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WOODCLIFF MESSENGER APRIL 27, 2018
 
A friend of mine shared this cartoon with me. I love it. It expresses exactly how I visualize the church. Our church is not a building, nor is it what happens in the building; the church is the people who know in their hearts that they are Woodcliff United Church wherever they may be. The church building is simply a tool that allows us to gather and nurture our faith, to plan how we are going to reach out in love to our world and a place to share with others who need a place to gather.

Yesterday, I stepped out for a bit of a walk in between meetings. I noticed someone walking back from the park who came up the church walkway to the little library and checked out the books. Love in action, reaching out beyond our walls.

 Then, in the afternoon, I sat in with the Outreach Committee, who shared what each had done in the last month to take love out into the community through their various projects and partnerships - everything from cleaning apartments at Sonshine House to making popcorn for movie night at Brenda's House. Love in action, reaching out beyond our walls.
In the evening, I came back for another meeting. I enjoyed watching the hustle and bustle of the cubs who meet in our church, as they headed outside into the beautiful spring evening, to practice their camping skills. The building in action, sharing love with the community.

I wonder what each of you were doing? I wonder how you were sharing your love with our world. Each of us is beloved of God, our Creator. When we know that deep in our beings, then our church can reach out and be where ever we are, whether it is sitting on a bench basking in the spring sunshine and smiling at those who go by, in the office listening as a co-worker shares their troubles or working together on making the world just a little bit better. Woodcliff United, love in action in our world.
Thanks be to God!


Rev. Debbie
THIS WEEK AT WOODCLIFF
ANNOUNCEMENTS
                                          
WORSHIP AT WOODCLIFF
                   Sun. April 29                                        Rev. Debbie Stockdale
                   Sun. May 6                                           Rev. Debbie Stockdale
                   Sun May 13                                          Rev. Bob Mutlow
                   Sun May 20                                          Rev. Grant Dawson

                   Sun May 27                                          Rev. Debbie Stockdale
 
  
CAN YOU HELP?
Our soon to be minister, Rev. Eric Pagé and his wife Michelle are working on securing a rental property in Calgary and are wondering if anyone in the congregation might have any leads on rental accommodations. They are hoping for the following: 1-2 bedrooms, 1+ bathroom, heat and hot water included; parking; pet friendly (they have a cat); in suite laundry. If you know of a suitable rental please be in contact with the church office.

 
WOMEN OF WOODCLIFF (WOW)
Strawberry Social – Wednesday, May 16th, 2018
The Women of Woodcliff invite you to join them at their third annual Strawberry Social. There will be angel food cake with strawberries and ice cream, along with the opportunity to visit. The whole congregation is invited to this tea from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Lower Hall.  Please feel welcome to bring guests. There will be a sign-up sheet at the information station so that we have some idea of numbers. Hope to see you there.


AFFIRMING LUNCH AND LEARN
Please join this Sunday, April 29th, for lunch as Woodcliff learns about the affirming process. Lunch begins immediately following worship and child care is provided. There will be a Q&A time included during the session. We look forward to seeing you there!


CALLING ALL PHOTOGRAPHERS
We are always looking for beautiful photos to use for our Sunday services and bulletin covers. If you have any photos you would be willing to share, please forward them to Charlotte at office@woodcliffunited.com.


OUTREACH
     Woodcliff Generosity
On April 20, Habitat for Humanity recognized Woodcliff’s contribution to the InterFaith Build Project during a home dedication ceremony in Pineridge.
To date, Woodcliff has contributed over $26, 000 to the project and supplemented it with volunteers at build days, lunches and baking, and prayers of support. Our children’s program has been involved as well, collecting coins in “Johnny Cash” (the Allan Main created toilet bank) and, even through individuals asking for Habitat donations in lieu of birthday presents! Well done Woodcliff; faith in action!


VALUABLES

Please do not leave valuables unattended or in coat pockets left in the foyer.



WOODCLIFF DEMENTIA CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP
 
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 Lorna at rowsell5@shaw.ca o rRon at roncarter@telus.net. Next gathering is May 1, 2018.
 
 
CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

Children's ministry volunteers - it's time to sign up for opportunities for 2018! Please use the following link to find available spaces to help and to sign up. Thank you!
 
