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Local MOPS groups offers community, mothering support and hope to mothers of young children

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A Lebanon Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) group will begin meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 12 for the 2009-2010 year.

MOPS, a non-denominational organization, is a program designed for mothers with children from infancy through kindergarten. MOPS groups are local communities that help moms be better moms by understanding their unique needs, challenges and joys in this vital season of early mothering. The local MOPS group meets at Immanuel Baptist Church on the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month from August to May (the group follows the Lebanon Special School District schedule) from 9:30 a.m. until noon.

For more than 35 years, MOPS has been creating authentic communities where moms gather to experience encouragement, support and hope. But, it doesn’t stop there! Through training and development customized to women in this stage of life, MOPS grows moms to make a better world, an official with the organization said.

“MOPS has changed my life. I am a better daughter, wife and mother because of MOPS,” said MOPS mom Amanda.

Every mom is welcomed, accepted and inspired to reach her potential and recognize her influence within her family and her world. MOPS believes that better moms really do make a better world.

How does MOPS help make better moms that make a better world? Primarily through MOPS groups that meet all over the world in more than 30 countries and in over 4,000 groups in the United States. One MOPS mom, Nicole, says, “My MOPS group has made me feel that I am not alone.”

In addition to groups, MOPS International provides relevant mom-tested resources, including MomSense magazine — a premier benefit of the MOPS International Membership — and also through the MOPS Web site (www.MOPS.org) and books written specifically for moms.

Although mothering preschoolers is at times a lonely challenge, MOPS is designed to provide a welcome break for moms; a chance for moms to make new friends and an opportunity for moms to know they are not alone in the struggles and joys of raising young children.

On Saturday, Aug. 15, MOPS of Immanuel Baptist Church will be holding a Family Business Expo at Coles Ferry Elementary – in the gym (511 Coles Ferry Pike, Lebanon) from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Business Expo is free and open to the public. There will be a variety of booths, giveaways, a silent auction, food and inflatables and games for the children.

For more information or booth space, contact Heather Brown at (615) 306-0270 or Diana Orloski at (615) 364-8711 or you may contact the church office at 444-5563. All proceeds from this event will go to benefit MOPS of Immanuel Baptist Church.

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