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OCTOBER 19, 2018
This week is part 2 of the sermon series on the Lord’s Prayer. I am going to be dealing with the theme of being fed during the sermon.  Therefore, I want to use this space to write about the 2nd theme from part 2; which is forgiveness.  Forgiveness is not easy, nor is it something we like being on the receiving end of.  Being forgiven implies that something wrong or hurtful has been done.  And I, like most people, don’t like knowing that I have done something wrong and that it has caused pain. 
 
As a white, cis-gender and young male I have enjoyed the privileges of being at the “apex” of the social hierarchy. As I have matured, I have looked at systems, whether political, social or educational, that do not show the same level of care or justice towards sisters and brothers of different races, religions or disability.  For much of my life, due to my privileged position, I did not have to think about how what I do is not inclusive… Or how my inaction is directly causing suffering in another community.
 
Some social media posts lament the time where “white people” were comfortable and didn’t have to worry about the discomfort and did not have to acknowledge privilege.  That is comfort. That is where many of us can situate ourselves.  I guess what I’m saying is that I need to be forgiven.  As a church, we have a ways to go so our words AND actions reflect who Jesus called us to be.  I would encourage you to take some time this week to think about actions you take every day.  Then imagine how it would be different if you skin was a different color, if you were in a wheelchair, if you were on social assistance, if you loved someone that society does not think is the norm… Imagine how your life would be complicated (and I use would be because it would be), by this change in who you are.
 
Forgiveness… Let’s do better at asking for it, shall we?

Blessings,
Rev. Eric
Our prayers and condolences to the family of George Forsyth who passed away last Friday. A funeral service for George will be held on October 26, 2018 at 2:00pm at the South Calgary Funeral Centre - 12700 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary, AB T2J 7E5.

REMEMBERING EDNA HUNTER

A circle gathering to remember Edna Hunter (1920 - 2018 ) will be held at Woodcliff United Church at 1:30 p.m. on October 24, 2018 with Rev. Bob Mutlow presiding. An open invitation is extended to all to come and honour Edna’s life and time among us for so many years. Refreshments to follow. All are welcome.

Ministry and Personnel Committee Liaisons meet with their respective staff in November to review performance and set goals. Please provide feedback to the staff person’s liaison before October 31 or to Brian Plesuk via plesuk@shaw.ca or 403 242-8263.
Yoga takes place in the Nursery.
Drop In participants are welcome!
We still need two people to help with Meal Service on October 23. Please contact the office on Monday if you are available. Thanks!
Please use the following link to sign up as a volunteer for our Children's Ministry program. Thank you!
 
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 the office. Next gathering is November 6, 2018.

WOODCLIFF PRAYER CHAIN
To have names placed on the confidential Prayer Chain List please contact the prayer chain at wucprayerchain@gmail.com Next Prayer Chain meeting is Sunday October 21, 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.
 
GLOBAL FESTIVAL NEWS
This year’s Global Festival runs November 2 – 4. We need bakers! Sign up downstairs to provide one of the following:
9x13 chocolate cakes  
9x13 pans of Rice Krispie squares
fruit pies
Baking not your gift? There are sign up sheets for numerous other volunteer opportunities. Please take a look at the Global Festival table during coffee time and see where you might be able to help out.
Save the date!
Global Festival All Ages Event Friday November 2 - 7:00pm
Plan to join in this fun evening of intergenerational games and community building. Friends are welcome!
Saturday Dec. 1 will be the final build day associated with the Habitat for Humanity InterFaith Projects’ goal of 24 homes and $ 1 million – the project is $200,000 short! Besides needing enthusiastic on-site volunteers, we are especially seeking 12 -16 participants who are willing to solicit financial support and sponsorship from friends, family, groups and employers! Can you help? contact Brian Plesuk 403 242-8263.
RIGHT RELATIONS
BOB JOSEPH, the author of 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act, is speaking at Hillhurst United Church on Tuesday, October 23, 6:00 - 7:00 pm. For information: contact Brian Plesuk or right.relations@hillhurstunited.com

DROUGHT IN KENYA

Our global partner the Organization of African Instituted Churches (OAIC) works on gender justice, microcredit, sustainable agriculture, and programs to address the extreme hunger caused by drought. Listen to this reflection from a participant in the Mission & Service Global Pilgrimage to Kenya on the visit to an area hardest hit by extreme hunger:

“We left the office of William Lokira, Minister of Agriculture, and made our way up a winding mountain road. The minister’s words were still fresh on our minds: ‘Please help my people.’ We saw dry lands, sparse and skinny livestock, and we saw the hardship in people’s eyes. After driving through dry riverbeds, we saw a lot of people running toward a large truck. This was a government water truck delivering water each day.

“OAIC is working in this arid region to support agriculture and food security, including empowering female small holder farmers to advocate on their behalf to impact legislation. Indicators show that when women are at the centre of projects and decisions there is significant progress toward food security. Dry riverbeds, the plea to ‘help my people,’ the daily water truck, the hope shared by the farmers—these images stay with us. Our gifts for Mission & Service make this hope of a better tomorrow possible.”

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.

For more Minutes for Mission resources, see our photo collection and video playlist.

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