Sunday, December 7, 2014

December 9th Newsletter

This Week's Speaker:

Christy Englehart-Hope Anchors the Soul
  Christy Engelhart has been happily married to her “exceptionally good looking” best friend, Chad, for ten years. She is a mom to three wonderfully rambunctious kiddos that keep her on her toes, and also clambering for a cup or two of coffee every morning. She loves any excuse to go out with friends, especially if there is food involved. Most importantly, she is a passionate follower of Jesus Christ.  Christy earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and a Master of Christian Education from Bethel University and Seminary in St Paul, MN. For eight years, she served as the middle school youth pastor at Oak Haven Church in Ham Lake, MN. During that time she developed a love for speaking to youth (and adults) about the love and grace of Jesus.  In 2011, with the pending birth of her second child, she made the difficult choice to step down from full-time Church ministry to focus primarily on raising her children. Now, when time permits, Christy enjoys blogging at loveplunge.wordpress.com, and speaking to groups (of all ages) about the many things God is teaching her on this incredible journey called life. 

 

This Week's Reminders:

  • This is our only meeting for the month of December.  We will see you back January 13th.
  • We have Day of Pampering needs.  Don't forget to respond to the email you were sent with these needs and let us know if you can help to make this day a success.
  •  Due to our sound issues, we will be going up to the sanctuary for our speaker again.  In order to not lose a lot of discussion and/or craft time, please avoid lingering in the community room.
  • We will be signing thank you cards for our MOPPETS workers during brunch.  Please take a moment when you can to make sure you get a chance to sign them.

This Week's MOPPETS:

MOPPETS for December 2014 Theme: A WoweeBOZowee Christmas!

Christmas is coming to BOZ Treehouse Time! At MOPPETS, we will focus on the birth of Jesus as recorded in Luke 2.
Young children love to role-play events of the first Christmas. For a living nativity, wrap a doll in a towel and let your child dress up as you explain what happened in Bethlehem. A towel, bathrobe or terrycloth swim cover-up works well as a generic costume to dress as Mary, Joseph, and the innkeeper and shepherds. This can be a simple way to highlight the real meaning of the season.

  • Memory Verse: Jesus was born for me. (From Luke 2:11 – “The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!”)
  • Biblical Concept: God’s Son, Jesus, was born on Christmas.
  • Snack: Mini-wheats (think manger straw ).

Looking ahead:
  • Steering Team Meeting Moms for Tuesday, January 6th 9:15 – 11:45 AM. Thank you so much for helping out!!!
    • Karyn Bormes (Waddler Room)
    • Jill Cazett (Cruiser Room)
    • Erin Lenberg (Sea Mates)
  • Save your bubble wrap for January! Kids love bubble wrap and we have a fun day planned for one of our January sessions (think carpet and jumping and dancing). Bubble wrap is pricey, big or little bubbles are fine. If you have any that you can spare…

We are so thankful for you, and for your children. Blessings to you and your family as you celebrate the all the good things that the Lord has brought into your lives. May He receive all the glory.

Remember, the first 5 letters are the most important part of Christmas. May you have a blessed celebration of our Lord’s birth with your family!

-Lori Andreen
MOPPETS Coordinator
maplegrovemoppets@gmail.com
612.802.1550


Save the Date:

  • December 16th 9:30-11:30 am: All MOPS playdate at MGEFC. We will have a craft for the kids, snacks, coffee and music (and maybe a surprise or two).  Come and join us while we chat and have some play fun with our kids.
  • January 20th: Mom's night IN.  See your email for an upcoming evite for event details. 

  

Thursday, November 20, 2014

November 25th Newsletter

This Week's Speaker:

Carol Edwards: Thanksgiving
My name is Carol Edwards. I've been the mentor for the New Ulm MOPS for many years. I've been married to my husband, Rod for 38 years and we have 4 kids who are your age; 2 boys and 2 girls. They are all married and have given us 6 grand-babies, 4 of whom live in Oklahoma City with our 2 daughters. I know about long-distance relationships. One of our sons and his family live in Inver Grove and the other lives near home. My husband is a trucker so I can identify with raising kids alone.

