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 your Easter celebration was peaceful and full of joy. We may not have celebrated as we have in the past, but we celebrate despite our situation. I believe this is a time we are being called to minister to each other and show the love of Christ. Jesus gave these two commands " Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.   The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” Let's take this time to reach out to others. This may be picking up groceries or a prescription for someone, taking them a meal or making them a face mask :) (see below). Let me know how you are helping others or how others are helping you. I would love to share these words of encouragement with our group.

My family watched Easter service on Facebook live and we had Sunday school on Zoom which are unconventional ways during these unconventional times. I know many of you are finding ways to connect with your church, neighbors and family which is so very important. I can’t emphasize enough the importance of connection. If you find you’re having problems connecting, please let me know and I will help. I missed my daughter and granddaughter at our Easter dinner this year, but God willing there will be more days to celebrate. One thing I do know is that I can celebrate Jesus and His love every day and thank God for His provision.

We are working on making a decision regarding our Charity Social this summer. We do have some members who have donated their April AiL fees to TARC and those funds will be sent to them. If you have not designated what you would like to do with your April AiL fee, please email me. You can donate your fee to Shepherd’s Center or TARC, apply your fee to August or October AiL, or we can give you a refund.

Speaking of charity, how about making face masks for those who need them. I donated an N-95 mask to my daughter who works at the hospital. I had bought some a year ago for a home improvement project and had one left. My daughter asked me to make some homemade masks for her to wear over her N-95 face mask. This will help the N-95 mask last longer because she can wash her homemade mask. Please remember that homemade face masks block the virus at about 50% so please continue to keep your distancing. There are a lot of patterns online and I have included a few links for information on face masks and patterns. CraftPassion Face Mask Pattern and Face Mask - Yahoo Lifestyle . Let me know if you need somewhere to donate your face masks, as well as, if you need a mask.  

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

Blessings,
Karen
REVISITING HISTORY
Carl Nuzman sent this poem and photo to me and thought I would share it. It was written in 1869 and reprinted during the 1919 Pandemic. After reading this poem Ecclesiastes 3 came to mind. As the teacher states here there is a time for everything. I believe that it is not what we are going through that is the real test, but how we respond while we are going through it.
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
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Ecclesiastes 3 (HCSB)
The Mystery of Time
There is an occasion for everything,
and a time for every activity under heaven:
a time to give birth and a time to die;
a time to plant and a time to uproot;
a time to kill and a time to heal;
a time to tear down and a time to build;
a time to weep and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn and a time to dance;
a time to throw stones and a time to gather stones;
a time to embrace and a time to avoid embracing;
a time to search and a time to count as lost;
a time to keep and a time to throw away;
a time to tear and a time to sew;
a time to be silent and a time to speak;
a time to love and a time to hate;
a time for war and a time for peace.
2 Chronicles 7:14 (HCSB)
14  and My people who are called by My name humble themselves, pray and seek My face, and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.
BOOK REVIEW
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There is nothing better than reading a novel that inspires curiosity and a desire to know more. One of my Barnes and Noble finds turned out to be such a read. Having read other series set during and after World War 1, I was intrigued by Caroline Scott's title, The Poppy Wife: A Novel of the Great War . The story begins in 1921 with flashbacks to the war years and three brothers who served in the Manchester, England battalion. Though the book sat on a shelf for a couple months while I finished library books, once I started reading it was hard to put down. Soon I found a map of France in the atlas to locate the names of towns and villages near the Somme and to track the movements of the characters. As I neared the end of the book the description of the devastation of Ypres (E pra), Belgium sent me to the Internet and Wikipedia. There I found a black and white photo showing the destruction of Ypres to which I could only say "Oh my." There were other current photos and a brief history of the war and how many of the landmark buildings were rebuilt using the original plans. The sad part of the story was the staggering number of soldiers who could not be identified and whose crosses read "Known Unto God." It was a clear reminder to this former Army Nurse why dog tags were worn as a means of record keeping and for identification. I loved this work of historical fiction, not only for what I learned, but for the author's skillful storytelling.  Submitted by Kathy Harr, SCT Board Member
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.