National Older Adult Conference

September 2-6, 2019

Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center
in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina

NOAC is a Spirit-filled gathering of adults 50 and older who love learning and discerning together, exploring God’s call for their lives and living out that call by sharing their energy, insight, and legacy with their families, communities, and the world.

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NOAC by the numbers (September 12, 2019)

A listing of the numbers that describe the 2019 National Older Adult Conference (NOAC) - from attendance to offerings to service projects and more. Read more »


Today at NOAC - Friday, Sept. 6, 2019 (September 6, 2019)

The closing morning of NOAC 2019 featured Dennis Webb preaching on the empty tomb and resurrection joy. Also on this page, NOAC by the numbers. Read more »


Fundraising walk around Lake Junaluska benefits Twa education in Africa (September 5, 2019)

The walk sponsored and organized by Brethren Benefit Trust raised $5,960 to support Brethren work in Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to offer Twa, or Batwa, young people an education and a lease on a new way of living. Read more »


Today at NOAC - Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019 (September 5, 2019)

The day started with a fundraising walk around the beautiful Lake Junaluska, and closed with ice socials and a talent night. In between: Ken Medema and Ted Swartz, recreation, bus trips, organ recital by Jonathan Emmons with a hymn sing, worship, and more. Read more »


Basilica of St. Lawrence offers a ‘glorious’ afternoon outing during NOAC (September 5, 2019)

They say every picture tells a story. Well, every stained glass window at the Minor Basilica of St. Lawrence the Deacon and Martyr in Asheville, N.C., tells God’s story. More than 70 people traveled to the basilica on one of the afternoon bus trips during National Older Adult Conference (NOAC). Read more »


Today at NOAC - Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019 (September 4, 2019)

Quotes of the day--and wisdom from one of the few and blessed who have attended all 15 NOACs. Read more »


There is plenty to learn about Carl Sandburg (September 4, 2019)

As it turns out, there is plenty to learn about Carl Sandburg--journalist, poet, activist, gardener, and family man. A Wednesday afternoon bus trip took NOACers to the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site. The house is located on 246 acres, with 5 miles of hiking trails. Sandburg and his wife Lillian moved from the Midwest to the site in North Carolina in 1945 because one of his daughters wanted a cow for a 4-H project but a goat fit better in their car. Lillian fell in love with raising and milking goats, and the family became famous for developing unique breeds. This led to a search for better land to raise the goats, which led them to a house in North Carolina. Eventually their goat milk and cheese became very popular throughout the region. Read more »


Today at NOAC - Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019 (September 3, 2019)

Day two at NOAC 2019 featured keynote speaker Sr. Joan Chittister and a host of activities. Read more »


Newsline Special: Brethren Disaster Ministries update on Hurricane Dorian, NOAC coverage begins from Lake Junaluska (September 2, 2019)

Newsline Special: Brethren Disaster Ministries update on Hurricane Dorian, NOAC coverage begins from Lake Junaluska Read more »


Today at NOAC - Monday, Sept. 2, 2019 (September 2, 2019)

A review of the first day of the 2019 National Older Adult Conference. Read more »


A ‘Vigil for Holy Hospitality’ marks NOAC's first evening (September 2, 2019)

Monday night at National Older Adult Conference in Lake Junaluska, with everyone both exhilarated by Dawn Ottoni-Wilhelm’s message at opening worship, and exhausted from a day or two of travel to North Carolina, around 80 people attended a “Vigil for Holy Hospitality” led by Dave and Kim Witkovsky, the NOAC chaplains. Read more »


Pre-NOAC event offers ‘Labor Day Sabbath rest’ (April 25, 2019)

The Office of Ministry is holding a continuing education event on the opening day of National Older Adult Conference (NOAC) titled “Labor Day Sabbath Rest.” The event on Monday, Sept. 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Atkins House at Lake Junaluska, N.C., is open to ministers and spouses and all laity. The 50-plus age requirement for NOAC does not apply. Ministers may earn 0.6 continuing education credits. Read more »