Wednesday, April 23, 2014

April 29th Newsletter

This Week's Speaker:

This week we are privileged to hear from a Mom Panel of 3 experienced Mom's.  They will be answering your questions and sharing their wisdom from real life experiences.

Joanne Lundberg: She has been married to her husband Dan for 38 years,  has 3 children, homeschooled 2 of them, 2 grandchildren, on staff in Children’s Ministry at New Hope Church for 20 years, loves the Lord, loves studying and teaching about the Bible and enjoys downhill skiing.




Chrissy Platek: She is married to John Platek, who is the new Pastor at Maple Grove Evangelical Free Church.  Together they have 3 children: Christian (10), Gavin (8), and London (5).  They recently moved from Akron, OH and are adjusting to life in COLD Minnesota!







Tammy Hobbs:  She is married to Jim Hobbs who is the current Acting Executive Pastor at Maple Grove Evangelical Free Church.  Together they have 3 children: Allie who is a sophomore in college, Amara who is a junior in high school and Erin who is in 5th grade.





This Week's Reminders:

  • RWC Collections: We are collecting crib sheets, pacifiers and baby bottles for Robbinsdale Women's Center this month.  Also gift cards to Target and WalMart are also always appreciated.
  • Don't forget your MOPPETS appreciation as discussed with your tables.
  •  MOPS registration for next year is open.  See Meg Vomhoff for the necessary forms and payment options to secure your spot for next year.
  • Been thinking about serving on our steering team??  Open positions are as follows: Hospitality- Events, Hospitality- Meetings, DGL (Discussion group leader) coordinator, DGL's for tables, and Finance.  Also, feel free to browse the ABOUT section of this blog for other positions that we have on our steering team.  If you are feeling led to act in any of these roles please talk to either Kelly Thomas at kiki3979@gmail.com or Jen Heupel at jenheupel@gmail.com or pick up an application at MOPS.

This Week's MOPPETS:

  
Hi, Moms! Thank you so much for blessing all of our child care workers with your gifts. They are so thankful and appreciative! We have the BEST people working with your children. They are loving and kind and count it a blessing to serve Christ in this way. Thank you for honoring them and recognizing their service.



We may be going outside for the next two sessions, weather depending, so PLEASE remember to send a jacket or sweater with your child as needed.



Class pictures! We are going to try again to get everyone’s class photo this Tuesday. Hope everyone can make it



BOZ TREEHOUSE TIME! ‘A Carnival of Counting’



BOZ Buzz! Counting God’s blessings is the next theme for BOZ Treehouse Time! at MOPPETS. To introduce this topic, please look for ways to practice counting (spoons at the dinner table, hangers in the closet, toys to clean up!) with your child.



  • Memory Verse: God gives me many good things. (from 2 Corinthians 9:15)
  • Biblical Concept: God gives us many blessings.
  • Concept in Action: I can count!
  • Snack: Goldfish
  • Craft: Crowns



Visit BozTheBear.com for more information about our curriculum. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.



–Lori Andreen 612.802.1550



Save the Date:

  •  Mom's night out: We will be going to see the movie "Mom's Night Out" on May 10th at the Icon Theater in St. Louis Park. Cost is $10.75. Please bring your money to MOPS to get your advanced ticket and secure a spot.  Any ladies that have not purchased tickets ahead of time are not guaranteed a seat.  See Laura Gjenvick to pay for your ticket.
  • Great Date Night 2:  Want a date night with free babysitting?! Mark your calendars for Friday, May 2nd. The Great Date Night is happening again at Maple Grove Evangelical Free Church. Come with your whole family at 5:30pm and be served pizza for $5 and then hear a great speaker about marriage from 6:30-8:30pm while enjoying dessert and coffee kid-free Register online http://mgefc.org/697618.ihtml
  • Robbinsdale Women's Center "Walk for Life": 
    MGEFC MOPS are walking together Saturday, May 17th, rain or shine, for the Robbinsdale Women’s Center’s Annual "Walk for Life“. Help RWC raise $25,000 to reach more abortion-vulnerable women by sharing the truth of life and the mercy of Christ. This beautiful two-mile Walk is for all ages will start at the French Park Visitor Center, pass along scenic Medicine Lake, and feature face painting, balloon twist-art, and a visit from the Plymouth Fire Department’s fire truck for your children. Event starts at 9 am at 
    Clifton E. French Park Visitor Center - by the playground 12605 Rockford Road Plymouth, MN 55441
     

Monday, April 21, 2014

April 22nd Newsletter

This Week's Speaker

Ruth Buezis: "How to love your husband"

Ruth is married to Jim and has 4 daughters ages 18-24.  She leads a Bible Study at Plymouth Covenant Church on loving your husband.

