MOPS is a grassroots movement that believes moms are world influencers.
MOPS exists to encourage, equip and develop every mother of preschoolers to realize her potential as a woman, mother and leader in the name of Jesus Christ.
We are moms, and we believe that better moms make a better world.
We meet 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month 8:45 am – 11 am
3 areas you can possibly help
Prayer – read our blogs, like our Facebook page, talk to some of the leaders to know what is going on.
Moppet volunteer – provides loving quality care for each child. Depending on what age group you are in will depend slightly on your role. We do craft, teach the bible, have snack, playtime and just love on kids from 8:45 am -11:00 am 2 times a month.
Mentor Mom - If you’re a mom with older kids and have a heart to pour into other women please pray about being a Mentor. Being a Mentor can be as simple as coming to our meetings and being a voice of experience pointing women closer to the Lord or it could also be having a part in our steering team, starting a small group with some of these ladies. We can all use a Mentor. We only have 1 mentor mom right now we can use as many as 5. If you have a heart to get involved or want to now more please talk to Brenda Levin our Mentor mom or Christy Casale Coordinator of MOPS.
Mops is an outreach to our community. As Coordinator my heart is to equip and encourage our steering team so they can reach each family that comes through our doors. At North Shore we want to connect, grow, serve and go. At MOPS that is what we are doing. I ask that every person apart of North Shore catch the vision of connect, grow, serve and go. Ask yourself why am I here? Allow God to speak to you on where you can be used. If you can fill the role of one of the 3 listed please let me know. I would love to talk to you more about MOPS. The steering team and I would be very encouraged to know even if you are just praying for this ministry.
Thank you and May the Lord continue to be glorified through this outreach.
Christy Casale Coordinator of MOPS Christy.firstname.lastname@example.org (908)209-9684
This summer has been a time of
transition for North Shore MOPS. Our
leaders consist of 18 women including our MOPPET leaders (not including all the
MOPPET volunteers). We have 6 new women
stepping into MOPS and Moppet leadership this year. Some of the leaders from last year including
me have taken on new roles this year. It’s
been great to get to know these ladies and the heart they have to reach our
community. It’s awesome!! I am
blessed to coordinate this group. My
heart is that we, the church will be praying for these ladies who are being
used as the hands and feet of Jesus. Our
leader meetings this summer have been to equip, to encourage and to plan out
our year. We look at MOPS as an outreach
to our community. We look at it as an honor and privilege to get
25 – 30 moms and anywhere from 15-30 kids together for 2 hours to share Jesus
in some form or another.
our last newsletter we talked about the theme of the new MOPS year and how
prefect it is with our transition. Below
is a review of this year’s theme:
Theme Verse: Forget the former
things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it
springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and
streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:18-19
At any given moment
in our lives each of us has...
Conversations we've been putting off.
Reasonable risks we've been avoiding.
Goals we want to achieve.
Yet often times the
more significant an action feels the easier it is to put it off. We get
distracted from the big decisions by the immediate needs of the day. What all
of us seem to have in common is that we need a nudge, a nudge to help us get
out of our ruts and routines so that we can begin risking bravely.
At MOPS we believe
that you were meant to live deeply and so we have created this year’s theme to
inspire you to choose the extraordinary.
Be you, Bravely is
designed to help us focus on making the choices that could create the most good
in our lives, help us to step into healthy risk and to do it in the context of
community where we can cheer one another on.
people wait patiently for God to intervene when what he is wanting is for us to
act bravely and do something. Being a follower of Jesus calls for courage. The
journey feels unexpected and unconventional. It requires bravely playing hide
and seek in the dark, confronting the fears that scare us and holding the hand
of a redeemer-guide who calls us to courageous acts of risk and trust. It means
coloring outside of the lines. Dreaming bigger than we ever have before and
getting swept up into the plans of a God who leaves us breathless with wonder.
It takes courage to
ask brave questions and even more courage to search for the answers. We are so
excited to journey alongside you this year as we ask one another what it means
to “Be you, Bravely”
Some of our upcoming meetings dates and theme
are listed below:
September 9th at 8:45 am
MOPS - COURAGE TO BE YOU BRAVELY
MOPPETS – Double Peppy Pizza (God gives me food. Ps. 111:5)
September 23rd at 8:45 am
MOPS- COURAGE TO PARENT “Love
MOPPETS – Double Peppy Pizza! (I can enjoy the food God gives me)
October 14th at 8:45 am
MOPS- COURAGE TO BE GENEROUS
MOPPETS- Rescue Man to the Rescue (I care about people Matt. 22:39)
October 28th at 8:45 am
MOPS- COURAGE TO FACE
YOUR MOM FEARS
MOPPETS- Rescue Man to the Rescue (I can care and share)
MOPPETS we are adding lots of new and exciting things!!! We are happy to be using the new BOZ lesson
plans! Meet BOZ The Bear
The theme for September is choosing healthy
foods. To introduce this topic, invite your child to identify fruits and
vegetables in the refrigerator or on the kitchen counter. In the grocery
story, see how many items your child can name in the produce department.
