By Kim Ebersole
Register for NOAC now! National Older Adult Conference is Sept. 7-11 at Lake Junaluska, N.C. Register for the conference online at www.brethren.org/NOAC or by mail or fax. Registration forms are available online and in the registration brochure, which has been mailed to past NOAC participants and to the Church of the Brethren congregations. For a brochure contact 800-323-8039 ext. 305 or NOAC2015@brethren.org .
NOAC, a Church of the Brethren conference, is a Spirit-filled gathering of adults 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. Kim Ebersole is director of NOAC, assisted by Debbie Eisenbise, director of Intergenerational Ministries, and Laura Whitman, Brethren Volunteer Service worker, and members of the planning team: Bev and Eric Anspaugh, Deanna Brown, Jim Kinsey, Paula Ulrich, Deb Waas, and Christy Waltersdorff.
Lodging reservations are made through the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center and will begin April 1 for people requesting special consideration due to age (75-plus) or physical functioning. After April 15, anyone may reserve lodging by mailing or faxing the lodging reservation form to the conference center. After April 21, reservations also will be accepted by phone. Interested in renting a cottage? Reservations are accepted now at www.lakejunaluska.com/accommodations or by phone at 800-222-4930 ext. 2. Information about lodging options as well as the lodging form is on the NOAC website and in the registration brochure.
The conference theme is “then Jesus told them a story…” (Matthew 13:34-35). BVSer Laura Whitman is inviting past participants to share their stories about NOAC experiences, whether funny, serious, poignant, simple, or simply amazing. If you are willing to have your story posted on the NOAC Facebook page (Church of the Brethren NOAC), send it to firstname.lastname@example.org .
— Kim Ebersole is director of NOAC, serving in the Church of the Brethren Congregational Life Ministries.