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January 18, 2018
Well, it was only a matter of time before the snow returned. It really was inevitable. And it is inevitable that a Chinook will come and bring warm(er) weather back to Calgary. There are countless things in life that are bound to happen. We are going to trip up, we are going to cry, shout for joy, dance and wonder what’s for supper…
 
In Scripture it is written “for everything there is a season”.  I believe this to be fundamentally true. From the hardships in life to the joys we experience. There are not many earthly (or even celestial) bodies that last forever. I find this oddly comforting. It may sound cliché, but, the promise of God is that we are never alone.
 
I do not often have the opportunity to speak with all of you in person, therefore, I do not know the life giving activities and the life draining activities y’all are involved in, but I do know some. However, I would like to get to know more. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me to chat, and to share in all of the seasons that life has to offer.
Peace,
Rev. Eric
INDIGENOUS BLANKET EXERCISE
A blanket exercise is an interactive teaching tool to share the historic and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and Non Indigenous peoples in Canada.
Woodcliff’s exercise is tailored to the specific history, legacy and shared experience of the United Church in Southern Alberta.
Saturday, January 19 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm followed by a soup supper.
Participant fee: $20.00. Space is limited; to register, call the church office: 403 249-3121
All women are welcome at all WOW programs. Come to them all or just to the ones that pique your interest. Our first program will be on Monday, January 28th, at 7:15 p.m. (see details directly below).  After that, there are speakers or activities scheduled monthly, usually on the fourth Monday but please watch this space for changes.
Please join us this Saturday January 19 for coffee and discussion. Ron Holberton will be providing topics. Can't make it this Saturday but would like to be on the email list? Speak to Ron or Rev. Eric so you can be kept in the know!
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 22.

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 January 20, 2019.

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.

LGBTQ TWO-SPIRIT GLOBAL CONSULTATION

Our gifts for Mission & Service support the work of LGBTQ Two-Spirit justice and global partnership. Here’s a story from the shores of Lake Couchiching, Ontario, on the territory of the Chippewas of Rama First Nation.

In late 2017, about 40 LGBTQ people, Two-Spirit people, and straight and cisgender allies gathered from 11 countries to support one another and work toward the inclusion of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities in all parts of the world.

Two-Spirit participants provided leadership, guiding the group in lighting the sacred fire, leading sunrise ceremonies, a Talking Circle, and evening gatherings, and sharing teachings about Two-Spirit identities.

Participants were cared for by the sacred fire and the firekeepers, receiving a gift beyond compare. They also learned about the role that colonialism plays in the oppression of LGBTQ Two-Spirit people.

One of the Two-Spirit participants shared, “To be given the honour of being the doorway keeper for the circle and the conduit within the circle to the pathway of the Sacred Fire, thank you!... Against deep odds we heard that changes are happening all over, step by step, life by life.”

We give thanks for the gifts of Two-Spirit people, the work of our global partners, and the ministry of Affirm United.

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.

5010 Spruce Drive SW T3C 3B2
403-249-3121
NEED AN ANNOUNCEMENT IN THE BULLETIN, MESSENGER OR POWERPOINT? email the office at 
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Find more information about the wider Church at:
Calgary Presbytery: www.calgaryunited.ca
Alberta & Northwest Conference: www.anwconf.com
The United Church of Canada: www.united-church.ca
Wondercafe2 http://wondercafe2.ca/index.php

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