Shepherd's Center of Topeka
Our mission is to support the aging population by providing spiritual, physical, social and intellectual programs that make a difference in the quality of their life.
Monday Weekly News & Updates
Good Monday Afternoon,
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, and a Happy Father’s Day to all you dads. On Sunday afternoon I went to visit my dad and took him a grilled T-bone steak, sides, and homemade apple pie. This was the first time in many years that my dad was honored with more than a card received by mail. Dad has lived a long distance from family for many years, and I'm glad he decided to move closer so we can be here for him. I love spending time with my dad discussing what’s going on in the world, discovering fresh views on history and life inspired by the writings in the bible, and hearing stories of his childhood. He has been an inspiration in my life and many others and I am grateful for his steadfast love for what is right and good.  

This week I want to share with you the story of the founding of Shepherd's Center of America. I don't know if many of you know the history of how the Shepherd's Center began, but it's a story of a wonderful man, Dr. Albert Cole, who moved to Kansas City in 1965 to minster as pastor at Central United Methodist Church. It was during that time he discovered there was a need for something more for the older generation, and in 1972 with the help of a community planning team he founded the first Shepherd's Center. Our foundation is built on what Cole held as strong beliefs, the importance of personal wellness, which included physically, mentally, and spiritual wellness, as well as, lifelong learning, interfaith and interracial cooperation. These values were shared by many and Dr. Cole with the help of the community planning team designed a program that would encompass all of these values.  Click on the following link to watch a wonderful video on Dr. Albert Cole and the founding of Shepherd’s Center. Former Chair of the National Council on Aging and others discuss Dr. Cole's contributions to senior adult s. Our Shepherd's Center of Topeka member Carl Nuzman is on the board of the Shepherd's Center of America our national organization and has been involved with SCT for a very long time. Carl's involvement, expertise and dedication to SCT is invaluable. Click on the following link for more information on SCA. Shepherd's Center of America .

This week Topeka is opening up with Phase Out. Instructions are posted in this email below. Most Activity Groups are not meeting yet, but Shirley has decided that through social distancing and disinfecting work out areas she can safely hold her SMS Exercise classes at modified times and at one location. The Spiritual Book Club continues to meet online with Zoom the 1st Monday of the month. See below for more information.

We are excited to announce that a modified August "Adventures in Learning" and our Annual Meeting is planned for August 7 at 11:30 am. You will be receiving a newsletter this week with registration and instructions on safety. Registration can also be done online through our website after the classes and registration are posted. I will try and have this posted on our website by Wednesday morning. I can't wait to see everyone and get these programs started again! I know it may be difficult getting out after being isolated for three months, but just take small steps, and if you don't feel safe yet, don't worry, maybe we'll see you in October for "Adventures in Learning".

Our Survey Results
We had great response on our survey, and I want to thank everyone who had a chance to participate. Please click on this link for the results and click here for Question and Answer results
Member Celebration

Congratulations to Terry and Peggy Taylor for celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on June 14! Happy Anniversary Terry and Peggy!
August "Adventures in Learning"
Due to the responses we received from the survey, we will be moving forward with a modified August "Adventures in Learning". Look for our newsletter in the mail this week with "Adventures in Learning" mail in registration, and information on how we will do our best to keep everyone safe. Go to our website on Wednesday to also view and to register online.

Please do not take your registrations to the LUMC office.
SMS Exercise Group
Shirley is excited to announce that she will begin her SMS (Strength, Mobility, Stability) Exercise Group on June 18, at Grace UMC. Shirley is offering two classes every Tuesday and Thursday at Grace UMC at 8:45 and 10:00. The classes will be limited to 10 participants each. Please call or text Shirley at 785-979-4495 to sign up, and to let her know which class time you prefer. 

Shirley will make every effort to protect participants by sanitizing used areas and equipment, and masks are required for anyone with lung or heart issues. If you have any questions please feel free to call her. There is no charge for the classes, but she will continue to welcome a small donation that will be used for her Haiti Mission and local programs chosen by participants. 
SCT Group Activities
Lowman United Methodist Church is open for Sunday service on June 21 and will be open M-F from 9:00 - 1:00 pm.


