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Sweet Spot Café 10.17 Munch N Mingle 10.19 MOPS Meeting 10.22 Sweet Spot Café 10.24 MOPS Meeting 11.5 Mom2Mom Sale 11.6 DST Ends (fall back) 11.7

Trick-or-Treat Times

10.30 ~ Jackson 6-8pm 10.31 Chelsea 4-6pm Dexter 5:30-7:30pm Grass Lake 6-8pm Manchester 5-7pm Saline 6-8pm

The Art of Aging

October Birthdays Carol Brock ~ 10.03 Linda Dobry ~ 10.11 LeAnn Seto ~ 10.28 Ann Felszar ~ 10.30

Chelsea First United Methodist Church 128 Park Chelsea MI www.bit.ly/chelseamops

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Composition Issue 7.2 October 2010

Cliff Notes About our Speaker What is "Real Food"? food [food] n 1. something that nourishes, sustains, or supplies. real [ree-uhl, reel] adj 1. true and actual; not artificial Real Food, local, organic, pastured, grain-fed, nonGMO, local, biodynamic, integrated pest management, no-spray, hormone-free, transitional organic, sustainable… these are just a few of the terms tossed around the sustainable food movement over the last decade. What do they mean? Do they play a part in you buying decisions? Should they? Jane Pacheco, a former Chelsea MOPS mom and local foods advocate, will attempt to decipher some of the confusing terminology and pass on some tangible information about how to plug into the local food system right here at home. Jane grew up in Chelsea, graduated from the University of Michigan and like many others promptly moved out of the state upon graduation. She moved back to Chelsea in 2003 and since has been happily involved in a local foods world of food co-ops, buying clubs, CSAs, group canning parties, cow sharing, community dining, wine tours. Jane helped found the Chelsea Community Kitchen, a non-profit helping would-be food entrepreneurs connect with commercially licensed kitchen rentals and business development assistance, the Yellow Door (meetatyellowdoor.blogspot.com) and most recently launched the online farmers market Lunasa. (www.lunasa.us).


Chemistry with Christ

Nurturing Spirituality in Children by Peggy Jenkins (Adapted for print by LeAnn Seto) WE ARE ALL CONNECTED Materials: a variety of beads or buttons with two or four holes, and a long piece of cord or string Have the children choose beads or buttons to place on the string and a person who each bead represents, such as Dad, Uncle Charlie, Nana, Baby sitter, mail carrier, etc…. Each bead or button should have a different feel and look, just as each person does. Lead the children to see that all these people have something in common---a common thread at the center of their being. This cord, which connects us like the string connects all the beads, is God‟s Spirit. “It is good to look beyond the beads‟ colors and shapes or beyond people‟s different appearances and personalities and to know that way inside, at the center or core of us, we are all the same. This core is perfect and is the most important part of us. If we look at people as if they are like the beads with different colors and shapes, we can feel very separate and different from others. But if we remember that we are all connected by the cord of Spirit, we can feel close to others. We can choose to look for this center of God‟s Spirit within people rather than looking at just the outer person.”

Even There

by Erin Lightfoot

The other day, Veronica spit out an entire mouthful of grapes onto the carpet. Not fresh grapes, mind you, but grapes which had been mulling in her mouth for at least 10 minutes because it hurt too much to chew, but she likes the taste too much not to eat them. Mashed, soggy grape chunks landed on our rental condo‟s off-white carpet. For a moment, I was speechless. Then I began to steam. Then I remembered there was someone there to calm me down- Even There. Right there, right then. I guess that‟s why Psalms 139:10 is comforting on so many levels for me. “Even there shall Your hand lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me.” The first level is the most basic. I am lead and held, I am guided and protected. I am his child, and he will be there for me. The second comforting point is a little different. It‟s just the first two words. “Even there.” There are so many places I feel like crying. The grocery store, for example, when Veronica decided to take a bite out of every apple in the bag before we left the store, and she was so sneaky about it, I didn‟t notice it until check out. Even there. I almost feel his hand on my shoulder, his voice in my ear, “She‟s only 20 months old, and this is no reason to get angry. You love her very much.” Even at the doctor‟s office when I have to hold her down to get shots in her thighs. If I let myself, I‟d cry more than she would. But God whispers, “Be strong, and she will take her strength from you.” Then there‟s how he‟s Even There when I forget to invite him. My daughter‟s first birthday party, which I was frazzled for, but I enjoyed it. And seeing my daughter covered in birthday cake was a joyful image which only made me think of further fulfillment of the many dreams for my daughter. He‟s there too, sharing in the moment. I see him smiling down at us, and saying, “If only you knew of the wondrous things I have in store for you…” I only regret that it goes by so fast. I think it‟s important, not only to appreciate the comforting solidity of the statement in Psalms 139:10, but also to go beyond it, to look at what comes before. I look at all the place and things that come before and after the passage. To see that there‟s a great big gap between his just being there, and his knowing us in every way and still being there. It takes a special kind of person to know everything about you and still love you. God knows that I took my daughter to McDonald‟s for two meals in one day because it was just that kind of a crazy day, and he knows I sometimes say bad things about the drivers who cut me off on the expressway, and yet, he is still there, Even There. Psalms 139:7 says, “Where could I go from Your Spirit? Or where could I flee from Your presence?” There is nowhere he isn‟t there for me- whether I remember to invite him or not, whether I‟m happy to have him or not. But anywhere I go, I can remember that he is too, Even There.


