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November 30, 2018
Woodcliff will be hosting a “Blue Christmas” service on December 20th at 6:30PM. It is meant to be a compassionate and intimate gathering of worshippers.  I believe that we can recognize that the Christmas season is not happy or life-giving for all people.  The purpose of a Blue Christmas service is to share love and support with those of us who feel like the holidays are a heavy blanket, keeping us suppressed and unable to fully engage with our friends and family.
 
I want to note that this Blue Christmas service will not be a “cure all”.  Nor is this service meant to transform blues into someone who lives and breathes Christmas.  This service is one of solidarity. Where we can come together as human beings to show our support and compassion for those who have sought out this service. In having this worship service, we show that we acknowledge that the holidays are not perfect, and that we want to meet people where they are.
 
If you know of someone who may be interested in or may benefit from this service, please invite them to Woodcliff United Church on December 20th at 6:30PM.
There will be music, prayers, candles, video and reflections as we share our lives with one another.
Blessings,
Rev. Eric
Starting tomorrow and up until Christmas, our Advent Calendar will be ready to visit! Every day will unveil a new treasure. Please visit often and tell your friends and neighbours to do the same. Help us spread, Hope, Peace, Joy and Love into the community this season.
As part of the calendar project, we will be collecting hats for the Drop In Centre on December 5th and non-perishable food items for the Food Bank on December 20th. These items can be left in the appropriate day's drawer of the calendar on the front lawn. Thank you!
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Fall Celebration Dinner. Good food! Good fun! Good fellowship! A special thank you to the turkey roasters, potato and carrot makers, and all the helpers who made the dinner such a huge success.
Renewals for the 2019 Observer are now due. Please use the white Observer envelopes available at the back of the sanctuary. Make cheques available to Woodcliff United Church with ‘Observer’ on the memo line. The cost is $25.00 per year. If you do not wish to renew or have any questions, please contact Mary Anne Christie.
We need dozens of cookies for Christmas Eve. If you can help supply nut free holiday cookies, please sign up in the Narthex or speak to Sheri.
Kelly Scott will be holding a quick workshop/refresher course for those who volunteer in the media room on Sunday December 16 at 11:15am. If you are on the list currently or would like to be added to the volunteer roster, please plan on attending this short but important class.
There will be a Blue Christmas service on Thursday December 20 at 6:30pm here at Woodcliff. This is a service of comfort for those who struggle during the holiday season.
Yoga continues in the nursery Tuesdays at 10:00 am. Classes will continue until December 11 and return again in mid-January.
Drop In participants are welcome!
Arnold will be available this Sunday before and after worship if anyone would like to purchase tickets as Christmas Gifts.
We will hold our monthly meeting on Saturday, December 15th when we will hear from co-chair Janet Wilson, an update on Woodcliff’s Affirming exploration process. Discussion to follow.
We are eager to have new faces join us; for you busy young fathers, it’s a chance to escape on a Saturday morning for an hour!
Note new start time: 10:00 am. Coffee and muffins will be provided.
Please use the following link to sign up as a volunteer for our Children's Ministry program. Thank you!
 
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 each 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 December 4.

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 December 16, 2018.

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.
Advent Gift Card Tree for Brenda’s House and Sonshine Centre
(transitional housing for families facing homelessness & temporary housing for women & their children fleeing domestic abuse) 
Giving gift cards to these families enables them to purchase gifts for their children at Christmas or throughout the year. Please place a cash or gift card donation in the box in the foyer. For every donation an ornament will be added to our tree. During the week, donations may be left in the office or placed in an envelope and slipped under the door. Gift cards, in any amount, from local businesses such as Superstore, Safeway, Shoppers Drug Mart, Wal-Mart, or even movie passes would be suitable. We hope the tree in the foyer is full of ornaments by Dec 25!
Cash donations will be used by these agencies for special outings for the children such swimming at a city pool, a trip to the zoo etc. or gift cards as needed. 
* only cash donations of $20 or more are eligible for a tax receipt from Woodcliff
Looking for a meaningful Christmas gift? Have someone that is hard to buy for? Consider purchasing a gift card to support the Habitat for Humanity Interfaith build. Eight unique cards are available in denominations from $10.00 to $150.00 and help purchase needed supplies to build homes for those in need.

BAKERY BLESSINGS

In China, the Amity Foundation offers programs for people on the margins—people like Zhou Jian, a 34-year-old baker who has been working at the Amity Bakery since it opened in 2007. As a child, Zhou Jian was placed in an institution where he stayed until 2004, when he was given the opportunity to live at Amity Foundation’s Home of Blessings for those who are developmentally challenged. When he arrived at the home at age 21, he did not understand the concept of words or numbers. Slowly, under the loving care of Amity teachers, he mastered these skills. Zhou Jian was then ready to take on another challenge by working in the bakery. He has grown in skill to become one of the main bakers.

Zhou Jian is constantly learning new techniques, proudly mastering each new challenge. He displays so much pride in the mouth-watering baked goods he produces that he has become the face of the Amity Bakery. His smiling face can now be seen on billboards and posters around China!

At the Amity Foundation’s 30th anniversary celebration in 2015, it was Zhou Jian who welcomed everyone and invited the guests to taste the cake that he and the other bakers had so lovingly prepared. We are thankful for the loving way that the Amity Foundation offers developmentally challenged individuals like him the opportunity to live out their passion for creating and learning. As we live out our faith of loving our neighbour, we do so in celebration of Mission & Service global partners like Amity Foundation.

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.

Renaissance Singers and Players present: A Christmas Pilgrimage
Sunday Dec. 2 at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church (1121 14 Ave SW) Preshow talk at 7:00pm. Concert at 7:30pm. Tickets $25.00/$20.00 seniors/students. Available at brownpapertickets.com
 
One Accord Choir Concert
Please join us for our winter concert on Dec 10th at 7.30pm here at Woodcliff. Admission by donation. Treats in the basement following the concert.
 
86 Scouts Wilderness First Aid
The 86 Scout group offering Wilderness First Aid training on January 11 from 6-10pm and Jan.12 from 8am – 5pm in the Woodcliff Lower Hall. There are spots available for anyone from the congregation who might be interested in this opportunity. The course cost is $225.00. Please connect with the office if you would like more information.
 
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