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This Sunday we are “Searching for Peace”. Some of us are particularly good at finding peace through meditation, prayer, travel or through other hobbies. For others, peace is something that we struggle to find. And others still are uncomfortable with the quietness and serenity that peace can bring. 
 
One of the spots I used to go to find peace was my great uncle’s pond. I could stare into the smooth waters, watching the fish just swim. There was something peaceful about the tranquility and quietness of the pond. For a bit I was able to take deep breaths and be present in the moment. However, I quickly found my thoughts wandering away. Finding peace can be hard work, it can feel like a process. 
 
I pray that you may find peace this Advent season. 
Blessings,
 
Rev. Eric
Candle Lighters:                      Seal Family
Reader:                                    Gwen L
Prayer Leader:                         Leah L
Power Point:                            Joseph K
Sound Tech:                            Kelly S
Children’s Ministry:                  Eleanor L, Kathleen S
Count:                                      Leighton & Jean M, Denise L,
                                                Susanne L
Hospitality:                               Eleanor L, Charlene B,
                                                Brian & Susan P, Ken & Kathleen S & family,
                                                Jack B, Adele S, Janet W, Allyson T,
                                                Sue M & Gord A
Please bring your nativity set with you before worship service on Sunday the 15th so we can display all the sets for our Nativity Walk in the lower hall following the service. You are welcome to bring more than one and bring the story of your set(s) as well. There will be a room to create your own nativity set as well as a 'stable' complete with a live donkey. 'Sonney' is a gentle girl who has been part of the Heritage Park Nativity Story for many years and the Drumheller Passion Play. She is excellent with people and especially good with children. Please make plans to be part of this experience!
Our last gathering before Christmas will be next week - December 12. We will resume again for coffee and conversation starting in the new year on January 9, 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
On Sunday we are hosting Paul Davis a Social Media expert to help parents understand how children are exposed to social media. This community session is geared for parents of boys. You have to register in advance and can reserve your seat here (insert link) Paul donates his time for this session and the funds from this session will benefit our charities of choice. 
 
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/parentson-event-calgary-tickets-78687681975?fbclid=IwAR3VbFAJQ40WJzRp8o0pOoLmGoOKKRuOz35TOePn4X3tBhw587HtTRrSNr8
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.
Children and Youth are invited to join Sheri, Nicole and some very wonderful volunteers Sunday mornings for age appropriate worship experiences that include games, science, crafts and stories, as well as wonderings and conversation.  Children and youth will begin worship with their parents and then after the opening of the service we head to our spaces in the lower hall.  
 
This week the children continue to prepare their songs for the Cantata and we will be searching for peace in the Christmas story and in our lives. A question to ask your child after Sunday School this week is: What does it mean to look for peace?
Sign up to volunteer for children's ministry or candle lighting here:
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 December 17, 2019 when we will meet at 12:30 for a potluck get together before our 1:30 meeting time.

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.
 

YOUTH SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT

Many ministries these days are wondering what they can do to serve young adults. In 2015, a small team of youth and young adult leaders in Southern Ontario met at Five Oaks Education and Retreat Centre to envision a resource that could be used by the church to accompany young adults as they discerned questions of vocation and meaningful work.

The hope was to create an opportunity for spiritual development that was more advanced than youth confirmation, but more accessible and broad than the discernment process for paid accountable ministry. The Discoverment Process was born out of those conversations. It launched as a free online curriculum in early 2017. The Discoverment Process is a seven-session small-group program that brings together young adults finishing high school, or in their 20s, with adult mentors to explore questions of faith in the 21st century.

With additional funding from Mission & Service via a Vision Fund for Flourishing Ministry Programs’ grant, the Discoverment Process is currently developing a workbook for individual use, as well as a series of retreats where young adults can engage with the Discoverment materials over a weekend.

Mission & Service supports programs like the Discoverment Process that offer a way for young adults to discern what God is calling them to.

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.

CALGARY WEST CHRISTIAN WOMEN’S CLUB
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Westgate Community Hall 4943 – 8 Ave. SW
Festive Music by Calgary Christian High School Choir
Speaker – Dorothy Sessa of Calgary
$8 for bottomless coffee and goodies - Info Call Lois Tetley 403 249 3994

CANTARE CHILDREN'S CHOIR
MAGNIFICAT on December 14 and THE STARS POINT THE WAY on December 21. 

Kim Andre Arnesen's setting of the MAGNIFICAT approaches the familiar text from Mary's viewpoint, emphasising her sense of wonderment, humility and devotion.   The tone of the work is luscious as the music is cast at a predominantly prayerful, slow pace.  The opening is especially haunting.  
We are thrilled to feature soprano soloist and Cantare alumna, Lauren Woods is this performance.  We are also thrilled to welcome a wonderful string ensemble to accompany this glorious music which will be sung, by candlelight,  in the intimate setting of Lutheran Church of the Cross [10620 Elbow Drive SW].  The performance starts at 7:30pm.  Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4450807 or at the door.

THE STARS POINT THE WAY is Cantaré Children's Choir’s  most cherished concert of the year.  The glow of candles warms the heart as the angelic sound of children’s voices uplift the spirit.  Treasured carols and newly composed works bring the cheer of Christmas and the solace of winter to you.  The concert features all of our choirs accompanied by a professional string ensemble.  This concert takes place on Saturday December 21 at 7:30pm at K at Knox United Church [506 – 4 Street SW].  Tickets are $25-$30 and can be purchased online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4361381.  This concert always sells out so we encourage you to get your tickets today!
 
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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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