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.  





















Monday, January 12, 2015

January 13th Newsletter

This Week's Speaker:

Pam Mertz: All things new, A talk of Grief

 
A Mother’s story of loss and life restored- Pam tells her story of the loss of her son, how God it changed her, and how to help others with their grief.

This Week's Reminders:

  • We have our "Dad Panel" for our next meeting.  Please think of questions you have that you would like them to answer. You can submit them at this meeting or you can email to maplegrovemops@gmail.com  
  • We are now in the second half of our MOPS year.  Spring dues are now due.  If you owe any dues, you should receive an email from Peggy.  Please bring this to our next meeting.  If you have any questions, you can email Peggy at pgoshaw@gmail.com
  • The Jr. High at Maple Grove Evangelical Free Church is collecting items for inner cities charities.  Items collected are clothing, shoes and personal hygiene items. If you have a donation, please bring it to MOPS. It can be dropped off in the lobby.
  • We still have a few limited openings based on the age of your children.  If you know anyone interested in joining our group, directed them to our blog to fill out an application. 

    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.

    • 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 13th: Chex Mix
      • 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:  

    • Bunco Night: January 20th from 7-10 at MGEFC.  You don't need to know how to play to come. Very easy to learn!  Come have fun, socialize, and get to know other ladies from MOPS. See evite for more details.
    •  Feb 17th: All MOPS playdate.  More details to come. Watch your email.

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.