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March 22, 2019
Today is World Water day. In 2010, the UN recognized “the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights”. The human right to water entitles everyone, without discrimination, to sufficient, safe, acceptable, physically accessible and affordable water for personal and domestic use which includes: water for drinking, personal sanitation, washing of clothes, food preparation, and personal and household hygiene. This internationally recognized day falls during lent and in the middle of our journey together looking at the life giving gift of water. Coincidence? I am not sure. In our time in Lent you have been invited to fill jars with coins as in you work through our "Reflecting on Water Journal". The money collected on Easter Sunday will be donated to a local organization who helps those in need across the globe access clean water, CAWST. But in addition to that I want to challenge you to think about your water usage and think of one tangible way you can hold onto, even after lent, that would cut down on your water use. In our Sunday School lessons last week, the children learned how to manually flush the toilet and I can tell you that there is a little rhyme in our house that has been said many times this week...If it's yellow let it mellow...you can figure out the rest! This week we continue our speaker series on water with our very own June Kirk.  I really hope that these water minutes have helped you pause and reflect, maybe even enter into prayer with gratitude. I wanted to end this message with a water fact for you from the UN resources provided for world water day. In North America and in other developed countries we often don't even consider some of the ways we consume water without knowing it, this morning's example: Your morning cup of coffee contains about 200 ml of actual water, yet the ground coffee takes 35 gallons of water to produce. An alternative might be to have a cup of tea instead, at 9 gallons per cup. 

Blessings to you 

Sheri  
A HUGE thank you to everyone who helped put on our Italian Dinner and Movie night last Friday! It was a wonderful night of fun and friendship. 
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 the 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 April 2, 2019 .

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 Prayer Chain meeting will be held March 24 at 11:15 am.

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.

CHILDREN DESERVE TO BE CHILDREN

Our gifts for Mission & Service give children in war-torn countries a chance to be children in places like Palestine with the help of Defence for Children International. On a mural in Aida Refugee Camp inside Bethlehem are the words of Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The article states the right of the child to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities, and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.

The refugee camp is less than one kilometre in size and holds more than 5,500 Palestinian refugees. Just around the corner from the mural is a playing field covered by netting. The netting is to protect children from tear gas canisters, rubber bullet capsules, and other debris that Israeli Defence Force soldiers use during their weekly raids on the camp. Children have been reprimanded for playing a game similar to, North American “Cowboys and Indians.” The game is called “Palestinians and Settlers.” The difference is that the game doesn’t end with capture; once captured, the “Palestinian” is punched and kicked by the “Settlers.” This is a disturbing normalization of the occupation.

According to the Director of the Accountability, Programme of Defence for Children International, Palestine (DCI-P), 150 to 200 Palestinian children are arrested and persecuted in the Israeli military system each year. Each child is exposed to torture, solitary confinement, physical assault, and interrogation to ensure confession to a crime (whether committed or not). DCI-P reports information gathered from its legal team to UN committees and special rapporteurs. Mission & Service supports children’s rights in Palestine.

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.

DEMENTIA DAY OF LEARNING
Saturday March 30 10:00am - 3:00pm

Red Deer Lake UC is hosting a FREE day of workshops focusing on brain health and caring for those with dementia or Alzheimer's. Please sign up by visiting redderlakeuc.com. Lunch will be provided and several organizations will be on hand with take home information. 

SEEKING VOLUNTEER PIANO STUDENTS!
Trish Collett is starting a new piano program and is looking for students to learn for FREE! For more information on this pilot program visit www.koolkeyboards.com or call 403-910-7066

INTO THE WOODS Jr
April 24th -26th at 7pm
West Ridge School

An adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's and James Lapine's fairytale comes to life with West Ridge School's production of Into the Woods JR. Students bring back all of your favourite childhood characters from classic fairytales, as you are joined by the likes of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk) and the Witch. Enter into a lyrical retelling of classic Brothers Grimm fables. 
The musical focuses on the Baker and his wife, who hope to have a child; Cinderella who wishes to go to the King's festival; and Jack and his cow Milky White.  The characters stories weave among one another as the Baker and his wife embark on a journey to break the witch's curse. 
West Ridge's Into the Woods Jr brings you singing, dancing, laughs and thrills. Director Kerrie Lutz describes the musical as “an energetic and highly entertaining performance delivered by amazingly talented students.”
Tickets can be purchased through the main office of West Ridge School at a cost of $10.

SYMONS VALLEY PLAYERS PRESENT "NO BODY LIKE JIMMY"
Thursday May 2nd, Friday May 3rd - Dessert at 7:00pm
Saturday May 4th - Roast Beef Dinner 6:00pm
Sunday May 5th - Dessert 2:00pm

Symons Valley is in their 23rd year of entertaining audiences with their Dessert/Dinner Theatre. Tickers are $27 per person for Dessert Theatre and $50 per person for Dinner Theatre (dinner and dessert). Table rates are available. Tickets are available through BrownPaperTickets.com or by calling 403-274-2361.
5010 Spruce Drive SW T3C 3B2
403-249-3121
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