Flower Fundraiser 2016

Hello Moms! Apparently it’s been a while since I’ve updated the blog and I’m super duper sorry about that! I’ll try to be better! I’ll have to do an update blog with all of the stuff we’ve done in the last 6 months! Lots of photos to share!

We’re doing a new fundraiser this spring in leu of the wreath fundraiser over the holidays. We will be utilizing a local (and fabulous) greenhouse Plantmasters of Suttons Bay. We are selling gift certificates for an 11″ Hanging Baskets Green or White Pot for $25 each.  Once purchased the purchaser or gift recipient can go to Plantmasters of Suttons Bay and pick out their own plant!  Plants may be picked up between the dates of May 1st-15th, 2016 ONLY. These are perfect for Mother’s Day gifts!!

The sale will be going on until the end of April. All money is due to Melissa by April 29th. The mom that sells the most certificates will receive a gift certificate for a MASSAGE (seriously, ladies! YOU WANT THIS!) You may make checks payable to Immanuel Lutheran Church.  Contact any of the steering team with any questions you may have!  Happy Selling!

Here is a link to download the PDF form to keep track of your sales!


Also feel free to download the image below and share it on your social media avenues to sell to a larger crowd!


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10/20 Pot Luck

Our dinner tomorrow night is pot luck and the theme this week is SALADS! Here is the list of what everyone signed up to bring. If you did not get a chance to sign up and would like to bring something please feel free to fill in one of the blanks and comment below with what you’ll be bringing or let one of the leadership team members know and we’ll get you on the list. Likewise, if you cannot make the meeting and you did sign up for something, please let one of us know so we can have your part of the meal covered.  Thanks!


Antipasta Salad – Melissa
Itailian Noodle Salad – Delayna Steffans
Kale Salad – Alissa
**we could probably use another salad or two here…

Beverage – Sangria sans the alcohol – Kathy

Dessert – Snickers Salad – Mandy Jelinek


Macaroni Salad – Alissa
Carrots – Mandy
Some other fruit or veggie – Natalie
Homemade Apple Juice – Kathy
Dessert – Talitha

For our craft tomorrow night we will be updating and putting together Quiet Bags for the smallish ones to use during service at the church. This will be one of the service projects that we’ll be doing this year. Please bring with you anything you might think would be a good idea to add to the quiet bags or supplies to make activities for the kids (yarn, straws, felt, crayons, coloring books, pipe cleaners, pom poms, etc). Below are some links to the ideas that we found on Pinterest.





Let me know if you have ANY questions!

First Meeting 2015

Wow, what a great first meeting to kick off the year! It was so nice and refreshing to see so many returning faces as well as new members, too!


We kicked the evening off with our new pastor, Pastor Joshua Lafeve, telling us a little bit about himself and his family and leading us into prayer. I believe the church and MOPS/MOMSnext will be in good hands with him nearby.

Dinner was provided by the Steering Team and consisted of cookies from Ciceros and sandwiches from The Cheese Shop.  Everything was sooo yummy and it was soooo nice not to have to cook! There was not a shortage of conversations of summer adventures and first day of school stories – it was as if we never had a hiatus between meetings.


New This Year

Thanksgiving Tree – This years theme is all about being thankful for the little and the big things that we encounter in our every day lives. To symbolize this we have created the MOPS/MOMSnext Thankgiving Tree. This tree will be at the entryway of each of our meetings and we encourage you to create an “ornament” out of the black discs provided with something or someone that you are thankful for or any prayers that you may want to share. Share as much as you want! I envision a full tree at the end of the year!


Can Drive – As I mentioned in a previous post, we will no longer be doing the wreath sale this holiday season. Instead we will be holding a Can Drive that is going on now! Everyone has until October 6th to collect pop or beer cans/bottles and bring them to the meeting that night. There’s no selling involved. Just simply asking your friends and neighbors for their recycling. It’s such a dirty job, nobody likes to do that anyway! Well, except for Winston, he loves it. Ha. So anyway…start/keep collecting and I’m sure we’ll have a good turnout.  DOWNLOAD A FLIER FOR FACEBOOK SHARING HERE!

Nursery Help – All of our help from last year has gone off to college (darn that ol’ furthering ones’ education idea!) and has thus left us in a bit of a pickle for the Moppets Program. We have one girl that will be able to help but only after vollyball season ends which is mid-october. Last night we asked for volunteers to help in the nursery during the next few meetings and THANK YOU to all that did volunteer. A member of the Steering Team will be contacting you to see when you’d like to take  your turn. However, we would like all of the Moms to be able to participate in our MOPS/MOMSnext nights so, in that spirit, please pray for a helper in the Moppets Program and/or if you know of someone that might be interested in the position (it is paid – so that could be an incentive!).


