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December 28, 2018
Greetings,
 
New Years often means that millions of people worldwide are making resolutions.  Some to finally use that gym membership, to read a book a month or maybe to finally clean out the garage.  The list goes on and on. Normally, I don’t like making resolutions because they are far too vague and one can feel defeated if they aren’t accomplished.  On the other hand, they give us an opportunity to work towards a goal, to some improvement, or rather, development of oneself. 
 
I would like to ask you folks to make a New Years resolution that is faith related.  (The Joint Search Committee never mentioned I liked to assign homework, did they?).  Ask someone if you may pray for them.  On Sunday, or during the week, go up to someone, ask for their name and ask if you could pray for them.  I know that I could be asking a lot with this request. At the very least, you will get to know some new names…
 
Prayer has been seen for millennia as being transformational.  Whether prayer silently, out loud, with music, via sand garden or via gardening, prayer takes many forms.  Take a moment during this year to pray for someone by name once a week. 
 
I pray you will join me on this spiritual journey.
Blessings,
Rev. Eric
Renewals for the 2019 Observer are now due. Please use the white Observer envelopes available at the back of the sanctuary. Make cheques available to Woodcliff United Church with ‘Observer’ on the memo line. The cost is $25.00 per year. If you do not wish to renew or have any questions, please contact Mary Anne Christie.
Yoga classes will resume January 15 and run until mid-March. Cost for the session is $150.00. Sign up in the Narthex or through the office.
Thank you so much to all who attended (and brought baking for) our Carols, Candles and Coffee event of December 5th.  Thank you also to all women who have supported our WOW programs through the fall. Our first get together in 2019 will be on Monday, January 28th at 7:15. Dr. Jayna Holroyd will talk about successful aging. All women are welcome at all WOW sessions.
On Friday Jan.11 at 7:00pm, please join Congregational Life for a games night. Bring your own cards and board games. Snacks will be provided!
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 second and fourth Tuesdays of January 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 January 8.

WOODCLIFF PRAYER CHAIN
To have names placed on the confidential Prayer Chain List please contact the prayer chain at wucprayerchain@gmail.com or 587-323-6992. Next Prayer Chain meeting is Sunday January 20, 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.
Please use the following link to find ways to support the victims of the Indonesian tsunami and please hold them in your prayers.

Thank you!

We cannot say it enough: Thank you! Thank you for your gifts for Mission & Service!

We all know the statistics of how many community ministries, theological schools, congregations, and global partners are supported by Mission & Service, but what about the stories behind the numbers?

The young man in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, who told us he would be dead without Emmanuel House, or the middle-aged man in Hamilton, Ontario, who has a home for the first time in his adult life, or the women of Kenya, who are empowered to feed their families through a bull exchange program—these are just a few of the many stories of how Mission & Service mends the world!

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.

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