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Monday News and Updates

October 16, 2023

Good Monday Afternoon!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend! This weekend, I was busy canning applesauce and apple pie filling. Our apple tree has produced more apples this year since we planted it over 20 years ago. It was my first time canning apple pie filling, and I used clear jel. With my first batch, I filled the jars too high, and even though I had an inch of headspace, my jars leaked. I took some filling out, cleaned the jars, and reprocessed them with new seals, and it worked. I have twelve quarts of apple pie filling and 36 pints of applesauce, and I still have baskets of apples, and my tree is still full of apples. If you want, come on out and pick apples before it freezes!

What a wonderful time we had at Adventures in Learning on Friday. Two of our programs were about keeping safe: AARP - Identity Theft and Topeka Police Department - Personal Protection. Both of these programs were recorded, and as soon as I get the videos uploaded to our YouTube Channel, I will post a link in Monday's email so you can watch them.

If you haven't had a chance to come to Adventures in Learning, please join us; you will have a great time, and there is always something to learn. Thank you to Oakley Place for providing our wonderful refreshments and the door prize last Friday! Mandy, thank you for sharing your heartfelt story behind founding Oakley Place. We appreciate you sharing your mission of providing a place for those who can no longer stay in their home. To learn more about Oakley Place, click here: Oakley Place.

Snowman Paint Class Registration - Please sign up as soon as possible. We need to have 20 signed up to have this class.


Tomorrow night! Spoken 4, Gospel Quartet, Susanna Wesley United Methodist Church, 7433 SW 29th Street, Topeka, Tuesday, October 17, 7 p.m. The cost is $20. Spoken Four has 12 years of touring experience and a vibrant testimony. The Spoken 4 Quartet from Branson promises an exceptional experience with a harmonious blend of traditional Southern gospel and contemporary tunes.  Tickets are available at or at the door. 

Click on the links below to register for Adventures in Learning, order your Chili and Cinnamon Roll meal, or register for the Snowman Paint Class.

Have a blessed week!

Karen Willard

SCT Director


Volunteers Needed

Please contact me if you are interested in any of these positions.

Hospitality Chair. Karen Swanson will be retiring and would like to train someone in October to start in January. This position would include setting up table decorations for Adventures in Learning and working with our Community Partners for refreshments during Adventures in Learning and special events. This is a 6-hour-a-week commitment during February, April, August, and October. You would also volunteer during special events.

Hospitality Coffee Station - We only need two more volunteers!

Do you enjoy serving and meeting new people? Then, the Coffee Station volunteer position would be perfect for you! The time commitment is 1 hour on Thursday mornings setting up and 3 1/2 hours on Friday mornings in February, April, August, and October serving at Adventures in Learning. You would also volunteer during special events.

Sign Maker for Adventures in Learning and Special Events

Phyllis Herzog needs someone to help create signs for Adventures in Learning and during Special Events. The time commitment is approximately 1 hour on Thursday mornings between 10 am and noon in February, April, August, and October. Please contact me or Phyllis at

Chili and Cinnamon Roll Fundraiser - Saturday, November 4, 11:00 - 1:30 pm

We need volunteers to help on the day of our fundraiser. We need help busing tables, washing dishes, carrying out orders, cashiers, and cleaning up. Please email if you can help.

Click Here to Email Karen

Snowman Paint Party with Gina!

Learn How to Paint a Snowman on a Screen

(no experience necessary)

Registration is now open for Gina's snowman paint class on Saturday, November 11, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., at Lowman United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 4101 SW 15th Street. The cost is just $45, and everything is provided, including refreshments. We need to have a minimum of 20 signed up for this class.

Registration closes on October 30, and the class is limited to 45, so click the link below to register now!

Register Now for Snowman Paint Class

Chili and Cinnamon Rolls!

Chili and Cinnamon Rolls!

November will be here before you know it! Chili and Cinnamon Rolls, Saturday, November 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Pre-ordering closes on October 20. Dine-in or Curbside pick-up is available. Meals $12, Large Cinnamon Rolls $5.

Order Now!

Sponsoring our Chili and Cinnamon Roll Fundraiser

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October Adventures in Learning!

Registration Now Open!

Four classes each Friday morning in October! 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. The entire month is only $25 with membership or $30 for non-members.

