When Pastor Eric Camp, his wife Toni, and about 20 other Christians organized Oasis Church in March 2009 they prayed for the people of the Coast and their fledgling group. Today, they are still praying for and serving the people of the Coast.
With about 2,000 members on the roll, Oasis Church has grown substantially since it was founded, and future plans for the church include a second campus in the D'Iberville area.
The present Pascagoula location has undergone some upgrades recently, including the addition of new carpet in the sanctuary and soon there will be a newer media projection system and changes to the children's rooms.
Oasis has been a part of the National Day of Prayer celebration for the past seven years, and this year Eric Camp will be one of the guest speakers at the event noon May 5 at the Jackson County Courthouse. The church's worship team will provide music at the event.
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Oasis volunteers also will participate July 16 in Serve Day, which is an outreach program that helps Coast cities with service projects submitted to the church.
In the past, Oasis volunteers have worked on many projects to help beautify cities, including cleaning up areas littered with trash, helping people in need make repairs to their homes and assisting cities in upgrading their facilities.
City officials can submit their project needs to the church for review before June 15, and call the church for details.
"We are the hands and feet of God here on Earth," Eric Camp said. "We don't just go to church; we are the church."
The church will be reopening its café this summer where clients can stop by for a coffee-based drink and a pastry.
Café hours will be announced at a later date.
Eric Camp encourages people to follow him on all the favorite social media sites and keep up with all the church's activities on Facebook and through the church's website.
"We want people to know God and to find freedom in Christ," he said. "We want them to discover their purpose and lastly, we want those people to make a difference. We want people to know that they belong and then they are more likely to believe once they feel like they belong."
Oasis offers classes called "Growth Tracks" for people who want to know more about the church and God's purpose in their lives.