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WOODCLIFF MESSENGER MAY 25, 2018
 
Welcome to June!!
And since all this loveliness cannot be Heaven, I know in my heart it is June.     
                                                                                               - Abba Woolson


This is a magical time of year. It is a time to watch the garden with anticipation - what will emerge next, will it be a tiny shoot in the garden or will it be a showy peony with its heady scent? June is a time to cheer at soccer games and baseball games and track meets. It’s a time to watch with pride as our youth graduate and are honoured for their fabulous accomplishments. June is a lovely month.

June is also a transition month. We being to let go of the busyness of September to June and anticipate the vacation times of summer. We can sit of the deck to enjoy our coffee and fire up the barbeque for simple and yummy meals. We look forward to time to reconnect with family and friends as we head out on vacation or welcome company with open arms.

In the church, June is a wrapping up month for the work of the current year and a looking ahead month to what the next year will bring. Committees meet one last time before the summer break. We remember the accomplishments of the year and look ahead to what will come in September. There are hugs at the end of the meetings with wishes for a good summer for all.

For us all, June is a time to say thanks:
  • Thanks to our Creator for the beauty of the world.
  • Thanks to our church leaders for all they do to make Woodcliff healthy and vibrant.
  • Thanks to teachers and coaches and volunteers who give their time and talents to make our lives better.
I invite you to spend a few moments reflecting on blessings of June. Feel your heart expand in love and gratitude for all the little things that make you smile. If you are inspired, write a little thank-you note to someone you truly appreciate. Say a prayer of gratitude to our God.

With that in mind, I tell you I am truly grateful for each one of you! You are gifts from God brought together under the roof of Woodcliff United and I feel so blessed to journey with you for a little while.

With blessings and gratitude, Rev. Debbie
 
THIS WEEK AT WOODCLIFF
ANNOUNCEMENTS
                                          
WORSHIP AT WOODCLIFF
 
Sun. June 3                             Rev. Debbie Stockdale
Sun. June 10                           Rev. Clint Mooney
Sun. June 17                           Rev. Debbie Stockdale
Sun. June 24                           Intergenerational Worship with all Ministers
Sun. July 1                               Rev. Eric Pagé


 
WOMEN OF WOODCLIFF (WOW)
It’s the last get-together of the year: Monday, June 11th at 7:15 p.m. in the choir room. A representative from the YWCA Sherriff King Home will be there to both share stories from the facility and to receive all the Worry Buddies and other projects so lovingly created throughout the year. Traditionally, we bless the buddies and the afghans before they leave to be given to the women and children at the YW facility. All women are welcome.
 

PROPERTY
                        DO YOU LIKE TO PAINT?                             
                                   DO YOU LIKE TO GARDEN??                                 
DO YOU LIKE TO PARTY???
 
Then come to our Woodcliff Church Spring Clean-up Party!   
We are hosting this incredible event tomorrow Saturday, June 2, 2018,
starting at 9:00 a.m.
 
We have a station to suit everyone's interests.  We need painters to spruce up the Sunday School rooms.  We need gardeners to move mulch and spruce up our gardens.  We need cleaners to spruce up our kitchen.  And we welcome anyone who would like to help us clean up a lot of little jobs around the church.  There will even be a surprise task here and there. 
We will provide coffee and munchies.  And there are door prizes!  And lots of fellowship and laughter!  We hope you can join us in getting Woodcliff shiny for the spring and summer months. 
                                                                                    - the Property Committee


AFFIRMING
Thank you to all those who signed up as interested in learning more about the affirming process and possibly helping with exploring what affirming is and could mean for Woodcliff. Our first meeting will be June 7 at 6:30pm in the lounge. We will get to know one another a bit, do a little brainstorming of topics to explore and decide how we'd like to be organized.


BBQ

Sunday June 24 following worship
Please join us in celebrating the wind up of this year’s children and youth programming and in bidding farewell to Rev. Debbie and our transition team of ministers with a BBQ! Food, treats, and games for all ages to enjoy will be provided. All are welcome!


CALLING ALL PHOTOGRAPHERS
Thank you to everyone who has submitted photos for our bulletins and Power Point. It's not too late to send along others! We have set up an email specifically for photos: woodcliffphotos@gmail.com If you have any photos you would be willing to share or take any photos during you travels this summer, please forward them along. Thanks!


