A popular Tabor College program that offers a weekly dose of fellowship and information has changed its name as it begins a new semester.
The program known Learning in Retirement has been renamed Lifelong Learning to better characterize its mission, according to Connie Isaac, director. The intention is to encourage the young and young-in- spirit to take part in the series of gatherings.
Following the schedule established last year, sessions will begin at 9:45 a.m. each Friday in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center lobby. The fall series will begin Friday, Sept. 28.
Isaac said this semester of programs offers “something for everyone.”
“We are thankful for the unusually capable and truly interesting speakers who are committed to help make our fall season successful,” Isaac said. “Though most of the audience participants are neighbors from Marion County, it’s been particularly exciting to see folks come from Sedgwick, Harvey, Reno and Dickinson counties as well.”
Following each program, participants can enjoy an all-you-care-to-eat meal at the Tabor Cafeteria at a discounted price.
Lifelong Learning 2012
• Friday, Sept. 28: “Saengerfest” (Singing Festival) Lite. A nostalgic sing-along will be directed by Brad Vogel, chair of the Tabor College music department, and accompanied by Phyllis Epp. Betty Seibel will share “the rest of the story” about each song. Recent graduate David Vogel also will sing.
• Homecoming Friday, Oct. 5: “Traveling Without a Map.” Retired pastors Mervin and Jane Dick will tell their life story in a dialogue presentation—from their rural beginnings in Mountain Lake, Minn., and Harvey, N.D., to city life in Denver, including their battle with colorectal cancer.
• Monday, Oct. 8: “The Sound of Faith: A Brief Review of Mennonite Hymnody.” Protestants have worshiped with music from the 1500s until present-day PowerPoint usage. Author, composer and lecturer Larry Warkentin of Fresno, Calif., will illustrate influences on Mennonite Brethren worship through the years.
• Friday, Oct. 12: Fall break, no meeting.
• Friday, Oct. 19: “Discovering the History of Marion County: Trails, Indians, Settlers.” Brian Stucky, Goessel, is a public school teacher, local historian and popular tour guide. He’ll tell of his recent findings discovered through research and disturbed-earth sites in Marion County.
• Friday, Oct. 26: “My Memoir: Curry, Corduroy and the Call.” Gwen Hiebert Schroth, Celeste, Texas, will tell of being a missionary’s child in rural India during the 1940s, her family’s harrowing wartime experiences returning to the U.S., and living through India’s fight for independence from Great Britain. Illustrated with slides.
• Friday, Nov. 2. “History on a Piece of Cloth: Kansas Flour Sacks.” NancyJo Leachman, Salina, will tell of the milling, marketing, art, advertising and more as she presents her amazing flour-sack collection that will stir childhood memories. View the collection at tinyurl.com/bmk6rnt.
• Friday, Nov. 9: No meeting.
• Friday, Nov. 16: “Technology: Bane or Blessing?” Emerson Wiens, retired Illinois State University professor, will talk about the pervasive nature of technology in society today. Illustrating his talk with PowerPoint, he’ll discuss some of the positive and negative aspects of technology use.
• Friday, Nov. 30: “Joy to the World!” A Christmas session is planned. However, since a presenter’s schedule will not be known until later this fall, details will come later. Be sure to watch for the announcement.