Sunday, July 19, 2015

2nd Summer Newsletter

We have one play date and one Mom's night out coming up in July and August. Remember you don't have to be a member of Maple Grove MOPS to attend, so you are encouraged to invite friends. Look for more information about these dates soon.


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hursday, July 30th (play date)
Friday August 21st (Mom's night out)

The first MOPS meeting of the 2015-16 year will be Tuesday, September 22nd. As we continue to plan for the fall we encourage you to invite other moms to Maple Grove MOPS. Space is still available for kids of all ages. 

We will have an unofficial kick off to the MOPS year with a play date on Tuesday, September 15th at the church. It is a great way for moms to come to the church before the first meeting and become familiar with the meeting room. It also gives everyone the opportunity to connect with other moms at our tables and meet each other’s kids 

Here are five ways for you to tell others about MOPS:
  1. Ask other moms if they like brunch, because everyone does!
  2. Ask other moms if they like go to pre-planned play dates and mom's nights out.
  3. Ask other moms if they would like to hear speakers that are relevant to all moms, like meal planning, discipline, marriage development and many others.
  4. Ask other moms if they would like to make life long friendships with moms just like them.
  5. Share your story! Post in the comments section your MOPS story.

Friday, May 29, 2015

1st Summer Newsletter

Welcome to summer! It is time to get out the sunscreen and sandals!

We will be taking a break from regular meetings this summer but we will still have play date every month. The dates and times of play dates are still to be determined. Please look to the Facebook page and the blog for more information as it becomes available. Please remember that anyone is welcome to the summer play dates. They do not need to be a Maple Grove MOPS member; so encourage your friends to come along!

The first MOPS meeting of the 2015-16 year will be Tuesday, September 22nd. Please note that this is the only month we will not meet on the 2nd Tuesday.

The play date kick off is Tuesday, September 15th at the church. It is a great way for moms to come to the church before first meeting and become familiar with the meeting room. It also gives everyone the opportunity to connect with other moms at our tables and meet each other’s kids. The time is to be determined.


Monday, May 11, 2015

May 12th Newsletter

Our last meeting of the year:

This being our last meeting of the year, we will have a slightly different format.  In lieu of a speaker we will have a time of reflection where we are encouraging everyone to think about how MOPS has been this year and maybe to share some highlights on your experience.  We would also love to hear anything pertaining to our theme of "Be You, Bravely" if it is applicable to you.  This is not mandatory but will be open mic for anyone who is up for sharing. 
We will also be doing summer fun jar craft, in which we will have ideas for things to do with the kids over the summer time.

This Week's Reminders:

  • Everyone should have received an email regarding MOMCon. If anyone is interested in attending, please respond back to that email.  Reminder this a great opportunity for ALL moms to get refreshed and gain insight on how to be a better mom as well as opportunities for breakout sessions for those who want to fine tune some leadership skills.  The dates are Sept 15-17 and it is in Indianapolis.
  • A group of ladies is interested in starting a summer bible study which will most likely be the same times as MOPS. More info to come!
  • We still have a few opening on our steering team for next year.  We are looking for a few more Discussion Group Leaders (DGL's) and Hospitality. If you are interested in learning more about these positions, please talk to your DGL, to Jen or Jill, or refer to the "Get involved" tab to see a detailed description of the positions as well as an opportunity to fill out the application.
  • Registration for MOPS 2015/16 is open.  Please see Peggy with payment and to receive the early bird discount! 
  • Congratulations to Jessica Groth on the birth of Finnley Rae!
     

    This Week's MOPPETS:

    MOPPETS for May 2015
    Theme: ‘Growing Colors’ Celebrating God’s colorful world.

    A huge THANK YOU to all of our moms for helping with our Steering Team childcare throughout the year. So grateful to you and for your loving on our kiddos while we plan the MOPS meetings.

