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SEPTEMBER 28, 2018
I come from the province of Québec.  Being from out east, I did not often get to see the mountains rising up over the landscape as they touch the sunset.  As I was driving the other day I felt the urge to pull over.  I wanted to take some time to just stare at the natural beauty that there was before me.  
 
After being awestruck for a few moments I thought about a conversation I had with a friend who had lived in B.C for years.  They spoke about how they had taken the scenery for granted.  It happens to all of us. 
 
Sometimes we get stuck in a routine.  We get used to having amazing friends or family or we get used to seeing the sun set over the tips of the Rocky mountains.  
 
I would encourage you to take a few minutes each day to write on a post it or type into your phone.  Write what? Write something you're thankful for, or something that amazed you.  After all, there's no such thing as too much gratefulness. 
 
Rev. Eric
Please use the following link to access Woodcliff's Time, Talents and Treasures Survey. The information helps direct programming and helps the nominations committee with their work for Council. Thank you!
 
On Saturday September 29, 2018, visual artists from the Woodcliff congregation are invited to display and sell their paintings, drawings and photographs.  Choir members will be performing throughout the day. Please stop by on Saturday.  Proceeds from the Art Sale will go towards the Woodcliff United Church music program. 
Yoga is cancelled for October 2. It will resume on October 9.
Drop In participants are welcome!
The Ad Hoc Affirming Committee gathering on September 20 looked at what “Affirming” means.
The group became aware that Woodcliff is a welcoming congregation, but affirming goes deeper and is public, intentional, and explicit. It is authentic inclusion of those on the margins of our community. We want those who are often excluded, or even tormented, to see and hear our commitment to diversity and inclusion. We thought about who might be marginalized. Perhaps those of a different culture,  sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, ethnicity, economic status, beliefs or health?
At our meeting next month we plan to see  and hear a story …a movie. Details will be shared later so stay tuned as we embark on this process.
Please use the following link to sign up as a volunteer for our Children's Ministry program. Thank you!
 
WOODCLIFF DEMENTIA CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP
Our caring circle meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, from 1:30 to 3:00 pm in the Edworthy Lounge here at Woodcliff.  No professional referrals are required. If you are in need of a safe, confidential circle to share your experience, learn from others and support others in their journey, our Caregivers Support Group is for you and is open to all. If you have questions, please be in touch with the office. Next gathering is October 2, 2018 
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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 September 30 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 TO FIND TANGIBLE HELP

Adrian, Sherri, and their young daughter are just three of the people whose lives have been changed by the ministry of the Back Door Mission in Oshawa, Ontario. When Adrian lost his job due to a work injury in 2015, his disability payments were inadequate to the challenge of providing for his family. After Adrian and Sherri’s mortgage foreclosed and they lost their home, they turned to a homeless shelter and then emergency housing before being forced to live in their car.

At risk of losing their child for violating the regulations of the Children’s Aid Society, the couple agreed that the mother and daughter would move into a local women’s shelter. While this family has faced crisis after crisis, with the support of Back Door Mission it is finally finding ways to navigate the social assistance network.

For more than 20 years, Back Door Mission has helped to relieve the burdens of poverty and social dislocation experienced by those living in economically depressed circumstances in Oshawa. Over 100 people come to the doors of its downtown facility every day.

Its drop-in centre offers a welcoming space three afternoons a week where people can find shelter, companionship, and a snack or light meal. Says Don MacLeod, chair of the board, “The drop-in program provides an opportunity for community within a socially disconnected and often stigmatized population, and a place to find tangible help. This is a place where the poor, generally physically or mentally disabled in some form, can find friends and the experience of belonging.”

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.

AMY BISHOP CONCERT
Friday, September 28th at 7:00pm (Tonight!)
Woodcliff United Church. 
Looking for an evening of great music?  Chapters F and M of the P.E.O. Sisterhood are co-hosting a fund-raising concert featuring Amy Bishop. Tickets are $25.00 and all proceeds support educational opportunities for women.  Tickets available at the door.

CERTIFIED - Written and performed by Jan Derbyshire
Friday September 28 at 7:00pm (Tonight!)
McDougall United Church
Comedian and certified insane person, Jan Derbyshire, turns the audience into a mental health review board to help determine her current state of insanity. Come ready to humorously grapple with hefty questions like: What's crazy? What isn't crazy? Who decides? In this comic case, you do. Myrl Eddy will be going to this performance and is happy to carpool if anyone is interested.
For more information or to book tickets email bravespaces@mcdunited.com.
CORE CELEBRATION CHOIR
Sunday September 30 at 7:00pm
First Baptist Church
CORE Celebration's fall concert season begins with a season opener will featuring a duet by Jocelyn and Victoria Erhardt with Jason Erhardt on cello and a solo piece by our wonderful pianist, Brent Krawchuk, as well as the CORE Celebration Choir. Our guest speaker is Dr. Terry Young.
CORE Celebration is a citywide worship gathering featuring a rich musical program including choir, instrumentalists, singers, and many local musicians from the professional and church communities within our city. A free will offering will be accepted.  
CALGARY WEST CHRISTIAN WOMEN’S CLUB
Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm at the Westgate Community Hall -  4943 – 8 Ave. SW. $8 bottomless coffee/goodies. 
Invite friends/neighbours to Our Annual Fall Fair & Speaker.
Info? Lois 403-249-3994   
SONSHINE COMMUNITY SERVICES
We are turning 40! Please join us for our anniversary celebration at the Carriage House Inn on Friday October 18, 2018. Reception: 6:00pm / Dinner and entertainment: 7:00pm.  Get in the Friday Night Fever groove: polyester and platforms encouraged!  To purchase your table/tickets, click the button below, or call 403-705-3485
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

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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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