This coming Sunday is Mother's Day. It is a day to honour our mothers and all those who have cared for us in mothering roles, regardless of gender. Mother's Day is also an opportunity for us to imagine the mothering side of God. One of my favourite mothering images for God is found in Matthew 23:37 where Jesus says: How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings.
For some reason this passage always makes me think of one particular woman, gathering her chicks under her strong, protective wing. This woman was a client who depended on the food cupboard in a church where I worked many years ago as their outreach minister. She was very quiet and unassuming. She would come in with her walker and sit quietly until someone noticed her and came to find me. She came hoping to get a few groceries. We would head to the emergency food cupboard that the church kept stocked. She made her choices, including diapers and formula for her great-grandchild, who lived with her. Her walker overflowing, she would set out for her long walk home.
She is a First Nations woman. She and her family live in run down housing that is the best she can afford on her disability pension. She looks after two of her great-grandchildren.  Several of her grandchildren also live with her off and on. She is the core strength that holds her family together. She does not tolerate drinking or drugs. She encourages her grandchildren to finish their schooling and to get jobs. She is the one the family comes to when trouble hits. This woman has a strong faith. Every morning she rises with the sun to greet the day and pray. Every evening, as the sun sets, she give thanks for the blessings of the day. Even in the face of the continual struggle to make ends meet she is cheerful and grounded.
This woman spent many years of her childhood in a residential school. One day as we walked across the hardwood floor of the church hall she said, “Every time I see this floor I am reminded of scrubbing the floor on my hands and knees at the school.” It was the punishment for a multitude of things. In addition, she suffered abuse in that school. She showed me the scars left from the beatings so many years ago. She has health issues to this day rooted in her time there. Surviving made her strong.
It made her the mother hen that her family depends on. She is one of the many reminders in my life not to take people at face value. Her wisdom is hidden to many, who only see a bent over old woman with a walker loaded with grocery bags hanging from every handle and don’t know her hidden beauty. For me, she is the face of God.
Today let us celebrate our God as a strong mother, offering us strength and love. Let us celebrate all who mother, regardless of gender, in the face of challenges and obstacles. Thanks be to God!

Rev. Debbie

Sun. May 20                            Rev. Grant Dawson
Sun. May 27                            Rev. Debbie Stockdale
Sun. June 3                             Rev. Debbie Stockdale
Sun. June 10                           Rev. Clint Mooney
Sun. June 17                           Rev. Debbie Stockdale
Sun. June 24                           Intergenerational Worship with all Ministers

Our soon to be minister, Rev. Eric Pagé and his wife Michelle are working on securing a rental property in Calgary and are wondering if anyone in the congregation might have any leads on rental accommodations. They are hoping for the following: 1-2 bedrooms, 1+ bathroom, heat and hot water included; parking; pet friendly (they have a cat); in suite laundry. If you know of a suitable rental please be in contact with the church office.

Strawberry Social – Wednesday, May 16th, 2018
The Women of Woodcliff invite you to join them at their third annual Strawberry Social. There will be angel food cake with strawberries and ice cream, along with the opportunity to visit. The whole congregation is invited to this tea from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Lower Hall.  Please feel welcome to bring guests. There will be a sign-up sheet at the information station so that we have some idea of numbers. Hope to see you there.

                        DO YOU LIKE TO PAINT?                             
                                   DO YOU LIKE TO GARDEN??                                 
Then come to our Woodcliff Church Spring Clean-up Party!   
We are hosting this incredible event on Saturday, June 2, 2018, starting at 9:00 a.m.
We have a station to suit everyone's interests.  We need painters to spruce up the Sunday School rooms.  We need gardeners to move mulch and spruce up our gardens.  We need cleaners to spruce up our kitchen.  And we welcome anyone who would like to help us clean up a lot of little jobs around the church.  There will even be a surprise task here and there. 
We will provide coffee and munchies.  And there are door prizes!  And lots of fellowship and laughter!  We hope you can join us in getting Woodcliff shiny for the spring and summer months. 
                                                                                    - the Property Committee

We are always looking for beautiful photos to use for our Sunday services and bulletin covers. If you have any photos you would be willing to share, please forward them to Charlotte at

Thank you to those of you who have donated bikes to help our community family! We are still looking for one medium sized bike. If you might have a bike to donate, please contact the office or Susan Plesuk. Thank you!
Sonshine Community Services
Sonshine is looking for two dressers in good condition for two different apartments, preferably at least six/nine drawer for the larger Mom rooms.  If you are able to donate and deliver please contact Lise Blanchette at  403.705.3490 or 

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 Lorna at or Ron at Next gathering is May 15, 2018.

