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Newberg MOPS

Welcome to Newberg MOPS!

MOPS is a grassroots movement that believes moms are world influencers. We believe that incubating hearts and giving just-because-hugs can change the course of history. That’s why MOPS connects moms all over the world to a community of women, in their own neighborhoods, who meet together to laugh, cry and embrace the journey of motherhood. MOPS groups are rallying women to be more honest, to feel more equipped and to find our identity by journeying alongside one another.

MOPS stands for Mothers of Preschoolers, and by preschoolers we mean kiddos from birth through kindergarten. We know it’s a little confusing so let’s just stick with “MOPS.”

We are moms, and we believe that better moms make a better world.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

More About Registration

Hello Mommnas! Hope you are finding lots of ways to be the mom you were created to be with your kiddos this summer, whether through outdoor activities, reading, gardening, library, chilling at home, going on long road trips...whatever brings you life, we hope you are sharing that with your kiddos this summer.
AND we hope you are getting excited to reconnect or connect for the first time with other mommas striving to do their best in the Newberg area. Registration is coming up next Monday, August 14th from 9am-11am at Newberg Christian Church.
Come sign-up to secure a place for you and your child(ren) in the Newberg MOPS group for the 2017-18 year and join us for a play date at the same time! We will be meeting by the playground at Newberg Christian Church so your kids can play while you register for the upcoming year. If you have already pre-registered, you can still come and hang out. Feel free to invite friends who may be interested as well. Light snacks will be provided. We hope to see you there!
You can get a head start on the registration form here: https://goo.gl/forms/EsNf5cpb8UmyH46N2

We are excited to share this following year with you as we explore true freedom.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Registration for the 2017-18 Year

Hello MOPS Mommas past, current and future!!
We are super excited about this upcoming year and the possibilities it holds for us to grow as Moms, Friends and Women. Registration information will be posted here shortly, but for now you can find it on our Facebook page- Newberg MOPS- or email us at newbergmops@gmail.com with questions. Just know it will be taking place at Newberg Christian Church on Monday, August 14th from 9 to 11am. We look forward to seeing you and starting this next year off with the theme "Free Indeed." More information about the theme will posted here in the next couple of weeks as well. And also look for information about your Leadership Team for this year. See you soon!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Serve Your Community As A Family

Marta Oti Sears 
By Marta Oti Sears

Compassion is a quality all parents hope their children will develop. A powerful way for parents to encourage compassion in their children is to engage in community service with them. Follow these simple steps to embrace community service as a family.

1. List your family’s strengths and passions
Make a quick list of things your family likes and is good at. Do you love nature and being outdoors? Do you enjoy music, art, or dance? Is someone in the family good at organizing or building things? List a few passions and strengths for each member of your family. After you’ve made the list, look for any themes. Is there one strength or passion that you all have in common? Do your passions revolve around nature or the arts?

2. List the needs of your community
Make a second list of needs in your community. This can include citywide needs to needs in your neighborhood. Browse a local newspaper to help identify needs.

3. Compare your passions with the community’s needs
American writer Frederick Buechner said that people’s callings are found in the places where their “deep gladness” and the “world’s deep hunger” meet. Do you see any passions and needs on your lists that look like a match? If gardening is one of your family’s passions and you’re aware that food banks typically lack fresh produce, this might be a match. Circle any passions and needs on your lists that might be a match. Don’t worry if you don’t see any potential matches. People often discover new passions as they volunteer.

4. Research nonprofit organizations
Using the needs you circled, do a web search for local nonprofit organizations working on those needs. (If you didn’t circle any, choose two needs that stand out to you.) Websites like www.volunteermatch.org and www.allforgood.org make it quick and easy to find a service opportunity in your area.

5. Contact two organizations 
Once you have a feel for a couple of organizations, contact them. Call or email the organization to ask about volunteer opportunities for families. Tell them the ages of your children so they can give you the best options for your family.

6. Serve as a learner
When the day arrives, set a fun and positive tone and approach your volunteer service with humility. Pay attention to those around you to see what you can learn from staff, other volunteers and your children. In their innocence and simplicity, children often show love in beautiful, profound ways.

7. Celebrate
Mother Teresa said, “We can do no great things, only small things with great love.” After you volunteer, consider going out for a special treat to celebrate the small things you accomplished. Tell your children what you saw in them as they volunteered that inspired you and made you proud.

Marta Oti Sears is a pastor at 2nd Street Community Church who is doing her best to nurture compassion in herself and her 15-year-old daughter and 12-year-old son. She is a contributing author of the book Just Moms: Conveying Justice in an Unjust World (Barclay Press).

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Introducing our 2016-17 Newberg MOPS Steering Team: ANDREA VALDEZ

ANDREA VALDEZ is this year's Publicity person.  She's in charge of getting the word out about our events, meetings and anything else going on.  She is also in charge of the monthly newsletter and managing our blog, facebook and email.

• Name: Andrea Valdez

• Position: Publicity

• Kids/FamilyHusband Ryan, Andrew (4) and Ethan (2)

• Favorite thing to do with my family: Anything and everything – we enjoy being outdoors, road trips, board and card games, movie nights, bowling, and so much more.

• What a day to myself would look like: I would sleep in, have breakfast at a restaurant and go for a hike.  I would then go somewhere quiet and read a great book and meet my friends in the evening for an awesome dinner out and hours of laughing and talking.

• Why I joined Steering: I felt called to serve and develop some deeper friendships with other women on the Steering Team.  It's been a wonderful, challenging experience.

• What I enjoy most about MOPS: The fellowship.  It’s so nice to be around a group of women that truly “get” where you’re at in life – your struggles, your triumphs.  And the deeps friendships I have developed are truly heaven-sent.

• What I am looking forward to this year with MOPS:  Developing close friendships with my table group and attending as many of the outings as I can.

• What this year’s theme “We Are The Starry Eyed” means to me: I really love the tag line for this year's theme.  "Wonder • Hope • Kindness".  I really want these 3 words and concepts to be bountiful in my life. I want to always feel hopeful about the present and the future.  I want to always find wonder in the simplest of things.  I want to always find kindness to be prevalent in my life.  I want to look at the world like a child on his or her first trip to Disneyland.  I want this even more for my boys...and my husband too!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Introducing our 2016-17 Newberg MOPS Steering Team: NANCY ALMQUIST

We are so fortunate to have NANCY ALMQUIST as our Mentor Mom Coordinator.  Nancy is an amazing woman and mentor to all of us in the trenches of motherhood.  She is in charge of finding, supporting and encouraging the Mentor Moms at each table.

• Name: Nancy Almquist

• Position: Mentor Mom Coordinator

• Kids/Family: Married to Paul 26 years; son Tim, married to Emma; Son Mark, married to Mackenzie and son Andrew - all grown

• Favorite thing to do with my family: hike, play games, cook and eat together

• What a day to myself would look like: getting my hair or nails done; unlimited time in JoAnn's Fabrics and Crafts, coffee with a friend, lunch with a friend, dinner with my guy and a bubble bath with a chick flick to end the day

• Why I joined Steering: I am passionate about women seeing themselves as God made them....I hope to impact generations with this message

• What I enjoy most about MOPS: the authentic relationships and lotsa sweet kiddos

• What I am looking forward to this year with MOPS: watching new leaders step up into their God blessed roles

• What this year’s theme “We Are The Starry Eyed” means to me: We have such great reason to HOPE - look up into the heavens...see the God of the universe set the the stars in place - one of those stars is YOU and the ways he has planned to BLESS YOU!