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Woodcliff's 2019 Annual Report is here! Endless thanks to Sheri Bolitho for formatting and beautifying our year in review once again. To access the report please click the following link. You may have to be patient as it downloads - there is a lot of info in it! To request a hard copy of this year's report, please contact the office.
Candle Lighter:                        Kohen C
Reader:                                   Tom S                 
Prayer Leader:                        Eric P
Communion Servers:              Barb M, Wilma M,
                                                Marylin W, Trudy S
Power Point:                           George P
Sound Tech:                           Stephen C
Children’s Ministry:                 Kim C, Woodcliff Youth Group
Count Team:                           Allan M, Kay K
Hospitality:                              Bev H, George & Vicky O,
                                                Betty W, Judy L, Arda S,
                                                Sylvia P, Raymond & Irene L,
                                                Marylin W, Trudy S,
                                                Cathy W
On February 9th, the Children and Youth Ministries will be holding their fourth annual HUGS and Kisses event! During their gathering time, the children and youth will be assembling candy bags for the Drop in Centre. You are invited to contribute too by bringing new HUGS (that's Hats, Underwear, Socks and/or Gloves) to donate to the DI. These are items are desperately needed by the clients the DI serves. Treats for your Valentine will also be available for purchase, with the proceeds going to the DI. Thank you for supporting this sweet initiative!
Secret Pals returns to Woodcliff. What is Secret Pals? We're glad you asked! It's a fun pen pal style program that connects young and old. Each 'pal' receives a number. Each number will be connected to another number and using only those numbers to address each other, pals will leave notes of encouragement, cards, small treats in the Secret Pal Mail throughout Lent. Secret Pals will be revealed to each other on Easter Sunday. We need both children and adults to sign up for this fun filled event to be successful! Sign up is in the Narthex. 
We want to hear from you! In an effort to expand our programming and fill the needs of our community we are seeking input on offerings that would appeal to you. There are hard copy surveys available in the Narthex at Woodcliff or you can click the link below and print off a survey and return it to the church. Thank you for your ideas!
We are currently looking for folks who would like to read Scripture, lead the prayers of the People and to assist with serving communion. The way in which you may sign up is through SignUp.com.  Please see the instructions below:
 
To sign up for the Reader and Prayer Leader ministries, please click on the link below.
 
https://signup.com/go/dKZCuxi
Sign ups? Have you ever wanted to help but not sure how? There are several opportunities on a Sunday morning to help with service and hospitality and teaching. Speak to Sheri or Eric to find out more. If you have other skills or some spare time other than Sundays, please sign up in the Narthex so we may reach out when skill specific jobs come up - and they do. Thank you!
Sadly, we have had a number of thefts this winter. If you are hanging your jacket up, please do not leave car keys or wallets in the pockets and please keep purses and bags with you.
Regenerate is a new type of worship service to Woodcliff. It's a gathering of people who come together to share a meal, ponder scripture, and explore the stories of the Bible in a hands on way. This worship style has no barriers to experience. Families can worship together with their children. Young and old can come together in a safe space for all. This service will take place monthly in the Lower Hall on the last Sunday of the month from 5:30-6:30 pm.
In February, we will be looking at our theme for lent - Reflecting on Relationships. We will explore, through stories and stations, our relationships with others, the planet, and our selves. We will enter into the night with a traditional start of Lent meal -  pancakes... plus a few modern comforts of breakfast for dinner. 
As a kick off to Lent, Congregational Life will be hosting a movie and dinner night. The movie will be Wall-E, which has incredible messages for all about how to live with respect for creation. Some have said it's the most biblical Pixar film of all time. Many have said that even as an adult, the messaging will hit your heartstrings. There will be accessible earth friendly activities & crafts, thought provoking pondering and a waste free meal in honour of our world. All are invited. Sign up in the Narthex starting this Sunday. $10 for individuals, $25 for families.
Traditional Song and Dance by Pwatsimowin
February 7, 2020
6-8 pm, Northminster United Church 3311 Centre Street NW

Join us as we continue to explore and learn about Indigenous culture through traditional song and dance by Pwatsimowin. A light meal will be served after the entertainment. This event is FREE but spaces are limited so registration is required.
Register on EventBrite
An Evening of Learning about Writing-on-Stone/Áísínai’pi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Thu, 27 February 2020
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM MST
Fish Creek Environmental Learning Centre
13931 Woodpath Rd. SW
Calgary, Alberta T2W 5R6

