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SEPTEMBER 21, 2018
On my way to work there are 4 playground/school zones. The speed limit in those areas are 30 kmh. Therefore, a short trip to the church actually takes me almost twice as long to make.  I think of the different areas in life where we are mandated to go slower.  It could be because of a surgery, age, sports commitments or the volume of work one has.  In those times we need to slow down and be aware of what we are doing; have our eyes on the road, so to speak.  For if we are not careful enough it could result in a ticket and demerit points.
 
I’m aware that there are rarely tickets and demerit points for those school zones in our lives.  But there are risks involved.  Should we choose to move too quickly we can miss what is around us. If we hasten back from an illness we can end up even more sick than we were before.  If we take on more and more the end result could be burnout and a carelessness about what we have going on. 
 
The life of a church has these speed zones as well.  As the institutional church goes through changes, it needs to do the due diligence of acknowledging where we are and how best to get to the next zone.  At Woodcliff United Church we are in a school zone right now.  We’re taking stock of who we are, what we have to offer and how we can best serve those inside and outside of the congregation.  This process may seem slow, but it’s necessary to avoid “fines”. 
 
What have we sped through? Where can we learn to slow down?
 
Blessings,
Rev. Eric
Please use the following link to access Woodcliff's Time, Talents and Treasures Survey. The information helps direct programming and helps the nominations committee with their work for Council. Thank you!
 
September 11, 2018 Council Meeting Summary
 
In an effort to keep the congregation fully informed about decisions made on their behalf by the Council, we offer the following summary of the June 12h Council meeting:
 
Reverend Eric Page was welcomed to his first Council meeting at Woodcliff.
 
Council began with a review of the Behavioral Covenant for the Woodcliff United Church Council. This Covenant describes expectations on how to discern and discuss difficult issues in a civil manner, without a win/lose mentality.  
 
Facility Updates: The Windows for Woodcliff installation is tentatively scheduled to occur over a two week period beginning the week of September 25th. The purchase and installation of the new sanctuary projector was confirmed and appreciation was extended to Kevin Magnusson and his son for handling the set-up and take down of scaffolding. Thank you also to the congregation members for their leadership and hard work installing the new watering system at the front of the Church.
 
Council approved to maintain the same rental rates in 2019 that were set last year for our long-term user groups.  Contracts will be renewed with these users based on those rental rates.
 
Council also approved two baptism requests that will occur in September and October.
 
Six Council members volunteered to help the Congregational Life committee with the set-up, cooking and cleanup of the Welcome Back BBQ on September 16th. 

On Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 10 am to 3 pm, visual artists from the Woodcliff congregation will be displaying and selling their paintings, drawings and photographs.  There will be two art workshops offered for anyone interested in learning how to draw beginning at 11 am and 1 pm downstairs. The Alberta Porcelain Society will also be participating on September 29th. Choir members will be performing a variety of programs throughout the day.  Proceeds from the Art Sale will go towards the Woodcliff United Church music program.
 
On Friday, May 10th, 2019 at 7 pm, “The Great Plains”, the singing duo of Saskia and Darrel will be providing a Spring Concert similar to our past Wardens Concerts the past few years. Please mark your calendars. Further details will be provided on our Woodcliff website in the near future.
 
If you have questions about any of these matters, please do not hesitate to contact the Chair of the Council, Arnold Ingelson, or any member of the Council.
On Saturday September 29, 2018, visual artists from the Woodcliff congregation are invited to display and sell their paintings, drawings and photographs.  Choir members will be performing throughout the day. Please mark your calendars for September 29th.  Proceeds from the Art Sale will go towards the Woodcliff United Church music program. For those members of Woodcliff that are Artists wishing to participate in the Choir Art Show, registration forms & detailed information is now available in the Church Office. Please contact Charlotte.
There are still spots available for Yoga and possibilities for Drop In participants.
All are welcome!
Please use the following link to sign up as a volunteer for our Children's Ministry program. Thank you!
 
WOODCLIFF DEMENTIA CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP
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 the office. Next gathering is October 2, 2018 
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WOODCLIFF PRAYER CHAIN
To have names placed on the confidential Prayer Chain List please contact the prayer chain at wucprayerchain@gmail.com Next Prayer Chain meeting is Sunday September 30 at 11:15 am.

