Monday, January 27, 2014

January 28th Newsletter

This Week's Speaker:

This week we are privileged to hear from a Mom Panel of 4 experienced Mom's.  They will be answering your questions and sharing their wisdom from real life experiences.

Joanne Lundberg: She has been married to her husband Dan for 38 years,  has 3 children, homeschooled 2 of them, 2 grandchildren, on staff in Children’s Ministry at New Hope Church for 20 years, loves the Lord, loves studying and teaching about the Bible and enjoys downhill skiing.

Maridel Sandberg: She has been married to her husband Bruce for 33 years.  They are the parents of 8 children, 2 son-in-laws, 2 daughter-in-laws and 8 grandchildren.  THey have 3 children birthed to them and 5 who came to their family through the miracle of adoption. 
Currently her work as the Minnesota Executive DIrector for Safe Families for CHildren is focused on vulnerable children who are at risk of abuse or neglect due to a variety of family crisis.  This growing movement of compassion is calling the church to resume its historical and biblical responsibility for vulnerable children.
She is President of the MICAH Fund, an adoption grant organization, and serves on the board of the Christian Alliance for Orphans, a global advocacy organization.

Chrissy Platek: She is married to John Platek, who is the new Pastor at Maple Grove Evangelical Free Church.  Together they have 3 children: Christian (10), Gavin (8), and London (5).  They recently moved from Akron, OH and are adjusting to life in COLD Minnesota!

Tammy Hobbs:  She is married to Jim Hobbs who is the current Acting Executive Pastor at Maple Grove Evangelical Free Church.  Together they have 3 children: Allie who is a sophomore in college, Amara who is a junior in high school and Erin who is in 5th grade.

This Week's Reminders:

  • We are collecting pacifiers and baby wipes for Robbinsdale Women's Center this month.  
  • As you all are aware, we have been experiencing lots of dangerously cold winds along with freezing temperatures.  Please watch your email for updates and we will be sure to contact you if we will be cancelling MOPS due to weather related conditions     

    This Week's MOPPETS:

    • BOZ TREEHOUSE TIME! January Topic: ‘Doing Our Fair Share!’

      Welcome Back! We look forward to seeing you AND your children again this week!

      Waddler alert! If you have a child in the Waddler classroom we would like to suggest that you bring along a favorite toy or blanket (small) to help with transition. Thank you!

      BOZ Buzz!
      Helping others’ is the next theme for BOZ Treehouse Time! at MOPPETS. We will focus on everyday ways children can help around the house, including picking up toys, making their beds and turning off lights. To introduce this topic, please look for opportunities to highlight and affirm the way your child helps (or attempts to help ) in the next few days.

      Lesson Overview: Just for you!
      Researchers have documented that children who practice empathy – caring for and about others – at an early age are more likely to have a generous spirit throughout life. Psychologists have shown that even the thought of helping others generates warm feelings, or a ‘helper’s high’. Of course, we don’t need scientists to document the value of doing good deeds. The second Great Commandment given by Jesus – ‘love your neighbor as yourself ’ – motivates us to offer a helping hand to those in need.

    • Memory Verse: Help everyone. (from 1 Timothy 6:18)
    • Biblical Concept: God wants me to help others.
    • Concept in Action: I can help
    • Snack: (Cruiser Room and up)
  • January 28th: “I help you Trail Mix”: Chex cereal, pretzels, craisins, mini-marshmallows (Chex mix for Cruisers)

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

Lori Andreen 612.802.1550 

Save the Date:

  • Couple's night out: January 31st 7 pm at Park Tavern in St. Louis Park for bowling.  You will need to arrange your own sitter.
  • Mom's Night out: April 17th to see "Heaven is for Real" at Icon Theater in St. Louis Park. Time and price to be determined.


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