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MOPS, Angela Fontanelli, and Connect Groups

Posted by Randy Youngblood, Lead Pastor on


Thirty years ago when I first heard a feature about MOPS (Mother’s of Preschoolers) on Christian radio, I told God I would love to be able to host THAT ministry someday!

Kim volunteered in the 90’s for our local MOPS ministry, and she commented that it’s unfortunate that it seemed like every year they would be looking for a church willing to let them have a place to meet.

When our building opened in 2008, the local MOPS was again homeless, and we brought them in, and they have been our MOPS ever since!  WE HAVE BEEN BLESSED every year by being able to give our love and support to these ladies at a crucial, and often difficult, season of their lives!

Their first meeting of the year is this Thursday, August 25th, from 9:15-11:15am.  IF YOU, or anyone you know, are a mother of preschool-aged children (0-Kindergarten) and you have a desire to hear a voice during the week, other than “mommy, mommy, mommy”, PLEASE COME!

This is a great way to find community and connect with other moms. If you are out of that season in your life, please watch for ways to support our group throughout the year!

Childcare is limited, so please contact Danielle Light at to reserve a spot for your child and to let her know to keep an eye out for you!

For more information about MOPS, please click here.


One of my greatest joys is when people who serve at TMCC catch a “Grander Vision” for their lives!

My first memory of Angela Fontanelli was when she came to a small group Kim and I were in.  From there, she became involved in Children’s Ministry and became a permanent fixture in Alan Claytor’s group.  For years, she served faithfully with the young children and participated in her small group.

In April, Angela accepted a position as a missionary teacher in Puerto Escondido, Mexico.  After a busy summer, she finally arrived there last Wednesday, August 2nd.  She is settling in, and has started organizing her classroom. School officially starts August 30th.

She is teaching at Centro Educativo Manantial, which is supported by Global Education Ministries.  Information about the organization, and its history, can be found at www.globaleducationministries.org.  You can also use this link to send her financial support, if that is your desire.

Below is more from her recent email, as well as her email address if you’d like to send her a note of encouragement.

August 9, 2017

Pastor Randy,

I hope you are well.  I miss my church family there! I owe you information regarding my ministry in Mexico, and I am sorry it has taken so long.  The summer got away from me, and the organization changed some of the policies regarding support....  

I have been in Puerto Escondido for a week now, and it is a bit of an adjustment.  I miss Sierra Vista; it was home.  I also really miss hot showers, lol.

It's exciting to see some of the changes going on in the church - a new Creative Arts Director, more classrooms for Children's Ministry, etc.  I've been able to keep up with the messages too!  It sounds like God is doing great things there.

I posted information below if you still would like to include it in your blog.  If you have any questions, or would like any other information let me know.  Enjoy GLS! I wish I could be there!

Feel free to email me at and put "GEM" in the subject line.  There are also opportunities to partner in what God is doing here in Puerto through student sponsorships, missionary support, and general donations for those interested in our mission.  Visitors are also encouraged to come down and see what we are doing!  Thank you for all of the prayers and support!

I miss you all!

Angela Fontanelli


Follow-up on the What Do I Do With the Bible Series

I hear great reports about how The Story Bible is a blessing to many!  If you want to read the Bible through, without the fear of dying in the desert of Leviticus (it will be something you will want to read later), then pick up a copy!  There are still some available at Connection Point that we are happy to give to anyone who wants to read it. And, a big thanks to those who give to the General Fund, because you give, 
we are able to bless others!


Following the Monument Fire in 2011, we restructured our small groups according to where people lived.  We did this so that if another tragedy struck our area, people would know their neighbors and be better positioned to care for one another.  

Experience taught us that people are more interested in meeting with their friends than their neighbors (when I write it like that, it looks rather obvious! lol!).  So, last year groups were restructured again.  That along with a few other adjustments, resulted in the latest edition of small groups to better help people to connect with God and with each other!

Please go to our website, here, to sign up for a Connect Group today! 


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