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Greetings friends,
 
A number of folks have asked me about the video that was shown on Sunday. We watched approximately 8 minutes of a 15 minute video. I have put the link below along with another video from a dad’s perspective and one other clip that I think is worth a watch. Within Creation there is a rich tapestry of stories that make up the human condition. Some we are familiar with, others we are not. Some stories are easily understood while others require thinking and reflecting intentionally on what it means to hear and be transformed by the story.
 
Part of the Affirming process is being receptive to the multitude of human stories that make up the world that we live in. There is an incredible amount of diversity out there- and it can be overwhelming at times. That is why the Affirming Committee seeks to move slowly and intentionally through the process, so that we may gain a deeper appreciation of the richness of the stories of the people of God. As I mentioned on Sunday, Affirming is not simply about welcoming, but about lifting up, loving and cherishing the stories and persons from all the folks under the rainbow. This process is a long one, and it does look at a large array of topics. However, the common theme of listening, learning, loving and affirming are constant throughout.
 
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please speak to one of the members on our Affirming Committee or speak to myself.
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZiVPh12RQY&t=2s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCbACJXmUT4&t=98s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFL8yEql-GU
 
Blessings,
Rev. Eric
Thank you to everyone who contributed food over the last 5 weeks for our friends at the Calgary Food Bank. The amount of donations were incredible! And thank you to everyone who participated in our Canstruction event after worship last Sunday. The competition was fierce and the results were amazing. Special thanks go out to our Woodcliff engineers who headed up teams: Heather, Stephen, Steve, Allan, Dianne, and Evan and our esteemed judges: Cliff, Kelly, and Troy. This event would not have been possible without any of you. And a final thank you to the children in Grades 1 -3 who moved all the food donations to the lower level for the competition. Well done!

AND THE WINNER IS... THE CALGARY FOOD BANK! (AND TEAM GREEN)
Our judges were impressed with the ingenuity and hard work of every team and the scores were close but in the end the youngest team by far, Team Green, headed by Dianne, came out ahead! Their creation, 'The Living Room', is on display along with a few others in the Narthex. Check it out on Sunday! Congratulations to everyone!
Please join us to help sew squares together today, Friday June 7, at 1:00pm in the Edworthy Lounge. Please note the change of day for this week only! Thank you! If you have any questions please contact Mary Anne Christie at al.maryanne@shaw.ca or at 403-246-8409.
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, our support group is for you.  We meet on the first and third Tuesdays of the month from 1:30 to 3:00 pm at Woodcliff United Church. Open to all, no charge, no registration required.
For more information, please contact the church office. Next gathering is June 18, 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. Our next prayer chain meeting is: June 23 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.
 
Outliers: Calgary's Queer Culture
Monday June 17, 7:00 - 9:00pm
Central Library - Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall

This documentary explores frontline LGBTQ2+ activism and the social forces which shaped the queer community from 1960 to the present. 
If you are interested in meeting up to attend, please connect with Myrl.
 
STAFF RECOGNITION
The Ministry and Personnel Committee is requesting Woodcliff members to make small contributions to an “employee gift bank” that M&P Liaisons will present to individual staff members in recognition of a particular event or action.
This process is not for gifts to the entire staff or, for congregants to present gifts directly to staff!.
Examples could include: gift cards, Stampeder tickets, works of art, chocolate, a plant etc.
There is no deadline for this initiative.
If you’d like more information or can support this request, please contact Brian Plesuk plesuk@shaw.ca or 403 242-863.

IN REMEMBRANCE

As we look back over our history as The United Church of Canada, we remember one of the saints whose work forms the foundation that the United Church of ours is built on: Audrey McKim. 

Audrey McKim was born in Toronto in 1926. At the United Church, she was an editor of Discovery and World Friends with the Board of Sunday School Publications. She was also the Director of Christian Education at two Toronto churches. Audrey was one of the first United Church of Canada missionaries in Kenya, where she served for 10 years. She initially went to Kenya as a deacon of the United Church, and was part of the Canadian contingent to Operation Crossroads Africa in 1962. 

In 1963, Audrey returned as a Christian Education Worker with the National Christian Council and the Christian Churches Educational Association, where she worked until 1967. She was also a prolific writer and authored numerous articles and books, mostly for children. She was a founding member of the Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers. Her children’s storybooks and books of prayer are filled with words and images that teach as well as entertain. 

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.

CALGARY WEST CHRISTIAN WOMEN’S CLUB
Tuesday, June 11, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Westgate Community Hall 4943 – 8 Ave. SW
Freda Murfin shares her lovely handiwork
Speaker – Cathy Mogus of Richmond, B.C.- “Living with Integrity in an Unethical World”
$8 for bottomless coffee and goodies - Info Call Lois Tetley 403 249 3994
5010 Spruce Drive SW T3C 3B2
403-249-3121
NEED AN ANNOUNCEMENT IN THE BULLETIN, MESSENGER OR POWERPOINT? email the office at 
office@woodcliffunited.com

wucprayerchain@gmail.com
woodcliffkids@gmail.com
youthwuc@gmail.com

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Chinook Winds Region: https://albertanorthwestconference.ca/
Alberta & Northwest Conference: www.anwconf.com
The United Church of Canada: www.united-church.ca
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