Wednesday, July 29, 2009

MOPS International Theme for 2009-10

Together on Planet Mom

The MOPS Experience equips women for the joys and challenges of their lives as moms. One key factor in the MOPS Experience is the relationships built within a group. Time and time again, MOPS moms share that the friends they make in MOPS are significant for this season of their life and on into their future. God created us for relationship! It’s one of the defining parts of being human.

However, when you become a mom, all your relationships change. It’s like you have landed on a different planet—Planet Mom—and the relationships on Planet Mom don’t look like the ones on your previous planet. Your relationship with yourself is different—you are a mom! Your relationship with your husband, girlfriends, extended family, community and God have all changed. Many of these changes are positive, some are not. Even positive change requires adjustments on your part.

During the 2009-10 MOPS year, we will explore how to thrive in relationships Together on Planet Mom.

The theme book for 2009-10 is Life on Planet Mom: A Down to Earth Guide to Your Changing Relationships by Lisa T. Bergren. The book is part of the MOPS International Membership benefit. All the moms and Mentors in your group will want to be equipped with this resource as together they learn to navigate the relationships on Planet Mom.

The foundation of being Together on Planet Mom is that God is with us and we are created for relationship with him and each other. We are created to “do life” together. This is definitely true for us as both moms and leaders. The more we draw together in community, the better we are able to thrive as women and moms. And in MOPS leadership, we are better together than individually, which is why the emphasis in MOPS leadership is working together on a team. This life together is underlined in our theme verse for the year, where Jesus promises: “For where two or three come together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:20)

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Steering Team Retreat

We had an awesome time of Fun, Fellowship and Planning, Friday night thru Sat morning at the MOPS Steering Team Retreat. We had 8 ladies that were able to attend. We had our retreat at the beautiful Proximity Hotel-which is the greenest hotel in the world.

They were wonderful to work with MOPS to allow us to have three rooms(2 king size and 1 queen size)to use for our planning and relaxation. As you can see the room decor was just stunning and spacious. Thanks Morgan for working your magic.

We were able to get all of our meetings for the year planned out and God lead us to some exciting meeting ideas and topics.

We had a great devotional on Matthew 18:1-35. We learned more about forgiveness and humility. We also focused on MOPS key verse for the year:
Matthew 18:20
"For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them."

We had a great time, gained a better understand of who we are and deepened friendships. I am excited about this year "Together on Planet Mom". Please come join us starting September 1st at 9am to see all of our hard work pay off.

Thanks to all of the ladies that were able to attend. I hope you are as excited as I am for the year to begin. (from bottom to top: Flemania, Jessica, Morgan, Joanna, Julia, Christy, and Janet) Ann not pictured.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

MOPS Playdate-Pool Party

What a blast we had at the Pool Party Play date. We had a great turn out. We had such a good time that we are planning another one in Aug. Stay tuned for the date. Thanks Tracey for the use of your neighborhood pool.
(Click pics to view larger picture.)

Is childcare provided?

Yes! During MOPS meetings, your children will be cared for in a nurturing environment through our MOPPETS program. We have a wonderful team of MOPPETS caregivers who provide quality infant and toddler care. In the MOPPETS classrooms, the children play games, sing songs, listen to stories, create arts and crafts projects, and have a healthy snack.

The MOPPETS ministry contributes to meeting the needs of children, as well as the needs of their moms. The MOPPETS ministry provides a caring atmosphere for children with loving, qualified care for each child.

What do the children do while in MOPPETS?
Infants through young twos will be loved and cared for based on their individual needs by gracious MOPPETS workers that demonstrate the love of Jesus. Older two’s will enjoy a short Bible story time, simple craft projects, supervised free play, snacks and rest time. Fully potty-trained threes through five year olds will be taught a basic Bible truths and about Christ’s love. They have craft time, supervised free play, singing, story time, snacks and group games.

We are also pleased to announce that we now provide a Home Schooling room for families that have decided to home school their children. This is for children in grades First Grade and up. Your children will also be taught basic Bible stories truths about Christ’s love. They will have supervised work time, free play, snacks and group games.

Allergy Alert
If your child has any known food allergies please note them on the sign-in sheet in each nursery room AND verbally tell the workers. Also note any posts from the MOPPETS teachers regarding snacks served.

Diaper Bags
Please make sure your child has all needed items for each MOPS meeting. Label your bag and ALL items inside… cups, bottles, snack containers, etc. Also be sure your bag contains at least two diapers and a change of clothes, especially for children that are in the process of potty training.

Sick Child Guidelines:
Please DO NOT bring a child to MOPS who:
• Has had a temperature of 100 degrees or higher within the last 24 hours.
• Has vomited or had diarrhea within the last 24 hours.
• Has a runny nose with green or yellow mucus.
• Has been exposed to a contagious condition such as chicken pox, measles, Fifth’s Disease, strep throat, rosella, hand/foot/mouth disease, impetigo or pink eye.
• Please notify our MOPPETS Coordinator if your child has a chronic condition such as allergic rhinitis, which is not contagious but may resemble a cold or infection.

Keep in mind that bringing a sick child to MOPPETS or into the MOPS meeting may jeopardize the health of others and put him or her at greater risk of developing additional symptoms. Do not bring a sick child into the MOPS meeting! If your child is sick, he or she needs to be home with you cuddling.

Remember the Golden Rule of “Sick Day Decisions”: If another child had the same symptoms, would you be glad to have him or her sitting next to your child?

In addition to these policies, please notify our MOPPETS Coordinator or your Discussion Group Leader if your child/children develops any contagious condition such as chicken pox, measles, Fifth’s Disease, strep throat, rosella, hand/foot/mouth disease, impetigo or pink eye within 24 hours after a MOPS meeting. This will allow us to notify the mothers of the other children that may have been in the same room as your child so they can watch for the same symptoms in their children. It is also important so the room they were in can be properly cleaned.

Thank you for abiding by these guidelines!

How much does it cost?

To join Life Community MOPS, there is an annual fee of $75, which can be paid all at once or in two installments of $50 and $25 each semester. Scholarships available. Membership benefits include:

International MOPS membership
Subscription to MomSense magazine (6 issues per year)
Local MOPS meetings and events
Free childcare during MOPS meetings

Your membership fee pays for your individual International MOPS membership, local MOPS meetings and activities including childcare during meetings, arts and crafts supplies, speaker fees, paper goods for brunch, MOPPETS supplies (books, arts and crafts supplies, snacks, etc.), monthly MOPS newsletter, and group publicity.

Please feel free to visit the group before making your decision to join. Visitors are always welcome!

What is MOPS?

MOPS stands for Mothers of Preschoolers and is an international organization that exists to encourage, equip, and help women become the best moms that they can be! Women who are pregnant or have young children (birth through kindergarten) are all invited to join MOPS.

MOPS provides an opportunity to meet other moms and make the journey of motherhood together. We share our experiences, learn from one another, and support each other. MOPS meetings are a wonderful place to build friendships and have fun with other moms. In other words, it's a playdate for moms!

At each of our meetings, moms enjoy a chance to socialize with other moms over brunch and a hot cup of coffee. We have a short time for announcements, followed by either a speaker or a creative activity, plus a small group discussion that allows you to get to know other moms more closely.

In addition to meetings, we plan special events such as play groups, "Moms Night Out," and family outings called "MOPS & POPS." We also participate in community service activities.

Childcare during all meetings is provided through the MOPPETS program. We provide a fun, nurturing environment for your kids to play and learn while you take a well-deserved break!