Sunday, December 8, 2013

December 10th Newsletter

This Week's Speaker:

 Heidi Weber: Overcoming the unexpected

Heidi Weber and her husband, Billy, have three children: Claire (5), Audrey (4) and Wes (2). They live in Maple Grove and attend New Hope Church. Heidi has been involved in MOPS for five years now, and loves that it provides yet another platform to share with fellow mothers how God has uniquely and abundantly blessed their family. Her favorite shows are Barefoot Contessa and Downton Abbey. Her favorite food is anything chocolate; she eats at Chipotle more than the average college student; and, she encourages every woman that crosses her path to buy a Hoover Linx vacuum... it has changed her life... and she hopes the same for you.  

This Week's Reminders:

  • This week we thought our mom's could use some down time!  Just a simple 20 minutes or so to catch your breath and take some "me" time.  We will have this time available for you to bring a good book, to spend some time in prayer, or if you would rather spend this time catching up each table group will have a loose discussion on the Jen Hatmaker devotions you got in the beginning of the year (so try and catch up if you can).  
  • Since the Christmas time, as wonderful as it is, can sometimes be overwhelming and stressful, please feel free to come in comfy clothes, even your pajamas and leave your kids in theirs as well.   
  • Don't forget your MOPPETS appreciation as you and your table have discussed.
  • Due to the congestion from checking our children into MOPPETS in the nursery hallway, we have decided to open up the computers on the other side of the sanctuary as well. (These are the computers that are right in front of Kid Zone.)
  • Before we leave each meeting, please remember to help your DGL, if you can, in tearing down the table decorations.  If we all chip in, it goes very quickly!

This Week's MOPPETS 

MOPPETS for December 10
BOZ Treehouse Time! Encourages young children to discover God's world through play-based, faith focused activities.  The interactive experience will help children know and love God.

We will be opening up the kiosk by the Kids Zone room for check in to hopefully decrease the check in time.  Thanks for your patience!

BOZ TREEHOUSE TIME!  for December 10th
Lesson Overview
As you may have anticipated, Christmas is the next theme for BOZ Treehouse Time! at MOPPETS.  We will focus on the real meaning of the holiday.  Although the birth of Jesus can be buried beneath the commercialism of the season, take every opportunity to point out to your child the reference to Bethlehem in a carol, the star at the top of the tree, or the gift of God's son while wrapping a present.
  • Memory Verse: Jesus was born for me. (taken from Luke 2:11)
  • Biblical Concept: God's son, Jesus, was born on Christmas.
  • Concept in Action: I can celebrate that Jesus was born on Christmas.
  • Snack: Apples and colored sugar 
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:

We will have a girls night out coming up in February.  More details to come!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

November 26th Newsletter

This Week's Speaker:

 Beth Beebe--: "Handling the Holidays"
Beth grew up in St. Louis Park, MN in a strong Christian family. She is currently am a member of Bethany Church in Bloomington, MN and helps coordinate the curriculum for the Children's Ministry for elementary children.She has been involved with MOPS since 1995, when her oldest son was 1 year old.  She had long term medical complications and even severe post-partum depression following the births of both of her boys.  MOPS  was a lifeline for her during this time.  She received so much love, encouragement, and a sense of hope in mothering through MOPS.  God has given her such a heart for Moms and MOPS that she just love to give back to MOPS. 


This Week's Reminders:

  • Robbinsdale Women's Center donations: RWC is in need of infant sleepers sizes newborn to 6 months, newborn hats and baby wipes.  Please remember these are to be NEW items. We will be collecting these items at this meeting as well as our December meeting as well.
  • Don't forget to appreciate your MOPPETS workers this week!

     

    This Week's MOPPETS

    BOZ TREEHOUSE TIME! November Topic: ‘B Nice 2 Each Other’

    * For Nov. 26th: If you could bring 2 (or more) empty toilet paper rolls for your child (Barnyard and older) that would be awesome! *

    BOZ Buzz!
    The Golden Rule, or being kind to others, is the next theme for BOZ Treehouse Time! To introduce this topic, please look for opportunities to model kindness and catch your child showing kindness. This concept is most easily understood when the work ‘kind’ is associated with a good deed. For example, you might say, “You were kind to Skippy when you filled his water dish.”

    Lesson Overview: Just for you!
    Young children are concrete thinkers, yet kindness and thankfulness are abstract concepts. Young children can’t touch, smell, or taste kindness or thankfulness, but they can learn that kindness means doing something good for someone else. God is kind to us. Our thanks to God overflows in the form of being kind to others.

  • Memory Verse: Be kind to everyone. (2 Timothy 2:24)
  • Biblical Concept: God is kind to us. We can be kind to others.
  • Concept in Action: I can be kind.
  • Snack/Craft: Banana ‘bugs’: bananas, shredded carrots, raisins, pretzel sticks.