FROM THE CAFETERIA Slow Cooker Apple Butter

Computer Lab Fun Fall Websites

These handy websites serve as a directory of Michigan farmers that offer pumpkin patches, cider mills, corn mazes etc. pumkinpatchesandmore.org pickyourown.org applejournal.com Also try these for Halloween fun

Prep Time: 30min Cook Time: 22hours Servings: 48 Ingredients 12 pounds Golden Delicious apples (or similar TART apples) - peeled, cored and sliced 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar 1 1/2 cups white sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 tbl ground cinnamon 1/4 tsp ground cloves 1 tsp ground allspice Directions 1.Place apples and vinegar into a large slow cooker, and place lid on top. Set on High, and cook for 8 hours, then turn to Low, and continue cooking 10 hours more. 2.After 18 hours, stir in white sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, clove, and allspice, and cook 4 hours more. Remove lid for last 2 hours to thicken. This recipe can and SHOULD be canned!

hell2u.com Hell-O-Weekends Events Hell, MI binderparkzoo.com The Great ZooBoo detroitzoo.org Zoo Boo toledozoo.org Little Boo at the Zoo & Pumpkin Path metroparks.com All kinds of events going on! pumpkincarving101.com Fun pumpkin stencils halloweenkitchen.com Fun Halloween recipes halloweengames101.com Great Halloween games pumpkin-patch.com The 411 on pumpkins cdc.gov/family/Halloween Halloween Health & Safety Tips parents.com/holiday/Halloween DIY costumes, crafts etc. first-school.ws/THEME/cp_h_halloween.htm Coloring pages, printable activities, handwriting practice…

Candy Uses, Crafts & Experiments Don‟t know what to do with your leftover Halloween candy? Below are a few suggestions. For detailed instructions, just type the key words in your internet search engine.

Make a candy corn wreath for next Halloween Make a Butterfinger Cake Look at PopRocks under a magnifying glass Make a Mentos geyser Transform hard candy into Christmas Ornaments Eat Wint-O-Green Lifesavers in front of a mirror in the dark Save some for Stocking Stuffers My#1 Suggestion: Send it overseas…our Troops love receiving candy and handing it out to kids where they are stationed. You never know when a simple act of kindness could save a solider his life! Check out operationshoebox.com for more information.


Healthy Families in the „Cold & Flu‟ Season! A few suggestions from the trenches…. By Beth Barbeau, Midwife, Mother, & Owner of Ann Arbor‟s Indigo Forest

