February 1, 2019
When I was growing up, I was lucky enough to have my mom stay at home with us until we got to High School. The awesome thing about this was that we got to go home to have lunch. And if we weren’t able to, my mom would be able to make us a bagged lunch. I have to say I kind of miss those days… I vividly remember the day when we were told that we had to make our own lunches. It was this daunting but kind of exciting type of day. We were finally able to pack what we wanted to. So, I think for a year straight I either ate Nutella or Peanut Butter and jelly every  day. It was awesome. I can recall one of my first dates with Michelle I cooked her supper. However, the onions I was using for the spaghetti sauce ended up making us both weep. (It was that or my “dad jokes”).
There is something to getting to prepare your own meal. There is something perhaps more meaningful about cooking for others. Usually on the 1st Sunday of the month we celebrate communion. A meal is prepared for us, and we ALL get to participate. Young, old and differently abled; we all get to share in this feast. We get to share in the thanksgiving that comes with remembering the Lord’s Supper. The best part about this meal is that it is open to everyone. You do not need to host, or wash dishes, or serve after dinner wine… We show up at God’s table seeking to be fed, and we are fed. Communion is more than sharing in a meal together. It is acknowledging that we are all God’s children, and we all have a spot at the table. There is no one that is greater or lesser. There are only those who are known and loved by God.
Do you have any memorable dinner dates (or dinner parties)? How is it different being the host and being a guest?
Rev. Eric
2019 is well under way and the Outreach Committee is looking back at an extremely successful 2018 in terms of the positive impact you, the Woodcliff Congregation, had on the lives of so many!
During Advent you donated $1920 for the InterFaith Habitat build through the “Gift Cards” Homes for All project; the Gift Card Tree and cash donations meant the Sonshine Centre received $670 worth of gift cards for the women and their children and Brenda’s House received a cheque for $525 to provide opportunities for recreational activities (eg.swimming, zoo trips) and $145 in gift cards for the families. These “gifts” are shared throughout the year to brighten the lives of these families.
 Thanks to your support, we were able to provide both the Sunday School children and the Youth group with $500 each to purchase Gifts with Vision from the United Church of Canada. Our young people studied the “catalogue” and thoughtfully made their joint decisions. We are proud of the youngest members of Woodcliff, if we pay attention they have a lot to teach us!
We never take for granted the enormous emotional and tangible support you all are to our committee and we offer each of you our most sincere gratitude!

"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. Depending on seat availability, tickets will be $53-$72. Prepayment will be $65 to Myrl with difference sorted after final purchase.
Car pool will leave Woodcliff at 6:30 pm.

The Acadia Friendship Circle Presents:

Two events to learn about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls and express solidarity with families affected by their loss.

Tonight! Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 pm Screening and discussion of the pivotal 2014 documentary, Highway of Tears
In Canada, more than 500 cases of Indigenous women have gone missing or have been murdered since the 1960s with half of the cases unsolved. “Highway of Tears" is about the missing or murdered women along a 724 kilometer stretch of highway in northern British Columbia. Viewers will discover what the effects of intergenerational poverty, residential schools and systemic violence have done to First Nations people, and they will learn what First Nation leaders are doing to try reduce the abject violence and victimization of Indigenous women.

Inspired by the Women’s Memorial March held every February 14. Remembrance Walk: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 11:30am – 1:00pm
In recognition of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls a Remembrance Walk will begin with a blessing at McDougall United Church. This will be followed by a walk through the Acadia neighbourhood ending up at Acadia Place for tea and bannock.

Would 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!
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 5, 2019 .

To have names placed on the confidential Prayer Chain List please contact the prayer chain at or 587-323-6992. Next Prayer Chain meeting is Sunday February 17, 2019.

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.

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.


Our gifts for Mission & Service offer hope for those taking chances on alternative forms of farming in areas of severe drought. One example is the work of the National Council of Churches of Kenya with the National Drought Management Authority.

The council advises the agency of the needs in drought-stricken areas. In places like Meru and Tharaka Nithi, the National Council of Churches of Kenya has a number of farms that have had success with conservation farming, which uses mulch to keep the ground moist. The success of these farms gives farmers hope that they can feed their families and communities regardless of the weather.

Many of the farmers are women who have been empowered to take over running the farm from their husbands. We are thankful that Mission & Service, in partnership with the National Council of Churches of Kenya, offers hope with severe drought and empowers of women.

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 playlistDownload the video here.

Thursday January 30th marked the beginning of Interfaith Week and celebrations are part of the UN World Interfaith Harmony Week. Rabbi Shaul Osadchey is the spiritual leader of the Beth Tzedec congregation and chair of the interfaith group and Calgarians are being urged to sign a civility pledge. The idea came about due to the decline of civility in politics in Canada and most dramatically in the United States. The goal of the civility week is to promote understanding and respect by speaking to people in ways that affirm their own value and worth.  The official launch happened Thursday evening at a ceremony inside the atrium at city hall. There are still several ways you can be involved. Please consider:
Attending the 1st Annual Interfaith Prayer Breakfast featuring Mayor Nenshi as the keynote speaker on February 5th at 8am at Beth Tzedec.  Dialogue will take place at each table.  Please RSVP to or call 403-255-8688. (A $10 donation is suggested for this vegetarian breakfast).

Joining us to celebrate the local and international efforts of the UN World Interfaith Harmony Week at our closing dinner on February 7th at 6:30pm at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 2021 17th Ave. SW.  Please RSVP to or call 403-255-8688. (A $20 donation is suggested for this vegetarian dinner).

Sunday evening, February 10 at 7pm at First Baptist Church (downtown).
Our featured speaker is Licia Corbella. Licia has a passion for helping the vulnerable and is on the board of the Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre. Her "day job" is senior columnist at the Calgary Herald. And one of our featured musicians is our host, Darrel Janz, along with members of the CORE Choir.  No cost... we hope to see you there.

Tuesday February 12 , 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Abdulfateh Sabouin, will tell us about family skin care recipe
from Syria now selling in the family store
Inspirational Music and Speaker
$8 for bottomless coffee and goodies - Info Call Lois Tetley 403 249 3994

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 for more information.
5010 Spruce Drive SW T3C 3B2

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