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NOVEMBER 9, 2018
Two weeks ago I was asked if I would be interested in helping out Habitat for Humanity by being on the worksite December 1st.  I was hesitant at first. Not because this is a wonderful cause that has raised almost 1million dollars as part of the interfaith build conglomerate, but because I am not even remotely talented when it comes to working with my hands.  Nevertheless, I agreed to be on site to help finish the housing units.
 
I got to thinking that we are not all gifted when it comes to different tasks and jobs.  Yet, we still survive as a church, community and society. We come together to pool our gifts of self and wealth so that we can make a measurable difference in the lives of God’s children. We are called to be the church and one way we live into what we are called to do is to support our sisters and brothers who are in need of affordable housing.  This is why I am proud of Woodcliff and the Interfaith team for setting the goal of 1 million dollars. We are at 800,000$. 
 
Not everyone can be on the build site. However, you may choose to be there vicariously through me by sponsoring me to be there! I set a goal of 1,500$. But I have faith (pun intended) that we can surpass that goal.  Let’s build a better world together.  Please follow the secure link to make a donation, click on my name and then on donate! 😊
 
https://fundraise.habitatsouthernab.ca/fundraiser/1768444
 
Blessings,
Rev. Eric
Ryan and Trinh Dietzler invite you to a celebration of their new life together. Please join them for cake and a toast in the Lower Hall on November 10 at 1:30pm.
Woodcliff is creating a larger than life Community Advent Calendar. Watch the space outside the church for the unveiling and plan to bring friends and neighbours to visit daily. 
In preparation for the 'big reveal', we are holding a crafting bee to prepare some of the calendar treats. Please join us on November 26 for crafting and fun. All are welcome and everything is provided.
Two quick questions: What are you most grateful for?  What are you giving Jesus this Christmas as a gift? In his new book, The Purpose of Christmas, Rick Warren challenges the reader to think about the answers to those questions. Book study dates are: Wed. November 21, Wed. November 28, and Wed. Dec. 12 at 1:30 or 7:00pm. Sessions are free, and no book purchase is required.
Please sign up in the Narthex to get your name on the list. Spots are limited. Any questions contact Ron Carter, book study leader, at roncarter@telus.net or 403-249-3307.
Yoga takes place in the Nursery.
Drop In participants are welcome!
Stewardship Survey –  It is the time of year we start to make our plans for the coming year.  It is very important to fill in the Stewardship Survey so council can properly plan. 
Please fill in the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6GN5KNL   or the paper copy you should have received via mail with your year to date offering statement.  If you believe you have been missed please contact the office. 
Please use the following link to sign up as a volunteer for our Children's Ministry program. Thank you!
 
Youth Sleepover Event: November 16 starting at 7:00 pm. RSVP to Nicole if you are planning to be there. Friends are welcome!
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, DCSG is for you. We meet on the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 1:30 to 3:00 pm in the Edworthy Lounge. No registration is required. For more information, please contact the church office. Next gathering is November 20.

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 November 18, 2018.

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.
The Outreach Committee is so very grateful to our Congregation for their faithful support of the Annual Global Festival last weekend!
You helped in countless ways: you unpacked boxes, you set up displays, you baked pies and cakes, you helped make chili, you washed dishes, you shared the invitation with neighbours and family, you moved tables, you came for lunch and dinner, you came and played games, you came and shopped, and then you helped pack it all up!
No one can make a real difference in the world on their own. We hope you understand that each and every one of you truly helped make a difference last weekend. We will have financial details soon but in the meantime, please accept our sincere thanks for helping us raise funds for the many Outreach Projects that this Congregation supports.
Looking for a meaningful Christmas gift? Have someone that is hard to buy for? Consider purchasing a gift card to support the Habitat for Humanity Interfaith build. Cards are available in denominations from $10.00 to $100.00 and help purchase needed supplies to build homes for those in need.
We now have a full complement of onsite  volunteers and as usual, the Outreach Committee and volunteers have stepped forward to provide snacks and lunch.
However, if you still want to support the build follow these steps:
 1. Click on this link: Fundraise for your Habitat Build Day.
2. You will be taken to the Habitat page- scroll down about half way down the page and click on  Support a Fundraiser
3. Click on the triangle and you have the option to select fundraising team- Type in Woodcliff Team in the rectangular box  
4.  Click on Donate
You may also contribute with a cheque made out to Woodcliff United Church ( specify Habitat) ;
All donations $20 or over will receive a tax receipt.
 
On Sunday, November 25 Habitat staff person and recent recipient of a home will join our worship service and share their Habitat story. 

REBUILDING SCHOOLS IN THE PHILIPPINES

The Lumad are Indigenous peoples of Mindanao in the southern Philippines. Many Lumad communities have established their own schools, looking for help from government, non-governmental organizations, and church groups. Mission & Service partner the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) is collaborating with the Lumad peoples in this work.

These people have faced a high level of persecution from the Philippine military, including forced displacement and extrajudicial killings. Lumad schools have been used as temporary military camps, shelters and, in some cases, for weapon storage. Traditional Lumad territory is rich in natural resources, and encroachment on their land has contributed to these people being displaced.

In the midst of these challenges, the Lumad peoples continue to support schools through the Save Our Schools Network or SOS. The SOS network works with others, including the UCCP, to support a non-discriminatory, culturally sensitive approach to education. The schools provide free, high-quality education to Indigenous children. Currently there are 205 Lumad community schools serving almost 6,000 children. More schools are needed! Other communities need new classrooms and support for operating costs, including teachers.

Mission & Service supports schools that help lift people and communities out of poverty and build leadership for the future of the Lumad peoples of the Philippines.

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.

Calgary West Christian Women’s Club
Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Westgate Community Hall 4943 – 8 Ave. SW
Fashion Show from Ciao Bella Moda Inc. / Speaker and music
Info? Lois 403-249-3994       $8 bottomless coffee/goodies 
 
Invitation Calgary Islamic Centre - SW Mosque
The Calgary Islamic Centre (CIC) – SW Mosque is planning an open Mosque day in the spirit of friendship and conversation we hope to give members of the local community an engaging insight into the life of the CIC-SW Mosque and to promote greater understanding of Islam. We anticipate welcoming local people from all walks of life to visit the mosque and meet with its diverse Muslim congregation.
The CIC-SW Mosque open Mosque day will be held on Saturday 24th November 2018, 3:00pm – 5:30pm. We would be honoured to have members of Woodcliff join us for this special occasion.
 
Please contact the Woodcliff office before November 17 if you would like to attend so we can RSVP numbers.
 
Renaissance Singers and Players present: A Christmas Pilgrimage
Sunday Dec. 2 at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church (1121 14 Ave SW) Preshow talk at 7:00pm. Concert at 7:30pm. Tickets $25.00/$20.00 seniors/students. Available at brownpapertickets.com
 
One Accord Choir Concert
Please join us for our winter concert on Dec 10th at 7.30pm here at Woodcliff. Admission by donation. Treats in the basement following the concert.
 
86 Scouts Wilderness First Aid
The 86 Scout group offering Wilderness First Aid training on January 11 from 6-10pm and Jan.12 from 8am – 5pm in the Woodcliff Lower Hall. There are spots available for anyone from the congregation who might be interested in this opportunity. The course cost is $225.00. Please connect with the office if you would like more information.
 
5010 Spruce Drive SW T3C 3B2
403-249-3121
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