The Practical: Warmth – It can be tough to keep our active young ones dressed, let alone warm & cozy. It‟s worth the effort, though, for when a child is pleasantly warm, they have calories and energy left over for a higher immune function, alertness, learning, and many parents have even reported less colic & less constipation! (One mother shared that her 6 mo old daughter had never „gone‟ more than once a week! She put a hat on her, and that very afternoon she pooped, and had been „going‟ every single day since. Most babies thrive with 1-2 layers MORE than the adults are wearing – mottled skin, cool hands or feet, hiccups and even agitation can be signs of being too cool. Infants nearly always need undershirts, hats, and booties in addition to their clothing and blanket layers. Tights & onesies can be the base layer so that fat little tummies or tiny calves do not chill as their clothing rides up. Soft-soled shoes like Bear Paws (formerly Platy Paws) or Robeez can help keep socks on even the youngest child. Other warm essentials include undershirts, warm woolie socks, luxuriously soft European woolen long johns, and slippers instead of bare feet. The prevention of colds and earaches get a boost when little necks and ears are kept warm and protected from the wind. Hydration – plenty of liquids, we‟ve heard it before. But children, especially as they start to be more independent, often do not slow down to get sufficient fluids. No need for expensive juices, good old water is great! Where possible, preferably water other than tap, as the chlorine disrupts the healthy gut flora necessary for effective digestion, absorption, and immune vitality. Sodas of all descriptions work against health due to their artificial ingredients (among other things), and should be scaled back as much as possible. The „Family Health Tea‟ is a delicious immune support also, see below for more details. Elimination – Not to sound like your grandmother, but pooping at least once or twice a day is an aspect of a well-functioning body. If constipation is an issue for you or your child, it‟s important to make changes to support your comfort & inner balance. It could be as simple as a need for more quality oil or water in the diet, and with wee ones, it‟s often a warmth issue (see above.) Low-key clean – The basics of washing hands after the bathroom and before eating are what‟s needed- warm water and simple soap are best. It‟s NOT necessary to use the anti-bacterial soap on a regular basis, and studies are showing constant use does more harm than good. The dangerous rise in antibiotic resistant bacteria is largely due to the massive use of antibiotics (instead of saving them for less frequent but more urgent use) and the widespread use of the antibacterial soaps (both of which destroy the naturally occurring „good guys‟ bacteria that naturally keeps the rest at bay.)


Rest - Most children are chronically short on sleep, and this compromises the high function of their immune systems, in addition to keeping them crabby. Seven or eight hours are NOT enough for young children, who frequently need closer to 10, 12 or even 14 hours. A great book on this challenging & hot topic is “The Seven O‟clock Bedtime” (out of print but usually available on Amazon.)

The Nourishment: Family Health Tea – Many families have dramatically reduced their winter illnesses by sharing the “Family Health Tea” with all the members of their family. This delicious brew is an easy and inexpensive way to get the fluids, deep minerals, vitamins and immune support that keep each person, regardless of age, healthier. Primary ingredients may include Red Raspberry Leaf, Nettle, Elderberries, Alfalfa, Rose Hips and Chamomile. Directions and ingredients can be found at Indigo Forest. Healthy gut flora - Providing 85% of our protection against disease, be sure to support a healthy gut environment by consuming healthy lacto-fermented foods and beverages every day and avoiding the foods that disrupt gut flora, especially refined carbohydrates. Supplementation with probiotics can also support healthy gut flora. Healthy Fats - We are grateful to Beth Beisel, registered dietitian and WAPF (WestonAPrice.org) member for reminding us of the protective factors in coconut oil. Swine flu is a lipid-coated virus and thus is inactivated by sufficient amounts of monolaurin. (Our bodies convert lauric acid, found in coconut oil, to monolaurin.) According to Dr. Mary Enig (WAPF), two to three tablespoons of coconut oil per day appears to be an adequate dosage to fight infection, even virulent antibiotic-resistant MRSA. There are numerous ways to get coconut oil into the diet: stir it into tea, make macaroons, replace some of the butter used when cooking, sauté with it, use it in salad dressings, or make a smoothie!! Indigo Forest also has it in capsule form.

The Immune Support: Essential Oils – Such as Thieves (rubbed on feet), Purification Spray (in bedroom, classrooms, surfaces) or Melrose (on neck & under ears) Supplements - Such as Chewable Elderberry Plus, Chewable Vitamin C, Liquid Vitamin D3, Calcium Plus D3 Chewables, Probiotics, Herbal Biotic – by Wishgarden , Herbs, Children‟s ACF Cold & Flu Complete, VS-C – Viral Immune complex by Natures Sunshine Homeopathics - Oscillococcinum (flu remedy for the whole family), Flu - Complete 4 Kids (and adults!), and Sniffles‟ n Sneezes 4 Kids (and adults!). We also have books for sale & as customer resources to look up specific remedies. Indigo Forest carries many of these specialty items, from „Balacalva‟s‟ (soft woolie hoods that cover the neck) to organic bulk teas. We specialize in thoughtful support, and our educated staff is glad to help introduce you to the extraordinary quality of our coconut oils, cod liver oils, herbal remedies, medicinal essential oils and more. We invite you to stop in and use our child-friendly „Green Room‟ anytime we are open, a simple free space to nurse or just take a break. Open Monday-Saturday, call or check out our website for hours & directions. (On Jackson near Zeeb, easy off I-94 from Chelsea.) 734.994.8010 www.VisitIndigo.com


