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Volume 8, Issue 2
Savannah Christian Church MOPS, Henderson Campus
Love For All: A
Did you know the following about pumpkins?
Pumpkins: are a fruit. are 90% water. originated in Central America. range in size from under 1 pound to over 1000 pounds. were recommended at one time for removing freckles and curing snake bites. in colonial times, were used as an ingredient for the pie crust not the filling.
Source: http:// warriorlibrarian.blogspot.com/2007/11/fallfun-facts-pumpkins.html
Note from the Coordinator
knows what its like to be us. But, Naomi said she heard God speaking to her, urging her to say to all those moms at convention this, “Tell them I love them….tell them I love ALL of them.” I wanted to bring this message home to you all. No matter what kind of day we are having, no matter what our family situation or how our marriage is doing, we are loved unconditionally by God. I hope this brings you some comfort. You are not alone on this Planet Mom, we are here for you and God is always here for you….no matter what. Love, Kristan
While at the 2009 MOPS convention at the end of September, I was able to once again here the words of the new MOPS president Naomi Overton. I first heard her speak at the 2009 Summit in the Spring and felt like she was talking directly to me – like her feelings and passion about MOPS were the same as “Tell them I love them….tell mine! At convention, surthem I love ALL of them.” rounded by thousands of MOPS Moms from all over theme, besides “Life on the country, we were inPlanet Mom,” was “No Mom spired and motivated by Alone.” MOPS wants to many speakers. However, spread love to all moms, Naomi Overton had a spebecause we can at times as cial message that she said moms feel isolated – like a few times and I want to we are going through the share it with you. The conmotions, like no one else vention’s overriding
Inside this issue:
What’s Happening Recipe Who’s That Girl? Halloween Events Poll Results Births & Birthdays Prayer & Care
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Perspective on Motherhood
When asked “what’s the best thing about being a mom,” here’s what you said:
Loving my children and
knowing that they love me unconditionally, no matter what
Experiencing the world
through their eyes
All the hugs and kisses Getting to take care of,
love and hold my little girl
Always being “the best” Spending time with
these little people
Cuddling with my kids Hearing them say “I love
Hearing “You’re the best
mommy in the world!”
Watching my son show
good character that I’ve tried to teach him
Holding them Finally having someone
to live for
Leaving a legacy and investing in a lifetime
The laughter Watching my child play
Seeing their smiling
faces in the morning
Watching her get so excited when she’s figured out something new
The love I feel from my
Having my little one
love, admire and rely on me more than anyone else in the world
The love I have for my kids Having someone to thank
Just being a mom All the love!
Having someone who
thinks I know everything
How life has changed EVERYTHING!
Orbiting the Son
Galaxy Guide: What’s Happening
MOPS Event: Moms’ Night Out 6:30 p.m. Thursday, October 15; movie night MOPS Event: Military Date Night 6:30—9:00p.m. For Military moms, drop off your kids with your fellow MOPS moms and enjoy a night out by yourself or with your hubby! Looking for volunteers. MOPS Event: Family Farm Day: Saturday October 31, 10 to 12:30 at Kristan Fretwell’s family farm. The new Southside Chatham Library branch opens Tuesday, October 20. Adoption Forum: Get information from local resources and organizations who want to help place children in loving homes. Speakers include an adoption attorney, social workers from the Christian adoption agency Covenant Care, and the Department of Family and Children’s Services. Thursday, Oct. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at The Link, Henderson Campus; Register (Oct. 12 deadline): Jake at 912-629-4721 Tools for your Marriage: Marriage Enrichment Adult Bible Fellowship Class. Learn how to communicate with your spouse, that differences are okay, and how to extend grace. Sundays, Nov. 1, 8, and 15 at 11 a.m. in Room 110, Henderson Campus Info: Nancy at 912-6294776 Parenting Seminar Presented by LifeCHANGE Christian Counseling Center: parenting tips and insight dealing with raising healthy and secure children. Friday, Nov. 6 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Habersham YMCA, 6400 Habersham St. Cost: $5 for parents; includes food (plus free childcare and pizza for the kids!) You must pre-register by Monday, Nov. 2. Call 912-3546223 First Saturday for Kids at the Jepson Center: monthly program for young people includes musically-inspired studio art workshops (now drop in, until capacity) for ages 3-9, storytelling, and activities for young children in ArtZeum. Saturdays 10:00 am - 1:00 pm; free. 207 W York St. Oatland Island Toddler Tuesdays program for youngsters to come discover the wonder of Oatland Island with their parents. 10:30 11:15 am. Check in at Oatland Island Wildlife Center's Ticket Booth. free with regular Oatland Island admission. Monthly Story time at the Roundhouse: hear stories about Thanksgiving and make a turkey magnet. November 11 at 11am; Phone: 912.651.6823; Admission: $4 for children, site admission for adults; Location: Roundhouse Railroad Museum, 601 W. Harris.
