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OCTOBER 12, 2018
This week we are entering into a 3 week sermon series on the Lord’s Prayer.  This prayer that has stood the test of time, albeit with varied wording and different points of emphasis, but survived nonetheless.  This prayer is a central pillar to the Christian faith. It is more than a passive prayer helping us to get by or to nurture our faith.  The prayer of Jesus is as much of a call to action as it is asking for help, or seeking comfort. 
 
However sometimes we pray it as if it part of our routine.  This has its pros and cons.  The pro being that we know the prayer and that it is a regular part of our life of faith.  The con? Well, the con is that it is such a routine action, that we it does not require thought or much action, much like putting on a pair of shoes.  The next 3 weeks are devoted to exploring this revolutionary prayer and what it means today.  Why is it revolutionary? Why has it remained relevant? Let’s talk about this prayer that has withstood empire, church schisms and even the countless denominations that have sprung up the last two thousand years.
 
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory,
forever and ever, Amen.
 
I would encourage you to read over the prayer of Jesus, whether you are a firm believer, a cautious doubter or even just curious. What about it challenges you? Affirms you? What calls you to action?
Blessings,
Rev. Eric
Our prayers and sympathy to Susan Ferris and family on the news of Bill Ferris' passing this past Tuesday. Bill was a long time member of Woodcliff and will be missed by many. A funeral service will be held at Woodcliff next week. Details will be sent out in a Special Messenger as soon as they are available.

REMEMBERING EDNA HUNTER

A circle gathering to remember Edna Hunter (1920 - 2018 ) will be held at Woodcliff United Church at 1:30 p.m. on October 24, 2018 with Rev. Bob Mutlow presiding. An open invitation is extended to all to come and honour Edna’s life and time among us for so many years. Refreshments to follow. All are welcome.

Yoga takes place in the Nursery.
Drop In participants are welcome!
Congratulations to Ryan and Trinh Dietzler on their marriage in Vietnam this weekend! Our love and best wishes to proud parents Tim and Rhonda Dietzler, as well. We wish Ryan and Trinh a lifetime of happiness and send our prayers for safe travels back to Canada!
Ed and Sonia Eisler are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary Sunday, October 14th  at 2 pm at Garrison Green - 3028 Don Ethell Boulevard SW.  All from Woodcliff are welcome to attend.
Thank you to all the people and pets who attended the very first Woodcliff Pet Blessing on October 4. A special thank you to Michelle Pagé for braving the cold to help serve treats to all the creatures who came to be blessed.
October 9th, 2018 Council Meeting Summary
 
In an effort to keep the congregation informed about decisions made on their behalf by the Council, we offer the following summary of the October 9th Council meeting:
 
Facility Updates: The installation of exterior windows and both interior and exterior doors is moving forward. The winter-like weather has provided challenges for the original timeline however the current schedule still has the work completed by the end of October.  Renovations to the main office continue as well as Telus is attempting to modernize our telephone wiring and phone system.
 
Reverend Page requested that any announcements for Sunday’s Worship Service be provided each week to the Church office NO later than Wednesday at noon so Charlotte has time to prepare them for publication. Eric also shared that there were twenty human beings and a number more animals that participated in the “Blessings of the Pets” during early October. Ten of the human participants were visitors to Woodcliff from the surrounding community.
 
On Saturday, September 29th  our choir members performed a variety of programs as part of the Woodcliff Art Show and Music Extravaganza .  Appreciation was extended to our choir, our local artists, Alberta Porcelain Artists and the many members of our congregation that volunteered their time and energy in contributing to this special event.  A special thank you goes to Sandra Atkinson, Deanna Main, Donna Romano, Charlene Baker, Diane Carter and Arnold Ingelson for helping to organize this initiative.  A total of $850.00 was raised in support of the Woodcliff music program.
 
A Motion was passed to approve the registration & a partial subsidy for a March 2019 Conference in Calgary for participation by Rev. Eric Page, Charlotte Petti & Sheri Bolitho.
 
A Motion was passed by Council to authorize an application for a United Church grant of up to $30,000,.00 to assist with proposed building upgrades (assuming the application is successful).  Thank you to Steve Crosby for undertaking this application process.
 
Input was shared by Council members concerning the Copyright Policy. Judy Lupart will seek further input from committees prior to the policy presentation at the November Council meeting.
 
Communication Committee Chair Carolyn Chin shared two possible options for an outdoor sign in front of Woodcliff Church. Following feedback from Council, Carolyn will explore further details and negotiate about the preferred option.
 
If you have questions about any of these matters, please do not hesitate to contact the Chair of the Council, Arnold Ingelson, or any member of the Council.
Please use the following link to sign up as a volunteer for our Children's Ministry program. Thank you!
 
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 the office. Next gathering is October 16, 2018 
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WOODCLIFF PRAYER CHAIN
To have names placed on the confidential Prayer Chain List please contact the prayer chain at wucprayerchain@gmail.com Next Prayer Chain meeting is Sunday September 30 at 11:15 am.

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.
 
GLOBAL FESTIVAL NEWS
This year’s Global Festival runs November 2 – 4. We need bakers! Sign up downstairs to provide one of the following:
9x13 chocolate cakes  
9x13 pans of Rice Krispie squares
fruit pies
Baking not your gift? There are sign up sheets for numerous other volunteer opportunities. Please take a look at the Global Festival table during coffee time and see where you might be able to help out.
Save the date!
Global Festival All Ages Event Friday November 2 - 7:00pm
Plan to join in this fun evening of intergenerational games and community building. Friends are welcome!
RIGHT RELATIONS
BOB JOSEPH, the author of 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act, is speaking at Hillhurst United Church on Tuesday, October 23, 6:00 - 7:00 pm. For information: contact Brian Plesuk or right.relations@hillhurstunited.com

REBUILDING COMMUNITY IN THE PHILIPPINES

Our gifts for Mission & Service, together with our emergency response for Typhoon Haiyan, support the agricultural program of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP). In 2013, Typhoon Haiyan destroyed large parts of Philippine infrastructure, affecting the economic base of many communities.

The Visayas region in Central Philippines, a predominantly agricultural area, was hard hit by Haiyan. Ninety-five percent of fruit trees were uprooted, livestock were killed, and crops were destroyed. Also destroyed were many families’ hopes for feeding their families and making a living. As part of the recovery process, Mission & Service partner the UCCP is working with agricultural communities to restore livelihoods.

Working with community-based organizations, the UCCP developed a plan that identified the most appropriate livestock to distribute to local families. Basic veterinary skills and training help farmers ensure the health and welfare of the animals they receive. Home solar lighting kits are being distributed to communities. For some, this was the first electrical light their home had ever had.

A third component of the plan is helping farmers plant and harvest aerobic rice, which uses less water and requires less labour than traditionally grown rice. Given the right conditions, seed is easily saved from year to year, and a growing season can have two harvests.

Our emergency response provided a robust short-term response to start the rehabilitation. Through Mission & Service, our ongoing support ensures that these programs grow and develop to create resilient and sustainable farming communities in the Philippines.

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.

SONSHINE COMMUNITY SERVICES
We are turning 40! Please join us for our anniversary celebration at the Carriage House Inn on Friday October 19, 2018. Reception: 6:00pm / Dinner and entertainment: 7:00pm.  Get in the Friday Night Fever groove: polyester and platforms encouraged!  To purchase your table/tickets, click the button below, or call 403-705-3485
5010 Spruce Drive SW T3C 3B2
403-249-3121
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