I was a full-time stay-at-home mom until my kids got older. Then I got a part time job at a local independent, family-owned, manufacturing jewelry store and have been there almost 20 years. There is more to learn in that industry all the time so it continues to be interesting and I like waiting on people! I also have a sewing business and recently took up painting as a hobby. I have an artist's page on Face Book: caroledwardsoriginals if anyone is interested. I help out with our church youth group weekly as well as the MOPS times so I keep busy with younger people and they give me energy and joy!

This Week's Reminders:

  • December 9th is our last meeting of the year.  
  • We still have a few more openings so if you know anyone who is interested in joining MOPS, have them download an application on this blog and email it to maplegrovemops@gmail.com 
  • If you write a blog (personal or for a business) and would like have it shared on this blog, email Holly at itsthesimplethings@zoho.com 
  • If you are still not added to our facebook group,talk to your DGL or  request to be added on facebook so that you aren't missing out on all the fun!  

This Week's MOPPETS:

MOPPETS for November 2014 Theme: Gratitude and thankfulness

Things to note for the week of November 25th:
  • We will be taking pictures this week of our little MOPPETS classes so be sure to have your little ones here.
  • BOZ in time for Christmas! BOZ the Bear is our curriculum for MOPPETS. We will be placing orders for our BOZ bear plush stuffed animal and BOZ CDs and orders must be received along with payment on the 25th. Order form is attached or will be available at your MOPS tables and please make checks payable to Lori Andreen. We will place the orders right away so that we are sure to have them for you by our next meeting Tuesday, December 9th. They will be hidden so your children won’t see them on the way home.

Thanking God is the next theme for BOZ Treehouse Time! at MOPPETS.
When asked to thank God during a prayer, young children will typically take a fast glance around and end up mentioning shoes, pictures on the wall, the table and anything else in sight. So, before MOPPETS, help your child identify some of the significant blessings your family enjoys (other than shoes and the kitchen table!). These conversations will prepare your child for our session about a harvest of blessings.

  • Memory Verse: God is good to me (From 1 Chronicles 16:34 "Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.")
  • Biblical Concept: God gives me many blessings.
  • Snack: Goldfish crackers

Looking ahead:
  • Steering Team Meeting Moms for Tuesday, December 2nd 9:15 – 11:45. Thank you so much for helping out!!!
    • Angie Milich (Waddler Room)
    • Megan Smith (Cruiser Room)
    • Cassie Borchardt (Sea Mates)
  • Save your bubble wrap for January! Kids love bubble wrap and we have a fun day planned for one of our January sessions (think carpet and jumping and dancing). Bubble wrap is pricey, big or little bubbles are fine. If you have any that you can spare…

We are so thankful for you, and for your children. Blessings to you and your family as you celebrate the all the good things that the Lord has brought into your lives. May He receive all the glory.
Happy Thanksgiving!
-Lori Andreen
MOPPETS Coordinator
maplegrovemoppets@gmail.com
612.802.1550


Save the Date:

  • All MOPS playdate: December 16th 930-1130, will be a playdate at MGEFC.  We will have a craft for the kids and coffee for the moms!  Be watching your email for an evite where you can respond if you would like to bring a treat to share.  
  • January 20th: A Change to your magnet! Instead of a playdate, we will be doing a Mom's Night In and will be in the evening.  Be watching your email for event information.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

November 11th Newsletter

This Week's Speaker:

Peggy Benicke: Robbinsdale Women's Center

Robbinsdale Women's Center (RWC) provides free services to crisis pregnacies including: lab-quality pregnancy tests with immediate results, confidential pregnancy consultation, and ultrasound services to women and couples who are making decisions about unintended pregnancies.
Peggy will be sharing what RWC is and what their vision is in helping women through a crisis pregnancy. 
Website - http://www.mychoicetwincities.com/services


