Hello church family!

This week is the 93th anniversary of the United Church of Canada.

The United Church website tells us:

The United Church was inaugurated on June 10, 1925 in Toronto, Ontario, when the Methodist Church, Canada, the Congregational Union of Canada, and 70 per cent of the Presbyterian Church of Canada entered into a union. Also joining was the small General Council of Union Churches, centred largely in Western Canada. It was the first union of churches in the world to cross historical denominational lines and received international acclaim. The United Church continues to be a "uniting" church, and has been enriched by several additional unions since 1925. In 1930, the Synod of The Wesleyan Methodist Church of Bermuda became part of The United Church of Canada’s Maritime Conference. The Evangelical United Brethren Church became part of The United Church of Canada in 1968. In addition, various individual congregations from other Christian communions have became part of the United Church over the years.

One of the mainstays of our United church is the wonderful feeling of community we feel when we enter the doors. I was reminded of this when I attended the year-end potluck meeting of the Congregational Life committee on Tuesday evening. There was great food and tons of it. There was laughter and sharing. There were discussions about many of the community building groups of Woodcliff - WOW, Thirsty Thursdays, men's breakfast, hospitality teams. Plans were laid for events to enhance church life in the coming year as well as ways to enhance Sunday morning hospitality. Thanks to our Congregational Life committee for all you do!

On Thursday evening a good sized group gathered round the table in the lounge to talk and dream about becoming an Affirming Ministry here at Woodcliff, a place where we intentionally work to be a safe a welcoming place for the LGBTQ2+ community. We talked about our hopes and our questions. We wondered about the path forward. We decided to create an ad hoc committee of the council to guide Woodcliff through an exploration of all this might mean for Woodcliff and for those whose of the GLBTQ2+ community who are seeking a safe faith community to journey with. Around the table were those new to Woodcliff and those who are long-timers. There were younger and older. Together we laughed and we dreamed. This too is a mark of what it means to be United Church together. We are a justice-seeking, life-giving place for all.

In our church there is room for all and there is a place for you. There is a great richness in getting involved. The Song of Faith, written in 2006, expresses what it means to be a United Church of Canada in the 21st century. It says, in part:

We sing of God’s good news lived out,
a church with purpose:
                faith nurtured and hearts comforted,
                gifts shared for the good of all,
                resistance to the forces that exploit and marginalize,
                fierce love in the face of violence,
                human dignity defended,
                members of a community held and inspired by God,
                corrected and comforted,
                instrument of the loving Spirit of Christ,
                creation’s mending.
We sing of God’s mission.
Each of us are invited to be a part of this great vision, adding our unique and special gifts to enrich the ministry of Woodcliff United. Each is important and needed. There is a place for all!

May you find joy and community as we journey with the Spirit of Christ at Woodcliff!
Rev. Debbie

Sun. June 10                           Rev. Clint Mooney
Sun. June 17                           Rev. Debbie Stockdale
Sun. June 24                           Intergenerational Worship with all Ministers
Sun. July 1                               Rev. Eric Pagé

It’s the last get-together of the year: Monday, June 11th at 7:15 p.m. in the choir room. A representative from the YWCA Sherriff King Home will be there to both share stories from the facility and to receive all the Worry Buddies and other projects so lovingly created throughout the year. Traditionally, we bless the buddies and the afghans before they leave to be given to the women and children at the YW facility. All women are welcome.

The Property Committee would like to thank everyone who helped make last weekend's Spring Clean-Up such a success! To Sheri, who orchestrated getting the Sunday School rooms spruced up; to Charlotte for helping us get the word out; to Ray for allowing us to use his tools; and to our newest staff member Nicole, who worked tirelessly with anything and everything that needed to be done.  We thank our gardeners -  Allan, Kevin, Brian (who also doubled as painters, cleaners, and general handy men), Sylvia, and Ken, Deanna, Noreen, Barb.  We thank our cleaners - Mary Jane, Ron, Betty, Diane, Evelyn, Helen, and Jeannie.  We thank our painters - Susan, Nicola, Myrl, Judy.  All these people pitched in willingly to get so much accomplished.  We invite you to walk the newly-mulched meditation path or enjoy the front gardens.  Come see our brightly coloured Sunday School rooms - the colours are taken from our new Woodcliff logo.  Several minor repairs were done.  Although we still have lots more projects to tackle, we are thrilled with the success of our party.  Thank you!


Sunday June 24 following worship
Please join us in celebrating the wind up of this year’s children and youth programming and in bidding farewell to Rev. Debbie and our transition team of ministers with a BBQ! Food, treats, and games for all ages to enjoy will be provided. All are welcome!

