Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Last Meeting, May 21, 2015, Thursday

It's hard to believe we had our last meeting a few weeks ago! It was a great meeting - a time to reflect, share how MOPS has helped us to "Be You Bravely," and just have fun catching up at our tables.

Happy birthday, Summer Birthday Mamas!

15-Jun            Laurie Burke
11-Jun            Amy McKee
11-Jul             Rachel Fields
9-Jun              Michelle Criser
24-Jul             Sarah Edens
21-Jul             Jennifer McArtor
17-Jul             Kelly Kaufman
Aug                Crystal Martin (sorry, I didn't catch the exact date!)

Announcement: If you have boy clothes 4T-5T for a family who lost their house to a fire, please let Laurie Burke know and/or drop them off at her home.

Michelle Criser shared her testimony about how God truly changed her heart after she placed her faith in Him in college. Even though her parents rejected her faith in Christ and did not want to hear about her new life in God, she had no regrets and continued to pursue God and grow in him in college. Through struggles and loss she began to know God as comforter, as her Peace, and as Love after she had her first son and realized the love she had for her boy paled in comparison to that of God.

Played David Crowder “He Loves Us”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCunuL58odQ

Thank you everyone for a wonderful year and for sharing your time, talents, and hearts!

A Fierce Flourishing – MOPS theme for 2015-16
For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Isaiah 55:12  

Remember what it looks like to flourish: celebrate lavishly, embrace rest, and notice goodness.

MOPS Promo video: http://www.mops.org/theme

VBS at First Baptist Church is July 6-10. Sign up here: http://fbcparkstreet.net/vbs

Friday, May 8, 2015

The May 2015 Newsletter is Now Online

The May newsletter is now available online! Please click this link to view and download this month's newsletter, featuring an introduction to our new Coordinator for 2015/2016, Jenny Street!

Monday, April 27, 2015

April 23rd Meeting Recap

What a fun morning we had at MOPS!

Here's a nice hello from some of our youngest MOPPETS and mamas Gina and Amy!
This meeting featured a guest speaker from Discovery Toys, April Nix, but first, we have many, many announcements:

  • Canvas and Coffee MNO was a huge success! Many thanks to Jen Skipper for leading the group in a painting a beautiful dogwood picture. We hope to plan another Canvas and Coffee MNO for next year!
  • Mom-Wise event will be Friday May 1st at Nancy Ryalls home @ 7pm. The discussion topic will be Healthy Boundaries. Snacks and beverages provided.. just bring yourself!
  • Droff for FBC's Spring Giveaway will be held April 29th, 30th and May 1st at FBC.  See times listed on the adjacent flyer.
  • MOPS Swap - at the meeting May 7th. Please bring in gently used accessories (think scarves, jewelry, belts, purses, bags, makeup bags, hair clips, like-new condition shoes). Please bring ALL donations to FBC by Wednesday evening, 5/6 for  MOPS setup at 7:30 pm. Each table can organize a collection person who could bring the items to prior to MOPS setup on 5/6.
  • MOPS Family Picnic - May 16th, from 4-7pm at the Dunlora Clubhouse. MOPS will provide bbq and a bounce house for the kiddos. Tables will bring a side or dessert and will come with a family picnic game ready to play. More info to come. 
  • Secret Sisters - can begin revealing yourself to your secret sister at the next meeting, May 7th. Just hand your final gift to your sister and give her a big hug!
  • At the last meeting on May 21st, we will collect and deliver any cards or gift items for MOPPETS workers. Remember, they really like Starbucks if you need an idea! :)

As the meeting started, Laurie announced that Jenny Street will be the MOPS Coordinator next year! Many Steering Team positions are available - please let Laurie or Jenny know if you are interested. Positions include: Table Leader Coordinator, Service Coordinator, Prayer and Care, Publicity - blog, photography, Facebook and Newsletter and of course we need Table Leaders!

We were blessed with Mentoring Mom Laurie Miller sharing a little of her story with us. Laurie wanted all of us to know that God's plan is always better than our plans, even in the midst of trials and hardships. Some favorite scripture quotes Laurie shared were Isaiah 55:8-9, Jeremiah 29:11-13 and Isaiah 43:18-19.

Finally, speaker April Nix spoke to us about educational and creative play for our children. April talked about having a "sensory diet" with our kids - activities that incorporate as many senses as possible; incorporating "parallel talk" with small ones - explaining what the child is doing before the child can talk/explaining cause and effect (example: "Oh you fell and bumped your bottom. I know that hurts"); and she introduced the "concept of word," which is a program that exposes children to the concept of reading using poem memorization. You can visit April's website at Discovery Toys here.

See you in May!!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Meeting Recap, Thursday, April 16, 2015

What a great Spring meeting we had last Thursday! A wonderful breakfast as usual, then a heart-felt testimony by our dear Jenn Coon! Thank you, Jenn, for being you bravely and sharing your story. It's always a privilege to hear of the faithfulness of God is each other's lives.


We have another MOPS meeting NEXT WEEK (back-to-back), April 23rd! 

May 1st: MomWise will be held at Nancy Ryall's house and this topic of discussion will be "healthy boundaries." Please let Michelle Cox know if you will attend so they can get a headcount for snacks!

May 2nd- FBC is holding a Spring Giveaway! Bring anything and everything that you no longer want and donate them to First Baptist Church's Spring Giveaway. Donations can be dropped off April 29th (1pm-5pm), April 30th (11am-5pm), and May 1st (9am-5pm). 

May 7th - MOPS Swap! Bring your gently used accessories that you are ready to part with to MOPS so that another MOPS mama can enjoy. What a great way to clean out your closets, but also do some "shopping" for Spring and Summer!

May 3rd - Registration opens for VBS for kids! VBS volunteer registration is open!

Laurie announced that Jenny Street will be leading MOPS next year and we are so excited to welcome her as our new fearless leader. You will be great, Jenny!Please remember to register for MOPS next year!

Thanks to all who attended Coffee and Canvas on Friday night! Our beloved Jen Skipper led a group of talented ladies in creating their very own beautiful Dogwood Painting! Enjoy these photos from Coffee and Canvas!!! 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The April 2015 Newsletter is now Online!

Hello everyone! The April 2015 newsletter is now available online; please click here to view and download. This month's newsletter features an article by Mentoring Mom Michelle Cox, some spring cleaning tips, and many announcements for upcoming events. Happy reading!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Spa Day Recap! March 26, 2015

Thanks to all who made our annual MOPS Spa Day such a success! There was massage, manicures by Jamberry Nails (Melissa Walsh), and of course Spa craft of making your own "Tub Tea." Enjoy these pictures below!

Also, remember that Registration for next year has already begun! Follow this link to register now:  2015-2016 MOPS Registration. For questions about registration, please talk to Danielle Schaeber - see the right sidebar for her email information.

Friday, March 13, 2015

The March 2015 Newsletter is Now Online!

Click here to view and download the March 2015 newsletter. This issue has us looking toward SPRING - with a wonderful article by Jenn Coon, an introduction to our March 12th speaker - blogger/author Christine Hoover (Grace Covers Me), a book review and recommendations, an Easter brunch recipe and a spring craft for the kiddos.