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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.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Introducing our 2017-2018 Leadership Team: JENNY

Name: Jenny

Position: Coordinator

Family/Kids:  My husband and I have been married for 6 years, and we have two kids...a son, 3 and a daughter, 1.  

Favorite Thing to do with family: Anything outdoors- we love going to the beach or hiking, although it is not always easy to convince a 3 year old to stop playing in the dirt and keep walking :)  My son's current favorite thing right now is to ride the MAX light rail.  I love seeing the world through his eyes and the pure joy and excitement when we go even for a short ride or as he recounts his adventures.  

Favorite Thing to do by myself (without kids):  Knit.  Read.  Get together with my girlfriends.  Go for a walk. Travel and explore the world (but I am excited to include them in this too!).

Why I joined Leadership:  This is my third year serving on the Leadership Team.  I love the opportunity to get to work alongside others, the relationships that have grown in the process, and how much I have learned from each person I have served with.  It has also been a blessing in balancing out Mom life and get to use a different part of my brain and set of skills.   MOPs has been such a meaningful community for me that I am glad I can help be a part of facilitating that for others.

What I enjoy most about MOPS: The first thing that comes to mind is the community.  I was new to Newberg when I first joined MOPs, and transitioning from working full time to being exhausted and caring for my baby was not so simple.  The connections and community in MOPs helped in ways I didn't realize I need, and some of my closest friends are those I have made in MOPs.  

What I am looking forward to this year with MOPS:  I look forward to journeying through life together--whatever it brings!  Celebrating, laughing, and a space where it is safe to be real about the struggles and know that there will be support.  I also love the relationships my children are developing with others they meet at MOPs and that my son always looks forward to going.   

What this year’s theme “Free Indeed” means to me (Let Love be the Loudest Voice/Be Gutsy/Go First): As I have reflected on this theme over the summer, I have found peace through the reminder of identity in Christ's love.  I am so FAR from perfect, learning and growing daily, and yet incredibly loved for who I am right now, in this moment.  In contrast, when I focus on comparisons, what I think I "should" be doing, or expectations I put on myself the insecurities grow.  Freedom from these thoughts has brought peace and deeper connections with my friends and family.  

Friday, September 8, 2017

Introducing our 2017-2018 Leadership Team....KELLIE

Name: Kellie

Position: Service

Family/Kids: I have a 7yr old daughter, and My husband Nate and I have a 2yr old daughter together. We are navigating the journey of being a blended family.

Favorite Thing to do with family: We love to just hang out in our back yard together, and putter. We also love to take short weekend trips as a family to the coast or to central Oregon.

Favorite Thing to do by myself (without kids): I love to take baths, alone, without anyone trying to join me! I also have a strong wanderlust so taking a little trip alone really helps me to feel rejuvenated.

Why I joined Leadership: Part of my personal mission has been to support Women and Children. MOPS is the perfect opportunity for me to give back at a local level and support Moms as well as our community. I'm also also hopeful that being on leadership will allow me to meet more Moms, allowing me to make new friends and more meaningful connections.

What I enjoy most about MOPS: I love that feeling of solidarity. Knowing that I'm not alone in this, that other moms are going through the exact same perils as I am, and that we’re united in this together.

What I am looking forward to this year with MOPS: All of it! Eating brunch, having 2 hours away from my toddler, making new friends, strengthening my relationship with Christ.

What this year’s theme “Free Indeed” means to me (Let Love be the Loudest Voice/Be Gutsy/Go First): For me, it's a reminder to get out of my comfort zone.
brave, make connections, seek opportunities for growth. 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Introducing our 2017-2018 Leadership team: DANAE

Name: Danae

Position: Registration Coordinator

Family/Kids: Husband of 11 years, 2 daughters (4 and 2.5)

Favorite Thing to do with family: We love going out for coffee and getting Mexican pastries at the Panaderia or donuts from Donutland. Just hanging out and relaxing is also fun.

Favorite Thing to do by myself (without kids): Sleeping by myself without kids would be nice! 

Why I joined Leadership: I joined the Leadership Team so I could be better connected with other moms and become more involved with something outside of my house.

What I enjoy most about MOPS: The thing I enjoy the most about MOPS is being able to hang out with moms who are at the same place in life and learn from moms who have already been there..

What I am looking forward to this year with MOPS: I look forward to making new connections and participating in the fun activities!

What this year’s theme “Free Indeed” means to me (Let Love be the Loudest Voice/Be Gutsy/Go First): 
Our theme this year is a message of hope for us. It is a reminder that God loves us and in Him we are complete and capable to live free from the bondage of worry and comparison. We can be gutsy, find courage to accomplish difficult things, and learn to be content with our true selves. I pray this will be the year I am able to break free from my insecurities and be unburdened by discouragement and doubt . . .or at least take steps in that direction. I hope I can help inspire others to put their faith and trust in God and find the freedom that comes from relying on Him to weather the storms of life.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Newberg MOPS 101

What to Expect When You’re  in Newberg MOPS

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) is
a tribe of women from all walks of life that come together to encourage, support and walk alongside of each other through this incredible journey of 
motherhood, specifically for moms with kids ages birth through kindergarten.

We also have this great group of moms who partner with those of us who have littles—Our Mentor Moms. We have several who will be a part of our group this year. Look for them at our meetings and feel free to ask them questions and introduce yourself.
**The Mentor Mom is a Mom whose kids are a little bit (or a lot) older than yours who is there to pray for you, encourage you and provide the “I’ve been there” wisdom.

So what can you expect for that first meeting that’s coming up and for the rest of the year?
At our first meeting, Leadership Team members will be stationed throughout to help, so put your mind at ease. Hopefully this will answer some of your questions and ease any anxiety.