VBS

VBS is coming to Woodcliff this summer from July 16-20th and we are looking for donations to help set the scene:
Tan coloured carpet scraps, beach toys, plastic table cloths in tropical colours. If you have any of these items to donate, please be in contact with Sheri.

Camp Kasota West
Summer camps for children and youth. Information available on the downstairs bulletin board, on the web site www.campkasotawest.com, or by phoning 403-275-3636.


WOODCLIFF CHOIR
Choir practice runs Thursday evenings starting at 7:30 pm.
New voices always welcome!

 
MEN'S BREAKFAST GROUP

Next meeting: May 19, 2018. 

THIRSTY THURSDAYS
Come join us for coffee in the Edworthy Lounge anytime after 10:00am!
PASTORAL CARE
WOODCLIFF PRAYER CHAIN
To have names placed on the confidential Prayer Chain List please contact the prayer chain at wucprayerchain@gmail.com
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.
MINUTE FOR MISSION

Let’s hear this interview with Alana Martin, a candidate for diaconal ministry.

When did you know you were called to ministry?

I started to feel a sense of a call when I was a teenager, but didn’t start discerning what that really meant for me until I was a young adult.

Growing up, my mom was studying to be a diaconal minister and through that exposure I felt a strong connection to that type of ministry.

What is it about diaconal ministry that spoke to your call?

Education, service, and pastoral care—I feel so called to the ministries diaconal ministers are commissioned to. I also know my ministry will benefit greatly from the diaconal training program.

What are you most excited about in your training for ministry?

The hands-on practicality of the program, the intense learning circles, and being in the program with other students across The United Church of Canada sharing in community together.

What would you like to say to the people who give to Mission & Service?

Because of your generous donations, students at the Centre for Christian Studies are able to deepen their theological study and ministry gifts.

I am truly grateful for your support and your endorsement of us to become and continue to be leaders within the church.

Our gifts to Mission & Service support theological schools across the country and people studying to enter ministry in the United Church.

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.


COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
Project Ploughshares
Are you concerned about the world? Ploughshares Calgary and Calgary Assoc. of Lifelong Learners invite you to a Community Conference.  “CHALLENGES OF PEACE AND WAR”, Sat. May 5, 9.30 to 3.30pm, Varsity Acres Presbyterian Church 4612 Varsity Dr. Keynote address: Rob Huebert, Assoc. Prof of Political Science, U of C: “A return to power politics? What does it mean for international peace and security?’ Panel: distinguished representatives of CN Armed Forces, Mennonite Central Comm., Mt Royal University, Ploughshares. Catered lunch. Film “In Pursuit of Peace” (conflict transformation professionals working in ‘hot spots’). $25. To register on-line: https://calgarylifelonglearners.ca/event-2873632/Registration or by  email: dodd1@telus.net . All welcome.
 
Renaissance Singers and Players Presents
A Tale of Two Cities
Sunday May 6 at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church
Pre-Concert talk at 2:30pm. Concert at 3:00pm.
$25 regular, $20 Seniors/Students Under 18 free
www.brownpapertickets.com
 
Calgary West Christian Women’s Club
Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 pm
Westgate Community Hall 4943 – 8 Ave. SW
Blanche Lea shares rewarding Container Gardening
Speaker Madon Dyson, Sherwood Park, “Not Keeping Score Anymore”
Come share with friends. Bottomless Coffee/Goodies only $8.00
For information – phone Lois 403-249-3994
 
SING OUT FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING
JOIN US for a Folk night with Barry Luft and Diminished Fifth
7:30pm  Saturday May 12
At Lakeview United Church 3023 - 63 AVENUE S.W. CALGARY 
Sponsored by KAIROS Calgary A Place to Call Home to raise funds for Calgary Homeless Foundation toward Bankview Apartment Mortgage.
The evening will include an Art Sale by Residents 
TICKETS $25 - AVAILABLE ONLINE AT GENEROUS TICKETS  BIT.LY/GT-KAIROS                                                     
 
Save the date:
Friday, May 25, 2018 - Concert of Hope (at Centre Street Church)
Tickets go on sale April 13 through Centre Street Church's website: https://www.cschurch.ca/event/1111690-2018-05-25-12th-annual-concert-of-hope/ 
For more information: call 403-796-3603, email info@corecelebration.com or visit our website at http://www.corecelebration.org.

 


5010 Spruce Drive SW T3C 3B2
403-249-3121

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