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Last week I received an e-mail from The Upper Room regarding the outreach of its Living Prayer Center. Each day, hundreds of people request prayer by calling the Living Prayer Center's toll-free number 1-800-251-2468 (available 7 am - 11 pm EST) or they submit prayers through the website (http://prayer-center.upperroom.org/request-prayer). The phone lines are answered by Phone Volunteers who answer the call, pray with the caller, and forward the prayer concern to Prayer Partners for additional prayer. Nearly 800 people every day call for prayer support. You may be aware that at 6:15 p.m. on the second Friday of each month volunteers gather in our conference room to answer the Upper Room Living Prayer Center phone and respond to such requests for prayer. These volunteers and others from the congregation then receive a follow up e-mail with a summary of the prayer concerns so we might pray for them over the next days.

Advent Meditation

During the busy Advent season, many of us become overwhelmed for a variety of reasons.  Through the centering on Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace, we will be re-focusing our attention through meditation that allows us to better control our never-ending stream of thoughts.  Through bringing our minds under control, we are better able to reflect meaningfully on thought and emotions.  This brings peace and calmness to ourselves and to those around us during this holiday season.
Sundays: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel; Nov. 27, Dec. 4, 11, 18; Cost: $40; Certified Instructor:  Sonja Burns
Please call the church office if you plan to attend (635-6442)

Winter Coat Drive: November 27 - December 18

We will be collecting Winter Items for Interfaith Works to give to local refugees. Bring your gently used or new winter coats, hats, mittens, and scarves. All adult and children sizes needed! There will be a box for your donation in the dining room on Sundays and in the church office during the week. Sponsored by St. Mark’s Lutheran Church & Thrivent

Children's Christmas Bazaar

The Children’s Bazaar ~ December 10
We still welcome the following donations: Gift bags and tissue paper; Gifts for men, women, and children of all ages
But now we also need “elves” to make it all come together.  Please sign up to help in any way you can. You can place this signup sheet in the collection plate or bring it to the dining room after the service.

Eureka Book Club

Our next gathering is November 28 at 6:00 p.m.
The book for November is “O Great One: The Awesome Power of Recognition” by David Novak

“Eureka” will meet on:  Nov. 28, Dec. 21 (Wednesday), Jan. 23, Feb. 27, March 27, April 24, and May 22. 
Please let Rev. Walz know if you plan to participate.