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NOVEMBER 23, 2018
Greetings friends,
 
This note is following up from last week’s note in The Messenger. On Tuesday the issue of Rev. Vosper was added to the agenda.  However, we had exactly 2 minutes of discussion. Well, it was less of a discussion and more of a statement.  The Chair of Calgary Presbytery, Sue Broderick explained the statement from General Secretary Nora Sanders and Moderator Richard Bott.  The statement was well done and really ended any discussion right there.  
 
That is not to say that some of the clergy are feeling anxious about what it means for the United Church of Canada.  The truth is, that the settlement between Rev. Vosper, West Hill United Church and Toronto Conference does not impact the theology, training or ethos of The United Church of Canada.  The following parallel was used: This issue was settled before the case reached court. The complainant (Toronto Conference) and defendant (Rev. Vosper), reached a settlement  before entering the court system of The United Church of Canada.  That being said, there was nothing the judicial committee could do since the complaint was rescinded.
 
Here is a link to an article written by Rev. Dan Hayward that explains the situation and affirms who we are and what we believe as the United Church of Canada: https://daniel-inthelionsden.blogspot.com/2018/11/letter-to-editor-of-cornwall-seaway-news.html?m=1&fbclid=IwAR0YCzhm5C1Xli4Qk0ZcY0ArSKvzbwt1_Dclyjx_ekQ7XRWmG4jMdANLOs8
 
As problematic as the recent “atheist” minister issue has been, we now have the opportunity as individual churches and as a national body to discuss and lift up what about our faith we find most compelling and what it is we believe as Christians and members of the United Church of Canada.
 
As always, should you wish to discuss this (or any other issue) with me, feel free to send me an email or give me a call so we can have a chat.
 
Peace,
Rev. Eric
Woodcliff is creating a larger than life Community Advent Calendar. Watch the space outside the church for the unveiling and plan to bring friends and neighbours to visit daily. 
In preparation for the 'big reveal', we are holding a crafting bee to prepare some of the calendar treats. Please join us on November 26 for crafting and fun. All are welcome and everything is provided.
Yoga continues in the nursery Tuesdays at 10:00 am. Classes will continue until December 11 and return again in mid-January.
Drop In participants are welcome!
Arnold will be available this Sunday before and after worship if anyone would like to purchase tickets as Christmas Gifts.
Next gathering: December 15, 2018 at 10:00 am.
Stewardship survey – This Sunday there will be a random draw for all those who have participated in the survey either online or via paper.  Don’t forget to get it in!
Join us for Thank You Cake downstairs after service on Sunday.
Please use the following link to sign up as a volunteer for our Children's Ministry program. Thank you!
 
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 first and third Tuesdays of each month 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 December 4.

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.
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.
We now have a full complement of onsite  volunteers and as usual, the Outreach Committee and volunteers have stepped forward to provide snacks and lunch.
However, if you still want to support the build follow these steps:
 1. Click on this link: Fundraise for your Habitat Build Day.
2. You will be taken to the Habitat page- scroll down about half way down the page and click on  Support a Fundraiser
3. Click on the triangle and you have the option to select fundraising team- Type in Woodcliff Team in the rectangular box  
4.  Click on Donate
You may also contribute with a cheque made out to Woodcliff United Church ( specify Habitat) ;
All donations $20 or over will receive a tax receipt.
 
On Sunday, November 25 Habitat staff person and recent recipient of a home will join our worship service and share their Habitat story. 

YES, YOU CAN!

Our gifts for Mission & Service provide opportunities for teachers like Melissa Carter to work at Los Quinchos School in Managua, Nicaragua. Here is her reflection:

“I have not come here to change their culture; yet I still maintain that school can be a powerful environment to positively affect self-confidence and to empower these young, bright faces to take on new challenges. One walk around my neighbourhood unveils the fact that they already overcome daily difficulties I can only imagine; they are strong and resilient.

“I try to lead by example. My Spanish is not fluent, but I am trying to communicate daily. I am committing many errors, which sometimes elicits teasing responses, but I roll with it and tell them it is part of the learning process…. I challenged a grade 11 English class to tell me about their weekend in five sentences. Let me point out that very rarely are they asked in their English class to produce their own phrases about their own lives, and here was this crazy Canadian asking them to share about their weekend. As I walked around, many of them were able to produce simple sentences. Regardless of errors in syntax, I used lots of positive reinforcement, as well as smiles, high fives, and fist pumps to both encourage them and hopefully make them realize that ‘Si, tu puedes’ (‘Yes, you can’).

“I savour the daily interactions with the students, for it is in those interactions that I learn about who they are and what they hope to accomplish. And maybe, I can help them learn some English or make them realize that they, too, can fulfill the dreams they currently hold as well as the dreams they have yet to discover.”

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.

Renaissance Singers and Players present: A Christmas Pilgrimage
Sunday Dec. 2 at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church (1121 14 Ave SW) Preshow talk at 7:00pm. Concert at 7:30pm. Tickets $25.00/$20.00 seniors/students. Available at brownpapertickets.com
 
One Accord Choir Concert
Please join us for our winter concert on Dec 10th at 7.30pm here at Woodcliff. Admission by donation. Treats in the basement following the concert.
 
86 Scouts Wilderness First Aid
The 86 Scout group offering Wilderness First Aid training on January 11 from 6-10pm and Jan.12 from 8am – 5pm in the Woodcliff Lower Hall. There are spots available for anyone from the congregation who might be interested in this opportunity. The course cost is $225.00. Please connect with the office if you would like more information.
 
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