May 7, 2012

Early Registration for 2012/2013

I am excited to announce that early registration for the 2012/2013 MOPS year is now open! You will receive an incredible discount, along with some fun summer benefits, if you register in May. We will have registration forms available at our May 8 and May 22 MOPS meetings. If you prefer, you may also download the new form right here:

CV MOPS Registration Form 2012

The early registration costs are as follows:
MOPS International Membership - $22 ($2 savings)
All CV MOPS meetings for 2012/2013 - $63 ($42 savings! That is the equivalent of 6 free meetings!)

So, plan to bring your check for either $22 (MOPS fee only) or $85 (MOPS fee and a whole year of meetings!) and get ready to Plunge into MOPS! After May 31, the cost of a MOPS membership increases to $24, and the cost of annual meetings dues goes up to $77. If you do not want to pay ahead, you will still have the option to pay the regular $7 per meeting charge, and we will also introduce a new trimester payment option in September.

In addition to saving some money, moms who register in May will receive access to special features on the MOPS website this summer. You can join MOPS CEO and President Sherry Surratt for a special summer video series that will refresh you, your family and your friendships. Wherever you are this summer, you can log in and connect. In addition to the monthly videos with Sherry, we will have new features each week on MyMOPS to provide practical tips and inspiration for your summer. This special opportunity is only open to moms and leaders who register for membership by May 31 – so don't wait to register.

May 1, 2012

Spring Tea - May 8

You are invited to our MOPS Spring Tea next Tuesday, May 8!  This is a free event for all women, so invite your mother, sister, or another friend to come share our "garden party" at MOPS.  Bring your own tea cup and come enjoy yummy treats, special music, and the humor and wisdom of our speaker Wendy Hagen. 

Wendy grew up in the San Francisco Bay area with her Mom, Dad and two older brothers. She enjoyed roller skating, pop warner cheerleading, softball, dancing, acting and bowling with her Dad. She left for Hollywood in 8th grade and returned home to graduate from high school her senior year. Then it was off to UCLA to pursue a degree in Mass Communications. She was a member of the UCLA Dance Team and Athletes in Action. Wendy continues to be a diehard Bruins fan.

While on a retreat with the Bel Air Presbyterian College Group, Wendy met her husband, Shiloh. They got married in 1998 and moved to San Mateo, CA where Shiloh served as a Youth Pastor for two and half years. They have lived in the Bay Area ever since. Shiloh and Wendy experienced heartbreak when they learned during the 5th month of Wendy's pregnancy that their baby had a fatal condition, Trisomy 13. Their daughter, Faith, was born on December 11, 2002 and went to heaven four days later. It was a very difficult journey, but it was a time when Wendy experienced the love and presence of God like never before.

They were blessed with Elijah thirteen months later! He was fat, healthy and happy. Along came bossy and assertive Lydia in May of 2006. Their latest addition Jordis, came out of the womb in July of 2008 and has given the family much joy. Most days, Wendy loves being a stay-at-home. Some days she wishes she could be . . . anything else. She knows that she is not alone in these sentiments and is passionate about encouraging moms as they navigate through the challenges, surprises, triumphs and craziness of motherhood.

To learn more about Wendy (and enjoy a few laughs) check out her blog, Tales From the Motherhood: http://hagenhoopla.blogspot.com/

Hope to see you next Tuesday!