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If You Give a Mom a MuffinMOPS Leadership TeamCoordinator MLisse Stone Creative Activities Leader Marcia Smith Creative Activities Asst./ Service Projects Rose Laeber Finance Leader Coco Gumacal Grandmop Elsie Anderson Discussion Group Leader Audrey Witteborg Hospitality / Care Team Caprice Inchalik Mentor Moms Cathy Davie Joan Evans Karen Jaeger Alice McKinley Diane Rust Publicity Leader Courtney Phelps Social Activities/Special Events Leader Amy Broxham Speaker Coordinator Deanna McDaniel Table Leaders Brandi Brooks Janet Horel Deanna McDaniel Tamara Plummer Doria Wallentine Tiffany Wolin

Todays Quote

If you give a Mom a muffin, For every house is built by She'll want a cup of coffee to go with it. someone, but He who built She'll pour herself some. all things is God. The coffee will get spilled by her three year old. She'll wipe it up. Hebrews 3:4 Wiping the floor, she will find some dirty socks. She'll remember she has to do some laundry. When she puts the laundry in the washer, she'll trip over some snow boots and bump into the freezer. Bumping into the freezer will remind her she has to plan dinner for tonight. She will get out a pound of hamburger. Next MOPS Meeting She will look for her cookbook (101 Things to Make with a Pound of Hamburger). Tuesday, October 23rd, 9:15am The cookbook is sitting under a pile of mail. Over-scheduling our Kids She will see the phone bill which is due tomorrow. She will look for her checkbook. CCCs Fall Fun Fest The checkbook is in her purse that is being Tuesday, October 31st, 6-8:30pm dumped out by her two year old. She'll smell something funny. got friends? Womens Conference She'll change the two year old. Fri., Nov. 4th 7-10pm & While she is changing the two year old the phone Sat., Nov. 5th, 8:30am-2:30pm will ring. Her four year old will answer it and hang up. November MOPS Meetings She remembers that she wants to phone a friend Nov. 13th/27th at 9:15am to come for coffee on Friday. The Heart of a Meal & Unmentionables! Thinking of coffee will remind her that she was (Bring a recipe and OCC items on the 13th) going to have a cup. She will pour herself some. And chances are... If she has a cup of coffee... Her kids will have eaten the muffin that went with it. Thoughts by Kathy Fictorie By Tricia Goyer based on "If you Give a Mouse a Cookie by The thousands of me-to-me conversations going Laura Numeroff on in my head throughout the day are labeled by

Mark Your Calendar!


In This IssueBirthdays/Special Announcements . . . . Page 2 From the Kitchen & Neighborhood . . . . . Page 2 Family Circle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 2 Ask a Mentor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 3 Operation Christmas Child . . . . . . . . . . . Page 3 MOPPETS Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 3 Calendar & Classifieds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 4 Minding Thoughts Continued . . . . . . . Page 4 Contact Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 4

psychologists as "self-talk." Relentless, repetitive self-talk transforms our self-image-for good or for bad. It modifies both our inner and outer worlds. We will do what our thoughts tell us to do. God knows that. That's why God desires His truth to cover all our thoughts. I don't know about you, but there's often a distinction between the thoughts I invite into my inner world and those God establishes. My thoughts are anything but stable. They waver and change. They accuse when they should praise. They mock when they should trust. Continued on page 4 ...he lives with you and will be in you. John 14:17


Welcome Home Little OneCaprice Inchalik and her family were blessed with a baby boy on Sept. 16th. James Kenneth measured 8 lbs., 2 oz., and was 20 long! Congratulations!

RECENT RENOVATIONS! The Inchalik home has increased by two feet.

NEARING COMPLETION DATES!The following moms are awaiting additions to their homes: Elizabeth Rolli -10/5, Tamara Plummer - 10/17, Jackie Ehtesham - 11/20, Stephanie Gage - 12/1, Julie Bellig -12/10, Deanna McDaniel - 1/19/08, Amy Horel - 2/25, Heather Scherber - 3/20

EARLY DEVELOPMENT STAGES!Congratulate Callisa Kong on her recent announcement of her home expansion!

