Greetings friends,
As we approach Thanksgiving Sunday on October 13th, I find my heart full to the brim and my eyes welling up with some tears. I am in such awe of your generosity and kindness through the baby shower you threw for Michelle, myself and baby (name redacted). Your generosity enables us to furnish a nursery and ensure that this little baby has a tremendous start to its life and that we can sleep a little easier as parents.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your well wishes, prayers, personable gifts and gifts of wealth.  We are truly blessed.
However, I have one more request to make of you before Thanksgiving. On October 13th we are collecting items that have been listed on an insert in your bulletins. These will go to Sonshine Centre and Brenda’s House. I would challenge you to bring those items to church in the spirit and generosity that you have shown our family. We are capable of great things, and through this food drive we have the opportunity to set up our siblings in humanity for success.
Just as you have set up baby (name redacted), Michelle and I up for success. May we also bring this spirit and desire to benefit good folks at Sonshine Centre and Brenda’s House. With thankful hearts, let’s make a difference.
With gratitude,
Rev. Eric
Reader:                                   Eloise W
Prayer Leader:                        Lorna R-P
Power Point:                           Betty C 
Sound Tech:                           Steve C
Children’s Ministry:                 Val P, Mike B.
Count:                                     Jim R, Sandy D, Louise M
Hospitality:                              Denise L & Jim M,
                                                Louise & Nils N, Margaret C,
                                                Roberta S, Louise M,
                                                Jeremy & Janet F & family
With great excitement - we would like EVERYONE to join us for a movie night outside! LION is based on the true story of Saroo Brierley who, at the age of 5, was separated from his family in India as he fell asleep on a train and woke up 1600 kilometers away from home.  Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories and unwavering determination he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home.

You bring the chairs and cozy blankets, we provide the movie and outdoor heaters! We have arranged for a very special dinner - There will be a food truck serving Syrian specialties (the best Shawarma) from 5:30 onward for those wanting to buy dinner before the movie. There will be popcorn and hot chocolate for sale at the concession! Bring a friend or neighbour to keep you warm!
Imagine packing up and leaving behind everything familiar to start a new life in a new country with a new language. New Canadian Kid follows Nick, a young boy from Homeland, as he navigates a new school, tries to forge new friendships, and become fluent with the customs of Canada. Starring Woodcliff United Church youth and children! Tickets will be available for purchase in the narthex starting this Sunday and during the week from the office. New Canadian Kid is appropriate for all ages and runs approximately 40 minutes, each of the two performances will be unique with special musical guests adding to the entertainment. Invite friends and family for this special event celebrating the work of Outreach and Global Festival.
Only two spots left to join Freda for a day of fun and learning. Freda will be guiding the group through six hours of stitching. Lunch will be provided! Contact the office or sign up in the Narthex soon to reserve a remaining spot!
It's back! Sign up to host or to be a guest starting this Sunday. For more info contact Rhonda.
Thank you to everyone who made the trip last Saturday to Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park and a special thank you to those who drove! 
Woodcliff’s Journey for Common Ground
Information to increase our knowledge of Indigenous Peoples
Making Treaty 7: Indigenous Art Exhibition
Arts Commons
205 8 Ave SE, Calgary
October – December 2019
Calgary Central Library
800 3 St SE, Calgary
December 2019
For More Information:

Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society Presents:
Myanistyipiksiiks - meaning "Many Little Birds."

Synopsis: In a single, life-changing moment, lead character Danny finds himself in this middle place – in limbo between the Spirit World and the life he has known. With the stars and midnight blue sky on one side of Highway 509 and sunshine colours of the morning on the other... Danny remembers the story his grandfather told him as a young child and wonders if Napi is coming to take him to the other side.
Date: Thursday, Oct 10, 2019 - Friday, Oct18, 2019 at 7:30pm
Location: The Grand - 608 1 St SW, Calgary, Alberta T2P 1M7
Cost: $35
For more information and for tickets:

