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Helping Hands for the Holidays on December 15

helpinghandsHelping Hands for the Holidays on December 15

St Charles Convention Center is hosting their annual Helping Hands for the Holidays on December 15. This free event is open to the public and provides a free holiday dinner, photos with Santa, games for kids, toiletry items, health screenings, winter clothes & community resources. Call 636.669.3000 for more info or to volunteer.

Brass Rail Steakhouse Needs Help for Thanksgiving Meals

thebrassrailWE NEED YOUR HELP! Last year The Brass Rail Steakhouse was able to feed 1,300 people in need a wonderful Thanksgiving feast; this year we’re trying to feed 2,500! But we cannot do it without you, we need your help to find the families in need.

We delivered 800 meals last year and fed another 500 in the restaurant, so if you know of a family that cannot get here, don’t worry, we’ll get to them. We just need the families to call us and tell us how many people, give us an address and a time they’d like the delivery, we do the rest. There is NO CHARGE to the families, we do this to help support our community.

PLEASE help us spread the word through your schools, churches, chambers, business organizations and anywhere else you think can help. And please share this post. Thank you all in advance for your help. 636-329-1349.

Brass Rail Steakhouse
4601 Highway K
O’Fallon, MO  63368

Tucanos Brazillian Grill Supports O.A.S.I.S. Food Pantry

tucanosTucanos Brazilian Grill in St. Charles has been a great supporter of the OASIS Food Pantry for a number of years. They are currently doing their annual donation drive for OASIS. They provide an envelope to every customer which contains an OASIS PAMPHLET explaining our mission. Included in this envelope are coupons for their Grill. In the past this campaign has provide sizable donation to support the OASIS Mission.

Please say thank you to them by enjoying some of their delicious food and festive churrasco style dining. They are located at the southeast corner of exit 229 on Highway I-70 (formerly the Noah’s Ark location and now called the Streets of St. Charles).

Free Health Screenings & Blood Drive at Harvester Christian Church

Harvester Christian Church is offering a blood drive and free health screenings on Monday, August 29th from 3-7PM.

The free screenings will include physicals, health screening for kids, blood pressure, spinal screenings, PH testing, weight and BMI, eye screening, blood oxygen levels and fitness test-range of motion.

This is free to everyone.

Back to School Family Fair on July 30

ChamberFamilyFairThe Western St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce will be hosting their 4th Annual Back to School Family Fair on Saturday, July 30, 2016 from 8 a.m. – Noon at Morning Star Church. Morning Star is located at 1600 Feise Road, Dardenne Prairie, MO 63368.

Free school supplies will be given out to children at the event. Each booth will feature a fun activity for children to participate in. You will have the opportunity to learn about great businesses in the area and discover how those businesses can serve your needs. The following will be featured at the event: Free School Supplies, Meet Characters, 1,500 Free Drawstring Backpacks for Kids, Free Breakfast Pastries and Hot Dogs, Wentzville Fire Protection District Fire Trucks, St. Charles County Ambulance District Ambulances, Free Bike Helmets, Activities for Children – Face Painting & More, Giveaways & Prizes!

If you are a local business and would like a booth at the fair please contact the chamber at (636) 327-6914 or visit them online at Booths start at only $85. The fair had over 4,000 people attend last year, so it is a great way to market your business or organization. Download a Sign-Up Form by Clicking Here: Back to School 2016 Sign-Up Form

This year’s focus is on our local families. “We are very excited to see our local residents receive free school supplies, gather information from local business, and have a great time!” said Tony Mathews, President/CEO of the chamber. “The Western St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce strives to help our community and help our local businesses connect with consumers.”

This will be a fun-filled day for families to gather information, coupons and giveaways from local businesses and groups as they prepare to return to school. For more information please call the Chamber Office at 636-327-6914 or visit the Chamber web site.

Time to Register for Blitzen the Bars!

BlitzenTheBarsWell, it’s that time of year again!  Time to register for FUN!!!!!!

The crawl is scheduled for Saturday, November 5 and as you probably know is the biggest, baddest crawl in St. Charles!  Last year we had 600 participants and raised over $19000 to buy Christmas toys for The OASIS Food Pantry kids.

Find out more on our Facebook Page

Because of the growing demand, last year we closed out in early August, so you need to move quickly to ensure your place at the bar! The price is $35.00 each, which entitles you to a nifty T-Shirt, a lanyard good for drinks at some of your favorite Old Town establishments, snacks and surprises! Invite your friends.  The more the merrier! If for some reason you can’t make it, pass the invite on to your friends anyway.  Then we’ll raise a glass for you!!!! Hope to see you there!

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Jobs for Life is in Need of Volunteers

We are in need of more students and more volunteers for our Jobs for Life program. Please make any recommendations of people who might be interested. This is a wonderful program to help people enter the work environment.

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Site Leader – Recruits and oversees the program
  • Champion Mentors – Provides one-on-one support and encouragement to students
  • Prayer Team – Provides prayer and support to students and volunteers
  • Instructors – Teach a proven and time-tested curriculum
  • Business Relations Leader – Recruits business partners with entry level jobs and a willingness to consider Jobs for Life graduates as job candidates, organizes student interviews and class presentations by partner representatives concerning their job field.

Please click on these links for a PRINTABLE BROCHURE and PRINTABLE FLYER.

Interested parties may contact:

  • Rick Fauser, Director 636-248-0678
  • Ron Holtmeier, Co Director 636-399-0909
  • Bob Sayre, Co Director 314-226-4792

Your help will be appreciated very much!

Unsung Heroes – Lorna & John Nichols

Lorna & John Nichols
Lorna & John Nichols

According to the dictionary, a hero is a person of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his/her brave deeds and noble qualities. 

From it’s inception, O.A.S.I.S. has been served by many heroes, who, asking nothing for themselves, have given freely to their neighbors and community. Few are expecting recognition for their deeds. We have decided to share our good fortune in knowing these individuals with you.  Below are two of our best…

Volunteering at a food pantry is not for the faint of heart. There’s a lot of physical work involved. Almost every day volunteers are needed to pick up food or bread or orders of hygiene items. School food drives need to be picked up. Someone has to coordinate all this driving and picking up. It takes a special person to handle this chore. O.A.S.I.S. is so blessed to have a very special volunteer who keeps all these balls in the air. That person is John Nichols. We honor John tonight and his lovely wife, Lorna.

Lorna says the Word of God is food for our souls.

John and Lorna represent Grace Church in Maryland Heights, MO, on the O.A.S.I.S. Board of Directors. They are retired but stay very busy. John was a school teacher and Lorna worked for AT&T.  They love traveling and last October celebrated their anniversary in Hawaii. They not only volunteer at the pantry, but take mission trips to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. To get some idea of their Christian educational books, check out their “Big Picture Ministries” on Facebook or at their website:

About Big Picture Ministries

John and Lorna Nichols are the co-founders of Big Picture Ministries, LLC, an organization devoted to encouraging spiritual growth through the study of God’s Word. John and Lorna currently live in Chesterfield, Missouri, and are members of Grace Church-Saint Louis, a non-denominational church, where both are facilitators, leaders, and mentors for Christ.

Big Picture Ministries provides resources and services designed to help people better understand the message of the Bible. The goal of Big Picture Ministries is to encourage Bible reading and Bible study, and to promote spiritual growth. Our vision is to glorify God by providing tools designed to help people  develop a deeper, more meaningful relationship with the Lord. This ministry provides financial support to Grace Church’s South Africa Missions fund, blessing victims of HIV/AIDS.