August 17, 2018

Excerpt from "Book of Common Prayer for Ordinary Radicals"
Mark of New Monasticism: Peacemaking
"Peace is not just about the absence of conflict; it's also about the presence of justice.  Martin Luther King Jr. even distinguished between the "devil's peace" and God's true peace.  A counterfeit peace exists when people are pacified or distracted or so beat up and tired of fighting that all seems calm.  But true peace does not exist until there is justice, restoration, forgiveness.  Peacemaking doesn't mean passivity.  It is the act of interrupting injustice without mirroring injustice, the act of disarming evil without destroying the evildoer, the act of finding a third way that is neither fight nor flight but the careful, arduous pursuit of reconciliation and justice.  It is about a revolution of love that is big enough to set both the oppressed and the oppressors free..."
Where do we see this playing out in our lives? In our communities? What does this understanding of peacemaking mean for us as Woodcliff United Church? Moreover, what can this mean in a time of "fake news" and "identity politics"? I pray that we all continue to strive for justice for ourselves, the stranger and the marginalized. 
Rev. Eric

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.
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. 

Summer sleep away camps for children and youth grade 1-9. Information is available on the downstairs bulletin board, on the web site, or by phoning 403-275-3636.
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 the office. Next gathering is August 21, 2018 
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.
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
What is Happening with the Window Project?
A contract has been signed with DBD Construction under the leadership of Noah Whyte. They have sourced and will be installing the new windows and doors.  All the new windows have been ordered and delivery is expected late in August. Shop drawings for the new exterior and interior door systems should be delivered this week and orders will be placed by Aug. 14.  Installation of all windows and doors will commence the first week in September.  Installation of new windows and doors and maintenance work on remaining installations will be completed by the end of October. 
The Committee will be contacting user groups as we get closer to the installation dates to coordinate access to the various affective spaces.
If you have questions about the project contact Steve Crosby at

Safe Haven, Stepping Stone

Centre 507, located at Centretown United Church in Ottawa, is an adult drop-in centre and support service that describes itself in its motto: “Safe Haven, Stepping Stone.” Each day, 100 or more people—many facing such challenges as homelessness, poverty, addiction, mental illness, unstable housing, chronic unemployment, and physical abuse—come into the centre seeking a safe and friendly environment.

Daniel Hayward is a former chaplain at Centre 507. He reminisces about his days journeying with the people who drop in: “A lot of coffee and many games of chess! I remember listening to a man who had been released from prison in Kingston, got on the bus to Ottawa, and ended up right away at 507, which is two blocks from the bus station. A young woman came in looking for support; she was pregnant and had been rejected by her church. Parents would arrive, searching for adult children who could be on the streets in Ottawa. A volunteer from a local United Church would repair clothing for grateful participants.

“I led memorial services for participants who had died. One man had no family or money at all and received the solitary burial provided by the government, but the people of Centre 507 and Centretown United showed up so that he would not be alone. Centre 507 staff, volunteers, and participants make a great effort to ensure that no one feels abandoned.” Mission & Service cares for these neighbours.

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.

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As you might have heard on the radio or TV, there is a new scam in town.  It is one that has struck in many places across North America. A person contacts a church staff person or a congregation member with the request for them to personally purchase an iTunes card (etc.) to give to somebody in need (with a promise of reimbursement), using the name, etc. of the relative clergy person.  The scammer has set up a Gmail account in that clergy person's name and makes the request by this mode.  If you receive a request like this, please confirm with the church office that the request is valid before doing anything!  There has already been one instance, that we are aware of, within the United Church in Calgary.

August 13 – 17, 2018
This course is helpful for professionals working with diverse populations. Develop the awareness, knowledge, and skills needed to support religious diversity in the workplace and beyond. Learn through readings, reflection, discussion, case studies, and site visits to various sacred spaces in Calgary. Sign up at
St. Mary’s University
6 week fall course Saturdays 9:30 – 12:30pm starting Sept. 22, 2018.
Design and create two stained glass pieces while learning about liturgical meanings and our connection to stained glass.
For more information contact


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 or 403-609-0690.

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 or by emailing

September 22, 2018 from 1:00-4:00pm  at 3412 Spruce Dr SW
As many of our congregation know, ARBI (Association for the Rehabilitation of the Brain Injured) had its first home in the basement of our church. This association came about as a result of the brain injury of Mel Laine, son of Alice, who was an active member of our congregation.  She and her friend, Audrey Morrice, began this association to assist others as well as Mel in recovery from brain injury.
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