Open University OPEN on Columbus Day

Open University is not affected by the Columbus Day holiday this coming Monday, October 14. The full day of classes are offered as usual beginning at 9:45 a.m. Plan to stay for the Lunch Speaker too! Dr. Jeff Clark presents, “Fair Redistricting in VA: Big Win But Not Done.” Lunch is at 12:00, our speaker begins at 12:30. Columbus went to all that trouble to sail to America – all YOU have to do to discover something wonderful is travel to the Open University! “Sea” you there!

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Extra!! Extra!! Read All About It! Sign Up NOW to See “Newsies!”

THIS JUST IN!!! The registration deadline to sign up for Newsies has been extended! It is NOT TOO LATE to travel to Arena Stage in Washington, DC, on Saturday, November 9, to see this Tony Award-winning musical! But don’t hesitate – reservations are only being accepted through next Thursday, October 17. Trip includes round-trip motor coach transportation, prime seats at the matinee performance, and lunch at the Catwalk Cafe. It’s NOT too late! A perfect trip to start off your holidays! Stand up and speak out (for you, your family, and friends!), and register NOW to see Newsies! See the details here. Register online here

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Is it a Blue Moon?

What happened today at the OU is more rare than “once in a blue moon.” We had TWO camera crews doing interviews this morning at St. Luke’s. We felt pretty popular! We had a great time with Amy Lacey and her crew from Virginia Currents and Constance Jones with her crew from WRIC News. Thank you so much for the interest and we look forward to seeing the end results.

And thank you to Gene, Susie, Hal and Ken, as well as the classroom participants, who were filmed! We will let everyone know when the stories will air. Until then, enjoy the photos!

Gene getting ready to talk with Amy
Ready to roll
Amy interviews Susie
Hal and Amy ready for filming
Constance interviews Ken
Ken and Constance posed for me. Did you know that Constance is an OU German student?

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Lunch and Life in the Upper Commons Tomorrow

I hope everyone is in for a great talk this Wednesday! Father Michael Renninger, pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church, will present Whistle While You Work: The Spiritual Message of Famous Disney Songs. Intrigued? I am!

Instead of meeting in our usual meeting room downstairs, we will be upstairs in the Upper Commons. Please come join us for this free event. Lunch is at Noon – bring a sandwich and the church will supply chips and the like (as well as special cookies, I hear). The Father will begin his presentation at 12:30 pm. You won’t want to miss this!

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Open University – Thursdays

Hello Thursday OU Students –

I met with the administrator at First Presbyterian last week to discuss the church’s revised Child & Youth protection policy which has prompted them to make some changes in their building.  Following is a summary of the changes to help you navigate the building.  The church will place signs indicating no access areas.

You will still enter through the same door adjacent to the parking lot, using the buzzer at the right of the door when locked.  On the first floor, the hallway along the Fellowship Hall will be open to the end, including the stairwell which can still be used. However, you will no longer be able to continue down the hallway to the right past this stairwell. 

The restrooms on the first floor will still be accessible, but there is no access beyond them.

On the second floor, when exiting the elevator, there is no longer access to the right down the hallway.  To get to the classrooms where OU meets, you will need to walk around the hallway to your left.  The second floor is a rectangle, so you can go all the way around. Another option, for those able to take the stairs, is to use the stairway at the end of the hallway by the Fellowship Hall. 

And finally, concerning the restrooms on the second floor, please do not use the ones across from Room 218, close to the elevators.  Those are for the preschool only.  There is another set of restrooms around the corner, on either side of Room 209, for OU students.

We will be available on site to help everyone navigate these changes.  I thank you for your understanding and look forward to another great year of lifelong learning together.  See you on the 26th – Julie

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New Officers & Board Members

The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond would like to announce its slate of officers and new board members for 2019-20: President: Harold (Hal) Costley, retired civil engineer; vice president: Bernard Henderson, president and funeral celebrant of Woody Funeral Home; secretary: Dr. Grayson Miller, former state epidemiologist; treasurer: Sally Youngs, CPA and former Reynolds Metals Company employee; immediate past president: Betty Ann Dillon, licensed psychologist.

New to the Board are Ms. Bev Becker, retired business manager; Ms. Stephanie Churchill, licensed banker, Morgan Stanley; and Mr. Conrad Eberstein, retired New York attorney and fundraiser.

Becker for web

Ms. Bev Becker

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Ms. Stephanie Churchill

Eberstein for web

Mr. Conrad Eberstein

 

 

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Open University Begins Soon!

Have you missed the Open University this summer?? Well, you won’t have to wait much longer. Classes begin on Monday, September 23 and Thursday, September 26.

Since you might be eager for a lecture, I thought this would be a good time for you to watch a video about Dr. Elbert Cole who began the Shepherd’s Center Movement back in 1972. It’s a little, 10 minute, lecture where you will learn a bit more about our history. Some of the clips were taken from a 60 Minutes story that ran in the 70’s. Our model is a wonderful one that truly benefits those involved and I am very proud to be a part of it. Enjoy the video!

Elder Leadership Award Presented to Dr. Elbert Cole

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Trip to Holy Land and Petra in Jordan

Hal Costley, TSCOR Board President, is hosting a trip to the Holy Land and to Jordan’s Petra March 16-25, 2020. Several friends expressed an interest in going so he thought some Shepherd’s Center folks might also want to go with friends.

The trip is with Educational Opportunity Tours (www.EO.travelwithus.com), a tour group that has received excellent reviews from friends that have been to the Holy Land with them, including Hal’s pastor this past winter.

The trip is titled Holy Land via Jordan and is listed as Tour HL-20 Code J.  You may see details at this link: http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/files/uploads/HL20J-1.pdf.  The cost of the trip is around $3,650 leaving directly from Richmond.  Registration requires a $100 deposit and completing the registration form on the web site.  Travel insurance would be an additional $349 – $399 if desired (it is recommended).

There is no need for a visa for travel to Israel but there is for Jordan. EO Tours will arrange the Jordan visa for anyone traveling.

If you are interested in going, please let Hal know and he will send you additional information.

Call Hal if you have any questions: 804-937-6930 (cell) or 804-708-0169 (home) or email at halcostley@aol.com.

NOTE: This is not an official TSCOR trip.

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Calling All Travelers!

It’s the last week of summer. Perhaps you are saddened by this and think all your big adventures have come to a close. There’s nothing to look forward to after Labor Day weekend, is there? You’ll be glad to know nothing is farther from the truth! The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond has put two trips together for October, and another for November!

On Tuesday, Oct. 1 we tour the VA State Capitol & Executive Mansion, Friday, Oct. 18 sees us exploring the Church Hill food scene, and Saturday, Nov. 9 we travel to Arena Stage to see Newsies. Visit the travel page on our website, read all the exciting details, register, and pay online. For a sneak peek follow these links: VA State Capitol & Executive Mansion / Church Hill Food Tour / Newsies at Arena Stage

There now. Don’t you feel better?

 

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