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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 Class

“The Journey”
We are offering a five-week Advent Study starting Wednesday November 16, 10:00-11:30 a.m. (we will not meet November 23). The study is "The Journey” by Adam Hamilton with video. This is the journey of the Christmas story told in a new way. It provides you a chance to set aside time to focus on the true meaning of the season.  The books are in the office for $5. Please pick up one and sign up so we will know if we need to order more books. Jan Beall is the leader.

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

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.

Breakfast with Santa

Santa Claus Is Coming to Town!!
If your family is looking for a fun way to begin the Christmas season, please plan to join us for our annual All You Can Eat Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 3rd, 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
The breakfast is hosted by Baldwinsville Nursery School. All proceeds benefit the school’s scholarship fund.
The meal, deliciously prepared by the United Methodist Men, includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, and beverages. There will be crafts and activities for the children and of course, a visit with that top VIP of the season, Santa Claus!

The Longest Night - A Service of Remembrance & Hope

On Tuesday, December 6 at 7:00 p.m., the Hands of Hope Group will once again host a remembrance service in the church Sanctuary for those that have lost a loved one. The holidays can be difficult when we are grieving and this is a special time to remember that person and light a candle in their memory. If you would like, bring a framed picture to share on the Altar. Fellowship in the dining room after the service; refreshments will be served. If you would like to make memorial donations for flowers, candles, cookies, or expenses, please contact Debbie Mott-Lundgren or Lisa (635-6442).

Children's Christmas Bazaar

The Children’s Bazaar (December 10) is only 2 weeks away
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.