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 is looking for two dressers in good condition for two different apartments, preferably at least six/nine drawer for the larger Mom rooms.  If you are able to donate and deliver please contact Lise Blanchette at  403.705.3490 or Lblancette@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 June 5, 2018.
 
 
CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

Children's ministry volunteers - it's time to sign up for opportunities for 2018! Please use the following link to find available spaces to help and to sign up. Thank you!
 
VBS

VBS is coming to Woodcliff this summer from July 16-20th and we are looking for donations to help set the scene:
Tan coloured carpet scraps, beach toys, plastic table cloths in tropical colours. If you have any of these items to donate, please be in contact with Sheri.

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 CHOIR
Choir practice runs Thursday evenings starting at 7:30 pm.
New voices always welcome!

 
MEN'S BREAKFAST GROUP

Next meeting: June 16, 2018. 

THIRSTY THURSDAYS
Come join us for coffee in the Edworthy Lounge anytime after 10:00am!
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

100 Years of Being the Change


St. Columba House is a community ministry that is an important constant in the lives of those who are living on the margins in Montreal.

The year 2017 marked a very important milestone in the history of St. Columba House. Who could have imagined in 1917 that, a century later, the ministry would be celebrating 100 years of offering healing and hope to the most vulnerable members of the Pointe-Saint-Charles community?

From its beginnings as a place that only provided hot meals, to its current status as a leader in changing public policy in Montreal, St. Columba House has transformed many lives. It is now an organization on the cutting edge of emerging needs and innovative responses through its environmental programming. This includes a community gardening program, where participants develop their own balcony gardens, and beekeeping programs that allow participants to learn how to interact with bees at the ministry’s own rooftop beehive.

St. Columba House, in partnership with United Church Ministries, Montreal City Mission, and Québec Presbytery Justice and Global Ecumenical Relations Committee, has also created the Green Church project to engage ministries in its ecological practices.

Together through our Mission & Service support we can celebrate with St. Columba House all the lives that have been transformed and look ahead to innovation for the future. We give thanks for its 100-year history and look forward with it to the next 100 years!

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
An Evening of Music at Wild Rose
June 8, 7 pm
1317 1 St NW, Calgary AB
This event, hosted by the Belles of Wild Rose (our hand bell ensemble), is an occasion to celebrate the many people who contribute to the ongoing musical talents enjoyed at Wild Rose.
Refreshments will follow the performance.

Calgary West Christian Women’s Club/Fashion Show
Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 pm
Westgate Community Hall 4943 – 8 Ave. SW
Lemons and Steel in Chestermere will bring their latest fashions.
Music and encouraging message – Tandy Balson from Airdrie
Come share with friends. Bottomless Coffee/Goodies only $8.00
For information – phone Lois 403-249-3994
 
Ploughshares Calgary
Korean Consul General Gunn Kim will be speaking on the Nuclear Weapons Program in North Korea and the peace issues facing the people of South Korea on Monday, June 11th at 7 pm at Parkdale United Church.
 
Ploughshares Calgary Annual General Meeting to be held on Wednesday, June 13th at 7 pm at Parkdale United Church.  Rev. John Pentland will be presenting on “Leaving Things Better Than We Found Them”. 
 
Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
presents
Ode to Joy
June 15 and 16 at 8:00pm
Jack Singer Concert Hall
In 1989, to mark the collapse of the Berlin Wall, Leonard Bernstein conducted Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, changing the word Joy (“Freude”) to Freedom (“Freiheit”). No other work could so greatly encompass all of humanity’s struggles to live freely and joyfully. It is introduced by his First Symphony, the endeavour which began Beethoven’s eternal, unsurpassed symphonic legacy.
Get a 15% discount on tickets, using the code NINTH.
Tickets can be purchased online or over the phone at 403-571-0849
 
Calgary Renaissance Singers and Players
presents
A celebration of Jewish Coral Music
Tuesday June 19, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Beth Tzedec Conservative Congregation 1325 Glenmore Trail SW
With special guests: Spiritus Chamber Choir and Los Angeles Zimriyah Chorale. Tickets: brownpapertickets.com
 
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!
 

 


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

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