July 13, 2018

This is a portion of the poem titled Concluding Thoughts by Archbishop Oscar Romero.  
"We lay foundations that will need further development. 
We provide yeast that producees effects far beyond our capabilities. 
We cannot do everything, and there us a sense of liberation in realizing that. 
It may be incomplete, a step along the way,
an opportunity for the Lord's grace to enter and do the rest". 
This poem by Archbishop Romero reminded me of all the works that the church, and especially Woodcliff United Church.  Our actions are often far reaching, and even the smallest actions can have unforeseen effects.  There are results we may not even see in this decade from programs and initiatives we have started. What we may see as incomplete, may really be just us leaving enough room for the grace of God to enter to transform and complete our ministries.  I will leave you with the last bit of the poem.
"We are workers, not master builders, ministers, not messiahs. We are prophets of a future not our own." Let us give thanks for the gift of grace and the fellowship of God in our lives that reminds us "we are not alone". 

Rev. Eric

Condolences to the family and friends of Dorothy Newfield who passed away on July 4, 2018. At Dorothy's request there will be no service. Please click on the following link to view her obituary.   Dorothy Newfield
Please help Rev. Eric and Michelle get to know us by remembering to wear your name tag on Sunday mornings. If you are in need of a name tag, please contact the office.
Last Thanksgiving Sunday, Ken and Kathleen Seal’s son Andrew and his partner Sharon were guest speakers at our service.  Andrew Seal and Sharon Nadeem just graduated in May from UBC with Masters in Journalism.  As part of their studies this past year, they were privileged to be among eight students selected for the International Reporting program.  This program included a trip to Turkey to report on issues faced by non-Syrian refugees in that country.  Their stories, and those of their classmates, with support from faculty, provide unique insights into the sort of issues and hardships faced by millions of people.  Sharon and Andrew’s reporting gives us a personal glimpse into heartbreak and resilience of some of these refugees.  Their articles have been published by the Huffington Post Canada and can be found at the following link:
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.
Children and Youth programming is on summer holidays! Hope you enjoy time with your families. We are planning for a great fall and can not wait to see you back in September. If you attend church in the summer, be sure to check out our children's activity corner in the Sanctuary. 

Summer sleep away camps for children and youth grade 1-9. Information is available on the downstairs bulletin board, on the web site, or by phoning 403-275-3636.
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 July 17, 2018
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.
Sonshine Centre is currently recruiting volunteers for a variety of roles to support the women and families residing at Sonshine. If this interests you, please contact Lise Blanchette, Coordinator of Volunteers, to learn more.  403.705.3490


About 1,300 Christian Palestinians live in the Gaza Strip, enduring three wars in five years along with their Muslim neighbours. Israel controls the land, sea, and air around Gaza, with one crossing into Egypt through Rafah controlled by Egypt and monitored by the European Union in coordination with Israel. The Near East Council of Churches (NECC) works in Gaza with both communities, focusing on providing education and health care to a population under blockade.

In Gaza City, the NECC operates apprenticeship programs for young men and women to develop skills such as fashion design and aluminium engineering. Yet even these programs are adversely affected by the blockade. For example, not all the materials needed for aluminium housing are allowed into Gaza.

The NECC also operates three primary health care clinics in Gaza, serving over 150,000 people. The clinic in Shijaia (built with contributions from Canadian churches and CIDA, among others) was destroyed in 2008 during Israel’s Operation Cast Lead and has since been rebuilt. At these clinics, patients receive primary health care, antenatal and postnatal care, malnutrition and anemia treatment, psychosocial support particularly for children, family planning services, and dermatological care. The latter was recently introduced due to the high prevalence of skin diseases as a result of the effects of war and the poor water quality in Gaza.

Through these programs, the NECC gives hope to a civilian population facing blockade, unemployment, poverty, and frequent wars.

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.



September 2018    Canmore, AB
We welcome any individuals interested in becoming a KAIROS Blanket Exercise facilitator to attend. The training will happen on a weekend in September (TBD). Training will take 1.5 days and free Bed and Breakfast, snacks and lunches will be provided. If you are interested please contact Mary Shearer at or 403-609-0690.

September 28 & 29, 2018  McDougall United Church
Brave Spaces is a conference that asks the difficult question: what does it look like to be truly inclusive. Tickets are $20 - $70 and are available on or by emailing
5010 Spruce Drive SW T3C 3B2

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