Thursday, August 8, 2013

August Mom's Night Out - Canceled

We've canceled tonight's MNO.  Next month we're going to the Melting Pot - be on the lookout for more information in September!!!

Dessert & Outdoor Movie at Rockville Town Center!

Join us for Rockville Town Center's Movies on the Square Wednesday, August 14th.  The movie, Les Miserables, begins at 8:45pm.  Let's meet at 8pm to grab some dessert beforehand!

Don't forget a blanket or lawn chair!

Please leave a comment below if you're planning on coming.

Thursday, August 1, 2013


Name: Sarah Cates
Husband: Chris
Kids: Brooklyn (2), Indiana (9 months)

This is my third year in MOPS and my second year on the Steering Team! I joined MOPS as soon as I could after having my daughter to find the community and support I so wanted from other moms. As an "early bloomer" in this area (I had Brooklyn when I was 23), I was desperate to meet other moms and build relationships with them. The vast majority of my established friends were (and are) still years away from thinking about having kids! I'm so happy to have landed at Derwood and even more excited to be on the Steering Team for another year. My professional background is in public relations for non-profits, and I work from home about 40 hours a month with a San Diego based non-profit called Soldiers Who Salsa that helps members of our military recover from PTS/PTSD, TBI (traumatic brain injury) and limb loss by teaching them salsa dancing. I'm the one who will be e-mailing you all year long, and please don't be shy of reaching out to me with any questions you have as the year goes on!

When I'm not working on MOPS newsletters or fundraising for Soldiers, I like to park myself in front of the TV and watch Top Chef or The Big Bang Theory, read teen and juvenile fiction (I've read several of the Harry Potter books more than 20 times), and go to CrossFit! I also love to cook, and am constantly trying out and tweaking paleo recipes for my little grain-free, processed-food-free family.

Follow me on Instagram if you like @secates! 

Table Leader

Name: Nancy Kohut
Husband: Mike
Kids: Amie (5)

Hello everyone, I'm Nancy Kohut. This year, I am grateful to have the opportunity and privilege of serving on the Steering Team as a Table Leader. I have been attending Derwood MOPS since 2011 when my daughter was just a wee toddler. My husband, Mike, and I have been married for eight years and our family lives in Rockville. We enjoy spending time in our friendly neighborhood, and in and around the city. I'm excited for our new MOPS year where we will explore how to flourish fiercely. I encourage you to be open and honest with the moms at your table and other MOPS moms to get the best experience you can out of our special time together. As always, I am looking forward to sharing, learning (and eating :) ) with you!

Kristin - Creative Activities

Name: Kristin Cooper
Husband: Dave
Kids: Jacob (7), Levi (5)

This fall marks my seventh year as a MOPS mom! I have loved every year of MOPS -- being part of the group, and for the last five years, being part of the leadership team. When my oldest son was 10 months old, my husband and I moved from our hometown to this area. It was a very lonely time for me, and I didn't know a single person living here! I had never been to MOPS before, but I knew that a lot of my friends back home were part of a MOPS group. I decided to join a local group, and was overwhelmed with joy when I realized that all of the moms had the same thoughts, feelings and insecurities that I did as a mom. God has richly blessed my time, and forged many wonderful relationships for me with my fellow moms here! For my last year as a MOPS mom, I'm joining Nancy Kohut to help lead the Creative Activities. Stay tuned for some crafty fun that doesn't involve elbow macaroni, beads, or pipe cleaners!

Table Leader

Name: Rebekah Machiela
Husband: Mitch
Kids: Simon (3), Lydia (1)

I have lived in the area for just over three years. Like many other families, we moved to the Rockville area for my husband's career. I currently work an average of about 10-15 hours per week as a social worker in a local hospital and in the community. The bit that I work makes me all the more excited for the days I get to be home and enjoy the precious moments with my growing kiddos! This is my fourth year at Derwood MOPS and my third year serving on the Steering Team. I am excited to get to know and serve moms in a more personal way this year as a Table Leader. What I love about MOPS is that it provides me an opportunity to connect with other women on a deeper level than just meeting random moms at a playground.

Joan - Mom Care

Name: Joan Furlani
Husband: Steve
Kids: {Gregory (3)}, Zachary (2)

Joan grew up in Rhode Island.  She met her husband, Steve, while attending high school thanks to a mutual friend and school's music program.  After attending the University of RI to earn a degree in music performance, she and Steve married in 2004 and moved to the Gaithersburg area the following spring.  They joined DBC shortly after moving into the area; Steve has volunteered with the youth program off and on since then and Joan has served with the worship team since 2005 as well as working on the church staff for a time.  Joan has one very active 2 year old, Zachary, as well as one boy who just had his 3rd birthday in heaven, Gregory.  She's enjoyed being a part of Derwood's MOPS group since 2011 and is looking forward to serving again as part of the Mom Care team again this year.

