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Unfortunately MOPS is cancelled today (December 9) due to weather.
We will see if we can reschedule it!

Stephanie and KristineDear Moms,

We have managed to survive “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” again. Now we need to try to make room for Zoo Lights, Santa visits, class parties and cookie baking! While some of the hoopla may be commercial, it all serves a purpose: it adds excitement to our lives and hopefully acts as a symbol and a reminder that our relationship with Christ should be the center of our lives. While the frantic pace of the Christmas season surrounds our days, there is also a peace that seems to surround our hearts. There is a feeling that comes from the extra effort we place on our relationships as we celebrate the birth of Christ with those closest to us (spouses, children, family and friends).

As you celebrate these days leading up to Christmas, we encourage you to look at things a little differently. When you see Christmas lights adorning rooftops, think of the light of Jesus’ love that shines in and through us. When Santa delivers gifts Christmas morning, let it be a reminder of the gift that we are all given in the birth of Jesus Christ. Most importantly, when you reflect on the holiday season, let it be a reminder of that greatest gift given to us long ago on a beautiful starry night - “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16.

We wish you a blessed and very Merry Christmas!
Kristen & Stephanie


Fun things to do with kids around Portland this Christmas!

Attractions:

Zoolights- www.oregonzoo.org/visit/zoolights

Pittock Mansion - (Library also has passes for this!)

Victorian Belle- http://www.victorianbelle.com/the-miracle-of-a-million-lights.html

Winter Wonderland- Portland International Raceway www.winterwonderlandportland.com

Fantasy Trail- http://www.fantasytrail.com/xmastrail.htm

Walk the Grotto- https://thegrotto.org/christmas-festival-of-lights/

Alpenrose- Christmas in Dairyville- http://alpenrose.com/christmas-in-dairyville/

Oregon Garden- http://www.oregongarden.org/events/christmas-in-the-garden/

Peacock Lane- www.peacocklane.org

Tree lighting in any city- Aloha, Hillsboro, Portland, Tigard, Lake Oswego

Festival of Trees @ Convention center

Seven Dees Reindeer Magic- http://www.dennis7dees.com/blog/post/reindeer-magic

Christmas Ships: http://www.christmasships.org/

Trains:

Holiday Express- Oaks Park

Polar Express- Hood River- https://www.mthoodrr.com/the-polar-express-train-ride/

Tree Farms:

Loch Lolly Tree Farm- http://lochlollychristmasforest.com/

Furrow Farm Tree Farm- http://www.furrowfarm.com/

Plays:

Cirque Holidaze- http://portland.broadway.com/shows/cirque-dreams-holidaze-baa-ss/

Newmark Theater Beauty and the Beast- http://pixiedustshows.com/shows/beauty-and-the-beast/

Nutcracker- http://www.obt.org/1617-season/nutcracker/

Portland Playhouse Christmas Carol- http://www.portlandplayhouse.org/a-christmas-carol-2016/

Northwest Children’s Theater- Wizard of Oz- http://nwcts.org/content/wizard-oz

Beaverton MOPS Cookbook

Don't forget to get your cookbook at our next meeting.

Get one for $12  
or
two for $20
 

This is a great gift idea!

Save the Date

  • Swap and Drop - March 17 - Bring gently used kid clothes you don't need any more.
    Bring a bag and get a few items for your kiddos
  • Bunco Night - Saturday, April 22 - Fun Fact: 134 days until Bunco!
Thank you for everyone who joined us at the Raccoon Lodge and V & V Nails!  
We have lots of fun things planned for the new year.... more info coming soon!
A NOTE FROM HOSPITALITY
Please pick up your food dishes at the end of the meeting (disposable or not) and take you food if you'd like it. This will help make a quicker cleanup! Thank you!

MOPPETS

December 
Theme: Mary Hears the Good News


January 13
Theme: Building the Ark

Upcoming SPEAKERS

January 13: Choose Joy with Heather DeVore

BIG Thank You to Sara Dahlquist for speaking to our group on such a short notice. She is offering MOP's moms a special holiday offer! Please see advertisement below.


Did you miss a meeting? We have a few online, see below for details.
December Birthdays January Birthdays
Dec. 8 -  Natasha Edwards (Purple)
Dec 8 - Michelle Mulholland (Black)
Dec. 9 - Sarah Whitefield (Pink)
Dec. 10 - Kristi Peterson (Silver)
Dec. 13 - Kym Lardieri (Green)
Dec. 14 - Cristan Browne (Yellow)
Dec 14 - Michelle Cook (Orange)
Dec. 15 - Katie Willard (Red)
Dec. 16 - Kristen Cox (Yellow)
Dec. 16 - Cris Gwinn (Aqua)
Dec. 16 - Amy Warren (Red)
Dec. 29 - Karen Eggert (Silver)
Dec. 30 - Kathleen Harvey (Green)
Jan. 3 - Kim Bevan (Orange)
Jan. 4 - Jessie Liu (Pink)
Jan. 5 - Sarah Loumena (Red)
Jan. 6 - Amy Bailey (Purple)
Jan. 7 - Shawna Davis (Black)
Jan. 10 - Christine Davis (Yellow)
Jan. 12 - Stephie Kirin (Aqua)
Jan. 21 - MeiHua Gu (Purple)
Jan. 25 - Erica Swoyer (Aqua)
Jan. 25 - Emily Fehrenbach (Red)
Jan. 31 - Grace Ann Hansen (Yellow)
 

Moppets Reminder


Moppets is off to a great start this year with 90+ kids enrolled! A few reminders to help keep the program running smoothly:
  • Moppets shifts: Please be on time at 8:45 (when we open). Drop off is a busy time and having you present goes a long way while staff are helping with check-in. If sickness or last minute changes come up and you are unable to work your shift, please reach out to others to trade shifts. Posting on our Facebook secret group is a great resource.
  • Nursery (Middle and back): Please remember to put your child's diapers into a gallon sized zip lock bag with their name on it. Also label any other items your child takes with them (sippy cup or pacifier). We ask that parents hang onto coats, toys and other items to avoid mix ups. 
  • Classrooms: Please remember to gather crafts and other items up upon dismissal. 
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