This Week's Reminders:

  • Don't forget your new (NOT used) donation(s) for the baby shower for RWC.  They are in need for all areas: bathing, sleeping, eating, diapering, clothing etc.  Here is a short list of ideas:
Bibs
Baby bottles
Pacifiers
Wipes
Fleece blankets
Sleepers and Outfits in Boy and Girl  (Newborn to 9 Months)
Notions (Baby wash, Baby shampoo, Baby powder,  Diaper rash cream)
Onesies  (Boy and Girl in sizes Newborn to 12 months)
Pack n Play cribs
Baby towel sets
Baby Monitors
Health kits
Gift cards ( Target, Walmart)

  •  Lori (our MOPPETS coordinator) will be taking group photo's of your kids in their rooms NEXT MOPS (Nov 25th). 
  • Save your bubblewrap!  There is a project in for MOPPETS  that needs bubblewrap.  If you have any, please bring in it and give it to Lori.
  •  We will be placing an order for Boz Bears and Cd's for Christmas gifts for your kids.  We will be taking orders at our Tuesday's meeting. 
  • We are still looking for someone who does nails for our Day of Pamering coming up in February.  If you know anyone, please send their info to Melanie at melanieghaddon@gmail.com 
  • We still have openings!  If you know anyone who would be interested in Joining our group, send them to our blog and have them click on the registration tab.  

This Week's MOPPETS:

MOPPETS for November 2014! Thank you, moms, for helping with our Steering Team childcare! We are blessed by each of you!

Thanking God is the next theme for BOZ Treehouse Time! at MOPPETS.
When asked to thank God during a prayer, young children will typically take a fast glance around and end up mentioning shoes, pictures on the wall, the table and anything else in sight. So, before MOPPETS, help your child identify some of the significant blessings your family enjoys (other than shoes and the kitchen table!). These conversations will prepare your child for our session about a harvest of blessings.

  • Memory Verse: God is good to me (From 1 Chronicles 16:34 "Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.")
  • Biblical Concept: God gives me many blessings.
  • Snack: Graham Crackers (Cruisers) plus marshmallow creme and pumpkin pie filling for upper ages to make 'Up-side Down Pumpkin Pie'.

Blessed to have your children learn about God and His love with us. Thank YOU!
Lori Andreen
MOPPETS Coordinator
612.802.1550
  

Save the Date:

  •   Mom's Night Out:  This Friday, November 14th at 7pm.  Join the ladies of MOPS out for a fun night at Dave and Busters!  Please don't forget to RSVP via the evite!
  •  Playdate: Our next all MOPS playdate is scheduled for December 16th.  Watch your email for an evite for event details. 

Friday, October 24, 2014

October 28th Newsletter

This Week's Speaker:

Pete Larson: Love Often, Laugh Much: Making Marriage All it Can Be
Pete grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota as the 9th of 14 children. After graduating from St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN, Pete began working with youth and families at St. Patrick’s Church in Edina, MN. Following ten years of youth and family ministry, Pete began working at Youth Frontiers, where he led over 600 retreats, speaking to over 100,000 kids in grades 5-12. He was also a host on The Wishing Well T.V. show at the Minneapolis & St. Paul Children’s Hospitals. Pete is the co-founder and Executive Director of Family Fest Ministries, Inc., which seeks to strengthen families in the Christian Faith through weeklong and weekend retreats for families and couples. Pete often speaks at church youth groups, conferences, and retreats. Pete also writes blogs for myfaithradio.com and 1st Corinthians 13 Parenting. He lives in Bloomington, Minnesota with his wife, Lynn, and their two children, Dan and Tim.

