May 3, 2019
This week with outreach taking leadership of the service on Sunday (Rev Eric is on study break), I thought it would be a good time to tell you about my experience from when I first came to Woodcliff. We came because we, as a family, wanted a church community that had a deep social conscience in addition to being overall amazing people. Woodcliff lived up to its reputation, and that is because of you.  In the short 3.5 years I have been here I have had the privilege and honour of being a part of many learning opportunities, many opportunities to give back and give more of myself and my family. We have learned about organizations that Woodcliff helps and we have had fun. What I know to be true in my heart is that the people of Woodcliff give generously of themselves and of their time and IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE - every little thing...right down to a single can of corn.  With the kids last week, we talked about how we can share the love Jesus has for us, through being there for others. So here we are launching the start of Food Bank Month. This week you are invited to bring canned vegetables/fruits to add to our donations for the food bank. As you have read, we will have so much fun doing this. Add your name to a team, if you haven't already, and bring your donation to the right coloured boxes starting NOW... and the countdown to CANstruction day begins now! 
Habitat Alumni! Please, if you have one, wear a Habitat TShirt this Sunday, whether it is from a local build or an international experience after all this is Habitat Sunday! 
InterFaith Habitat for Humanity Finale! 
May 5 - 7:00pm at Beth Tzedec Synagogue 1325 Glenmore Trail S.W.
"Building Sacred Bridges”  an interfaith musical experience with inspiring works by Jewish, Muslim, Sikh and Christian participants including a Gospel Choir and an interfaith Children’s choir called “All of God’s Children”   No Charge but donations accepted for the Interfaith Habitat for Humanity project.  
At the event we will be celebrating the conclusion of this project’s goal of raising $1M to help famlies buy their first home.    
Reserve tickets at
The Women of Woodcliff are pleased to once again host the Strawberry Social, to which the whole congregation and guests are invited. Please join us on Wednesday, May 15th from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., in the Lower Hall for cake and conversation.
Needles and Pins is putting together Afghans for the Sherriff King. We are looking for 8"x8" knot squares. We hope to have several afghans to present to the Sheriff King in June. Please pick up yarn from Rhonda Dietzler or Mary Ann Christie. Finished squares can be dropped off with them as well or at the church office by the end of May.
Tickets on sale this Sunday. Proceeds from the concert will help support the 86 Cubs and Scouts attend their upcoming jamboree.
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 May 7, 2019 .

To have names placed on the confidential Prayer Chain List please contact the prayer chain at or 403-246-9384. Next Prayer Chain meeting will be held May 26 at 11:15 am.

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.
The Ministry and Personnel Committee is requesting Woodcliff members to make contributions to an “employee gift bank”.
Donated gifts  will be presented to individual staff members in recognition of their service to our faith community.
Examples could include: gift cards, Stampeder tickets, works of art, chocolate, a plant etc.
If you can support this request, please contact Brian Plesuk


We stand on the foundation of a great cloud of witnesses—faithful men and women who answered the call of ministry in an overseas position to preach, teach, and heal in places around the world. We are thankful for the ways they showed us what it means to love your neighbour around the world in loving partnership.

This is the story of one of our United Church saints: Lucy Winifred Robinson Bryce, principal, educator, and author, who lived in India from 1915 to 1953. Lucy was married to fellow missionary George Bryce. Together they taught at the Indore Christian College in Malwa. Lucy was the principal of the college from 1952 to 1953. In her time at the college, she introduced social work and sociology programs as part of the curriculum.

She had a deep love for India and its people. In her 1945 book India on the Threshold, she reflected on what an independent India would be like. Lucy shared these words in her book: “India is not only setting her house in order, but she is taking her place among the nations of the world. Never again can she be designated ‘faraway India,’ for she is within…flying time from all nations east or west. We who love her, but who, alas, are not of her soil, must be humble in this her great hour… With my hands folded in your own greeting of peace, O India, I bow to you in the threshold of new life.”1

We give thanks for the inspiring foundation of our past!

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.

Cheyanne Sharbatke-Church presents ‘Experiences in peacebuilding with the UN, donor governments, and NGOs’, Wednesday, May 8th, 7 pm – 9 pm at Parkdale United Church conference room (lower level).

Tuesday, May 14, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Westgate Community Hall 4943 – 8 Ave. SW
FASHION SHOW B&P Upscale Boutique spring fashions
SPEAKER - Virginia Baptiste, Okotoks, former Hospital Chaplain
 “Love is Belonging – Overcoming the Fear of the End of Life”
$8 for bottomless coffee and goodies - Info Call Lois Tetley 403 249 3994

Ambrose University (Calgary) is once again hosting our Annual Jazz Camp from August 19 – 23, 2019 for students 14 and older. Classes will be offered in guitar, piano, sax, trumpet, trombone, drums and bass. We will be offering lessons, combos, master classes and concerts throughout the week. The week will culminate with a student concert the afternoon of August 23th.
More information, updates and access to the registration page can be found at this web site:
 The cost is $300 before July 5 and $375 after July 5.
5010 Spruce Drive SW T3C 3B2

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