The color red, number three, and the letter R will be emphasized. God
gives me food. From Psalm 111:5 is the Bible verse and the Biblical
concept is God cares for His people. We want your child to
understand that he/she can enjoy the food God gives them.
We are excited to announce Diane
Nelson and Barb Sauve will be the lead teachers this year. Diane will be
working with the younger children (3’s) and Barb with the four and five years
old. We will be combining some activities and also have separate
times. Our groups will be divided according to how many children there
are and their ages.
We look forward to a
great year with at MOPS and in MOPPETS!
This summer is a time of transition for North Shore MOPS as a new leadership team prepares to take MOPS into the next year. The new theme is absolutely perfect for what is happening at North Shore MOPS! It is about stepping out and being brave & trying new things. Here is a brief look at the new MOPS theme:
Theme Verse: Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:18-19 (NIV)
At any given moment in our lives each of us has...
Conversations we've been putting off.
Reasonable risks we've been avoiding.
Goals we want to achieve.
Yet often times the more significant an action feels the easier it is to put it off. We get distracted from the big decisions by the immediate needs of the day. What all of us seem to have in common is that we need a nudge, a nudge to help us get out of our ruts and routines so that we can begin risking bravely.
At MOPS we believe that you were meant to live deeply and so we have created this year’s theme to inspire you to choose the extraordinary.
Be you, Bravely is designed to help us focus on making the choices that could create the most good in our lives, help us to step into healthy risk and to do it in the context of community where we can cheer one another on.
Sometimes, good people wait patiently for God to intervene when what he is wanting is for us to act bravely and do something. Being a follower of Jesus calls for courage. The journey feels unexpected and unconventional. It requires bravely playing hide and seek in the dark, confronting the fears that scare us and holding the hand of a redeemer-guide who calls us to courageous acts of risk and trust. It means coloring outside of the lines. Dreaming bigger than we ever have before and getting swept up into the plans of a God who leaves us breathless with wonder.
It takes courage to ask brave questions and even more courage to search for the answers. We are so excited to journey alongside you this year as we ask one another what it means to “Be you, Bravely”.
We joined together as leaders for a MOPS Leaders Retreat at the end of May. This was a time to transition the leadership to the new leadership team for the upcoming MOPS year. We enjoyed time together to plan our MOPS year, to learn what it means to be a MOPS leader & to build friendships with one another. It was a wonderful time doing these things together. As the new leadership team prepares for the MOPS year, please pray for them. Pray that God would reach moms in our community through them & North Shore MOPS.
The summer is full of opportunity to get together with MOPS moms & kids. We have a weekly play group & enjoy getting together throughout the area parks to play & have fun.
MOPS will also be at the Waterfront for Kids parade which kicks off the Menominee Waterfront Festival activities. Watch for us on Thursday, August 7th at 4:00 in the parade or join us and help spread the word about North Shore MOPS!
Buttons, buttons, buttons... there were buttons everywhere at MOPS in April! After listening to our speaker share on setting a vision for our families, we were able to focus on our family initial. Using buttons, glue and burlap our moms showed their creative side making initial artwork. What a great way to remember our family & to consider what we want our family to be, stand for and drive towards.
At our final meeting of the year, we were treated to some pampering. What a joy to sit back, relax, have conversation & pamper ourselves! The moms who attended North Shore MOPS in May enjoyed a great amount of delicious 'comfort' food (what a spread!). We were able to treat our hands by using Essential Oil sugar scrubs made by Angie then dipping them in paraffin wax.
Selina made it possible to make those soft hands beautiful with her nail polish and products.
Our feet got a treat using Mary Kay products and foot soak baths.
The last station available featured shimmer tattoos applied by Lisa.
After getting all pampered up, we had fun taking goofy, memorable photos in our makeshift photo booth, provided by Jami. Overall, the moms had a great time & felt special after leaving.
One lucky mom received a complete makeover during the meeting! Heather received the ultimate spa treatment from Brandie and loved her new look:
Coming up for MOPS is our weekly play date schedule:
Your heavenly Father’s goal is for you to mature and develop the characteristics of Jesus Christ. Sadly, millions of Christians grow older but never grow up. They are stuck in perpetual spiritual infancy, remaining in diapers and booties. The reason is that they never intended to grow.
