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March 1, 2019
Greetings,
 
The word this week is blessed. The word blessed has become a commonly used word. Interestingly enough, it is more often heard in secular contexts. More often than not it is used in society to describe “good luck”, social status or wealth. As Christians, I think it is important to reclaim and understand the words that we use, or words that can use in our Christian vocabulary. In the Hebrew language, blessing (barakah), includes such goods as vitality, health, longevity, fertility and numerous progeny. The word blessing is at odds with cursed which would mean the opposite of the words listed in the previous sentence. The problem with putting life situations in the “blessed” or “cursed” categorically, is that we imply that God has blessed and one and cursed the other; which I find hard to believe.
 
I think that there is a danger in us proclaiming what is a blessing and what is a curse. As human beings, we are connected to the material and to the tangible. Therefore, when defining “blessings” and “curses”, we attach them to the things we are most familiar with (or worried about??) We attach it to states of being such as health, abundance of wealth, of good fortune and of the absence of war. If we hold this to be absolutely true, then I think that we then believe all those in war torn countries are cursed. We would then believe that anyone who is poor is cursed, we believe that anyone is in ill health is cursed. I am not sure that is the world which God created nor intended.
 
Instead, I would like to focus on our mission to “be a blessing”. As we seek to be a blessing, we are seeking to share God’s love. It’s as simple as that. It’s not enriching others or inventing cures. Although, those could be by products of one being a blessing to another. We should address that blessing begins with the love of God. Whatever happens after happens. As a church, we are not in the business of categorizing blessedness and cursedness. Rather, we are in the business of reminding each person that they are a child of God and beloved at that. I remember growing up that we were often told to count our blessings. And we would come up with lists of things. Now, I think I would only list one. That blessing would be the unceasing and unrelenting love of God.
 
Blessings,
Rev. Eric

In preparation for the upcoming Annual Congregational Meeting, financial information, draft policies, minutes from last year's ACM and Special Congregational Meeting follow. Links below have been corrected and should now open without download. Thanks for your patience.
 
The United Church of Canada and The Lord’s Supper
The United Church of Canada has an “open table” policy; which means that there are no barriers to partaking in the feast. Simply put: the table belongs to Jesus, therefore all are welcome.
Communion is a sacrament. A sacrament is an “outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace”. Here are a couple understandings about what communion means in the United Church of Canada. One understanding is that of remembrance. Through communion we remember the life, relationships, teachings and death of Jesus Christ. Secondly, we celebrate communion as we give thanks for God’s ongoing love and relationship with us. (For further reading check out Eager for Worship by Charlotte Caron).
Best Practices at Woodcliff United Church
Communion is normally served once per month. This frequency allows us to observe the sacrament on a regular basis. We recognize that communion is a time to remember the story of God’s relationship with God’s people. In partaking we acknowledge that we have a place in God’s plans and that the feast affords the opportunity to be filled to minister to the world.
At WUC, we serve communion by intinction. Intinction means that the bread is dipped into the juice prior to the bread being consumed. We serve gluten free bread so that all can share in one bread and one cup. This practice promotes the “open table” policy and allows the gathered people to share in the same inclusive meal.
There are normally 2-3 stations comprised of two people each; one for the bread and one for the grape juice.  While distributing the elements, the servers will commonly say one of the following: Bread for the journey/Wine of arrival. Bread of life/ Cup of Salvation. Body of Christ/ Blood of Christ.
Am I allowed to be involved?
 In the Gospel according to Matthew it is written that Jesus blessed the meal and then shared with the disciple (Mt. 26:26-28). The laity are involved in the distribution because “these are the gifts of God for the people of God”. Age is not an impediment to serving. Young and old, families and individuals are welcome to be a part of the sacrament.
*Please speak to Rev. Eric or Mary Anne Christie for more information.
Rev. Eric: eric@woodcliffunited.com / Office: 403-249-3121/ Cell: 587-434-6481
Mary Anne: al.maryanne@shaw.ca / Phone: 403-246-8409
Follow this link to sign up for a Sunday: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1pa5kc3lstSL-VtlfO7BgvxEWXBx9XJdj5zAeYTQM2Ig/edit?usp=sharing
Would you like to be on the email list for the Men's Group? Sign up in the Narthex or speak to Ron or Rev. Eric so you can be kept in the know!
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 the 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 March 5, 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. Next Prayer Chain meeting will be held March 24 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.

DEEPENING MINISTRY

Supervised ministry education is an intentional learning experience that enables people preparing for ministry to deepen their pastoral identity, reflect theologically, and enhance their ministry skills. Mission & Service supports supervised ministry education by providing a grant to a learning site, like a congregation, for an eight-month placement.

The Rev. Maya Braithwaite recently completed a placement at Bloor Street United Church in Toronto, Ontario. One of her goals was learning about social justice in a congregational context.

