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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

December 11, 2023

Good Monday Afternoon!

We have thirteen days until Christmas, so I included our Shepherd's Center Holiday Family Favorite Cookie Recipes book in my email today. The following two weeks would be perfect for baking and sharing your favorite cookies with friends or neighbors.

The Shepherd's Center's Holiday Family Favorite Cookie Recipes book was created in December 2020, and since then, we have added a lot of new members and participants. I would love to include more recipes in this book. If you'd like me to add your favorite holiday cookie recipe, please email me your recipe by December 17, and I'll update the book and send out a new edition before Christmas. I also enjoy reading the stories that came with the recipe and would love to add yours. Click here for a copy of the SCT Holiday Family Favorite Cookie Recipes.

2024 Membership Dues

You can pay your 2024 membership dues online by scrolling down the page and clicking the link. You can also mail your membership dues to our office (write 2024 membership dues in the memo) or wait until you receive our newsletter in a couple of weeks and send your membership dues with the form.

Activity Group Changes

Pickleball Closings at First Baptist Church

Monday, December 11 and 25

Monday, January 1

Shepherd's Center Volunteer Opportunity

We are still looking for a volunteer for Hospitality Chair. You will get plenty of help while training. If you are interested in this position, please don't hesitate to get in touch with me. Click on the link for responsibilities: Hospitality Chair Responsibilities.

Upcoming Community Events

Join the Holiday Open House at Celebration Villa Hearthstone West, 3515 SW 6th Ave., Topeka, on December 11, 4-6 pm: Drinks, Hors d'oeuvres, Music, and Photos with Santa!

Shawnee Choral Society presents Gloria on Friday, December 15, at 7 pm at White Concert Hall, Washburn University, 1700 SW Jewell Ave, Topeka. Free admission. Donations are greatly appreciated.

Thornton Place (Holiday Senior Living), Holiday Bazaar Vendor Fair, Saturday, December 16, 10 am - 2 pm, Thornton Place Atrium, 2901 SW Armstrong Ave, Topeka. All are welcome to join!

The Bethlehem Experience will take you back in time to experience what it looked like when Jesus was born. Fellowship Bible Church, December 15 and 17. This event is free, but you must sign up for tickets. Click here to learn more and reserve your free ticket(s).

Christmas Eve Services - Lowman United Methodist Church, 4101 SW 15th Street, Topeka.

Sunday, December 24, 10 am - Morning Worship, 5 pm - Service in the Chapel, and 10:00 pm - Candlelight Service. For more information, go to

Have a blessed week!

Karen Willard

SCT Director


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You can join Shepherd's Center at any time and get access to our online directory, but you get the most benefit if you join at the beginning of the year. Your membership helps support us.

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.

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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. Please call or email me if you know of an SCT member who needs prayers or encouragement. If a member 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.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment

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