Revised Open University Winter Schedule

We had planned to be online and in person for the winter session of Open University, but Omicron is making us practice social distancing more thoroughly than we would like! A few schedule changes occurred in the process of switching to online-only.

The Monday lineup has a few changes, Tuesday has a new addition and Thursday – which was already online – saw no changes at all.

And don’t forget Wednesday! Lunch and Life is now online-only, too. It’s free and open to everyone – join us in the Zoom room here and bring your friends along!

So without further ado, here is the latest, greatest version of the Open University winter schedule.

These days there might not be safety in numbers, but there’s certainly comfort in connection; we’ll see you at the OU! Classes start Monday, January 17th!

Lunch and Life Begins Next Wednesday – Online!

Originally scheduled to be online and in person, Lunch and Life is now online-only via Zoom. This is due to the rapid increase in Omicron and the desire to keep everyone as safe as possible.

Lunch and Life is free and open to everyone! Join us in the Zoom room with the link below and bring your friends along too!

Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 868 6621 1384

Richmond’s Canals and Islands at the Falls
Kathryn Whittington, historic researcher; master guide, Valentine Museum
W • Jan 19
12:30 – 1:30

Meeting the Challenges of Our Time: A Widening-Circles Approach to Sustainability
Rob Andrejewski, director of sustainability, adjunct assistant professor, UR
W  • Jan 26
12:30 – 1:30

All About Aging: What You Need to Know as You Age
Emily Atkinson, MPH; CHES; advocate for the aging, Henrico County
W •  Feb 2
12:30 – 1:30

Worship and Creative Art: Engaging our Senses as We Worship God
Suzanne Vinson, associate pastor, Grace Baptist Church, Richmond.
W •  Feb 9
12:30 – 1:30

Open University Moves to Online-Only

Because of the recent spike in Omicron cases, no in-person classes will be held during the upcoming winter session of Open University. Instead, classes will be online-only via Zoom. This is a change from our previous plan to have both in-person and online classes. While we expect a few changes to our course offerings, we are hopeful there will not be many. We are working with instructors and an updated schedule will be posted to our website this week.

What we can tell you now:

  • Monday classes, originally planned for both in-person and online, change to online-only.
  • Tuesday language classes, originally planned for online-only, remain as scheduled with the potential addition of two more courses (to be announced).
  • The Wednesday Lunch & Life lecture series, originally planned for in-person at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, changes to online-only.
  • Thursday classes, originally planned for online-only, remain unchanged.

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we work to finalize an updated schedule; we apologize for any inconvenience or confusion this may cause. The safety of our students, volunteers and staff remains a priority. We will continue to stay the course and see this through until it is safe to gather together again.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the office at 355-7282 or

Welcome, Dear New Year

“Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on.”
– Hal Borland

“And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.”
– Rainer Maria Wilke

“Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already tomorrow in Australia.”
– Charles Schultz

Many happy wishes for a peaceful, kind and wonderful new year,
from all of us at The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond

End Of Year Giving

As we move from the current year into the next, please remember The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond in your end-of-year giving. Our financial needs rely on voluntary donations – they allow the programs and services of TSCOR to continue serving older adults in RVA.

You can donate online here. Or, if you wish, checks can be made payable to The Shepherd’s Center and mailed to: TSCOR, 3111 Northside Ave., #400, Richmond, VA 23228.

Another way to donate – and save money – is by making a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) from your IRA. If you are required to take an annual required minimum distribution (RMD) from your traditional IRA, you can save money and lower your tax bill by donating money directly from your IRA to a 501(c)(3) organization such as TSCOR. This will give you a number of benefits:
– You can credit the donation amount toward your RMD.
– You will get a tax benefit from your donation without having to itemize deductions on your tax return.
– You won’t have to include the amount of the RMD in your taxable income. This will keep from increasing your adjusted gross income (AGI), possibly resulting in additional benefits to you.
– You can donate all, part, or more than your RMD, up to a maximum of $100,000 a year.
The distribution from your IRA to the charity must be made directly from your IRA account to the charity and you must be at least 70½ years old when the distribution is made. If you’ve already made your RMD for 2021, keep this great tax break in mind for the coming year. For more information, consult your financial advisor or search online for “Qualified Charitable Distribution.”

Thank you for your donation. It makes a difference!

The Open University Winter Schedule is Here!

For some of you, the Open University schedule is the present you’ve been waiting for all season long. But the best part? Open University is IN PERSON on Mondays and Wednesdays! We’ll have virtual classes and speakers via Zoom, too, so be sure to take a look and see what’s happening in the winter session. Classes begin Monday, Jan. 17.

See the schedule here.

Register online here.

Please note that receiving two doses of a vaccine and a booster shot are required to attend in person. Masking and social distancing will also be observed. Let’s stay safe out there, everyone!

In person events are subject to change depending on pandemic status. Changes are announced via email, available on TSCOR’s voicemail recording and posted to our website.

Is That the Sound of Sleigh Bells?

Nope. That’s the sound of millions of people shopping Black Friday online. Cha-ching! Cha-ching!

Now that you’ve given thanks and enjoyed a fine meal with loved ones, (my, how time flies when you’re trying to savor the moment), some of you may be turning your attention to finding the perfect gifts.

Just a friendly reminder while you’re doing that: AmazonSmile enables you to donate 0.5% of your purchase to TSCOR every time you shop Amazon, at no cost to you. It’s easy to do. On your first visit to AmazonSmile select The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond as the charitable organization you wish to receive donations and they’ll remember your choice every time you shop.

So if you find yourself online this Black Friday or Cyber Monday, please keep TSCOR in mind and make those sleigh bells ring!

TSCOR’s Table

If The Shepherd’s Center Of Richmond had a table big enough to gather all of its volunteers, students, members, donors, board members, committee members and staff together for Thanksgiving, well, that would be a pretty big table. But the moment before the meal, when we take time to reflect on what we’re thankful for, that would be very brief. Because, quite simply, we are thankful for YOU.

May the spirit of Thanksgiving bring you love, laughter and a warm heart.