Out of this World Recipe: Apple Raisin French Toast Strata
1 (1 pound) loaf cinnamon raisin bread, cubed 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, diced 1 cup diced peeled apples 8 eggs 2 1/2 cups half-and-half cream 6 tablespoons butter, melted 1/4 cup maple syrup Raisins, if desired
1. Coat a 9x13 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Arrange 1/2 of the cubed raisin bread in the bottom of the dish. Sprinkle the cream cheese evenly over the bread, and top with the apples. If you like extra raisins, add them now. Top with remaining bread. In a large bowl, beat the eggs with the cream, butter, and maple syrup. Pour over the bread mixture. Cover with plastic wrap, and press down so that all bread pieces are soaked. Refrigerate at least 2 hours. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Bake 45 minutes in the preheated oven. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Recipe from: Allrecipes.com
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"A simple but elegant way to make breakfast fast. Put together the night before, and bake while you're in the shower. Serve with lots of extra maple syrup!”
Take your family on a musical journey and…
Make A Joyful Noise
Babies to 15-year-olds Early Childhood Music & Movement • Group Keyboard Sounds of Praise Children’s Choir
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How to be the Neighbor You Always Wanted
by Carol G. Stratton, Contributor at www.mops.org As we dash around in our Errand-mobile to ferry kids to their various activities, we often forget we live in a neighborhood. In our car, we create a world within our neighborhood. We meet friends from church at a coffee shop, have a pedicure at a local spa and shop for groceries at a shop several miles away. Are we ever at home? Years ago, few families had second cars; women stayed at home a lot. Their world was smaller and more intimate. They knew every house on the block and the names of all the kids. They knew which children fought a lot and which were best friends. Fun moms would probably feed lunch to a good portion of those kids on a hot summer day. It can be challenging to enter into the neighborhood life. If you work outside of the home, your time is scarce. If you homeschool, you might have every minute planned inside the house, teaching your little ones. New moms nurse babies and corral preschoolers, and count it as an accomplishment to get dinner on the table. Here's a challenge for this year: Set a goal to turn your neighborhood on its ears as you serve them. Become the one who always has the cup of sugar when someone runs out and is knee deep in cookies, or the neighbor who drops by for a couple of seconds just to see if a young mom needs something at the grocery store. How about offering to remove the boxes for the newly-relocated family down the block? Could you be the neighbor who shares her extra fern plants to the neighbors across the street who built a new home? Even an offer to walk the dog for an overwhelmed woman opens doors for friendship. Newcomers fresh from a relocation will relish your visit. Don’t stay long but drop off a roster of the names and ages of the families on your street, and keep in frequent contact. What you can offer is a connection to the town. Be a GPS for local places and a sympathetic ear as they unpack and rearrange their new life. You don’t have to teach a weekly two hour Bible study or host a five course dinner party to be hospitable. Just show up occasionally with something in your hand. Call with kindness on your heart, (“I saw your kids out building a snowman; they looked so cute.”). It’s all about paying attention. You may be surprised how God cracks open the opportunities as you become the neighbor you always wanted.
Who’s That Girl??
How well do you know your fellow MOPS Moms? Can you guess who these ladies are? Maybe one is at your table! Mom # 1: She is a huge WWE (wrestling) fan; is related to President John Adams; and met her husband at the “Deja-Groove” night club. Mom #2: She has interviewed Debbie Reynolds, Gregory Hines, Patrick Warburton and others; has always known how to shoot guns; and her dad’s family grew up next to Sam Walton (“and we’re still poor,” she says). Mom #3: She has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do; is an identical twin; and is about two semesters away from a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. See the answers on page 4
“My two year old is potty training and in order to go, he brings his action figures. I have to sit on the side of the tub and hold them up one at a time for him to name. Then he throws them back into the tub for next time.” “I got a plum out of the fridge for my three year old, he announced, ‘Momma, it has a butt!’”
What can I do?
