Monday, May 14, 2012

Last MOPS of the Semester!

This Thursday (5/17) will be our LAST MOPS of the semester! If you are planning to return in the fall, be sure to register as soon as possible. Chilcare in our MOPPETS program is nearly full! Also,  please remember to thank your childcare workers for their time, dedication and love for our kids this past year! Most of the childcare workers are volunteers, and the leads in each room plan, prepare and faciliate each MOPPETS day, to make is special for our kids. We are so thankful for what they do!


This week, we are excited to have Donna Jones with us. Here is a little taste of what she has in store for our time together:


Taming Your Family Zoo

Do you ever feel like your home is a zoo and your children are little monkeys? As co-founder and owner of Confidence & Courtesies, an etiquette course for kids, Donna has taught thousands of children how to live with confidence and courtesy – and she can teach you to tame your family zoo, too. With three monkeys of her own (four, if you count her husband!), Donna gives attainable, age-appropriate tips for raising well-mannered children.
Donna's bio....
Seldom can a speaker relate to young and old, seeker and veteran of the faith all at the same time – but somehow Donna Jones does. Her personal warmth and genuine love for Christ captivates her audiences, leaving her listeners feeling as though her message was meant just for them. Versatile and dynamic, Donna combines strong Biblical teaching with personal stories and application to inspire her audience to move one step closer to Christ. “I am passionate about encouraging and equipping women to know, love and obey Christ in their real, everyday lives. I want to know, love and obey God this way myself.” She is practical, inspiring, engaging and real. She will often make you laugh, sometimes make you cry, but always leave you with new insights into how to grow in your relationship with Christ.

Donna holds a B.A. in Communication Studies from UCLA and did graduate studies in Communications at USC. She served as a staff member for Campus Crusade for Christ for five years and has been in full time ministry for over 20 years. A sought after national speaker, Donna has encouraged and equipped women throughout the United States, Asia, Europe and Africa.
In addition to her weekly teaching ministry at her home church, Donna joined such notable speakers such as Stormie O’Martian, and John Ortberg as a featured Bible teacher on Zondervan’s small group DVD series “Surrendering to Christ”. She has been a guest on television shows such as Good Day Dallas and At Home Live! as well as numerous radio shows including HomeWord and Janet Parshall’s America. Donna has also been interviewed in Better Homes and Gardens, Family Circle and Parents magazines.
An active business woman, Donna co-founded Confidence & Courtesies, an etiquette course for kids and teens, which has been hosted by department stores throughout the United States. She is co-author of Confidence & Courtesies, a workbook for girls and Good Sport, a workbook for boys, and a contributing author for But Lord, I Was Happy Shallow. Her latest book, Taming Your Family Zoo; Six Weeks to Raising a Well-Mannered Child, was the featured book of the week on the Dr. Laura radio show.
Donna and her husband JP (Senior Pastor and Adjunct Professor at Biola University) have been married for over 20 years and reside in southern California with their three children. At home Donna can be found sipping coffee at Starbucks, feeding her frozen yogurt addiction or struggling to keep her garage clean enough to park in.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

This Week: Celebrating Mother's Day

This week we will be celebrating Mother's Day with a catered breakfast (no one has to cook!) and special guest CJ Rapp.

Once a young woman suffering from low self-esteem and the consequences of poor choices, CJ has experienced first hand God's power to change lives. Her life revolved around the pursuit of shallow cultural values: acceptance, beauty, and career. But all they gave her was emptiness. Finally at the end of her own resources, she gave her life to Christ, and found a new beginning. Gradually, gently, God began to transform her heart, thinking, attitude, and actions. In time, her low self-esteem was exchanged for a rock solid identity in Christ. Encouraged by her husband John, and sons Dillon and Austin, she answered God's call and began ministering to women.

God is now using CJ's past experiences to connect her heart with the hearts of women across the nation. Today, CJ understands the power that words and cultural messages have on a woman's sense of worth. She knows the power of poor choices to keep a woman from believing God will use her. She comprehends a woman's need for significance in a world that marginalizes her contributions to society. She is tireless in her quest to encourage women to live the abundant, Spirit-filled, surrendered life. In addition to speaking to women at conventions, conferences, retreats and special events across the country, CJ teaches a Bible study class at her home church, Saddleback Church, in Lake Forest, CA. CJ is founder and CEO of Unfading Beauty Ministries, Inc. and Infusion Publishing (

See you Thursday!