We’re keeping busy here at Shepherd’s Center and invite everyone to take advantage of the many services and events that we have to offer. If you’re like me, this is a challenging time of year to keep those pounds off. A little exercise will do wonders, and the gym located adjacent to Shepherd’s Center is available daily, during the school year, for walking, strolling or jogging from 1:30 till 3:00p.m.
Volunteers continue to work on making mittens and patterns are available at Shepherd’s Center. The plan is to donate these mittens to various places, such as schools, food shelves and to anyone that is in need. If someone knows where there is a “need,” please let Shepherd’s Center know.
Our survey examining the needs of seniors of the Cannon Valley ended in mid-November; THANK YOU to all who filled out and returned a survey. Results of the survey are now being compiled, and will be made public once the data is complete.
If you’re looking for some fun, head to the Senior Center at the Stonehouse apartments for Wii Wednesdays! Starting at 10:30 a.m. each Wednesday, seniors are invited to stop by and play the popular Wii games. If you’ve never played, stop by and give it a try…it is fun!
Keep those Econofood receipts coming in! The support we’ve had in this endeavor has been simply wonderful. Shepherd’s Center appreciates the partnership with EconoFoods and would like to urge those of you with receipts to drop them off at Shepherd’s Center. Every time Shepherd’s Center hits their goal in receipts, EconoFoods donates $1000 to the Center! THANK YOU ECONOFOODS!
We’re always on the look-out for volunteers here at Shepherd’s Center. Currently, we could use a “handy-man” to help with a few simple chores in the area. There are other opportunities to help out, give Shepherd’s Center a call at 263-2136 if you’re interested. Volunteer drivers for “out-of-town” medical appointments are also needed, if you could help out in that area; please call Correne Clauson at 263-4551.
Here’s a great gift idea for the holidays…a copy of Arlene Nelson’s book, “Crackers and Milk!” Arlene was the featured speaker at one of our Adventures in Learning events, and her books are for sale here at Shepherd’s Center for $15, but hurry, we only have five left at this time.
Thank you for your generous donations to Shepherd’s Center this past month. We received memorial donations for Eleanore Miller, Grace Budenski, Myrtle Peterson, Russell Knoblauch, Mary Terwilliger, Virginia Lundell and Harold Baughman. Thank you to Thrivent Financial for Lutherans for their generous matching funds for our Fall Variety Show, and thanks to all of our wonderful supporters of Shepherd’s Center!
Speaking of Adventures in Learning, we have some very interesting speakers coming up in February. GoodhueCounty’s new Sheriff, Scott McNurlin will speak, along with “The Man in Black,” an outstanding Johnny Cash impersonator, Loren Wolfe. The next Adventures in Learning will be February 11, 2011.
Please stop by Shepherd’s Center, especially if you haven’t been here for awhile. When you’re here, take a look at our library. I’m amazed at the quality and quantity of not only books, but magazines and also craft books with instruction on how to crochet and do other crafts. These books are available for anyone to take home and read.
Be sure to watch for our “Feature” newsletter from Shepherd’s Center, which should arrive in your mailbox in the near future. From ShepherdCenter’s Board of Directors, along with Twyla Geiken and me, we wish you all a blessed and joyous Christmas. Thank you for all of your support this past year, and may all of you have a Happy New Year!
Shepherd’s Center Director