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Please remember Daylight Savings Time begins this Sunday. Spring Ahead! Set your clocks ahead one hour on Saturday evening. 
March 8, 2019
Hello,
 
And so it begins - Lent, a season of reflection, contemplation and even sometimes of sacrifice. How we journey though the 40 days of Lent may be different for each of us. Maybe you choose to participate in the custom of giving up something for the duration.  For generations this has, in a way, helped us go through the season with purpose and awareness. But maybe, as we settle deeper into our individual patterns and behaviours and time goes faster, we may account the giving up of something as being enough to put a check mark beside the “reflection” box in the lent season and go on about our daily lives without further consideration.  It’s been quite a few years since I've sworn off chocolate or coffee for the period of Lent, not really because I don’t think it is a good idea, I sure know I could stand to give up chocolate for just a wee while. But I got to thinking, on its own, what positive impact does no sugary sweets for me have on the world around me? Without the crucial piece of intention connected with reflection, simply giving something up becomes more about the individual and less about the relationship we have with God and the impact of our actions in this most mysterious of Holy seasons. I believe if we pause, and take a breath, we would discover that God wants us to slow down, to listen and to learn. God wants us to be willing to seek what is hard to know, to be close and to be still and to listen and transform. This Lent season, together with Outreach we have brought you the opportunity to ask the questions, slow down, and learn. What ways am I being invited to spark change in the world? You are invited to consider the cross roads, where life and faith intersect by looking deeper at one of the most basic resources, water. Through daily reflection in our Lenten booklet (available for download below or in print form at Church every Sunday) you can learn water facts, reflect on the absolute force of this first creation and also, in just a small way, contribute to access to clean water for those around us that do not have the luxury of turning on a tap for a hot shower. With just a simple water bottle, which you can pick up form Church, you can make a difference. We will also bring weekly water wise moments in the worship services so you may hear first hand accounts of water experiences from people around us. So come with us on this journey through Lent. Let us each be like drops in the water of the vast ocean, together creating ripples that cross boundaries and obstacles bigger than we can imagine on our own.
 
Sheri Bolitho
On Sunday March 10, we are delighted to welcome back Andrew Seal to share his water wise story with us. Andrew, his partner Sharon and some of their classmate recently had an article published for BBC News. Take a look!
 
 
 

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.
 
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!
Youth room painting happens tonight starting at 6:30 pm. Many youth hands will make light work! 
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 19, 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.

EMBRACING THE SPIRIT

Rob Dalgleish, Executive Director of EDGE, says the growth of Embracing the Spirit, a Mission & Service program, demonstrates that there is an appetite across the church to experiment with new forms of worship and ministry. Embracing the Spirit is a Mission & Service program, learning network, and innovation fund.

As Dalgleish notes: “People sometimes ask me, ‘What do art shows or cooking classes have to do with church?’ I tell them it’s about loving your neighbour and the neighbourhood. Changing lives for the better, whether economically, socially, environmentally, or through more traditional spiritual practices, is an act of love. It’s an expression of the abundant life that was Jesus’ purpose. Through our own deepening discipleship, it becomes an opportunity to introduce people to who Jesus is and the way he invites us to walk.”

The Embracing the Spirit learning network consists of more than 300 people receiving guidance from more than 80 mentors. These mentors include retired professionals who are willing to lend their skills and expertise to help others. Another part of the program is the Social Innovation Challenge, where participants can develop a concept, discover new partners, and compete for start-up funding. There have been 11 Social Innovation Challengesso far, which bring a spiritual bottom line to entrepreneurship.

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.

CORE CELEBRATION CONCERT
Sunday evening, March 10 at 7pm.
Our featured musicians and speaker this evening are Harmony through Harmony. HtH began in October 2009, to see what could happen when a love of making music was combined with a growing heart for hurting and oppressed people. They are motivated by Christ's mission to "Preach good news to the poor, ...proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed." (Luke 4:18). HtH invites its participants on a journey of discovery. Through music making and break-out discussions, they explore and express what each thinks, believes and values. They discuss current events, books, articles, the Bible, other media, and the lyrics of the music. In the process, thy  discover how to become "voices for the voiceless" - to sing out and speak up on behalf of those who currently are silent or not heard. 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.   
Your Hosts:
Darrel Janz, host
CORE Celebration Choir
Brent Krawchuk, pianist
Donna Holoboff, organist
Jason Erhardt, director
 For more information:
Call 403-796-3603, email info@corecelebration.com or visit our website at http://www.corecelebration.org.

CALGARY WEST CHRISTIAN WOMEN’S CLUB
Tuesday, March 12, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
WESTGATE COMMUNITY HALL 4943 – 8 Ave. SW
Special Feature and Inspirational Singer
Speaker – Karen Jelfs-Totten from Balcarres, Sask. 
$8 for bottomless coffee and goodies - Info Call Lois Tetley 403 249 3994

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. 

WRITING OURSELVES HOME
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
NEED AN ANNOUNCEMENT IN THE BULLETIN, MESSENGER OR POWERPOINT? email the office at 
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Alberta & Northwest Conference: www.anwconf.com
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