National Older Adult Conference (NOAC)

September 6-10, 2021

$100 per person, $150 for couples

Register now!   NOAC 2021 daily schedule

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”

Romans 15:13

“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)

Theme Statement

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.

Daily Themes

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

Preachers

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.

Service Project: Junaluska Elementary School Book Drive

NOAC participants love to serve. Past NOAC efforts have helped build the libraries of Junaluska Elementary School classrooms, providing hundreds of wonderful books. This year, when NOAC will be held virtually, we will help Ira Hyde, Junaluska Elementary School librarian, create a more culturally diverse library for the low-income community where he serves children in grades K-5.

Libby Kinsey and Ira Hyde have created a list of rich diverse books for the Junaluska Elementary School library. These are diverse books of all genres that focus on characters of color, stories that show how much we all have in common as well as the interesting ways we are unique. 

NOAC participants and churches are invited to donate FUNDS toward the purchasing of books on Ira’s list. Hope Church of the Brethren in Freeport, Michigan, donated $500 to get the ball rolling.  

Individual and church donations of any size will go far in furthering the work of God’s people, revealing the beauty to be found in God’s rich, diverse global community. 

How to Donate: 

MAKE CHECKS TO: “Church of the Brethren” ***with “NOAC Book Drive 2021” on the memo line. Send Checks to: Church of the Brethren General Offices, 1451 Dundee Ave., Elgin, IL 60120. EASY ONLINE: www.brethren.org/NOAC-book-drive

Planning team

Glenn Bollinger, Karen Dillon, Jim Martinez, Rex Miller, Pat Roberts, Paula Ziegler Ulrich, Christy Waltersdorff (Coordinator), staff- Josh Brockway, Stan Dueck

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