There is still time to register for National Older Adult Conference (NOAC). If you are age 50 or older, plan on joining others from across the Church of the Brethren denomination at beautiful Lake Junaluska, N.C., on Sept. 2-6.
Organized by Congregational Life Ministries of the Church of the Brethren, NOAC offers inspiration, renewal, and community for adults age 50 and older. Visit www.brethren.org/NOAC to register online or contact Kim Ebersole, NOAC coordinator, at 800-323-8039 ext. 305, to have a brochure mailed to you.
Conference-goers will enjoy a great line up of presenters for the week:
— Keynote speakers Phyllis Tickle, Richard Mouw, John Paul Lederach
— Preachers Dava Hensley, Edward Wheeler, Kurt Borgmann
— Bible study leader Dawn Ottoni-Wilhelm
— Evening entertainment Ted & Company’s “Laughter Is Sacred Space” and the piano performance, “From Chopin to Sacred Songs to Show Tunes: A Musical Journey” by Josh and Elizabeth Tindall
— Afternoon entertainment “Healing Through Music: The Magic of the Native American Flute,” “Birds of Prey: Masters of the Sky,” and “Hillbilly Is Not Politically Correct! Appalachian Tales and Music”
— The humor of the NOAC News Team
NOAC attendees will have the opportunity to participate in several service projects including assembling school and hygiene kits for Church World Service and “Trekkin’ for Peace,” a walk around Lake Junaluska to raise money for the denomination’s Youth Peace Travel Team.
In addition, participants can select from a variety of interest groups, creative arts classes, and recreational activities including bus trips to the Biltmore mansion, Oconaluftee Indian Village, and Balsam Mountain Trust Preserve. “Tee Time!” a golf outing, is hosted by Bethany Theological Seminary.
Evening ice cream socials are sponsored by the Fellowship of Brethren Homes, Bethany Theological Seminary, and the Church of the Brethren-related colleges and universities.
This year’s financial sponsors are Brethren Benefit Trust (BBT) sponsoring the Morning Bible Studies and NOAC News, The Palms of Sebring sponsoring the Tindall’s performance, Peter Becker Community sponsoring “Healing Through Music: The Magic of the Native American Flute,” Pinecrest Community sponsoring “Birds of Prey: Masters of the Sky,” and Hillcrest sponsoring “Hillbilly Is Not Politically Correct! Appalachian Tales and Music.”
View the entire NOAC program at www.brethren.org/NOAC where the conference booklet is available to download. During the conference, news and photos of each day’s activities will be posted at www.brethren.org/news/2013/noac-2013 .
— Kim Ebersole is director of Family Life and Older Adult Ministries for the Church of the Brethren and the NOAC coordinator.