Sunday, October 21, 2012

October 23rd Newsletter

This Week's Guest Speaker
Dienna Goscha
"Getting to a Child's Heart:
Connecting Spiritually with Your Child"

Do you find it hard to make sense out of how to teach your child about spiritual concepts?  Deuteronomy carries the secret to getting to the heart of a child.  Learn practical and creative ways to impress spiritual truth on your child's heart.  Discover how to put into practice Deuteronomy 6:1-9 in your own home with your child.

Dienna is the author and founder of River's Edge Curriculum and shares many of her ideas on her blog.  She has many years of experience in leading and designing curriculum for children, as well as Bible studies for women and other family resources.  She speaks nationally at children's ministry events and women's events.  She is currently the Pastor of Innovations at Prairie Oak Community Church in Andover, MN.   Dienna has a passion to creatively connect children with Jesus.

This Weeks' Reminders
  • Brunch is provided by Chicks Ahoy!  Please remember to email your recipe to to be included on the blog for voting.
  • Be sure to arrive on time to be included in our door prize drawing!

Did You Miss Us?
Did you know that you can listen online to any MOPS sessions you missed?  Click on the "Media" tab at the top of our blog and follow the links!

Girls' Night "In"!
As ladies, we do a whole lot of dressing up and we think it's about time we got a break!  Put on your comfiest sweat pants, grab your snuggliest pillow/blanket and join us on Saturday, November 3rd at 7:00p.m. for our first Girl's Night Out IN!  We'll be meeting in the same room we use for our MOPS meetings and using the big projector to watch the movie Ever After, starring Drew Barrymore.  Popcorn will be plentiful, but we would love for you to bring your favorite snack to share (bars, candy, chips, pop, etc.).  We are so looking forward to this time together and hope you all can make it!

  • We need everyone to participate in our Bake Sale Fundraiser!  Be thinking of what you would like to bake to contribute, and when you would be available to volunteer.  Shifts will be Saturday, November 10th from 8-12 and 12-4, as well as Sunday between/after services.
  • We are still in need of volunteers to help in our MOPPETS program.  Please email your availability and any referrals to us at or sign up here (enter security code 5779) to help with our Steering Team Meetings.

Handy Tips
  • Use an over-the-door hanging shoe rack to store cleaning supplies!  Easy access for you...but not for the kids!
  • Between zipping up your kids' snow pants and doubling the time it will take to get them in and out of the car this winter, are you wondering how you're going to come up with a healthy dinner every day?  Check out these great freezer meal ideas!
  • Skip grocery shopping this week!  Use your favorite recipe website (or the ones Dawn Bauer mentioned last week!) to help you use up the stuff you have in your cupboard.  Avoid missing expiration dates, and clean out the pantry so you can start over with things you'll really be excited to cook with!

Save the Dates

Saturday, November 3rd--MOPS Girls' Night "In"!

Saturday, November 10th--MOPS Bake Sale Fundraiser at MGEFC

Friday, November 30th @ 6:00-10:00p.m.--MOPS Craft Night at MGEFC

Sunday, October 7, 2012

October 9th Newsletter

This Week's Guest Speaker
Dawn Bauer
"Meal Planning"

Before helping others organize their homes and their lives, Dawn earned a Masters Degree from St. Cloud State and worked for over 20 years in the corporate world.  As a wife of 15 years and a mother of two children, Dawn brings an array of experiences and understanding of learning styles to her approach to organizing.

This Week's Reminders
  • If you have not already emailed your "go-to" recipes to, please do so by 3:00p.m. on Monday, October 8th.
  • An On-Time door prize will be drawn at our meeting promptly at 9:30a.m.
  • Brunch is provided by the Barnacle Babes.  Please email your recipe for the dish you are bringing to to be included on the blog for voting.

MOPS Get Cooking
Each week, we are asking those who provide food for brunch to email us your recipes for whatever you contribute.  We are compiling these recipes into an online cookbook for you all to view/use.  We are also using this to facilitate a contest!  If there is a dish you absolutely love one morning, stop by the recipe blog to leave a comment under your favorite entry.  At the end of the year, we will gather the recipes with the most comments and make sure your favorites make an encore appearance at our last meeting!
Check out the recipe blog at!

October Birthdays
October 20th--Denise Y.
Happy Birthday!!

Precious Bundles
We missed mentioning in our newsletter that Kelley H. welcomed Baby Isaac over the summer!  Congratulations, Kelley!

We are still in need of volunteers to help in our MOPPETS program.  We are currently paying the majority of our workers, and are looking for people who would be willing to give the gift of their time to help us lower our costs.  We also need workers for our Steering Team Meetings (first Tuesday of each month).  Please email your availability or any referrals to us at

Handy Tips
  • Disinfect your kitchen sponges in the dishwasher!  Just throw them in the silverware tray or on the top rack, and the heat of the dishwasher sanitizes them, killing 99% of bacteria.
  • Maple Grove's "Just Between Friends" Sale is November 14-18.  Registration to participate is currently open.  More information available here

Save the Dates

Saturday, November 3rd--MOPS Girls' Night "In"!

Saturday, November 10th--MOPS Bake Sale Fundraiser at MGEFC

Friday, November 30th @ 6:00-10:00p.m.--MOPS Craft Night at MGEFC