MOPS Evening

2012-2013 Westwood MOPS Evening Dates

Session 1: 10/4, 11/1, 11/15, 12/6, 1/3

Session 2: 2/7, 2/21, 3/7, 4/11, 5/2

A Quick Update On Our Service Projects:

Hot Mama Sweater Drive - The women that sew the mittens are soon “closing shop” for the summer , so our last drop off will be scheduled for mid-next week.

Sweaters – Cotton, Cotton Blend, Wool Blend, Wool
Blankets – Wool
It takes 3 sweaters to make a pair of mittens.  Every cent they make goes to Robins Nest Children’s Home in Jamaica. Their web site provides more information about them.

Feed My Starving Children – Thank you to all of you that were able to go & donate time & effort!  Any table that has not signed up & would like to can either go on line at
or contact Allison with date/time & list of names.  Best way to reach her is at her work email.

The Rapha  
This non-profit helps local women in very challenging circumstances.  It is geared to creating long term stability in women & their children’s lives.  Contact Allison if dropping off things at Westwood or contact Brage H. for more details &/or large item pick up. 

Thanks for all of your help in making a difference in our communities!


Serving around The World
About FMSC:

Mission: Feeding God's Starving Children Hungry in Body and Spirit

Vision: With God's help Feed My Starving Children will strive to eliminate starvation in children throughout the world by helping to instill compassion in people to hear and respond to the cries of those in need.
(from the FMSC website)

18738 Lake Dr. east
Chanhassen, MN 55317
952-937-2329 (you can see from W. 78th Street)

*Ages 5+ accompanied by parent

Date signed up:
Monday March 5th          6-7:30pm     full
Thursday March 8th        8-9:30pm
Friday March 9th             6-7:30pm
Thursday March 15th      8-9:30pm
Thursday March 22nd     8-9:30pm

Please visit for more information

Spring Clean

Items To Bring To March 1st and April 12th Meetings

Hot Mama Mittens

Bring your used sweaters.  They will be hand crafted into mittens here in MN.  100% of the proceeds from the sales go to the Robin's Nest Children's Home in Jamaica.

Rapha Project
This non-profit helps women in the local community with providing immediate, basic living needs; allowing women in challenging circumstances to focus on getting back on their feet and empower them with long term stability, mental and physical health.

Items in Need (but not limited to):
Bedding (kids, twin, full); Blankets; Towels; Children's clothes; Puzzles; Games; Art supplies/toys; Children's books.

FYI/Fun Tip:  Rapha Project Night of Food and Music
                       When: Sunday August 21st 6-9pm
                       Where: 318 Cafe in Excelsior
                       Go to website for more details and to register

2011/2012 Evening MOPs
Session 2 Topics/Speakers

February 2nd – MOPs Meeting
Topic:  Mind, Body and Spirit
Speaker:  Pamela Helling

February 16th – MOPs Meeting
Topic:   Men’s Panel
Speakers: TBD

March 1st – MOPs Meeting
Topic:   Marriage:  World View vs. The Truth
Speaker:  Barbara McIntosh

March 15th – Alternate MOPs Meeting
Topic:  Self-Control Video
Speaker:  Merideth Rikli

March 29th – Evening MOPs Family Social

April 12th –MOPs Meeting
Topic:  Christ’s Character & Me
Speaker:  Caroline Mandich

April 19th – Alternate MOPs Meeting
Topic:  GodSense:  Beyond Your MomSense Video
Speaker:  Alexandra Kuykendall

May 3rd –MOPs Meeting
Open Meeting:  End of Year Celebration

Congratulations to
Kim and Darren who were blessed
with the birth of their twins on 1/13/12!

Allyson Grace weighed 7 pounds
and Elijah Samuel weighed 8 pounds 4 ounces

Session 2

February 2nd

 February 16th 

March 1st

April 12th

May 3rd

If you haven't registered for Session 2, you will be able to do so at our next meeting!  Please bring your checkbooks with you.  If you are not sure if you are registered or not, we will have information available for you to check. 
We have enjoyed getting to know all of you this fall and hope that you will continue to join us as we learn more about one another and about this journey of being a Mom! sure to check out the recipe tab on the main page!  There are some yummy recipes from both our awesome hospitality team as well as from the dayside MOPs gals.  Enjoy!

Penny Wars Are Coming!!!

Never heard of a penny war?  Worried that someone might get hurt?  Fear not!  It is all for a good cause and we will not be throwing them at one other.  However, knowing how competitive some of you are, it may just get pretty intense.  The good news is, it all benefits the Heifer project, which helps people in need in other countries.

In a penny war, two or more groups compete to win a fundraising competition. Each group has a bucket for collecting coins or dollar bills. The value of any pennies collected by a group count positively toward that group's point total, while the value of other coins or dollar bills are subtracted. Hence, in a competition between Group A and Group B, a contributor who wants Group A to win will place pennies into Group A's bucket and nickels, dimes, quarters, or dollar bills into Group B's bucket.
At the end, a winner among groups is declared, and all the proceeds are donated to a specified charity, in our case the Heifer project.

So, we need you to dig through your couch cushions, empty your pockets, clean out your car (if it looks like mine, it could yield a lot!) and bring in your loose change.  Involve your kids.  Who doesn't love a treasure hunt? 
Each of our MOPs tables will be competing against one another with the winner taking home bragging rights!! 

Let the fun begin!!!