 SMS - Strength, Mobility, Stability Exercise Group at GRACE UMC ONLY
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:45 and 10:00, Grace UMC, 2627 SW Western Ave, Topeka  
Tuesdays, 10:00, Countryside UMC, 3221 SW Burlingame Rd, Topeka (Church not Open)

Spiritual Book Club - Meeting via Zoom
"The Return of the Prodigal Son" by Henri J.M. Nouwen - beginning 6-1-20
1st Monday of the Month, 2:00 – 4:00, First Congregational, 1701 SW Collins Ave, Topeka


Mondays, 3 – 5:00, Countryside UMC, 3221 SW Burlingame Rd, Topeka
Wednesdays, 1 – 3:00, First Baptist, 3033 SW MacVicar Ave, Topeka (New Players)

Hand and Foot Canasta
2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, 2 - 4:00 pm, St. David's Episcopal Church, 3916 SW 17th St, Topeka 

1st and 3rd Thursday of the month, 1 - 3:30 pm, Our Savior Lutheran Church, 2021 SW 29th St, Topeka

Line Dancing
2nd and 4th Thursday of the month from 1:30 - 3:30 at First United Methodist Church, 600 SW Topeka Blvd, Topeka

MAP Group (Memoirs, Ancestry, Photos)
4th Wednesday of the Month, 10:00 – 11:30, First Presbyterian, 817 SW Harrison St, Topeka
TRAVELERS - Members Only - Updated
Due to the current situation with the Coronavirus some travel has been cancelled. At this time, we are going to be optimistic and keep the following future trips on our schedule. The cost for these trips will be posted as soon as we receive the information.

Wednesday, September 9 – Spirit of Brownsville Riverboat Cruise with Lunch in Brownville, NE Riverboat Day Trip 9-9-20 - SCT Members have until August 1st to secure seat on this tri p. $75 per person.

Wednesday, December 9 — Quality Hill Playhouse Christmas Program with lunch in Kansas City.

Make checks payable to Great Adventure Tours and mail to P.O. Box 4126, Topeka, KS 66604. Make checks payable to Great Adventure Tours and mail to P.O. Box 4126, Topeka, KS 66604. Contact Oneta with GAT at 633-8761 with questions, enrollment, cancellations. GAT does not accept credit cards.
Exercises for Everyone - LET'S KEEP ACTIVE
Online Chair Yoga with Debbie Daugherty
Offered by the Shepherd's Center of Webster-Kirkwood, MO

Improve your balance, learn restorative breathing, functional skills, and relaxation techniques. Includes seated and standing yoga poses.
Second & Fourth Thursdays (6/25, 7/9, 7/23) 10:30 a.m.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the class via Zoom. If you enjoy their online classes, please consider making a donation in support of their Shepherd's Center, click here to donate .


Rebound Physical Therapy is offering FREE Workshops ! Click the link to join the workshop!  Click here to Join Password: rebound

Monday, June 22 - Nip Your Hip Pain
Wednesday, June 24 - Got Balance?
Monday, June 29 - Effective Therapies for Pain Relief


Please consult your physician before starting a new exercise program.
“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.”
– Mahatma Gandhi
Kansas Reopen by Executive Order

Phase Out Begins June 22

Grocery and Restaurant Tips
Grocery pick up is a great way for social distancing. You can order online and pick up your groceries at the following stores: 

Walmart – All Walmart Stores in Topeka are offering free grocery pick up. 
Sam’s Club – Offers grocery pick up with no minimum order.
Dillons – Pick up is now free. Order groceries online.
Hy-Vee – Pick up is free with a minimum $30 purchase. Delivery is $9.95 with a minimum $30 purchase.

Please let us know if you need help with ordering online.

Link Information Update April 24 - Restaurant carryout services are great if you don’t want to cook.

Click on the link below to see which business are open for business.

Medication pick up – Check your pharmacy for drive through hours or delivery. Or check to see if your medication can be mail ordered.
COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
Prevention - Please Stay Safe
Please CALL your Doctor if You have the Following Symptoms:
  1. Fever
  2. Cough
  3. Shortness of Breath

  • Stay home - the less people you are in contact with the less likely you are exposed to the virus.
  • Quarantine, for at least 14 days, if you are sick.
  • If you have to leave your home - distance yourself between people you are in contact with within about 6 feet.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues (throw tissue away).
  • Cough/sneeze into elbow.
  • Wash hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water (Sing the Happy Birthday Song Twice).
  • Use alcohol-based (60%) hand sanitizer.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • No touching.

We ask that everyone take appropriate precautions to stay safe. The link below has a lot of great information.

For the most up-to-date information regarding Covid-19, please see the following links:

Isaiah 41:10
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 40:28-31
28  Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.
 29  He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. 30  Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted; 31  but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.