I hope all is well with you.  It has been a rough year, hasn’t it?  Covid has turned all our worlds upside down.  Our Board of Directors has been busy planning for a winter “session” starting in February.  Since we are not able to meet in person, we will be offering three zoom classes.  For each class there will be an instructor and a host to help with the technology.   We have decided that we must charge to take part in these classes since our expenses continue even though we are not meeting in person.  Instead of the usual $35, the charge will be only $25.  You can take part in as many or as few classes as you choose for this amount.  We feel that the knowledge you gain and camaraderie will be well worth it.  The January newsletter will provide all the details.

 We do have expenses such as salaries, utilities, rental fees for our office, supplies, etc.  If you’d like to donate while not participating, of course we’d appreciate that, too.  Meanwhile, may I wish you a hopeful, healthy, and happy new year?  We look forward to the day that we can meet together for traditional classes.

Betsy Siemers, President





The Shepherd’s Center of Columbia is one of about a hundred centers across the country which are affiliated with the Shepherd’s Center of America.

Grounded in the 23rd Psalm, this interfaith organization was founded as a means for older adults to continue to stretch their horizons, be contributing members of society, and help each other. It supplements the work of local congregations, providing opportunities for personal and spiritual growth. The members are the planners and leaders of all programs.

The Shepherd’s Center is open to all persons, but focuses on those who are age 50+. It is intercultural, interfaith, and interracial.

We welcome you to become a part of our schedule of activities. We provide classes on many topics, so we feel you will find something of interest to you. You may visit one time before becoming a member.

We appreciate that Trenholm Road United Methodist Church, 3401 Trenholm Road, Columbia, SC 29204 provides meeting space for our classes.

Class registration cost is $35.00 per session, which allows you to take as many classes as your time will allow. You are welcome to join any class with an available chair. Feel free to change your schedule if you find a class does not suit you.

A weekly newsletter, the Shepherd’s Staff, is published each week class is in session. It contains updates on luncheon speakers, lunch menus, current class updates and other news. Pick up your copy from the lobby upon arrival. Also check the board for last minute changes in scheduling.

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