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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

October 30, 2023

Good Monday Evening!

Can you believe that tomorrow is Halloween? Where did the time go? Halloween is not a holiday I celebrate, but it's interesting to read about its history and how it has changed over the years. The History website has a great article:  Halloween Timeline: How the Holiday Has Changed Over the Centuries.  Click on the title to read more.

Roland and Karen Swanson are off to see their grandchildren and carve about 100 Jack O‘ Lanterns to decorate their kid's yard for Halloween, so, in thinking about Roland and Karen, I thought it would be fun for you to watch Steve Clark the Fastest Pumpkin Carver in the World.

It's getting to be that time of year when the temperatures start to cool, and we need to start preparing for winter weather. The National Institute on Aging's website has excellent information on cold weather safety for older adults. Click on the link and start preparing for cold weather. Cold Weather Safety NIA

Thank you to Legend at Capital Ridge and Stan Olavarria for providing our wonderful refreshments and the door prizes last Friday at Adventures in Learning! To learn more about Legend at Capital Ridge, click here: Legend at Capital Ridge

Snowman Paint Class Registration - Please sign up as soon as possible. We have 11 signed up, and we need to have 20 registered to have this class. You do not need to be a member of the Shepherd's Center to participate. So ask your friend or neighbor to join you for only $45 and enjoy a fun and creative time together. Refreshments are provided.

Travel Opportunities

Saturday, December 9, 2023, Christmas at Resurrection Church in Leawood, Lunch, and Christmas Program, $92, Coach spots at 9:45 am and back home around 5 pm. I have more information below under travel.

Scroll down and click on the link for our November and December calendars.

Have a blessed week!

Karen Willard

SCT Director


Shepherd's Center's

Chili and Cinnamon Roll Fundraiser

Sat., November 4, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

4101 SW 15th St. (15th & Gage)

Dine-in or Curbside pick-up is available. Walk-ins are welcome.

Meals $12, Large Cinnamon Rolls $5 

Visit Lowman's Annual Holiday Craft Fair

Saturday, Nov. 4, 9 - 4 pm, and Sunday, Nov. 5, 11 - 1:00 pm

Sponsoring our Chili and Cinnamon Roll Fundraiser

Click on the logos for more information about our sponsors.

Snowman Paint Party with Gina!

Learn How to Paint a Snowman on a Screen

(no experience necessary)

REGISTRATION DATE EXTENDED! Register for Gina's Snowman Paint Class on Saturday, November 11, 1:00 - 3:00 pm, at Lowman United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 4101 SW 15th Street, Topeka. Gina will teach us step-by-step how to create this snowman on screen!

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 November 5, and the class is limited to 45, so click the link below to register now!

Click to Register for Snowman Paint Class

Volunteers Needed

Please contact me if you are interested in any of these positions. You do not need to participate in Adventures in Learning to volunteer.

Hospitality Chair. Karen Swanson is retiring, and she is the Hospitality Chair. If you are interested in this position, please contact me. Hospitality Chair Responsibilities.

Sign Maker for Adventures in Learning and Special Events

The time commitment is approximately 1 hour on Thursday mornings between 10 am and noon in February, April, August, and October, and before special events. Please get in touch with me or Phyllis Herzogog at

Click Here to Email Karen

November and December Calendar

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2024 Annual Membership Dues

and Member Profile Form

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.

Print Member Profile Form

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.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment

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