  • BOZ Buzz!
Celebrating God’s gift of colorful world in the next theme for BOZ Treehouse Time! at MOPPETS. We will identify, use, and appreciate the beautiful colors around us. To introduce this topic, informally help your child identify colors. For example, as you’re working in the kitchen you might say, “I’m preparing something green for lunch. What do you think we’ll eat?” or tomorrow morning ask, “Do you want to wear the shirt that’s red or the shirt that’s blue?” Especially enjoy discovering with your child the special colors that pop up in Spring.
  • Biblical Concept: God created a colorful world.
  • Memory Verse: God created the world. From Psalm 134:3: May the Lord bless you from Zion, he who is the Maker of heaven and earth.
  • Snack:
    • May 12th: Skinny Pop Popcorn and Fruit Snacks

Looking ahead:
  • Please dress your child for the outside weather. The weather is so beautiful this Spring!!! Weather permitting we will be going outside on Tuesday.
  • Just a heads up: Volunteers are needed for a Steering Team Meeting sometime in June. A new Steering Team is being formed! We would like to get together to strategize the 2015-16 year. We usually meet on a Tuesday morning, same hours as MOPS. If you have signed up for MOPS next year, would you please help out? We ask our moms to work one Steering Team meeting a year to keep childcare costs to you as low as possible and this would fill that spot for your 2015-16 MOPS year. WHEN A DATE IS CHOSEN, if you would be able to help watch the Steering Team’s kiddos that would be such a help. Please give me a call or an email if you are available. Thank you so much!!!

We hope that you have been blessed by MOPS and your child(ren) are crazy over BOZ and his love of God this year. Have a WONDERFUL SUMMER and we hope to see you back in the fall. God bless you all.

-Lori Andreen
MOPPETS Coordinator
maplegrovemoppets@gmail.com
612.802.1550

 Save the Date:

  • May 29th at 7pm: Bonfire at Lindsay Grill's house. 6998 Polaris Ln N. Maple Grove, 55311. Bring a chair if you have one and an appetizer or dessert to share. If raining, we will go inside for games.
  • Stay tuned for information about summer events! We will be sending that information to you via email.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

April 28th Newsletter

This Week's Speaker:

Sarah Cook with Wildtree
Sarah is a Wildtree representative and will be discussing meal planning and how to save both Time and Money! As a bonus, we will be making a recipe to bring home called "Best Burgers EVER."

Please bring 1 lb of ground beef OR ground turkey in a gallon size freezer Ziploc Bag with your name on it to the meeting. (It can be already frozen meat, just don't thaw it out and refreeze it after the meeting). It is imperative that the protein be put in the bag and brought to the meeting so we do not have any handling of raw meat. Bring your bagged protein in your own insulated cooler with ice to keep it cold during the meeting time or you may store it in the cooler that we will have on hand for those who need it.

This Week's Reminders:

  • Applications are being accepted now through our next  (and last!) meeting on May 12th for our steering team for next year.  Please visit the "get involved" tab to see which positions are currently needing to be filled, position descriptions and a link to download the application. We also have a new form: The Service Application is for people interested in assisting or helping out the lead person on Steering Team in that area. People who serve as an assistant or on a committee under the Team Leader are not on Steering Team, although their contribution is highly valued. Filling out a service application does not commit your services in the identified areas; it serves as a way for Team Leaders to reach out to others when help is needed.    
  • Get excited for MomCon 2015!!! Although it may seem early to be talking about this incredible life-giving event, we get to start planning now as it’s in mid-September this year! The exact dates are September 17th -19th in Indianapolis, IN. --What is MomCon, you say? It’s an annual conference hosted by MOPS International with the goals of building relationships, wisdom, and rest into your lives! It’s an awesome opportunity to connect with other moms in our MOPS group, to learn and grow from well-known speakers, and to worship with Matt Maher and Matthew West! Check out the promo video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFoex4Vlqlg  If you would like to be included on an email list with further details and planning for the event, please email maplegrovemops@gmail.com with subject title: MomCon or talk to Jen Heupel. Thanks!
  • Congratulations to Molly Porter on the birth of her new son Haakon Thomas!

