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NOVEMBER 16, 2018
This week has been an odd week for The United Church of Canada.  We heard that the Toronto Conference had reached a settlement with Rev. Gretta Vosper of West Hill United Church. This settlement comes after many months of posturing, media statements and lawyers debating what should/could legally happen.  The details of what the settlement are still sealed, so we are unsure of what exactly this settlement means.  On a personal note, the past week’s events have enabled me to think more deeply about my faith and what my role is as a minister who believes in the triune God.
 
A couple hours after Toronto Conference released its statement, the Moderator of The United Church of Canada, the Right Rev. Dr. Richard Bott released a statement which allowed me to grasp what the leadership of the denomination had to say about an “atheist” minister.  (Moderator’s statement can be found here: https://www.united-church.ca/news/moderators-message-rev-gretta-vosper ).  This statement reassures me to some degree.
 
The Moderator declared that “…it is clear that as a denomination we believe in God: Creator, Christ, and Spirit, and that that belief leads us deeper into the Holy Mystery that is God, “beyond complete knowledge, above perfect description.” As a denomination, and as faith leaders, I believe in the Triune of Creator, Christ and Spirit.  This statement affirms that we are not a denomination of atheists; that we do believe in the Word incarnate.  The United Church has strived to be a place where everyone can be welcome. Where people of all understandings can come together in worship and feel accepted and loved by God.  It is usually a pretty big tent church. And I would like to hold that up.  There is no barrier to anyone wishing to come in and sing, pray and participate in the sacraments.  However, as a faith leader within The United Church of Canada, there are certain things I hold very dear to my heart and that I believe are essential to believe as a Christian (Please come on Sundays to find them out! 😊 ). 
 
There may be some who are expecting me to condemn Rev. Vosper, or take a hard stance on this issue.  However, who am I to judge someone’s beliefs and faith journey? I am not a lawyer, nor did I sit on a judicial committee, and, I am biased.  What I can do is state what I believe and what the statements of faith of The United Church of Canada state (https://www.united-church.ca/community-faith/welcome-united-church-canada/faith-statements ).   
 
As I have written this message I would like to affirm a few things.
  1. I believe in God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.
  2. I will continue to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ in my ministry.
  3. All are welcome at Woodcliff United Church (regardless of belief or unbelief).
  4. God loves you.
Blessings,
Rev. Eric
November 13th, 2018 Council Meeting Summary
 
In an effort to keep the congregation informed about decisions made on their behalf by the Council, we offer the following summary of the November 13th Council meeting:
 
Appreciation was expressed to all of the volunteers that assisted with the set-up, organization and operation of the recent Global Festival. A special thank you to Charlene Baker, Eleanor Landry and the members of the Outreach Committee for their coordination of this important annual event at Woodcliff.
 
Facility Updates: The installation of exterior windows and both interior and exterior doors is almost complete. Renovations to the main office including the modernization of the telephone wiring and phone system have also been done with only a small number of tasks yet to be finished.  Window coverings above the pulpit area (North Roof Window) as well as the sound room are also being explored.
Cleaning of the Church after the project is complete is part of the project cost.  While the contractor will be responsible for a certain level of cleanup, a more thorough cleaning by professional cleaners will also be undertaken.
 
Reverend Eric Page shared his short and long term plans for his professional learning. This included several books, presentations and a conference he will be attending in London Ontario where several prominent theologians will be speaking.
 
Communication Committee Chair Carolyn Chin shared a detailed proposal for an outdoor sign in front of Woodcliff Church. A motion was passed to move forward with the installation of this signage beginning in December.
 
Discussion was held about donating some of the proceeds from the “The Great Plains” singing duo of Saskia & Darrel (thegreatplains.ca) towards supporting our Woodcliff Scout Troop in their fundraising efforts for a July Scouting Jamboree in Europe. Saskia & Darrel will perform a live concert at Woodcliff on Friday, May 10th, 2019 at 7 PM. Once the tickets are printed, we hope to have them available for purchase at $20.00 each before or after the worship services in December so they can be given as possible Christmas gifts. Tickets will also be available at the Church Office in the New Year.
 
An update was shared by Deanna Main concerning the Copyright Policy. This policy will be presented at the December Council meeting. Thank you to Judy Lupart and Deanna Main for coordinating the input from various committees concerning this policy.
 
A thoughtful discussion was held concerning an article provided by Ron Carter as to why people go to Church.
 
If you have questions about any of these matters, please do not hesitate to contact the Chair of the Council, Arnold Ingelson, or any member of the Council.
 