Newsletter – Melissa is our resident journalist. She puts out a kick-booty newsletter every month filled with updates, photos, member birthdays (new this year!), recipes and tons more. She’s super creative at it so we never really know what’s going to be in the next issue! SEE SEPTEMBER’S NEWSLETTER HERE. If you have a recipe or announcement that you’d like to share, contact Melissa at melissahale@hotmail.com

Pot Lucks – Every other meeting we hold a pot luck for our dinner (kiddos, too).  At the meeting prior we sign up for what we’d like to bring and you’ll find that list here on the blog and/or on our Facebook Group page. We will send out reminders as the pot luck meeting nears as if any of you are anything like me, I’d forget my head if it weren’t attached!  Below is the sign up list for next week. The theme? MEXICAN!
9/22 Pot Luck List

First Meeting 9/8

It’s that time of year again! School is starting and so is MOPS and MOMSnext! Our first meeting is tomorrow, September 8th. We will be meeting at the usual place and usual time.  Immanuel Lutheran Church on Pearl Street in Leland at 5:45pm. Childcare and dinner will be provided. We cannot wait to see all of the returning faces as well as some new ones too!  We have a lot of fun in store for this year so share the joy and bring a friend as well!

Can Drive


Hello Ladies! This fall we are trying something new for a fundraiser (we will not be doing the wreath sale this winter). No, we’re not selling anything, you can thank us on Tuesday, ha ha! We are going to be collecting soda and beer cans/bottles and returning them for the Michigan Recycle Refund.  All you have to do is reach out to your family and friends and ask for their cans and bottles. Bring them to the October 6th meeting and I (Kathy) will take on the task of taking them all back. It’s dirty work but hey, somebody’s got to do it!  If anyone wants to volunteer to help in this task, I won’t deny anyone the pleasure!  Let me know if you have any questions about this drive.

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Pot Luck – Tuesday May 5th

Hello ladies!  Thank to everyone who has already submitted photos for our MOPS Sunday Slideshow! We can still take some last minute photos so if you have ones of your families, you and your kiddos, any MOPS events, or just your kiddos please send them to kathy@creativenutmedia.com and I will forward them to Tina Becker who is graciously putting the slideshow together for us.

At our last meeting we had 2 food sign up lists. One for the Pot Luck for our next meeting and one for the MOPS Sunday Morning.  The lists are below.  Please contact one of the steering team or comment on this post if you can add to these lists.

MOPS Sunday – May 3rd (Plan on about 75 people)

Kathy – Cookies
Brooke – Veggie tray
Erika – Fruit
Emily – Muffins
Rachel – Juice
Kristen Wilson – something maybe? Depends on junior’s arrival!!
Alissa – Eggbake
Amy – Mini Quiche
Melissa – Donut holes and muffins
Natalie – ?

Pot Luck Dinner – May 5th (Theme: Appetizers/Finger Foods)


Kathy – Mini Quiche
Brooke – Something Yummy
Amy – Spinache Artichoke Dip & Crustini
Erika – Something Yummy
Alissa – Hummis & Veggies
Rachel – Lemonaid & Cookies


Emily – Juice
Alissa – Tomato Soup
Kristen W – Bread
Melissa – Veggies
Natalie – Dessert

Pot Luck Meeting – March 17

Hello Mommies!  Our next meeting is creeping up on us…and it just happens to be St. Patrick’s Day as well so, you guessed it, our theme for dinner this Tuesday is GREEN FOOD!  Below is a list of our potluck list thus far, but it looks like we mostly need food for the kiddos this week.

Main: Kathy – Ham

Side: Kristen – Ramen Slaw Salad

Side: Caprese Salad

Dessert: Melissa

Beverage: Punch


Main Dish:

Side: Amy: Green Fruit





REMINDER: Please bring plastic containers with lids to the meeting on Tuesday (mayonaise and peanut butter are perfect!)  for our I Spy craft. Make sure they are cleaned out 🙂

MOPS Meeting tonight!

Hello mama’s!  We are still holding the meeting tonight at 5:45pm. The roads seem to be fine but please still use caution. We want everyone to arrive safely!  See you soon! We have a super fun craft tonight!

Sub Fundraiser Information

It’s that time of year again – Club-Sub Fundraiser!  This is probably one of the easiest fundraisers we have because everyone LOVES OUR SUBS!