Under the Microscope Meet our Moms

Rachel Kapolka

Erin Peterson

Sara Van Assche

Favorite subject in High School: Algebra Least favorite subject: Physics ONE word to describe yourself in HS: Quiet Extracurricular activities: Dance Picture day did you: Run & Hide? Primp? Make funny faces? Primp High School Tidbit: 1st Place in Science Fair What advice will you give your children going into HS: “Don‟t be afraid to get involved & try new things.” Favorite subject in High School: Spanish Least favorite subject: Physics ONE word to describe yourself in HS: Internationally Inclined Extracurricular activities: Football (soccer) On picture day did you: Run & Hide? Primp? Make funny faces? Tried to look nice HS Tidbit: Eager for summer to travel abroad & played football year round. What advice will you give your children going into HS: “Focus on what you like and are interested in, don‟t over commit to many activities.” Favorite subject in High School: Science Least favorite subject: Math ONE word to describe yourself in HS: Social Extracurricular activities: Band, Choir On picture day did you: Run & Hide? Primp? Make funny faces? Primp High School Tidbit: My marching band marched in the London New Year‟s Parade my junior year. What advice will you give your children going into HS: “Be yourself!”


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Mom-2-Mom Sale It is time to start sorting through your baby gear, maternity clothes and toys that your family no longer plans to use. On November 6th, MOPS will be having their annual fall Mom-tomom sale here at the church. What a great way to earn a few extra dollars and to support our MOPS group. If you would like to rent table space to sell your gently used children‟s clothing, toys and baby gear contact Linda Dobry at 734-424-2659, sla113@yahoo.com or see me during our MOPS Meetings. Cost is $20 for an 8' table, $10 for a 4' table or $3 for rack space. Sharing tables is allowed. If you know someone who is not in our MOPS group but would still like to rent table space just pass this information along to them. Registration forms will be available at MOPS meetings or if you prefer one can be e-mailed to you. Children product vendors are welcomed to rent table space. If you do not have the time or energy to rent a table you can always donate to our MOPS table. All proceeds from table rental fees and the MOPS table go towards the MOPS scholarship fund. This is how we can keep our yearly registration fees low. Volunteers help make this sale a great success! 8 - 10 volunteers would be very helpful. Volunteer opportunities include: helping to set up and take down, hanging fliers around town, collecting money and working at the MOPS table. A few hints from a frequent Mom-to-mom shopper: Wash the clothes before selling them, replace any buttons that may be missing, try to sell season appropriate clothes (shorts are cute but in winter are too cold to wear) and wash toys before the sale. New this fall - we will be having our sale with the MOMS group from CFUMC. They will be selling their "older" children‟s clothing and toys.

Setup Sale

November 5th 5-8pm November 6th 9-12

Teachers’ Lounge

Your Steering Team

COORDINATOR Sara Van Assche saraandderek@comcast.net ASST. COORDINATOR Linda Dobry sla113@yahoo.com HOSPITATLITY Diane Jordan dianefairfield@hotmail.com Ann Fleszar thefleszars@comcast.net PUBLICITY Denise Cugliari drcugliari@yahoo.com Julia Applegate julia@applegateimages.com PROGRAM/DISCUSSION Beth Heiss bethheiss@yahoo.com Cathie Timberlake ctimber92@aol.com TABLE LEADER CAPTAIN Jaime Anderson jaimekruse@hotmail.com CREATIVE ACTIVITIES Erin Lightfoot mazekeeper@sbcglobal.net

MOPPETS *Contact ASAP for all absences* Teri Theodore (904)874-6051 Garlene775@aol.com

MENTOR MOMS Carol Brock 475-9898 carolbrock@chartermi.net LeAnn Seto 475-4251 lseto@att.net


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