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December 21, 2018
Merry Christmas and happy holidays!
 
We have finally (or only) arrived at Christmas.  There is so much going on during this time of year.  Take a moment to breathe and maybe to have some chocolate. Take some time for yourself.
 
This season we have a Blue Christmas service, 4PM Family, 7PM Candles and Carols and a 10PM communion service. We have a lot going on. That is a good thing. It is a blessing that we are able to have these various services that speak what is important about the Christmas season to each one of us. Maybe we only attend one of the services, maybe we attend all of them. The diversity of services reflect the different places and headspaces where we are at in our Christmas journeys.
 
I want to assure you that wherever you’re at personally, professionally or spiritually, that there is something for you at Woodcliff United Church.  On Christmas Eve we are going to celebrate the birth of Christ.  It is easy to make light of a story we have heard hundreds of times. However, we cannot overlook that this birth arguably changed the course of human history; and that is not something to take lightly. You know, it’s kind of funny. There are so many “what ifs” within the Gospels. What if it was a cloudy night and the shepherds couldn’t see the star? What if there had been room at the inn? What if Jesus had arrived early? What if… Before something happens there is almost infinite possibilities to what may happen.  Take a chance this holiday season.  Try something new, volunteer, join a ministry, try out a new genre of music, or maybe bake some shortbread for a minister you know…
 
Whatever service you attend (or don’t), know that you are loved. Know that God’s love goes beyond denominational, familial and personal history. May hope lead you, peace envelop you, joy lift you up and love empower you during this season.
 
Christmas blessings,
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.
Yoga classes will resume January 15 and run until mid-March. Cost for the session is $150.00. Sign up in the Narthex or through the office.
Thank you so much to all who attended (and brought baking for) our Carols, Candles and Coffee event of December 5th.  Thank you also to all women who have supported our WOW programs through the fall. Our first get together in 2019 will be on Monday, January 28th at 7:15. Dr. Jayna Holroyd will talk about successful aging. All women are welcome at all WOW sessions.
On Friday Jan.11 at 7:00pm, please join Congregational Life for a games night. Bring your own cards and board games. Snacks will be provided!
We will hold our monthly meeting tomorrow 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.
WOODCLIFF DEMENTIA CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP
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 second and fourth Tuesdays of January 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 January 8.

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

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.
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.

Serve God Gladly

At the Morogoro Women’s Training Centre in Dodoma, Tanzania, there is a sign that reads, “Serve God gladly.” Morogoro has been a Mission & Service global partner since the centre’s creation in 1979.

The centre offers a variety of courses, from legal advocacy to agriculture to maternal health. The goal is to empower women to make a better life for themselves, their families, and their communities.

Over the past five years, United Church Women have supported the Traditional Birth Attendants program at the centre. Five hundred women have graduated from this program and are now able to assist mothers to give birth safely in communities that often lack a clinic or hospital. Traditional Birth Attendants, or midwives, play a significant role in reducing maternal and infant mortality through pre- and post-natal care and birthing techniques. Mothers and their children are alive thanks to this program and to the vision of the Morogoro Centre.

Our ongoing gifts for Mission & Service enable core support for the Morogoro Women’s Training Centre.

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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