Abigail - MOPPETS

Name: Abigail Brown
Husband: David
Kids: Caleb (4), Jeni (2), Sophia (3 months)

What is your favorite dessert? 
Cookies and Cream ice cream

What is the last book you read?  

How many siblings do you have?  

How much did you weigh when you were born? 

Where do you fold your laundry?  
Anywhere that I can find space

Where do you like to vacation?  

What did you do growing up that got you into trouble? 
Not obeying babysitters

What was your favorite subject in high school?  

What was/is your job before becoming a mom?  
GNA/Med Tech

Megan - Hospitality

Name: Megan Dickens
Husband: John
Kids: Graham
Expecting: Surprise!

I am the youngest of 5 girls and one of my older sisters is on a MOPS steering team in Colorado.  I also had a neighbor that just recently moved that was involved with Derwood MOPS.  Both of these women would tell me stories about MOPS and that led to me wanting to find a MOPS to join.  

Last year was my first year at Derwood MOPS.  I joined halfway through the semester when a spot opened up and I was SUPER excited!  This year I was asked to join the steering team as one of the Hospitality chairs and of course I couldn't pass it up!  I am so excited for this upcoming year!

I have been involved with several hospitality type roles in the past and look forward to bringing my experience and knowledge to the steering team this year.  

Rian - Coordinator

Name: Rian Ryan
Husband: Phil
Kids: Ferris, Dax, Lorelai

This will be my sixth year attending MOPS and my second year as Co-Coordinator. Prior to that I served as MOPPETS co-coordinator for 3 years. After having my first child I felt drawn to ministry geared toward other moms of young children. It's an honor to be a part of such a great group of women who are "in the trenches" with me, especially now that I have three children and rarely get to shower ;)

Kari - Mom Care

Name: Kari Allen
Husband: Michael
Kids: Isaac (4), Elise (3), Levi (1), & baby (due Jan. 2015)

My husband is a full-time USUHS DNP (Doctorate of Nurse Practitioner) student at Bethesda Naval and I am a full-time mommy. Mike and I have been married nine years, almost four of which we have spend in the USAF. We were previously stationed in San Antonio, TX where we will move back to in April 2015.

As a military wife you move quite often and last year we moved to the DC area where we knew hardly anyone. Within a month of finding our home and moving in we had a baby (Levi) and Mike started his rigorous DNP program. Needless to say we went through much transition. Yet, the ladies at the DBC MOPS group heard about our situation and embraced dour need. They rallied together and brought us many much appreciated/needed meals. I will never forget how these ladies reached out to us and helped ease our transition.

This year I have the privilege of helping with Mom Care. Ironically, one of the Mom Care responsibilities is organizing meals for moms in need :). I am so excited to be able to help facilitate care for our moms and my hope is to help moms connect with other moms through group mom's night out, play dates, and meals. It will be my first year on a MOPS steering team, but I'm looking forward to a great year! I am so thankful for MOPS as an organization and especially the ladies in the DBC group.

Katie - Creative Activities

Name: Katie Bloomquist
Husband: Luke
Kids: Adam (3), Brielle Grace (1)

What is your favorite dessert?
Strawberry Shortcake

What is the last book you read?
How to Disciple Your Children

How many siblings do you have?

How much did you weigh when you were born?
7 1/2 lbs

Where do you fold your laundry?  I
n our bedroom

Where do you like to vacation?
The Gulf Shores

What did you do growing up that got you into trouble?
 My older brother, sister, and I climbed on top of our family barn and threw shingles off the roof.

What was/is your job before becoming a mom?
Being a Reading teacher

Robin - Coordinator

Name: Robin Purdy
Husband: Jason
Kids: Elijah (4 1/2), Kenzie (3), Addie (8 months)

I have been married to my best friend Jason for 6 years. We have been blessed with 3 crazy kids who we wildly love! This year I am excited to co-coordinate with Rian at MOPS. I was able to serve on a ST in NC several years back and ever since I joined MOPS I found a great need for moms of little ones to come together for the purpose of encouragement, support, and prayer. After moving to MD I was able to join this MOPS group at Derwood, and now I am thankful for the opportunity to invest in the women that will be joining us this year. My family has traveled extensively and lived overseas, so I have seen firsthand the great need for community that we as mothers desire but the loneliness that can often accompany these years. I believe through our past experiences the Lord has fueled in me a desire to love and care for mothers of preschoolers. This simply means pointing them to Jesus in the seemingly mundane days of our lives.

August Playdate: Wings of Fancy at Brookside Gardens


When:  Wednesday, August 7th at 10am

Where: Brookside Gardens South Conservatory 
             1500 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902

Cost:  $6 adults, $4 youth (ages 3-12), age 2 & under is free

Certifikid has a special going on right now for $6 for 
one adult and one here to get this deal!

**Let's meet a little before 10am at the conservatory entrance.  If you plan on going, make a comment below!