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Orbiting the Son
Seasonal Events for
15th Annual Fall Festival at the Bamboo Farm & Coastal Gardens Saturday October 24 from 9am to 4pm; Arts & Crafts Vendors; Face Painting; Pony Rides; Hay Ride; Sea Animal Touch Tank Petting Zoo; US Hwy 17 south of Abercorn/Rt. 204; 9215460. Admission is free. Parking $2. Savannah's Family Friendly Ghost Walk: Enjoy Savannah's ghost stories in a family friendly environment. Family rates available. October 2 – 31; Phone: 912-6559896; Admission: $10; Location: Wright Square Spooky Splash at Chatham Aquatic Center: Free food & drinks; cupcake walk; trickor-treating; pumpkin games; face painting; 4-6 PM Oct. 31 (from 4-5 PM swimming; from 5-6 PM Halloween games); Admission: $1 per child. For children 3 and older; 7240 Sallie Mood Drive, 912.652.6793 Haunted Aquarium at UGA’s Marine Extension Service Aquarium on Skidaway Island October 31 from 10am to 5pm. Dress up for Halloween and join the staff for a ghoulish good time with treats, scares and marine animals. 30 Ocean Science Circle. (912) 598-2337
Halloween and Autumn
SCC’s Patchville: For families with toddlers to elementaryage children. Wear your costume and come for a night of fantastic fun and games. Wednesday, Oct. 28, 6-9 p.m. Henderson Campus For more information about this family experience, visit www.scckidz.com. SCC’s Country Carnival: Kids, wear your costumes (nothing scary, please) and come for games, rides, and prizes; Saturday, Oct. 24; 5-7 p.m. at East Campus – Hesse Elementary School, Info: 912629-7449 Poppell family farm: 10acre labyrinth, hayrides, a cow train, corn box, petting farm, steer roping and more, open Sat. Oct. 3- Nov 1; 1765 Hyma Poppell Loop, Odum (about six miles from Jesup). Discounts for groups and military personnel. For info or to make reservations, call 912-586-2215. For families with young children or religious concerns the Corn Maze will not be haunted on October 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17.
How many kids do we moms have? 45% have only one child 33% have two children 12% have three children 6% have four children 4% have four or more children Boy, Girl or some of each? 31% have only girls 38% have only boys 31% have a mix of boys & girls What is your favorite season? 10% Summer 55% Fall 2% Winter 12% Spring 21% All of the Above
*Results compiled from surveys returned at September 22 meeting. If you missed it, see Kristin G to get in the next poll!
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Who are those girls?
Mom #1: Abby Davisson Mom #2: Autumn Brown Mom #3: Jill Cunrod
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Savannah Christian Church MOPS, Henderson Campus
“Serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.” 1 Peter 4:10
Happy birthday to: Oct 7 Donna Cartwright
Oct 22 Jaime Briggs Oct 22 Sarah Crowe Oct 28 Stacey Knofczynski
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Aili Speilberger (Mom: Erin) born Sept. 4; measuring 8lbs 3 oz and 20.5 inches Sofia Scheerer (Mom: Sabrina) born on September 24, measuring 7 lbs 11 oz and 20.5 inches Garrison Macatee (Mom: Amy) born September 25, measuring 8 lbs 3 oz and 20.25 inches Alydah Bonnena (Mom: Emily) born October 1, measuring 9lbs 7 oz
Your Oxygen Tank: Prayer & Care Corner
A few weeks ago we were having some issues in our home, what exactly I can’t remember, but my husband Jason looked at me and said, “Let’s pray about this”. My inner self rolled its eyes and said, “whatever,” but my outside self returned his look with a smile and said, “ok.” Yeesh…here I am in charge of Prayer and Care and I don’t want to pray ? I know we all feel like this sometimes. And I think there are a lot of reasons why we don’t feel like praying with others, let alone by ourselves. When we pray with someone else, we share our concerns and needs, revealing to others that we might not have it all together. Let’s face it: We like to show up at MOPS, makeup and hair done, pretty clothes on, looking as if we haven’t had a morning where everything went wrong. Or we say nice things about our spouses to those at our table, not wanting to let on that we had a huge fight the night before. Or how about feeling like all you do is talk about your problems, so you close your mouth and stop asking for prayer or help? I sometimes feel that opening up
by Krista Tatlock
taking your request to the Lord on your behalf is amazing. I want to thank all of you who have been submitting prayer requests. A wonderful group of ladies has joined with me to pray for you faithfully and we have seen our Father answer some of the requests with positive outcomes. As for the other requests, we are dedicated to praying about them, waiting to see the Lord’s plans. But now the next step is this: seek me out, your DGL, someone on the Steering Team, or even your closest friend and ask them to pray with you, then enjoy the wonderful feeling that comes with it. If you are uncertain about what or how to pray, that’s ok. There is nothing sweeter than you speaking to your Heavenly Father. He knows your heart before you breath a word. Don’t forget, you can email me at email@example.com, or call me at 7136206.
is difficult. I don’t want my friends to think that I’m not a good mother because I can’t get my child to stop crying at night or for everyone to think that I’m not capable of handling Prayer and Care because I roll my inner eyes at my husband’s request to pray. But still I open up, share my issues and ask for prayer. Why? Because Jesus instructed us to pray together. Think of the Lord’s Prayer “Our father who is in heaven….give us this day our daily bread….forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors….lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil...” Jesus gave this prayer to encourage the group to pray, not just for people to pray on their own. I enjoy having people pray for me. Some of the time, it’s because I’ve had a crazy day and I want a moment to refocus my thoughts on the Lord, and not my situation. Some of the time I’m just seeking guidance on an issue and I want someone else to pray on my behalf. I’ve so enjoyed the times I asked someone to pray with me, and the peace of God which comes with knowing that someone else is
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