  This Week's Reminders:

  • Our Facebook Group is up and running.  If you haven't been added to this group yet, please let your DGL know and they will be sure to get you added.
  •  Next MOPS meeting (Nov. 11) will be a baby shower for Robbinsdale Women's Center.  Your table will be discussing how each will contribute.
  • If you would like, your child can wear his/her costume to MOPPETS this week.  Another opportunity to play dress up!
  • We could still use a few more ladies to join our Day Of Pampering committee.  Joining would mean making a few, simple phone calls to gather donations and helping set up the night prior to the Day of Pampering. This is a great opportunity to meet other mom's and also serve our group. 
  • Do you have a blog that you'd like to appear on our blog list? Send an email with your URL to us at maplegrovemops@gmail.com!
    *Please remember that we only want to connect with blogs that are honoring to Jesus and to one another, and that will not be a stumbling block to anyone who "stumbles" upon this blog.

This week's MOPPETS:

 
MOPPETS! RescueMan to the Rescue.

For October 28th: If you would like, have your child dress up in his or her costumes for MOPPETS. Another opportunity to play dress-up!

BOZ Buzz! Helping others is the next theme for BOZ Treehouse Time! at MOPPETS. We will talk about ways we can help, especially during autumn. As your child participates in daily activities at home, affirm pro-social behaviors like sharing toys and showing kindness. As you know, young children must repeat these behaviors again and again before they become completely integrated into their character. It’s worth the effort, though!

  • Biblical Concept: Love others as much as you love yourself.
  • Concept in Action: I can care and I can share.
  • Memory Verse: I care about people (from Matthew 22:39 The Message (MSG) 37-40 Jesus said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.’ This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ These two commands are pegs; everything in God’s Law and the Prophets hangs from them.”
  • Snack: Fruit Kabobs: Blueberries and mini-marshmallows with goldfish.

Upcoming Events:
  • November 25th: We will be taking classroom pictures to share with you and your family only. Be sure to have your child here so they can be included in the class picture with their MOPPETS buddies!
If you would like more information about the BOZ curriculum, please visit BozTheBear.com. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. I look forward to getting to know you all!

Have a blessed year with MOPS and MOPPETS!

Lori Andreen 612.802.1550

 

Save the Date:

  • Mom's Night Out: Mark your calendar's for Friday, November 14th at 7pm. Actual event to still be determined, but watch for an evite for more details.
       

Sunday, October 12, 2014

October 14th Meeting

This Week's Speaker:

Caroline Mandich: Jesus in your Mothering

My husband, Danny and I are both from Canada. I graduated from the University of Western, Ontario. Danny graduated from Ohio State and played hockey for the Minnesota North Stars from 1982 to 1986. when he retired due to an injury, we stayed because we loved the lakes, the people and the way they celebrated family and the seasons. We have been married for over 30 years and have 3 children; Danielle 27, Josh 26 and Grace 21. We are empty nesters (Boo hoo) and are just learning to cook for two again. I love Jesus, great conversations, the outdoors, making family memories and hope to someday have all my photos out of containers and into frames and albums.

This Week's Reminders:

  • You have until Monday night to subscribe to the blog to be entered in to our drawing for Jen Hatmaker's revised edition of "Interrupted".  
  • If you still have not paid your MOPS dues for the semester or year, please do so at this Tuesday's meeting.  You can pay Peggy or email her at pgoshaw@yahoo.com with questions or concerns.
  •  We are still looking for someone/company who does nails for our Day of Pampering in February.  If you have a contact for this, please contact Melanie at melanieghaddon@gmail.com
  • We will be taking group pictures of each table for our MOPS directory this Tuesday. 
  • Check out our group on Facebook!  We are using this group to connect throughout the week with each other, to remind you of upcoming events, and to share useful information.  Feel free to post info, pics, whatever!  
  

This Week's MOPPETS:

  
Welcome to our second week of MOPPETS!

The theme for our next BOZ session will again be talking about healthy food choices with ‘Double Preppy Pizza’.
BOZ Buzz! Choosing healthy foods is the first theme for BOZ Treehouse Time! this year at MOPPETS. To introduce this topic, invite your child to identify fruits and vegetables in the refrigerator or on the kitchen counter. In the grocery store, see how many items your child can name in the produce department. Perhaps your child can even help you choose healthy options to create a tasty rainbow for supper this week!

