National Older Adult Conference

September 6-10, 2021

“Overflowing with Hope”

Romans 15:13
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Christian Standard Bible)

Theme Statement

We live in a world that is ruled by division, anger, and fear. We, as followers of Jesus Christ, are called to a different way of living and being in the world. We are called to be people of robust hope. We cannot maintain hope by ourselves but must rely upon the power of the Holy Spirit. When we focus on our God of hope we can find joy and peace in our daily lives. We may not ignore the pain and sorrow in our world. We are called to face it and work to heal it as we allow God’s Holy Spirit to fill us with Christ’s presence and power.

Daily Themes

Monday: Welcome, Overflowing with Hope- Romans 15:13
Tuesday: Joy- Luke 2:8-20; Psalm 62:5-13
Wednesday: Peace- John 14:26-27; Psalm 69:1-5, 13-21
Thursday: Faith/Believing- Luke 8:40-56; Psalm 62:5-8
Friday: Hope, Send-off, Challenge- John 21:1-17; 2 Corinthians 4:5-12


Monday: Christy Dowdy
Tuesday: Paula Bowser
Wednesday: Andrew Wright
Thursday: Don Fitzkee
Friday: Eric Landram

Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center
in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina

NOAC is a Spirit-filled gathering of adults 50 and older 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.

Planning team

Glenn Bollinger, Karen Dillon, Jim Martinez, Rex Miller, Pat Roberts, Paula Ziegler Ulrich, Christy Waltersdorff (Coordinator), staff- Josh Brockway, Stan Dueck

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