Open University Starts Monday!

You’ve had this day marked on your calendar for weeks now, so get ready, because Open University starts this coming Monday, September19!!! Classes start at 9:30. Come a little early if you still need to register. Masks are optional, but fun and learning are not! Can’t wait to see you at the OU!

The Fall Open University Schedule is HERE!

The fall 2022 Open University schedule arrives in mailboxes this week and is online at right now. Classes start Monday, September 19th. But first, some announcements:

  • Open University meets in person! Hooray!
  • Thursday OU no longer meets at First Presbyterian Church. Instead, it meets at St. Luke Lutheran Church, the same place we meet for Monday OU. (This is technically “across the river,” but it’s a short, easy drive from the previous location!)
  • Some classes and all of the lunch speakers are hybrid. This means you can attend in person, or virtually via Zoom.
  • What about Covid? TSCOR and OU follow CDC Covid guidelines. Masks are optional, but recommended in smaller classrooms. See the current CDC guidelines here.
  • You can read more about these announcements in the schedule.

Now that you’re up to speed…
See the schedule here.
Register and pay online here.

See you soon – at the OU!

New Membership Year Begins Today!

Dear Friends,
The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond (TSCOR) begins a new membership year today. Becoming a member makes you a part of this wonderful organization and its efforts. Our programs and services are the heart of TSCOR and uphold our mission of keeping older adults active and engaged through volunteer service and lifelong learning.

Annual Membership Is Only $25

The membership cycle is July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023, and is only $25.
Please renew or begin your membership today and help us welcome a new year!

Membership benefits:

  • free admission to all lunch speakers
  • reduced Open University tuition
  • reduced TSCOR travel rates
  • invitation to the Annual Volunteer Celebration

$25 will:

  • support TSCOR’s lifelong learning programs: Open University and Lunch & Life.
  • support TSCOR’s client services. Volunteers provide free rides to medical appointments and grocery stores for seniors in our community.
  • support our mission.

     You can become a member at any time in the cycle, but why not do it now? Join or renew membership and pay online here. To pay by mail, print this form and return it with your check.

Thank you and take good care,
Julie Adams-Buchanan,
Executive Director, TSCOR

Wednesday In-Person Event at St. Mary’s

Join us TOMORROW, Wednesday, April 27th – live and in person – when Father Renninger, pastor, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, gives a special lunch presentation. Light refreshments and beverages provided; bring a sandwich if you like. Masks are optional. This presentation is not available via Zoom.

What: “Gospel Geography
It has often been said that the Holy Land itself is the “Fifth Gospel.” That is, when you have an opportunity to visit the actual locations of Biblical events, the shape and contour of the land helps you to understand the message and meaning in new ways. As Christians celebrate the Easter season, Fr. Renninger’s presentation will focus on several aspects of “Gospel Geography,” offering fresh perspectives on the Biblical narratives for believers and non-believers alike. 
When: Wednesday, April 27, 2022
Time: doors open at 12:00 noon; presentation begins at 12:30
Where: St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 9505 Gayton Road, Upper Commons area
Cost: FREE! Open to the public!

TSCOR Puts Volunteers on Pedestal

It’s not always the best idea to put someone on a pedestal, but this is National Volunteer Week so we’re asking our volunteers to take a turn of recognition and climb up there for a moment. (Don’t worry, they’re a humble bunch. They’ll get right back down.)

You already know The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond is made by, for and about older adults. What you might not know is the incredible amount of plain, old-fashioned, nuts and bolts, behind-the-scenes, hard work that volunteers do – making TSCOR one happening place! Just take a look at what our volunteers have accomplished in yet another pandemic year and it’s easy to see.

The Client Services committee works with drivers to get clients to medical appointments and supply groceries to those who can’t get out. The Education committee planned three successful Open University sessions for everyone to enjoy. OU teachers and speakers reach students via Zoom, making the world seem a bigger place. The Annual Volunteer Celebration committee assembled everyone for a wonderful party, and the Travel committee expanded our horizons by getting us out of the house. All of this is possible because the Covid task force guides us safely through our activities. And did we mention the board of directors keeps us on track with our goals of moving forward. See? That’s a lot of hard-working volunteers!

If you’re involved with TSCOR in any way, you can thank a volunteer for keeping you active, independent and engaged. (Hey, look at that! Volunteers uphold our mission, too! They’re an impressive group, aren’t they?) Simply put, without volunteers, The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond wouldn’t exist as we know it today. And wow, are we proud to have them.

Okay, volunteers. It’s time. Get up on those pedestals and take a bow.

Special In-Person Event at St. Mary’s

Join us – live and in person – at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Wednesday, April 27th, when Father Renninger, pastor, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, gives a special lunch presentation.

Light refreshments and beverages provided; bring a sandwich if you like.

More details to be announced. This presentation will not be available via Zoom.

What: In-Person Lunch Presentation
When: Wednesday, April 27, 2020
Time: 12:00 noon
Where: St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 9505 Gayton Road, Upper Commons area
Cost: FREE! Open to the public!

TSCOR Scott’s Addition Tour Filling Quickly!

The Scott’s Addition Booze & Bites tour is already half-full! We’re limited to 12 participants, so be sure to register soon. Don’t miss out on this fun and informative experience!

What: Scott’s Addition Booze & Bites Tour
When: Wednesday, April 20 at 1:30
Details: see the flyer with complete details here
Register: register and pay online here or print the registration form and register by mail

TSCOR Tours Scott’s Addition

Wouldn’t you love to get out of the house and see something new? Join us on a walking tour of Scott’s Addition! Once an industrial neighborhood, this area is now popular for food, drink and fun. The tour includes several top restaurants, markets, and eateries where we’ll sample food and snacks from each, plus get a glimpse of the growing craft beverage industry. Highlights include visiting up to 6 establishments to taste one of their best dishes, learning about Scott’s Addition’s days as an industrial powerhouse, and whetting your whistle with a craft beverage from at least one local brewery or cidery. The tour is 2.5 – 3 hours and involves 1.5 easy walking miles, rain or shine. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring water. Meeting place to be announced. Questions and info: Mary Maiden, 804-272-8636

Hurry! Registration is limited to 12 participants. Register by Monday, April 18.

Register and pay online here.
To register by mail: print a registration slip, make check payable to Shepherd’s Center of Richmond and mail your check and registration slip to: 3111 Northside Ave., #400, Richmond, VA, 23228.