"Adventures in Learning" is a time for learning, socializing, catching up on what's happening at the Shepherd's Center and learning more about our community partners. We would love to have you join us!

To avoid a late fee of $5, please register before the deadline of September 22.

Printable Registration Form


Shepherd's Center of Topeka Board of Trustees 2023/2024

Kathy Harr, Chair; Marylin Buzzell, Vice-Chair; Dan Pauls, Treasurer; Betsy Thompson, Secretary; Beverley Lutz, Trustee, Bob Gladfelter, Trustee; Walter Horn, Trustee; and ex-officio Karen Willard. 

Bob Gladfelter, Trustee

Bob received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Washburn University. He began his career as a mathematics teacher for USD 501 in 1969. By 1979, Bob earned a master of science in mathematics education from Kansas State University and began teaching at USD 437. In addition to his teaching responsibilities within Washburn Rural, he served as an assistant professor of mathematics at Washburn University from 1982 to 1988. At Washburn Rural High School, Bob served as athletic director (1988-1993), assistant (1993-2003), and then associate principal (2003-2014). Bob was honored at various times during his career as outstanding young educator, twice as Kansas tennis coach of the year, and as East Kansas assistant principal of the year. He is an experienced educator, coach and administrator. 

Over the years Bob has been actively involved in church activities having served as a member of the Susanna Wesley Church Council, Sunday school and vacation bible school teacher. He plays tennis with the Senior Men’s League at Genesis Health Club and pickleball with the Shepherd’s Center group at First Baptist. Bob volunteered to serve on the board to participate more fully in Shepherd’s Center.  

September October Newsletter

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.

Print Member Profile Form

September and October Calendar with Activity Groups

SCT Activity Groups

Physical Well-Being, Spiritual Growth,

Socializing, and Education


Mexican Train Dominoes

Hand and Foot Canasta


Line Dancing with Karen Botkin

Let's Keep Moving!

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

Line Dancing - Meeting from 1:30 - 3:30 on the 2nd and 4th Thursday and from 1:30 - 2:30 on the 1st and 3rd Thursday for beginners at First Baptist Church, 3033 SW MacVicar Ave, Topeka. For more information, contact Karen Botkin at 785-945-6785 or Jim Bauer at 785-256-2432 at Please note: Jim Bauer is teaching the beginner's class on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month.

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 call Anne Crawford at 785-273- 4527 or email


Tai Chi for Health - Meets Tuesday 9:30 - 10:30 at 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.

Let's Stay Connected!


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-coordinator, 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 want 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 the office at 785-249-3258.

Travel Opportunities - Members Only

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If you want to volunteer on the Travel Committee, please contact Rich McReynolds at

Christmas at Resurrection Church in Leawood

Lunch and Christmas Program

Saturday, December 9, 2023

Cost $92

Coach spots at 9:45 am and back home around 5 pm.

This program is the best of the best for Christmas.  They change it every year, and every year, it gets better! Resurrection Church creates a special Christmas Program with 300 singers, a full orchestra, and actors every year. We will eat at the Church for lunch, a special treat, and we have excellent seats! No stairs, all flat walking!  We should be back home by 5 p.m. To register, call Oneta at 785-633-8761. Mail checks to P. O. Box 4126, Topeka, KS 66604. Click on the link for a printable flyer.

"Elvis, Aloha From Vega" New Theatre Overland Park

Lunch Provided

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Cost $78

New Theatre, “Elvis, Aloha From Vegas”, Wednesday, March 6, 2024, $78. The coach picks up at Fairlawn Plaza at 9:45 a.m. ELVIS: ALOHA FROM VEGAS traces The King's journey through the 70s. It was a period of reinvention, kicking off a seven-year annual residency at the International Hotel in Las Vegas, running through the sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden, and culminating in a historic international live satellite broadcast from Hawaii, all set to unforgettable songs like "Burning Love", "Suspicious Minds", and of course, "Can't Help Falling in Love."

For our members and friends interested in other travel opportunities, 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 are not accepted.

Travel Opportunities

Prayer Requests

If you have a particular need or prayer request, please email Charlotte Milroy, our SCT Chaplain, at If you would like 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

If you're wondering what to do in Topeka, like trying new places to eat, entertainment, or events, click on the following link for more information: Visit Topeka

"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.

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