Cuddles from the Heart: 3rd quarter serving & outreach

Cuddles from the Heart

Cuddles from the Heart

In March, we will collect new (can be washed, just not used) or homemade blankets of all sizes to be distributed by Cuddles from the Heart at the Children’s Hospital in Denver.

Blankets of various types (fleece no-sew knot blankets, receiving blankets, quilts, throw blankets, crocheted or knitted blankets, etc.) provide comfort and bring a smile and feeling of home to struggling children and their families.

Additionally, one of our crafts will be making blankets to add to our donation.

Penny Wars Standings

Here are the standings after our sixth week of Penny Wars:

  1. Orange -470
  2. Purple -646
  3. Gold -772
  4. Black –1049
  5. Blue -1189
  6. Pink -1258
  7. Red -1605

Total Raised This Week: $86.55

Congratulations to the Orange Table for taking the lead! It was another crazy change up this week with lots of $5 bill sabotages.

A very big thank you to all our tables for donating this week. We have raised a total of $264.53 for Life Choices!

Our Speaker this Week…

Our speaker this week is Mary Vigil! We are so excited that Mary will be sharing with us the next two Mops meeting. We know that God will speak through her to each one of us. Here’s a little about Mary:

Mary was born and raised in Fort Collins, Colorado. She graduated from Colorado Christian University in May 2004. She and her husband Andrew live in Brighton, Colorado with their two children.

Mary is passionate about girls between the ages of 13 and 23. She believes those are the hardest years in a young woman’s life, and an important time in one’s journey to know and love Sweet Jesus. She was created to provide a place for girls to talk about anything and everything that comes with being a girl and with the decision to know, love, and follow Jesus Christ. She is passionate about the fellowship and friendship that comes when these girls gather together.

She thrives on researching the Word to accurately teach the Bible. While openly talking about the issues these girls face, she helps them explore how the Word of God is relevant. The context of her teaching is always love based, as it is her belief that the Bible is not a book of judgment, but rather one of love.

Her ministry, Girls Only Ministry, is a Non Profit public charity that exists to rescue broken girls in high trauma situations and we show love, grace, forgiveness and community to all broken girls between the ages of 13 and 23. They do this by providing shelter, education and a sense of community within a safe environment. Learn more about Girls Only Ministry by visiting their website:

See you all Thursday!

MOPS & POPS Coming Soon!

Mops & Pops 2015

Fun, friends, flap jacks and clean laughs. Bring the husband for a date night, or fly solo, and join us February 27th, 6:30pm.

There will be 20+ raffle prizes and several silent auction items. Dinner will be catered by Flippin FlapJacks and it will be flippin yummy. Stacy and Jeff Pedersen will be entertaining us with a hilarious comedy show. Check out their stuff at Mostly, it’s a greatly deserved night out for you!!

Cost is $8 per person. Raffle tickets will sell for 1-$1, 12-$10, 30-$20. All proceeds go to host this amazing night. Tickets will be for sale the next two Mops meetings, 2/5 & 2/19. If you are unable to make either meeting and need tickets please contact Tracy Andersen

We hope to see you there!!!

Penny Wars Standings

Here are the Penny Wars Standing after our last meeting…

  1. Blue -239
  2. Pink -430
  3. Orange -470
  4. Purple -646
  5. Gold -772
  6. Black –1049
  7. Red -1480

Total Raised: $37.63

Congratulations to the Blue Table for taking the lead! It was quite the change up this week with dollar bills used all around to bring down the tables’ scores. However, we do have two unmarked bags of change that still need to be factored in! We’ll show the bags at our meeting this week so they can be claimed and totaled.

A big thank you to all our tables for donating this week. We have raised a total of $177.98 for Life Choices!

This Week’s Speaker

We are so very excited for our Christmas Tea this Thursday, December 18! We are equally excited that Sharon Sands will be sharing with us. Here is a little about Sharon:


Sharon is so excited to come speak to our group this coming Thursday.

Sharon will tell you that the older she gets, the more she appreciates God’s AMAZING grace! Through some very precious seasons of life, as well as some incredibly dark valleys, the Lord has been so gracious and faithful!

Sharon is well acquainted with the different seasons of life. As a single woman involved in student ministry for 11 years she worked with students in Heidelberg, West Germany, Texas and Arkansas.

At the age of 31, Sharon married a wonderful man and the Lord blessed them with five children.

Looking forward to seeing everyone this Thursday!

Penny Wars Standings

Here are the standings after our fourth week of Penny Wars:

  1. Pink -373
  2. Blue -407
  3. Orange -414
  4. Gold -472
  5. Purple -446
  6. Black –872
  7. Red -1874

The Red table was bombed this week! After three weeks of holding onto the lead, Red has fallen to last place and Pink has taken the lead.

A big thank you to all our tables for donating this week. We have raised a total of $140.35 for Life Choices!

Upcoming Speaker

We are excited to have a speaker this Thursday! I know this week’s speaker is excited to share her story and experience with all of us. Here is a brief bio from Ami:

My name is Ami Elrod. I have the privilege of raising and homeschooling our three daughters: Thea 10, Petra 8 & Ivy Joy 6. Andrew, my husband, and I have been married for 11 years. Dallas, TX is currently where we call home, as my husband is finishing his masters of theological studies. We have been working within a ministry setting for three and half years. Our experience ranges from children’s ministry, youth and high school ministry and adult and pastoral care. I have recently finished a degree in Psychology, but for the time being, I invest most of my efforts in homeschooling our children and tutoring with our local co-op. In the past, I have operated my own business in custom jewelry and repair and find it refreshing to fill orders every now and again. I have been a part of MOPS in years past, beginning when my second child was born in ’05 and eventually graduated when my youngest turned 3. I remain dear friends with those I developed relationships with during that time of my life and to this day, I cherish that season. I am on Facebook and those interested can follow my business page at


Serving Opportunity – Hope House of Colorado

Hope House of Colorado is in need of volunteers this December to help with their annual Christmas Party. Hope House is committed to transforming the lives of teen moms around the world. They house homeless teen moms and their children as well as provide teen moms with numerous services: GED program, college and career support program, mentoring, parenting, life skills, counseling (and the list goes on). Click here to learn more about HH:

December 18 is the annual Christmas Party for teen moms and their children. HH is looking for 20-30 volunteers to run booths at this party. This Christmas party is similar to a Harvest Party with numerous booths where the kids play games and earn prizes. Everything needed is provided by HH, they just need your time to set up and man the booths. You are welcome to bring your older children, spouse, or a friend.

Where: Arvada Covenant Church

When: Thursday, Dec 18

Time: 4:30 (Set Up), Party Starts at 5

This is a wonderful opportunity to give back this holiday season. Please consider volunteering. These moms are trying so hard to make a better life for their children and themselves and I know this event will bless and encourage them as well as us.

Please email me to sign up. Feel free to email if you have any questions as well. We will also have a sign up sheet to pass around at our November 20 meeting.

Penny Wars Standings – Week 2

Here are the standings after our second week of Penny Wars:

  1. Red +132
  2. Pink -373
  3. Blue -407
  4. Orange -426
  5. Gold -472
  6. Purple -517
  7. Black –872

Congratulations to the Red Table for maintaining their early lead! Red remains in the positive (despite some tough opposition) while Pink and Blue hold a close second and third place.

A big thank you to all our tables for donating this week. We have raised a total of $73.99 for Life Choices!

Don’t forget to bring your pennies to our November 20 meeting to help put your table ahead!