  • Memory Verse: God gives me food (Psalm 111:5: He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever.)
  • Biblical Concept: God cares for His people
  • Concept in Action: I can enjoy the food God gives me.
  • Snack: October 14th: Fruit pizza: children will create with sugar free jelly, whipped cream cheese, and graham crackers. Younger children will get graham crackers or cheerios.
  • Craft: Veggie printing: cut veggies dipped in colored paint.
Upcoming Events:
  • October 28th: If you would like, have your child dress up in his or her costumes for MOPPETS. Another opportunity to play dress-up!
  • November 25th: We will be taking classroom pictures to share with you and your family only. Be sure to have your child here so they can be included in the class picture with their MOPPETS buddies!
If you would like more information about the BOZ curriculum, please visit BozTheBear.com. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. I look forward to getting to know you all!

Have a blessed year with MOPS and MOPPETS!

Lori Andreen 612.802.1550


Save the Date:

  • Guardianship meeting: October 21st at 7pm with Chuck Roulette. This is an informative meeting for you and/or your husband to get information on wills and important legal information that many of us have neglected to put into place for our families.  He also speaks on not only the legal side, but also on leaving a legacy for your family. Childcare is available for $5 per family with signup.  Reply to email to register/sign up.  
     

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

September 23rd Newsletter

a symbol of courage, a feather enables flight

a feather was chosen as a symbol of courage because feathers enable flight.  they are a building block of risking heights. a first flight requires bravery to jump from the nest. a bird will fail to experience all it was made for it it fails to fly.

and the same thing is true for us. we each have the need for adventure written into our DNA, but we must step into the places that make us uncomfortable in order to become all that we were created to be.

May this coming year change your life.
May you hear whispers of hope stirring in your soul.
May you find courage to become more yourself.
This year at MOPS, may you find the courage to 

Be you, bravely!  

This Week's Speaker:

Jackie Alvarez Video: Jackie works with MOPS international and is part of the Be you, bravely campaign this year.  In the video, Jackie introduces us to this theme for our year and encourages us to step outside our comfort zone and be all that we were meant to be. 

This Week's Reminders:

  • We have Discussion Group Leaders for each table.  Each mom is assigned a table for the year to sit at to facilitate deeper relationships and grow in connectedness with these women.  We strive to get to know everyone, but know that consistency breeds intimacy and our hope is to develop a safe place in which every mom feels open and able to share what is on her heart and mind.
  • Please enter Maple Grove Evangelical Free Church at the Main (or South) Entrance. When you come in there will be greeters that can direct you where to check in your children (at our computer systems upstairs in the nursery hall) and show you where our meeting will be held (community/gym room). Once you get in the community room, you can find your table (color coded by table names). You should have been contacted or will be shortly by your DGL telling you your table name and color.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at maplegrovemops@gmail.com.  Please try to arrive early (we have workers available as early as 9:15) in order that we can work through any first day hiccups that we may encounter with registering children and finding your appropriate childcare rooms. 
    A general outline of our meeting is as follows:
    9:30 Prayer/Brunch
    9:45 Welcome/Introduction/Announcements
    10:00 Speaker
    10:30 Discussion
    11:00 More Discussion/Craft
    11:30 Dismissal
    Also don't forget to bring your membership payment to our first meeting! Year Total or Fall Semester Total payments are due Sept 23 and will be collected at your tables. If paying by check, please make it out to Maple Grove E-Free Church (or MGEFC) and write "MOPS Dues" in the memo line. For payment information please refer to 2014-2015 MOPS Membership Dues and Payment Information email from Peggy Goshaw, or feel free to contact her at pgoshaw@yahoo.com
  • There will be an opportunity for prayer partners this year. If  you are interested in doing prayer partners there will be a sign up sheet passed around at the first MOPS meeting. We will randomly match up those who sign up. If you are interested our hope is for you to communicate with your partner at least once a week to see how they are doing and how you can pray for them. This is a great opportunity to meet a new mom and to be able to encourage and pray for each other as we go through motherhood together.
  • Check out our "About" section of this blog to see some names and faces of the steering team this year.  This is a way to get to know the women who are serving you this year.  Explore the blog!  There is lots of good information on here.  And if you haven't already, subscribe to follow us throughout the year.

