OCTOBER 26, 2018
This Sunday is the final Sunday in the Lord's Prayer sermon series at Woodcliff United Church.  During the service we are going to be focusing on the line "Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil".  
So, in this message to you, I would like to write briefly on what follows: "for thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, forever and ever, amen!".  The language of kingdom and glory hearkens back to something like the feudal ages or in the times of Vikings; you would be right. Kingdoms and empires is the world that Jesus and his contemporaries lived in.  But why do we still use that language now? How does it relate? 
I'd like to put forward we use that kingdom language because it reminds us, or at least me, that this is God's world and we are merely stewards of that.  Part of what the Lord's Prayer reminds me is that my prayer life and my life of faith need to encompass more than just my concerns, but all of God's children. 
The Lord's Prayer is transformational. It is meant to be. Let's continue to live into these very familiar words. 
Rev. Eric
The funeral service for George Forsyth will be held today at 2:00pm at the South Calgary Funeral Centre - 12700 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary, AB T2J 7E5.
Ryan and Trinh Dietzler invite you to a celebration of their new life together. Please join them for cake and a toast in the Lower Hall on November 10 at 1:30pm.
Woodcliff Receives $30,000 Grant for Windows Project 
The United Church of Canada, through its Faithful Footprints program, has approved a $30,000 Retrofit Grant for Woodcliff's window and door project.  The Faithful Footprints program is one of UCC's initiatives aimed at reducing the church's energy footprint and saving money.  See for more details about this program.
One of the conditions of the grant is that the congregation must match the $30,000.  The further good news is that we have already done that with our very successful Windows for Woodcliff program this past spring.  Your contributions in the spring will now effectively be matched twice.  Once with money from the McLement Estate and now with this Faithful Footprints grant.   
Well done Woodcliff.
Ministry and Personnel Committee Liaisons meet with their respective staff in November to review performance and set goals. Please provide feedback to the staff person’s liaison before October 31 or to Brian Plesuk via or 403 242-8263.
Two quick questions: What are you most grateful for?  What are you giving Jesus this Christmas as a gift? In his new book, The Purpose of Christmas, Rick Warren challenges the reader to think about the answers to those questions. Book study dates are: Wed. November 21, Wed. November 28, and Wed. Dec. 12 at 1:30 or 7:00pm. Sessions are free, and no book purchase is required.
Please sign up in the Narthex to get your name on the list. Spots are limited. Any questions contact Ron Carter, book study leader, at or 403-249-3307.
The Stewardship committee has provided your year to date offering statement and a questionnaire they need filled in.  Please pick up your envelope at the back of the church. 
Yoga takes place in the Nursery.
Drop In participants are welcome!
Please use the following link to sign up as a volunteer for our Children's Ministry program. Thank you!
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 November 6, 2018.

To have names placed on the confidential Prayer Chain List please contact the prayer chain at Next Prayer Chain meeting is Sunday October 21, 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.
This year’s Global Festival runs November 2 – 4. We need bakers! Sign up downstairs to provide one of the following:
9x13 chocolate cakes  
9x13 pans of Rice Krispie squares
fruit pies
Baking not your gift? There are sign up sheets for numerous other volunteer opportunities. Please take a look at the Global Festival table during coffee time and see where you might be able to help out.
Save the date!
Global Festival All Ages Event Friday November 2 - 7:00pm
Plan to join in this fun evening of intergenerational games and community building. Friends are welcome!
Saturday Dec. 1 will be the final build day associated with the Habitat for Humanity InterFaith Projects’ goal of 24 homes and $ 1 million – the project is $200,000 short! Besides needing enthusiastic on-site volunteers, we are especially seeking 12 -16 participants who are willing to solicit financial support and sponsorship from friends, family, groups and employers! Can you help? contact Brian Plesuk 403 242-8263.


For several decades, Indigenous communities of faith have gathered nationally to discuss matters of self-determination, spirituality, and their relationship with The United Church of Canada. These gatherings are a forum for listening to one another and discerning Creator’s plan for mission and ministry.

The 2017 National Aboriginal Spiritual Gathering took place July 27–30 on the Treaty One Territory (Pinawa, Manitoba). A Sacred Fire burned throughout the Gathering, with four Fire Keepers guarding the Fire at all hours of the day. Participants came from across Canada—including youth, Elders, and ecumenical guests—as well as from the Moderator’s Dialogue on Reconciliation.

The Very Rev. Dr. Stan McKay offered a Bible study, where participants reflected on biblical passages alongside the seven Sacred Teachings of Love, Respect, Courage, Honesty, Wisdom, Humility, and Truth.

Dr. Shauneen Pete, an educator from Saskatchewan, spoke of her experiences working in academic institutions on issues of workplace equity, institutional racism, and cultural competency. Connections were made between these issues and the work of reconciliation. Dr. Pete praised events like the National Aboriginal Spiritual Gathering that dig deeper into the issues and empower their participants.

We are thankful for gatherings like the National Aboriginal Spiritual Gathering, and we celebrate that, through your gifts for Mission & Service, communities can look forward to the next Gathering in 2020.

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.

CORE Celebration's next concert is Sunday evening, October 28, 2018 at 7pm at First Baptist Church.
Amazing Grace is possibly one of the most well known hymns of all time.  But do you know the story of its composer, Anglican minister John Newton? Through drama and music, we will feature the true story of how a slave trader became transformed by the love of God (and his wife) to become a popular Anglican minister, author, hymn writer, mentor and an outspoken advocates against slavery. This drama, written and performed by Deanna Storfie of Acting Up! Drama will inspire and encourage your faith, while challenging you to engage with and influence your world for Christ.

Please join the CORE Choir for another season of timeless sacred music. CORE Celebration is a citywide worship gathering featuring a rich musical program including choir, instrumentalists, singers, and many local musicians from the professional and church communities within our city.   
Your Hosts:
Darrel Janz, host
CORE Celebration Choir
Brent Krawchuk, pianist
Donna Holoboff, organist
Jason Erhardt, director
Save the dates:
Sunday, November 25, 2018
Sunday, December 16, 2018
5010 Spruce Drive SW T3C 3B2

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