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February 15, 2019
The Right Rev Richard Bott released a joint letter with General Secretary Nora Sanders this past Wednesday. I would like to take the opportunity to highlight an idea mentioned in this correspondence: 
 
" It is important as we gather as communities of faith for annual meetings and as our regional councils come together that we now get on with the things that these changes were meant to allow us to better do: deepen our faith and theological convictions and put our faith into action in the world. "
 
This message coincided perfectly with the Lego Movie Part 2 that I saw on Wednesday evening. Neat how God works, eh? Part of what the movie is about is how a brother and sister play Lego together, their ideas, their disagreements and apparent unwillingness to "play together". And I understand that to some extent. After all, wouldn't it look weird a Lego space ship flying over a Lego medieval castle? Aren't they from two different "worlds" (sets)? 
 
Part of what is said in the above quote is how can we deepen how we talk about God and live out God's mission in an increasingly secular world. In other words, how can we get these two "worlds", to play together authentically and meaningfully. 
 
In the Messenger over the next couple of weeks I am going to be defining and contextualizing "Christian vocabulary". My goal in doing this is to give us the language to speak about God and how that language is an important part of Christianity and an important part in how we relate to the secular "world". 
 
Do you have any Christian vocabulary that you are curious about? Send me a text or email!
Blessings,
Rev. Eric
February 12th, 2019 Council Meeting Summary
 
In an effort to keep the congregation informed about decisions made on their behalf by the Woodcliff United Church Council, we offer the following summary of some of the highlights of the February 12th Council meeting:
 
The minutes of a special Council meeting held on January 27th were approved. As a result of a motion passed at this special meeting, authorization was provided to Charlotte Petti, (our Church Administrative Coordinator), to proceed with negotiations with the Calgary Nature Kindergarten for the use of the Larch room three days per week, as part of a long term rental agreement.
 
The majority of the installation of exterior windows and both interior and exterior doors has been completed however the contractor is still in the process of resolving some deficiencies left by one of the sub contractors.
 
At the Annual Congregational Meeting following the worship service on Sunday March 17th, Reverend Eric Pagé will share an update on significant changes to the organizational and governance structure of the United Church of Canada. As Rev. Pagé has a number of Sundays designated for professional study as well as vacation during the next four months, various committees have offered to plan and conduct certain worship services. Betty Crosby has agreed to continue as Duty of Care Officer for the next three-year term.
 
Half of the proceeds from the “The Great Plains” singing duo of Saskia & Darrel (thegreatplains.ca) will be donated to supporting our Woodcliff Scout Troop in their fundraising efforts for their July Scouting Jamboree in Europe. Consideration was given to the remaining proceeds going towards window coverings for some of our new windows. Saskia & Darrel will perform a live concert at Woodcliff on Friday, May 10th, 2019 at 7 PM.  Tickets are available for purchase at $20.00 each from Charlotte in the Church Office or from Arnold Ingelson, Council Chair.

The WUC Privacy Policy and Property and Facilities Use Policy were both approved by Council. It was agreed that the following policies would be shared & a motion made to approve each of them at the Annual Congregational Meeting on March 17th:  a) Computer hardware, software and connections to outside equipment and systems policy, b) Copyright policy, c) Social media policy, d) Marketing, communications and public relations policy, e) Privacy policy, f) Crisis management policy, and g) Property and Facilities Use Policy. Appreciation was expressed to John Mancenido, Judy Lupart, Heather MacDonald, and Deanna Main for their hard work creating and refining these policies over the past couple of years. Thank you also goes to the members of our various committees for their input and recommendations concerning these policies. Details on how to access these policies will be provided in the weekly Messenger.

If you have questions about any of these matters, please do not hesitate to contact the Chair of the Council, Arnold Ingelson, or any member of the Council.

In preparation for the upcoming Annual Congregational Meeting, minutes from last year's ACM and special Congregational Meeting follow.
 
Our condolences go out to Margaret Reynolds and family on the news of Wally Reynolds' passing this past week. The family will be having a private viewing for Wally with no formal service. Please remember Margaret in your prayers during this sad time.

RIGHT RELATIONS AND AFFIRMING COMMITTEE INVITATION:
"Okotoks" tells the story of Holy Bear Woman, a young Blackfoot girl who survived the Baker massacre in 1870. It will leave you breathless with awe at her resilience, proof of which is seen in the fact that her bloodline has survived. Justin Many Fingers is one of her many descendants. Making Treaty 7 will Premiere this play at Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium on Feb 26 & 27 at 7:30pm. Anyone wanting to go on Feb 27, in a Woodcliff group, and car pool as required, please sign up on the signup sheet and pay Myrl Eddy for your ticket before February 12 so she can get seats together. Tickets are $25.00.
Car pool will leave Woodcliff at 6:30 pm.

Men's Group is meeting tomorrow in the Edworthy Lounge. Please join us! Would you like to be on the email list for the Men's Group? Sign up in the Narthex or speak to Ron or Rev. Eric so you can be kept in the know!
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 the 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 February 19, 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. Next Prayer Chain meeting will be held in late March. Details will be forthcoming.

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.

IRIDESCE: THE LIVING APOLOGY PROJECT

Our gifts for Mission & Service support the work of Iridesce: The Living Apology Project. This project was created to encourage storytelling around the 1988 decisions to welcome gay, lesbian and bisexual people into full membership and ministry in the United Church—a welcome that was expanded to include people of all sexual orientations and gender identities in 2009.

Iridesce has brought stories of challenge, conflict, and lament to light. One participant wrote, “The battles of 1988 left behind one legacy that I think has not served us well, a legacy of fearfulness of conflict.”

For many, of course, the decision was a celebration and continues to empower communities to draw the circle wide and wider still. “We are all stronger when given unapologetic, radical love,” wrote Catherine.

Dani shared, “I am a trans non-binary person… I wasn’t expecting to be so openly accepted, and it fills my heart to know that I can love God and be proud of my gender identity.”

Morgan, who grew up in the post-1988 church, wrote, “It is my hope that the church will not simply take for granted its policy… that we will recognize how far we are from embodying that policy and how much farther we are from assimilating it into the earth-shattering welcome of the people of God.”

We give thanks for the gifts of Iridesce: The Living Apology Project.

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.

PLAYTIME AT ST. ANDREW'S
Care & Connect Playtime at St. Andrew’s Centre is on Tuesday mornings from 10am – 12pm. We have a great program for child caregivers and the kids too. Care & Connect Playtime is an excellent opportunity for caregivers to take a break let the kids play (with some really neat Brand New toys and playsets) while the adults engage in conversation. Stories Song, crafts and more. We will even include a healthy snack.
Visit www.andychruch.org for more information.
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