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. 
 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

February 24th Newsletter

This Week's Speaker:

Russ Berg: Emotionally Healthy Spirituality 
 Russ has been married for more than 40 years to his wife Melody.They laugh now about the fact that those were probably the 30 happiest years of their lives. They knew the pain of “being alone together” and feeling like they were losing hope during a rough time in our marriage.  They have grown to become absolute best friends and life mates with 2 married daughters, wonderful son-in-laws and 5 awesome grand kids. Russ is the former pastor of Maple Grove Evangelical Free Church and since getting his doctorate in Marriage and Family Counseling, is now the
 pastoral counselor and  full time director of pastoral training with the Hope for the Hurting Home. Russ equips church leaders and lay people to change the culture of divorce in America, one marriage at a time.

This Week's Reminders:

  • 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 February 2015 Theme: Counting on God’s Love – a Valentine message

BOZ Buzz!
Counting signs of God’s love is the next theme for BOZ Treehouse Time! at MOPPETS. To introduce this topic, help your child count the blessings that are visible each day. You might even make a list of blessings and then challenge other family members to make their own lists to share on Valentine’s Day. Who can find the most gifts from God? Especially enjoy celebrating this holiday of love with your child, one of God’s greatest blessings to a mom.

  • Memory Verse: God loves me. I love God.
(1 John 4:19 - We love because he first loved us.)
  • Biblical Concept: We love God who first loved us.
  • Snack:
    • February 24th: Veggie Straws

Looking ahead:
  • We are looking for more child care workers as some of our workers have headed to warmer areas for the winter. If you have a friend, mom, grandmother, etc. who might be interested in helping, please contact me at the number/email below. Thank you!

  • Cardboard Egg Cartons (that we can paint) are needed for a craft for April . Thanks to those of you who have started to bring them in!

  • Steering Team Meeting Child care Moms for Tuesday, March 3rd 9:15 – 11:45 AM. Thank you so much for helping out!!! If you cannot make it, PLEASE LET ME KNOW and if you can find a sub that would be super sweet!
    • Heidi Sporre and Rachel Simmonds (Waddler Room)
    • Marissa Nadolski (Cruiser Room) Could use one more!
    • Mandy Mueller (Sea Mates)

Wishing you all a happy Valentine’s Day!

-Lori Andreen
MOPPETS Coordinator
maplegrovemoppets@gmail.com
612.802.1550
   

Save the Date:

  • March 20th: Couple's Night Out.  Be checking your email for more event details as it gets closer. 

Friday, February 6, 2015

February 10th Newsletter

Day of Pampering!




What you can expect for Day of Pampering:
Numerous local vendors are volunteering their time to come pamper you! All services are free of charge! (Each vendor will receive a small tip from the MOPS budget as a thank you). 

Some of the services you can look forward to include: Hairstyling, eye brow waxing, back massages, essential oils, Jamberry nails, facials, neck wraps, skin treatments, make up application, hand paraffin wax station, and Satin Hands by Mary Kay. 

3 Squares and Original Pancake House have donated food for our brunch! Steering team will also be purchasing fruit, yogurt, and granola to fill our bellies! 

How the morning will run: Please sit at your regular tables when you arrive. After prayer, you will be free to start with brunch, or get in line with any vendor station you like! You can sit wherever you like to eat your food or sit and chat with other moms. There will also be a craft station to make some really cute head bands! We hope this is a time for you to get to know other MOPS women, relax, and have fun socializing! We will be giving away a few prize bags as well!

Last but not least, we encourage you and your children to come in comfy clothes-even your pajamas if you like! It’s going to be a blast-you don’t want to miss it! 

