Open University WILL happen Thursday!

Baaaaaa lambIt’s time to get out of the house!  Open University will meet as scheduled, Thursday, January 28, at First Presbyterian Church. When Richmond City Schools have a delayed opening, we meet as we normally do.  Classes are 9:45, 11:00, 12:15 and 1:30.

We also have a change of lunch speakers at 12:30. Elizabeth Seydel Morgan, prize-winning poet and author of Spans, will be unable to speak at First Presbyterian Church on Thursday, Jan. 28.  She will be rescheduled for the fall.  In her place is Paul Sacra, whose topic is “”The Battle of Cedar Mountain:  Stonewall Jackson’s Last Fight as an Independent Commander.”

We hope to see everyone who can make it safely!

Open University’s Lunch-n-Life Cancelled

Richmond City schools are closed again tomorrow which means that our Lunch-n-Life program at St. Mary Catholic Church on Wednesday, January 27th, is cancelled.  We will be opening the office at 10:00am on Wednesday and we will keep our fingers crossed about Thursday’s Open University (OU).  If Richmond City schools are closed, the OU is cancelled.  If there is a delayed opening, we operate at the normal scheduled times.

We hope everyone is doing well with all this snow.  Be very careful if you venture out – Julie


Monday Open University Cancelled

Due to the enormous amount of snow that hit RVA over the weekend AND Richmond City schools being closed, Open University will not meet at St. Luke Lutheran on Monday, January 25th.

Paula and I will be working from home Monday, checking phone messages and answering emails if you need to get in touch with us.

Please be safe and stay warm and please check in with your elderly neighbors.   – Julie


MLK Day and the Open University

Is everyone ready for another Open University Session!? We begin our Winter courses next Monday, January 18th. Even though the nation celebrates the life of Dr. King and many businesses are closed on Monday, the Open University WILL MEET.  We are not closed for MLK day.

Therefore, we hope to see everyone at Luke Lutheran on January 18th, at St. Mary Catholic on January 20th, and at First Presbyterian on January 21st!

If you haven’t already seen it, we have a fantastic, full-page advertisement in 50Plus this month. You can also look for us in Style Weekly later this week.  AND listen for our ad on WCVE radio this Wednesday and Thursday.  We are all over the place!  Join the movement and spread the word about our wonderful organization!!

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Winter 2016 Gray Matters and OU Schedule Available Now Online!

The Winter 2016 issue of Gray Matters and the Open University (OU) Course Schedule are now available here (click the links below) and on our website(

We look forward to seeing everyone in the New Year when classes begin January 18th.  Note, that although the 18th is Martin Luther King Day, our classes will meet as usual at St. Luke Lutheran Church, south of the River.

Please share how much you enjoy Shepherd’s Center activities with your family, friends and neighbors. Help spread the word about one of the best organizations in town!!

Gray Matters Newsletter Winter 2016

Open University Schedule Winter 2016


Open University Fall Session Begins Monday

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Open University classes begin at St. Luke Lutheran on Monday, September 21.  The bike races are scheduled for the downtown area, so we are not expecting any road issues.  On Thursday, September 24, classes begin at First Presbyterian.  There is a practice bike course on Cary Street that morning, so please enter Lock Lane from Grove Avenue to get to the church.

We hope to see everyone at both locations.

AND, don’t forget Wednesday’s Lunch-n-Life at St. Mary Catholic at 12 noon – free and open to the public.  Bring a sandwich!

We are looking forward to the start of a great school year at the OU!

The Amazing Raise starts 6 am Wednesday!

September 16 & 17
September 16 & 17

Once again, it is time for the Amazing Raise, the 36-hour online giving challenge hosted by GiveRichmond. It is designed to encourage people far and wide to support their favorite causes and organizations right here in Richmond and we want you to support The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond.  The key to our success is getting those $50 unique gifts.

A unique gift is a donation of at least $50 made by one individual. For example, if Mr. Smith donates $100 on one credit card for both him and his wife, it only counts as one unique gift. But, if Mr. Smith donates $50 on his credit card and then Mrs. Smith donates $50 on her credit card, it counts as two unique gifts. And those gifts would only count once. If Mr. or Mrs. Smith donate again during the Amazing Raise, their donations would not be counted as additional unique gifts. Essentially, it is one donation per person.

These individual, unique gifts count towards special incentive grant prizes that organizations can win throughout the 36 hours.  Maybe you can help with the two below:

50/50 Early Bird Challenge

6 am, Wednesday, September 16 15 total winners @ $2,500 each Sponsored by The Community Foundation.

  • The first 15 organizations to receive 50 unique gifts of $50 or more will receive a grant prize of $2,500. Please be reminded that only one gift per donor, per organization will be counted towards the prize.

“Second Chance” Early Bird Challenge

8 am, Thursday, September 17 10 total winners @ $1,500 each Sponsored by The Community Foundation.

  • Beginning at 8 am, September 17th (the second day of the Amazing Raise), the first 10 organizations to receive 25 unique gifts of $50 or more will receive a grant prize of $1,500.

The entire list of prizes can be seen at Amazing Raise Prizes.

Tomorrow we will send you the direct link to our donation page.  If you have any questions at all, call the office and ask for Julie.  Thank you!!



Fall Gray Matters Available Online

Hello Everyone!

Our Fall 2015 edition of Gray Matters is available on our website.  You can get there with the following link:

Gray Matters Fall 2015

If you have trouble with the above link, please try using Google Chrome as your internet search engine.  On some computers, Internet Explorer seems to have issues.  But when you use Google Chrome, it opens right up!  The following link will take you to the download page: Google Chrome Download

Thanks so much!

Fall 2015 Class Schedule is Here!

We are happy to have available for your perusal our Open University class schedule for this Fall (click the link below).  We look forward to seeing everyone the week of September 21st when classes begin.  Don’t forget to share with your friends and neighbors about how much you enjoy the OU!!

Class Schedule FALL 2015