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 are excited about the warmer weather; I sure am! It is like a breath of fresh air with everything around us turning green, and the trees blooming in pink or white flowers and red berries. Spring to me is a renewal of the land and of my heart and spirit. I just love Spring, and I am thankful to God for the beauty He has given us in the ever-changing seasons with the anticipation of what is to come. Now, there is a time to plant…

More good news, besides the weather, some of you may have received your stimulus check, and I want to make sure and mention something that is on my heart. My grandfather was scammed about 10 years ago when someone called him and told him his grandson was in jail and he needed $1,800 to bail him out. Not thinking to call to verify the call, he wired the money and was out $1,800. His grandson was not in jail it was a scam. Please be careful of the increased scams that are happening in our country. We have had them over the years, but because of the pandemic and the stimulus check there has been an increase and the scammers are preying on seniors. Many seniors are generous, too kind to hang up on people, and sometimes hard of hearing and can't clearly understand the caller. Scammers can sound legitimate, but please if there is any question, ask for their number to call them back. No decision must be made right away, and this will give you time to check them out. Call a relative or friend before you return the call.

The “The Epoch Times” ran a front-page article warning people of the increased scams. These scams can range from selling fake Covid-19 tests to fraudulent fundraising for medical workers or patients and families. Sheriff John Merchant of Brown County, Kansas was featured in the article and discussed the problems facing his town. Brown County’s population is one-third seniors, and he and his team are on a mission to try and prevent people from being taken advantage of. Merchant has been told that residents are receiving robocalls asking for money to support front-line doctors and nurses fighting Covid-19 and other callers are asking people for their Social Security numbers so they can receive their stimulus checks. In another town in Florida scammers are going door to door selling fake Covid-19 tests. The Epoch Times indicated that “Phishing emails have increased 667 percent since the beginning of March, according to security firm Barracuda Networks”. Yahoo Safety has great information to help you understand what phishing emails are and how to protect yourself. Phishing Emails  I have received several emails over the past three weeks from PayPal and Amazon asking for me to sign into my account, via a link, because there has been a problem with my account. I have contacted both companies, using their website, and forwarded those emails to them and deleted them from my email. Please do not click on a link from an email that looks odd.

One last update, if you have not sent your information in to the US Census Bureau you can click on the link below and fill out the information online. This information is particularly important to our community, as well as, tracking for our ancestry. We have been thankful for finding records of our relatives through the US Census Bureau records. According to US Census Wiki pedia "The first census after the American Revolution was taken in 1790, under Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson; there have been 22 federal censuses since that time. The current national census was held in 2010; the next census is scheduled for 2020.", which is currently in progress.


Until next time, please stay home if at all possible, take care of yourself and be safe.

Blessings,
Karen
A CRAFTING PROJECT THAT CAN HELP
Last week I talked about making face masks for those who are in need. My daughter, Kristin, is an IV nurse and works with Covid-19 patients. When she goes into a patient's room who has Covid-19 she wears PPE (personal protection equipment) that is specialized equipment for wearing while working with people who have a contagious disease. In the photo, Kristin is wearing a homemade mask that fits over her N-95 mask or a hospital issued mask. She will wear this throughout her day outside of Covid-19 patient rooms.

Homemade face masks are not able to block the smallest particles and are not guaranteed to keep you from getting the coronavirus, but they can help in some circumstances and there are benefits to wearing one. 
  • They can block large particles that stay in the air from sneezing or coughing
  • They can help protect others from if you are a carrier of the virus and are asymptomatic
  • Wearing a face mask can encourage you to avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes before washing your hand.


Let me know if you would like to donate your face masks, as well as, if you need a face mask.  
REVISITING HISTORY
Last week I sent you this poem, but I left the last part of the poem off so I'm re-posting. It was written in 1869 and reprinted during the 1919 Pandemic.
This is Timeless….
And people stayed at home
And read books
And listened
And they rested
And did exercises
And made art and played
And learned new ways of being
And stopped and listened
More deeply
Someone meditated, someone prayed
Someone met their shadow
And people began to think differently
And people healed.
And in the absence of people who
Lived in ignorant ways
Dangerous, meaningless and heartless,
The earth also began to heal
And when the danger ended and
People found themselves
They grieved for the dead
And made new choices
And dreamed of new visions
And created new ways of living
And completely healed the earth
Just as they were healed.
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. delivery $9.95.
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 8 - Restaurant carryout services are great if you don’t want to cook but your favorite restaurant dining room is closed. WIBW has listed many restaurants that are offering carryout services. This helps the restaurants stay in business, as well as, keep their staff employed.  https://www.wibw.com/content/news/List-of-local-restaurants-offering-carryout-services-568934541.html

Medication pick up – Check your pharmacy for drive through hours or delivery. Or check to see if your medication can be mail ordered.
SCT Group Activities
Lowman United Methodist Church is closed until further notice.

CANCELLATIONS DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

  • APRIL "ADVENTURES IN LEARNING" CANCELLED

  • ALL SCT GROUP ACTIVITIES BELOW HAVE BEEN CANCELLED THROUGH APRIL

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

SMS Exercise Group
Tuesdays, 10:00, Countryside UMC, 3221 SW Burlingame Rd, Topeka
Thursdays, 10:00, Grace UMC, 2627 SW Western Ave, Topeka  

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 

Bridge
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)
Fourth Wednesday of the Month, 10:00 – 11:30, First Presbyterian, 817 SW Harrison St, Topeka

Spiritual Book Club
First Monday of the Month, 2:00 – 4:00, First Congregational, 1701 SW Collins Ave, Topeka

TRAVELERS - Members Only
Due to the current situation with the Coronavirus some travel has been cancelled

CANCELLED – June 6—13, 2020 SCT Vacation to Apostle Islands and Wisconsin Dells
The annual vacation trip has been cancelled early because of travel uncertainties in June. Canceling now allows for a full refund of deposit payments made including insurance premiums. Great Adventure Tours will phone all individuals and refunds will be mailed to each registrant. It will take a little time for the process so please be patient.

CANCELLED – Wednesday, June 3 – Cheyenne Bottoms Wetland, Wolf Hotel & Underground Tour and Lunch in Ellinwood, KS $74. This day trip has also been cancelled early because of travel uncertainties in June. Great Adventure Tours will phone all individuals and refunds will be mailed to each registrant. It will take a little time for the process so please be patient.

At this time, we are going to be optimistic and keep the following future trips on our schedule.

Wednesday, September 9 – Spirit of Brownsville Riverboat Cruise with Lunch in Brownsville, Nebraska - SCT Members have until August 1st to secure seat on this trip.

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.
COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
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Prevention - Please Stay Safe
Please CALL your Doctor if You have the Following Symptoms:
  1. Fever
  2. Cough
  3. Shortness of Breath

Prevention:
  • 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:



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Philippians 4:6-7
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

The Good News: The peace of God is just a simple prayer away; approach Him with an open heart and God will grant you peace.