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WOODCLIFF MESSENGER JUNE 29, 2018
 

Greetings friends,
It is next to impossible for me to explain to you all that makes me who I am and how it is I ended up at Woodcliff with you.  Therefore, I would like to share a story with you. 
 
One of my favorite rituals that I remember growing up with was participating in The Lord's Supper.  When I was younger, communion provided an opportunity to have a quick snack and it was one of the only times I could eat in the sanctuary.  I came to realize that the particular sacrament of communion was one of the only times where adults and children ate exactly the same thing while hearing the same words.  There was no "Kid's Meal" version of the sacrament, there was one meal which we all shared together as the Church.  In those moments, I truly felt like a member of the body of Christ, as a valued and integral part of what God is up to in our midst. 
 
In The United Church of Canada, everyone is welcome to celebrate the Eucharist as equals.  All divisions fall apart as we come together for the Lord's Supper. As people needing bread for the journey, we break bread together, remembering Jesus' words and actions. 
 
As we begin ministry together, let us celebrate that God continues to speak to us.  Let us remember that to take time to find the sacred in the mundane and in the ritualistic.  Let us be ambassadors of the words we hear as we celebrate communion.  
 
Blessings,
Rev. Eric

THIS WEEK AT WOODCLIFF
ANNOUNCEMENTS
                                          
NEW OFFICE HOURS
Please note that starting next week the office hours are changing. New hours are Monday through Thursday from 9:00 - 2:00 pm. 

 
NAME TAGS
Please help Rev. Eric and Michelle get to know us by remembering to wear your name tag on Sunday mornings. If you are in need of a name tag, please contact the office.

 
SUMMER PROCLAIMERS
We need people who would be willing to read the scripture lessons during the summer months. If you will be around and are interested in reading, please contact Charlotte so she can fill the summer services.

 
POSTCARDS
Are you travelling this summer? Help us stay connected - send Woodcliff a postcard! We would love to hear from you.  All summer postcards will be posted in the narthex for everyone to enjoy. The church address can be found at the bottom of the Messenger. Happy travels!

 
VALUABLES
After several recent car prowlings in our area, CPS is reminding everyone to not leave valuables in cars and also to ensure cars are locked both night and day. Thank you!

 
YAHOO!
Howdy to Eric and Michelle!! Help us welcome Eric and Michelle to Woodcliff United Church and Calgary on Sunday July 15th with a Pancake Breakfast and Wedding Shower. If you would like to contribute towards a wedding gift for the newlyweds, there will be a box at the back of the church that you may drop off a cash donation in. Council will find out what they need and purchase a gift or gift cards from all of us for them. Come in your best western duds.


OUTREACH

Got some time this summer to contribute to Habitat’s goal of providing affordable housing to needy Calgarians? Builds are currently underway in Bowness and Pineridge; check out volunteer opportunities: habitatsouthernab.ca. Stay tuned: Woodcliff is exploring week day and week end build days for the fall.

Sonshine Community Services
Sonshine Centre is currently recruiting volunteers for a variety of roles to support the women and families residing at Sonshine. If this interests you, please contact Lise Blanchette, Coordinator of Volunteers, to learn more.  403.705.3490  Lblanchette@sonshine.ca
 

WOODCLIFF DEMENTIA CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP
 
Our caring circle meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, from 1:30 to 3:00 pm in the Edworthy Lounge here at Woodcliff.  No professional referrals are required. If you are in need of a safe, confidential circle to share your experience, learn from others and support others in their journey, our Caregivers Support Group is for you and is open to all. If you have questions, please be in touch with Lorna at rowsell5@shaw.ca or Ron at roncarter@telus.net. Next gathering is July3, 2018.
 
 
CHILDREN'S MINISTRY
VBS

VBS is coming to Woodcliff this summer from July 16-20th
To register please contact Sheri or the office.

Camp Kasota West
Summer camps for children and youth. Information available on the downstairs bulletin board, on the web site www.campkasotawest.com, or by phoning 403-275-3636.

 
WOODCLIFF UNITED CHURCH CHOIR ART SHOW
On Saturday September 29, 2018, visual artists from the Woodcliff congregation are invited to display and sell their paintings, drawings and photographs.  Choir members will be performing throughout the day. Please mark your calendars for September 29th.  Proceeds from the Art Sale will go towards the Woodcliff United Church music program. For those members of Woodcliff that are Artists wishing to participate in the Choir Art Show, registration forms & detailed information is now available in the Church Office. Please contact Charlotte.
PASTORAL CARE
WOODCLIFF PRAYER CHAIN
To have names placed on the confidential Prayer Chain List please contact the prayer chain at wucprayerchain@gmail.com
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.
MINUTE FOR MISSION

Radical Welcome

United Church partner Affirm United offers a process, the Affirming Ministry Program, to help all ministries truly welcome people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Our gifts for Mission & Service support the Affirming process. Our planning and conversations are made possible by your support for Mission & Service.

Any ministry in the United Church can become Affirming, but so far there are no Affirming outdoor ministries or camps. Camping experiences can offer spaces filled with friendship, faith, community, and a deep appreciation of God’s diverse world. But sometimes differences can create barriers. Campers or staff with diverse ethnicities, economic statuses, sexual orientations, and gender identities or expressions can be pushed to the side, even unintentionally.

This year, to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the church’s 1988 decision to welcome LGBTQ+ people into full membership and ministry, all United Church outdoor and camping ministries have been invited to consider becoming Affirming. In an exciting pilot project, three United Church camping ministries have agreed to test the Affirming Ministry Program and to work with Affirm United to develop a process that can easily be used with all outdoor ministries.

In the future, we hope to hear more words like these from a camper at the United Church’s Camp Kidston in Nova Scotia: “[Here] I felt truly safe and free to be who I am. I began to understand that I am part of creation, a reflection of the Divine—all of me—acceptable and loved.”

We hope that our United Church Outdoor/Camping Ministries will publicly and intentionally embrace all differences.

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.


COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Community Blood Drive - 150 Donors Needed
Tuesday, July 3rd 4:00 PM - 8:00pm
Hellenic Community Centre Gymnasium - 1 Tamarac Crescent SW
Canadian Blood Services is desperate to fill spots for this blood drive. Please go to www.blood.ca to book if you are able to donate. Spread the word!


Calgary West Christian Women's Club
STAMPEDE BREAKFAST, MUSIC, SPEAKER
WEAR WESTERN      $8.00
Tuesday, July10, 2018, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
WESTGATE COMMUNITY HALL 4943 – 8 Ave. SW
For information – phone Lois 403-249-3994


5010 Spruce Drive SW T3C 3B2
403-249-3121

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woodcliffkids@gmail.com
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