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September 4 First Meeting Recap

A Fierce Flourishing picFeasts Celebrations

We had a great first meeting of the MOPS year, and were thrilled to see several new faces!   After enjoying a big breakfast spread provided by our steering team, we did introductions and met everyone at our tables. Jeri, one of our wonderful Co-Coordinators, introduced us to the Fierce Flourishing theme for this year and how it will manifest in our meetings.  Each month we will have a speaker or craft/activity based on that month’s topic.  For September it will be A Fierce Flourishing, In October we will Celebrate Lavishly, November will be Noticing Goodness, and December we will be Embracing Rest.  Jeri also made a very helpful OFLC MOPS handbook, so if you missed the first meeting be sure to pick up one of those and our meeting dates magnet.

We also met our Mentor Moms and learned they will be doing Mentor Mom Minutes at some of our upcoming meetings.  We’re so blessed to have the wisdom and love these women offer.

Our getting to know you game was great! We made a big circle, and Sarah (Creative Activities coordinator) read questions that had us all move in or out of the circle if we matched.  It was surprising how many women have visited several continents and how many speak a foreign language.  It was no surprise that so many of us like chocolate.  Great way to learn about each other.

Our final activity was making our nametags for the year (see below).   Beautiful!  We have some extras so if you missed the meeting today you can add your name to one of those.


MOPS nametag   MOPS nametags and celebration treenametag board


The children had a fantastic first day at MOPPETS too.  In case you’re new to MOPPETS, our children meet in the nursery upstairs during our 2 hour meeting.  We’re fortunate to have such loving, kind leaders who use a Christian curriculum to keep the youngsters engaged and active.  They sing songs, play games, listen to Bible stories and make crafts.  If you have an infant and would prefer they stay with you, that’s fine too.

Here’s how our meetings generally run for those new to the group:

9:15am      MOPPETS drop-off begins

9:30am     Breakfast/Opening Prayer/Announcements

9:45am     Devotional, typically led by a member of our Steering Team or a Mentor Mom

10:00am   Icebreaker or game

10:15am    Video/Speaker OR Creative Activity & Discussion

11:25am    Closing Blessing

11:30am    MOPPETS pick-up


We hope to see you at our next meeting on September 18th!!


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Courage to be Passionate–February 6th Meeting Recap

After what feels like a long break from our usual routine, it was great to see everyone again at our meeting today!

A big thank you to all of you who donated items for our Tickets for Treasure event and/or gave of your time to help make it all come together. It was a huge success. We not only raised more than last year but exceeded this year’s fundraising goal by enough to add another childcare worker next year.  It is a blessing to have our fundraising needs taken care of for another year.

Sandy led us in a wonderful devotional based on a blog post found on Momastery.com about what it means to be brave.  According to the blogger, brave is not always saying “yes” to something. Instead, “no” is often as brave of an answer as “yes”, even (or especially) when it disappoints other people or in the face of peer pressure.  Listening to yourself and trusting yourself to make the right decisions for you is brave too.  Caution is often a sign of courage.  We should learn–and teach our children–to please our own internal voice before pleasing others.  Brave people answer to one voice from within.

To read the full original blog post click here:  http://momastery.com/blog/2014/09/24/this-is-what-brave-means/

Sandy took it a step further and referenced the verse Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God.” She encouraged us to be still and let God be the voice inside of us that we are listening to.  She finished by giving us all a copy of this prayer:

“O God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

Following our devotional we made a fun Valentine themed craft.

Stay tuned for more on the courage to be passionate at our next meeting on February 20th.


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November 7th Meeting Recap

The theme for this week’s meeting was Courage to be Grateful and Debbie Taylor (www.LifeHarmonyCounseling.com) gave a thought-provoking presentation. We all know it is easy to be grateful when things go our way (and we remember to give thanks), but it takes courage to be grateful when we are crazy-stressed and busy and things aren’t going well.  The Bible encourages us to rejoice always and give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). Debbie shared some strategies to help create an attitude of gratitude, including praying and meditating on what’s going well in your life, keeping a gratitude journal, telling others you appreciate them being in your life, and accepting gratitude with grace. We can be role models for our children and husbands in this respect–and it’s never too late to start.  This foundation of gratitude is essential because it gives us the ability to love and be loved, and to make sure we don’t take people for granted.  The benefits are many:  greater happiness, greater optimism, more empathy for others, better health, and lower stress levels.  If we can make it a practice to give thanks when things are going well, we will be better equipped to give thanks even when facing challenges.  Challenges are opportunities for growth, and every challenge comes into our life for a reason. Once we give it over to God, we can be strong, brave, and courageous.  So for the month of November (and hopefully beyond), let us give thanks for our many blessings and try to find the gift in everything!