Writing-on-Stone/Áísínai’pi is a continuous and sacred cultural landscape. The site was inscribed on July 6, 2019 as Canada’s 20th UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Blackfoot name for this sacred cultural landscape is Áísínai’pi (meaning, “it is pictured/it is written”) and refers to the abundance and diversity of rock art at this spectacular site, as well as the geological features and viewscapes that are imbedded with sacred oral traditions.
Many Indigenous traditions continue to be practiced at Writing-on-Stone/Áísínai’pi today, and the ancient tradition of knowledge transmission continues to connect people with the past and informs their future.
Join Aaron Domes and Saa’kokoto (Randy Bottle) to learn about the rich history and values that make Writing-on-Stone / Áísínai’pi special, and receive valuable insider knowledge to help you plan your trip!
Register on EventBrite  Tickets are $10
As we continue our lesson series on "I am statement" Children are learning about what Jesus meant when he said "I am the bread of life"
 
The younger kids will have special guest teachers the Youth group. As Sheri is away this week
Thank you to Kim, Charlotte and Nicole for your support leading our children's ministry programs this week!
 
Secret Pals: Please sign up in the Narthex or Lower Hall to be a part of the special Lenten relationship building experience. 
Sign up to volunteer for children's ministry or candle lighting here:
Huge thanks to the Affirming Committee for organizing the showing of Love, Scott and the speakers and discussion after the film. 100 people attended and were filled with renewed hope and vigour for creating a just world. 
WOODCLIFF DEMENTIA CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP
If you are a caregiver for someone suffering memory loss and need a safe, confidential circle to share your experiences and obtain information, our support group is for you.  We meet on the first and third Tuesdays of the month from 1:30 to 3:00 pm at Woodcliff United Church. Open to all, no charge, no registration required.
For more information, please contact the church office. Next gathering is February 4, 2020. 

WOODCLIFF PRAYER CHAIN
To have names placed on the confidential Prayer Chain List please contact the prayer chain at wucprayerchain@gmail.com or 403-246-9384. Next meeting: February 16 after worship.

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.
 

CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Black History Month is a time to honour and celebrate the contributions of Black people in Canada and to look at the past while giving thanks as we look forward to the future. The history of Black people in Canada is part of the history of the United Church.

At the turn of the 20th century there was an influx of Black American men and their wives to Montreal. The men secured jobs as porters, as those were the only jobs available to them in the climate of segregation of the day. The women formed the Coloured Women’s Club in 1902 to assist newcomers to settle into Montreal society. 
 
By 1907 this group determined that the overt racism expressed and condoned in White churches of all denominations was not a situation they could tolerate, which led them to form their own church (which was welcomed within the Congregationalist denomination as the “coloured church”). At Union Congregational Church all denominations were welcome to pray, praise, and worship in peace, joy, and dignity.

Nowadays, the United Church continues to work toward its commitment to be an intercultural church, although many in our congregations still encounter Black isolation and segregation.

Many congregations in diverse parts of Canada do not reflect their community. There is a clear lack of education around what it truly means to be intercultural, and there is a sense among some people of being singled out as different. Many Black people do not feel welcome at church, which should be a sanctuary from racism.

Thanks to your gifts for Mission & Service, a group called The Journeys of Black Peoples in The United Church of Canada was formed. The group strives for integration, offering help to those who come from outside the church to find a home within the church.

We have come a long way from the days of slavery and segregation, but we still have a long way to go. This Black History Month, let’s take the time to learn about the saints who have gone before us and their impact that is still felt today.

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.

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5010 Spruce Drive SW T3C 3B2
403-249-3121
NEED AN ANNOUNCEMENT IN THE BULLETIN, MESSENGER OR POWERPOINT? email the office at 
office@woodcliffunited.com

wucprayerchain@gmail.com
woodcliffkids@gmail.com
youthwuc@gmail.com

Please add us in your address book.
Find more information about the wider Church at:
Chinook Winds Region: https://albertanorthwestconference.ca/
Alberta & Northwest Conference: www.anwconf.com
The United Church of Canada: www.united-church.ca
Wondercafe2 http://wondercafe2.ca/index.php

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