March 15, 2019
It was only a few days. I remember as a child a period of time when we had a boil water advisory. It was annoying, that is for sure. It was time consuming, and energy consuming, but luckily we had power and a stove to heat the water on. I wonder if that is always the case for those that live with a perpetual boil water advisory on First Nations? It was eye opening to hear Andrew Seal speak last week about the five houses rule on reserves. If you missed it, he explained that for a water project to be considered on a reserve, there must be five dwellings in the community and, even then, the process is so cumbersome, it made my heart sink. He then asked a question that stuck with me: how can we help fix this problem? His answer: It's complicated. It is complicated. 

I hope you have been learning along with us about water in your Lenten "Reflecting on Water" booklet. This Sunday we will continue our water journey through Lent with another perspective on water offered by Carolyn Chin. 

"Love, like a river, will cut a new path wherever it meets an obstacle" Crystal Middlemas. 

On another note: This weekend is the ACM. I just wanted to take one moment and thank the multitude of volunteers in ministry with our staff team at Woodcliff. I hope you will come and participate and show gratitude with me for all of the leadership in our active church. You may remember from our volunteer survey, it was uncovered that hundreds of hours every month go into making our church as amazing as it is. On Sunday everyone gets to learn about the work of our various committees and gets to have a voice also. Please do plan on attending if you are able. Lunch and childcare are provided. 

Blessings today and for the week ahead,


In preparation for this Sunday's Annual Congregational Meeting, financial information, draft policies, minutes from last year's ACM and Special Congregational Meeting follow. Links below have been corrected and should now open without download. Thanks for your patience.
Am I allowed to be involved?
 In the Gospel according to Matthew it is written that Jesus blessed the meal and then shared with the disciple (Mt. 26:26-28). The laity are involved in the distribution because “these are the gifts of God for the people of God”. Age is not an impediment to serving. Young and old, families and individuals are welcome to be a part of the sacrament.
*Please speak to Rev. Eric or Mary Anne Christie for more information.
Rev. Eric: / Office: 403-249-3121/ Cell: 587-434-6481
Mary Anne: / Phone: 403-246-8409
Follow this link to sign up for a Sunday:
The Men's Group meets this Saturday at 10:00 am in the Edworthy Lounge. Would you like to be on the email list for the Men's Group? Sign up in the Narthex or speak to Ron or Rev. Eric so you can be kept in the know!
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 March 19, 2019 .

To have names placed on the confidential Prayer Chain List please contact the prayer chain at or 403-246-9384. Next Prayer Chain meeting will be held March 24 at 11:15 am.

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.


Our gifts for ministries like River Bend Integrated Community Ministries support programs of healing and reconciliation.

The core of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, is home to many Indigenous people. Beyond the core are communities of non-Indigenous people. Each year, River Bend holds a program called the 10 x 10 project. This is an art project where people living in the core are invited to paint on a 10 x 10 canvas that will be displayed in an art show to all the communities in Saskatoon. Last year, 80 canvases were handed out and 73 returned for the show.

Minister and Coordinator Jane Jupe says she has grown so much in her interactions with artists. “I have come to realize how important it is in so many ways; it builds community between artists, and helps people heal.” Artist Kandis Caplan created a beautiful image from beads of an Indigenous girl without facial features. She explained the importance of sharing her story of sexual assault, saying that it happens to many young Indigenous girls.

We are called to love our neighbours! Your gifts for Mission & Service offer moments of healing every day at River Bend Integrated Community Ministry.

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.

Saturday March 30 10:00am - 3:00pm

Red Deer Lake UC is hosting a FREE day of workshops focusing on brain health and caring for those with dementia or Alzheimer's. Please sign up by visiting Lunch will be provided and several organizations will be on hand with take home information. 

Trish Collett is starting a new piano program and is looking for students to learn for FREE! For more information on this pilot program visit or call 403-910-7066

Thursday May 2nd, Friday May 3rd - Dessert at 7:00pm
Saturday May 4th - Roast Beef Dinner 6:00pm
Sunday May 5th - Dessert 2:00pm

Symons Valley is in their 23rd year of entertaining audiences with their Dessert/Dinner Theatre. Tickers are $27 per person for Dessert Theatre and $50 per person for Dinner Theatre (dinner and dessert). Table rates are available. Tickets are available through or by calling 403-274-2361.
5010 Spruce Drive SW T3C 3B2

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