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April 5, 2019
Greetings,
 
As you may be aware, we have been discussing attending the open house at a Calgary mosque as an ongoing effort to stand with our sisters and brothers in the Muslim faith. I would highly encourage you to attend this event to show solidarity. Co-signing a letter is a great first step, but I think we need to continue to work towards being allies, especially in a world that often seems broken and divided. I offer to you this prayer from the United Church of Canada website.
 
We pray for those who live in the midst of injustice.
Encourage us to lift up their voices and strengthen their hope.
We pray for those who continue to perpetuate injustice. 
May your kindness fill our hearts
and make us agents of freedom and peace.
We pray for every institution and person
who stands for justice.
Let us act justly according to your words.
Today we ask you:
O God, hear our prayer and grant us your justice.
  
 
Yours in solidarity,
Rev. Eric
Cyclone Relief Funds
Cyclone Idai swept through Southern Africa in March 2019, leaving terrible disaster in its wake. Hundreds of thousands of people in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi are in immediate need of food, water, and shelter. At least 830 people have been reported killed by the storm, and a cholera epidemic is feared. With more than 120,000 people displaced, Idai is one of the worst weather-related crises to ever affect the African continent.

Your donation can be doubled by the Canadian Government. The United Church, through our membership in the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, is part of Humanitarian Coalition's joint Cyclone Idai response.  The Government match for funds raised by members of the Humanitarian Coalition was announced April 1. It is retroactive to March 15, and runs until April 14.  The Government will contribute up to a maximum total of $2 million.
How can you donate? 

Online via our secure donation page.

Phone 416-231-5931 or toll-free 1-800-268-3781 ext. 2738 and use your Visa or MasterCard.

Send a cheque, money order, or Visa or MasterCard information with donation amount to:

The United Church of Canada
Philanthropy Unit - Emergency Response
3250 Bloor Street West, Suite 200
Toronto, ON M8X 2Y4
 
Please be sure to note "Emergency Response—Cyclone Idai" on the face of your cheque.

Please pray for those affected by Cyclone Idai and those who are on the ground helping to rebuild.

Soups and Books!
There will be an Outreach table in the lower hall this Sunday where you may buy  the last soup mixes for $5 each and the Truth and Reconciliation Call to Action books will also be available for $5 each. 
Sonshine Opportunities
Do you know a dentist with a big heart? The mom and her two children currently residing in the Woodcliff Suite urgently require dental care. They have low income but are not eligible for the Government subsidized dental services. Please contact Monica at 403-243-2002.

Sonshine needs a volunteer to shop 2x a month for eggs and milk at Walmart for the residents. Gift cards are provided. Please contact Monica for more information 403-243-2002
Lenten Water Project CAWST www.cawst.org
Many have asked how you might support the 2019 Lenten Project. We did not create special envelopes but you may designate Lenten Project on your giving envelopes. Extra envelopes are available at the back of the sanctuary. Your cheque is still made out to WUC. If you do not have a giving number please put your name and address on the envelopes so you can receive a tax receipt. 
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.
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 April 16, 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.

FIGHTING HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Globally, human trafficking is the third largest organized crime after drugs and the arms trade. Close to 80 percent of human trafficking across the world is related to sexual exploitation, but exploited labour, sale of human organs, and forced marriages are also linked to trafficking. In Asia, India is considered the hub of this crime. In India, the national government reports that a child goes missing every eight minutes.

West Bengal, close to the Bangladesh border, is a hotbed of trafficking. Mission & Service partner Church of North India, Durgapur Diocese, is tackling the issue with an anti-human-trafficking program. The program educates communities and community leaders about trafficking, rescues those who have been trafficked, and provides safe haven and support for those rescued.

Japhet Ndhlovu, staff with The United Church of Canada, recently visited the project: “Children, especially girls and young women I met, told me they were taken from their homes and sold in faraway places for sexual exploitation and to work as bonded labour by agents who lured their parents with promises of education, a better life, and money. Instead, traffickers put children to work in brick kilns, carpentry units, as domestic servants, or beggars. Some are the victims of organ harvesting.”

Community volunteers are collaborating to fight this evil and to care for those rescued from trafficking. Children and adults are provided with shelter, food, and education.

Mission & Service partner Church of North India is working to defend and protect the safety and dignity of all. No one should be trafficked.

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.

PLOUGHSHARES CALGARY
On April 10th, Professor Pablo Policzer and Venezuelan sociologist Maria Cristina Parra will discuss The Venezuelan Crisis at Parkdale United Church, conference room at 7:00 pm.  Please join us for this informative free session.
INTO THE WOODS Jr
April 24th -26th at 7pm
West Ridge School

An adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's and James Lapine's fairytale comes to life with West Ridge School's production of Into the Woods JR. Students bring back all of your favourite childhood characters from classic fairytales, as you are joined by the likes of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk) and the Witch. Enter into a lyrical retelling of classic Brothers Grimm fables. 
The musical focuses on the Baker and his wife, who hope to have a child; Cinderella who wishes to go to the King's festival; and Jack and his cow Milky White.  The characters stories weave among one another as the Baker and his wife embark on a journey to break the witch's curse. 
West Ridge's Into the Woods Jr brings you singing, dancing, laughs and thrills. Director Kerrie Lutz describes the musical as “an energetic and highly entertaining performance delivered by amazingly talented students.”
Tickets can be purchased through the main office of West Ridge School at a cost of $10.

CALGARY RENAISSANCE SINGERS AND PLAYERS
Mirthe and Meriment
Sunday April 28, 2019 
Pre-Concert talk 7:00pm, Concert 7:30pm
St. Stephen's Anglican Church - 1124 14 Ave SW

Tickets available from Lorna Rowsell-Petti

SYMONS VALLEY PLAYERS PRESENT "NO BODY LIKE JIMMY"
Thursday May 2nd, Friday May 3rd - Dessert at 7:00pm
Saturday May 4th - Roast Beef Dinner 6:00pm
Sunday May 5th - Dessert 2:00pm

Symons Valley is in their 23rd year of entertaining audiences with their Dessert/Dinner Theatre. Tickers are $27 per person for Dessert Theatre and $50 per person for Dinner Theatre (dinner and dessert). Table rates are available. Tickets are available through BrownPaperTickets.com or by calling 403-274-2361.
5010 Spruce Drive SW T3C 3B2
403-249-3121
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