2017-18 MOMS Membership Information
Holy Spirit Parish at Geist
Welcome to MOMS!
Your MOMS Facilitators
Sarah, Heather and Jen
What to Expect at a MOMS meeting
Our ministry is open to women with children of ALL ages. We have veteran mamas and brand new moms, and so much to share and learn from one another as we grow in faith!
Meetings start with an opening prayer and introductions, followed by a discussion on various topics related to our motherhood and our faith. Our time together wraps up with prayer intentions and a closing prayer. Attendance is not required every week to be a part of MOMs – just come when you are able.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions before you attend your first meeting!
MOMS on Thursday Mornings
9:45 to 11:15 am
Religious Ed Gathering Space
MOMS on Thursday Evenings
7:15 to 8:45 pm
Religious Ed Gathering Space
Moms on Sunday Evenings
(for moms of at least one Jr. High or HS age child)
PLC Conference Room
Our goal is for you to leave each meeting refreshed with something to encourage you in your vocation of motherhood in the week ahead. One of the most exciting things for us as your facilitators is to see how the topics we discuss bear fruit in your lives long after the meeting has ended, and to see the friendships you make here grow and bloom. Strengthening and encouraging mothers has a ripple effect, and we love being a part of it.
Your leadership team!
Front Row: Heather, Sarah, Dawn and Jen
Top Row: Michelle, Chrissy, Shannon, Ashley and Erin
MOMS Leadership 2017-18
Membership: Chrissy Pearson
Finance: Dawn Underwood and Shannon Hughes
Outreach: Michelle Quagliaroli and Erin Leonard
Mind/Body/Soul Facilitator: Molly Wowk
Noah's Place and Prayer Facilitator: Ashley Searcy
Meals on Wheels: Kelly Butler
Thank you to our leadership team for all of the time they put into making this ministry so special. If you would also like to lend your talents and energies to our ministry leadership, please let us know!
"A mosaic consists of thousands of little stones. Some are blue, some are green, some are yellow, some are gold. When we bring our faces close to the mosaic, we can admire the beauty of each stone. But as we step back from it, we can see that all these little stones reveal to us a beautiful picture, telling a story none of these stones can tell by itself.
That is what our life in community is about. Each of us is like a little stone, but together we reveal the face of God to the world. Nobody can say: "I make God visible." But others who see us together can say: "They make God visible." Community is where humility and glory touch."- Henri J.M. Nouwen
About our new Sunday evening group!
As a ministry, it has been a goal of ours to live our vision of ministering to the spiritual needs of women in ALL stages of parenting. Our Thursday morning meetings have been a staple on our parish for decades, and these meetings continue to nurture so many women, particularly in the early years of our vocation as mothers. Five years ago, a few of our moms had a vision to expand our ministry and the evening MOMS meetings were introduced to give an option to working moms (or moms who just want to get out in the evening kid-free!) to have the community and spiritual growth of MOMS. Even though we offer separate meetings, we are one ministry with one vision: to be a faith-filled ministry supporting and serving one another and our community with love, friendship, compassion, and laughter on our journey of motherhood.
We feel good about the many spiritual needs that have been met through our ministry, but we've also seen that the need is great for moms of older kiddos (Junior High and High School age) to have a meeting option to fit their needs and their schedules. As our children grow, the nature and complexity of their needs change. Mothers need support in their vocation just as much as they did in the early years, but often the support and fellowship falls away as children grow older and schedules get busier. We're excited to let you all know that Heather Jones has SEEN that need, she feels that need and she has offered to facilitate a THIRD moms meeting option specifically targeted for moms who have at least one junior high or high school age child.
Heather will be offering these meetings twice a month as an opportunity to build community and support one another in this holy work of motherhood. We're so excited for all of the blessings this new part of our ministry will bring!!
Sunday Evening Mom's Ministry:
All meetings 6:15- 7:30 in the PLC conference room
September 10th & 24th
October 8th & 22nd
November 5th & 19th
December 3rd & 17th
General schedule for the year
August: Parish Picnic, open registration, All MOMS Kickoff meeting 8/27
September: Regular Thursday meetings begin and run through May
October: Ladies' craft night- Rosary Making
November: Thanksgiving Service Project
December: Adopt-a-Family Project, Gift Wrapping Party and Brunch Pitch in
January: All MOMS New Year's Recharge Meeting (Sunday, 1/7/18 2pm)
February: MOMS Saturday Morning of Reflection Retreat (Saturday 2/3/18 8-12)
March: Operation Easter Egg Service Project* (Sunday 3/11/18 12-2)
May: Rosary, End of Year craft and brunch
June: Summer Kickoff family gathering*, Thursday playdates at HSG playground
July: Thursday Playdates, VBS
*All family activities
Child care is available at our morning meetings to make our ministry accessible to moms with young children at home. We have two people in Noah's Place at all times: one paid sitter and then we rotate taking care of each other’s children as a way to minister to one another and keep costs reasonable. There is no Noah’s place at the evening meetings, however, babies under 1 are welcome to come to the evening meeting with mom. If you would like to bring your children to our morning meetings, see information here.
Online Safe Environment Training
If you have a child in Noah's Place, please complete this online training through the diocese. Let us know when you have completed the training! Thank you in advance for helping us be compliant with this regulation!
Meals on Wheels
Prayer and Pilates
Several times each semester, our Mind/Body/Soul facilitator, Molly, will lead us in some relaxing and strengthening exercises and a devotion focused on our spiritual growth and connection. We all look forward to this time as Molly enriches us by being a wonderful instructor and also a gentle and thoughtful woman of faith.
Please see note from Molly below about her background and what she brings to her Prayer and Pilates meetings!
I received my Pilates Certification through the Pilates Center of Cincinnati in 1999. I taught there for several years before Steve & I moved to Austin, TX. In Austin, I led group Pilates Mat & Reformer Classes, as well as a full schedule of private clients. Since having babies & moving back to the mid-west (first Columbus, OH & now Indy) I have taught sporadically at a few small Pilates/Yoga Studios and also to my friends & moms groups.
I LOVE teaching & I love teaching our wonderful group of moms here!! My favorite thing about Pilates - and I try to bring this to my classes - is that the movements & body awareness principles can be applied to any other aspect of our days. Pilates principles are not just for the gym! I try to make my classes for everyone - I will provide modifications for those managing an injury, pregnancy, recently post-partum or anything else going on in your body! And I will give advanced variations for those ready to push a little further:) If you've taken my classes before, you know that one of my favorite quotes is "Workout because you love your body, not because you hate it". So, whatever life-stage you are in, whatever you are going through physically, needing a spiritual refill....do yourself a favor & come to one of my classes with the MOMS. Dress comfortably, bring a yoga mat or large towel, a bottle of water and an open heart. Pilates is done barefoot!
Also, follow or join Molly on Pinterest as we grow in fitness and in faith.https://www.pinterest.com/molly_wowk/faith-fitness-holy-spirit-moms-ministry/