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Happy New Year!
 
On January 6th we celebrate to arrival of the Wisemen, they come bearing gifts and traveling far. The children and youth spent last Sunday lesson learning about that journey and also did a comparison exercise: what gifts would be brought to baby Jesus now? The treasures of wealth in gold and the good health brought forward by frankincense and myrrh. What would baby Jesus need in our world? The kids came up with ideas on their own of things like kindness, hope, peace - and there was LOTS of love, and maybe a Nintendo switch. What gifts do you bring of yourself to Jesus this new year? 
 
In addition to this, the Outreach committee gifted the children and youth with $500 each to choose gifts to give the world through the gifts with vision catalogue. With great joy and excitement the children flipped through the catalogues reminding me of myself many years ago flipping through the Sears catalogue circling my Christmas wishes. There was giggling, happiness and delight at the idea of building a school or helping provide a spot to chop vegetables. There was also pride and hope as the children imagined what a backpack of school supplies or a warm coat would be like if that wasn't a part of their daily lives. We are filled with gratitude to outreach for this beautiful gift. I am so proud of the kids for their selections and hopeful hearts that they are doing good in the world. You can see some of their notes on the bulletin board in the Narthex 
 
Both the children and youth are keenly aware of the world around them and see that there are so many people to help in the world. With gratitude for the gifts with vision money the desire to help others in dire need grows deep in our hearts. The youth see in social media and online the devastating impact of the fires in Australia and seek ways to support that community in all ways possible. We are not close enough to offer shelter from falling ash or water to thirsty animals but we can call out for help. Help us pray for rain and relief. The youth penned a letter to moderator Richard Bott, and sent it this week. The letter is attached below. The letter is a call to action, a call to support the people of Australia with financial donations. The youth will make the same ask of you on Sunday. A call to do what you can to provide hope and love and relief to the nation of Australia.
 
We are a hopeful group, in our everyday we can see the good in others even when it feels like the world is stumbling around us. Our God is a good God, who loves us and wants for us to share joys and love and hope with each other and with the world. In 2020 what will you bring to the baby that will bring those to life?  
 
May good health and warm love surround you in all of your days...and may the joy of circling things in a catalogue be yours as you share what you can with the world that we live in. 
 
Sheri
Candle Lighter:                        Lily A
Reader:                                   Gwen L                               
Prayer Leader:                        Myrl E     
Power Point:                           Betty C             
Sound Tech:                           Steve C
Children’s Ministry:                 Allison 
Count:                                     Stuart and Jo, Eloise W
Hospitality:                              Allan M, Tina B, Kevin & Allison M,
                                               Pamela D, George, Lily & Lauren A,
                                               Sue A, Linda K
We are currently looking for folks who would like to read Scripture, lead the prayers of the People and to assist with serving communion. The way in which you may sign up is through SignUp.com.  Please see the instructions below:
 
To sign up for the Reader and Prayer Leader ministries, please click on the link below.
 
https://signup.com/go/dKZCuxi
Woodcliff’s Journey for Common Ground
Information to increase our knowledge of Indigenous Peoples
 
Last Spring Woodcliff’s Outreach Committee decided to embark on a journey of learning about our Indigenous brothers and sisters. The Journey for Common Ground sub-committee is committed to providing our congregation with a variety of opportunities  to expand our awareness and knowledge. Please direct questions, suggestions or comments    June Kirk at junekirk1@shaw.ca or Susan Plesuk at susplesuk@shaw.ca.
 
Upcoming events:
Woodcliff United Church: Lunch and Learn
Sunday, February 23
Film: The Sacred Relationship explores how reconciling the relationship between Aboriginal people and the rest of Canada can lead to healthier water. Water is sacred in Indigenous culture- it is in ceremony and it gives life. Elders from around Alberta teach that water  must be respected because “what we do to water we do to ourselves”.
Please join the Outreach Committee for this lunch and learn as we continue on the Journey for Common Ground.
 
Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society’s 2nd Annual Indigenous Art Exhibit
January 7, 14, 21 - Window Galleries. Arts Commons
 
Do you have extra board games at home you are not using anymore or you have outgrown? Our Children and Youth Ministry leaders are looking for some games to add to our growing library. If you have one or two to part with you can bring them to church and leave them in the middle office or talk to Sheri or Nicole.
Sign up to volunteer for children's ministry or candle lighting here:
While walking on the street one night in a small town in Canada, Scott Jones, a gay musician, is attacked and paralyzed from the waist down; what follows is a brave and fragile journey of healing and the transformation of a young man’s life. From the first raw moments in the hospital to a disquieting trip back to the place he was attacked, Scott is constantly faced with the choice of losing himself in waves of grief or embracing love over fear. Directed by Laura Marie Wayne, and filmed over three years by Scott’s close friend, Love, Scott is an intimate and visually evocative window into queer experience, set against a stunning score by Sigur Rós.
Laura Marie Wayne grew up in Wildwood and attended Wildwood Elementary School in the ‘80’s. Who knew that she would become the director of a documentary film that had its North American premiere at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in April 2018 and was shown at the Calgary Film Festival that same year!
Laura had been studying documentary film production in Cuba in 2013 when she learned that her friend Scott had been seriously assaulted in Nova Scotia. Laura flew immediately to be at his hospital bedside and while she was with him, Scott suggested that she do a documentary about what had happened to him. It took Laura three years.
Now a National Film Board documentary, Woodcliff United Church is thrilled to have the opportunity to show this movie.
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, our support group is for you.  We meet on the first and third Tuesdays of the month from 1:30 to 3:00 pm at Woodcliff United Church. Open to all, no charge, no registration required.
For more information, please contact the church office. Next gathering is January 21, 2020. 

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 meeting: January 12 after worship.

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.
 

HOLDING SPACE FOR LIFE

Our gifts for Mission & Service support community ministries to hold space for those who otherwise would be lost and unknown.

A simple candle is lit in the chapel at First United Church in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. The gathering on unceded Coast Salish traditional territory is acknowledged. We honour a community member who has died from drug poisoning. There have been too many.

People in our neighborhood have come for many reasons. In spite of living on or below poverty incomes, in inadequate housing or rough on the street, they have made this community their home. In a relatively small footprint of land, people know and care deeply for one another. Today the church opens its doors to hold space for affirming life.

Across Canada, more than 12,800 opioid-related deaths occurred between January 2016 and March 2019. Eighty-two percent of accidental opioid-related deaths involved fentanyl or fentanyl analogues. Likely every church and community that reads this Minute for Mission has been affected by drug poisoning. Vancouver’s inner city has been profoundly shaken by this pandemic. Public education, access to harm reduction supplies, and safe consumption sites have begun to slowly reduce the numbers. We advocate for change in drug policy, increased housing, easier access to treatment facilities, and more supports for those who struggle with mental illness.

On this day we honour a person much loved in the community. Your support for Mission & Service allows First United and other community ministries to continue a ministry of seeking justice and holding space for life.

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.

CALGARY WEST CHRISTIAN WOMEN’S CLUB
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Westgate Community Hall 4943 – 8 Ave. SW

Emma Gordon of Master Chocolat teaches us about chocolate
Motivational Speaker – Ruth Johnstone of Leduc, Alberta
$8 for bottomless coffee and goodies
Info Call Lois Tetley 403 249 3994
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Website
5010 Spruce Drive SW T3C 3B2
403-249-3121
NEED AN ANNOUNCEMENT IN THE BULLETIN, MESSENGER OR POWERPOINT? email the office at 
office@woodcliffunited.com

wucprayerchain@gmail.com
woodcliffkids@gmail.com
youthwuc@gmail.com

Please add us in your address book.
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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