Sunday, September 22, 2013

September 24th Newsletter

 Mom's live in messes.  The toys, crumbs, and spit-up are their normal surroundings.  Moms often feel like a mess.  They are exhausted, undershowered, and hormonal.  Their past and present circumstances and decisions can leave them feeling inadequate for God's love and purposes.  A Beautiful Mess-- reminds moms that beauty can come out of their difficult spots. The grime of mothering young  children brings the beauty of motherhood.  the bruises of life can bring God's redemption.  Embrace your story-- reminds moms that their past, present and future can be used for good.  God knows where each of us has been, where we are today and has set in motion where we are headed.

Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)
For we are God's masterpiece.  He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.


This Week's guest speaker:

 Kristen Spielman
Kristen has a gift for making the ordinary extraordinarily funny!  Warning: her stories may make you double over and cause your sides to ache with laughter. Kristen is a wife and mother who keeps her sanity by finding the hilarity in everyday circumstances.    Since entering marriage and motherhood, instead of viewing life through the "it happens" lens, she views it though the "make it happens" lens. We think she is the perfect kick-off for our theme a Beautiful Mess.

This Week's Reminders: 

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 We will start promptly at 9:30, so please feel free to come early as we will have workers available as early as 9:15 to drop off your children. 
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 24 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 2013-14 MOPS Membership Dues and Payment Information email from Meg Vomhof, or feel free to contact her at

This Week's MOPPETS Program:

Treehouse Time! Growing Colors 

Just for you!

At Creation, God filled the world with color! Although decorators offer multiple pastel shades for nursery decor, infants and toddlers can most easily see primary colors with high contrast. In general, a young child can identify four colors by the age of 4. During the preschool years, a child not only enjoys God's colorful world but also begins to create new color combinations during experiments with crayons, paint, and chalk.
  • Memory Verse: God is the Creator of the Earth. (from Isaiah 40:28)
  • Biblical Concept: God created a colorful world.
  • Concept in Action: I can learn about colors.
  • Snack: Rice Krispy bars

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.

Looking for childcare:  A MOPS attender, Cassie Borchardt, is in need of daycare for her son.  She will go back to work the beginning of November.  It would be nine weekdays a month/varying due to a nursing schedule. The family lives in Plymouth.  If this sounds like something you would be interested in please contact Cassie at

Save the Date:

Craft Night:  October 25th.  Come join us and we get our craft on!  Bring your own or crafts will be provided to make to sell at the Bake Sale or donated to Robbinsdale Women's Center.  More info to come!  

2nd Annual MOPS Bake Sale:  November 16th-17th at MGEFC.  Mark your calendars!  Due to the HUGE success of our Bake Sale fundraiser last year we have decided to do it again!  A sign up will go around the next couple of weeks for baked goods and help in running the sale.


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