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The Shepherd's Center of Topeka is a faith-based volunteer-run organization that provides opportunities for adults 55 and older to participate in educational, physical, spiritual, and social activities and events.

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Monday News and Updates

February 27 , 2023

Good Monday Evening!

Last Friday we had another incredible “Adventures in Learning”! SCT's longtime friend, Kevin McFarland, our News and Views presenter facilitator, was here, along with Ken and Cathy Scroggs of Hope Ranch and Riding Center, Bluebird Taylor with Baker University Wetlands & Discovery Center, and legendary retired 13 News anchor Ralph Hipp was our last program of the month.  Ralph brought several autographed books and shared many interesting and humorous stories of famous people he had encountered.  And did you know Ralph was an impersonator of Nixon, Clinton, Johnny Carson, and others?  We had a lot of fun!

Topeka Presbyterian Manor provided refreshments and five door prizes during our break at Adventures in Learning! Thank you, Danica, for providing our wonderful snacks and sharing about Presbyterian Manor’s services. For more information about TPM, click on the following link: Topeka Presbyterian Manor.

The Topeka Genealogical Society has provided numerous programs to Shepherd Center's Adventures in Learning and the MAP group over the years, and they are offering a FREE session to get you started in genealogy research. Don't know where to begin? No problem, the Topeka Genealogical Society is here to help! Sign up for "Getting Started in Genealogy Research", Saturday, March 4, 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. You must pre-register because space is limited. Click on this link to TGS Register Online and reserve your spot!

Watch for our newsletter with April "Adventures in Learning" (AiL) registration, and our featured member and volunteer articles. Online registration for AiL will be open on Wednesday. For the digital version of our newsletter click here: March/April Newsletter.

Have a blessed week!

Karen Willard

SCT Director


April Adventures in Learning!

Online Registration Coming Soon

Coming Soon

Four classes each Friday morning in April! You choose two classes each Friday and sign up for refreshments during our break. Come at 8:30 for a cup of freshly brewed coffee. 

"Adventures in Learning" is a time for learning, socializing, and catching up on what's happening at the Shepherd's Center and learn more about our community partners. 

2023 Annual Membership Dues

and Member Profile Form

Membership Dues

Your $30 annual membership supports the Shepherd's Center with operating expenses. Please consider joining and supporting this great organization. Membership benefits include discounts on "Adventures in Learning," a membership directory, and travel opportunities. Membership dues are paid for the calendar year.

Print Membership Form to Mail

If you are a new member, please click on the link below. Please print and fill out the form and return it to the office.

Member Profile Form

SCT Activity Groups

Physical Well-Being, Spiritual Growth,

Socializing, and Education

Line Dancing with Glenna Meek, Kathy Ogle, and Friends

Mexican Train Dominoes

Hand and Foot Canasta

January and February 2023 Calendar


Bridge Group - Meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 2021 SW 29th St, Topeka, from 1:00 - 3:30 pm. Arrangements to play must be made by Monday at 5:00 by calling Joan Arterburn's cell at 785-213-1812 or home at 785-408-5174 regarding attendance.

Hand and Foot Canasta - Meeting on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at St. David's Episcopal Church, 3916 SW 17th St, Topeka. Please do not enter the building before 1:45 pm. If you have questions, please email Caroline Huff at

Mexican Train Dominoes - Meeting on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm, St. David's Episcopal Church, 3916 SW 17th St, Topeka. Please do not enter the building before 1:45 pm. For more information, please email the co-coordinators, Ottie Reed at or Mary Adkins at

Shepherd's Center Book Club - Meeting on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1275 SW Boswell Ave, Topeka. For more information, contact Pat Kirkman at

MAP Group (Memoirs, Ancestry, Photos). Meeting via Zoom only on the 4th Wednesday of the Month 10 - 11:30 am. Contact Rich McReynolds at or our office if you would like to join this group. We will send you a Zoom link.

Family History Writing Group, Meeting on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, 10:00 – 11:30 am Lowman United Methodist Church, room 12. For more information, contact Sally Kahle, Coordinator, at 785-554-3137 or email

Let's Keep Moving!