This Week's MOPPETS:

MOPPETS for April 2015
Theme: ‘What Do You See?’ Celebrating God’s gift of imagination.
  • BOZ Buzz!
  • Celebrating God’s gift of imagination is the next theme of for BOZ Treehouse Time! at MOPPETS. During the next few days, look for opportunities to support your child’s creative activities. You could shift sofa cushions to help your child create a fort, offer worn clothing for dress-up play or make airplane sounds when your child swings at the playground. Celebrating your child’s personal creativity will serve as a great introduction to this topic.
  • Biblical Concept: We are fearfully and wonderfully made by God
  • Memory Verse: God made me. From Psalm 139:13 - For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
  • Snack:
    • April 28th: Bananas
Looking ahead:
  • Please dress your child for the outside weather. The weather is improving!!! If the weather is beautiful we will bring the MOPPETS outside for some activity.
  • Steering Team Meeting Moms for Tuesday, May 5th 9:15 – 11:45 AM.
We cannot thank you, moms, enough for stepping up and helping with child care for our Steering Team meetings. Our Steering Team is fantastic and each woman goes out of her way to plan so that each meeting is a wonderful experience and relative to young busy moms.
Thank you so much for helping out and keeping our child care costs low!!! If you cannot make it, PLEASE LET ME KNOW and if you can find a sub that would be super sweet!
    • Katie Waage (Waddler Room with Amy Elkins)
    • Barbary Kochendorfer and Bethany Yard (Cruiser Room with Anne Harris and/or Mary Dieter)
    • Molly Abrams (Sea Mates with Paula Petersen)
Have a wonderful week. Loving this beautiful gift-of-God weather!
-Lori Andreen
MOPPETS Coordinator
maplegrovemoppets@gmail.com
612.802.1550

Save the Date:

  • May 1st from 7-9pm: MGEFC is hosting The Great Date Night. Cost is $15, no child care. It's a fun evening for you to connect with your husband creating memories. For more details and to register for the event online, please follow this link: The Great Date Night  
      

Sunday, April 12, 2015

April 14th Newsletter

This Week's Speaker: 

Cheryl Eliason: Character Training-Kids Under Construction

Cheryl Eliason speaks with passion and conviction to women, parents, and youth of all ages. Her enthusiastic and candid style addresses the “where we live” challenges of parenting. Cheryl’s background in Social Work, and experience as a parent of four children, give her a broad perspective born out of years of practical parenting practice. Along with her husband, Jeff, Cheryl co-founded their company Family Tools, Inc. – a resource company that educates and equips parents to be intentional. Their featured tool, PEGS®, sold internationally, helps families to establish structure and routine while providing a hands-on means to teach chores and address character issues. Cheryl is also a Certified Family Life Coach through The Parent Coaching Institute (thepci.com).

This Week's Reminders:

  • It's not too late to register for the Spring Leadership Event for MOPS leadership.  If anyone is looking to join our leadership team for next year, or is just looking for an opportunity to grow as a mom and a leader, this event is for you. Early Bird registration is just $10 and Sara Groves will be there speaking before the event.  Event date is April 25th (Mom time with Sara Groves 9-945 optional) 10:00am-430pm at Westwood Community Church in Excelsior, MN. If this is something you are interesting in please see Jen or Erica or contact them  at maplegrovemops@gmail.com
  • Get excited for MomCon 2015!!! Although it may seem early to be talking about this incredible life-giving event, we get to start planning now as it’s in mid-September this year! The exact dates are September 17th -19th in Indianapolis, IN.
    • What is MomCon, you say? It’s an annual conference hosted by MOPS International with the goals of building relationships, wisdom, and rest into your lives! It’s an awesome opportunity to connect with other moms in our MOPS group, to learn and grow from well-known speakers, and to worship with Matt Maher and Matthew West! Check out the promo video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFoex4Vlqlg
    • If you would like to be included on an email list with further details and planning for the event, please email maplegrovemops@gmail.com with subject title: MomCon or talk to Jen Heupel. Thanks!
  •  We have a new tab!  Please check out our how to get involved tab which will walk you through different needs our steering team has for next year as well as how to apply for these positions. We are currently accepting applications for MOPS steering team 2015-2016. We will be having a Leadership Recruitment night as well (listed in the save the date section) for those of you who are interested and would like more information. 
  • Congratulations to Marissa on the birth of Walter John and Staci on the birth of Nevaeh Grace. 