Spiritual growth is not automatic.
It takes an intentional commitment. You must want to grow, decide to grow, make an effort to grow, and persist in growing. Discipleship - the process of becoming like Christ - always begins with a decision. Jesus calls us, and we respond:
‘Come, be My disciple,’ Jesus said to him. So Matthew got up and followed Him.- Matthew 9:9
When the first disciples chose to follow Jesus, they didn’t understand all the implications of their decision. They simply responded to Jesus’ invitation. That’s all you need to get started.
Decide to become a disciple.
Nothing shapes your life more than the commitments you choose to make. Your commitments can develop you or they can destroy you, but either way, they will define you.
Tell me what you are committed to, and I’ll tell you what you will be in twenty years. We become whatever we are committed to.
It is at this point of commitment that most people miss God’s purpose for their lives. Many are afraid to commit to anything and just drift through life. Others make halfhearted commitments to competing values, which leads to frustration and mediocrity. Others make a full commitment to worldly goals, such as becoming wealthy or famous, and end up disappointed and bitter. Every choice has eternal consequences, so you had better choose wisely. Peter warns,
Since everything around us is going to melt away, what holy, godly lives you should be living! - 2 Peter 3:11
Christlikeness is the result of making Christlike choices and depending on His Spirit to help you fulfill those choices. Once you decide to get serious about becoming like Christ, you must begin to act in new ways. You will need to let go of some old routines, develop some new habits, and intentionally change the way you think. You can be certain that the Holy Spirit will help you with these changes. The Bible says,
Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose. - Philippians 2:12-13
This verse shows the two parts of spiritual growth: “work out” and “work in.” The “work out” is your responsibility, and the “work in” is God’s role. Spiritual growth is a collaborative effort between you and the Holy Spirit. God’s Spirit works with us, not just in us.
This verse, written to believers, is not about how to be saved, but how to grow. It does not say “work for” your salvation, because you can’t add anything to what Jesus already did. During a physical “workout,” you exercise to develop your body, not to get a body. When you “work out” a puzzle, you already have all the pieces - your task is to put them together. Farmers “work” the land, not to get land, but to develop what they already have. God has given you a new life; now you are responsible to develop it “with fear and trembling.” That means to take your spiritual growth seriously!
Christianity is not a religion or a philosophy, but a relationship and a lifestyle.
The core of that lifestyle is thinking of others, as Jesus did, instead of ourselves. The Bible says,
We should think of their good and try to help them by doing what pleases them. Even Christ did not try to please Himself. - Romans 15:2-3a
Thinking of others is the heart of Christlikeness and the best evidence of spiritual growth. This kind of thinking is unnatural, counter-cultural, rare, and difficult. Fortunately we have help:
God has given us his Spirit. That’s why we don’t think the same way that the people of this world think. - 1 Corinthians 2:12a
It has been a very cold month here in the UP! Despite the cold temperatures, North Shore MOPS has been warm and welcoming to all that come through our doors. We hosted a play group at North Shore church on Tuesday, 2/25. Winter did not stop the fun from happening!
On March 11, we had a meeting and "up" cycled t-shirts. The moms had a great time turning old, worn out t-shirts into trendy & fun scarves.
Not only did we make scarves out of t-shirts, we also made headbands, bracelets and leg warmers with those long sleeves! What a fun activity and this also gave us ample opportunity to talk.
In MOPPETS, we had to say goodbye to our wonderful volunteer, Leta Williamson. Leta and her husband are moving to California at the end of this month. Leta has been a joyful, always smiling, volunteer in our MOPPET nursery. She is going to be missed a great deal! Our little babies and our nursery volunteers will miss her smile and her attitude. We wish her the best of luck in her new adventure!
We are looking forward to another meeting in March when we will hear about setting a vision for our families.
Here is to looking at spring temperatures to match up with spring on the calendar!
Four years ago, God called me to start the North Shore MOPS group at North Shore Church. Four months from now, my youngest will graduate Kindergarten, and I will no longer be a "MOPS Mom". Considering this status change and after much prayer and reflection, I will not be coordinating North Shore MOPS come fall of 2014. With change comes some uncertainty on What's Next for MOPS? However, I believe that it is in God's plan to continue this ministry at North Shore and He will provide the insight, resources, and leadership necessary to do so. As I near the conclusion of this phase of my life, I wanted to share with you my testimony regarding MOPS, its impact on my life, and its potential as an ongoing ministry.
What is MOPS?