  This Week's MOPPETS:


Welcome to MOPPETS! We are so glad to have your children joining us this year for MOPPETS! They are precious in God’s sight and we love them all. A few changes or reminders for this year:
  • Jan Kemper has joined me as co-coordinator. We are blessed to have her knowledge and expertise in setting up each lesson.
  • Children in the Infant, Waddler, Cruiser, and Barnyard Rooms will have loving childcare with books, music, stories, and cuddling.
  • Children in Sea Mates, Kingdom Kids, and Kids Zone see the BOZ video and create crafts based on the BOZ Curriculum. There will be one craft per lesson (not necessarily each session) so hopefully there is plenty of time for the craft to dry before going home with you. These classes will go outside or to the Surge Room for play-time each session. Be sure to dress your child in appropriate outerwear as we will be going outside as long as the weather permits.
  • Cruiser Room children and older will have age appropriate snacks. For safety reasons, we will only give your child the food/bottle that you provide in the Infant and Waddler Rooms.
  • Please remember to pick up your child as close to 11:30 as you can. Especially for the younger children, they are just exhausted and really need their mommies.

The Children Love BOZ! We have once again chosen to use BOZ TREEHOUSE TIME! created by the makers of ‘Barney’, for our MOPPETS curriculum. BOZ is a loveable, and very green, bear and BOZ TREEHOUSE TIME! encourages young children to discover God’s world through play-based, faith-focused activities. The interactive learning experiences will help children know and love God. We hope that your child will enjoy BOZ as much as we do.

The theme for our next two BOZ sessions will be ‘Double Preppy Pizza’.
BOZ Buzz! Choosing healthy foods is the first theme for BOZ Treehouse Time! this year at MOPPETS. To introduce this topic, invite your child to identify fruits and vegetables in the refrigerator or on the kitchen counter. In the grocery store, see how many items your child can name in the produce department. Perhaps your child can even help you choose healthy options to create a tasty rainbow for supper this week!

  • Memory Verse: God gives me food (Psalm 111:5: He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever.)
  • Biblical Concept: God cares for His people
  • Concept in Action: I can enjoy the food God gives me.
  • Snack: September 23: Bananas
  • Snack: October 14th: Fruit pizza: children will create with sugar free jelly, cream cheese, and graham crackers.
  • Craft: Veggie printing: cut veggies dipped in colored paint.
We are all looking forward to a wonderful year and thanking God for His kindnesses. If you would like more information about the BOZ curriculum, please visit BozTheBear.com. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. I look forward to getting to know you and do remind me of your names. I do try but I have to admit I am lacking in this area.

Have a blessed year with MOPS and MOPPETS!

–Lori Andreen 612.802.1550

Save the Date:

  • Guardianship meeting: October 21st at 7pm with Chuck Roulette. This is an informative meeting for you and/or your husband to get information on wills and important legal information that many of us have neglected to put into place for our families.  He also speaks on not only the legal side, but also on leaving a legacy for your family. Childcare is available for $5 per family with signup.  
  • Pumpkin Patch:  All MOPS playdate at 101 Market in Otsego on September 29th at 10 am.  If you feel so inclined, bring a lunch and picnic together!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Summer Potluck

The summer is quickly flying by for most of us and crazy enough,  we are already in July!  This blog post is simply a reminder of our Summer Potluck coming up July 29th from 10:30-12:30, with lunch being at 11:00.

Weather permitting we will be outside.  Be on the lookout for an evite headed your way.  This will give more details and when you respond you can let everyone know what you are bringing so we don't double up!

Looking forward to reconnecting and catching up!