Leah Rice (10/5) Julie Bellig (10/6) Angel Payne (10/9) Kristy Vogel (10/11) Stephanie Gage (10/15) Jenny Hughes (10/29)

A Special Happy Birthday wish to those we missed in September: Sabrina Ballestero (9/1) & Kim Burke (9/9).

Our NeighborhoodFirst 5 Sacramento Childrens Celebration: 10/13 All ages. 5-9 p.m. 264-7462 Decorate a mini-paper pumpkin: 10/13 Discovery Museums Gold Rush History Center 101 I St. Sac., 264-7057 Salmon Festival: 10/13-10/14 Amer. River, Nimbus hatchery 10am-4pm, fun, BBQ, music www.salmonfestival.com Harvest Family Faire: 10/13 Carden School 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Marconi Ave. 488-1313 Halloween-themed Spookomotive steam train: 10/13 Old Sac. 558-3912 The Harvest Party: 10/19 Maidu Community Center, Rsvl. 774-5505 Safetyville USAs Halloween Haunt: 10/20 3909 Bradshaw Rd., Sacramento 366-7233 Celebrate Fall with Musician Lisa Phoenix: 10/20 Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Ancil Hoffman Park, Cmcl., 489-4918 Visit the Mansion after Dark: 10/26-27 Governors Mansion, Sac. 6:30-8:30 p.m. All ages. 323-3047 Hear spooky stories: 10/26-28 Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Ancil Hoffman Park, Cmcl., 489-4918 Fairytale Towns Safe & Super Halloween: 10/26-28 All ages. 5-9 p.m. 264-7462 Trick or Treat Street event: 10/28 Arden Fair Mall 3-5 p.m. Free 920-4809 Trunk or Treat event: 10/28 Bayside Church, 4-7:30 p.m. Roseville 791-1244 Monsters on the Mall: 10/31 Sunrise Mall 5-7 p.m. 725-1585Source for events: Sacramento Parents Monthly

From the Kitchen

Beckys Famous Sour Cream PotatoesThank you for permission to share, Becky Moos!

INGREDIENTS: 32 oz. bag of frozen Hash Browns cup melted Butter Topping 1 can Cream of Chicken Soup 2 cups Cornflakes crushed 12 oz. grated Cheddar Cheese cup melted Butter 8 oz. Sour Cream 1 tsp. Salt small Onion chopped

Mix first 7 ingredients together in a large bowl. (Do not thaw hash browns). Spray a 9x13 pan with Pam and then spread potato mixture in it. Mix topping together and spread over potatoes. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes uncovered.Chances are you have tried this delicious recipe here at MOPS!

WANTED: Your Favorite Recipe!Bring your favorite recipe to share with your table at the Nov. 13th MOPS meeting!


Try The Art of Acknowledgement Acknowledging means we respond verbally to the elephants in our rooms, in our conversations, and in our own heads. In our heads for example: Im feeling scared and stressed since Susie told me about the elaborate, expensive and creative Halloween costume she plans for Tommy. Now that its out there you can think, Do I want to invest that much effort? What does it mean to my child? What difference will it make in a month from now? The art of acknowledgement in our conversations: To your inlaws: I have the feeling that you often wish you could spend more time with your grandchildren and us. We are really grateful for that. Considering how difficult it is for a young family to pack up and travel, could we talk about some healthy ways to work on this? What do you think? To your husband: Honey, I know you must feel that theres not enough of me to go around since we had kids. No need to fix the problem. Simply acknowledge it and see what happens. ~ MM: Alice McKinleyDo you have a question for our Mentor Moms? If so, submit it and it may be in the next newsletter! Send questions to [email protected]

Ask a Mentor Mom


How does a mom handle indirect

pressures from family and friends, especially around the holidays?


Teaching Our Kids About GivingOperation Christmas Child is coming up soon! What a great opportunity to involve and teach our kids about giving to others.

Still need: shoeboxes Dont forget to bring in your shoe boxes now for service project, Operation Christmas Child which will be on Tues., Nov. 13th! Thank you for contributing!

