I encountered Charlotte, looking quite cheerful, wearing her sun hat inside in the office on Wednesday, May 2. Upon asking her why, she reminded me that it is ‘Hats On! For Mental Health Day in Alberta’. Alberta Education invited everyone to wear a hat to raise awareness of the importance of positive mental health. Schools encouraged students and staff to wear hats and to engage in conversations focused on understanding mental health and the importance of removing stigma associated with mental illness.

When I went home, I put on a hat for the rest of the day. This is something I can totally get behind. One in five of us are impacted by depression, anxiety, addictions and the myriad of other mental health problems. That means that virtually every family is dealing with the issues of mental illness either personally or with a family member.  The simple act of listening and walking with someone helps so much. All of us can benefit by celebrating, promoting and acknowledging the role that good mental health plays in living a full and meaningful life.

The Canadian Mental Health Association says: Mental health is about more than being happy all the time. It’s about feeling good about who you are, having balance in your life, and managing life’s highs and lows. Let's find ways to support one another so that everyone can feel good about who they are. Let's make our church a place where it is safe to be who we are, talk about the things that challenge us and to ask for the support we need. Let's make Woodcliff United a stigma-free zone. Let's celebrate the steps we've already made by offering the Dementia Caregivers Support Group.

Next week, May 7-13 is Mental Health Week in Canada. Visit their website to learn more. The Calgary branch is very active and offers many great programs.

Jesus says: This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. We are each loved deeply and completely just exactly as we are. From that place of being loved, let's reach out and love one another in the very best ways we can. We can make a difference!

We are together on the journey.

Rev. Debbie


Meet our New Minister!
                                                                  Rev. Eric Pagé and Michelle

I grew up in the small town of Huntingdon, which is about an hour south of Montreal.  Growing up in a rural community instilled in me my love for country music; and my proximity to Montreal means that I am a devout Montreal Canadiens fan.  I was involved with Scouting for almost two decades, as I worked at a Cub camp and taught canoeing and overnight camping.  Hiking and camping remain part of my hobbies to this day.

On June 9th, I will be marrying my fiancée Michelle, who has skated with the national team in short track speed skating.  I am looking forward to introducing you to her in more detail once we have arrived in Calgary.

My academic background is in history, specifically ancient Greek and Roman history. I received my Bachelor of Arts prior to my theological education.  My seminary work was completed at The United Theological College in Montreal.     

A couple of my interests over the past year has been in the areas of discipleship and the language we use to discuss the Christian faith.  My supervisor at Grace United Church in Sarnia is the author of “Already Missional”, which has given me opportunities to understand how mission and evangelism can work in The United Church of Canada.  I am looking forward to living out ministry together as part of Woodcliff United Church. 

Rev. Eric will be joining us July 1st, 2018.

Meet our New Youth Coordinator!

Hello, Woodcliff! My name is Nicole Macmillan, a Nova Scotian studying School & Applied Child Psychology at the University of Calgary. After returning to the United Church last May in Nova Scotia, I found myself wanting to become more involved in my faith community--so here I am! I'm so excited to join this community and feel so blessed to call myself the Coordinator of Youth Ministry at Woodcliff United Church. I look forward to getting to know everyone and already feel so welcome here. Come on over and say hello!

Nicole will be joining us starting May 13, 2018.

                   Sun. May 6                                           Rev. Debbie Stockdale
                   Sun May 13                                          Rev. Bob Mutlow
                   Sun May 20                                          Rev. Grant Dawson

                   Sun May 27                                          Rev. Debbie Stockdale
Congratulations to John and Eileen Curda on the news of their grandson Ryan Sceviour's draft selection to the Calgary Stampeders! Woodcliff looks forward to seeing him in action on the field this spring. Go Stamps Go!

David Docherty recently received a warrior headdress, which represents leadership in the community, and a Blackfoot name, Mokakii’na, which means Wise Leader. Congratulations David!

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.

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

Our Outreach Committee has become aware of a family in our community in need of bikes for transportation and recreation. The family is looking for two girl’s bikes (grade 2 and grade 5) and a smaller frame woman’s bike. If you might have a bike to donate, please contact the office or Susan Plesuk. Thank you!


Please do not leave valuables unattended or in coat pockets left in the foyer.

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 new Approach to Farming

Our gifts for Mission & Service change lives around the world. Our global partner the National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) is addressing the problem of severe drought by creating a conservation agriculture program. The conservation agriculture model uses mulching, crop rotation, and minimal tilling, combined with water harvesting and management, to move toward the ultimate goal: local food security.

The NCCK works with Kenya’s National Drought Management Agency and advises the agency of needs in drought-stricken areas. The agency then reports to the national government on areas where help is needed. The Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) is doing trials and experiments on technologies in partnership with the NCCK to determine the varieties of drought-tolerant maize and legumes that are the most suitable for growing in parts of Kenya. The NCCK/ KALRO partnership started as a result of Mission & Service support of conservation agriculture. Now they share best practices and enjoy a collaborative work relationship.

Farmers appreciate the support this project has received from Mission & Service. In Tharaka Nithi County, a place characterized by perpetual food insecurity, more than 800 households have participated in the conservation agriculture project. These households “will forever be grateful to the partnership between NCCK and The United Church of Canada,” says the NCCK’s General Secretary Peter Karanja.

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.
Renaissance Singers and Players Presents
A Tale of Two Cities
Sunday May 6 at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church
Pre-Concert talk at 2:30pm. Concert at 3:00pm.
$25 regular, $20 Seniors/Students Under 18 free
Calgary West Christian Women’s Club
Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 pm
Westgate Community Hall 4943 – 8 Ave. SW
Blanche Lea shares rewarding Container Gardening
Speaker Madon Dyson, Sherwood Park, “Not Keeping Score Anymore”
Come share with friends. Bottomless Coffee/Goodies only $8.00
For information – phone Lois 403-249-3994

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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