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“Teamwork makes the dreamwork”. I can’t remember where I heard this. All I know is that it has been stuck in my head for months. Perhaps it is the Spirit whispering to me at this point in time where we are set to celebrate volunteers and children’s graduations on Sunday. It is fitting that this “teamwork makes the dreamwork” makes this issue of the Messenger. Absolutely nothing of what happens within these walls and outside of it through the diverse ministries of Woodcliff would be possible were it not for each of you.
 
I do not know the numbers of folks who receive this e-letter, but this note is for you. Thank you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart and I would like to thank you on behalf of Woodcliff United Church. We accomplish so much on a daily basis thanks to your tithes/offerings, gifts of time and words of wisdom. Dreams are something which we are going to be talking a lot about in the coming year. We are going to dream and plan together because we are a people who believe in hope, we are a resurrection people who believe that God is consistently speaking to the Church and asking US to dream alongside of the Creator.
 
What are your dreams? What is your dream for Woodcliff now, tomorrow and years from now? What dreams can we support each other in? On Sunday, as we celebrate graduations, volunteers and all that has been possible by this community, I invite you into this intentional time of dreaming. I invite you to continue to engage in the teamwork that allows Woodcliff’s dreams to work.
 
Let’s dream, team.
Blessings,
Rev. Eric
A HUGE thank you to Allison Magnusson and her helpers Kevin and Evan for envisioning and making happen the great new plantings in the WUC front garden. The front walk beds look beautiful. Woodcliff is grateful for all your hard work and artistry. 
Thank you to the 12 special people who assisted with this past weekend's first ever AmazinGrace. Some people I talked to were very curious about this event. What happened was people signed up in advance to participate and paid a small entry fee that covered supplies and t-shirts so their acts in the community would not be anonymous. These 12 special people chose as many random acts of kindness as they could complete in the allotted time with the winning team completing the most. Congratulations to our very own Michelle and Eric (a team of 2.5) who completed 8 Acts of Kindness! Please take a moment on Sunday to look at the bulletin board at the bottom of the stairs that has the acts of kindness completed as well as photos from the event. Hope you will join us in 2020 for AmazinGrace V2.0!
It is no secret that without the power of volunteers, Woodcliff United Church would not be the vibrant, caring, and thriving congregation of people we are. This Sunday is volunteer recognition Sunday and, once again, we hope you will participate in this service of Thanks Giving. Leaders and members of groups will be invited up to contribute to an art build to represent our year. Please plan to join us for the service and also for the year-end BBQ celebration after church. 
Women of Woodcliff: thank to all who have supported our programs through the year. Have a great summer - see you in September!!
Please join us Oct 18-20 in Canmore. A block of rooms has been secured at the Pocaterra in Canmore. 
The Theme of the retreat is "A Breathe of Fresh Air, Spiritual Rejuvenation" and will be led by our own Sheri Bolitho. The activities will include group work, thoughtful conversation, meditative mild physical activity and art exploration, as well as time to explore the beauty and nature that Canmore provides.  
 
Any questions contact Sheri or Rhonda. 
Sign up in the Narthex. Spots are limited.
COST (based on double occupancy): 
2 night stay $ 250.00 all programming, 1 breakfast and lunch included. 
Will need to pay for dinners out of pocket
1 night stay $150.00  all programming, 1 breakfast and lunch included. 
Will need to pay for dinner out of pocket
Queering Indigeneity
Celebrate the creativity of Two-Spirit peoples through performance, visual arts, and film. Featuring LGBTQ/Two Spirit artists and filmmakers. In partnership with Calgary Queer Arts Society.
Audience: Adults and teens 16 and up.
Where: Memorial Park Library, Main Floor, Salon
When: Friday June 28 6:30 - 9:30pm
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, our support group is for you.  We meet on the first and third Tuesdays of the month from 1:30 to 3:00 pm at Woodcliff United Church. Open to all, no charge, no registration required.
For more information, please contact the church office. Next gathering is June 18, 2019 .

WOODCLIFF PRAYER CHAIN
To have names placed on the confidential Prayer Chain List please contact the prayer chain at wucprayerchain@gmail.com or 403-246-9384. Our next prayer chain meeting is: June 23 at 11:15 am.

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.
 
STAFF RECOGNITION
The Ministry and Personnel Committee is requesting Woodcliff members to make small contributions to an “employee gift bank” that M&P Liaisons will present to individual staff members in recognition of a particular event or action.
This process is not for gifts to the entire staff or, for congregants to present gifts directly to staff!.
Examples could include: gift cards, Stampeder tickets, works of art, chocolate, a plant etc.
There is no deadline for this initiative.
If you’d like more information or can support this request, please contact Brian Plesuk plesuk@shaw.ca or 403 242-863.

SHARING CIRCLE

The Longhouse Council of Native Ministry started 30 years ago as an outreach to Indigenous people in Vancouver, British Columbia. Established without a building, today its home is a church in the low-income Hastings-Sunrise neighbourhood, and its outreach extends to all those seeking a caring community.

The ministry still maintains a significant commitment to First Nations. There is a weekly sharing circle mostly (but not exclusively) attended by Indigenous people, a carving and language class, and several 12-step groups, including an Aboriginal Alcoholics Anonymous group. However, poverty and homelessness, now growing in leaps and bounds, have made the congregation a hub for anyone seeking economic and social justice.

Regular Sunday worship, baptisms, marriages, and funerals are central to Longhouse. So, too, are the weekly food bank, and participation in annual Advent and Lenten vigils to raise awareness of those who are silenced in the city. As the Rev. Barry Morris says, there is a “creative tension between being a pastoral charge and a community ministry,” an urge to support as well as to change society.

Longhouse is one of the many community ministries across the country supported by Mission & Service.

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 playlistDownload the video here.

MOVE WITH JOY
in Naramata
July 8 - 12
A movement retreat with Jennifer Herzog and Moving Matters.
Apply mindfulness and self-reflection in motion. Regain posture that supports your health. Apply new tools for sustainable movement.
For more information visit www.movingmatters.ca or www.naramatasociety.org
5010 Spruce Drive SW T3C 3B2
403-249-3121
NEED AN ANNOUNCEMENT IN THE BULLETIN, MESSENGER OR POWERPOINT? email the office at 
office@woodcliffunited.com

wucprayerchain@gmail.com
woodcliffkids@gmail.com
youthwuc@gmail.com

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Find more information about the wider Church at:
Chinook Winds Region: https://albertanorthwestconference.ca/
Alberta & Northwest Conference: www.anwconf.com
The United Church of Canada: www.united-church.ca
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