C O R NMake Caramel Apples!1 tbsp. butter 1 cups light brown sugar 6 tbsp. water Popsicle sticks 8 to 10 apples Melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the brown sugar and water. Stir until it has a smooth consistency. Gently bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 3 minutes, until the pan's sides get steamy and the mixture is thin but somewhat sticky. Remove from heat. Pierce the center of each apple with a Popsicle stick, then swirl in the caramel syrup until coated. Place apples on a greased cookie sheet to harden. Refrigerate for at least 1 to 2 hours. Serves 8 to 10. www.familyfun.com



Label, Label, Label!MOPPETS Guideline of the Month: Please label your childs bottles, sippy cups, sweaters, diaper bags, etc. This will ensure that your childs items will make it home with your child. Thanks!

Autumn Placemats Con-Tact paper Scissors Leaves Camera Craft Materials Glue or glue stick Construction Paper Acrylic paint and brushes 1. Start with a pile of leaves, some energetic kids and a camera. After the pictures are developed, pick one that captures the spirit of the day and glue it onto a place mat-sized piece of paper. 2. Decorate the border with drawings or leaf prints (lightly paint back of a leaf with paint, then press onto the paper). 3. Once dry, laminate with clear ConTact paper or, for about $3 each, splurge and have the place mats professionally laminated at a copy shop. www.familyfun.com

A Halloween Alternative

Fall Fun FestOct. 31st, 6-8:30 PM Christ Community Church


OCTOBER 2007Sun 1 Mon 2 Tue 3 Wed 4 Thu 5Leah Rices Birthday!


Sat 6 MOPS FamilyBBQ Julie Belligs Birthday!

MOPS CLASSIFIEDSFREE Classified Ads to our MOPS Moms! If you have baby/kid/mom items that are gently used and you would like to sell or give away, here is the place to list it. Also if you have any needs, list them here! Email a description of the item including the price and your contact information to be placed in this column to: [email protected]


8Columbus Day

9Angel Paynes Birthday!


11Kristy Vogels Birthday!





Stephanie Gages Birthday!

16 MOPSMeeting! 9:15-11:30am





FREE baby swing - used/good condition. Julie Jones @ 726-1555

Precious Babies24 25 26 27





29Jenny Hughes Birthday!


31 MOPS Fall Fun Fest Meeting! 9:15-11:30am Halloween

Precious Babies is a support group for women who have lost a baby from conception through infancy. Through comfort, fellowship, sharing, love, support, and a focus on scripture, we hope to help women through the grieving process. We are currently reading Kathy Wunnenbergs book Grieving the Child I Never Knew. Meets the 1st Tuesday of the month in the Fireside Room. 6:30-9:00PM Meg Helton 485-7444

GET CONNECTEDIf you havent done so already, go to our yahoo group to get on the group email list. Click Join at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cccmopsconnected/.

got friends?Join us Nov. 2 & 3 here at CCC for a Conference just for women $40 includes T-shirt, breakfast, lunch Fri., Nov. 2, 7-10pm & Sat., Nov. 3, 8:30am-2:30pm Tickets on sale Oct. 14th [email protected]

Minding Thoughts continued from page 1 That's why it's so important for me not to trust my thoughts--but instead to seek God thoughts. There is really no mystery to how to do this. All you have to do is ask! Listen to this: "If you need wisdom-if you want to know what God wants you to do-ask him, and he will gladly tell you. He will not resent you asking. But when you ask him, be sure that you really expect him to answer, for a doubtful mind is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. People like that should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. They can't make up their minds. They waver back and forth in everything they do" James 1:5-8 (NLT) God knows that our lives, our families, and the training up of our kids can be transformed if we depend upon His thoughts instead of our own. Ask God to enrich your words and thoughts. Then, confess, talk truth, and depend on the Spirit within you. No great mystery about that--but the results will be astonishing! Tricia Goyer By Tricia Goyer, author of Generation NeXt Parenting

For questions regarding CCC MOPS, Call MLisse Stone. 916-489-0602 www.CCCMOPS.com For Womens Ministry, Call Jana Michaelsen. 916-344-2382 www.CCCNOW.com Christ Community Church 5025 Manzanita Ave. Carmichael, CA 95608

Christ Community Church