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The Shepherd's Center of Topeka is an interfaith-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

February 26, 2024

Good Monday Afternoon!

I hope you're enjoying the fantastic weather! Kansas is a great place to be. The seasons are just the right length, and when you start to feel tired of the heat or cold, a change is just around the corner.

What an amazing lineup of speakers at Adventures in Learning in February! We again extend our heartfelt thanks to the speakers who joined us last week and Topeka Presbyterian Manor for generously providing our refreshments. To explore more about Topeka Presbyterian Manor, click on the logo above to visit their website or contact Christie Patrick at 785-256-0946 for further information.

Thank you to Dave Mathias for taking pictures last Friday for our directory! Haven't paid your membership dues yet? Don't worry, there's still time to submit them before we finalize the directory! Simply click the link below to pay online or send your check to SCT at 4101 SW 15th Street, Topeka, KS 66604.

New Activity Group - Interest Survey

Widowed Support Group - Looking Forward to Moving Forward after Losing a Spouse.

This Social Group will provide participants with support, social interaction, and the opportunity to share experiences. Participants are encouraged to listen, discuss thoughts, share life events, and move their lives forward. So that you know, this is not a counseling group. Jerel Wright will be one of the coordinators for this group.

The group would meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 3:30 - 5:00 pm. I am currently looking for a meeting location for this group. Please email or call me if you are interested in joining this group.  

We want to encourage you to access our online directory on your phone for easy access to member's information. And, please feel free to upload your photo to the directory. If you need any help, please reach out to Phyllis Herzog whose contact information is below.

Have a blessed week!

Karen Willard

SCT Director


Online Members-only Directory Access

Access our exclusive Online Members Directory easily in just a few simple steps. Click on the Member Directory link provided in this email header on any device or visit our website at and click on the Members Only Directory link. Forgot your login details? No problem, find instructions below.

For Easy Access on Your Phone via the App

To conveniently access our exclusive Online Members Directory on your mobile phone, simply download our mobile app. Click on the link below to install the app on an Apple or Android phone and follow the easy instructions provided. Use the mobile code "shepherdscenter" when prompted. If you've forgotten your password, don't worry - you can easily reset it by following the directions below.

APP: Download the mobile app – CTRN Directories Support Center

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Phyllis Herzog at

To Reset Your Password or User Name:

If you don't remember your password, click the Forgot Password button. If you don't remember your user name contact Phyllis.

You will enter your Username, and email address and submit. You will receive an email to reset your password.

January/February Newsletter

Calendar with Activity Groups for January and February Calendar

2024 Annual Membership Dues

and Member Profile Form

Click to Pay 2024 Membership Dues

Join Shepherd's Center now and gain access to our online membership directory. While you can join any time, joining at the beginning of the year provides the most benefits, as your $30 membership dues are paid per calendar year. As a member, you'll enjoy discounts on "Adventures in Learning," access to the membership directory, and exciting travel opportunities. Your membership also supports us in our mission.

If you renew your Shepherd's Center 2024 membership in January, you will continue enjoying full access to our online directory. If you haven't renewed your membership by February 1, you won't have access to the directory until we receive your dues.

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 123 - 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

"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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