Children's ministry volunteers - it's time to sign up for opportunities for 2018! Please use the following link to find available spaces to help and to sign up. Thank you!

VBS is coming to Woodcliff this summer from July 16-20th and we are looking for donations to help set the scene:
Tan coloured carpet scraps, beach toys, plastic table cloths in tropical colours. If you have any of these items to donate, please be in contact with Sheri.

Camp Kasota West
Summer camps for children and youth. Information available on the downstairs bulletin board, on the web site, or by phoning 403-275-3636.

Choir practice runs Thursday evenings starting at 7:30 pm.
New voices always welcome!


Next meeting: May 19, 2018. 

Come join us for coffee in the Edworthy Lounge anytime after 10:00am!
To have names placed on the confidential Prayer Chain List please contact the prayer chain at
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.
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.

A Life of Giving in Action

ur gifts for Mission & Service support overseas personnel like Catherine Christie. We give thanks for their calling and for their giving hearts!

At a recent worship service where Catherine was preaching, she declared, “Here is your Mission & Service giving in action!”

A Bedford, Nova Scotia, native, Catherine recently returned to Canada after many years in Korea serving with the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea (PROK) and the National Council of Churches in Korea (NCCK). Among other tasks, she assisted with English-language communication work to facilitate relationships between the PROK and its partner churches around the world.

The PROK has a central focus on working for justice for all, particularly for those most vulnerable and those who are marginalized; gender justice; justice for the earth; reconciliation and reunification of the divided Korean people; and peace for the Korean peninsula, the Northeast Asia region, and the wider world. Deeply committed to the international ecumenical movement, Catherine worked within the PROK in active solidarity with some 30 partner churches and organizations.

Catherine has a deep passion for the reunification of Korea. She has also been a strong voice for female empowerment in Korea. These two passions led her to participate in a walk in the demilitarized zone between the North and South of Korea with other women activists to illustrate the need for connection between the two regions to bring justice to the entire Korean society. We are thankful that, through Mission & Service, overseas personnel like Catherine have been given the ability to inspire and empower.

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.

Project Ploughshares
Are you concerned about the world? Ploughshares Calgary and Calgary Assoc. of Lifelong Learners invite you to a Community Conference.  “CHALLENGES OF PEACE AND WAR”, Sat. May 5, 9.30 to 3.30pm, Varsity Acres Presbyterian Church 4612 Varsity Dr. Keynote address: Rob Huebert, Assoc. Prof of Political Science, U of C: “A return to power politics? What does it mean for international peace and security?’ Panel: distinguished representatives of CN Armed Forces, Mennonite Central Comm., Mt Royal University, Ploughshares. Catered lunch. Film “In Pursuit of Peace” (conflict transformation professionals working in ‘hot spots’). $25. To register on-line: or by  email: . All welcome.


JOIN US for a Folk night with Barry Luft and Diminished Fifth
7:30pm  Saturday May 12
At Lakeview United Church 3023 - 63 AVENUE S.W. CALGARY 
Sponsored by KAIROS Calgary A Place to Call Home to raise funds for Calgary Homeless Foundation toward Bankview Apartment Mortgage. The evening will include an Art Sale by Residents. 
TICKETS $25 - AVAILABLE ONLINE AT GENEROUS TICKETS  BIT.LY/GT-KAIROS                                                     
Unison Festival
May 18 to 21, 2018 at the Bella Concert Hall, Mount Royal University.
The Unison Festival (Festival Unisson) is a Canadian LGBTQ2 choral festival that brings together choirs from across Canada every 4 years for a non-competitive celebration of choral music in queer community. The opening ceremony and concert Friday night features host choirs Calgary Men's Chorus; One Voice Chorus; and BarberEllas.

Save the date:
Friday, May 25, 2018 - Concert of Hope (at Centre Street Church)
Tickets go on sale April 13 through Centre Street Church's website: 
For more information: call 403-796-3603, email or visit our website at


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