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NOVEMBER 2, 2018
On October 28th we had our Trunk and Treat celebration at Woodcliff United Church.  What a time of smiles, laughs and far too much sugar.  I saw smiles on the faces of every age category that we had represented.  There were games, fishing for donuts, information being passed out; but most of all there was the community coming together to celebrate joyfully.  I think that it is easy to overlook what a special day that was not only for the youth, but for us as well.  (Especially those of us that live in apartments and can’t hand out candy). 
 
Trunk or Treat got me to thinking- how can we celebrate joyfully within the confines of worship? Granted, there are times where worship is more somber or serious, but overall, we come together as a diverse group of people to praise God with each fiber of our beings.  Moving forward,  I wish we could bottle that joy and wonder that was present last Sunday.  Trunk or Treat was not only about doing “something nice”.  It was about coming together as a community and living into who we believe ourselves to be.  The website says “At Woodcliff we celebrate joyfully, care deeply and strive to make a difference for those in our church family and in the world around us.”  The aforementioned phrase was on full display last week. Let’s keep celebrating joyfully.
 
Blessings,
Rev. Eric
Ryan and Trinh Dietzler invite you to a celebration of their new life together. Please join them for cake and a toast in the Lower Hall on November 10 at 1:30pm.
Two quick questions: What are you most grateful for?  What are you giving Jesus this Christmas as a gift? In his new book, The Purpose of Christmas, Rick Warren challenges the reader to think about the answers to those questions. Book study dates are: Wed. November 21, Wed. November 28, and Wed. Dec. 12 at 1:30 or 7:00pm. Sessions are free, and no book purchase is required.
Please sign up in the Narthex to get your name on the list. Spots are limited. Any questions contact Ron Carter, book study leader, at roncarter@telus.net or 403-249-3307.
Yoga takes place in the Nursery.
Drop In participants are welcome!
The Stewardship committee has provided your year to date offering statement in an envelope at the back of the church.  If you are unavailable to pick it up they will be mailed out Monday.  Please respond to the questionnaire by filling in the paper copy and returning it to the church over the next three weeks or visit the following link to do it online. 
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Woodcliff Financial Results to end of September
Income      
Local Offering $163,763    
Rent $38,673    
Cell Tower $27,624    
Other $4,898    
Total Income $234,958    
       
Expenses $232,908    
Net Income Less Expenses $2,050    
vs Budget of -$6,722    
M&S Contributions $24,680    
vs Budget of $22,050    
Please use the following link to sign up as a volunteer for our Children's Ministry program. Thank you!
 
WOODCLIFF DEMENTIA CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP
If you are a caregiver for someone suffering memory loss and need a safe, confidential circle to share your experiences and obtain information, DCSG is for you. We meet on the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 1:30 to 3:00 pm in the Edworthy Lounge. No registration is required. For more information, please contact the church office. Next gathering is November 6.

WOODCLIFF PRAYER CHAIN
To have names placed on the confidential Prayer Chain List please contact the prayer chain at wucprayerchain@gmail.com Next Prayer Chain meeting is Sunday November 18, 2018.

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
Pick up a request form at the Church to arrange for a prayer shawl presentation.

CARD MINISTRY
Contact the church office to help us acknowledge the life situations of our congregants.

HEALING MINISTRY
The Healing Pathway Ministry team is available to give healing sessions upon request. To experience relaxation, and receive the gift of healing hands, please contact the church office at 403-249-3121.
Save the date!
Global Festival All Ages Event Tonight at 7:00pm
Plan to join in this fun evening of inter-generational games and community building. Make an eveing out of it and come for dinner in the Global Cafe before hand. Friends are welcome!
Saturday Dec. 1 will be the final build day associated with the Habitat for Humanity InterFaith Projects’ goal of 24 homes and $ 1 million – the project is $200,000 short! Besides needing enthusiastic on-site volunteers, we are especially seeking 12 -16 participants who are willing to solicit financial support and sponsorship from friends, family, groups and employers! Can you help? contact Brian Plesuk 403 242-8263.

FROM HOPELESS TO HOPEFUL

Our gifts for Mission & Service support counselling programs like The Counselling Centre in Brandon, Manitoba.

The Mission & Service support provided by The United Church of Canada helps to fund Project Hope, a program that provides professional counselling free of charge to those who are economically impoverished, such as non-status Indigenous clients, children, and seniors, who make up roughly 40 percent of the city’s population.

“These are people who would otherwise fall through the cracks,” explains Executive Director Heather Karrouze. She tells the story of a mom and three kids who recently fled an abusive relationship and are living in a hotel. “If it weren’t for Project Hope, they wouldn’t be getting counselling,” she says. “Project Hope provides counselling support to the mom and her boys; to the pensioner who has lost his wife; to the non-status Aboriginal whose family is far away, up north.

“A number of years ago, The Counselling Centre began to explore ways to shift the disturbing trend of domestic violence it was hearing about in its counselling sessions. The centre created Building Bridges, a 12-week program for men to explore what makes for healthy relationships. Since starting the program, the counsellors have seen a small shift in their counselling sessions toward decreased domestic violence. The shift is slow, but there is progress.

“It is our vision to help people go from feeling hopeless to being hopeful, from feeling diminished to being empowered,” says Heather. “Those [Mission & Service] dollars translate into lives being changed and, in some cases, being saved.”

If Mission & Service giving is already a regular part of your life, thank you so much! If you have not given, please join me in making Mission & Service giving a regular part of your life of faith. Loving our neighbour is at the heart of our Mission & Service.

For more Minutes for Mission resources, see our photo collection and video playlist.

Calgary West Christian Women’s Club
Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Westgate Community Hall 4943 – 8 Ave. SW
Fashion Show from Ciao Bella Moda Inc. / Speaker and music
Info? Lois 403-249-3994       $8 bottomless coffee/goodies 
 
Invitation Calgary Islamic Centre - SW Mosque
The Calgary Islamic Centre (CIC) – SW Mosque is planning an open Mosque day in the spirit of friendship and conversation we hope to give members of the local community an engaging insight into the life of the CIC-SW Mosque and to promote greater understanding of Islam. We anticipate welcoming local people from all walks of life to visit the mosque and meet with its diverse Muslim congregation.
The CIC-SW Mosque open Mosque day will be held on Saturday 24th November 2018, 3:00pm – 5:30pm. We would be honoured to have members of Woodcliff join us for this special occasion.
 
Please contact the Woodcliff office before November 17 if you would like to attend so we can RSVP numbers.
5010 Spruce Drive SW T3C 3B2
403-249-3121
NEED AN ANNOUNCEMENT IN THE BULLETIN, MESSENGER OR POWERPOINT? email the office at 
office@woodcliffunited.com

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woodcliffkids@gmail.com
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Calgary Presbytery: www.calgaryunited.ca
Alberta & Northwest Conference: www.anwconf.com
The United Church of Canada: www.united-church.ca
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