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July 20, 2018

MINISTER'S MESSAGE
Throughout this past week there has been the familiar smell of sunscreen that greeted me as I entered the church.  As a very pale and red haired individual, I am all too familiar with that smell.  I can recall times where I would cover myself from head to toe, go outside to hike, go on bike rides, and just generally have a great time being a kid.  
 
We are lucky here to have the Sheri and Nicole (and of course their many helpers) who have presided over vacation bible school . Youth have spent the week here, at Woodcliff, so that they may be in relationship with one another and learn about faith, and the roles of stories in said faith.  It has been a hopeful week, full of laughter, smiles, thuds of feet running and the smell of sunscreen; but most of all, it has been a time where we can celebrate the work that has been done.  
 
As I prepare to head to vacation, I know that I will be smelling sunscreen as I hike, frolic and explore.  As you pass by the smell of sun lotion, may you recall those times where you lathered up and went out into the world.  May we continue to explore our faith with that sense of wonder and awe that we may have lost as we matured.  The faith and wonder of a child is a wonderful thing. 
 
Rev. Eric

CONGRATULATIONS!
Ruth Bond was recently honoured at the 2018 Betty Mitchell Awards as a recognition of the 20th Anniversary of the Greg Bond Memorial Award and the legacy she has built around the award in her son's memory. 

Freda Murfin was awarded first prize at the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede for her needle craft submission this year!

Well done to both Ruth and Freda! Our love and congratulations to 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.
SUMMER HOLIDAYS
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. 

CAMP KASOTA WEST
Summer sleep away camps for children and youth grade 1-9. Information is available on the downstairs bulletin board, on the web site www.campkasotawest.com, or by phoning 403-275-3636.
WOODCLIFF DEMENTIA CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP
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 rowsell5@shaw.ca or Ron at roncarter@telus.net. Next gathering is July 31, 2018 (Please note this is an extra meeting in addition to our regular schedule.)
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WOODCLIFF PRAYER CHAIN
To have names placed on the confidential Prayer Chain List please contact the prayer chain at wucprayerchain@gmail.com

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.
 
SONSHINE COMMUNITY CENTRE
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  Lblanchette@sonshine.ca

COMPASSION IN LIFE AND DEATH

Wesley Urban Ministries has been offering support for the homeless, refugees, and working poor of Hamilton, Ontario, for over 30 years.

In downtown Hamilton sits a building that looks like any other apartment building, yet when you enter the front doors of the Ferguson Street Centre of Wesley Urban Ministries, you are greeted with the sights and smells of hospitality. Here, meals are served, the coffee and tea are always on, and usually there is a board game that you can join. Journeying from the hum of conversation on the first floor up the stairs, you will encounter a simple room, the chapel. On one wall is a beautiful painting of Christ’s life and the cross, along with plaques bearing names. The names tell stories to those who knew these people, stories of addiction and homelessness, but also of friendship and care.

One name on the wall is that of a young man who found a family at Wesley Urban Ministries. People from the community came together in the chapel to say goodbye to him, a man taken too early in life. A few months after his death, a woman came to the centre asking about him. She was his mother and had been searching for him. She was taken to the chapel, and when she saw his name and heard that he had died, she sat and prayed. The staff spoke to her about how many people had come to his funeral and how he was loved in the community. She was so thankful to Wesley Urban Ministries for loving her son and being in his life.

Wesley Urban Ministries is present for those on the margins in life and in death, and their compassion makes a huge difference.

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.

SOUTHERN ALBERTA KARIOS BLANKET EXERCISE
FACILITATOR TRAINING

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 shearermary04@gmail.com or 403-609-0690.

BRAVE SPACES
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 Eventbrite.ca or by emailing bravespaces@mcdunited.com.
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

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Find more information about the wider Church at:
Calgary Presbytery: www.calgaryunited.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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