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Greetings friends,
 
In light of the grief that is present in our community with the loss of June, Frank and John, I thought I would share this prayer from the WOW prayer book with you. I feel that this is a prayer that speaks to the memory of each of our friends. Please continue to hold the Crowe, Archer and Curda families in your prayers.
 
DEEP PEACE
 
Deep peace, pure white of the moon to you.
Deep peace, pure green of the grass to you.
Deep peace, pure brown of the earth to you.
Deep peace, pure grey of the dew to you.
Deep peace, pure blue of the sky to you.
Deep peace of the running wave to you.
Deep peace of the flowing air to you.
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.
Deep peace of the shining stars to you.
Deep peace of the Son of Peace to you.
 
Blessings,
Rev. Eric
Celebrating the Lives of our Friends and Family

John Curda Celebration of Life Wednesday June 26, 2:00 pm at Woodcliff United 
Frank Archer Celebration of Life Thursday June 27, 2:00pm at Woodcliff United
June Crowe Celebration of Life Friday June 28, 3:00pm Woodcliff United
Thank you to our amazing and tireless Congregational Life Committee for the wonderful BBQ last Sunday. The food and conversation was fabulous. They even delivered good weather! We were blessed in our time of celebration together. Thank you!
Summary of Woodcliff United Church Council Meeting held on June 11, 2019

As this was the last meeting before the summer break, we all enjoyed a pot luck dinner.  We were also pleased to have the members from our ad hoc Affirming Committee as our guests for this meeting.  Myrl Eddy and Janet Wilson spoke to us of what the Affirming Committee has done this past year and what it is hoping to do including sending a representative to the National Affirming Council meetings being held in Calgary later this year.

Mary Jane Holberton reviewed the 'goings on' at our very busy church in May.  Many thanks to everyone who helped with the Spring Cleanup, Food Bank drive, and AmazinGrace Acts of Kindness and other events this past month.

 Rev Eric reported that we had new members and confirmands this month.   Eric has done a lot of work for the services where he will be away and is asking that if anyone would like ideas for the reflection, to please speak to him before he leaves for vacation.

Rev Eric will be taking vacation for 2019-20 in July and in October; will be taking study leave August 5-12, January 6-13, and April 14-21. His quarterly Sundays off will be October TBD (Baby), December 29, May 10 and June 28. In respect for paternity time leave, Eric will be working from home for two days a week from October through December; he will be available for all pastoral matters.

For our Finance Committee, Steve Crosby reported that we are running a slight deficit, but basically are on budget for this year.   He is recommending a change of procedure for congregation, adherents and staff who purchase items and need to be reimbursed.  These requests will no longer require a second signature which will speed up the payment process.  Additionally, he is recommending that members of staff or volunteers also be paid as soon as possible after performing duties during funerals.  He also advised that the contractor who did our windows is reducing our final bill if we take care of the deficiencies, most of which were taken care of at the Spring Cleanup.

We are in need of people willing to take a role during the summer months when Rev Eric is away.  Please see Judy Lupart if you are able to help.

Mike Bolitho is our representative for `Chinook Winds` group.  This is the replacement for presbytery and Mike and Rev Eric attended the two day meetings in Lethbridge.  Rev Eric has volunteered to be a representative on the executive for this coming year.

Kim Corti in Stewardship reported on their upcoming theme for the Stewardship campaign in October and November.  There will be a summer email program to encourage signing up for PAR. 

Charlene Baker shared that Outreach had a planning meeting to see if they are meeting their goals.  This was effectively lead by Ann Dow Clark and was a wonderful experience.

Charlotte Petti, Donna Romano  and Mary Jane Holberton were given authority to enter into negotiations with The Calgary Girls Choir who are wanting a possible long-term rental agreement with us. 

Kevin Magnusson, Property Committee, has had our roof inspected and will be getting a second opinion.  Carpet cleaning will be coming up and we are looking to have a more formal Kitchen Committee to help manage it.
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
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 July 2, 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. 

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.

MIGRANTS ARE NOT STEREOTYPES

Migration touches all corners of the globe. Some people choose to move in search of jobs, opportunity, or education. Others are forced from their homes by conflict, poverty, inequality, and a lack of sustainable livelihoods. The United Nations reported 258 million migrants in 2017.

The safeguards and protections we afford refugees, migrants, and displaced peoples speak to the foundation of human rights. The strangers among us are God’s people in need of our hospitality and mercy as much as our advocacy for the justice they seek and human rights they deserve.

Many migrants are victimized by the conditions of forced migration, including human trafficking in all its forms (labour, drugs, human organs, sex, baby-selling, and mail-order brides). Migration today cannot be isolated from concerns for working conditions. Living wages and a safe, secure working environment are denied to many. These rights must be protected.

Migrants are not stereotypes. Their value can not be measured by the documents they may or may not have, or their financial contributions to national economies. One migrant leader has said, “Do not talk about us without us. We have answers, and we have been voicing them.”

Mission & Service partners around the globe—including the National Council of Churches of Kenya, Evangelical Congregational Church in Angola, United Church of Zambia, Church of North India, Methodist Church in Colombia, and Middle East Council of Churches—are working tirelessly to help displaced peoples fleeing violence, political conflict, and persecution as migrants organize to make their dreams come true.

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.

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 
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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
Wondercafe2 http://wondercafe2.ca/index.php

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