This Week's Reminders:

  • We WELCOME all of our new moms that are joining us this new semester.  If you are new to our group, please following the link on the side to follow our blog by email.  This way you will be sure to get all important information about the upcoming meetings, events, etc.
  • Our Facebook group has taken off!  Thank you to all who have been utilizing the group.  Again, new moms, please check this group out.  You can either be added by your DGL, or search for the group page and ask to be added.  We want everyone to be able to be a part of this group.  We use it to encourage each other, ask questions, share advice and even sell/trade/give items between moms.   
  • We still have a few spaces open if you know of any mom's who are looking to join a group.  The spaces are limited some on the ages of their children due to adult to child ratio in our MOPPETS rooms.  If you know anyone, please direct them this blog page and follow the registration tab to apply or they could contact Jen or Erica directly at maplegrovemops@gmail.com 

This Week's MOPPETS:

MOPPETS for February 2015 Theme: Counting on God’s Love – a Valentine message

BOZ Buzz!
Counting signs of God’s love is the next theme for BOZ Treehouse Time! at MOPPETS. To introduce this topic, help your child count the blessings that are visible each day. You might even make a list of blessings and then challenge other family members to make their own lists to share on Valentine’s Day. Who can find the most gifts from God? Especially enjoy celebrating this holiday of love with your child, one of God’s greatest blessings to a mom.

  • Memory Verse: God loves me. I love God.
(1 John 4:19 - We love because he first loved us.)
  • Biblical Concept: We love God who first loved us.
  • Snack:
    •  Angel Food Cake with cherry pie filling and reddi-whip

Looking ahead:
  • We are looking for more child care workers as some of our workers have headed to warmer areas for the winter. If you have a friend, mom, grandmother, etc. who might be interested in helping, please contact me at the number/email below. Thank you!

  • Cardboard Egg Cartons (that we can paint) are needed for a craft for April . Thanks to those of you who have started to bring them in!

  • Steering Team Meeting Child care Moms for Tuesday, March 3rd 9:15 – 11:45 AM. Thank you so much for helping out!!! If you cannot make it, PLEASE LET ME KNOW and if you can find a sub that would be super sweet!
    • Heidi Sporre and Rachel Simmonds (Waddler Room)
    • Marissa Nadolski (Cruiser Room) Could use one more!
    • Mandy Mueller (Sea Mates)

Wishing you all a happy Valentine’s Day!

-Lori Andreen
MOPPETS Coordinator
maplegrovemoppets@gmail.com
612.802.1550

Save the Date:

  • February 17th: All MOPS playdate at MGEFC.  From 930-1130am come join us for a big playdate.  This is a great opportunity to get the kids out and meet more MOPS moms.  There will be bouncy houses and riding toys for the kids and coffee/tea/water for the moms.  Feel free to bring a snack to share!
  • March 20th: Couple's Night Out.  Be checking your email for more event details as it gets closer. 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

January 27th Newsletter

This Week's Speaker:

This week we have our Dad Panel joining us.  They will be talking about parenting to help us gain insight from their perspective. Joining us we will have Bob Gilbert, Jim Hobbs, LeRoy Cluever and Rick Heupel.

 

 Bob Gilbert : Married Paula 12/29/1972 (high school sweetheart) Graduated college in 1975 from the University of Missouri with a Masters in Electrical Engineering. Worked with Emerson Electric in St Louis (1977- 1987) Teknar in St Louis (1989-1992)
Oildyne (1992-1997)  Moved here from St Louis for this job. Graco (1997 to 2011) Electrical Technology Manager for the CED division in Rogers. Johnson Company (2011-2014)  Manufacturing Rep in New Brighton. Retired July 1, 2014
Raised three boys (Mark, Andy now both at this church) & Tim (lives in St Paul & started his own church) All three married Minneapolis girls (Chandra, Stacy and Alisha). We now have ten grandkids ages 8 and under all living in the Twin Cities.

 
Jim Hobbs: is Executive Pastor at Maple Grove Evangelical Free Church (MGEFC). Previously, Jim was Managing Director of James Hobbs LLC, a bio-based chemicals and plastics consultancy company and General Manager of AmberWorks, a 50/50 JV between BioAmber Inc. and NatureWorks LLC. Before joining AmberWorks, Jim served as Vice President of Business Development for BioAmber Inc., a pioneer in biobased succinic acid and renewable chemicals.
Prior to joining BioAmber, Jim worked at NatureWorks in various roles, including Global Product Director, Managing Director of Japan and Global Commercial Director. Hobbs’ teams at NatureWorks led business development of a “new to the world” polymer in Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America. Prior to joining NatureWorks, Hobbs was at Dow Chemical in various marketing and sales leadership roles.
Jim married his High School sweetheart, Tammy, 24 years ago. They have three daughters; Allie (20), Amara (17), and Erin (12). Jim figures that having four close women in his life is God’s way of keeping him humble.
The Hobbs family enjoy taking vacations, National Parks, playing sports, and trash talking one another while playing sports.
Jim has a Bachelor of Business degree from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.


