Sunday, April 29, 2012

Events in May

Tuesday, May 1 Mother's Day Breakfast at the Purple Iris in Martinsburg, WV- This special breakfast is to bless moms with a delicious meal, guest speakers, and giveaways.  Tickets were prepurchased for $15 each.  Tickets are now sold out.

Tuesday, May 8 Topic Meeting Canceled due to Election Day

Tuesday, May 15 Mom's Game Night- Meet at Bethel Assembly of God, in the main building at 6 pm and bring an appetizer, dessert, or drink to share.  A variety of games will be played during the evening.

Tuesday, May 22 Topic Meeting-Join us at Bethel Assembly of God in Martinsburg, WV from 9:45- 11:45 am for a time of brunch, discussion, and fun! Childcare is provided.

Monday, May 28 Church Picnic- Everyone is invited to join us at Poorhouse Farm Park from 11 am- 3 pm.  Please bring a covered dish and dessert to share. Meat and drinks will be provided.  There will be various activities scheduled throughout the day.  Let's enjoy the day together!

Bags of Love:Real Children. Real Need. Real Blessing.

On Tuesday, April 24, 2012 Diana Wall, the Program Coordinator of Bags of Love, One Hope Ministries International, spoke to Mom's Connection about this wonderful ministry.  So many children in our own community are going hungry over the weekends and holiday breaks. 

Deprived and waiting statistics:
Berkeley County, WV : 4,400 children are food deprived
Jefferson County, WV : 1.850 children are food deprived

In September 2010, the Bags of Love program was born, the first and original bagging program of its kind in the Eastern Panhandle.  With this being just one of the many ministries provided, Bags of Love allows us to give back and strengthen our community through nutrition and support families in need.

Bags of Love volunteers collect donations that allow them to purchase suggested foods.  They are then packed and delivered in bags to local schools.  Teachers privately slip the bag into a select child's bookbag on Fridays, keeping the child's privacy a number one priority. 

There are several ways you can get involved with Bags of Love:
1. Sponsor a school or a select number of children for an entire year.
2. Sponsor a single child- $20 a month is all it takes to feed a child for a month.
3. Donate any amount.  They will combine with other donations to sponsor a child.
4. Help pack the bags on packing days.
5. Help deliver the bags on Thursdays to area schools.
6. Help spread the word about the ministry.

For more information or to get involved, contact
PO Box 2751, Martinsburg, WV 25402, 304-261-4007

Saturday, April 21, 2012

God is...Powerful Sustainer!

"He is before all things, and in him all things hold together."  Colossians 1:17

The first words in the Bible are "In the beginning God."  while we might not understand all the intricate details and secrets of life, we can hold on to this: God set the universe in motion and sustains it.

Are you going through a difficult situation in your life right now?  Are there circumstances you cannot understand?  Instead of trying to fix it or control it, rather than trying to figure out the what, when, where, and why of your struggle, focus instead on God your sustainer.  Jesus, the friend who knows and cares for your every need, is also the Lord who directs the events of your life moment by moment-in love- to make you more like him.

Devotional from The Busy Mom's Bible

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Baby Shower for Janessa and Sarah

Join us as we bless our friends Janessa and Sarah with a joint baby shower on Monday, April 23 at 6:30 pm at Bethel Assembly of God in the main building (our new meeting room).   We will have some fun games, prizes, and food!  It is sure to be fun!

Scrapbooking Mom's Night Out Canceled

Monday, April 9, 2012

The Power of Cheese

I believe cheese is what binds us together.

Little did I know that 2003 would bring enlightenment and possibility of cheese entering my life? Not just everyday, ordinary cheese but delicious and exciting creations with depths of flavor that burst upon your tongue and mouth. Each small piece a representation of the Cheesemaker who took milk and turned it into a wonderful palette pleasing sensation.

These cheeses are what bind together the common thread of society. As each cheese is different in taste, texture, feel, flavor, smell, consistency, sharpness and mildness they are still derived from a common element, milk. True, it may be sheep, goat, cow or buffalo but each final product began as a piece of grass or grain that was eaten and turned into milk. It’s that common beginning that brings us together to realize that each human on this planet is like a unique piece of cheese.

We are all formed by God, knowing that we are a blending of male and female, like adding enzymes to cheese to develop certain characteristics of flavor, style and body. We inherit traits from our mother and father, who passed on their traits from their mother and father and we build upon that to begin our life. Some children are raised with lots of attention, while others are given little. Some have blessing heaped upon them, while others are left to develop their own blessings through whatever comes their way. So it is with cheese, some wheels have been rubbed and smeared to give body and flavor, while others sit quietly in dark caves aging without any attention other than the occasional check for maturity. A few cheeses are blended with other cheeses to form a more diverse flavor or style, and left to develop to see where their transformation matures.

As you see we are like cheese, and it binds us together and we bind together for life. It takes time to develop cheese and to age it to maturity. Each style is unique and some take longer to age, as each child is unique and they never age at the same rate as another. Time, environment, and nurturing all play a part in who we are and what we become. Are we cheese that has been left on wooden planks to age in darkness and then given all the glory when we are brought out of darkness or are we a wheel of cheese that has been turned and rubbed with attention to bring out the flavor of life?

I believe in the power of cheese, and it’s ability to bind us together through thick and thin, giving us new tastes, textures and flavors. Take time to enjoy life and make the most of your uniqueness. Behold, the Power of Cheese!

Essay written by Scott Anderson, Assistant Director of Dining Services at Shepherd University
This essay was chosen to appear in the National "This I Believe" Website

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Tuesday's Meeting Canceled

Topic Meeting on Tuesday, April 10 is canceled due to Spring Break in the surrounding counties!  Please contact a friend in Mom's Connection for a playdate this week!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Celebrate Easter- You are invited...

Easter 'Egg'stravaganza- Saturday, April 7, 2012 from 10 am- 12 Noon at Bethel Assembly of God in Martinsburg, WV in the Mace building gym (large activities building behind church) for children ages 0-10.  Join us for a fun morning of games, crafts, a snack, the Easter Story, pictures with the Easter bunny, and an egg hunt!

The Thorn Easter Experience- Sunday, April 8, 2012 at two service times 9 am or 10:30 am at Bethel Assembly of God in the main sanctuary.  Experience an Epic story of love, sacrifice, and hope!

Easter--It's the greatest story ever told, and this year at Bethel it comes to life with The Thorn Easter Experience.  Through music, drama, video, and a heart-lifting message you will experience the power and compassion of Jesus' life, the pain of His crucifixion, and the triumph of His resurrection.  It's an Easter service like no other!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Mom's Connection's Open House

Join us for an Open House on Tuesday, April 3 between 10-11 AM at Bethel Assembly of God in Martinsburg, WV to get to know a few members of Mom's Connection.

If you have not been to a meeting before, please come and check us out!  No commitment, no long meeting-just a chance to meet us.  We want to answer any questions and get to know you better!

Refreshments will be served and we will do an activity with your children.

The Children's Closet will be opened for you to come and shop for any children's clothes for free.  We will also be accepting donations of spring/summer clothes.

If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Fraley at  We look forward to meeting you!