December 7, 2018
Last night, Michelle and I sat down to watch a classic Christmas movie: The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. We did not watch the Jim Carrey one, but the older cartoon one with the limited color palette. We have both watched these movies with our respective families for as far back as we can both remember.  I also shamelessly admit that we watch all those corny Hallmark Christmas movies. We can't help it.   
This year is the first year where we will both not be with our immediate families for Christmas day.  There is an opportunity to forge new traditions and plan out the trajectory of Christmas traditions for generations to come! This could very well be a make or break Christmas...
That being said, there is a lot of expectations that come with Christmas. It is so easy to get swept up in the bajillion things each of us have going on. I have a few tips for making the holidays just a little bit easier:
1. Come worship Woodcliff United Church!
2. Visit your local animal shelter and pet ALL OF THE ANIMALS. 
3. Write a letter to someone, anyone, and share a memory you have with them. 
4. Remember: God loves you. There is nothing that will ever change that. 
Rev. Eric
Renewals for the 2019 Observer are now due. Please use the white Observer envelopes available at the back of the sanctuary. Make cheques available to Woodcliff United Church with ‘Observer’ on the memo line. The cost is $25.00 per year. If you do not wish to renew or have any questions, please contact Mary Anne Christie.
We need dozens of cookies for Christmas Eve. If you can help supply nut free holiday cookies, please sign up in the Narthex or speak to Sheri.
Kelly Scott will be holding a quick workshop/refresher course for those who volunteer in the media room on Sunday December 16 at 11:15am. If you are on the list currently or would like to be added to the volunteer roster, please plan on attending this short but important class.
There will be a Blue Christmas service on Thursday December 20 at 6:30pm here at Woodcliff. This is a service of comfort for those who struggle during the holiday season.
Yoga continues in the nursery Tuesdays at 10:00 am. Classes will continue until December 11 and return again in mid-January.
Drop In participants are welcome!
We will hold our monthly meeting on Saturday, December 15th when we will hear from co-chair Janet Wilson, an update on Woodcliff’s Affirming exploration process. Discussion to follow.
We are eager to have new faces join us; for you busy young fathers, it’s a chance to escape on a Saturday morning for an hour!
Note new start time: 10:00 am. Coffee and muffins will be provided.
Please use the following link to sign up as a volunteer for our Children's Ministry program. Thank you!
Tomorrow, Saturday, December 8th, we are attending public skating at the Olympic Oval at U of C. If you do not have skates or helmets--no worries! - the university rents them out! Public skating starts at 12:00 PM, noon. Please meet Nicole at the bus loop at University of Calgary at 11:30 AM. If you need help with directions, let her know! You can be picked up by 1:45 PM at the bus loop.
On Friday, December 14th, we will have gingerbread decorating! If you want to wear an ugly Christmas sweater, I encourage it! We will also have a Christmas movie going in the Larch room while you decorate. Gingerbread decorating starts at 6:30 PM at Woodcliff United Church until 8:30 PM. 
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 December 18.

To have names placed on the confidential Prayer Chain List please contact the prayer chain at or 587-323-6992. Next Prayer Chain meeting is Sunday December 16, 2018.

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.
Advent Gift Card Tree for Brenda’s House and Sonshine Centre
(transitional housing for families facing homelessness & temporary housing for women & their children fleeing domestic abuse) 
Giving gift cards to these families enables them to purchase gifts for their children at Christmas or throughout the year. Please place a cash or gift card donation in the box in the foyer. For every donation an ornament will be added to our tree. During the week, donations may be left in the office or placed in an envelope and slipped under the door. Gift cards, in any amount, from local businesses such as Superstore, Safeway, Shoppers Drug Mart, Wal-Mart, or even movie passes would be suitable. We hope the tree in the foyer is full of ornaments by Dec 25!
Cash donations will be used by these agencies for special outings for the children such swimming at a city pool, a trip to the zoo etc. or gift cards as needed. 
* only cash donations of $20 or more are eligible for a tax receipt from Woodcliff
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. Eight unique cards are available in denominations from $10.00 to $150.00 and help purchase needed supplies to build homes for those in need.
Habitat Build
The Outreach Committee wishes to extend sincere gratitude to all those who worked on site, raised funds, donated funds to builders, made lunch and had us in their thoughts and prayers!
Besides the Habitat experience, this Woodcliff build event contributed  nearly $5,000 toward the InterFaith project; and, as the past Chair of the Habitat Board said, “Sure was nice to work with your group. Good people”.


Marion Pope, a registered nurse, served with the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea (PROK) in South Korea for 36 years.

“Hold the gospel and culture in creative tension.” These words of her teacher, Dr. Katharine Hockin, guided Marion, who became a well-known and respected teacher and writer about mission.

“Our questions relate to the struggle to reconcile the truth we see in the gospel with the values of the culture in which we are living and working,” says Marion. “Those going to partner churches overseas are all trying to learn how the gospel is understood and being lived by the people of that partner church…. We were not being sent out to change others or to achieve an end. We were being sent out to learn, work, and live with other people under the direction of the church to which we were sent.”

As a nursing educator, Marion took this challenge seriously and taught the traditions of Korean nursing, which had been replaced by Western medicine. “[Marion] gave us insight into how to develop nursing in the Korean context: ‘Don’t just borrow from the West,’ she told us. ‘Use your own Korean perspective.’ We learned from her that Korean nursing has much to offer. Her influence is still being felt,” notes Professor Lee Won-Hee of Yonsei University College of Nursing.

Says Marion, “Everything I have done and taught and lived in Korea and Canada was my attempt to reflect the missiology I was taught by Dr. Katharine Hockin and the diaconal ministry taught at the Centre for Christian Studies.”

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, December 11, 2018, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
CHOIR and SPEAKER bring music & inspiration of Christmas
Info? Lois 403-249-3994       $8 bottomless coffee/goodies
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

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