Where do we meet?
We meet in the foyer of Newberg Christian Church, so feel free to come in the front doors off the main parking lot off Villa, or the doors near the sanctuary off the side of the parking lot by Mountainview.

I keep hearing about table groups, what are those?
You will be assigned a table group at the beginning of the year. Cherish this group—this is your tribe within a tribe for the year. Although we try and accommodate requests for sitting with friends, this is also your chance to expand your village and meet some new moms. 

Your table group will consist of several moms as well as a DGL (Discussion Group Leader). 
**The DGL is one of your peers who has volunteered to facilitate discussion, any get-togethers you may decide to do as a small group outside of MOPS and who helps disseminate information. She should contact you before the first meeting if she hasn’t done so already.

What does a meeting look like?
Our meetings begin with you dropping off your kids so you can have a kid-free morning (see the MOPS Kids section for how drop-off works). Drop off for kids starts at 8:45am and our meetings start at 9am.

We begin our meetings with brunch. Each month different table groups bring brunch items for the whole group, so you will only need to contribute brunch a couple of times during the year, but you will get to partake in brunch every month. Don’t worry, Leadership, DGLs and Mentor Moms have you covered for the first month, so just come and enjoy.

Most meetings will also consist of a chance-
—to celebrate with Moms [that are expecting (whether through adoption or pregnancy), who have just had a baby, who are having a birthday]
—to converse with our table groups
—to listen to a speaker on some topic related to our theme or motherhood in general
—to do some sort of craft or activity together
—to eat and drink without interruption

Where do my kids go?
MOPS Kids is a program run by our MOPS Kids coordinator on our Leadership Team and equipped by background-checked volunteers.

You will sign in your kids using Newberg Christian Church’s computer system. It will print a name tag/badge for you and the child. KEEP the number tag that coordinates with your kid’s name badge to turn in at pick up.There are check-in computers in the gym (to the left of the foyer), by the nursery (down the hall to the right of the sanctuary), and at the bottom of the stairs (before you get to all of the classrooms).
DON’T WORRY- we will have members of the Leadership Team posted nearby to help you with the computer log-in and finding the right classroom for your kid. Please be patient at the first meeting.

Please keep your phone available, your kid’s teacher will contact you via text message if they are having trouble. 

Kids are in classrooms based on their age and mobility. The volunteers have a curriculum with songs and crafts that are offered as appropriate for the age of your kid.

Can I keep my kids with me?
We recognize that how we care for our kids is different from person to person and the schedules of our kids vary as well. Moms are welcome to keep nursing/bottle fed babies with them so that feeding/snuggling/napping is more convenient. We call these kiddos “lap babies” and they are welcome at our meetings. You can decide for yourself if your child falls into this category or not.
Sometimes kids have rough mornings. We get that.
Sometimes separation anxiety is high. We get that.
Sometimes you didn’t get your kids breakfast early enough. We get that.
All we ask is that you be mindful of the moms around you.

Does my kid get breakfast/can I pack a snack?
Your kid should have breakfast ahead of time. Rice Chex and water will be provided as a light snack. Please no outside food (due to allergy concerns), excluding formula or breastmilk bottles in the nursery.

So what else do you all do besides meeting once a month?
Throughout each month we have other events that are held on a “come as you can” basis. These often have sign-ups ahead of time so we can get a head count. A couple of the events do have a limited number of attendees, but most events are open to everyone in MOPS.
You can always RSVP for these events on our Facebook page or through email.

Playdates- This year we have worked with Newberg Christian Church (NCC) to offer an open-gym play date almost every month. These will be held on the 4th Monday of the month (unless otherwise stated) and will be in the gym at NCC from 9-11am. This is a chance for us to have a relaxed time to socialize with other moms, rain or shine, while we supervise our own children. 
Snacks WILL NOT be provided for this, but you can bring your own food and there will be a space for snack eating. At this point, older homeschool kids can come along, just recognize that they might need to bring their own things to occupy their time so that they are not running over the smaller children in the gym.

Mom’s Time Out (MTO)- Each month there will be a special event that is just for moms (no kids, except lap babies). These events are a chance for you to meet moms outside of your table group as well as get a respite from being a mom. Think of them as fun, planned girls’ “nights” where you usually just have to show up!

MOPS Kids Outings- Each month there will also be an event, outside of our MOPS meeting time for Moms and Kids. These are a chance for us to connect with each other and allow our kids to meet each other and play together. You will see things like trips to pumpkin patches, apple farms, etc. 

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Introducing our 2017-2018 Leadership Team....COURTNEY

Name:  Courtney Cook 

Position: Creativity/Crafts

Family/Kids: Husband of 12 years: Ken, kids: son #1 (8), son #2 (6), son #3 (4), daughter  (3), son #4  (1)

Favorite Thing to do with family: Family movie nights

Favorite Thing to do by myself (without kids): Drink coffee, tea, or wine (preferably with friends) . Sleep. 

Why I joined Leadership: After so many years in Mops, I wanted to give back. I want to help other moms make those connections that have been so helpful to me through the years. 

What I enjoy most about MOPS: Fellowship with other moms, that connection that can be so hard to make when you're busy raising little ones. 

What I am looking forward to this year with MOPS: Making friends, hanging out with other moms for playdates, and sharing some fun crafts with everybody! 

What this year’s theme “Free Indeed” means to me (Let Love be the Loudest Voice/Be Gutsy/Go First): To me, "Free Indeed" inspires me to embrace my flaws and understand that I am redeemed and enough.  My vulnerability and authenticity reaches others. I can step out boldly and embrace passions, build relationships, and live a life filled with grace and love.