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WOODCLIFF MESSENGER APRIL 20, 2018
 
It is Earth Day on Sunday. It is a day to celebrate this amazing planet that is our home. It is a day to wonder, to reflect and to recommit to caring for our little corner of the universe. Our United Church creed says, in part:

We are not alone,
we live in God's world.
We believe in God,
who has created and is creating, ...
We are called to be the Church,
... to live with respect in creation, ...

Living with respect in creation is part of our faith journey. In creation, we see God revealed each and every day. I've been watching the  rabbits in our neighbourhood slowly transform from winter white to spring brown. Somehow, in their being, a timer says spring is here, it's time for a new colour. The robins reappear. The green shoots emerge responding to the longer days. Each reveals their connection to the earth, to the sun, to the cycle of life. Take a moment to reflect and wonder. What does each sign of spring teach about our creator God who has created and is creating?

It is not just the rabbits and the robins who are connected. We too are connected to the cycle of life. We depend on the earth to nourish our bodies. We depend on clean water to drink. We depend on the earth to be a firm foundation for our homes. We depend on the sun and the rain. In creation, each precious gift is linked to another. There is nothing in creation that stands alone. That means that every time we make a choice to support a healthy planet, we make a choice to promote our own health.

This year the theme for Earth Day is 'End Plastic Pollution.' The goals include ending single-use plastics, promoting alternatives to fossil fuel-based materials, promoting 100 percent recycling of plastics, corporate and government accountability and changing human behavior concerning plastics. Within this goal are many simple actions we each can take. We can refuse plastic straws in our drinks. We can refuse plastic bags when we shop. We can pick up plastics when we walk or run so that animals don't get harmed by them. We can stop buying water in plastic bottles. We can support lobbying efforts that call for wiser ways to package products and to dispose of waste.

Each of us can make better choices to live with respect in creation. This Earth Day, I invite you to reflect on what you can do. Make a promise to yourself and then do your part. The earth is our home. Let's take care of it.

We are together on the journey. We are not alone, thanks be to God.
Rev. Debbie
THIS WEEK AT WOODCLIFF
ANNOUNCEMENTS
                                          
THIS WEEK
Ujamaa Grandmas Annual Fabric and Yarn Sale begins today (April 20th) at 2:00pm and runs until 7:30pm and again on April 21st from 9:00am to 2:00pm. Please note that meeting space and parking will be very limited today and tomorrow. 


WORSHIP AT WOODCLIFF
                   Sun. April 22                                        Rev. Clint Mooney
                   Sun. April 29                                        Rev. Debbie Stockdale
                   Sun. May 6                                           Rev. Debbie Stockdale
                   Sun May 13                                          Rev. Bob Mutlow
                   Sun May 20                                          Rev. Grant Dawson

                   Sun May 27                                          Rev. Debbie Stockdale
 
 

WOMEN OF WOODCLIFF (WOW)
Please join us on Monday, April 23th at 7:15 p.m. in the choir room. Our speaker will be Amanda Foote from the Lougheed House Conservation Society. She will speak to us on the history of Lougheed House, its restoration, and activities held there now. All women are welcome at all WOW sessions.


AFFIRMING LUNCH AND LEARN
Please join us on April 29th for lunch as Woodcliff learns about the affirming process. Lunch begins immediately following worship and child care is provided. In preparation for this event, we would like to know if you have any specific questions you would like answered.
The agenda currently includes:
What is an affirming church/ministry?
What does being affirming mean for a congregation?
What does it mean from the perspective of the LGBTQ2+ community?
What is the process to become an affirming church?
There is a question box at the rear of the sanctuary where you can submit your question so that the presenters have a chance to think about it before the presentation. There will also be a Q&A time included if something comes to mind during the session.
We look forward to seeing you there!


MEMBERSHIP
Rev. Debbie will be holding a short class for those interested in becoming members of Woodcliff on Wednesday April 25 at 7:00 pm. Membership Sunday will be May 6 for new members and those wishing to have their membership transferred. Please speak to Debbie or call the office if you are interested.


CALLING ALL PHOTOGRAPHERS
We are always looking for beautiful photos to use for our Sunday services and bulletin covers. If you have any photos you would be willing to share, please forward them to Charlotte at office@woodcliffunited.com.


OUTREACH
Thank you to the hard-working crews that responded to the request to clean and prepare two suites at the Sonshine Centre this week!
Thanks to: Deanna Main, Pat Blair, Susan Plesuk, Helen McKinnon, Denise Labchuk-McKibbon, Eloise Wigglesworth, Eleanor Landry.


VALUABLES

Please do not leave valuables unattended or in coat pockets left in the foyer.



WOODCLIFF DEMENTIA CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP
 
Our caring circle meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, from 1:30 to 3:00 pm in the Edworthy Lounge here at Woodcliff.  No professional referrals are required. If you are in need of a safe, confidential circle to share your experience, learn from others and support others in their journey, our Caregivers Support Group is for you and is open to all. If you have questions, please be in touch with Ron at roncarter@telus.net or Lorna at rowsell5@shaw.ca. Next gathering is May 1, 2018.
 
