Coordinator's Corner - Darci Woodyard
this our charter year, we are full of firsts and I feel like we are doing a
phenomenal job of it! Without each
and every one of you, our MOPS group would not be the same!
I am certain that we are meeting needs of many moms of preschoolers in
this community and are having a
great time doing it! Of course, we
have been blessed with an awesome steering team who are so willing to serve you
and very dedicated to their jobs.
first annual MOPS Christmas party was so much fun!
Our speaker, Dottie McBride, gave us some spiritual food for thought
about our roles as both mother and wife. The
food was great, provided by the Mimosa discussion group, and the ornament
exchange got pretty competitive! Our
council coordinator was thrilled to be a part of our group and stated “the joy
in your group was evident by the laughter and smiles!”
And, we are so excited to welcome 3 new members—please be sure to
welcome Linda, Ginger, and Dawn!
to all of you who took a few hours out of the traditionally busiest time of the
year to help our firemen wrap presents for those in need—they were very
thankful to have our help and it was a great way to give back to our community.
A big thank you to Suzanne who served as a very vital liaison between the
we look forward to 2004, I am sure you have made a resolution or two of sorts,
whether it be to lose weight, have an earlier bedtime, start an exercise
program, or be a better housekeeper. June
Brown, from Better Living for Texas, will be kicking our year off right with
“Budgeting and Goal-setting for the New Year.”
And, Lesa Brown will be instructing us in a fun winter craft.
I look forward to seeing you all on the 19th! Don’t forget to arrive at 5:45 to drop off your little MOPPETS so we can start promptly at 6:00. This will give us more time to visit and get to know each other without feeling rushed. Help spread the word in our community that “mothering matters” and bring a friend!
Council Coordinator - Stacia Haney
to send you a note to thank you for allowing me the privilege of joining your
meeting in December. It’s a little
strange being on the other side of the table and not flitting around getting all
the last minute meeting details ready, but it was a real joy to be a part of
your Christmas meeting, even though my ornament was taken. HA.
to compliment you first of all for your dedicated leadership.
The passion you have for moms is evident.
A team working together can be so very powerful.
You have wonderful attendance, especially for your first year; I love the
fact that you are drawing from outside your own church and even outside your own
community. I was especially
impressed with your community involvement. You
are making MOPS visible and showing Nocona you care about the families there.
you don’t serve in MOPS to hear “thank yous” but I thought I would pass
this story on so you would know you are appreciated.
As I stood in line with the other moms for refreshments, I overheard one
mom say to another, “It’s so nice to be served for a change instead of
always serving others.” Jesus
was a great leader and a great servant. You
are a great example as you meet even the simple needs of these moms.
The joy in your group was evident through the laughter and smiles around the room that night. Keep up the good work, and I look forward to hearing great things from Nocona’s MOPS group.
The Art of Giving - Kelli Magruder
The holidays are over, and we can finally get back into the swing of things. If
you are anything like me, you are certainly ready for things to slow down!
Although the gift-giving" season is over, the spirit of giving should
continue throughout the year with all of us. When I say give, I'm not speaking
of something that can be wrapped in paper, or placed in a decorative bag, I am
speaking of the gifts of the heart. I myself was not aware of how special these
gifts truly were until my family was in need. A phone call, a simple card, and
the occasional meal during a difficult time, were the very things that kept our
spirits raised. This is where MOPS and the relationships you have the
opportunities to build come in. Our new MOPS family has given each and everyone
of us a wonderful opportunity to be able to give of ourselves in different ways.
I am usually the first person to use my hectic schedule as a excuse to why I
can’t attend something, or I just don't have time to make that phone call that
I’ve been needing to make. We all have busy schedules, whether you are a stay
at home mom, or a full time worker, we are very busy mothers! This is the time
of year for New Year’s
resolutions. I'm sure many of you have already made yours, some have
already been broken. This year give your list a second glance, and put one more
expect to pass through this world but once. Any good thing, therefore, that I
can do or any kindness I can show to any fellow human being let me do it now.
Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.
Mom, do you need a night out with your girlfriends?
February 20, 2004
laugh hysterically as the improvisation troupe HIMprov performs on stage.
Bring your friends and enjoy a unique evening of entertainment and
Check them out at www.himprov.com
Wrapping Wrap-up - Karen Cox
MOPS participated in a very spiritual, loving and giving ministry this past
December. We helped the Nocona Rural Volunteer Fire Department with their
Fireman's Toybox Project. Everyone who helped out (in any way) should be
extremely proud of themselves! We had a big turn out all week long and several
MOPS wanting to help out on Friday Night found out that the Monday - Thursday
MOPS had worked double-time and there was nothing left to do.
With the fundraising and helping the firemen (MOPS "Love Offering"), we have begun to realize that this is a wonderful beginning of making great bonds with other Moms and working together in His name. Let’s keep up the good work!
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