December 10th: Christmas Tea

Today was such a lovely meeting having tea and hearing about the case for Christ and his birth.  Thank you to Bev Alkema (Bible Study leader at GCBC) for coming and sharing this story with us.  We hope that everyone enjoyed the meeting and that you all have wonderful Christmas Season with your family.

Remember the reason for the season, Jesus Christ our Lord!

Twas The Night Before Jesus Came

Twas the night before Jesus came and all through the house

Not a creature was praying, not one in the house.

Their Bibles were lain on the shelf without care

In hopes that Jesus would not come there.

The children were dressing to crawl into bed,

Not once ever kneeling or bowing a head.

And Mom in her rocker with baby on her lap

Was watching the Late Show while I took a nap.

When out of the East there arose such a clatter,

I sprang to my feet to see what was the matter.

Away to the window I flew like a flash

Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash!

When what to my wondering eyes should appear

But angels proclaiming that Jesus was here.

With a light like the sun sending forth a bright ray

I knew in a moment this must be THE DAY!

The light of His face made me cover my head

It was Jesus returning just like He said

And though I possessed worldly wisdom and wealth,

I cried when I saw Him in spite of myself.

In the Book of Life which He held in his hand,

Was written the name of every saved man.

He spoke not a word as he searched for my name;

When He said, “It’s not here” my head hung in shame.

The people whose names had been written with love,

He gathered to take to His Father above.

With those who were ready He rose without a sound

While all the rest of us were left standing around.

I fell to my knees, but it was too late;

I had waited too long and thus sealed my fate.

I stood and I cried as they rose out of sight;

Oh, if only I had been ready tonight.

In the words of this poem the meaning is clear;

The coming of Jesus is drawing near.

There’s only one life and when comes the last call,

We’ll find that the Bible was true after all!

Copyright 1984, Bethany Farms

Christ’s birth means so much more than a Holiday filled with Gift giving and Santa Clause. It is the Gift that Jesus he himself is to humanity; by his death and resurrection on the cross. He paid the ULTIMATE penalty for our sins, by his GRACE he died and rose again that we may have LIFE!  It is not through any of our actions or deeds, but by the acceptance of his GRACE filled gift: paying the ultimate penalty of sin, so that we may have life everlasting with HIM.  (John 3:16)

During this season of celebrating Christ’s birth, don’t forget the ultimate gift, His death on the cross which saves us.


September 10th: Kick-off Meeting


Our first meeting was such a great time, and we are so glad you could be there! In case you missed it, Rose Matlak, one of our Mentor Moms spoke at our kick-off meeting, and provided a lot of insight and encouragement to us as mothers. 

She reminded us that the role of motherhood is the most important job we have. Motherhood is not unimportant, and is far from glamorous, without difficulty or messes and disasters. We are all doing an important job and need support, love and encouragement. We should all encourage one another, instead of comparing ourselves to other mothers or feel inadequate as a mom. We can also find support through her and the other Mentor Moms; Martha and Mary.

The roles of a Mentor Mom are:

  • To be a FRIEND: Someone who is willing to be supportive and vulnerable.
  • To be a COUNSELOR: To be a good listener, who hears how one feels with out telling them how to feel.
  • To be an ADVISOR: One who is content to offer quiet support, but to offer advice when asked.
  • To be a ROLE MODEL: A mother who is a great example, and who’s actions support who they say they are.
  • To be a TEACHER: An experienced mother who can offer guidance based on experience.
  • To be an ADVOCATE: One who reminds those around us our goals, mission and purpose and stands up for our MOPS group success.

Rose stressed that she, Martha, and Mary are here to be loving, to provide a listening ear, and prayer support when we need it, but they won’t be quick to give advice. They will provide this support first and will give advice only when asked.  

Rose, Martha and Mary are very excited for the 2013-14 MOPS year and can’t wait to get to know each of you more!

1 Thessalonians 2:7-8

As apostles of Christ….we were gentle among you, like a mother caring for her little children. We loved you so much we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.