Unsung Helpers of Holy Week

Holy Week at Woodcliff was a busy time. From Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday we held five special worship services, each designed to allow our church family to experience the sacred story that is at the heart of our faith. These services were a rich addition to our faith journey and, for those of you who participated, I hope there were moments when Christ felt near, whether in tears or in joy or in one of the very many emotions that come when we walk with Jesus toward the cross, through death and on to the empty tomb, full of resurrection hope.  

Each of these services was made possible because of the many willing hands who helped. Without you, the services would not have been such a rich and vibrant sharing of our faith. Great big thanks go out to:
  • our children who sang and who led in the drama of the Three Trees on Palm Sunday
  • our choir, musicians and soloists who added such beauty to our worship. When there are that many services, it is a lot to ask of our choir and they responded with amazing commitment, including driving home from practice Maundy Thursday and to the Good Friday service in very inclement weather! 
  • our Good Friday drama team who, together with the team from St. Matthew's, brought the scripture to life as we reflected on Jesus' journey to the cross.
  • all of you food providers and servers and cleaner-uppers. There was soup and all the fixings for Maundy Thursday, hot cross buns and fruit on Easter morning and a hospitality team that got up early and stayed late to ensure those who came for our Easter morning services were greeted with coffee and smiles and good food.
  • our sanctuary decorating team who transformed our sanctuary for Palm Sunday and then again for Easter morning creating an atmosphere that helped us move into the sacred space that is our worship time together. 
In addition to all the extra help, there are those who are there every week: greeting, opening and locking up, making coffee, preparing for communion, noticing the things that need doing. Worship is indeed a community activity! Without you, worship couldn't happen.

I would be remiss if I did not mention Sandy, Sheri and Charlotte and their very special contributions.

Sandy researches and finds the perfect music for the choir and soloists. She coordinates with the musicians that add so much to our special Sundays and of course, she leads all the practices that result in our choir being the amazing gift it is to our congregation. Sandy, thank you for being the marvellous gift you are to Woodcliff!

Sheri provided fabulous leadership for both Palm Sunday and Maundy Thursday, as well as designing the bulletin covers for all the services. She brings a special combination of caring and creativity and passion to her work that is a blessing to us all. What a tremendous gift you are to Woodcliff Sheri!!

Charlotte had a big hand in all the Holy Week happenings. She helped in recruiting and coordinating all the helpers. She created all the bulletins and the beautiful Power Points that add a lovely visual dimension to our worship (and in some cases re-creating them when Sheri or I changed our minds about something. Sorry!). She dealt with all the little emergencies along the way. Charlotte is there to do all the necessary but invisible things that make our worship time come together. Thank you Charlotte for your deep caring for Woodcliff and all you do to support our ministry. Without you, who knows what a tangle we might be in!

Holy Week is a busy and spirit-full time. Deep thanks to each and every one of you would had a part in making to come alive for us.

As we move into the season of Easter, may you encounter the Risen Christ bringing you hope and joy.

Rev. Debbie
                   Sun. April 8                                         Rev. Grant Dawson
                   Sun. April 15                                       Rev. Debbie Stockdale
                   Sun. April 22                                       Rev. Clint Mooney
                   Sun. April 29                                       Rev. Debbie Stockdale

Thank you to everyone who donated flowers in memory or celebration of loved ones for Easter. Many of the flowers were delivered this week to those from our Woodcliff family who are not able to get to church. A special thank you to Tim and Rhonda Dietzler and family for the donation of our beautiful new Christ Candle. 
                                                               –  Sacraments and Symbols Committee

Monday, April 9th at  1:30 p.m.. Every year some of our women knit/crochet Worry Buddies for the Sherriff King Home. The children tell their worries to these buddies, then the buddies go away in a bag at night – and the worries go too. Join us for a sewing bee of worry buddy bags. You don’t have to sew,  there will be less demanding jobs available – or you could simply come to visit. There will be refreshments too. Hope to see you there.

In preparation for the upcoming April 29th Lunch and Learn about being an affirming congregation, we would like to know if you have any specific questions you would like answered.
The agenda currently includes:
What is an affirming church/ministry?
What does being affirming mean for a congregation?
What does it mean from the perspective of the LGBTQ2+ community?
What is the process to become an affirming church?
There is a question box at the rear of the sanctuary where you can submit your question so that the presenters have a chance to think about it before the presentation. There will also be a Q&A time included if something comes to mind during the session.
We look forward to seeing you there!

Rev. Debbie will be holding a short class for those interested in becoming members of Woodcliff on Wednesday April 25 at 7:00 pm. Membership Sunday will be May 6 for new members and those wishing to have their membership transferred. Please speak to Debbie or call the office if you are interested.


Please do not leave valuables unattended or in coat pockets left in the foyer.


