Upcoming Activities:

Your Phase 2 Team has been hard at work to develop some activities we hope you’ll look forward to– please let Tiwana know if you’re interested:

  • Saturday, Feb 11
    • 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. FUMC member Karen Taylor, owner of Yak ‘n Yarn in Fairlawn Plaza, will provide a crafts event. We will create a Valentine pin with buttons. We plan to give the pins to our homebound members. No charge for this activity. For those who want to grab lunch before, we will meet at Grandma Wocks at 11:00 (right across from Yak ‘N Yarn). Click here to register for this event.
  • Tuesday, Feb 28
    • 5:15-7 p.m. Join your Phase 2 friends for our first ever quarterly AFTER HOURS! We’ll meet at the Celtic Fox in their private room. Phase 2 will provide some appetizers–drinks will be on your own. Our goal is to include those of you who are still gainfully employed. We’re hoping you’ll come and bring your friends!
  • Sunday, March 26
    • 3-5 p.m. We’ll reserve the back room at Potwin Pottery to paint Easter themed items. After that we’ll proceed to a restaurant (TBD) for dinner. The details for the Potwin Pottery event are:
      • If we have more than eight people, the studio fee will be $6 per person.
      • You’ll choose your item to paint. The cost for these range from $5-$75. We have photos of some of the pieces for you to see. Please let us know if you’re interested so you can choose your item in advance.
      • Once the pieces are painted, PP will fire them and have them available for pick-up in a week
  • Saturday, April 1
    • 9 a.m.-Noon Church grounds clean-up. By April 1, it will be time to lend a hand to make our grounds attractive–light lunch to follow!
  • Sunday, April 23
    • Quarterly Movie Night–Details to follow.

Watch for details on these events:

  • Informational meeting on Medicare by Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging
  • Volunteer Opportunities: Organizations such as FUMC’s First Responders are always looking for help, and Phase 2 folks can provide time and talent in a variety of ways. Simply contact the church office to add your name to the list of First Responders, and each month you’ll receive a list of the specific mission-based work requested in our community. Based on your abilities and availability, you’ll sign up and help.

What is Phase 2?

Phase 2 is not chronological – it’s a state of mind. And it’s not limited to FUMC members! So if our activities are attractive to you, please join us and let us know if you’d like to join our team. We’ll welcome your ideas.

Phase 2 provides programs and activities for those of us transitioning from careers and raising kids to the “next phase” of our lives.

How it began:

  • It grew from a group of First Church members-Boomers themselves- who recognized our generation’s intention to “redefine retirement.” Phase 2 will focus on our priorities of:
    • Doing something “worthwhile”
    • Utilizing our experience and expertise effectively
    • Offering flexibility in our commitments
    • Building and nurturing relationships and friendships.

What we do:

  • In polling an initial group of Boomers, we learned their primary interests were: Card/Game groups, Spiritual/Bible studies, Exercise/Health issues, Community Volunteer opportunities, Book Clubs, Travel/Mission trips. Some of these programs already exist, and others will emerge as champions emerge to spearhead a new project. We’re excited to utilize the special talents of our members!
  • We also schedule purely fun activities, like dinners and concerts. We’ll also set aside a time each month to just meet for coffee and conversation.

Our Vision:

  • While Phase 2 was the result of some discussions by a group of FUMC members, we believe it can be a  resource  for all Boomers in the Topeka area—not just FUMC members.  Our vision is to be the “go to” resource for Boomers as they explore how to invest their time and energy in this next phase.  Most people limit their retirement planning to the financial side and we want to provide relevant programs and activities to make this next phase a truly satisfying and rewarding one.