Woodcliff is creating a larger than life Community Advent Calendar. Watch the space outside the church for the unveiling and plan to bring friends and neighbours to visit daily. 
In preparation for the 'big reveal', we are holding a crafting bee to prepare some of the calendar treats. Please join us on November 26 for crafting and fun. All are welcome and everything is provided.
Two quick questions: What are you most grateful for?  What are you giving Jesus this Christmas as a gift? In his new book, The Purpose of Christmas, Rick Warren challenges the reader to think about the answers to those questions. Book study dates are: Wed. November 21, Wed. November 28, and Wed. Dec. 12 at 7:00pm. Sessions are free, and no book purchase is required.
Please sign up in the Narthex to get your name on the list. Any questions contact Ron Carter, book study leader, at roncarter@telus.net or 403-249-3307.
Woodcliff Men's Group (formerly Men's Breakfast Group) will be meeting Saturday November 17 starting at 10:00 am in the Edworthy Lounge for conversation with Rev. Eric. Please join us!
Yoga continues in the nursery Tuesdays at 10:00 am. Classes will continue until December 11 and return again in mid-January.
Drop In participants are welcome!
Stewardship Survey –  It is the time of year we start to make our plans for the coming year.  It is very important to fill in the Stewardship Survey so council can properly plan. 
Please fill in the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6GN5KNL   or the paper copy you should have received via mail with your year to date offering statement.  If you believe you have been missed please contact the office.    
Don’t forget to fill it in as there will be a draw on Nov 25th. 
M&S Sundaes are back! Join us after church!
Please use the following link to sign up as a volunteer for our Children's Ministry program. Thank you!
 
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 each 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 November 20.

WOODCLIFF PRAYER CHAIN
To have names placed on the confidential Prayer Chain List please contact the prayer chain at wucprayerchain@gmail.com Next Prayer Chain meeting is Sunday November 18, 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.
Looking for a meaningful Christmas gift? Have someone that is hard to buy for? Consider purchasing a gift card to support the Habitat for Humanity Interfaith build. Eight unique cards are available in denominations from $10.00 to $100.00 and help purchase needed supplies to build homes for those in need.
We now have a full complement of onsite  volunteers and as usual, the Outreach Committee and volunteers have stepped forward to provide snacks and lunch.
However, if you still want to support the build follow these steps:
 1. Click on this link: Fundraise for your Habitat Build Day.
2. You will be taken to the Habitat page- scroll down about half way down the page and click on  Support a Fundraiser
3. Click on the triangle and you have the option to select fundraising team- Type in Woodcliff Team in the rectangular box  
4.  Click on Donate
You may also contribute with a cheque made out to Woodcliff United Church ( specify Habitat) ;
All donations $20 or over will receive a tax receipt.
 
On Sunday, November 25 Habitat staff person and recent recipient of a home will join our worship service and share their Habitat story. 

RENDEZ-VOUS 2017: BE THE CHURCH!

In August 2017, close to 600 youth, young adults, and youth leaders gathered in Montreal to sing, dance, learn, and be inspired to share their voices with a world and a church in desperate need of hearing them.

Rendez-vous is a national United Church get-together that happens every three years in different locations around Canada.

Rendez-vous 2017 met in Montreal at Concordia University. The theme was “Be the Church.” The conversations were passionate as youth and young adults explored their faith on a deep level. There was an inclusivity among participants, as the many who had never been to Rendez-vous were quickly included in groups that had bonded over the years.

Each day began with gathering music, often top-40 dance hits that got the group moving, followed by inspiring speakers. These included Paola Márquez from Colombia, who spoke about how supporting Mission & Service is the best way to make a huge difference; Aidan Legault, who talked about using our voices for change; Rodger Nishioka, who shared his wisdom and humour each day; and Moderator Jordan Cantwell, who shared a message of hope for the church. Inspiring music came from Rick Gunn and the band ReGenesis and singer Coco Love Alcorn. All who gathered left at the end of the four days inspired and ready to truly be the church!

Thank you so much for making gatherings like Rendez-vous possible through your gifts for Mission & Service.

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.

Invitation Calgary Islamic Centre - SW Mosque
The Calgary Islamic Centre (CIC) – SW Mosque is planning an open Mosque day in the spirit of friendship and conversation we hope to give members of the local community an engaging insight into the life of the CIC-SW Mosque and to promote greater understanding of Islam. We anticipate welcoming local people from all walks of life to visit the mosque and meet with its diverse Muslim congregation.
The CIC-SW Mosque open Mosque day will be held on Saturday 24th November 2018, 3:00pm – 5:30pm. We would be honoured to have members of Woodcliff join us for this special occasion.
 
Please contact the Woodcliff office by Monday if you would like to attend so we can RSVP numbers.
 
Renaissance Singers and Players present: A Christmas Pilgrimage
Sunday Dec. 2 at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church (1121 14 Ave SW) Preshow talk at 7:00pm. Concert at 7:30pm. Tickets $25.00/$20.00 seniors/students. Available at brownpapertickets.com
 
One Accord Choir Concert
Please join us for our winter concert on Dec 10th at 7.30pm here at Woodcliff. Admission by donation. Treats in the basement following the concert.
 
86 Scouts Wilderness First Aid
The 86 Scout group offering Wilderness First Aid training on January 11 from 6-10pm and Jan.12 from 8am – 5pm in the Woodcliff Lower Hall. There are spots available for anyone from the congregation who might be interested in this opportunity. The course cost is $225.00. Please connect with the office if you would like more information.
 
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Calgary Presbytery: www.calgaryunited.ca
Alberta & Northwest Conference: www.anwconf.com
The United Church of Canada: www.united-church.ca
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