Email or text your final orders to Natalie by January 26th: natkorson@hotmail.com / 231-432-0424
Please make checks payable to: Immanuel Lutheran Church.  All monies collected are due to Natalie by February 3rd (at our MOPS meeting).

All subs include:

  • Ham
  • Turkey
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • 12″ Hoagie Bun

On the side the following items are provided:

  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Onion
  • Super Secret Special Sauce

Each sub is $8.00 or you can get 6 for $40.00.  If you purchase 5, you get a 6th for FREE!!  6 subs will feed 12-16 adults – perfect for the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 1st!


We will be gathering at Rachel Spinniken’s home to assemble the subs on the morning on January 31st at 9:30.  The process usually goes pretty quickly as we have it pretty nailed down.  The more people we have involved in the assembly process the quicker it will go.  If you need to bring your kiddos that is A-OK! The kids can play together while we assemble!  Please message Rachel, Natalie, Melissa, Alissa or I for addess and/or directions.

Download your printable order form HERE!




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Giving Back to Single MOMM

Each holiday season, Leland MOPS/MOMSnext participates in a service project for the local Single Moms Ministry.  The Single Mom’s Ministry is a relational ministry that seeks to help single moms acquire a healthy sense of self-awareness, create a wide base of community support, become invested in parenting, strive for economic wellness, and recognize themselves as a contributing member of society.

Every holiday season, Single MOMM puts on a Holiday Party Event for all of the single moms during a time when they are most often forgotten, left out or most vulnerable.  During this event the Mom gets to have a HOT meal served to her (a real treat for any mom, am I right?!) and is pampered while her little one(s) get to “go shopping” for gifts for their mom for Christmas.  These gifts that the children “shop” for are donated or made by volunteers.  We have made gifts for this event for the last few years.  It is really a great time for all involved.

This year, we decided to make Body Scrub for the event.  During one of our meetings in November we banded together and made 48 jars of Sugar Cookie Body Scrub.  The room smelled heavenly and we had many laughs to go around as well!  Here are some photos of that meeting…if you look closely, MomConnie even participated! (The recipe for the scrub is at the bottom of this post!)

The Single Mom’s Ministry is still looking for volunteers for their event in December (below are the volunteers that they are in need of).

They would like help setting up the Santa’s Workshop on Friday, December 12th. If you can’t make it to either one of the events and would still like to help out, you can bring cookies or applesauce to our meeting on Tuesday and Natalie will bring them with her on Friday.

If you can’t make event or will be out-of-town they are still collecting $20-25 gift cards from Kohl’s or Toys R Us (or monetary donations to go toward this).

The event is a 3 hour event from 5-8pm (volunteers need to arrive at 4:30pm to pray) on December 13th at the Church of the Living God (1514 Birmley Road).  Please look at your schedule and talk with friends, fellow small group members and others that might be able to help.  Having enough hands and hearts to safely love on these beautiful children is a biggest need.  Also, those that would welcome our new moms (from 4:30-6:30pm) and help in the kitchen.  Please see below and let them know ASAP if you can help.  They can only pull this off with an army of servants!!

Greatest need:  2 -3 more people in the 3-5 year old class

More Volunteers Needed:

  • 1 more person in the nursery
  • 1 more person in the toddler room
  • 1-2 more people in the 6-8 class
  • 1-2 more people in the 9-11 class
  • 1 more person in the 12 and up boys
  • 2 more people to serve the kids food (4:30-6:30)
  • 2 more people for new mom greater (4:30-6:30)
  • 4-5 women helping in the kitchen
  • 3 folks helping with take down of tables and chairs (8:00-9:00)

All of these jobs are very important.  Please step up if you are at all able.  They get many non-believing moms and kids at this event… it is an awesome time to truly show them the real meaning and reason for this season.  Serve as a family, as a couple, neighbors, or small group.

If you would like to help out, please contact Heather Muha at Heather@singlemomm.org

For more information on the Single MOMM on Facebook HERE or visit their website HERE.




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Here’s the recipe for the Sugar Cookie Body Scrub that we made for this event.  Find it on Pinterest HERE!


  • 2/3 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbs vanilla extract
  • 1 half pint mason jar (8 OZ Jar)
  • Label (with a sticker back)


  1. In a medium-sized bowl, combine your brown sugar and white sugar. Whisk them together until they are completely combined.
  2. Add in your olive oil and vanilla extract and mash together with a fork until all of the oil is combined into the sugar mixture.
  3. Pack the mixture down into your mason jar.
  4. To finish, tie a bow around the mouth of the jar (optional). Create your own label and stick it on the front of the jar or on the lid. Now, it is ready for gifting or for immediate use!
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