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.
 

ADVOCACY IN ACTION

Regina Anti-Poverty Ministry in downtown Regina, Saskatchewan, has been advocating for low-income individuals and families for almost 50 years and is the only community organization in the province to offer welfare advocacy services. Designated lay minister and advocate Bonnie Morton shares her passion for the work of Regina Anti-Poverty Ministry:

“The people that we serve at the ministry need more than money; they need services and programs that will help them improve their skills and abilities so they can better compete in the job market.

“A young man came to me because he had been cut off welfare. He had told his social worker that he did not have a grade 8 education and couldn’t hold down a job. The government worker kept placing him in work positions that he continued to fail at. The last job was in construction. He couldn’t read a measuring tape, and his fellow employees made fun of him. He came to us for help, and we appealed the decision to cut him off welfare. We were able to show that no one had listened to him, and we got him and his family back on welfare with retroactive payments. About four years later, this man came back to share with us that he had earned his grade 12 diploma, had gone on to graduate from a technical school with a certificate in engineering, and had just been offered a job. He is still working and hopefully will never have to depend on social assistance again.”

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.

ARBI 40th REUNION
September 22, 2018 from 1:00-4:00pm  at 3412 Spruce Dr SW
RSVP at www.arbi.ca/40th
As many of our congregation know, ARBI (Association for the Rehabilitation of the Brain Injured) had its first home in the basement of our church. This association came about as a result of the brain injury of Mel Laine, son of Alice, who was an active member of our congregation.  She and her friend, Audrey Morrice, began this association to assist others as well as Mel in recovery from brain injury.

WAB KINEW AT WORDFEST
Tuesday September 25th, 2018
Bella Concert Hall 4825 Mt Royal
Wab Kinew presents a tribute to historic and modern-day Indigenous heroes. Wab Kinew is a musician and former journalist who is now an elected Member of the Legislative Assembly and head of the Manitoba New Democratic Party. He was associate vice-president for Indigenous Affairs at the University of Winnipeg, worked in television in the U.S. and Canada, and is the author of the award-winning memoir, The Reason You Walk. Kinew is a member of the Midewin and an honorary witness for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
 
AMY BISHOP CONCERT
Friday, September 28th at 7:00pm
Woodcliff United Church. 
Looking for an evening of great music?  Chapters F and M of the P.E.O. Sisterhood are co-hosting a fund-raising concert featuring Amy Bishop. Tickets are $25.00 and all proceeds support educational opportunities for women.  Contact Mary Jane Holberton at 403-408-6674 for tickets.

CERTIFIED - Written and performed by Jan Derbyshire
Friday September 28 at 7:00pm
McDougall United Church
Comedian and certified insane person, Jan Derbyshire, turns the audience into a mental health review board to help determine her current state of insanity. Come ready to humorously grapple with hefty questions like: What's crazy? What isn't crazy? Who decides? In this comic case, you do. Myrl Eddy will be going to this performance and is happy to carpool if anyone is interested.
For more information or to book tickets email bravespaces@mcdunited.com.

CORE CELEBRATION CHOIR
Sunday September 30 at 7:00pm
First Baptist Church
CORE Celebration's fall concert season begins with a season opener will featuring a duet by Jocelyn and Victoria Erhardt with Jason Erhardt on cello and a solo piece by our wonderful pianist, Brent Krawchuk, as well as the CORE Celebration Choir. Our guest speaker is Dr. Terry Young.
CORE Celebration is a citywide worship gathering featuring a rich musical program including choir, instrumentalists, singers, and many local musicians from the professional and church communities within our city. A free will offering will be accepted.  
SONSHINE COMMUNITY SERVICES
We are turning 40! Please join us for our anniversary celebration at the Carriage House Inn on Friday October 18, 2018. Reception: 6:00pm / Dinner and entertainment: 7:00pm.  Get in the Friday Night Fever groove: polyester and platforms encouraged!  To purchase your table/tickets, click the button below, or call 403-705-3485
5010 Spruce Drive SW T3C 3B2
403-249-3121
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