Pickleball - Monday and Wednesday from 1 – 3:00 at First Baptist, 3033 SW MacVicar Ave, Topeka. On Wednesday, one of the four courts is designated as a training court. If you are interested in playing recreational pickleball, please email Dave Mathias at or Betsy Thompson at

Line Dancing - Meeting on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month from 1:30 - 3:30 at First Baptist Church, 3033 SW MacVicar Ave, Topeka. For more information, contact Karen Botkin at 785-945-6785 or Jim Baer at 785-256-2432 at

SMS - Strength, Mobility, Stability Exercise Group

Monday, 9:30-10:00, Arbor Valley Senior Homes Clubhouse, 1414 SW Arbor Valley Dr, Topeka

Tuesday and Thursday, 9 - 9:30, Rosehill Place, 3600 SW Gage Blvd # 97, Topeka Tuesday and Thursday, 10 - 10:45, Grace UMC, 2627 SW Western Ave, Topeka. For more information, please contact Shirley Edgerton - Instructor, at 979-4495.


Tai Chi for Health - Meets Monday 9:30 - 10:30, Lowman United Methodist Church, and Thursday 9:30 - 10:30 at the Zoo at Camp Cowabunga or Kay's Japanese Garden, depending on the weather and availability. No training is needed; watch and follow. Contact Madon Dailey, Certified Tai Chi Instructor, at 785-845-4478, Join Madon from Home via Zoom on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday click on this link Zoom Tai Chi Use Meeting ID: 825 2355 0912 Passcode: TopekaTC4V

Please consult your physician before starting a new exercise program.

Travel Opportunities - Members Only

If you would like to participate on the Travel Committee, please contact Rich McReynolds at

Saturday, April 1, New Theatre Overland Park - $73 CONDO-MONIUM, starring Barry Williams Coach arrives 10 am and leaves at 10:15 am, Pick up at Fairlawn Plaza.

Barry of Brady Bunch fame and Cathy Barnett and Craig Benton join him for the American premiere of this British production. Bad luck, coincidence, misunderstandings, and mistaken identity drive increasingly crazy situations. For more information, click on the following link: CONDO-MONIUM


Saturday, June 3, 2023, Lucas Grassroots Art Tour, $85 includes transportation, ticket and lunch. Custom 2023 Tour for Shepherd Center members. This tour is limited to 14 passengers. Submit Registration and Tour Payment – 505 E Broadway, Hope, KS 67451. Click on link for more information and registration form: Lucas Grassroots Art Tour Registration

Wednesday, June 14, 2023, New Theatre, Overland Park, Million Dollar Quartet, $75, includes lunch. "This thrilling, smash-hit Broadway musical takes you inside Sun recording studio for an unforgettable night of Rock ‘n’ Roll inspired by the famed recording session that brought together Rock ‘n’ Roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins for the first and only time."

Wednesday, August 9 and Saturday, September 9 New Theatre Overland Park, DREAM GIRL, $75 includes lunch. Pick up at Fairlawn Plaza

Wednesday, August 9 - Coach arrives 9:30 am and leaves at 9:45 am

Saturday, September 9 - Coach arrives 10 am and leaves at 10:15 am

Your soul will sing with this dazzling, six-time Tony Award-winning R&B rollercoaster ride through 1960s show business. DREAMGIRLS tells the rags-to-riches story of a Motown girl group and the trials and tribulations that come with fame and fortune. For more information, click on the following link: DREAM GIRLS

Thursday, August 10, 2023, Eisenhower Tour, $85 includes transportation, ticket, and lunch.

Custom 2023 Tour for Shepherd Center members. This tour is limited to 14 passengers. Submit Registration and Tour Payment – 505 E Broadway, Hope, KS 67451. Click on link for more information and registration form: Eisenhower Tour Registration

For our members and friends interested in other travel opportunities, you may wish to check Great Adventures Tours at Contact Oneta by emailing her at or calling 785-633-8761 with questions, enrollment, or cancellations. Mail checks to P. O. Box 4126, Topeka, KS 66604. Credit cards not accepted.

Travel Opportunities

Prayer Requests

If you have a special need or prayer request, please email Charlotte Milroy, our SCT Chaplain, at If you would like to have your prayer requests mentioned in our Monday email, please copy Karen at

You are especially important to us, and we are here for you in your time of need. If you know of an SCT member who has passed, please let Charlotte know so she can send a card on behalf of Shepherd's Center. Click here to email Charlotte Milroy

Topeka, Shawnee County, and Kansas Updates

The City of Topeka and Shawnee County

"The City of Topeka is dedicated to promoting access to government data and encouraging the development of creative tools to engage and serve Topeka's diverse community." This website includes the city budget, open projects, and homelessness information. Click on the following link for more information: Open Data Portal

Kansas Department of Health and Environment

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