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Happy Halloween! Trick or Treating pics

Happy Halloween and fall to you fiercely flourishing moms!  The kiddos had a wonderful time trick or treating with the nursing home day residents last week.  Samantha led the group in songs and read a story, and the older folks really got a kick out of the kids in their costumes.  Lots of candy was had by all!





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Inter-Faith School Supply Donations


Are you and your kids looking to serve others this weekend? Inter-Faith is collecting school supplies until Monday, July 29 at various locations. The girls and I chose to go to Target, but I bet a dollar store has a lot of what you need! Both kids enjoyed picking out backpacks, pencils, notebooks, etc. for somebody else as much as they enjoy picking them out for themselves (almost). Plus, they are learning the importance of helping people. Here is a list of drop off locations and a supply list. Have fun!

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From Tadpoles to Sharks: Helping our little ones learn service and sharing

We have a jam-packed meeting planned for Friday:

_ Laura will help us create “Summer Boredom Activity Jars.” We’ll fill a jar with fun things to do over the summer for those days when you can’t think of how to fill the time. Help fill your fellow mom’s jars by thinking of great activity ideas to share.
_ We’ll also be working with the MOPPETS to fill donation bags for homeless people in our area. Our little guys will decorate the bags, then head downstairs to help pack them. I’ve attached the sign up sheet as a reminder of what to bring. Remember, please bring 10 items (20 for granola bars) for each box you signed up for.
_ Table 4 has breakfast. Vanessa has volunteered to do the devotional.
_ And don’t forget the usual stuff: Meetings run from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. MOPPETS can be dropped off at 9:15 a.m.
_ Don’t forget also to sign up for the Girls’ Night Out on March 22.
Have a great rest of the week and see you Friday!
~Melissa T.
Spring Cleaning?  If you have gently used children’s books to donate to our Service Project: Reach Out and Read, please bring those too.

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Wild Wacky Wonderful Women’s Banquet & Tickets for Treasure

Wild Wacky Wonderful Women’s Banquet

Ladies of Our Father 2013 Womenʹs Banquet will be held on Friday, January 25. Save the date and plan on coming to enjoy the “Wild Wacky Wonderful Women.” The speaker this year is Our Father Lutheran’s very own Cheryl Traff. Watch for details on the Our Father Lutheran Church website and plan to join us for a great meal and a wonderful, wacky evening.


What is Tickets for Treasure and what does it have to do with the Women’s Banquet?

Members, friends and guests of Our Father Lutheran Church will have the wonderful opportunity to support our MOPS group.  Tickets for Treasure can be purchased at the banquet and used to bid on several prizes offered from our community.  It’s kind of like a silent auction except you bid with your tickets.  Instead of writing down your name, you have a  chance to have your number drawn to win the items donated by MOPS.  Last year $920 was raised to support OFLC MOPS!

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MOPs Meeting this Friday! Cookies and Craft!

Hello beautiful moms!

Don’t forget that Friday is our annual cookie exchange, as well as our last meeting of 2012. It will be a great time to relax, enjoy a treat, make an adorable Christmas card holder and spread some cheer with a group of equally tired Santa elves. We’ve also got a great treat planned, as OFLC’s own Pastor Scott Abel will do our devotional. 
Here are all the details you need to know: 
1. Table 3 has breakfast. 
2. Please bring two dozen cookies and a container to take your cookies home. Also, e-mail the recipe to oflcmops@gmail.com, so we can share them on our blog. 
3. As always, MOPPETS drop off begins at 9:15 a.m. (I’ve also heard a Christmas rumor that the kids may have something special planned for the end of our meeting.) 
4. The meeting runs from 9:30-11:30. Feel free to invite a friend!
5. If you are too stressed, don’t worry about the cookies. MOPS is here to help you relax, not add more jobs on your to-do!
6. Don’t forget your Tickets for Treasure donations.
Cheers, Melissa 

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Plunge into the Holidays

Hello marvelous moms!

 Can you believe it’s already December? Where did 2012 go?
For many people, the Christmas season can be very stressful. Between picking the perfect present, negotiating time with various family members and doing all the other chores, it can be easy to get overwhelmed and forget how joyful this time of year truly is.
This Friday’s meeting (today), under the theme of “Lifesavers,” was designed to help us find ways to navigate tricky holiday situations and de-stress when things don’t go quite as planned.
Here is a recap of what we did:
_ We brainstormed strategies and solutions to typical Christmas problems.
_ Then we did some pilates with OFLC member Sarah Bjornebo, focusing on low-impact and stress-relieving exercises.
_ Table 2 was in charge of breakfast.
_ In MOPPETS kids made angels with hand and foot prints!
_ New and gently-used books were brought in for our service project “Reach out and Read”
_ Tickets for Treasure is fast approaching.  There is still time to make a donation of items, for auction baskets.  Please remember you do not have to buy something new.  Think about your talents and use those as well…
Girls NIGHT!! Next week on the 14th.  You need to get your fondu money to Vanessa so she can purchase the cheese for the appropriate number of mamas who will come.

It seems we have been short during our meetings.  So many moms call in sick last minute.  We were sad to have missed you!  It is the time for colds and flu.  We are praying for you who are dealing with the sickness at home.  Remember we are here for you and we’ve all been through it.  Need to talk?  Call a mom from our group.  🙂


We will be doing a cookie exchange.   Please bring 2 dozen cookies of a single variety to trade.  Bring a box to collect and take home cookies.  Please email a document of your recipe from word or excel or something digital to oflcmops@gmail.com.  If you can include a picture of your cookies with the recipe that would be great!  To make it even easier if you already have your recipe handwritten on a recipe card you can just take a picture of the recipe and send it!

Happy Holidays!