September 6-10, 2021
NOAC 2021 WILL BE A VIRTUAL CONFERENCE
The NOAC 2021 Planning Team met online via Zoom in October. After much discussion, it was decided that the 2021 conference will be held online only, based upon ongoing concerns about the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Team did not make this decision lightly. We believe that it is the most responsible decision that can be made at this time.
The following factors were considered
- Current Lake Junaluska restrictions severely limit in-person gatherings. There is no way we can predict possible restrictions for September 2021.
- NOAC participants are in the age group that is particularly vulnerable to the virus. Our first priority is protecting our sisters and brothers.
- We have numerous deadline considerations and believe it is better to make the decision now rather than waiting until the last minute.
- We have no way of knowing what transportation (i.e., buses, airlines) and lodging options will be available next September.
The Planning Team is working on developing creative ways to joyfully experience NOAC online. As disappointing as it is, we feel that we will be able to craft an exciting and fulfilling NOAC, just in a different format. Thank you for your future participation, this will be a wonderful time.
NOAC 2021 PLANNING TEAM: Christy Waltersdorff, NOAC Coordinator, Pat Roberts, Jim Martinez, Paula Ziegler Ulrich, Glenn Bollinger, Rex Miller, Karen Dillon, Josh Brockway, Stan Dueck
“Overflowing with Hope”
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Christian Standard Bible)
We live in a world that is ruled by division, anger, and fear. We, as followers of Jesus Christ, are called to a different way of living and being in the world. We are called to be people of robust hope. We cannot maintain hope by ourselves but must rely upon the power of the Holy Spirit. When we focus on our God of hope we can find joy and peace in our daily lives. We may not ignore the pain and sorrow in our world. We are called to face it and work to heal it as we allow God’s Holy Spirit to fill us with Christ’s presence and power.
Monday: Welcome, Overflowing with Hope- Romans 15:13
Tuesday: Joy- Luke 2:8-20; Psalm 62:5-13
Wednesday: Peace- John 14:26-27; Psalm 69:1-5, 13-21
Thursday: Faith/Believing- Luke 8:40-56; Psalm 62:5-8
Friday: Hope, Send-off, Challenge- John 21:1-17; 2 Corinthians 4:5-12
Monday: Christy Dowdy
Tuesday: Paula Bowser
Wednesday: Andrew Wright
Thursday: Don Fitzkee
Friday: Eric Landram
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.
Glenn Bollinger, Karen Dillon, Jim Martinez, Rex Miller, Pat Roberts, Paula Ziegler Ulrich, Christy Waltersdorff (Coordinator), staff- Josh Brockway, Stan Dueck
- Planning team announces decision that NOAC 2021 will be a virtual conference
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- NOAC planning team announces theme for 2021 gathering of older adults
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- NOAC by the numbers
686 total registration includes participants, staff, and volunteers. $26,702.19 was the total of offerings that were taken up during the five worship services, to benefit the work of the Church of the Brethren denomination:$2,452 on Monday evening,$4,113.25 on Tuesday evening,$6,351.55 on Wednesday evening,$8,736.39 on Thursday evening, and$5,049 on Friday morning. $5,960 was raised by the 120-some walkers
- Today at NOAC – Friday, Sept. 6, 2019
“Go to the sisters and brothers and tell them, ‘I’m ascending to my Abba and to your Abba, my God and your God!” (John 20:17, “The Inclusive Bible”). Quotes of the day “I hope you’re not the same as you were when you got here.” — Christy Waltersdorff, NOAC 2019 coordinator, in her closing comments
- Fundraising walk around Lake Junaluska benefits Twa education in Africa
By Frank Ramirez and Cheryl Brumbaugh-Cayford “Advertising signs that con you Into thinking you’re the one That can do what’s never been done That can win what’s never been won Meantime life outside goes on All around you” — Bob Dylan, “It’s Alright, Ma, I’m Only Bleeding” For the first time during the week at
- Today at NOAC – Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019
“But Esau ran to meet him, threw his arms around his neck, kissed him, and they wept” (Genesis 33:4, Common English Bible). Quotes of the day “Any conversation can be a conversation with a messenger of God.” — Ken Medema, Christian musician, singer, and composer, who with actor Ted Swartz presented the morning’s keynote event. “Sometimes
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By Frank Ramirez I was raised Roman Catholic, and though now I consider myself dutifully Dunker, I have cordial relationship with the church of my childhood. Personally I’d take the Dunker meetinghouse at Antietam anytime, especially when the Word is on display in the form of the Mumma Bible, but I still find it glorious
- Today at NOAC – Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019
“God has shown me that I should not call anyone profane or unclean” (Acts 10:28). Quotes of the day “We as Christians have an opportunity to follow Jesus through our racialized society…the Jesus who identifies with the least, the last, the lost…and see the world around from the vantage point of below…. Follow Jesus and