Tuesday, October 7, 2014

October has arrived! Now come on cool weather!! :) I am super excited for our meeting tomorrow! Hope you all come out and enjoy brunch and fellowship. We will discuss how to find the courage to face our mom fears! I certainly have plenty of those. How about you? Hope to see you tomorrow!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Be you, Bravely

Hey ladies! I think we had a great first meeting. A few hiccups and nerves to overcome but I think we succeeded. I greatly enjoyed making some new acquaintances that I hope grow into friendships. We are all instantly bonded with the common grounds of motherhood and we have so much more in common as we learned during our icebreaker. I pray each of you finds a lasting relationship over the course of this year. I'm including the video that we wanted to show that introduces this years theme. Enjoy. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

First MOPS Meeting for 2014-2015

Hey there! We are so excited for a new MOPS year here at First United Methodist Church in Temple! Our theme this year is Be You Bravely! We have a busy and full first meeting planned! Can't wait to see old friends and meet new ones! Come eat and fellowship with us and help kick off a great year! 

MOPS Leadership Team

Monday, November 15, 2010

Notes from our Awesome November Meeting!

We had another great meeting on November 9th!  Welcome to our new moms.  We are so glad you joined us!  For those of you who missed, we missed you!  Here are some notes from the meeting.  Please feel free to post anything I may have missed, or add to the notes in the comment section.
Brenda started us off with a great devotional on Psalm 139.  She had us listen to her read it and think of ‘mom specific’ things that happen during the day.  Each verse reminds us that no matter what is going on in our mommy worlds, God is there with us every step of the way.  She encouraged us that even when we are feeling down about the job we are doing as moms or wives, to remember that God uses all things for His good and glory.  She referenced Romans 8:28, which says ‘And we know that God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.’ 
Brenda also mentioned the book Hope for a Woman’s Heart.  Sounds like it is worth the read!
Our speaker this month was local photographer, Julie Adkison.  She gave of some great information on taking great pictures.  Here are some of her tips:
There are two things that make a great picture.  Composition, and lighting.
1.       Composition – there are three rules
a.       Fill the frame
                                    i.      Zoom in – avoid negative space.
                                    ii.    Remember the eye reads left to right – make sure you have good flow through your photos.  Use leading lines that help guide people through your image.  When taking sports photos, make sure to leave room in the photo for your subject to fall into.
b.      Follow the Rule of Thirds
                                    i.      Imagine a tic tac toe board – you want something of interest in each third.
c.       Dare to break the rules
                                   i.      Get creative.  If you see something you like, get it!  Sometimes it works.
2.       Lighting
a.       The best lighting indoors is the light coming in through a window.
b.      Best time to take pictures outdoors is one hour after sunrise and one hour before sunset.  Avoid outdoor pictures between the hours of 11am-4pm, unless it is a cloudy day.
For great Christmas card pictures:
-          Get on subject’s eye level
-          Bring subject forward (separate from background)
-          Avoid flash when possible
-          Try a new angle
Storage and Printing
-          I use… (for Mac users)
-          Mpix.com – great quality and great prices
For information on Julie’s studio and classes, go to www.jadkpics.com
Shannon made us awesome Give Thanks bags.  Each bag contained rules and a few supplies for how to get the entire family involved in remembering how blessed we are.  I will add a post with instructions for those of you who were not there to get one.
Holly and Lindsey recognized all those celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, or new babies!  Congratulations to Tricia who celebrates her 6th wedding anniversary this month!
Laci reminded us that we have a MOPS fundraiser on Thursday, November 18th at Mazzio’s Pizza.  Please invite all of your friends and family to dine in, pick up or order delivery between 5-8pm.  It’s that easy!!  Please help our group raise some extra funds so we can continue to enjoy our great crafts, and speakers!
Mazzio’s Pizza – 1420 SW H K Dodgen Loop, Temple, TX 76504
Next month we will have our popular Christmas stations and enjoy some crafting and time to just hang out and relax.  The green table and the steering team will provide our brunch – Thank you!
Don’t forget to RSVP for childcare.  If you don’t need childcare, it would still be great to know if you are coming, but it is not required that you RSVP.  It is nice to know who will be at our meetings so we can plan appropriately!  If you invite a friend who needs childcare, please give them the templemops@gmail.com address so they can RSVP.  Thanks so much!
Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Great October Meeting!

Our October meeting was awesome!  We heard from a fabulous speaker, Kim Ransleben, who talked to us about "finesse in motherhood."  She said if we were to take one thing away from what she shared with us she would want it to be "know your kids, and I mean really know your kids."  The other piece of information I took away was her question "if you were to watch you care for your kids for a week, would you pay for you to watch your kids?"  If something Kim said made a big impression on you, please share it with us in the comment section!

Shannon always has a great craft to share with us!  Here is a picture of the craft we did.  If you were not there and want to try this at home click here.

Our MOPS group also committed to a service project called KidsLink Downrange.  Our small group of moms pledged to make 14 card kits for families at Foot Hood who have a parent deployed.  What an awesome way to serve others right here in our area!!  Click on the link above to read more about our project and to find links about how to put the card kits together.  Here are the pledge amounts for each table: Green - 5 kits, Blue - 2 kits, Purple - 2 kits, Pink - 5 kits.  These are not due until March, so if we each make a few cards a month we could end up well beyond our pledge!  Thanks, moms!  You ROCK!

Thanks to the Blue table for providing our delicious brunch items.  I want the pumpkin muffin recipe!

I've really enjoyed see everyone at our meetings.  You all are such a blessing and it is such a gift to be able to share our ministry as moms together!  See you next month!  Don't forget to RSVP for childcare to templemops@gmail.com

Thursday, September 30, 2010

October MOPS Meeting!

Our next meeting is October 12th! Make sure to RSVP for you & your kiddos by Monday, October 4th. Email your RSVP to templemops@gmail.com

On October 12th we will be talking about Finess - finding comedy in the daily grind! Our speaker will be Kim Ransleben - back by popular demand! And you don't want to miss t
he great craft!

The Blue table will be providing our brunch items - thank you, blue table!

Feel free to invite other moms to join us, but make sure you tell them how to RSVP for childcare!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

MOPS begins in 5 days!

We are just 5 days away from our first meeting of the semester!!! It is going to be a great year of MOPS at First UMC, Temple! Come join us as we take a closer look at our theme, Momology: the Art and Science of Motherhood - This Tuesday, Sept. 14th at 9:30am.  We will introduce our new Steering Team, see an awesome devotional from MOPS International, and work on a fun craft! If you have not RSVP'd for childcare, please email dianekiblinger@gmail.com to be added to the waiting list...Our childcare rooms are FULL - but you can still come to the meeting...you will just need to find a sitter or bring your kiddo(s) to the meeting with you.  There is always a chance that someone who RSVP'd will not show, so it's a good idea to get on the waiting list.  Hope to see everyone Tuesday!