Indigenous Voices Showcase
The multi-genre standard bearers of contemporary Indigenous writing – and cuisine, thanks to the participation of Chef Shane M. Chartrand (each guest will be welcomed with a taste from his new cookbook tawâw) — come together to share their current work and engage in a wide-ranging conversation with The Next Chapter’s Shelagh Rogers.
Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2019 from 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Location: Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall,
Central Library, 800 - 3rd Street SE, Calgary, AB
Cost: $35
For more information and for tickets:
Wordfest and ProArts Society : Harold R. Johnson and Richard Van Camp
This free weekly series, featuring artists from every discipline in one of Calgary’s oldest churches, is one of our favourite opportunities to enable new audiences to experience our Imaginairium authors in an intimate, illuminating venue. And oh, what a memorable pairing of compelling Indigenous storytellers this will be. Hosted by Aubrey Hanson. 
Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2019 @ 12:10 pm
Location: Cathedral Church of the Redeemer, 604 1 St SE, Calgary, AB
Cost: Free
For more information and for tickets:
Wordfest Presents Bob Joseph
Shelagh Rogers, the host of CBC Radio’s The Next Chapter, sits down with Bob Joseph to talk about the Indian Act, and why every Canadian needs to understand its repercussions if reconciliation with Canada’s Indigenous Peoples is to become a reality. Every business and community leader and every Calgarian, young or old, needs to hear this highly sought-after public speaker who has generously distilled a very broad and difficult topic into a practical vision for moving forward. The Hillhurst Right Relations Circle will be attending this event instead of having their usual Circle. Hope to see you there.
Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2019 from 5:00 - 6:15 pm
Location: Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall,
Central Library, 800 - 3rd Street SE, Calgary, AB
Cost: $20
For more information and for tickets:

For all sorts of happenings and information check out Hillhurst's latest Right Relations newsletter:
Plans are underway for a great year! 
Sheri and Nicole are gearing up for our Church school season,
Registration is ongoing and  forms can be filled out both this Sunday and next. Forms need to be updated annually, so please complete a new one so we can keep our records up to date. If you have any questions about the Children's program at Woodcliff Please contact Sheri. If you have any questions about the youth program, please contact Nicole. We look forward to welcoming you for the first time, the first time in a long time or again after our summer adventures.

This week in Sunday School:
We will continue to work on our art projects for the Global Festival Art Show. 
Also: reminder that there will be no youth group this Sunday.
Sign up to volunteer for children's ministry or candle lighting here:
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 October 15, 2019 .

To have names placed on the confidential Prayer Chain List please contact the prayer chain at or 403-246-9384. 

Pick up a request form at the Church to arrange for a prayer shawl presentation.

Contact the church office to help us acknowledge the life situations of our congregants.


From January 28 to February 10, 2018, a group of youth leaders travelled to Nepal to see Mission & Service ecumenical partner Canadian Foodgrains Bank at work. The Rev. Janet Jones was one of the United Church leaders on the trip. Here, she shares her reflection on the impact of support from Canadian Foodgrains Bank:

“We gathered with moms and their children and learned about the nutrition and child growth monitoring programs [and] other purposeful things they do together. We heard meaningful stories of children recovering from malnourishment, sometimes in three months, because of the programs offered. What’s best is that community members are trained and lead the programs.

“How do we put an end to hunger? Share collective knowledge and skills with each other, support and give care when needed, and share the global stories so we can realize we really are all the same. These projects focus on providing seeds, tools, and training to communities working toward self-sustainability. They’re able to feed their families through their own farming and sell the extra produce in creating income and savings.”

Mission & Service support is helping these communities thrive.

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.

AFTER the 10-year plan to end homelessness in Calgary (2008-2018), what has been learned, what is working, what is still to be done, where do we go from here on homelessness??Come and hear Diana Krecsy of the Calgary Homeless Foundation provide answers, projections, hopes.  October 19, 9 a.m. at the Kirby Centre, 1133 - 7 Ave. SW.  All welcome.

Cantaré Children’s Choir is honoured to invite you and your congregation to our concert “Out of this World” which takes place on Saturday October 19 at 7:30pm at Knox United Church [506 – 4 Street SW] and kicks off our concert season.  “Out of this World” will explore themes of citizenship and world building and the role music has to play in creating a more wonderful community. 
Tickets for this concert go on sale on Tuesday October 2 and can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets (

In support of Sonshine Centre
October 24, 2019
Safari Lodge, Calgary Zoo
Tickets are $150.00 and dress code is black and white.
For more information call 403-705-3485 or visit

Saturday, Nov. 9, Parkdale United Church
Loneliness and isolation are part of the landscape for our young adult population. Join the Campus Ministry as we enjoy a Syrian meal, hear from Dr. David Swann on this topic and hear from the Campus Ministry team on what we are doing about it. There will be a silent auction and an opportunity to support the ministry. 5:30 Tickets $35 or $20 for 12 and under thy telephone (403-220-3896) or at our website:
5010 Spruce Drive SW T3C 3B2

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