On a Wednesday late in May, members of MOPS at FBC, Midlothian met together for the final meeting of the 2014-2015 MOPS year. Once the dozens of precious, young children were placed safely in the MOPPETS program, MOPS moms entered the MOPS meeting room ready to enjoy a special time of relaxation, fellowship, and encouragement. Upon entering the meeting room, moms were treated to a very delectable assortment of breakfast foods thoughtfully provided by the Gutsy Green table group.
During the meeting, MOPS members enjoyed watching a slideshow featuring pictures taken at various MOPS meetings, MNO’s, and playdates that took place throughout the MOPS year. MOPS moms also had fun playing a whole-group ice-breaker game of “Would You Rather…” The game was both entertaining and revealing! Also during the meeting, the Prayer and Care Team Leader, Suzette, recognized the MOPS members who would be celebrating their birthdays over the summer.
Every MOPS mom was also given the opportunity to enter the drawing to win a door prize. At this final meeting of the semester, there were not two or three door prizes available, but more than forty! Door prizes ranged from gift certificates for massages and pedicures, to Target gift cards, jewelry, free haircuts, wall décor, and certificates for free snow cones. At least six different moms from every table group won door prizes that morning!
Following the door prize giveaways, Becca, the MOPS Coordinator, acknowledged the members of the leadership team who were stepping down from their positions. She thanked them for all of their hard work over the past few years helping to make MOPS at FBC, Midlothian such a wonderful program for moms in the local community. She then took a few minutes to introduce the MOPS members who were joining the new leadership team. Then, Elizabeth was welcomed as the new MOPS Coordinator for the MOPS year beginning in the fall. Becca was also presented with a gift in appreciation for her service and commitment to the MOPS groups since it first began in 2011.
Finally, the meeting was closed in a word of prayer. Once dismissed, each MOPS mom left eagerly counting down the days until the new MOPS semester begins in the fall. The 2014-2015 MOPS year will be remembered fondly for the friendships that were nurtured, the welcoming atmosphere and the acceptance that was shown to every mom, the laughter that was shared, and the tears that were shed. It was a year of growth, of finding our courage, of learning to share our stories, and learning to “Be You Bravely”. It was a year spent connecting with other moms, and finding strength in each other as we grew in our faith and in our relationships with Jesus Christ. It was a year of striving to ensure that as much as possible, the MOPS motto, “No mom alone”, is true for many moms in the Midlothian area.