Monday, April 27, 2015

April 23rd Meeting Recap

What a fun morning we had at MOPS! 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.

Announcements:

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.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Meeting Recap: MOPS Meeting, February 12, 2015

MOPS Meeting, February 12, 2015










Announcements:

Mom Con registration is underway! Sept 17-19 in Indianapolis, IN. Early Registration costs $199 and lasts through March 16th!

Mentoring Moms “Mom Wise” is Friday, February 27, 6:30-8pm at the home of Nancy Ryalls, 2482 Milton Hills Dr. Subject is “healthy Boundaries.”

March 26th Spa day!

New Bible study starting at First Baptist Church on the book of Ruth. Going on during AWANA at  5-6:30 pm on Sunday evenings. AWANA is for scripture memory for kids beginning age 3-6th grade. 

The theme was decidedly Valentine's as we welcomed our hubbys to our meeting! We began with a HUGE feast (that was mostly gone by the end-- thank you to Steering and Mentor Moms for providing the extras!) and then played two games. We did our best collecting Conversation Hearts with chopsticks, then playing a "Newly Wed" game of sorts with a few brave couples who volunteered to answer questions about each other, backs facing each other. Quite entertaining! Then, Laurie Burke's husband, John, shared on forgiveness. 

Hope everyone had a happy Valentine's Day and is staying warm during this snow day!

Friday, February 13, 2015

The February 2015 Newsletter is Now Available!

Click here to view and download the February 2015 newsletter. A very special kudos goes to Becky Venteicher for writing the lead article this month, while she was nine months pregnant! She delivered her baby the day before the newsletter was distributed. What a wonderful blessing you are to us, brave mama!