The beauty and power of Advent often gets lost amid the busyness of preparing for Christmas, distracting us from the purpose of this holy preparatory season of looking forward and waiting for something greater. Join us at Emmaus House on Saturday, December 3rd from 9 to noon as Cindy Shaw leads us in a morning of prayer and reflection to look at Waiting and Longing Throughout the Ages, including how this Advent season can be a time of noticing what it is for which we long. The cost of the retreat is $25 and seating is limited, so register and reserve your seat today! Register online or email at diretor@TheEmmausHouse.org for more information. The Gathering with coffee and continental breakfast begins at 8:30. Emmaus House, 1521 Center Street, Des Moines.