Hurricane Dorian, a powerful category 5 hurricane, landed in the Bahamas in early September 2019 and left a trail of destruction. The slow-moving storm destroyed thousands of homes and left approximately 60,000 people without shelter, and hundreds left dead.

As the scale of the destruction unfolds, The United Church of Canada is accepting funds to help with relief and reconstruction efforts, working with global partners the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas (MCCA) and ACT Alliance (ACT). ACT’s regional office in El Salvador is mobilizing a rapid assessment team in the Bahamas to assess humanitarian needs.

Please include the people of the Bahamas in your prayers as they face the long and difficult journey from emergency response to reconstruction and recovery.

A prayer to add to your day for those impacted by this terrible storm: 

May God surround you, his peace be yours, Amidst this great storm you’re safe in her arms. God be above you, a lighthouse shining in the darkness. God be behind you helping you through the most difficult times, sweeping away hurt to new life again. God be beneath you, your bare feet will tread on grace and hope wherever you’re led. God be beside you, you walk hand in hand, Filling your mind with new colours and plans. God be within you, restoring your soul, With breezes of healing. 


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Online via our secure donation page.

Phone 416-231-5931 or toll-free 1-800-268-3781 ext. 2738 and use your Visa or MasterCard.

Send a cheque, money order, or Visa or MasterCard information with donation amount to:

The United Church of Canada
Philanthropy Unit - Emergency Response
3250 Bloor Street West, Suite 200
Toronto, ON M8X 2Y4

Please be sure to note "Emergency Response—Caribbean Relief (Dorian)" on the face of your cheque.

Note: As part of the United Church's Emergency Response Fund, 100% of your donation goes directly to emergency relief with 85% of your donation responding to this designated emergency and 15% responding to future emergencies that do not receive intense media coverage. Donations to Mission & Service enable the United Church to cover all of the costs of emergency response work without deducting any fees from your donation.

We will be adding a feature to the Messenger in the coming weeks listing those who are serving on Sundays at Woodcliff. The list will include the names serving on hospitality, count, reading, candle lighting, media and children's ministry. Names will be listed using first names and last initial only. If you do not wish to have your name included, please connect with the office. Thank you!
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
Please make plans to join Outreach for a trip to Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park on Saturday October 5. The drive to Blackfoot Crossing is approximately 1 hour and we will carpool from Woodcliff. Cost is still to be determined. There will be special programming for children. Friends and family are welcome! We need 25 participants to make this event happen. Please sign up in the Narthex.
Plans are underway for a great year! 
Sheri and Nicole are gearing up for our Church school season,
kicking off September 15th. 
Registration forms can be filled out both this Sunday and next. Forms need to be updated annually. Next week we have our backpack blessing and a bbq after church. This week on Sept. 8th we will have some fun ice breaker games and activities for all children and youth. If you have any questions about the Children's program at Woodcliff Please contact Sheri. If you have any questions about the youth program, please contact Nicole. We look forward to welcoming you for the first time, the first time in a long time or again after our summer adventures. 
Sign up to volunteer for children's ministry or candle lighting here:
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 September 17, 2019 .

To have names placed on the confidential Prayer Chain List please contact the prayer chain at or 403-246-9384. 

Pick up a request form at the Church to arrange for a prayer shawl presentation.

Contact the church office to help us acknowledge the life situations of our congregants.


Our gifts for Mission & Service support programs at places like Naomi Centre and Emmanuel House, both part of Stella’s Circle in St. John’s, Newfoundland. For Canada’s 150th celebration in 2017, Stella’s Circle organized a concert. Stella’s Circle Sings for Canada featured the premiere of a song written by the Inclusion Choir with Amelia Curran, and a screening of a film by Roger Maunder about the process. The Inclusion Choir includes many living on the edges of Newfoundland society, blended with staff from Stella’s Circle.

The concert was due in large part to three student placements. Reflecting on their learnings, the students spoke about the power of the song-writing process and how participants saw the song as “our song.” Music student Kristian said it allowed her to focus on how music can have an impact on social situations and lives. For Kristian, the focus was not on getting the job done, but the enjoyment. Justin, a student in social work, commented on the fact that as soon as choir members walked out on stage, they stood taller. He saw singing as a mindfulness act; it focused the mind on the act of singing. Sarah, a student in business management, saw how the work she learned, in human resources could be put into action in terms of diversity, and she enjoyed how everyone collaborated.

From the perspective of Stella’s Circle, they saw three students embrace something new, fit right in, and add value to what was happening at Stella’s Circle. What a great experience for all!

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.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Westgate Community Hall 4943 – 8 Ave. SW
Anne Taylor speaks about Ujamaa Grandmas making a difference in the world.
Inspirational speaker – Judy Llewelyn of Calgary – topic “Life Seasons”.
$8 for bottomless coffee and goodies - Info Call Lois Tetley 403 249 3994
“Over 65 million people have been displaced abroad or within their own borders – the most ever recorded by UNHCR.  Attend the ‘Ethical Responses to Refugee Needs Conference’ on September 21, 2019 at Parkdale United Church to learn about the realities of the refugee experience, dispel myths about who refugees are & where they come from & why we accept them into Canadian society.  Tickets at”.
5010 Spruce Drive SW T3C 3B2

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