     

Sunday, November 10, 2013

November 12 Newsletter

This Week's Speaker:

Embracing your Mess: Avoiding Mothering Comparisons
*Video segment with Shauna Niequist


Shauna Niequist is the author of Cold Tangerines, Bittersweet, and Bread & Wine.
Shauna grew up in Barrington, Illinois, and then studied English and French Literature at Westmont College in Santa Barbara.
She is married to Aaron, who is a pianist and songwriter. Aaron is a worship leader at Willow Creek and is recording a project called A New Liturgy. Aaron & Shauna live outside Chicago with their sons, Henry and Mac.
Shauna writes about the beautiful and broken moments of everyday life–friendship, family, faith, food, marriage, love, babies, books, celebration, heartache, and all the other things that shape us, delight us, and reveal to us the heart of God.

This Week's Reminders:

Robbinsdale Women's Center donations: For our next 3 meetings we will be collecting any of the following to RWC: 
Infant Sleepers: Newborn to size 6 mo
newborn hats
baby wipes
*Please note that these need to be NEW items.   

 

This Week's MOPPETS:

BOZ TREEHOUSE TIME! November Topic: ‘B Nice 2 Each Other’

* For Nov. 26th: If you could bring 2 (or more) empty toilet paper rolls for your child (Barnyard and older) that would be awesome! *

BOZ Buzz!
The Golden Rule, or being kind to others, is the next theme for BOZ Treehouse Time! To introduce this topic, please look for opportunities to model kindness and catch your child showing kindness. This concept is most easily understood when the work ‘kind’ is associated with a good deed. For example, you might say, “You were kind to Skippy when you filled his water dish.”

Lesson Overview: Just for you!
Young children are concrete thinkers, yet kindness and thankfulness are abstract concepts. Young children can’t touch, smell, or taste kindness or thankfulness, but they can learn that kindness means doing something good for someone else. God is kind to us. Our thanks to God overflows in the form of being kind to others.

  • Memory Verse: Be kind to everyone. (2 Timothy 2:24)
  • Biblical Concept: God is kind to us. We can be kind to others.
  • Concept in Action: I can be kind.
  • Snack: (November 12th): Popcorn balls (Popcorn, salt, sunflower oil, sugar, vinegar, and Lecithin (soy).
  • Snack/Craft: (November 26th): Banana ‘bugs’: bananas, shredded carrots, raisins, pretzel sticks.

Here are two songs that we will be singing this month in MOPPETS

God’s Been Kind to Me (Song)
sung to the tune of
“Mary Had a Little Lamb”.

I'll be kind now Yes I will,
Yes I will, yes I will
I’ll be kind now, Yes I will
            ‘Cause God’s been kind to me 
            Praise God! (shout)

I’ll be thankful Yes I will,  
Yes I will, yes I will
I’ll be thankful, Yes I will
‘Cause God’s been kind to me
Praise God! (shout)


I will praise God Yes I will,
Yes I will, yes I will
I will praise God Yes I will,
‘Cause God’s been kind to me
Praise God! (shout)


Thankful (Song)
sung to the tune of
If You’re Happy and You Know It.”

If you’re thankful and you know it, say ‘I am” (I am”)…
If you’re thankful and you know it, say ‘I am” (I am”)…
If you’re thankful and you know it,
Cause our God has surely shown it
If you’re thankful and you know it, say ‘I am” (I am”)…


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:

Bake Sale: November 22 and 23rd.  Believe it or not, this is our last MOPS meeting before the big bake sale.  If you have yet to sign up to help or decided how you are contributing, please contact Melanie @ melanie_578@earthlink.net

 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

October 22nd Newsletter

This Week's Speaker:

 Sharon Sheppard
Sharon Sheppard is the mother of a son and a daughter and is grandmother to 5 boys.

She taught English to college students for 18 years, and currently works as a freelance writer. Her articles have appeared in

Focus on the Family magazine, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Today's Christian Woman, and dozens of other magazines.

She and her husband did 3 short-term missions in Latvia.

She spends summers in Minnesota and Winters in Seattle so she can be near her children there. She is on the MOPS speakers list
in both locations.

This Week's Reminders:

  • We are collecting diapers (size 1 and newborn) to donate to Robbinsdale Women's Center.  Thank you to all who remembered at our last meeting.  We will be delivering them after this week's meeting. 
  • Don't forget to appreciate your MOPPET workers.  We want to let them know how grateful we are for their service to us! 

This Week's MOPPETS

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.

BOZ TREEHOUSE TIME! October Topic: ‘What If?’ Week 2

Lesson Overview: Just for you!
This week we will continue to discussing the gift of imagination by talking about our shadows. Unless the weather is especially lovely so the children can go outside we will be going to the Surge Room for active jumping to music and playing with flashlights.

  • Memory Verse: God created everything. (1 Corinthians 8:6)
  • Biblical Concept: We are made in the image and likeness of God, the Creator.
  • Concept in Action: I can be creative
  • Snack: (October 22nd) Homemade Cinnamon Chex mix with candy corn (see poem below). (Chex Cereal for Cruisers)

You might like to say this poem with your child in honor of the season

Candy Corn!
White is for the sins that Jesus washed away,
Orange is for the new hope the Lord gives each day.
Yellow is for His wisdom and words so sweet,
All wrapped up in this candy corn treat!

