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 Good Tuesday morning to you all! Praying that you are not just working hard but having some time to be simply grateful and enjoying our beautiful corner of the world and the people in it! The Thanksgiving plans are rolling out nicely---thank you again to everyone who is participating in Zion's great Thanksgiving Feast and blessing our community with food and love!

Here is a blessing prayer for not only Thanksgiving Thursday but every day: 

Dear God, Thank you for your amazing power and work in our lives, thank you for your goodness and for your blessings over us. Thank you for your great love and care. Thank you for your sacrifice so that we might have freedom and life. Forgive us for when we don't thank you enough, for who you are, for all that you do, for all that you've given. Help us to set our eyes and our hearts on you afresh. Renew our spirits, fill us with your peace and joy. We love you and we need you, this day and every day. We give you praise and thanks, for You alone are worthy! In Jesus' Name, Amen.

- Debbie McDaniel 

We begin the church year again this coming Sunday as we gather for the 1st Sunday of Advent, telling the story of Jesus’ first coming to the world in the light of promises for his final coming. This year we will gather around scriptures, songs and images that tell the story of Jesus though the lens of "The Inn: Housing the Holy." This special worship series would be a wonderful time to invite friends, neighbors and strangers to gather with us at Zion's. Did you know most people respond positively to an invitation? Especially at this time of the year. Zion's facebook page has the trailer and we'll have it up on the website too---tell people to COME and SEE all that God is doing! The worship team is excited to bring this series to Trinidad!  Happy Thanksgiving everyone and Advent Blessings too! 

Love in Christ, Pastor Andrea 

This week (other meetings/gatherings/work will be taking place as well but here are some things to note): 

Monday- Wednesday, Nov 22-24th Thanksgiving Preparations Thursday Nov 25th THANKSGIVING DAY! Please contact Norine, Peggy or Jo Moss to volunteer  

Sunday, November 28th THE FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT 8:30 am Sunday morning Bible study The fourth session of the new study using" The God Who Sees" by Karen Gonzalez. Stories from scripture about Hagar, Joseph, Ruth and Jesus will guide us to consider those who have fled their homelands. This week we consider the story of Jospeh, led by Lisa. The book is not mandatory but would be helpful and as always, all are welcome! Come and participate in the study & discussion. OR Dial +1 312 626 6799 Meeting ID: 907 628 370. Passcode: 332397 10 am Worship "The Inn: Housing the Holy" Join us, either in person OR via ZOOM ('hybrid' worship).

If you will be worshipping via zoom, log on or call in using these links: OR Dial +1 301 715 8592 Meeting ID: 917 3921 4242. Password: 731771.  

For those of you who will be worshipping in person, masks will be required indoors. Please bring your own, thanks! 

Worship leaders: Pastor Andrea Doeden; Assisting: Julie Wersal; Organist: Connie Pallone; Pianist: Mark Nelson; Soloist: David Lamb; Ushering: Pat Fletcher and Joni Jones;  Reading: Joni Jones; Communion prep/cleanup: Carol Smith Flowers are from Pastor Andrea in thanksgiving for all of you and a cancer-free bill of health, and in joyful anticipation of the Advent of Christ in our lives! 

Fellowship after worship (approx. 11:10a.m.) in the Fellowship Hall. Gather after worship to enjoy a few more leftovers and wonderful conversation! College/High School Student Fellowship meets from 6-8pm in the lower level of the fellowship hall.  

Prayer List: It is a privilege to pray for one another and to bring those who need healing to Jesus. The prayer list has been updated, as we periodically do. Send prayer requests to Carol Smith at or 412-477-7531.  "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." (Romans 15:13) Hope is trusting in God's promises- that He will never leave us and He loves us and knows our needs. In prayer, we ask in His name: Comfort for those in mourning, especially Doris Blalock on the death of her uncle. Please pray for her Sanders, Bailey, Blalock and Bingham families. We thank God for the positive news of Tyrone and Pastor Andrea who are in remission. We pray for and surround with Gods' healing touch: Kimberly Hall; Brent Kapling; Mike Blackmore; Bradley Tennery; Carol Schulzkump, and Carol's son Kris and daughter-in-law Ana (whose father is in ICU); JoAnn's sister, Beth; Deena Karpseck (Steve's sister-in-law with COVID and A-Fib); Floyd Gumke; Wilmae and Sherry Gartside; Lisa's mother; Kimberly Ehrman; Loren Eigenberg; the Sandstead family. We surround with prayers others battling cancer, including Nancy Wilhelm (Ernie and Sharon family member); Linda Bounds; Norine's step daughter Sherry; Joni's nephew Mike; Jo Moss' cousin Virginia; Kimber Begano; Dr. Mark Jacobson; Linda Theige's brother-in-law Pastor Bob; and Max Phillips. We also pray for those affected by COVID-19, including Hal and Rita Burton and their daughter Christine; Carol Schulzkump's brother-in-law Rick Woodruff; and Sheryl Smith's Mom, Maureen Walker. Our prayers continue for the Afghan Refugees; Wal Reat (missionary in Sudan whom we support financially through Global Missions); Pastor Clay and The Way ministry; ACTS ministry; and the prison congregation New Beginnings and Pastor Schjang. 

Other announcements/dates to put on your calendar: Yesterday's worship service can be viewed by following this link: 06%$oaB. The sermon is at minute 14:17 

1. As a result of our focus on LFSRM's work in relocating Afghan families in Colorado Springs, Zion's is considering co-sponsoring/supporting an Afghan family. I (Pastor Andrea) am in contact with the Colorado Spring office and will be sharing more details as we discern the need and our abilities and desires. Stay tuned but please pray for all those who have been evacuated and are being relocated. It never is easy! FYI: There is another zoom training on December 7th if you decide you want to be involved with this new opportunity. 

2. Women's Bible study will meet next on Friday, December 3 at 9:30 am, continuing a study on "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel", by Lifeway Women. We are on the third session. It takes four of the hymn's verses and explores their meaning in a deeper understanding as we prepare for the Lord's first and second coming. There are 5 days of personal study to be done before each session, so order your book now and join us! All are welcome. The sessions will be both in person and on Zoom.The Zoom link is or join by phone 301-715-8592; Meeting ID: 826 9201 394; Passcode: 624229 

3. LAST WEEK FOR OUR NOVEMBER COAT DRIVE! Let's go through our closets, gather our donations, and bring those coats (clean and washed) to church and they will be shared with those in need. Thank you!  

4. Becky McNeil and David Lamb are in our community theater's Christmas play that shows Dec 3-5 and 10-12. It's supposed to be a hilarious 'G' rated production. Mark your calendars for an evening of laughter!  

5. Centering Prayer will be returning to Zion's! All who are interested in resuming or starting this practice please mark Saturday, February 12th for a half day workshop led by the Southern Colorado Contemplative Outreach leadership team. Prior to March 2020, Zion's had a Centering Prayer group that met weekly and members have requested that it be restarted.