Wednesday, December 9, 2015

MOPS Christmas Poem

Came across this poem and wanted to share! I know most of us can relate!

‘Twas the Morning of MOPS

‘Twas the morning of MOPS, when all through the house

A busy MOPS mom scurried around like a mouse;

The shoes were put onto her children with care,

Only to be pulled off and thrown everywhere;

The children were finally nestled into their carseats;

With diaper bags and lunches and yummy brunch treats

And mamma in her yoga pants and “Fierce Flourishing” shirt

Just buckled in to head to the church

On the drive there, there arose such a clatter,

But mom knew that’s normal, nothing was the matter.

Into the parking lot she pulled in a flash,

Tore open the van door and threw up the hatch.

When what to her wondering eyes did appear,

But a mentor mom, saying “I’ll take that, dear.”

With a smile and a hug so lively and quick,

This mom felt her heart lift—what was their trick?

More rapid than eagles the other MOPS moms came,

And the mentor moms hugged them and called them by name:

"Hi, Amy! Hi, Ashley! There’s Rachel and Kate!

Keep coming in friends, it’s ok if you’re late!
Let’s grab our food - don’t hang by the wall!

Sit here and relax! If the nursery needs you, they’ll call!"

As someone who has gone down the path that we try,

Mentor moms know when to listen, laugh, cry.

We value their input, their strength, and their prayers,

And know we’re better moms because they are there.

And after MOPS we sigh, as we drive down the road—

“I’m so thankful for these women
who lighten our load!”

What to Expect This Week- 12/10/2015

This is our final MOPS meeting for 2015! It's amazing how quickly this semester has come and gone! We have been blessed with wonderful fellowship and inspiring speakers; this week will be no different!

This week Lorie Lee, who works for Compassion International and her own ministry, will come and share with us.  Lorie loves to help families around the world raise children who understand and care about the needs of those who live in other places.  She has written a book called "A Day in A Life".    "A Day in A Life" is an upbeat and beautiful rhyme to help show the similarities of two little boys living thousands of miles away in very different worlds. Traveling the world taught Lorie that children are children no matter where they live. After having a child of her own, she realized that there was not a great book out there to help her son realize this global concept. "A Day in A Life" was born out of a need for a children s book to show how a boy from Colorado and a boy from Nicaragua can be friends and share dreams!  To read more about the story behind the story, go to:  
 (Picture obtained from Compassion's Website)
You will have an opportunity to purchase her book this Thursday.  You will also have an opportunity to sponsor a child from Compassion International.  Compassion and MOPS have joined forces and I pulled this from the MOPS website:
"Compassion International, the world’s leading authority in holistic child development through sponsorship, is pleased to be in partnership with MOPS. For more than 12 years now, we have been working hand-in-hand to teach kids and families about God’s heart for the poor — and how we can make a difference together for children and families in need. Sponsorship through Compassion gives each child the opportunity to develop and grow physically, mentally and spiritually. The moms of these children, who are just like you and me, hope the same things for their children as we do for ours! Child sponsorship helps bridge the gap, making it possible for these children to be released from poverty in Jesus’ name. "

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Welcome to A Fierce Flourishing!

Welcome Back! Can't believe it's almost time to start back up again! I (Elyse) am so excited to be doing Publicity this year! I have so many ideas, I just hope I have time to implement them all! First thing's first; we need an updated Blog! I am working on it, and hope to update it on a bi-weekly basis. I am also working on changing the look to better go with this year's theme, A Fierce Flourishing.

Curious what the theme is all about? Here is a great summary taken from

Theme Verse: 

For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Isaiah 55:12

Sometimes we need new eyes. A perspective shift that recalibrates our hearts to the rhythm of God’s goodness surrounding us. To tune our hearts to better hear the music of the divine echoing throughout this world. That we might let that goodness seep into our bones and into our hearts so we can remember what it feels like to flourish.
We think flourishing looks a lot like:
Celebrating Lavishly: Celebrating breathes life into our days. Could it be that commemorating moments might help us to become more alive, to remember what is good and become masterful at recognizing it? How would life change to regularly invite friends into our stolen moments with uninhibited dancing and the best food, while gathered around the biggest table with the deepest conversations? Lavish celebrations can be sacred markers that help remind us who we are.
Embracing Rest: Perhaps it is time to let go of exhaustion as a status symbol and productivity as a measure of worth. What if one of the most life-giving activities that would contribute to our flourishing is welcoming rhythms of rest and play into our lives? Creating healthy rhythms in our life is one way we nourish the weary spots in our soul.
Noticing Goodness: Could it be possible that we don’t need new things but rather new eyes to see what we already have? What if we regained our sense of vision, an acute resolve to find hope in the cracks and mire of the mundane? Noticing what is good gives us the gift of perspective and reminds us the sacred is closer than we think.
We become more ourselves when we celebrate, rest and notice, and that looks a lot like flourishing. But this flourishing isn’t the precious or exhausting kind. This is a fierce flourishing. It is a deep-in-your-guts experience of gratitude and hope compelling you to raise your hands and dance freer than you ever have before. It is a fierce protection of your most important moments, an invitation to rest and an opportunity to enjoy the people who are right in front of you.
This year at MOPS, may we become a home for found wanderers, redeemed prisoners, explorers at the edge of their comfort – all of us who were one-time captives now celebrating our unearned freedom, because we have regained the eyes to see. May this year unfold into radical expressions of your own unique Fierce Flourishing.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A Big Success!

Thank you to all who came and supported Tri-Lakes MOPS through our annual Munchkin Market last weekend.  This sale greatly helps our ministry.  We were also able to help our local ARC.

See you next September for another great sale!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Munchkin Market this Friday and Saturday!

It's here - the biggest sale of the season!

Thousands of gently-used kids items, including:

- clothes, sizes newborn - 16 (most clothes $1 each!)
- coats, shoes
- costumes, dancewear
- toys, books, bikes
- baby gear

and much, much more!

Credit cards accepted!

This Friday and Saturday, September 26 - 27
8 am - 12 noon

The Ascent Church
1750 Deer Creek Road

(just off Woodmoor Dr., north of 105)

Friday, May 16, 2014

The New 2014-2015 Theme - Be You, Bravely!

While I'm not quick to let last year go (getting to know lots of new mommas while embracing our messy stories was awesome), I am looking forward to next year already.  MOPS International has developed the new theme, Be You, Bravely, and it looks to be another great year.  Ya know, if you want to learn how to take healthy risks, face your fears and be "inspired to choose the extraordinary."  

The excerpt below is from their website that explains more of this theme.  Read it, and I'll bet you'll want to come start the journey with us.

(Check back soon for dates for the Open House and the first meeting.  Request to join us on Facebook to stay connected over the summer!)

From MOPS International:

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”.

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)

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

First Meeting of the Fall

It's here!!!! Finally!

We have enjoyed the last few weeks of summer and the rush of school starting, now it's time for a breath of fresh air- MOPS FIRST MEETING THIS THURSDAY!

As we kick off this year- come with open minds and open hearts. We are thrilled to head down this journey of motherhood with you. Let's walk the road together and enjoy the scenery :)

Here is the important info:

When:Thursday, August 29
Time: MOPPETS opens at 9:00, our meeting starts at 9:15 AM
Where: Ascent Church (formerly Tri-Lakes Chapel)
             1750 Deer Creek Rd. Monument