Hopeful Heart MOPS

September 2017 Newsletter

Welcome to MOPS 2017!

We are so excited to have you along on this amazing journey this year! Our steering team has planned so many fabulous speakers, activities, and ways to spread the love of Jesus. We can't wait to spend the next year with you and your kiddos!

- Hopeful Hearts MOPS Steering Team

Meet the Members

Mark Your Calendars!

September 11th - First MOPS Meeting of the Year

September 15th - Parents Night Out @ FBLC (Click Here to Register)

September 18th - Playdate @ Celebration Park (Allen) 9am-11am

You can RSVP on our Facebook page!

Weekend of September 23rd- McKinney Oktoberfest

September 25th - MOPS Meeting

October 2nd- Mops Meeting

October 6th - Playroom @ FBLC Open from 10am-12pm

Fun Things to Do With Your Littles This Month!

Music & Movement Classes (Free) Ages 2-Preschool

every Friday at 10:15 & 11:15 @ McKinney Hall Library (Downtown)

every Thursday at 10:15, 10:30, & 11:15 @ McKinney JJG Library

Toddler Time (Free) Ages 16-36 Months

every Wednesday at 10:15am @ McKinney JJG Library

McKinney Oktoberfest @ McKinney Town Square

Friday-Sunday, September 22-23

Carnival, petting zoo, music, and food! For more info, click here!

Preschool Open Gym @ Metroplex Gymnastics in Allen

$7-$10 per kid (nonwalkers are free) Begins after September 8th

Jump on the trampoline, Explore our tree houses, play in the bounce house, jump in the pit, or just play some games! Click here for more info!

Sensory Play Day @ Allen Public Library (Free)

Friday, September 22 10:30am - 11:30am

Ages 0-3 / Join us for a relaxed morning of stimulating sensory play stations.

Welcome Fall Event for Kids @ Watters Creek

Lucky Duck Kids Club

Thursday, September 21 / 11am -12pm on the green

Crafts, treats, and entertainment for children. Click here for more info!

Chicken Lime Tortilla Soup

If you're like me, you're looking for something FAST and EASY to make for dinner. This soup is a home run then! And it's husband approved.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup sweet Vidalia or yellow onion, peeled and diced small (about 1 medium onion)
  • 1 large jalapeno pepper (about 4 to 5 inches long), diced very small (the seeds are where the heat is concentrated; included or discard them based on preference)
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and finely minced
  • 32 ounces (4 cups) low-sodium chicken broth
  • two 14.5-ounce cans diced tomatoes and juice (I used petite diced, no-salt-added)
  • one 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken (use store bought rotisserie chicken to save time; or roast or cook your own chicken in a skillet)
  • 1 1/2 cups corn (I used frozen straight from the freezer, fresh may be substituted)
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons salt, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika (regular paprika may be substituted)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional and to taste
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro leaves, finely minced
  • diced avocado for serving, optional for serving
  • shredded cheese, optional for serving
  • sour cream, optional for serving


  1. Soup – To a large Dutch oven or stockpot, add 2 tablespoons olive oil and heat over medium-high heat to warm.
  2. Add the onion, jalapeno, and sauté for about 5 minutes, or until vegetables begin to soften. Stir intermittently.
  3. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes. Stir intermittently.
  4. Add the chicken broth, tomatoes and juice, black beans, chicken, corn, lime juice, chili powder, cumin, 2 teaspoons salt, pepper, smoked paprika, optional cayenne pepper, and bring to a boil. Allow mixture to boil gently for about 5 to 7 minutes. If at any point the overall liquid level looks low or you prefer your soup to have more broth, add 1 to 2 cups of water; you’ll adjust the salt and seasoning levels at the end.
  5. Add the cilantro and boil 1 minute.
  6. Taste soup and add salt to taste. This will vary based on how salty the chicken broth, tomatoes, black beans, and rotisserie chicken are, and personal preference. Make any necessary seasoning adjustments (i.e. more salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin, cayenne, etc.).
  7. Ladle soup into bowls, top with tortilla strips to taste, optionally garnish with avocado, cheese and/or sour cream; serve immediately. Soup will keep airtight in the fridge for 5 to 7 days or in the freezer for up to 6 months. Extra tortilla strips will keep in airtight at room temp for up to 5 days.


Nutrition analysis per serving (10 servings)

Calories 347, Total Fat 12g, Saturated Fat 2g, Trans Fat 0g, Total Carbohydrates 45g, Fiber 7g, Sugar 5g, Protein 16g, Sodium 1484mg

Source: Averi Cooks

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Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

A great way to support moms who have been affected by hurricane/tropical storm Harvey is to go to donate diapers through texasdiaperbank.orgor find a location in your state that is accepting donations on nationaldiaperbanknetwork.org.

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Hopeful Hearts MOPS

MOPS provides a safe, loving environment where moms have the opportunity to make new friends, share experiences, and laugh together. Moms learn biblical principles pertaining to womanhood, parenting, and marriage. MOPS also provides opportunities for social outings throughout the year in the form of play dates and Moms’ Nights Out.