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April 26, 2019
Walking outside now, I see signs of spring: buds on trees, rabbits changing colour before our eyes, the return of the sound of children playing outdoors. It is a glorious life we are a part of. Easter has passed again and we are reminded daily of the love God has for us, giving the gift of life to use through Jesus. And now we enter May - how is it almost May? 
 
A perfect time to introduce May as Food Bank Month. 
 
For as long as I have been a part of Woodcliff, we have had the pleasure of helping Outreach support the Food Bank in May…except last year. Last year we had the Olympics through Lent and didn’t want to over tax your generosity. Our congregation is full of generous souls and it means so much to the staff and leaders of our community that you are always willing to help make a difference in the community around us. This year we are taking what we learned from the Woodcliff Olympics and putting it into play with the return of Food Bank Month. We, with your help, are hosting the very first and soon to be famous WOODCLIFF CANSTRUCTION CHALLENGE. This popular event will bring generations of people together to support, create, and compete for title of Best Design and Build. Engineers have been hand selected from our congregation to lead TEAMS of people (you!) to design and build three dimensional designs completely out of non perishable food, which will all,in turn,  be donated to the Calgary Food Bank. The size and scale of your design relies solely on how many donations your team receives! How it works: 
If you came on Easter Sunday your received a colourful handout with the Calgary Food Bank's most needed items. The colour of that paper is the team you have been assigned to. Please add your name to the piece of poster paper in the Narthex that matches your insert. Then, following the schedule on that piece of paper, bring donations. If you did not get a piece of paper, contact the office or sign up one of the next two Sunday mornings with Charlotte or Sheri in the Narthex. 
Final build day is June 2nd, come after church to cheer on your team and help build a sculpture out of canned food. A separate team of Woodcliff engineers have been recruited to judge the creations. The real winner will be the Food Bank, but the Woodcliff winning team will get bragging rights until next May!
 
Together we CAN make a difference. 

Sheri
InterFaith Habitat for Humanity Finale! 
May 5 - 7:00pm at Beth Tzedec Synagogue 1325 Glenmore Trail S.W.
"Building Sacred Bridges”  an interfaith musical experience with inspiring works by Jewish, Muslim, Sikh and Christian participants including a Gospel Choir and an interfaith Children’s choir called “All of God’s Children”   No Charge but donations accepted for the Interfaith Habitat for Humanity project.  
At the event we will be celebrating the conclusion of this project’s goal of raising $1M to help famlies buy their first home.    
Reserve tickets at  www.habitatsouthernab.ca/bsb
Available this Sunday during coffee time.
The Women of Woodcliff are pleased to once again host the Strawberry Social, to which the whole congregation and guests are invited. Please join us on Wednesday, May 15th from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., in the Lower Hall for cake and conversation.
Needles and Pins is putting together Afghans for the Sherriff King. We are looking for 8"x8" knot squares. We hope to have several afghans to present to the Sheriff King in June. Please pick up yarn from Rhonda Dietzler or Mary Ann Christie. Finished squares can be dropped off with them as well or at the church office by the end of May.
Tickets on sale this Sunday. Proceeds from the concert will help support the 86 Cubs and Scouts attend their upcoming jamboree.
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 the 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 May 7, 2019 .

WOODCLIFF PRAYER CHAIN
To have names placed on the confidential Prayer Chain List please contact the prayer chain at wucprayerchain@gmail.com or 403-246-9384. Next Prayer Chain meeting will be held April 28 at 11:15 am.

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.

A PLACE OF WELLNESS FOR MOTHER AND CHILD

Our gifts for Mission & Service enable community ministries like Massey Centre to create new programs that meet the needs of young, single mothers.

Massey Centre in Toronto, Ontario, has been a place of refuge and encouragement for almost 120 years. The centre has grown over that time. It was originally housed in the Methodist parsonage and known as The Victor Home for Women. In 1947, the Massey family gave the centre their summer home; the centre was renamed the Massey Centre Home for Unwed Mothers, and it is now known as Massey Centre for Women. While the original home is still part of the footprint, the centre has expanded to include pre-and post-natal housing, education programs, a daycare, and infant mental health programs.

“Everyone has a connection to Massey Centre!” exclaims Chief Executive Officer Ekua Asabea Blair. Massey Centre is a place that people speak fondly of, and many choose to stay connected to. Lisa, who works as the centre’s receptionist, is a welcoming face and voice for first encounters at the centre. When Lisa was 18, she found out she was pregnant. She had no family support when she came to Massey Centre. “If I hadn’t been here, my child would have been taken away from me by Children’s Aid,” Lisa says. “Because of Massey Centre, I have been able to watch my daughter grow up into the beautiful young woman she is today. Without Massey Centre, I would be lost.”

Massey Centre is very thankful for United Church support, whether in the form of Mission & Service giving, local United Churches’ gifts of diapers, or United Church Women who knit beautiful blankets. All these gifts are changing lives each and every way.

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 playlistDownload the video here.

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