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January 25, 2018
I am going to be referencing the Kids in the Hall sketch “Things to Do” in this week’s sermon on the Wedding in Cana. It may not seem like an obvious illustration at first, but it provides a glimpse into how I’m going to approaching the text and message on Sunday.  I have included the link below for the sketch.
   
Take a look at the video and wonder what it may have to do with the reflection. Often times we get so bogged down with what we have to do, or what is expected of us that we forego the world around us. This is not a condemnation, but a call to be aware of the hundreds of things we each have going on in our lives. Sometimes our “To Do” lists get so long that there is seemingly no end to the tasks we must accomplish. In this way, the “To Do” lists become measures of worth and our successes as human beings. We have all been there before, and it is not a fun place to be in.
 
Sometimes we have to prioritize what is most important on those lists and therefore make some tasks more important than others. There is some degree of necessity to do so. However, that Jesus guy isn’t always about what is conventional. Take some time to reflect on the “lists” we have in our lives. Perhaps take stock of where most of our time and checklist items go to. Note what often gets pushed further down the list.  I’m not saying to tear up those “To Do” lists. Nor am I saying that your priorities aren’t important. Rather, I think we just need to assess what we deem conventional, what society deems as conventional and what we are called to fulfill as followers of Christ.
 
In gratitude,
Rev. Eric
All women are welcome at all WOW programs. Come to them all or just to the ones that pique your interest. Our first program will be on Monday, January 28th, at 7:15 p.m. (see details directly below).  After that, there are speakers or activities scheduled monthly, usually on the fourth Monday but please watch this space for changes.
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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 February 5, 2019 .

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 February 17, 2019.

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.

LOVE WHAT YOU DO, DO WHAT YOU LOVE

Jennifer left home at age 16 and quit Grade 12 with only two months to go. But she enjoyed life, held a number of jobs, and had two long-term relationships.

Turning 30 for Jennifer was a milestone, so she made a 10-year plan. First, she wanted to get her Grade 12, and she did at age 32. Then she wanted to become a continuing care assistant (CCA). Not in the plan—a single mom when Paxton was born in 2012. Jennifer says, “It was the happiest day of my life so far!”

Jennifer knew she would end up on social assistance if she didn’t find a better way to support her son. She still wanted to take the CCA training, but searching for available help was a hard and discouraging process. Then she found Brunswick Street Mission in Halifax, Nova Scotia, a Mission & Service–supported community ministry. Agar, the volunteer coordinator of the Benevolent Program there, helped Jennifer create a budget and identify ways around the many barriers.

A local nursing home offered a scholarship, Brunswick Street Mission covered childcare expenses and a bus pass, and its clothing and food banks helped extend Jennifer’s tight budget. Throughout the months of training Agar called regularly. “He encouraged me so much,” Jennifer says. “I wouldn’t have made it without Agar!”

It’s been a long and often difficult and discouraging journey for Jennifer, but now she has graduated from the CCA program and has a full-time job! She says she loves her job, she knows she makes a difference for her patients, and she knows she is a good role model for her son.

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 playlistDownload the video here.

Talking Stick Healing Ceremony, on Sunday, January 27 at 1pm at Scarboro United Church (134 Scarboro Ave SW T3C 2H1).  
This is an opportunity for community and story-sharing in a safe environment, as we strive to live into right relations. There will be an Elder in attendance. Coffee, tea and refreshments to follow the ceremony. Ceremonies are held on the 4th Sunday of the month.
Please register with facilitator, Marilyn Shingoose at talkingstickhealing@gmail.com or 403-667-4863. Poster attached.  
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