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Candle Lighter:                       Taryn B
Reader:                                   Eloise W              
Prayer Leader:                        Eric P
Power Point:                           Joseph K
Sound Tech:                           Mike B
Children’s Ministry:                 Val P
Hospitality:                              Ron & Mary Jane H, Sandy dL, Eileen C, Jim R,
                                               Georgia J, George E, John & Alison J,
                                               Jeff & Leah L
Count Team:                           Jocelyn H, Noreen W, Bob Y
The Count Team is looking for a few more members. The team is made up of groups of 3-4 people (2 of whom must not be related). Groups are responsible for sorting and counting up the offering at the end of each service. This takes about 30-45 minutes after the service. Each group typically does this for a 3 week block, twice a year. If you can join the team either as a group member, or even to fill in once in awhile, we'd love to see you!' Please contact Kathleen at woodcliffcount@gmail.com
Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Annual HUGS and Kisses Event. Your generosity makes a significant impact in the lives of our friends at the DI. 
Secret Pals returns to Woodcliff. What is Secret Pals? We're glad you asked! It's a fun pen pal style program that connects young and old. Each 'pal' receives a number. Each number will be connected to another number and using only those numbers to address each other, pals will leave notes of encouragement, cards, small treats in the Secret Pal Mail throughout Lent. Secret Pals will be revealed to each other on Easter Sunday. We need both children and adults to sign up for this fun filled event to be successful! Sign up is in the Narthex. 
We want to hear from you! In an effort to expand our programming and fill the needs of our community we are seeking input on offerings that would appeal to you. There are hard copy surveys available in the Narthex at Woodcliff or you can click the link below and print off a survey and return it to the church. Thank you for your ideas!
We are currently looking for folks who would like to read Scripture, lead the prayers of the People and to assist with serving communion. The way in which you may sign up is through SignUp.com.  Please see the instructions below:
 
To sign up for the Reader and Prayer Leader ministries, please click on the link below.
 
https://signup.com/go/dKZCuxi
Sadly, we have had a number of thefts this winter. If you are hanging your jacket up, please do not leave car keys or wallets in the pockets and please keep purses and bags with you.
Regenerate is a new type of worship service to Woodcliff. It's a gathering of people who come together to share a meal, ponder scripture, and explore the stories of the Bible in a hands on way. This worship style has no barriers to experience. Families can worship together with their children. Young and old can come together in a safe space for all. This service will take place monthly in the Lower Hall on the last Sunday of the month from 5:30-6:30 pm.
In February, we will be looking at our theme for lent - Reflecting on Relationships. We will explore, through stories and stations, our relationships with others, the planet, and our selves. We will enter into the night with a traditional start of Lent meal -  pancakes... plus a few modern comforts of breakfast for dinner. 
As a kick off to Lent, Congregational Life will be hosting a movie and dinner night. The movie will be Wall-E, which has incredible messages for all about how to live with respect for creation. Some have said it's the most biblical Pixar film of all time. Many have said that even as an adult, the messaging will hit your heartstrings. There will be accessible earth friendly activities & crafts, thought provoking pondering and a waste free meal in honour of our world. All are invited. Tickets available in the Narthex and Lower Hall on Sunday and in the office during the week. $10 for individuals, $25 for families.
All women are invited to join us Monday February 24 where we will have a chance to get acquainted!
You might be saying, "But many of us already know each other already!" We feel we do, but often we know "surface facts" and could get to know each other better!  Please join us.
Thank you to last week's meal service crew: Mary Jane H, Noreen W,
Arda S, June Kirk, Betty W, and Susan P. Great work team!

 

12th Annual Valentine’s Day Women’s Memorial March
Friday, February 14, 2020, will mark Calgary’s 12th Annual Valentine’s Day Women’s Memorial March.
The event will take place at Scarboro United Church and will begin at 6:30pm with presentations and performances. The march will begin at 7pm with light refreshments served after.

The Memorial March works to raise awareness and inspire change in regards to violence against women.

Although gendered violence affects all women, Indigenous women face compounded and unique risks. The Valentine’s Day Women’s Memorial March planning committee has shared the following facts:
• A vast majority of Indigenous women have been assaulted. Violence may have begun while at residential school or by parents whose souls were damaged by the residential school experience of rape, physical abuse, and cultural genocide. Violence continues into adulthood, ranging from 48% to up to 90% of Indigenous women being assaulted at the hands of their partners, depending on the community in which they live.
• Indigenous women also experience racially-motivated attacks and are harassed on the streets by the public and police in far greater numbers than non-Indigenous women.
• Indigenous women are five times more likely to die because of violence than any other group of women in Canada.
• Unlike most women who are at a greater risk of being assaulted by an intimate partner, Indigenous women are equally at risk of being assaulted by a stranger– this is a clear indication of the racist and sexist underpinnings of violence against Indigenous women.
• Because of the continuing effects of the Indian Act, Indigenous women face insecurities related to housing, employment and access to services both on and off reserve, leaving them more vulnerable to violence.

Please join us, everyone is welcome.

Date: Friday, February 14, 2020 at 6:30 pm
Location: Scaroboro United Church, 134 Scarboro Ave., Calgary, AB

For More Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/3487325267976221/

 

An Evening of Learning about Writing-on-Stone/Áísínai’pi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Thu, 27 February 2020
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM MST
Fish Creek Environmental Learning Centre
13931 Woodpath Rd. SW
Calgary, Alberta T2W 5R6

Writing-on-Stone/Áísínai’pi is a continuous and sacred cultural landscape. The site was inscribed on July 6, 2019 as Canada’s 20th UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Blackfoot name for this sacred cultural landscape is Áísínai’pi (meaning, “it is pictured/it is written”) and refers to the abundance and diversity of rock art at this spectacular site, as well as the geological features and viewscapes that are imbedded with sacred oral traditions.
Many Indigenous traditions continue to be practiced at Writing-on-Stone/Áísínai’pi today, and the ancient tradition of knowledge transmission continues to connect people with the past and informs their future.
Join Aaron Domes and Saa’kokoto (Randy Bottle) to learn about the rich history and values that make Writing-on-Stone / Áísínai’pi special, and receive valuable insider knowledge to help you plan your trip!
Register on EventBrite  Tickets are $10
We will continue our series of lessons - Jesus the vine and branches. 
 
