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Empty Nesters

Empty Nester News

The Empty Nesters are an adult fellowship ministry open to singles and couples of all ages; those who are “Empty Nesters”, or would like to be for an Empty Nesters’ event.  While our primary focus is Christian fellowship, we also strive to serve others to support the mission of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.  If you are new to Good Shepherd consider joining us for this festive event.  We are a welcoming group! Contact Karen Yerkes, yerkesk@comcast.net, for information or to be added to The Empty Nester email list.

Don’t forget to sign up for our two great trips coming up in February and March!!

*Signup sheets are at Signup Central in the Fellowship Hall*

On Saturday, February 23rd, we are going to the Center for Civil and Human Rights. https://www.civilandhumanrights.org/ If you haven’t been there, it’s certainly worth the extra miles into Atlanta to visit. It’s an amazing and emotional review of the history of our country, and countries around the world, during times that most of us remember well.

  • The price for a group rate is only $16 pp.
  • We will be leaving the church parking lot no later than 9:00 am.
  • Parking is available on the street or in the parking garage next to the Aquarium.
  • If you carpool, please consider helping your driver with the parking expense.
  • See the link above for information regarding any questions that you may have.
  • On the way home, there will also be a late lunch/early dinner at Copelands in Kennesaw http://www.copelandsatlanta.com/index.htm where, if we arrive before 3:00 pm, we can order from a Brunch Buffet menu, or we can order from a large dinner menu.


Then, on Sunday, March 17th, at 2:30 pm, we’ll be seeing a play at the Canton Theatre on Main Street. It’s “Don’t Dress for Dinner”, and of course afterwards, we’ll be going to dinner! J Carpoolers will leave the church parking lot no later than 1:45 pm. Parking is available on Main Street.

Here’s an overview of the play:

Bernard is attempting to rush his wife, Jacqueline, off to her mother’s for the weekend so he can enjoy a tryst with his model girlfriend, Suzanne.  Jacqueline cancels her plans at the last minute when she learns that Bernard has also invited his best friend, Robert, who is her secret lover. The complications pile on when Bernard persuades a reluctant Robert to pretend to be Suzanne’s boyfriend, making Jacqueline furiously jealous.  Because Robert has never met Suzanne (aka Suzy), he mistakenly introduces the catering chef, Suzette (also nicknamed Suzy) as his girlfriend. During the course of the evening, Suzette masquerades as Bernard’s lover and Robert’s niece, in addition to being the wife of the muscular and threatening George.  Set in a converted barn in the French countryside, the play has all the usual conventions of farce, including a great deal of physical comedy.

This boulevard comedy was a smash hit in Paris, where it played for over two years, and in London, where it ran for six years at the Apollo and Duchess Theatres. It has since played in theatres all over the USA and the English speaking world and was revived in Chicago and on Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre in 2012. This production was nominated for two Tony awards.

Afterwards, we’ll walk right across the street and have dinner at Mamma Onesta’s. A wonderful and delicious family owned Italian restaurant with a large menu to choose from.

Please check at Sign up Central this week for both of these events. We’ll need people who are willing to drive, as some of our group aren’t comfortable driving in the city. We hope to see some new faces attending events this year!

DEADLINES FOR SIGNUP! Since both of these trips involve purchasing tickets in advance, we have to meet the following deadlines! Please sign up and pay Karen or Tammy for one or both trips as soon as possible!

  • Deadline for Center for Civil and Human Rights: Thursday, February 7th
  • Deadline for “Don’t Dress for Dinner”: Sunday, February 17th

Empty Nester’s Christmas Party 2018


The Empty Nesters had a great time celebrating Seis de Mayo with Mexican food and ice cream! There were 22 of us in all, and most of us (even though we were STUFFED from lunch) walked all the way to Frozen Cow Creamery for some delicious homemade ice cream!