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 
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 

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.