Along these lines, one of our MOPS moms suggested the book “One Thousand Gifts”.  Looks like a good read.

Don’t forget to RSVP for the fondue night at Vanessa’s house.  Also, bags were handed out for those who would like to make food donations. We will collect them at our first December meeting.  Be sure to check expiration dates on your donations.  Food needs to have a remaining shelf life of more than 6 months in order to be distributed by the food pantry.  Lastly, please remember to bring you Secret Prayer Sister gifts, notes, prayers, etc. to our next meeting on December 14th.


“Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name.  For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness (is) to all generations.” Psalms 100:4-5



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September 19th Meeting Recap

We had a great turnout at our second meeting and were thrilled to see lots of new faces!

With Linda’s “Be You Bravely” devotional, we had an opportunity to share some personal stories of something in our life that took courage to do and to think about something that will take courage to do in the future.  While more “intense” than our usual meetings, this type of sharing and reflection really helps us get to know one another.

The devotional was based on Joshua 1:6-9 “Be strong and courageous; for you shall put this people in possession of the land that I swore to their ancestors to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to act in accordance with all the law that my servant Moses commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, so that you may be successful wherever you go.  This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth; you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to act in accordance with all that is written in it.  For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall be successful.  I hereby command you:  Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Linda highlighted a few points in the passage:  (1)  When we get away from the Lord, there will be negative consequences; (2) Success in the eyes of the Lord is different from success in the eyes of the world; (3) It is important to meditate on God’s word, i.e. keep in touch with God, praying continuously; (4)  We can be strong and courageous knowing that the Lord our God is with us wherever we go.

Thanks, Linda! We always enjoy your devotionals.

As an additional way to get to know our MOPS sisters, we are trying something new this year: Secret Prayer Sisters.  If you decide to participate, you will have the opportunity to share prayer requests with your Prayer Sister and at certain times bring a “gift”–no cost or low cost items (e.g. a book you’ve read, something you’ve made, a note of encouragement, etc.).  More details to follow!  If you missed the meeting and would like to participate, Vanessa G. can hook you up at the next meeting.

Jessica (Special Events Coordinator) provided a calendar of upcoming MOPS special events. Copies of the flyer will be available on the welcome table at our next meeting.  The dates are also listed below.  Details on times and locations will be provided at upcoming meetings.


October 31  Trick or Treat (nursing home)

November 14 Fondue dinner

December 12  Ornament exchange


January 9 MOPS and POPS game night

January 23 OFLC Women’s Banquet

February 27  Bunko night

March 27  Chick Flick movie night

April 24  Canvas & Cocktails

Hope to see you all at our next meeting on October 3!



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Be You, Bravely! (Beginning Friday!)

We are so very excited to invite you to join the Our Father Lutheran Church MOPS group for 2014-2015 year. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month in the Community Room (lower level of the church).  Our first meeting is this Friday, September 5th, with check-in and childcare drop off beginning at 9:15 AM.

It seems that we spend all of our time doing two things, living and waiting to live.  We are often held back by things that require us to find the courage to act … conversations we need to have, risks that we have been avoiding, and taking the steps toward goals we want to accomplish.  This year’s theme, “Be You, Bravely” will nudge us out of our ruts and routines so that we can focus on making choices that will inspire us to step into healthy risk and become more our true selves.  And, we’ll do this all in the context of a community where we will cheer each other on.

Some of our planned topics for this year include: Courage to be Strong, Courage to be Intentional, Courage to be Significant, Courage to be Grateful, and Courage to be Passionate.  We also have monthly creative projects during our meetings, as well as special events that include Mom’s Night Out gatherings and fun outings with our kids!

The link to our pamphlet is:  http://www.ourfatherlutheran.net/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=L1bUea%2fWpH4%3d&tabid=256.

The registration fee is $90 per semester or $15 per meeting. Remember, your first meeting is free and we have tuition assistance for those who need it.

You can register online from this website or at our first meeting. Please plan on joining us, and feel free to pass this e-mail to any mom friends you may have. We can’t wait to see you!!

Melissa Trujillo and Jeri Hucke, 2014-2015 Co-Coordinators

Melissa: mtrujillo313@gmail.com 719-271-0847

Jeri:  jerihucke@gmail.com 602-577-4575