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Why Mops at Night by Alyson Nash

When I first heard that 2BC was wanting to start an evening MOPS group I was very excited to get more information. I had been wanting to attend the daytime MOPS group meetings for a while, but the meeting times never seemed to work out with my schedule. I work and go to nursing school so my schedule is not always very flexible during the day. In all the busyness of life, it's often difficult to find time to get involved in things outside of work and family. Community is very important to me, and that is why my husband and I joined 2BC when we moved to Liberty about three years ago. The first few years of my children’s lives were filled with a lot of life changes. We relocated to the Kansas City area when the kids were around 1 year old and since then I had never really found time to find a community of moms. Other moms that I knew had mentioned MOPS. There was a MOPS group in the last city where we lived that a friend of mine attended. But this one had also met during the day.

I have always been a working mom even though I have not always worked a nine to five job five days a week. Being a mom who works outside the home presents a lot of unique challenges. I feel like I have to cram a days worth of quality time into a few hours at night. The “mom guilt” is particularly strong in me. It can be especially hard to find time to be around other moms that are feeling exactly the same way as you. After all, everyone is busy. But something I and the co-leader of the Night MOPS group, Laura Sears, have realized is that making time to be in community with other moms is very important. It refreshes us, and I believe makes us better parents. We talk about frustrations and challenges that we face in parenting these tiny gifts that we have been given.

Being a mom is not always easy, but it is rewarding, and it helps to have a community of people that understand what you are going through. Since we started this group I have felt that I truly found a community of people who “get me”.

We welcome anyone that has kids from birth to kindergarten who is looking for a community of moms. We meet the second Wednesday of every month from 6-7: 30 p.m. in the Oak Room. Childcare is available but space is limited so we ask that if moms have a spouse or other family member that would be able to provide childcare that they leave the child with them. My hope is that this group will continue to grow and provide a valuable sense of community to moms of preschoolers. If anyone has any questions or wants more information about night MOPS you can email me or Laura Sears at nightmops.ah@gmail.com.

at Friday, November 16, 2018

Two Are Better Than One by Robin Ruhlman

I will never forget parking my car in the parking lot at Second Baptist for the first time. I took a deep breath and reached behind me to unbuckle my four-year-old and then got out to unbuckle my six-month-old. I snuggled him into my pregnant belly and grabbed the hand of my oldest. We then marched along the sidewalk, following the crowd of women and children. When we got to the crosswalk a sweet voice called my name, “Hi! You’re Robin, right? I’m Julia and you’ll be at my table. I’m so glad you’re here. Let me show you where to take your boys.” I followed this fellow mom with a grateful heart and instantly felt the nervousness leave my body. My children and I were surrounded by love and friendship the moment we parked our car. I dropped my baby off with Ann Posey, who smiled and said, “He will do just fine, enjoy your morning.” These moments, on my very first day of MOPS, changed my life. I was surrounded by women, by other mothers. I was no longer alone in my home with two children and a third on the way. They were going through what I was going through or were safely on the other side. They have offered comfort, prayers, shared in births, celebrations and laughed with me on the roller coaster of motherhood. 

Four years later and I now help coordinate this group of amazing women. We offer a judgment-free space to come and celebrate our joys and lay down our struggles. We surround each other with love and hope that only a fellow tired and worn out Mom can understand. I enter that room at 2BC every month and remember Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 

Two are better than one because they have a good return on their labor. If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

We are a cord of many strands, we gather with love, acceptance and a mutual respect that all mothers are welcome just as God created them. 

at Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Calling All Elves by Karri and Amelia George

The Christmas Store was created six years ago by the Missions Committee when they decided to Turn Christmas Upside Down and offer Liberty families a store at which they could shop and choose brand new gifts for their children at a nominal fee. Since it started, almost 900 children have been served and the store is something many families look forward to each year.

The Store provides more than just gifts, though. It gives families a sense of pride, respect, and joy that they are involved in the gift choosing and giving. As the parents leave with their gifts they are full of smiles, joy, and excitement that they have chosen just the right gift for each of their children. This spills over to other family members, too. For the past three years, a grandma has been so moved by what her daughter experienced at the store that she delivers bags and bags of toys so that others can receive the same joy as her family. Each year while shopping at the store, there are also several parents who become so excited with what the store is doing that they stay to help wrap presents for other shoppers.

I love how much church members look forward to this time as well! I hear stories over and over about how moved they are at the stories the families tell and that they will be back to volunteer the next year. One special story of a volunteer happened last year, and it was from my own daughter, Amelia. Here is what she says:

Ever since I can remember my mom has always done the Christmas Store and at first, I didn’t get it. I wondered why there were so many gifts for others in her home office, after all, we always had gifts on Christmas. As I got older I realized there are lots of people who aren’t as fortunate as my family. My friends are the ones who showed me that. When I was helping at the store one night, my friend's family came to the store. They had always seemed so happy, who knew their families were struggling? I didn’t and that’s what made me more concerned about it. They are such amazing people and they deserve to wake up on Christmas morning and have gifts for themselves. There are too many families who struggle. So I became active in trying to help. I wanted to make sure that everyone, like my friends, had gifts. One night last year I wanted to stay and help. It was probably 10 or 11 and we were waiting on the late night shoppers to come back with more gifts for the next day. I started to complain. I immediately thought, how could I complain about waiting for shoppers that were coming back with the only things that kids might get for Christmas?! Now every time I see the overflowing pile of gifts I smile thinking how much joy they will bring some kids.

The Christmas Store is December 13, 14, and 15. Please consider supporting the Store through purchasing gifts, monetary donations for us to shop for the gifts, volunteering before the store with prep and set-up, or during the store to help the families shop. Opportunities are posted online and in the Welcome Center. I promise it will be the best experience of your holiday season!

2017 Girls in Action Shopping
for the Christmas Store
Volunteers Preparing Gifts
for the Christmas Store
Donated Wrapping Paper
for the Christmas Store

 

at Monday, November 12, 2018