 
CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

Children's ministry volunteers - it's time to sign up for opportunities for 2018! Please use the following link to find available spaces to help and to sign up. Thank you!
 
VBS

VBS is coming to Woodcliff this summer from July 16-20th and we are looking for donations to help set the scene:
Tan coloured carpet scraps, beach toys, plastic table cloths in tropical colours. If you have any of these items to donate, please be in contact with Sheri.

Camp Kasota West
Summer camps for children and youth. Information available on the downstairs bulletin board, on the web site www.campkasotawest.com, or by phoning 403-275-3636.


WOODCLIFF CHOIR
Choir practice runs Thursday evenings starting at 7:30 pm.
New voices always welcome!

 
MEN'S BREAKFAST GROUP

Next meeting: Tomorrow April 21, 2018. We are meeting at Smitty's - Westbrook Mall location at 8:30 am. 


THIRSTY THURSDAYS
Come join us for coffee in the Edworthy Lounge anytime after 10:00am!
PASTORAL CARE
WOODCLIFF PRAYER CHAIN
To have names placed on the confidential Prayer Chain List please contact the prayer chain at wucprayerchain@gmail.com
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.
MINUTE FOR MISSION

Bringing Kids to Nature

Our gifts for Mission & Service support inner-city programs for children, like Camp Cosmos run by Montreal City Mission.

An 11-year-old girl has new respect for her 9-year-old brother with special needs thanks to the environmental summer day camp.

Eden Haber, Assistant Director of Camp Cosmos, learned about the experience from their mother. Before the camp, the girl felt ashamed of her brother, says Eden. At the camp she was able to see how he interacted with other campers and how they enjoyed being with him, and her attitude changed. “She came out of the camp saying she was proud to have him as her brother.”

This is just one example of how Camp Cosmos brings together children: those with special needs and those without; kids who have lived in Canada their whole lives and refugees who arrived a month ago; children from different economic backgrounds, cultures, and faiths. “It’s a good opportunity for kids to integrate with other kids,” says Eden.

An environmental focus is fundamental. It’s reflected practically, as the camp tries to achieve zero waste through recycling and composting. “These kids are growing up downtown and don’t have a tangible connection with the environment,” says Eden. The camp provides that. Campers learn through ecological games, organic gardening, outings in nature, and visits to local farms.

Montreal City Mission, through Camp Cosmos, offers children and youth an appreciation of nature and a place to learn leadership skills that will help them become caring adults working for a better world.

Mission & Service is the heart and soul of The United Church of Canada. If you already give, 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.


COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS


CORE Celebration's next concert is Sunday evening, April 22 at 7pm at First Baptist Church.
Come and enjoy the 2017/2018 season favourite choir pieces. Although we will not have a guest speaker due to the larger amount of musical content, we will have three guest musicians:
We welcome back a frequent contributor Maury Michie on violin, as well as Musical Theatre performers Victoria Erhardt and Kyle James Graae.
Save the date:
Friday, May 25, 2018 - Concert of Hope (at Centre Street Church)
Tickets go on sale April 13 through Centre Street Church's website: https://www.cschurch.ca/event/1111690-2018-05-25-12th-annual-concert-of-hope/
For more information: call 403-796-3603, email info@corecelebration.com or visit our website at http://www.corecelebration.org.


Pastoral & Spiritual Care Calgary Presbytery and Calgary Healing Ministries invite you to Toonie Lunch and Learn  
Mindfulness
Monday April 30th St. David’s United Church
Lunch 12—12:30   Presentation: 12:30—1:30
Please bring a toonie for lunch
Learn about research into the benefits of mindfulness and practice techniques for reducing stress with Dr. Linda Carlson professor of psychosocial oncology.
Dr. Carlson will introduce the concept of mindfulness and mindfulness-based interventions, focusing on people with medical conditions and their caregivers. She will briefly summarize the research showing benefits of mindfulness training for various groups, and introduce preliminary practices taught in mindfulness stress reduction programs. To register email: ucpcare@telus.net or phone: 403-294-0378.

Project Ploughshares
Are you concerned about the world? Ploughshares Calgary and Calgary Assoc. of Lifelong Learners invite you to a Community Conference.  “CHALLENGES OF PEACE AND WAR”, Sat. May 5, 9.30 to 3.30pm, Varsity Acres Presbyterian Church 4612 Varsity Dr. Keynote address: Rob Huebert, Assoc. Prof of Political Science, U of C: “A return to power politics? What does it mean for international peace and security?’ Panel: distinguished representatives of CN Armed Forces, Mennonite Central Comm., Mt Royal University, Ploughshares. Catered lunch. Film “In Pursuit of Peace” (conflict transformation professionals working in ‘hot spots’). $25. To register on-line: https://calgarylifelonglearners.ca/event-2873632/Registration or by  email: dodd1@telus.net . All welcome.


5010 Spruce Drive SW T3C 3B2
403-249-3121

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