Meeting Dates for MOPS 2018/2019:
Friday, September 7, 2018
Friday, September 21, 2018
Friday, October 5, 2018
Friday, October 19, 2018
Friday, November 2, 2018
Friday, November 16, 2018
Friday, December 7, 2018
Friday, December 21, 2018
Friday, January 4, 2019
Friday, January 18, 2019
Friday, February 1, 2019
Friday, February 15, 2019
Friday, March 1, 2019
Friday, March 15, 2019
Friday, April 5, 2019
Friday, April 19, 2019
Friday, May 3, 2019
2019 – Women’s Banquet and MOPS Fundraiser
Tickets for Treasure: This fundraiser for MOPS allows the members, friends and guests of Our Father the wonderful opportunity to help support our MOPS group. The fundraiser takes place at the Women’s Banquet in January. Tickets can be purchased at the banquet and used to bid on several prizes (treasures) offered from our community. It is similar to a silent auction except that you bid with your tickets. Instead of writing down your name, you have a chance to have your number drawn to win the items donated by MOPS. Last year $1,555 was raised to support OFLC MOPS!
What is MOPS?
MOPS stands for Mothers of Preschoolers, and is a faith-based community that strives to meet the needs of moms with children from birth through kindergarten. MOPS groups meet regularly to celebrate the joys of motherhood and to encourage each other through the challenges. MOPS also provides opportunities for social outings throughout the year.
When does MOPS meet at Our Father Lutheran Church?
The MOPS group here at Our Father Lutheran Church (OFLC) meets on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month from 9:30 – 11:30 am beginning September 7, 2018 and ending May 3, 2019. Childcare drop-off begins at 9:15 am and is free of charge. We meet on the lower level of the church in the Community Room.
What is the theme for 2018/2019?
The 2018/2019 theme for MOPS is “Find Your Fire.”
Fire is a tool utilized only by human beings. Since the beginning of time, humans have congregated around its warmth for light, protection and company. Every other creature on the planet fears fire, but we’ve been given the unique ability to harness it, to use its power to improve our lives. Not only that, but poets and artists have used fire to describe the God-given spark that wakes us up in the morning and fuels our purpose and passion. Whatever the context, fire is not to be ignored.
Sisters, this is a year we will tend the fire in our hearts.
We will stop inhaling the fumes of our mistakes that tell us we are not enough, not a good enough mom, not pretty enough, not brave enough, not smart enough, not wealthy enough. Instead, we will choose to tend our God-given fire. We will love our children with an all-consuming love and use our words to warm the world. We will hold the torch up high and shed light on what matters most.
When our homes feel cold, we’ll light a fire.
When a friend has lost her spark, we’ll fan her flame.
When the world seems dark, we will be an ember of hope.
Never let the fire go out … When you hope, be joyful. When you suffer, be patient. When you pray, be faithful. Share with God’s people who are in need. Welcome others into your homes. – Romans 12:11-13 (NIrV 1998)
What are some potential topics for 2018/2019?
Live Expectantly: This is the bold reminder to think about what could go right. We will renew our minds and choose to trust that God is good. Hope will be on the tip of our tongues. Passion will flow from our hearts and we will pray big prayers. It takes tending to keep the fire alive, so we will fan our flame by choosing to do more things that make us forget to check our phones. We will choose to play with our kids instead of crossing one more thing off our to-do list. We will be women whose passion and patience inspire the people we love most.
Surrender Daringly: This is the bold reminder to let things go. Fire is a tool of transformation, and often the most life-improving thing we can do is surrender. Surrender is often misunderstood as an act of weakness, when in truth it is an act of courage. What would it feel like to let yourself off the hook from living like it is all up to you? Let go of unhelpful expectations and the need to control the people and situations in your life. When we surrender, we become in tune with the swift but gentle timing of God. This year, we will take a daring step into the fire of transformation, so we can emerge truer and braver than we ever imagined we could be. We will be women who trust that God is fighting for us, so we need only to be still.
Breathe Freely: This is the bold reminder to let yourself be loved. Even though we aren’t enough in our own mind, we are enough in the mind of God. There is nothing that you can do, or have done, to ruin or fracture God’s love for you. There is no amount of striving or performing that will earn you more. Breathe freely and joyfully, and be refreshed. We will be women and moms who stand out because we live loved.
How do I register?
The registration fee is $50 per semester, or $10 per meeting. You may join at any point in the year and your first meeting is free! To register, contact Denae Stevens at 720.810.2242 or OFLCMOPS@gmail.com.
What is MOPS Kids?
Our MOPS Kids program provides a loving and nurturing environment for our children (babies, toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarteners) while we enjoy our time together. Our staff is excited to serve because they share in our mission of encouraging mothers and caring for their children.
Where is Our Father Lutheran Church located?
Use the map below for directions to Our Father Lutheran Church.
Don’t have preschool aged children but want to be a part of MOPS?
Help support MOPS by:
- Working with our MOP Kids program as a childcare worker
- Making a monetary donation
- Suggesting or being a speaker
- Praying for the MOPS moms and leaders