This Week's Reminders:

  • We have steering team openings for next year.  Please prayerfully consider if this is a way in which you can serve. You can contact Kelly Thomas at kiki3979@gmail.com or Rachel Seifert at rach.seifert@gmail.com for more information.  
  • Registration for next year will be opening shortly.  Most years there is a slight discount for early-bird registration so keep this in mind.  Our theme for next year will be "Be You, Bravely".  We are excited for this theme and know that it will be another great year!
  •   MomCon 2014 is in Louisville, KY this October. Any mom can come and be refreshed, rejuvenated, and re-energizedby this 3 days MOPS conference.  If you aree interested contact Kelly Thomas for more information at kiki3979@gmail.com

This Week's MOPPETS

We will be taking pictures of each class on Tuesday, April 22nd. Hopefully everyone can make 
it! And, depending on the weather, the children might be going outside to play so please bring 
a sweater or jacket as needed. Thank you! 

BOZ TREEHOUSE TIME! Lesson 8: ‘Look In A Book!’ – part 2. 
Just for you! We will continue concentrating on the important story of Easter. For preschoolers, the 
message can be explained simply: Because of Easter, Jesus is alive! Young children who learn that the 
Bible tells God’s story have a building block for their faith journey. 

Memory Verse: The Bible is God’s Word (from 2 Timothy 3:16) 
Biblical Concept: God has given us many sources of wisdom, but the Bible is the greatest 
source of knowledge. 
Concept in Action: I can learn from books, especially the Bible. 
Snack: Rice Krispy Treats


Save the Date:

  • RWC Walk for Life: May 17th is the Robbinsdale Women's Center charity walk to raise money for this crisis pregnancy center.  This is a family friendly activity so bring the kids along for a fun morning.  The walk starts at 9 am and stay after for fun games and activities for the kids.
  •  Mom's night out: We will be going to see the movie "Mom's Night Out" on May 10th at the Icon Theater in St. Louis Park.  Be watching your email for an evite as the event gets closer for more details on cost and time.
  •  Great Date Night 2:  Want a date night with free babysitting?! Mark your calendars for Friday, May 2nd. The Great Date Night is happening again at Maple Grove Evangelical Free Church. Come with your whole family at 5:30pm and be served pizza for $5 and then hear a great speaker about marriage from 6:30-8:30pm while enjoying dessert and coffee kid-free Register online www.mgefc.org.

Monday, April 7, 2014

April 8th Newsletter

Day of Pampering:

 
Prepare to be pampered…Day of Pampering is finally here! Our MOPS morning will begin as usual with finding your table for prayer and announcements. After that it’s up to you!

The following complimentary services will be provided: back massage, hand massage, skin mapping, eyebrow waxing, eye treatments, makeup, satin hands by Mary Kay and hand waxing. Take a look around and keep an eye on the lines for the services you're interested in receiving. Each station will be on a first come first serve basis. Yummy brunch will be provided as usual. Feel free to take this opportunity to sit by women you ordinarily wouldn’t have the chance to.

To add to the relaxed feeling of the day feel free to come in whatever clothes you find to be most comfortable. Let’s get our kiddos in on the fun too…no need to get them dressed in the morning bring them in their jammies. If you’re planning on taking advantage of eye brow waxing, eye treatments or makeup services remember to skip your makeup routing in the morning. Leaving rings and bracelets at home would also be a good idea if you plan to take advantage of satin hands or hand waxing.

Our hope is that this day will leaves you feeling refreshed and maybe just a little spoiled!

* Also, Melissa will be here from It Works Global.  She will be donating one body wrap for our Day of Pampering and will have a lot more wraps for sale for $25.  You can even choose to wrap during our Day of Pampering.  She will assist with wrapping and unwrapping as well as explain more about her products.  If 10 people wrap during the morning, Melissa will donate an additional box of wraps to be given away in our group.  For more information about these products, head over to www.wrapwithmiss.com .

This Week's Reminders:

  • Robbinsdale Women's Center donations: This month we have been asked for donations of crib sheets, pacifiers, and baby bottles.  Also gift cards to WalMart or Target would also be a great help.  
  • We are starting for MOPS for next fall.  We have some openings on our Steering Team that we need to fill.  If you are feeling led to be a part of this ministry please contact  Kelly Thomas at kiki3979@gmail.com or Rachel Seifert at rach.seifert@gmail.com
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 This Week's MOPPETS:


BOZ TREEHOUSE TIME! April Topic: Look In A Book!’ 
 
BOZ Buzz! Exploring the wonderful world of books is the next theme for BOZ Treehouse 
Time! at MOPPETS! The Bible is, of course, the BEST BOOK, but we’ll also talk about other 
books. To introduce this topic, please read your child’s favorite Bible story and any other 
favorite books with your child. Have fun reading! 
 
