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!  

Sunday, May 11, 2014

May 13th Newsletter

This Week's Speaker:

Kristen Armstrong Video
This is our last week of MOPS for the 2013/14 year!  We found a short video to use in place of a speaker to increase the time for discussion and wrap up with your tables.  

This Week's Reminders:

  • Robbinsdale Women's Center:  This week we will be collecting monetary donations for the RWC Walk for Life.  This money goes to raise funds to reach women in crisis pregnancy situations.  Any amount would be a blessing!
  • Steering Team Positions:  Our MOPS Steering team still has some positions open for the 2014/15 MOPS Year.  Hospitality (both for meetings and events), discussion group leaders and finance coordinator positions are still needing to be filled.  If you feel this is a way in which you would like to serve, please contact Kelly at kiki3979@gmail.com or Jen at jenheupel@gmail.com    
 
  • Registration is now open for our MOPS 2014/15 year.  In the past we have filled our seats fairly quickly and have maintained a waiting list throughout the year.  If you are interested in joining us again next year either see Meg or download the form available on the previous blog entry labeled: Registration for MOPS 2014/15

This Week's MOPPETS:

Hi, Moms! It’s been a wonderful year! We love your children; they are God’s very special creations. Thank you for sharing them with us so that we can pack them full of His holy Word. This week we will be continuing to work on our counting…

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)
  • 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.

God is so good! Have a wonderful summer!

–Lori Andreen 612.802.1550

Save the Date:

  • Summer playdate:  This summer we are doing things a bit different than past years.  We are encouraging tables to set up their own playdates, but MOPS is only setting up one formal playdate.  July 29th we will be having a potluck here at Maple Grove Evangelical Free Church from 1030a-1230p with lunch at 11 am.  So bring a dish to pass.  We will be outdoors unless it rains.  
  • Vacation Bible School:  This year MGEFC is having a VBS July 21-24 for children ages 3 years- 6th grade.  If you are interested in having your child in this program, check out the church website at http://www.mgefc.org (no information is currently available as it is a ways out yet, but keep checking!  It should be up soon!)
  •  MOMCon 2014: MomCon 2014 is in Louisville, KY October 2-4. Any mom can come and be refreshed, rejuvenated, and re-energizedby this 3 days MOPS conference.  If you are interested contact Kelly Thomas for more information at kiki3979@gmail.com
  • RWC 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, May 5, 2014

Registration for MOPS 2014/15




The next year of MOPS is upon us.  Save your spot now for next year!

To register please click here: Registration form 2014/15

Once you open this link, download it to your computer, fill it out and send it back to us at maplegrovemops@gmail.com



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.