IT'S ALSO A PJ DAY!!!! 
 
Reminder wear pj's to church! - It's a long weekend after all. 
 
Youth - Nicole is away this weekend. You are encouraged to stay in the sanctuary for the entire service. 
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 February 18, 2020. 

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: February 16 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.
 

A WAY TO HEAL

Thanks to Affirm United and Mission & Service, the Living Apology Project gave many a place to heal and to learn. Seeing the poems, laments, stories, and pieces of art created by people affected by the 1988 decision to accept LGBTQIA2S+ people as full members in The United Church of Canada was therapeutic for some; for others, it conjured up memories of anger and fear.

The late Former Moderator Anne Squire shared the first reflection on the Iridesce website:

My secretary once handed me a letter, saying, “I don’t want to give you this, but I have to.” It was from Elizabeth, outlining her work in the church; she said the last straw was the possible ordination of gay and lesbian people. She ended with “My prayer is that you will be stricken with AIDS. Yours in Christ, Elizabeth.”

Another day a big box arrived with no indication of the sender. One of my staff said, “Don’t open it; it might be a bomb.” I said, “We can’t live in fear this way.” Inside were two 10-inch cubes of acrylic; embedded in each was a metal rod that had been bent into a Greek letter. One was Alpha and the other was Omega. When someone asked what this meant, I said it meant that God was with us at the beginning of our life and will be with us at the end. I also felt that it meant that God was with us in this divisive project and would help guide us.

To answer that hurtful letter now, I say, “Yes, Elizabeth, I do have aids but not the kind you are talking about. My aids are Affirm, my family, my friends, and my faith.”

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.

Symons Valley Players are looking for: 1 Male or Female Actor (30ish, with some flexibility either way), to play a set of twins Oliver & Olivia Truscott-Pratt
(95 lines), English Accent required
 
Character Synopsis:  English Country people.  Oliver hunts, is a real "Bro", man's man, over the top.  Olivia is more reserved but very supportive of her brother, tends to be emotional because of the murders happening at the hall.
 
Play Synopsis: Agatha Crusty (pronounced Croosty) is a crime novelist.  She's also pretty adept at solving crimes.  And when her sister-in-law, Alice, invites her to spend a few days with her in the village of Chortelby, it's not long before she gets caught up in a series of murders which seem directed at members of the All Saints Village Hall committee.   From Toby, the Vicar, and Eleanor, Chair of the committee, to Harry Knott, the caretaker, and identical twins Olivia and Oliver Truscott-Pratt, there are plenty of suspects.  With an investigating officer as incompetent as D.I. Twigg, there are plenty of laughs as the murders begin to pile up.  But, while packed full of wit and very funny scenes, this is also a genuine murder mystery with an ingenious plot which will tax the little grey cells of the audience at the same time!
 
Rehearsal Schedule:  February: Monday, February 17, Sunday, February 23
March 1st – April 5th:  Sundays at 1:00, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 6:30-9:30 pm
Production April 2-5, 2020. 
All rehearsal and productions are at Symons Valley United Church, 38 Kincora Rise NW, Calgary
 
This position is available immediately, please send resume to Director: Brenda Watt
Email:  brenda.m.watt@gmail.com
WALK WITH US ON FEBRUARY 22, 2020 AT 5 PM AT EAU CLAIRE MARKET The Coldest Night of the Year is a family-friendly walk that raises money for charities serving hungry, homeless, and hurting people in our community. Participants can choose between a 2 km, 5 km or 10 km route along the pathways surrounding Eau Claire. • Register to walk at https://cnoy.org/location/calgarydowntown • Donate to the Westminster team at https://cnoy.org/location/calgarydowntown  JOIN US IN SUPPORT OF HOMELESS CALGARIANS KAIROS Calgary's Affordable Housing Working Group is committed to helping families at risk of or experiencing homelessness. This work involves volunteering with CUPS Calgary at affordable housing communities in Calgary and fundraising to pay off the mortgages of those communities through the A Place to Call Home campaign. This campaign is run in partnership with HomeSpace Society and the Calgary Homeless Foundation. At Feed the Hungry, we offer a family-style, sit down dinner each Sunday in an atmosphere of community, warmth, dignity, safety and respect. Many of our guests come to us after walking through harsh weather conditions. 
McInnis and Holloway Funeral Homes and Heritage Funeral Services have been sponsoring Dr. Wolfelt to Calgary to share his “Companioning Philosophy” for many years. Through the wonderful feedback we receive from participants we are pleased to sponsor two sessions in April 2020.

Dr. Wolfelt’s compassionate approach of “companioning” versus “treating” mourners helps people to mourn well so they can live well and love well. His time with us will begin with an evening session for individuals and families who are grieving a loss. Dr. Wolfelt will help all of us understand how loss influences our lives, through storytelling and delicately expressed humour and hope.

The following morning Dr. Wolfelt will teach a workshop for our caregiving community, it will help anyone who wants to learn more about how to support those who have experienced loss.

Please join us for these complimentary seminars.
For any inquiries please contact us at 403-243-8200 or MHFH.com 
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5010 Spruce Drive SW T3C 3B2
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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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