Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 31 January 2012 15:15
The Learning in Retirement program at Tabor College is planning another semester of engaging programs for the spring semester, but one major change is planned as well.
LIR will meet on Fridays instead of Mondays.
According Connie Isaac, program director, the move to Friday will better accommodate a busy campus schedule.
“It is with much consideration that we have decided to make this change to our historic meeting day,” Isaac said. “By moving to Friday mornings, it will offer a much more relaxed atmosphere in the cafeteria, where you can relax and enjoy the time spent together over the meal time.”
The programs planned for this semester cover a variety of topics and interests.The sessions will begin Friday, Feb. 24.
The first session will feature Lori Walsh, a former preacher’s kid who married a ministry man. She will share her interesting experiences of being involved with ministry and where that path has taken her, including time spent in residential camping ministries.
“We have a wonderful semester planned,” Isaac said. “The speakers will cover a variety of topics. We have been blessed with capable speakers and artists who are willing to share with our community.”
LIR will meet at 9:45 a.m. in the lobby of the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center. The registration fee for the entire semester is $15 for an individual or $29 per couple.
Admission for attending an individual program is $4.
An added benefit for taking part in LIR sessions is the opportunity to eat lunch following the program in the Tabor Cafe located in the student center. An additional fee of $4 will cover the cost of the meal.
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Feb. 24: “Ready…Set…Change!” Change can be great—when you’re ready for it. As a former preacher and missionary kid who married a “ministry man,” Lori Walsh, Wichita, will share how she has happily spent her life following God’s calling into many new, sometimes surprising, adventures.
March 2: “Give the Winds a Mighty Voice.” Many of us remember when a Sunday wouldn’t go by without listening to the “Old Fashioned Revival Hour” with Charles E. Fuller and Rudy Atwood. Lee and Di Suderman and Stephen Vincent will take us back to those days with music and story.
March 9: “My Aunt’s 11 Years in Siberian Forced Labor.” Suffering took on a new face when thousands of Germans caught in the aftermath of World War II were shipped like cattle into exile to face hunger, frigid cold and religious restriction. Author Katie Funk Wiebe, Wichita, will speak. David Brown serve as session leader.
March 16: “Aprons: The Great American Cover-up.” Susie Haver, Concordia, is known for delightful presentations. This one will trigger memories of growing up. Haver ties singing, story-telling and “show and tell” into an entertaining, light-hearted program for men and women.
March 23: “Biscuits and Bison: Exploring Kansas Food Heritage.” Jane Marshall, an award-winning food editor now at Kansas State University, will talk about the diverse cuisines found in the Sunflower State, including the familiar ethnic heritage in this area. Participants are invited to bring samples of their ethnic foods.
March 30: “Successful Retirement and Healthy Aging.” Phillip Miller is a licensed clinical psychologist who sees clients in the McPherson and Hillsboro offices of Prairie View. Based on his experience with older adults, participants are sure to be encouraged and come away with some helpful tips.
April 6: Good Friday, no meeting.
April 13: “Zimbabwe: The Country and Its People.” Bob Priest, a longtime United Methodist pastor who lives at Marion County Lake, will report on his 2011 visit to this wild yet beautiful African country and its hardworking people. He will be showing digital slides.
April 20: “What Everyone Should Know About Poverty.” Denise Brown, motivational speaker and mother of Tabor College football standout Spencer Brown, will share how social class affects the way we perceive others—often incorrectly. What are the “hidden rules”? We’ll gain practical insights on how to connect with others. Marilyn Jost will serve as session leader.
April 27: Year-end coffee and concert. While seated at tables, we’ll enjoy fellowship and delicious rolls made by Dorene Thiessen. Then we’ll enjoy David Anderson’s selections on his dulcimer. Lastly, plan to have fun as game-show host Ron Braun leads our version of “Name that Tune.”