 LeRoy Cluever: father of Caytie Hall.
I retired last spring after working for an electric distribution cooperative in Benson Minnesota. Since retirement it has been mainly loafing and taking care of maintenance around the home and yard..
Wife Heidi and I live in Benson, MN as we have for about 27 1/2 years.
Caytie is our oldest daughter. She has 4 older brothers, 2 younger sisters and a younger brother. All of the kids are employed and on their own. Five of the kids are married and 4 have children.
With that many children there has not been a lot of time for hobbies or other interests. I am enjoying retirement but the wife and family is still the main focus of interest. I get in some fishing, but the grandkids have priority on my time.
 
 
 
Rick Heupel: Rick grew up on a farm in the center of North Dakota, one of six children.  He completed college at NDSU with a degree in Electrical Engineering and moved to Minneapolis for work.  It was in Minneapolis as part of crazy bunch of young people trying to figure out how to live life and do ministry that he met and married his wife Mavis.  They were married in 1978 and have 4 children and currently 6 grand children. 
Rick's work experience includes being part of the team that brought the first commercial microwave ovens to market, development of the Zinc-air battery technology that currently powers over 90% of all hearing aids (also developed a battery pack that flew on many space shuttle missions).  In 1989 they moved to SIngapore and spent 11 years in different functional areas.  They moved back to the US in 2000 to ensure that their oldest daughter would be supported as she started college in a 'foreign' land.  Rick current is the President of Common Ground Consultants that is involved in 'Helping Christians understand Muslims and Helping Muslims understand Jesus'.  He also serves on Boards of several other non-profit organizations.   Rick and Mavis attend Ridgewood Church in Minnetonka.


This Week's Reminders:

  • We still have a few limited openings based on the age of your children.  If you know anyone interested in joining our group, direct them to our blog to fill out an application.
  •  Our next meeting, February 10th is our Day of Pampering.  You may consider bringing your children in pajamas and feel free to come in sweats yourself!  This day will be all about YOU!  You won't want to miss it!

This Week's MOPPETS:

MOPPETS for January 2015 Theme: O Say Can U C?

Welcome to MOPPETS for 2015! We are looking forward to spending time with each of your children and teaching them how very much God loves them. Thank you for sharing them with us!

BOZ Buzz!
Letters of the alphabet is the next theme for BOZ Treehouse Time! at MOPPETS. To introduce this topic, please talk with your child about the letters that make up his or her name. When you read a nighttime story, point out how individual letters make words. With your help, even young children can recognize sight words they see regularly like “stop” and “exit”. Identifying visual clues, including common words, helps a young child understand the world. Thank you for the bubble wrap last meeting.  The kids are having so much fun popping them!

  • Memory Verse: I can learn about God
(Psalm 25:4 - Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow.)
  • Biblical Concept: We should follow God’s teaching
  • Snack:
    • January 27th: Pretzels, cheese squares, and blueberries.

Looking ahead:

We are looking for more child care workers for the January through April as some of our workers have headed to warmer areas for the winter. If you have a friend, mom, grandmother, etc. who might be interested in helping, please contact me at the number/email below.
Thank you!

  • Cardboard Egg Cartons (that we can paint) are needed for a craft for April .

  • Steering Team Meeting Moms for Tuesday, February 9:15 – 11:45 AM. Thank you so much for helping out!!!
    • Amber Fodstad (Waddler Room)
    • Tracy Mueller (Cruiser Room)
    • Elissa Miller (Sea Mates)
       
      Looking forward to spending 2015 with your precious children.

      -Lori Andreen
      MOPPETS Coordinator
      maplegrovemoppets@gmail.com
      612.802.1550
       

  Save the Date:

  • February 10th: Day of Pampering for MOPS.
  • February 17th: All MOPS playdate.  Be on the look out for evite in your email for more event details.