For those of you not familiar, MOPS stands for Mothers Of Pre Schoolers, and by preschoolers it means kids from birth through kindergarten. MOPS connects moms in their own neighborhood, who meet together to laugh, cry and embrace the journey of motherhood. MOPS rallies women to be more honest, to feel more equipped and to find our identity by journeying along side one another. MOPS are moms, and we believe that better moms make a better world.
My MOPS Journey
I moved to Menominee 9 years ago. I moved here with a six month old baby. I knew no one. I had no idea what I was doing as a new mom. I was alone and isolated in a new town with a new baby. A friend invited me to a MOPS meeting at Faith Baptist Church in Peshtigo.
I went to that first MOPS meeting. Since that meeting, I have not looked back or ever considered NOT going to MOPS. I even went to MOPS meetings while vacationing in Florida. It was wonderful! Here was a place that had other moms! I got to meet other moms in the same or similar stage of life as me. Other new moms who, like me, hadn't quite figured this mothering thing out, yet. I loved that I could get a break from my baby and talk to other moms. And oh, how I learned! MOPS had speakers that applied to me as a mom, woman, wife, and friend. I am who I am today because of what I learned from those MOPS speakers, moms, and leaders. I got involved in the leadership of that MOPS group. I learned new skills and honed others that I already possessed in order to continue offering MOPS to other moms. That nurturing and development led me to that place four years ago when three fellow MOPS veterans and I started North Shore MOPS to bring the amazing and wonderful world of mothering together, MOPS, to Menominee.
NSC MOPS Leadership Team, 2010
North Shore MOPS 1st Meeting, September 2010
MOPS takes effort, a great deal of effort. It takes leaders to plan the meetings, and lead the table discussions, it takes volunteers to watch the kids, it takes others to decorate and make the food we all enjoy. So why do we happily go through all the effort?
MOPS Provides A Bridge To The Church
We all know family, friends and co-workers who, we pray, might begin their journey of faith. Many of us have tried to get such acquaintances to come with us to church, but they won't. It is often difficult to convince someone to take a leap of faith and give it a try. It's also a challenge to keep inviting them after initial rejections. It's not uncommon for those without a church home or church background to be nervous and reluctant to step inside the church on a Sunday morning. MOPS provides another setting and another, perhaps more comfortable, way to come through our doors. It places them immediately in a relationship building setting, allowing for a foundation of trust to be built and fears to subside.
MOPS also reaches those we don't even know. Even if we were 100% successful at persuading others we know to take their first step of faith, we don't know everyone. MOPS can break through such barriers by providing invites in the halls of the YMCA, in the packets of new resident mailings, through a national website query, or in the folders of pre-school children. MOPS has ways to reach others the church can't.
MOPS Addresses the Priorities Set By Leadership
Pastor Travis recently shared with our congregation North Shore Church's mission to do the following: Connect, Grow, Serve, and Go. MOPS is a ministry that eagerly addresses all such segments.
Connect: MOPS connects women. Moms in the early stages of mothering, when our children are under the age of 5, are in a very unique situation. Many times, it is our first child. You have a new baby and really no clue what you are doing. You are with this child all the time yet, you are lonely. MOPS meets this need for moms to connect with each other. Moms need to see that they are not alone. Other moms are doing this and feeling this, too.
Grow: MOPS is for ANY mother of before school children, no matter where they are in their faith, career, or point in life. I have never met a mom who didn't care what kind of mother she was. MOPS connects moms and shares how to become better moms together. MOPS helps to grow moms through various presenters and guests, through table discussions and prayer. We also grow moms as they step out into leadership in MOPS. North Shore MOPS is a local group led from within. Leaders can receive training from MOPS international. Leaders grow through planning meetings and sharing our own experiences with the moms in our group. Our leaders have done things they never thought they would ever do before: speak to the entire group, be on a couples panel with their husband, share some of their own failures so that other moms can learn from them. MOPS grows moms and we grow future leaders.
North Shore MOPS Leadership Retreat, Summer 2013
Serve: MOPS is a great launching place for serving one another. We serve each other at every meeting! The tables each rotate taking their turn at providing the food for the meeting. Our MOPPET teachers provide a valuable care-giving service to the moms each and every week. MOPS moms serve our MOPPET teachers by providing thank you gifts and an end of the year appreciation lunch. We serve one another by making meals for moms who have had a new baby or just had surgery. We bring in outgrown clothes, toys or baby items from our kids to offer to others who may have kids getting into those stages.