And here is another one

Glowing with God’s Love (Poem)

Some people take a pumpkin (arms circled in front)
Carve mouth and eyes and nose
And put inside a flashlight (hands together, moving back and forth in front)
So that their pumpkin glows

I do not need a flashlight (shake head “no”)
Like pumpkin faces do
My glow starts deep inside me (fist on chest)
God’s love comes straight to you! (point to the other person)

Visit BozTheBear.com for more information about our curriculum. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.

–Lori Andreen 612.802.1550

 






Connect With Other MOMS!

Do you have a blog or business that you'd like to share with the other moms in our group? Send us an email with your URL and we'll share it on the sidebar of our main Maple Grove MOPS blog!
 
**Please remember that we only want to connect with blogs that are honoring to Jesus and to one another, and that will not be a stumbling block to anyone who "stumbles" upon our blog.

   Save the Date:

Craft Night: October 25th at 7:00. Join us for a crafty night of fun and fellowship.  We will be making soap pumps to sell at the bake sale. Feel free to bring your own project and come ready to chat!  Also, bring a treat to share.
Bake Sale: November 22nd and 23rd. It's not too late to join our Bake Sale committee.  Come serve together to organize our biggest (and hopefully ONLY) fundraiser for MOPS.  Also keep in mind how you would like to contribute otherwise (baked goods, crafts to sell, etc.)
  

Sunday, October 6, 2013

October 8 Newsletter

This Week's Speaker:

Alisa Palmer-- "Training your Children to Work"

Picture"I am a writer and speaker who is passionate about intentional parenting. I believe we don't have to wait until our children are "of age" to train character, relationship skills and life skills. It is the ins and outs of the "daily grind" where we forge the character and skills in our children. I fully believe that training kids doesn't have to be like pulling teeth but should be injected with lavish amounts of creativity.  I believe that great parenting is 1 part creativity, 2 part consistency and 3 parts wisdom."

This Week's Reminders

  • We will be taking table pictures at this meeting for a MOPS directory.  
  • We are collecting both Newborn and Size 1 diapers to donate to Robbinsdale Women's Center.  Please bring donations to our next MOPS meeting. 
  • Friendly reminder, if you haven't already paid please bring your membership payment to the next MOPS meeting on 10/8. Year Total or Fall Semester Total payments are due. You can either turn them in to Meg Vomhof or your table's DGL during the next meeting. 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 2013-14 MOPS Membership Dues and Payment Information email from Meg Vomhof, or feel free to contact her at megvomhof@gmail.com.

This Week's MOPPETS:

 
MOPPETS for October 8th and 22nd 
We are falling in love with your children! And we hope that your children are falling in love with Boz the 
Bear! Have you found Boz’s video in your MOPPETS/MOPS Welcome Packet? We hope that you 
will also get to know Boz and his friends. Each month, the Boz Treehouse Time! curriculum will 
generally be repeated as children learn through repetition. We will vary their crafts, activities, and snacks 
so that each day is special.  
Weather permitting, the children in Barnyard through Kids Zone classrooms may go outside for 15 
minutes or so. With our changing weather, please have them wear appropriate jackets/clothing. 
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. 
BOZ TREEHOUSE TIME! October Topic: ‘What If?’ 
Celebrating God’s gift of imagination is the next theme for BOZ Treehouse Time! at 
MOPPETS. We will explore the world of creative thought with your child who is just learning to 
distinguish between what is real and what is pretend. This might already be a timely topic for your 
family, as fantasy-based costumes and seasonal decorations become more obvious this month.  
Lesson Overview: Just for you! 
Watching children use God’s gift of creative thinking is one of the great joys of working with toddlers 
and preschoolers. Limited only by their own imagination, children can turn the most boring day into 
hours exploding with possibilities for smiles and laughter. Of course, this ‘free thinking’ can also create 
scary thoughts and frightening images for children, possibly triggered by the sights and sounds of the 
season. If children express fear of monsters, scary costumes or gory masks, respect their feelings and 
say, “They are pretend. They aren’t real.” Young children may need to hear this message many times 
and have countless non-scary experiences before they differentiate for themselves what is real and what 
is not. 
Memory Verse: God created everything. (1 Corinthians 8:6) 
Biblical Concept: We are made in the image and likeness of God, the Creator. 
Concept in Action: I can be creative 
Snack: (October 8th) Puffs (soft cheetos) or popcorn 
Snack: (October 22nd) Homemade Cinnamon  Chex cereal mix with candy corn 
Visit BozTheBear.com for more information about our curriculum. If you have any questions or 
concerns, please contact me.  
–Lori Andreen 612.802.1550 
maplegrovemoppets@gmail.com

Save the Date:

Craft Night: Please join us Oct 25th for a night of crafting.  We encourage you to bring your own project as well as work on organized crafts that MOPS will provide to sell at our bake sale.  
Bake Sale:  We are still looking for a few good women to sign up for our bake sale committee.  Please also be thinking about what you would like to bake and/or a craft you could make to sell.  All proceeds go toward funding our MOPS program!  Bake Sale dates are set for November 23rd and 24th.