saturday, April 24, 9-5pm
- Saturday, May 8, 9-5pm
- Childcare Fundraising Opportunity - This Saturday (April 10) there will be a need for childcare here at the church for an adult Sunday School class event. Approximate time would be from 6-8:30/9pm. If you are willing and interested to help, please contact Eric. All donations from this will be put towards your Memphis account.
- Financial Midway Point – Just a reminder that this Sunday (April 11) you are required to have a minimum of half of your Memphis money raised (approx. $475) or be expected to personally pay the remaining amount you need. Please check your financial updates, or ask for an updated one from Eric to see where you stand. If you are below the minimum amount by Sunday, please be prepared to bring your remaining amount due to Eric on Sunday.
We will have our next Memphis training meeting on Sunday, April 18 from 4-6pm. Looking forward to seeing everyone there!
The high school Memphis 2010 Missions Trip team wants to help you do some spring cleaning around your home!
Team members will be available to help ‘spring clean’ your home in one of three areas:
Interior cleaning (rooms, basements, kitchens, etc)
Exterior cleaning (garage, lawn care, raking leaves, etc)
Windows and gutters (cleaning inside and outside)
Students will be available on:
Saturday, April 10 9-5pm
Saturday, April 24 9-5pm
Saturday, May 8 9-5pm
All donations received for these services will be applied toward their Memphis 2010 trip later this summer.
To request students for your home or to learn more details, please click here to fill out the form, or contact the church office.