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Greetings friends,
 
I will keep this short and sweet. The theme for this Sunday is “Searching for Love”. As a Christmas exercise, I would like to assign some homework:
  1. What is a way to you show love to those you care about?
  2. When is the last time you told someone “I love you”?
  3. What is one act of love you can perform to remind someone that they are loved and valued?

Go unto the world as ambassadors of the love of God which knows no bounds.
Blessings,
Rev. Eric
Candle Lighters:                     Corti Family
Reader:                                   Bev A
Prayer Leader:                        Betty C
Power Point:                           Mike B
Sound Tech:                           Stephen C
Children’s Ministry:                 Allison M, Kim C
Count:                                     Rick D, Allan Main
Hospitality:                              Bob & Mari M, Bob & Mary B,
                                                Kay K, Leola O, Tim & Rhonda D, Eloise W,
                                                Norrine P
Please note:
The Messenger will return January 3, 2020.
Merry Christmas and blessings to all in 2020!
Woodcliff’s Journey for Common Ground
Information to increase our knowledge of Indigenous Peoples
 
Opening December 14: The Indigenous Languages Resource Centre
2019 was declared the International Year of Indigenous Languages by the United Nations. Thanks to support from the Government of Alberta, the Library was able to mark this year in a special way. We are excited to announce the opening of an Indigenous Languages Resource Centre in Central Library. Visit this space to meet with Indigenous Elders, share stories under a night sky light installation, view traditional items, and learn the languages of Treaty 7 nations.
 
Introducing New Indigenous Books and Art
Indigenous languages have long been underrepresented in literature – especially in children's books. This year the Library worked with aspiring Treaty 7 writers to start changing that. In the Indigenous Writers Workshop, participants worked with author Richard Van Camp to create children's books in their traditional languages. Join us on December 14 as we share these exciting new works and the process of making them. Plus, stop by Central Library on December 12 to learn about new Indigenous Placemaking installations coming to three Library locations.
 
For all sorts of happenings and information check out Hillhurst's latest Right Relations newsletter:  
https://mailchi.mp/67dc0e76bb86/right-relations-resource-volume-3-issue-5-september-26-2019
Do you have extra board games at home you are not using anymore or you have outgrown? Our Children and Youth Ministry leaders are looking for some games to add to our growing library. If you have one or two to part with you can bring them to church and leave them in the middle office or talk to Sheri or Nicole.
This week in Sunday School the children will be searching for love in all the Christmas places. 
We will exit the service for our lesson after the baptism. 
 
The youth are invited to stay in worship for the entire service on the 22nd.
 
You are invited to Christmas Eve worship.
The 4 pm service is created especially for families. 
There are 2 other wonderful services at 7pm and 10pm if that works better with your celebrations. 
 
Have a safe and joyous Christmas season.
If you are travelling, know that your Woodcliff family holds you in prayer in your journeys.
 
Christmas is a great time to acknowledge the wonderful commitment of our volunteers who give so tirelessly of their time and energy. Thank you volunteers for making our Children's ministry possible!
 
There will be no Children or Youth programing Dec 29.
 
Children and Youth programming will resume January 5th.
 
The kids will be doing a special 12 days of Christmas lesson on the 5th of January to celebrate Epiphany. 
Sign up to volunteer for children's ministry or candle lighting here:
Summary of WUC Council Meeting - December 10, 2019
 
We were very pleased to have our in-coming Treasurer, Dane Lutz, attend his first meeting.
Rev Eric expressed thanks for the all love and support that he has received from the congregation, staff and Council.  He reiterated that all announcements for Sunday morning need to be submitted to the church office no later than the prior Friday.  He is looking at a Family Service for Sunday evenings including a meal and childcare and is planning a Council/Staff Organization Session for January 2020.
Steve Crosby says that preparation for the 2020 budget is on track. 
Thanks to Rev Eric, Deanna Main and and our Pastoral team for presenting to the Spark Cluster in November.
The Stewardship Campaign has concluded with 49 families pledging for 2020.
Staff performance reviews have been completed.
New computers are up and running well
Response to our Advent Calendar has been very positive, including coverage from the CBC.
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 January 7, 2020. 

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. Next meeting: December 15 after worship.

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 AND TEACHING

Rhonda Johns, Program Coordinator of Nations Uniting on the Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation in Ohsweken, Ontario, engages with a lot of seniors, many of whom are residential school survivors, and with youth who don’t know who they are and where they belong. Observing this intergenerational dynamic, she realized that many on the reserve needed to experience healing. She asked herself what she could do.

The answer came to her in the form of the Reclaiming Our Path program. It helps youth and young adults understand who they are and how behaviours learned from the families raising them, peers, and the community, impact who they are. Using an Indigenous framework and traditional teachings, individuals and families now have an opportunity to reframe who they are and begin to walk a new path toward a future of hope. Reclaiming Our Path is a way to create healthy future leaders.

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.

 
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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

Please add us in your address book.
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
Wondercafe2 http://wondercafe2.ca/index.php

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