Upcoming Activities:

Your Phase 2 Team has been hard at work to develop some activities we hope you’ll look forward to. Email Tiwana Whitten for more information about any of these events.

  • “Grillin” in the Garden 
    On Sunday, September 10th, 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. boomers and youth will come together for burgers and fun! Gather in the Celebration Room and we’ll enjoy burgers and fixings with the youth. Then there will be a few table games planned as we all get to know each other better. Event will end by 5:30.
  • Pickleball
    On Sunday, September 17th, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., bring your racket and gather for Pickleball at Hughes Courts (725 SW Orleans). Please sign up on our Church Connection Portal.
  • Movie and Pizza
    Sunday, September 24th, join us for a late afternoon movie with pizza to follow at the home of Stan and Sandy Vogel. Movie and time TBD closer to the date. Bring $5 to cover meal. Please sign up on our Church Connection Portal.
  • Fiber Fun
    On September 30th, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., come to Topeka First UMC for demonstrations, workshops, and displays of fiber arts. Pre-registration is now open. Pick up a flier in the Celebration Room or  visit yaknyarn.net to sign up. Pre-registration by Sept 21st is encouraged as space is limited to 100. Every Sunday in September, our fiber artists will be at a table in the Celebration Room. Stop by and see samples from all six demonstrations and workshops.
  • Phase 2 FOREsomes
    • Phase 2 is sponsoring a golf outing open to all members AND guests on Sunday afternoon, October 8th at Lake Shawnee Golf Course. Sign up on the Phase 2 bulletin board in the Celebration Room. At the conclusion of golf on the 8th (at approximately 6 p.m.), everyone is invited to join the golfers at The Shack (2842 SE 29th) for a no-host meal (acclaimed burgers/fries), beverages, and fellowship. Deadline to sign up is Sunday, October 1st and we will gladly pair singles with a group. The fees (payable to Lake Shawnee Golf Course at check-in) are $12 green fees plus $16 for an optional golf cart, per person. Click here to view the flier for this event.

Watch for details on these events:

Check out our Facebook Page for updates, pictures, and more ways to connect with Boomers at Topeka First United Methodist Church.

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.