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SEPTEMBER 7, 2018
This week I received correspondence from Calgary Presbytery and ANW Conference; both of which we are part of. However, these entities will cease to exist effective January 1st, 2019.
The email asked individuals to submit names for Region 3 (our new governing body). Many have been asked to submit a name and a reason why that name would be a good choice.
That got me thinking. What's in a name? What's the purpose of a name?  I guess am easy answer would be to go onto the internet and research where that name came from. But it's not that simple. There is baggage that comes with a name, but also a lot of promise.
We are Woodcliff United Church, in Region 3 part of the United Church of Canada. What has that meant? What will that mean as we live into our future?
Blessings,
Rev. Eric
Please use the following link to access Woodcliff's Time, Talents and Treasures Survey. The information helps direct programming and helps the nominations committee with their work for Council. Thank you!
 
We will resume regular get-togethers on the fourth Monday monthly. Here is an outline of fall programming. Watch for more details as the dates draw nearer.
On Saturday September 29, 2018, visual artists from the Woodcliff congregation are invited to display and sell their paintings, drawings and photographs.  Choir members will be performing throughout the day. Please mark your calendars for September 29th.  Proceeds from the Art Sale will go towards the Woodcliff United Church music program. For those members of Woodcliff that are Artists wishing to participate in the Choir Art Show, registration forms & detailed information is now available in the Church Office. Please contact Charlotte.
Please use the following link to sign up as a volunteer for our Children's Ministry program. Thank you!
 
WOODCLIFF DEMENTIA CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP
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 the office. Next gathering is September 18, 2018 
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WOODCLIFF PRAYER CHAIN
To have names placed on the confidential Prayer Chain List please contact the prayer chain at wucprayerchain@gmail.com

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.
 
SONSHINE COMMUNITY CENTRE
Sonshine Centre is currently recruiting volunteers for a variety of roles to support the women and families residing at Sonshine. If this interests you, please contact Lise Blanchette, Coordinator of Volunteers, to learn more.  403.705.3490  Lblanchette@sonshine.ca
Windows and doors are scheduled to be delivered on Sept. 17.  The contractor is expected to be on site starting the week of Sept. 17.

If you have questions about the project contact Steve Crosby at sccrosby51@gmail.com.

TRAINING EFFECTIVE LEADERS

Our gifts for Mission & Service support theological training at seven schools across Canada and three education centres.

In the beautiful south end of Halifax, Nova Scotia, there is a small university whose commitment is to “serve Christ’s mission by shaping effective and faithful ordained and lay leaders and understanding among communities of faith.” The Atlantic School of Theology (AST) was formed in 1971 through the joint vision and forward thinking of its three founding parties—the United, Anglican, and Roman Catholic Churches of Canada. The school is located on the site of Pine Hill Divinity Hall, which had provided theological education since 1878. Thanks to its board of governors, faculty, and staff, and the support of the three founding parties, Atlantic School of Theology continues to train, support, and prepare leaders to face the unique challenges of ministry in the 21st century.

Kim Curlett is a candidate for ordination in the United Church and a Master of Divinity student. “AST was my first choice for theological education because of its commitment to ecumenism and interfaith dialogue,” she says. “To me, effective leadership in the church today means that we are not only able to educate and care for our local congregation, but that we are also able to engage with our neighbours outside the church walls with respect and a deep sense that we are all children of God. It is with this understanding that we are truly able to be Christ’s hands and hearts in the world.” Mission & Service makes theological education for students, clergy, and lay worship leaders possible. Thank you for your generous support.

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.


CALGARY WEST CHRISTIAN WOMEN’S CLUB
Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Westgate Community Hall 4943 – 8 Ave. SW
For information – phone Lois 403-249-3994
Whitney Chan of Sipology – “Teas Around the World”
Speaker – Dorothy Sessa, Calgary – “The Turning Point”
Only $8 for bottomless coffee and goodies.

WAB KINEW AT WORDFEST
Tuesday September 25th, 2018
Bella Concert Hall 4825 Mt Royal
Wab Kinew presents a tribute to historic and modern-day Indigenous heroes. Wab Kinew is a musician and former journalist who is now an elected Member of the Legislative Assembly and head of the Manitoba New Democratic Party. He was associate vice-president for Indigenous Affairs at the University of Winnipeg, worked in television in the U.S. and Canada, and is the author of the award-winning memoir, The Reason You Walk. Kinew is a member of the Midewin and an honorary witness for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
 
AMY BISHOP CONCERT
Friday, September 28th, at 7:00pm
Woodcliff United Church. 
Looking for an evening of great music?  Chapters F and M of the P.E.O. Sisterhood are co-hosting a fund-raising concert featuring Amy Bishop. Tickets are $25.00 and all proceeds support educational opportunities for women.  Contact Mary Jane Holberton at 403-408-6674 for tickets.

ARBI 40th REUNION
September 22, 2018 from 1:00-4:00pm  at 3412 Spruce Dr SW
RSVP at www.arbi.ca/40th
As many of our congregation know, ARBI (Association for the Rehabilitation of the Brain Injured) had its first home in the basement of our church. This association came about as a result of the brain injury of Mel Laine, son of Alice, who was an active member of our congregation.  She and her friend, Audrey Morrice, began this association to assist others as well as Mel in recovery from brain injury.
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
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Find more information about the wider Church at:
Calgary Presbytery: www.calgaryunited.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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