This Week's MOPPETS:

MOPPETS for April 2015
Theme: ‘What Do You See?’ Celebrating God’s gift of imagination.

  • BOZ Buzz!
  • Celebrating God’s gift of imagination is the next theme of for BOZ Treehouse Time! at MOPPETS. During the next few days, look for opportunities to support your child’s creative activities. You could shift sofa cushions to help your child create a fort, offer worn clothing for dress-up play or make airplane sounds when your child swings at the playground. Celebrating your child’s personal creativity will serve as a great introduction to this topic.
  • Biblical Concept: We are fearfully and wonderfully made by God
  • Memory Verse: God made me. From Psalm 139:13 - For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
  • Snack:
    • April 14th: Veggie Straws
Looking ahead:
  • Please dress your child for the outside weather. The weather is improving!!! If the weather is beautiful we will bring the MOPPETS outside for some activity.
  • Steering Team Meeting Moms for Tuesday, May 5th 9:15 – 11:45 AM.
We cannot thank you, moms, enough for stepping up and helping with child care for our Steering Team meetings. Our Steering Team is fantastic and each woman goes out of her way to plan so that each meeting is a wonderful experience and relative to young busy moms.
Thank you so much for helping out and keeping our child care costs low!!! If you cannot make it, PLEASE LET ME KNOW and if you can find a sub that would be super sweet!
    • Katie Waage (Waddler Room with Amy Elkins)
    • Barbary Kochendorfer and Bethany Yard (Cruiser Room with Anne Harris and/or Mary Dieter)
    • Molly Abrams (Sea Mates with Paula Petersen)

Have a wonderful week. Loving this beautiful gift-of-God weather!

-Lori Andreen
MOPPETS Coordinator
maplegrovemoppets@gmail.com
612.802.1550

Save the Date:

  • April 21st: All MOPS playdate.  Meet at Weaver Lake Park for some fun in the sun!  9:30-11:30. If rainy we will meet at MGEFC for bouncy houses, coloring and basketball.  See evite for more details and to RSVP.
  •  April 21st: Leadership Recruitment Night. We will meet in the Youth Room (in between the elevators and the kitchen) at 7-830pm for any and all who are at all interested in a leadership position for next year's steering team. Please come and gather more information about the position and all that it requires from you as you make a desicion about your involvement for next year. 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

March 24th Newsletter

This Week's Speaker:

 Pastor Jon Platek: "You're going to miss this"

 Jon Platek is the Senior Pastor at Maple Grove Evangelical Free Church. Jon received his Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications from Taylor University in Indiana and his Master of Arts and Religion from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Illinois, has been married to his wife, Chrissy, for 13 years. Together they have 3 adorable children: Christian (11), Gavin (9), and London (6). 

This Week's Reminders:

  • We are starting to form a team for next year's steering team.  If you are interested in serving MOPS in this way, please talk to your DGL.  This is a great way to be a part of something big and be a part of a fun team of ladies committed to serving God. Even if your just curious--talk to your DGL! You can refer to the "about" section for leadership position names and your DGL can give you a description of what each position entails.
  • Registration for the Spring Leadership Event for MOPS leadership- Area 9 is now open.  If anyone is looking to join our leadership team for next year, or is just looking for an opportunity to grow as a mom and a leader, this event is for you. Early Bird registration is just $10 and Sara Groves will be there speaking before the event.  Event date is April 25th (Mom time with Sara Groves 9-945 optional) 10:00am-430pm at Westwood Community Church in Excelsior, MN. If this is something you are interesting in please see Jen or Erica or contact them  at maplegrovemops@gmail.com

 This Week's MOPPETS:

MOPPETS for March 2015
Theme: A Busy Body Day – The importance of physical activity.