Howdy to Eric and Michelle!! Help us welcome Eric and Michelle to Woodcliff United Church and Calgary on Sunday July 15th with a Pancake Breakfast and Wedding Shower. If you would like to contribute towards a wedding gift for the newlyweds, there will be a box at the back of the church that you may drop off a cash donation in. Council will find out what they need and purchase a gift or gift cards from all of us for them. Come in your best western duds.


Got some time this summer to contribute to Habitat’s goal of providing affordable housing to needy Calgarians? Builds are currently underway in Bowness and Pineridge; check out volunteer opportunities: Stay tuned: Woodcliff is exploring week day and week end build days for the fall.

Sonshine Community Services
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

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 or Ron at Next gathering is June 19, 2018.

VBS is coming to Woodcliff this summer from July 16-20th and we are looking for donations to help set the scene:
Tan coloured carpet scraps, beach toys, plastic table cloths in tropical colours. If you have any of these items to donate, please be in contact with Sheri.

Camp Kasota West
Summer camps for children and youth. Information available on the downstairs bulletin board, on the web site, or by phoning 403-275-3636.

Choir practice runs Thursday evenings starting at 7:30 pm.
New voices always welcome!


Next meeting: June 16, 2018. 

Come join us for coffee in the Edworthy Lounge anytime after 10:00am!
To have names placed on the confidential Prayer Chain List please contact the prayer chain at
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.

Moving Forward in Our Intercultural Work

Our gifts for Mission & Service support the intercultural journey of learning and practice. Carmen Ramirez shares her story today.

“It has been great to be a part of the United Church’s intercultural work. One highly effective branch of this work is the Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry (DUIM) program, which has helped church leaders and community members develop tools and foster attitudes to engage their own contexts. The program has been a life-changing experience for both the participants and the facilitators.

“As a facilitator for DUIM I have been able to learn more about dominant culture individuals and their experience. This has made me a more patient and understanding person. I have realized that we are all not in the same place in our intercultural or faith journey.”

Similarly, one participant had this to say about the program: “I am looking forward to using many of the tools in a variety of my ministry contexts. This includes home in Kahnawake as we engage in relationship building outside the reserve; Montreal City Mission, where we work ecumenically; interfaith encounters with a wide variety of marginalized communities; through my work on right relations with our presbytery; working with my home congregation on relationship building with a variety of cultural groups; and my ongoing work with the Muslim Association of Canada. My heart and head are full of ideas, possibilities, and opportunities to engage the various ministries where I work.”

The DUIM program allows people to move forward in their intercultural work. Our gifts for Mission & Service make this journey possible.

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.


Calgary West Christian Women’s Club/Fashion Show
Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 pm
Westgate Community Hall 4943 – 8 Ave. SW
Lemons and Steel in Chestermere will bring their latest fashions.
Music and encouraging message – Tandy Balson from Airdrie
Come share with friends. Bottomless Coffee/Goodies only $8.00
For information – phone Lois 403-249-3994
Ploughshares Calgary
Korean Consul General Gunn Kim will be speaking on the Nuclear Weapons Program in North Korea and the peace issues facing the people of South Korea on Monday, June 11th at 7 pm at Parkdale United Church.
Ploughshares Calgary Annual General Meeting to be held on Wednesday, June 13th at 7 pm at Parkdale United Church.  Rev. John Pentland will be presenting on “Leaving Things Better Than We Found Them”. 
Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
Ode to Joy
June 15 and 16 at 8:00pm
Jack Singer Concert Hall
In 1989, to mark the collapse of the Berlin Wall, Leonard Bernstein conducted Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, changing the word Joy (“Freude”) to Freedom (“Freiheit”). No other work could so greatly encompass all of humanity’s struggles to live freely and joyfully. It is introduced by his First Symphony, the endeavour which began Beethoven’s eternal, unsurpassed symphonic legacy.
Get a 15% discount on tickets, using the code NINTH.
Tickets can be purchased online or over the phone at 403-571-0849
Calgary Renaissance Singers and Players
A celebration of Jewish Coral Music
Tuesday June 19, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Beth Tzedec Conservative Congregation 1325 Glenmore Trail SW
With special guests: Spiritus Chamber Choir and Los Angeles Zimriyah Chorale. Tickets:
Community Blood Drive - 150 Donors Needed
Tuesday, July 3rd 4:00 PM - 8:00pm
Hellenic Community Centre Gymnasium - 1 Tamarac Crescent SW
Canadian Blood Services is desperate to fill spots for this blood drive. Please go to to book if you are able to donate. Spread the word!

5010 Spruce Drive SW T3C 3B2


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