Memory Verse: The Bible is God’s Word (from 2 Timothy 3:16) 
Biblical Concept: God has given us many sources of wisdom, but the Bible is the greatest 
source of knowledge. 
Concept in Action: I can learn from books, especially the Bible. 
Snack:  
April 8th: Easter Cross: Graham cracker dip sticks, cream cheese, and cranberries. 
     

Save the Date:

  • RWC Walk for Life: May 17th is the Robbinsdale Women's Center charity walk to raise money for this crisis pregnancy center.  This is a family friendly activity so bring the kids along for a fun morning.  The walk starts at 9 am and stay after for fun games and activities for the kids.
  •  Mom's night out: We will be going to see the movie "Mom's Night Out" on May 10th at the Icon Theater in St. Louis Park.  Be watching your email for an evite as the event gets closer for more details on cost and time. 

Friday, February 21, 2014

February 25th Newsletter

This Week's Speaker:

Jean Larkin: "Couponing"
  Jean is a mother of 4 children ages 3 – 11.  She has been a MOPS mom for 6 years and a leader for 2.  She started couponing in 2008 to help her family.  She enjoys sharing her knowledge and helping others save on their groceries.







This Week's Reminders:

  • Robbinsdale Women's Center collections:  This month we are collecting baby bottle brushes, packaged 0-6 month pajamas, baby crib sheets, baby socks, girl outfits 0-6 month and baby health kits.  Reminder: All items need to be new.  
  • Don't forget your MOPPETS appreciation as directed by your table.
  • We have  rescheduled our missed meeting for April 29th.  Please remember to mark this Tuesday on your calendar as it is a 5th Tuesday and would normally be an off week for us.
  • Be thinking about next year.  Every year around this time we start thinking about what our next year of MOPS will look like.  If you are wanting to become more involved and join our steering committee please contact Kelly or Rachel at maplegrovemops@gmail.com  

This Week's MOPPETS:

  

Dearest Moms. We love you all and want you to join us for every possible MOPS session. But a few of you need reminding that we cannot have sick little ones come to MOPPETS. This is the cold and flu season and it spreads like wildfire through our families. Please review the Healthy MOPPETS Policy, below, and do use your best judgment if your child has been experiencing any of these symptoms. Thank you!

Healthy MOPPETS Policy


2013-2014 MGEFC Policy - Children with any of the following are not allowed in our MOPPETS Program. It is the job of first, the parents, to recognize these symptoms to stop the spread of illness; and second, our Room Leads.  If a Lead sees any of these symptoms, or suspects a fever, the Lead will send a worker to find Lori, who will first verify suspicions and then will notify the mother promptly if warranted.

  • First 3 days of a cold
  • Fever within the last 24 hours
  • Colored discharge from eyes, ears or nose
  • Sore throat
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Pink eye (conjunctivitis)
  • Unidentified rash
  • Impetigo
  • Active Chickenpox
  • Measles
  • Antibiotic treatment for less than 24 hours
  • Identified communicable disease

We also ask that if your child has been in direct contact with someone, even a sibling, who is known to have any of the above that you use your best judgment on whether or not they attend.  The MOPPETS staff is not permitted to administer any medications or ointments, nor are they permitted to take temperatures.

BOZ TREEHOUSE TIME!
Shaping Up! Part 1
For February 25th

BOZ Buzz!
“Shapes” is the next theme for BOZ Treehouse Time! at MOPPETS. To introduce this topic, please help your child identify circles, triangles, rectangles, and squares during everyday activities. For example, your child might feel the circular quarter in your pocket, eat a triangular piece of pizza or a rectangular granola bar and use a square napkin. At MOPPETS, we’ll also discuss the very special shape for February – the heart. Have fun exploring the world of shapes with your child.

  • Memory Verse: God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)
  • Biblical Concept: God created the world.
  • Concept in Action: I can recognize shapes
  • Snack: (February 25th): Shapes Sailboat: apples, pretzels, American cheese with goldfish crackers. (Optional: candy hearts)

Visit BozTheBear.com for more information about our curriculum. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.

–Lori Andreen 612.802.1550

Save the Date:

  • MOPS Mega Event:  Saturday, March 29th is the MOPS Mega Event.  All MOPS moms are invited to attend the MOPS Mega Event.  The day starts with a conference with breakout sessions and speakers and ends at the Mall of America with a Mom's Night out program.  Cost is $10.

  • Mom's Night Out:  This event has been changed to May.  It will either by May 9th or 10th and we will see the movie (fittingly titled) "Mom's Night Out".  Be watching for further updates on this event as it gets closer.