Why MOPS?

Crown Point MOPS exists to encourage, equip and develop every mother of preschoolers to realize her potential as a woman, mother and leader. We strive to develop meaningful relationships through small groups and to share our love of Jesus Christ.

Where is MOPS?

Crown Point MOPS meets at Crown Point Christian Reformed Church. You do not have to be a member of CPCRC to be a member of MOPS. All are welcome!

909 E. Greenwood Avenue
Crown Point, IN 46307

Find out more about the church and all the ministries there at cpcrc.org

Join Us!

If you are interested in joining the Crown Point MOPS group, you can register online (click here) or if you have additional questions, please contact Wendy Frump at 219.661-0265 or by e-mail at wendy@crownpointmops.org

Tuesday
Mar042014

March: Serving the elderly, bring the kids!

We are making a swap of our March and April serve projects. This month we will be focusing on serving the elderly. We have scheduled a visit to Wittenburg Lutheran Village, in Crown Point, Wednesday March 26 at 11am. We will be visiting on the dementia unit. We would like to present residents with a card of encouragement made by you and your children. That's right it's home work time! Cards can be brought to our March 11 meeting. Even if you can't make the visit please take some time this week and make a few cards with your kiddos. On March 26 we would like to give the cards and sing a song or two to the residents along with sharing a few smiles and laughs. I hope you can join us! This is very near and dear to my heart as I used to work with seniors. One of my biggest passions is working with seniors especially those who have dementia or alzheimers. They have such a special story to tell and one little comment from you can spike a great memory for them. There's many times I am surrounded by people and yet feel alone. For some they are alone I hope we can spread some joy and cheer! Feel free to write any special note, verse or quote. One of my favorite quotes is:

In the happy moments, praise God.

In difficult moments seek God.

In the quiet moments trust God.

In every moment thank God.

Let's also take this month and set some new goals for the elderly in our own lives. Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles ect. May we find new ways to connect with and serve them.

 

Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children. Proverbs 17:6

Tuesday
Feb042014

February, Spouse :You are God's gift to each other.

 

This month we are serving our spouse and our marraige. Life gets very busy. We often overcomplicate it and then some things get left to be focused on another day. Well the day has arrived and we are taking the whole month to focus on our marriage and spouse. I saved this devotion from last year. Maybe you have read it. It is from proverbs 31. I hope you enjoy it!

The Honeymoon Life

By Sharon Glasgow

"Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come." Proverbs 31:25 (KJV)

My heart sank as she told me the tragic end to her love story. When she and her husband married, they couldn't afford a nice honeymoon. Kids came and the money to do something special together just never seemed to be there. Her husband worked all the time, so for years she dreamed and planned for the trip she longed for with him—the perfect honeymoon.

When their last child was leaving for college, they finally set up their honeymoon trip. But something awful happened right before they were ready to leave. Her husband was tragically killed in a car accident. Her dreams were shattered.

With a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes, I stood by her feeling helpless to offer the right words. All I could say was, "I'm so sorry."

Her story affected me deeply. Although my husband was still alive, I didn't have the honeymoon of my dreams either. On our wedding night we stayed at a state park. For years I too dreamed of the day I would have a "real" honeymoon. After hearing her story, I changed my thinking and made a new plan.

I didn't want to pin my hopes on a fancy trip. On that day I decided to live every day as if it were my honeymoon.

Rather than a honeymoon trip, I wanted a honeymoon life.

Hearing her story made me worry. What if my husband died too? What if I didn't have the chance to show him how important he was to me every day?

I went before the Lord and committed, "My husband is Yours. I don't know how long my days will be with him. But, I trust You to teach me how to spend our time wisely. I trust You that when our days are done, I will have no regrets. Teach me now how to be a lover of You first. And by loving You, I will know how to love my husband fully every day, especially when the days are hard, the storms rage, and the sun sets at the close of our life."

On that day the Lord gave me a peace that flooded my entire being. A scripture from the Bible came to my mind after I prayed. It was Proverbs 31:25, "Strength and honor are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come."

I knew God was telling me to not be afraid of what tomorrow might bring. He would give me the strength to live the honeymoon life successfully. That truth helped me rejoice at my future knowing that I would live married life to the fullest.

Just a few weeks later my husband and I celebrated our anniversary. We couldn't afford a special trip, but that didn't discourage me. This was the start of a new way of looking at my marriage ... of celebrating a honeymoon life every day. I packed a simple picnic of his favorite foods and the two of us enjoyed it, and each other, in the middle of our field.

No trip around the world, no lavish hotel, nor any gourmet dish could have competed with that field, the picnic dinner, and the way God changed my perspective.

From that day on, I chose the honeymoon life. Not just dreaming of it but living it every day. I've set my heart to cherish the simple things, like making my husband's favorite foods and eating together by candlelight, going to bed at the same time, reading and praying together. Even mundane trips to the store together.

We've been living the honeymoon life for 16 years now and have been married for 31. With God's help, I've been able to see every day as an opportunity to love my husband in a special way. We may never go on that honeymoon trip, but I'll take a picnic in a field with the one I love any day.

Dear Lord, give me the ability to live the honeymoon life with my husband. Help me to stop focusing on the what if's of the future and to start focusing on loving to the fullest today. Help me not to have any regrets of how I've lived out my married life. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

 

A few goals for this month:

*Pray for your relationship

*Plan a special date night. ---> it does not have to cost money!

*Write special notes ---> tucked in lunch box?


 

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.....

1 Corinthians 13 4-8

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday
Jan152014

Fundraiser!

It's fundraiser time. We are so excited to launch our first auction via Facebook. The auction will take place February 12-14 with a pickup date of the 15th. Businesses and moms are already contributing and the ideas are flowing. Keep up the good work! Our group is blessed to offer a donation per semester rather then a "set" charge per mom. Fundraising is crucial to be able to continue to run our group this way. Please prayerfully consider how you can help. Maybe a family business donation, personal donation or a group effort. Use your resources. Be sure to stay on the lookout for updates and remember to advertise to friends and family along with sharing the page as the auction gets closer. feel free to direct any questions to Kelly Jansma or Wendy Frump.

Thanks for all you do ladies!

Wednesday
Jan152014

January:Family

God has blessed us with our families. Have you taken time recently to just lay this before the Lord and pray for you family? Going back to Sue Matthysse example of looking at our hands, our finger prints. How we are all designed differently and perfectly, no two alike,  even though we are imperfect people we have been perfectly placed in our families. Our spouse/significant other has been chosen for us and us for them, children biologically born or adopted chosen for us and us for them. WOW!!! Lets serve our families this month and start something new. Try to bond like never before. Listen, love and laugh together.

Few Ideas:

*Start a new tradition

*Family Night

*One on one child dates

*family devotions

Our verse of reflection is:

"Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it." Proverbs 22:6

Sunday
Jan052014

Exciting news for the new year!

We are extremely excited about the growth of our MOPS group so we decided to expand to reach even more moms.  We are now opening a MOPS P.M.   It will be on the same Tuesday's as morning MOPS, (2nd and 4th of the month) but at night from 6:30-8:30.  We are doing a jump start season this Feb, March and April.  Do you know a mom that could use a MOPS group but can't make the AM group?  PLEASE INVITE HER!!!!   There is childcare provided and we wil start with a light dinner/appetizers.  Register today!