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Greetings friends,
 
I pray this Messenger finds you in good health and spirits! This summer has been quite the season personally. From a move, to baby preparations and then to celebrating one year with you at Woodcliff United Church. As I stated when I got here, it is a blessing to be ministers with you in this place.
 
One way that we celebrate moments in our lives is by taking pictures that ensure that those experiences are remembered and memorialized through the art of photography. Over the summer, we have for taken part in activities, trips or visits that could be remembered through pictures. The staff had the great of idea of requesting that folks take pictures of where they are and send them into the office so we may add them to our “living” wall in the narthex so we may smile and remain connected in prayer and in spirit.
 
I would encourage you to take part in this fun and spiritual practice with the Woodcliff family. Please ensure pictures have been emailed to the following email by September 3rd  woodcliffphotos@gmail.com. The memories will be compiled for a special Welcome Back celebration on September 15th
 
Blessings,
Rev. Eric
Please join us Oct 18-20 in Canmore.
A block of rooms has been secured at the Pocaterra in Canmore. 
The Theme of the retreat is "A Breathe of Fresh Air, Spiritual Rejuvenation" and will be led by our own Sheri Bolitho. The activities will include group work, thoughtful conversation, meditative mild physical activity and art exploration, as well as time to explore the beauty and nature that Canmore provides.  
 
Any questions contact Sheri or Rhonda. 
Sign up in the Narthex. Spots are limited.
COST (based on double occupancy): 
2 night stay $ 250.00 all programming, 1 breakfast and lunch included. 
Will need to pay for dinners out of pocket
1 night stay $150.00  all programming, 1 breakfast and lunch included. 
Will need to pay for dinner out of pocket
Please make plans to join Outreach for a trip to Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park on Saturday October 5. The drive to Blackfoot Crossing is approximately 1 hour and we will carpool from Woodcliff. Cost is still to be determined. There will be special programming for children. Friends and family are welcome! Please sign up in the Narthex.
United Action for Justice (UAJ) focuses on the justice work of the United Church. UAJ shares worship and education resources, news from church ministries, networks, and partners, and opportunities for taking action locally and globally. 
 
Sign up for United Action for Justice's newsletter here!
  
There are many volunteer opportunities for all ages and abilities at Sonshine Centre.  Anyone interested or with questions should contact :
Whiley Eaglespeaker
Volunteer Coordinator 
403.705.3490 
Weaglespeaker@sonshine.ca
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 August 20, 2019 .

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. 

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.
 

CHRISTIAN-MUSLIM RELATIONS IN AFRICA

It seems more important than ever for the Christian church to foster intentional ecumenical and interfaith partnerships. The Programme for Christian-Muslim Relations in Africa (PROCMURA) is a pan-African Christian organization that was started in 1959 to build good relations between Christians and Muslims. It brings together communities of faith, in spite of their differences, to work together for justice, peace, and reconciliation.

Countries in Africa are advised to stay secular, says the Rev. Dr. Joseph Mutei, Programme Director of PROCMURA. “There is so much fighting happening these days, and religion has been the most divisive factor here, aside from economic factors.” While this is not unique to Africa, it is evident there that education is a key tool in fostering good relations for Africans. PROCMURA has partnered with St. Paul’s University in Nairobi, Kenya, to create a Master of Islam and Christian–Muslim Relations program. Mutei has a strong conviction that religious education such as this will lead to a deeper understanding of each other’s beliefs. He says, “education should be the foundation of what is happening around the country of Kenya and the continent of Africa.”

A visitor listening to the students in this program was moved by their enthusiasm for engaging in work they hoped would help others understand Christian–Muslim relations. Canadians have much to learn from this organization. We give thanks for the United Church’s partnership with PROCMURA through Mission & Service.

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.

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