Interested in seeing pictures of and hearing stories about Susan and Brian’s experience? Grab a coffee and meet in the Larch room after worship this Sunday, April 8.

We are always looking for beautiful photos to use for our Sunday services and bulletin covers. If you have any photos you would be willing to share, please forward them to Charlotte at

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 Ron at or Lorna at Next gathering is April 17, 2018.

Children's ministry volunteers - it's time to sign up for opportunities for 2018! Please use the following link to find available spaces to help and to sign up. Thank you!

VBS is coming to Woodcliff this summer from July 16-20th.
This year’s theme is: Shipwrecked!
We are looking for some donations to help set the scene:
blue fabric, coloured cellophane paper, broken umbrellas and old beach towels. If you have anything to donate please talk to Sheri. Don’t have anything on this list? Check back soon as more items will be added! Pre-sign up at 

Camp Kasota West
Summer camps for children and youth. Information available on the downstairs bulletin board, on the web site, or by phoning 403-275-3636.

Choir practice runs Thursday evenings starting at 7:30 pm.
New voices always welcome!


Next meeting: April 21, 2018.

Come join us for coffee in the Edworthy Lounge anytime after 10:00am!
To have names placed on the confidential Prayer Chain List please contact the prayer chain at
Pick up a request form at the Church to arrange for a prayer shawl presentation.
Contact the church office to help us acknowledge the life situations of our congregants.
It is with much regret that our Healing Pathway Group announces the
suspension of our meetings - practise sessions and training courses.
Due to the very low demand for Healing sessions we feel it is not
worth our energy, time or expense to continue and thus have chosen
to apply our energy and enthusiasm in other areas within Woodcliff.
For the time being we will keep our room and will monitor demands
for Healing, realizing we may begin the program again.
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Organ Donation Across Enemy Lines

In the Holy Land, bringing ordinary Israelis and Palestinians peacefully together is extremely difficult in such a tense and violent environment. But the International Christian Committee in Israel (ICCI) does just that.

Along with Palestinian girls’ empowerment programs in Arab towns in Acre, the ICCI brings Palestinians and Israelis together through a variety of programs, from academic conferences to supporting inter-ethnic organ donation. As Hussam Elias, ICCI’s Executive Secretary, says, “Arabs and Jews are not ‘doomed’ to live together but should live together.”

The medical expenses related to organ donation in Israel are covered by the state; the ICCI raises awareness and organizes conferences to break down the social barriers and conflicting ideas about organ transplants that have been in place across cultures. Often, people only want to donate within their own ethnicity.

As a result of the support of the ICCI and other organizations, Israeli and Palestinian families come together in very unique, life-giving situations.

One Arab youth was killed in a car accident, and his family donated his heart to a Jewish person; when the boy’s mother met the recipient, they hugged, and she said it felt like she was hugging her son. In another case, a Jewish family donated the liver of a relative to a young Arab man. When he got married, he invited his donor’s family, and the wedding photos show them all together as one big family.

As a piece of anonymous street art in the city of Haifa says, “This is for the organ donors, reminding us all that we won’t be strangers for long.”

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.


Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 pm

Toe Tapping Melodies with 3 ladies from Barrhead, Alberta
Speaker – Joyce Dietrich – “Never Give Up, Never Give In” coping
with serious family struggles and seniors raising grandchildren
Come share with friends Bottomless Coffee/Goodies only $8.00
For information – phone Lois 403-249-3994

My Grandmother's Holocaust Story
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Guest Speaker: Marnie Bondar
St. Peter's Anglican Church
903 - 75 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB
Marnie Bondar is a second-generation Holocaust and Human Rights presenter. She is part of the 2nd Voices Project, an initiative of the Calgary Jewish Federation, and shares a lifelong commitment with her grandmother to stand-up to intolerance and discrimination. Marnie will recount the story of her Grandmother Freda Plucer's survival during the Holocaust using video clips of Freda's testimony.  Everyone is welcome to join us as we stand together in solidarity with victims of hate and violence, and pray for God's peace and hope throughout the world. Presented by The Calgary Council of Christians and Jews and St. Peter’s Anglican.

Pastoral & Spiritual Care Calgary Presbytery and Calgary Healing Ministries invite you to Toonie Lunch and Learn  
Monday April 30th St. David’s United Church
Lunch 12—12:30   Presentation: 12:30—1:30
Please bring a toonie for lunch
Learn about research into the benefits of mindfulness and practice techniques for reducing stress with Dr. Linda Carlson professor of psychosocial oncology.
Dr. Carlson will introduce the concept of mindfulness and mindfulness-based interventions, focusing on people with medical conditions and their caregivers. She will briefly summarize the research showing benefits of mindfulness training for various groups, and introduce preliminary practices taught in mindfulness stress reduction programs. To register email: or phone: 403-294-0378.

5010 Spruce Drive SW T3C 3B2


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