  • BOZ Buzz!
  • Physical activity is the next theme for BOZ TREEHOUSE TIME!, an appropriate topic for young children who are always on the go. Talking with your child about the importance of exercise would be a good way to prepare your child for this session; moving with your child would be even better (and more fun!).
  • Easter falls on April 5th this year. Children will jump for joy after hearing the Easter message that “Jesus is with us”.
  • Memory Verse: Jesus is always with me.
Matthew 28:20 … “and surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
  • Biblical Concept: He is risen! I can celebrate that Jesus is alive.
  • Snack:
    • March 24th: Bunny Buffet: Carrot sticks and raisins

Looking ahead:
  • Steering Team Meeting Moms for Tuesday, April 7th 9:15 – 11:45 AM.
Thank you so much for helping out and keeping our child care costs low!!! If you cannot make it, PLEASE LET ME KNOW and if you can find a sub that would be super sweet!
    • Veronica Meyer and Jessica Riley (Waddler Room with Amy Elkins)
    • Kristi Klee and Ashley Thoma (Cruiser Room with Anne Harris)
    • Mandy Mueller (Sea Mates with Paula Petersen)

Have a wonderful week. Stay warm!

-Lori Andreen
MOPPETS Coordinator
maplegrovemoppets@gmail.com
612.802.1550
 

Save the Date:

  • March 27th: Couple Night has been moved to this Friday night.  See your email for more details regarding this event.
  • April 21st: All MOPS playdate. More info to come- watch your email for details as it gets closer.     

 

Sunday, March 8, 2015

March 10th Newsletter

This Week's Speaker:

Unfortunately, our speaker we had lined up had to cancel so instead we will be watching an inspirational video.  Thank you for understanding.

This Week's Reminders:

  • It is that time of year that we start thinking about what MOPS will look like next year.  If anyone is interested or feeling led to be a part of our steering committee, talk with your DGL.  You can refer to the "about" section for leadership position names and your DGL can give you a description of what each position entails.
  •  Registration for the Spring Leadership Event for MOPS leadership- Area 9 is now open.  If anyone is looking to join our leadership team for next year, or is just looking for an opportunity to grow as a mom and a leader, this event is for you. Early Bird registration is just $10 and Sara Groves will be there speaking before the event.  Event date is April 25th (Mom time with Sara Groves 9-945 optional) 10:00am-430pm at Westwood Community Church in Excelsior, MN. If this is something you are interesting in please see Jen or Erica or contact them at maplegrovemops@gmail.com    
  •  New MOPS Moms: Please follow this blog by email using the toolbar on the right-hand side of this blog page.  We don't want you to miss anything! Also join our MOPS group on Facebook!  This has been a great way to stay connected throughout the week.

This Week's MOPPETS:

 
MOPPETS for March 2015
Theme: A Busy Body Day – The importance of physical activity.

  • BOZ Buzz!
  • Physical activity is the next theme for BOZ TREEHOUSE TIME!, an appropriate topic for young children who are always on the go. Talking with your child about the importance of exercise would be a good way to prepare your child for this session; moving with your child would be even better (and more fun!).
  • Easter falls on April 5th this year. Children will jump for joy after hearing the Easter message that “Jesus is with us”.
  • Memory Verse: Jesus is always with me.
Matthew 28:20 … “and surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
  • Biblical Concept: He is risen! I can celebrate that Jesus is alive.
  • Snack:
    • March 14th: ‘Skinny Pop’ popcorn
    • March 24th: Bunny Buffet: Carrot sticks and raisins

Looking ahead:
  • Cardboard Egg Cartons . Thank you! We are all set for our craft!
  • Steering Team Meeting Moms for Tuesday, April 7th 9:15 – 11:45 AM.
Thank you so much for helping out and keeping our child care costs low!!! If you cannot make it, PLEASE LET ME KNOW and if you can find a sub that would be super sweet!
    • Veronica Meyer and Jessica Riley (Waddler Room with Amy Elkins)
    • Kristi Klee and Ashley Thoma (Cruiser Room with Anne Harris)
    • Mandy Mueller (Sea Mates with Paula Petersen)

I will be on vacation the week of March 10th and Jan Kemper (co-coordinator) will be covering. Please thank her for pitching in and making sure everything runs smoothly.

Have a wonderful week. Stay warm!

-Lori Andreen
MOPPETS Coordinator
maplegrovemoppets@gmail.com
612.802.1550

Save the Date:

  • March 20th: Couples night out. Being watching your email for event details.
  • April 21st: All MOPS playdate. More info to come- watch your email for details as it gets closer.