Sunday, November 25, 2012

November 27th Newsletter

This Week's Guest Speaker
Kristen Taraszewski
"Balancing Your Role as Wife and Mom"

Kristen started her career in 1989 as a flight control engineer at NASA working for the Space Shuttle Program.  She met her husband at work and after dating for many years, they married and had their first child (of three) one year later.  She believed in her calling to put her career temporarily aside and stay home with her children but was unprepared for the challenges that decision would bring.  While searching for a new purpose and identity, she felt God's hand leading her to start a ministry for women trying to find balance between work and parenting.  She founded a ministry called Right At Home, which has grown into a national organization leading women to the peace of Christ as they work through the joys and challenges of motherhood.  Kristen hopes to teach and model balance in health and faith to lead women to connect with God's ever-present peace and love and to become the women God created them to be.

This Week's Reminders

  • Brunch is provided by the Lighthouse Ladies.  Please be sure to email your recipes to to be included in our blog and contest.
  • Our Zumba instructor had a family emergency over the weekend, so we will NOT be doing Zumba at our meeting.  You are always welcome to dress comfortably anyway, but workout clothes will not be necessary.

Craft Night
You've marked your calendars, and now it's finally here!  Dust off your loom and come join us for a night of fun!  If you have something that you've been dying to work on away from the kiddos (sewing, Christmas gifts, scrapbooking, card making, knitting, crocheting, etc.), now's you're chance.  We will have a few fleece baby blankets to knot and pray over for Robbinsdale Women's Center if you don't have something to work on from home.  Or maybe you don't "craft" and would like to come and just socialize...this night is also for you!  If you plan to join us, please bring something "snackie" to share.  Also, please RSVP to as soon as possible.  See you there!

Just a reminder that when you contribute something to our brunches together, we greatly appreciate if you are willing to share the recipe!  Email your recipes to and we will post a picture of your dish with the recipe on our Mops Get Cooking blog.  This is a fun way to share our ideas via an online cookbook.  Also, please be stopping by the blog to comment under your favorite dishes.  Those with the most comments at the end of the year will be brought back as an encore for our final meeting!
**If you brought something for brunch in the past and forgot to send the recipe, it's not too late!  Send us an email!

Handy Tips

  • Bundle up and come to Maple Grove's "Sleigh Bells and Sparkle Parade" on Saturday, December 1st at 5:00p.m.!
  • Maple Grove's Arbor Lakes Shoppes are hosting a "Winter Wonderland Weekend" on December 8th and 9th.  Have breakfast with Santa at the California Pizza Kitchen ($10/adult, $5/child), visit Santa's reindeer in the central courtyard (free), and enjoy carolers throughout the weekend.

Save the Dates

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

Tuesday, February 12th @ our regular meeting time -- Day of Pampering!  You don't want to miss this!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

November 13th Newsletter

This Week's Guest Speaker
Patti Brown
"Love and Respect"

A note from Patti:
"I love marriage and I love being married (well, usually).  Twenty-four years ago, I never thought I would have said that.  In fact, walking down the aisle twenty-three years ago, I wouldn't have thought I would say that.  What I've found over those 23 years is that marriage does change you and changes your spouse, and that change can be exciting or challenging, sometimes all within the course of the same day.  For the past 20 years, I've been the mom to two kids-an almost 20 year old girl and a newly 18 year old boy.  And I love being a mom, something else that I wasn't too sure about liking 23 years ago.  I'm a counselor in a private practice in Elk River, seeing mostly couples but some kids and adolescents as well.  Before that, I was a nurse in the Air Force and in civilian life.  My husband and I have taught marriage preparation at New Hope Church for 10 years or so and have appreciated that our marriage provides a wealth of new mistakes, I mean growth opportunities, for each class we teach."

This Week's Reminders

  • Brunch is provided by the Harbor Honeys.  Please be sure to email your recipe to to be included in our recipe blog & contest.

Event Updates

  • Thanks to everyone who came "out" for our Girls' Night "In"!  We had a snuggly, jammie-filled evening of popcorn, treats, and a movie.  Stay tuned for future events!
  • Our MOPS bake sale was a great success!  Thank you again to everyone who contributed baking and/or helped out.  Be listening during meeting announcements for a more detailed update.

Chicken Rub Recipe
By popular demand, we are finally posting the recipe for the dry chicken rub we made as our craft in early October.  Thanks, Denise!
Mix together:  2 T sugar, 2 T paprika, 1-1/2 T salt, 1/2 T ground pepper, 1/2 T garlic powder, 1/2 T onion powder, 1/2 T chili powder, 1/2 T cayenne pepper.
Store in a tightly sealed  container and refrigerate to maintain freshness for up to 4 months.

We are still in need of helpers in the nurseries at our Steering Team Meetings that take place on the first Tuesday of each month (especially for 2013).  If you are able to help out even one time, please click here (enter Security Code 5779) to sign up.

Handy Tips

  • Take your kids to the FREE Kids' Workshops at Home Depot (1st & 3rd Saturdays, 10:00a.m.) and Lowe's (2nd and 4th Saturdays, 10:00a.m.).  The stores provide a building kit and all the tools necessary for your child to make a simple project to take home or give as a gift this Christmas!
  • Before the snow starts to fall, help your kids collect pine cones to string up as tree ornaments!
  • Remove rust from household tools by adding salt to 1 tablespoon lemon juice until it forms a paste.  Apply the past to rusted area with a dry cloth and rub away the rust (

Save the Dates

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

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Upcoming MOPS Bake Sale!

It's finally here...the time of year when we get to forget about everything else and focus on delectable goodies in the name of tradition and cheer!  Maple Grove MOPS is here to help give a jump start to all your holiday baking!

How, you say?

Our 1st Annual Bake Sale Fundraiser, of course!

When:  Saturday, November 10th, 9:00a.m.-3:00p.m. AND Sunday between worship services
Where:  Maple Grove Evangelical Free Church lobby (8585 Rice Lake Road, Maple Grove, MN 55369)

Spread the word, and come check out our selection of baked goods, jams, candies, homemade noodles, and great gift-worthy items.  There is something for everyone!

**Please remember that all items are homemade and have not been inspected by the state.
**Proceeds will be used to grow our MOPS ministry at MGEFC and to help cover the cost of childcare for the program.
**Acceptable payment methods include cash, personal checks (up to $30), VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.  Please note that for credit card payments, you will be responsible for an additional 2.75% transaction fee.

For those of you who are contributing to the sale, please note the following:

  • Cookies, brownies, bars, candies, party mixes, and granola will be sold by weight and do NOT need to be packaged in anything specific as we will weigh and package them at the church.  Breads, cinnamon rolls, pies, and cakes DO need to be packaged in bags, plastic wrap, etc. (preferably not tin foil).
  • Please drop off your items at the church either Friday evening (6-8pm) or Saturday morning (8-9am).
  • Please include a list of the ingredients (not the recipe) for each of your items so we can help avoid any complications from allergies.
Thank you in advance to all of you who are graciously donating your time and talents to making this a success!