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January 4, 2018
I thought I would follow social conventions and try to find a quote that we as a church can embody in 2019. After some time spent on Google I found the following by Tom Peters: “Celebrate what you want to see more of.”
 
As a church, we are called to lift up God’s creation. Celebrate the joys, stand with the lonely and advocate for the marginalized. As a United Church, and as a vibrant and active church in Wildwood, this is something that we are pretty adept at. But let’s continue to celebrate God’s justice and help bring it about in 2019. On January 13th we are going to hear from Tony Snow during the service. On January 19th we will be hosting a blanket exercise that is specific to Treaty 7 territory and the new United Church of Canada Region 3. 
 
Let’s celebrate that! Let’s come together and not only make events like these a numerical success; but let us celebrate the good work of Right Relations, Affirming and the countless initiatives our church ministries live into. There can never be too much joy in the world. There can never be too much solidarity with the forgotten, oppressed and racialized. Let’s celebrate what we want to see more of, not only as a denomination, but as Woodcliff United Church.
 
What do you want to see more of in 2019? Are you ready to celebrate it?
 
New Year’s Blessings,
Rev. Eric
INDIGENOUS BLANKET EXERCISE
A blanket exercise is an interactive teaching tool to share the historic and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and Non Indigenous peoples in Canada.
Woodcliff’s exercise is tailored to the specific history, legacy and shared experience of the United Church in Southern Alberta.
Saturday, January 19 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm followed by a soup supper.
Space is limited; to register, call the church office: 403 249-3121
Yoga classes will resume January 15 and run until mid-March. Cost for the session is $150.00. Sign up in the Narthex or through the office.
All women are welcome at all WOW programs. Come to them all or just to the ones that pique your interest. Our first program will be on Monday, January 28th, at 7:15 p.m. (see details directly below).  After that, there are speakers or activities scheduled monthly, usually on the fourth Monday but please watch this space for changes.
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 second and fourth Tuesdays of January 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 January 8.

WOODCLIFF PRAYER CHAIN
To have names placed on the confidential Prayer Chain List please contact the prayer chain at wucprayerchain@gmail.com or 587-323-6992. Next Prayer Chain meeting is Sunday January 20, 2019.

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.

SURPRISED BY JOY

Our gifts for Mission & Service support ministries to those living on the margins, like First United Church Community Ministry in East Vancouver, British Columbia. The community has become the epicentre of the converging crises of mental health, addiction, extreme poverty, homelessness, and marginalization. The people who gather here for help are people who literally have nowhere else to go—they may have been rejected by other shelters, mental health supports, hospitals, or their own families.

They are among the most regulated and constricted members of our society, and yet as Executive Director the Rev. Dr. Carmen Lansdowne shares, “Every day since I started at First United there has been a moment where I’m surprised by joy: Watching two participants in our weekly Spirit Circle move through hostility to forgiveness. [Seeing] the brother of a young woman who was murdered on the Pickton farm sweeping our steps because he knows the role our staff play in advocating for missing and murdered women in our community.

“When we shift our view of the notorious Downtown Eastside from the negative to the positive, we receive the joy of seeing growth and community, not just poverty, addiction, and despair. I am filled with gratitude for the opportunity to serve this community, and I hope to be always surprised by joy in this place.”

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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