SEPTEMBER 14, 2018
This week I started to go through the drawers and cabinets that are in my office at Woodcliff United Church.  As I begin to settle in, I am wanting to try and make the office space feel a little more homey.  In emptying some cabinets I have found some pretty neat items.  I have found a pre-modern expresso machine, a doomsday amount of candles, and a marriage prep course from the 1970’s.  It is safe to say that perhaps only one of those belongs in my office…
Despite the diversity items I am excavating from the desk drawers, I am feeling a little like an archaeologist.  As I go through my office there are items here that a couple of decades ago would have been the highlight of any office.  There are resources that were top of the line back in the 1970’s.  One of the more interesting pieces I found was a plasticized copy of the order of service from the inaugural service of the United Church of Canada in 1925.  A beautiful service of unity, but with language and a purpose that is foreign to today.   As we clean out offices or homes, we have a sense of nostalgia and discovery as we find the items of our youth. There is a great sense of joy and familiarity as we itemize those hallowed spaces. However, nostalgia does not always mean it is great for the present.  (Bell bottom jeans, anyone?)
As a Church and as individuals we are constantly taking stock of what is hidden away in secret rooms, bottom desk drawers or displayed prominently.  It is a good practice to remember where items have come from but also to recognize that they are from a specific time and place.  The author of Ecclesiastes, a book in the Hebrew Bible, knew this, and he wrote the following : “For every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heavens…” 
What’s in your desk drawer? What is its purpose as we inch close to 2019?

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!
More work at Woodcliff! A huge thank you to the engineering team of Kevin, Cliff, and George for their hard work and ingenuity installing our new irrigation system. Special thanks to day labourer Rev. Eric for adding some muscle in the final stages. Your efforts are outstanding and are gratefully received. Our front beds will now be wonderfully fed and watered throughout the growing seasons for years to come. Thank you!!
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!
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 September 18, 2018 
To have names placed on the confidential Prayer Chain List please contact the prayer chain at Next Prayer Chain meeting is Sunday September 30 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.
Sonshine has a short term project that needs volunteer assistance. We need to do an inventory of all the IT Devices Sonshine is using. Sherilyn will have an excel spreadsheet for the info to go into.  It would mean getting on all of the computers individually to find out names, model, etc.  we are not sure of the time frame it may take… a day, a morning?  An afternoon? If you are interested in this role and could come in to volunteer next Thursday September 20 or Friday 21 please contact Lise at
Windows and doors are scheduled to be delivered on Sept. 17.  The contractor is expected to be on site starting the week of Sept. 17.

If you have questions about the project contact Steve Crosby at


Our gifts for Mission & Service support the Near East Council of Churches in caring for children in the midst of the shattered infrastructure of the Gaza Strip.

Of particular concern are children suffering from malnutrition and anemia, both treatable illnesses. The clinics in Shijaia, Darraj, and Rafah estimate anemia and malnutrition affect about 10,000 children in these areas from newborn infants to age six. If treated in time, 60 percent of the children will fully recover.

Parents and children are welcome to come to clinics, and the Near East Council of Churchesalso runs outreach programs for families who need services and can’t get to clinics. In addition to the 10,000 children treated for illness, clinic staff will be able to carry out about 22,000 well baby checks per year. Children with more complicated diagnoses are referred to advanced diagnostic and therapeutic services.

The reality of living in the Gaza Strip is harsh. There are shortages of drugs. The Near East Council of Churches reports a shortfall of about 40 percent in essential drugs needed for mother and child health services. The exposure to health risks has increased, including the spread of communicable diseases, food insecurity, and psychosocial issues. The economic impact of the ongoing blockade and other factors means families have much more limited capacity to contribute to medical costs.

Mission & Service makes it possible for the Near East Council of Churches to address the challenges of providing medical care to children in the Gaza Strip.

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.

September 22, 2018 from 1:00-4:00pm  at 3412 Spruce Dr SW
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.

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.
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

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

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