Go: Through various relationships, we also have the opportunity to serve the world community. One of our tables is supporting a child through Compassion International together. After coming to MOPS, a mom can't help but go out into her world better. Better moms make a better world. When a MOPS mom has learned something from a MOPS meeting about being a better mom, she goes out and puts that into practice in her life & home. Perhaps her husband or children sees or notices that change & then they change. As her children grow up, they remember how their mom was at mothering. The ripple effect continues on and on into future generations. Better moms make a better world.
NSC MOPS Red Table, October 2013
I look ahead to what is next for me in my mothering. I am a little scared and unsure. I trust that God will guide me. I know that He has something for me to do in this next stage of life. I also know that I will be surrounded by the friends that I have made over the years. Would you be surprised to know that most of them are friends that I have made through MOPS?
I hope that this inspires you to pray for North Shore MOPS. I hope that if you are a mom who is feeling alone even when you have a child with you 24/7 that you will come and check out North Shore MOPS. We have a seat for you. I hope that if you are a MOPS mom and feel that you may want to step out and try leadership that you would contact me or one of the other leaders. We will equip you. You may be what's next for MOPS.
morning, we had the amazing opportunity to hear from Lesley Swanson of Healing
Hearts Ministry International. She
shared her personal story of bad choices and decisions and how that could
possibly be used by God. Have you made a
horrible choice? Are you wracked with
guilt? Do you wonder how YOU could be
any good? At ANYTHING? What do you possibly have to offer? After hearing Lesley's story, I hope that you
know that God can use YOU! He can use
you AND your poor choice(s). He loves to use people because we are
imperfect. God knows that He can show
through the mess of our lives. It is those
messes that He uses to change & strengthen us. We go through things that can be used to help
and serve others and only WE can help & serve BECAUSE we went through it.
a biblical counselor, Lesley takes God's Word and applies it to those she
counsels. In her reading in preparation
for this talk, she describes four diagnosis typical in our society. The information is from Dr. Higbee of HarvestBibleChurch. DIAGNOSIS - HOW - BIBLICAL TERM - ATTITUDE Disruptive - Affects our behavior - Anger - Fighting God Impulsive - Affects our behavior - Foolishness Anxious - Affects our mood - Fear - Fleeing from God Depressive - Affects our mood - Despair - Forgetting God
we look into these four diagnosis most often used, we see that God's Word
addresses each. All in all, it is a
heart issue. We need to check our hearts
when feeling or acting in these categories.
Proverbs "Above all else, guard your
heart, for everything you do flows from it."
that whatever you are going through, God is with you. He has a plan for you. He can use even your bad choice for His
glory. Continue to seek what He may want
to do with you. Let His Word comfort
you. Trust that you are not alone. When you are in doubt, read this to yourself,
filling in the blanks with YOUR name.
YOU matter to God! These are His
words to YOU!
the saints who are in ________, and are faithful in Christ Jesus:
to you, ________, and peace from
God, your Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
be the God and Father of your Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed you, ________, in Christ with every
spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as He chose you, ________, in Him before the foundation of
the world, that you, ________,should
be holy and blameless before Him. In
love He predestined you, ________, for
adoption as daughters through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His
will, to the praise of His glorious grace, which he has freely given you, ________, in the One he loves. In him you, ________, have redemption through his blood,
the forgiveness of your sins, ________,
in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on you, ________. With all wisdom and understanding,
he made known to you, ________, the
mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in
Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring
unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.
him you, ________, were also chosen,
having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything
in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that you, ________, who were the first to put your
hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. And you, ________, also were included in Christ when
you, ________, heard the message of
truth, the gospel of your salvation, ________. When you believed, you, ________, were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a
deposit guaranteeing your inheritance, ________, until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise
of his glory.
this reason, ever since I heard about your faith, ________, in the Lord Jesus and your love
for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, ________, remembering you in my
prayers. I keep asking that the God of
our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you, ________, the Spirit of wisdom and
revelation, so that you may know him better, ________.
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you
may know the hope to which he has called you, ________, the riches of his glorious
inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for you, ________, who believe. That power is the
same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and
seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and
authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the
present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his
feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his
body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.
for you, ________, you were dead in
your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you, ________, followed the ways of this world
and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in
those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time,
gratifying the cravings of our flesh[a] and following its desires and thoughts.
Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great
love for you, ________, God, who is
rich in mercy, made you, ________,
alive with Christ even when you, ________, were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you, ________, have been saved. And God raised
you up with Christ and seated you, ________, with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the
coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in
his kindness to you, ________, in
Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you, ________, have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourself, ________, it is the gift of God— not by
works, so that no one can boast. For
you, ________, are God’s handiwork, created
in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for you, ________, to do.