Tabor-sponsored series gets new name

September 11, 2012

Categories: General News

To better characterize the mission of the program, what has been known as Learning in Retirement has been renamed Lifelong Learning to encourage the young and the young in spirit to take part in the fellowship and informational programs offered each semester. This season guarantees stimulating sessions with “something for everyone,” said Connie Isaac, director of Lifelong Learning.

Following the schedule establish last year, the sessions will again be held on Friday mornings in the Wohlgemuth Education Center lobby. The series will begin this fall with the first session scheduled for Friday, Sept. 28.

“We are thankful for the unusually capable and truly interesting speakers who are committed to help make our fall season successful,” said Isaac. “Though most of the audience participants are neighbors from Marion County, it’s been particularly exciting to see folks come from Sedgwick, Harvey, Reno, and Dickinson counties as well.”

Be sure to continue fellowship in the Tabor Cafeteria with an optional all-you-care-to-eat discounted lunch following the sessions. We look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones along the way!

The schedule for Lifelong Learning 2012 is as follows:

Friday, Sept. 28- “Saengerfest” (Singing Festival) Lite
Kicking off the series will be a nostalgic sing-along directed by Tabor Music Dept. Chair, Brad Vogel, and accompanist, Phyllis Epp. As we take a breather, Betty Seibel will share “the rest of the (song) story.” Recent graduate David Vogel will also sing.

Homecoming Friday, Oct. 5- Traveling Without a Map
Retired pastors, Mervin and Jane Dick will tell their personal life story in a dialogue presentation-from their rural beginnings in Mountain Lake, Minn., and Harvey, North Dakota, to city life in Denver including their battle with Colorectal cancer.

Monday, Oct. 8- The Sound of Faith: a Brief Review of Mennonite Hymnody
Protestants have worshiped with music beginning with the 1500s until present-day PowerPoint useage. Author, composer and lecturer, Larry Warkentin, Fresno, Calif., will illustrate influences on Mennonite Brethren worship through the years.

Friday, Oct. 12- Fall Break, No Meeting

Friday, Oct. 19- Discovering the History of Marion County: Trails, Indians, Settlers
Brian Stucky, Goessel, is a public school teacher, local historian and popular tour guide. He’ll tell of his recent findings, backed by research and walking on particular Marion County sites to discover disturbed earth.

Friday, Oct. 26- My Memoir: Curry, Cordoroy and the Call
Gwen Hiebert Schroth, Celeste, Texas, will tell of being a missionary’s child in rural India during the 1940s, her family’s harrowing wartime experiences returning to the U.S., and living through India’s fight for independence from Great Britain. Illustrated with slides.

Friday, Nov. 2- History on a Piece of Cloth: Kansas Flour Sacks
NancyJo Leachman, Salina, will tell of the milling, marketing, art, advertising and more as she shares her amazing flour sack collection with us. It will take you back to memories of childhood. View the collection at

Friday, Nov. 9- No Meeting

Friday, Nov. 16- Technology: Bane or Blessing
Retired Illinois State University professor, Emerson Wiens, will help us think about the pervasive nature of technology in society today. Illustrating his points with PowerPoint, he’ll discuss some of the positive and negative aspects of technology use.

Friday, Nov. 30- Joy to the World!
A very special Christmas session is planned! However, since a presenter’s schedule will not be known till later this fall, we can’t disclose details. Be sure to watch for announcements to follow.