“Ministry is about relationships. For me, it’s about collaborating with others and harnessing the creativity that God has gifted us, while letting it go and flow throughout the church. While at Bloor Street, I had the opportunity to share in the healing work of storytelling that is often involved in social justice work. I experienced what an Affirming church looks like and what an Affirming church does in its day-to-day functions and in worship. I learned about protocol as we welcomed and began the work of supporting a Syrian refugee family. I learned about conflict transformation as we grappled with ways of responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s recommendations. I also shared my love for contemplative prayer and a variety of spiritual practices. We danced, journalled, meditated, and the children and I started learning about Godly Play…together.”

Your gifts to Mission & Service help support candidates as they prepare for ministry and are equipped for leadership in our church.

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.

WORD DAY OF PRAYER 2019
Come, Everything is Ready!

LAKEVIEW UNITED CHURCH
Tonight! Friday, March 1 at 7:00 PM
Please join us for the World Day of Prayer, a prayer movement that invites us to enrich our faith experience with the experience of Christians from other countries and cultures and to bring hope to women touched by injustice. Service written by the World Day of Prayer Committee of Slovenia
 More information about our community’s service is available from contacts:
Gwen Jamieson            Phone: 403-249-5655
Nancy Gillean                Phone: 403-249-0505

Lakeview United Church
3023 63rd Avenue SW    
Phone 403-242-5760

ENNEAGRAM INTRODUCTION: A TOOL FOR SPIRITUAL AWAKENING
March 8 Friday Evening Presentation 7-9 pm.
Open to all, suggested donation $10.
March 9 Saturday
Workshop 9 am to 4 pm. $80.00, includes lunch.
Facilitated by Rev. Doug Klassen and Barbara Grant
Location: Wild Rose United Church 1317 1 St NW
The “Enneagram” centers on nine personality types that are arranged into a geometric form. Every one of us can identify with the nine faces of the Enneagram to some extent, but one of the 9 descriptors seems to fit our characteristic way of navigating the world we live in. Through working with the Enneagram we can appreciate those with whom we work and live. As we move through the phases of the life cycle we may be challenged to move from what we understand as our default personality type to try on some of the other faces of the Enneagram so that we gain consciousness and awareness. It becomes part of the spiritual journey when we recognize that each of the nine faces is divine and when we integrate these into our lives we are awakened to a more integrated consciousness.
This program made possible by the Edge Foundation of the United Church of Canada 
Register at the office, office@wildroseunited.ca or 403 277-5576, or on our website, wildroseunited.ca

NATIONAL P.I.E. DAY AT SCARBORO
March 15 7:00 pm
Scarboro United Church
134 Scarboro Ave. SW
In celebration of P.I.E. Day, we are thrilled to present Open Mic Night & Clothing Exchange. And what a better way to celebrate than over home-made pie!  Everyone is welcome to come on over on March 15 for a fun evening of music, home-made pies, a clothing swap, and special guest MC: Shane Onyou. Whoever you are, however you identify, whomever you love, you are welcome here.
We are excited to welcome Shane Onyou as our MC for the evening, who is also going to perform for us! We are in for a treat, that's for sure! All performers are celebrated! Whatever you feel like expressing, the mic is open to you! Singing, dancing, spoken word, poetry, music... the opportunities are endless. 
If you have clothes that you no longer wear and would like to exchange them to freshen up your wardrobe, bring them along. All expressions of fashion are welcome.
Included in the $5 entry fee is a piece of pie (cheese/ice cream to top it off!) and coffee/tea. 

PLAYTIME AT ST. ANDREW'S
Care & Connect Playtime at St. Andrew’s Centre is on Tuesday mornings from 10am – 12pm. We have a great program for child caregivers and the kids too. Care & Connect Playtime is an excellent opportunity for caregivers to take a break let the kids play (with some really neat Brand New toys and playsets) while the adults engage in conversation. Stories Song, crafts and more. We will even include a healthy snack.
Visit www.andychruch.org for more information.

SOUL STORIES: WRITING OURSELVES HOME
Wednesdays May 1 - 22, 2019, 9:30 - 11:30 am. Open to all.
Cost: $60.00, includes lunch on May 22.
Facilitated by: Carolyn Pogue   
Location: Wild Rose United Church 1317 1 St NW
Soul Stories: Writing Ourselves Home offers a distinctive lens through which to look at our lives. Through the magic of gentle free-fall writing prompts and exercises, we will re-view our own stories. We will adjust our focus to include the landscape of dreams, place, family and experience.
Each week, we will also touch briefly on the story of one the holy women whose stories have enlivened people through the ages.
This program made possible by the Edge Foundation of the United Church of Canada
Register at the office, office@wildroseunited.ca or 403 277-5576, or on our website, wildroseunited.ca
 
5010 Spruce Drive SW T3C 3B2
403-249-3121
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Find more information about the wider Church at:
Chinook Winds Region: https://albertanorthwestconference.ca/
Alberta & Northwest Conference: www.anwconf.com
The United Church of Canada: www.united-church.ca
Wondercafe2 http://wondercafe2.ca/index.php

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