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WOODCLIFF MESSENGER JUNE 15, 2018
 

A Note from our Moderator:

Dear Relations in Christ:

As I prepare to end my term as your Moderator, I take this final opportunity to thank your community of faith for recognizing Indigenous Day of Prayer, which The United Church of Canada observes in conjunction with June 21, National Indigenous Peoples Day.

We mark Indigenous Day of Prayer not as a simple response to June 21, or as a nod to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Rather, we do so as a way to acknowledge and celebrate the unique cultures, spiritualities, and contributions of Indigenous peoples on the land we call Canada.

We do so as a sign of commitment to the church’s 1986 Apology to Indigenous Peoples, and to building new relationships based in mutuality, equity, and respect.

We do so because of our creedal commitment “to reconcile and make new.”

In all of these commitments, The United Church of Canada has been led by its Indigenous membership, which responded to the 1986 Apology by imploring that together we “unite our hearts and minds in the wholeness of life that the Great Spirit has given us.”

Rising with Indigenous peoples in the church and across Canada on June 21 is one powerful way we do this. Joining with them in prayer is another.

May both of these actions continue to inspire you, in the next year and beyond, as we continue to seek being good relations with each other.

The Right Rev. Jordan Cantwell
Moderator, The United Church of Canada

From Rev. Debbie:
As part of our commitment to building new relationships based in mutuality, equity and respect, every week in our worship service, Woodcliff acknowledges that we are on Treaty 7 traditional territory – the land of the Blackfoot, Tsuu T’ina and Nakoda peoples and the Northwest Metis homeland.

 It is a small but important action. If you would like to accept our moderator's invitation to take another small but important action and pray on June 21, here is a prayer you might use:

Let us give thanks to our Creator for the Creator is always with us.

THIS WEEK AT WOODCLIFF
ANNOUNCEMENTS
                                          
WORSHIP AT WOODCLIFF
Sun. June 17                           Rev. Debbie Stockdale
Sun. June 24                           Intergenerational Worship with all Ministers
Sun. July 1                              Rev. Eric Pagé
Sun. July 8                              Rev. Eric Pagé
Sun. July 15                            Rev. Eric Pagé
Sun. July 22                            Christian Development Team
Sun. July 29                            Worship Committee Team
Sun. August 5                         Church Council Team

 
SUMMER PROCLAIMERS
We need people who would be willing to read the scripture lessons during the summer months. If you will be around and are interested in reading, please contact Charlotte so she can fill the summer services.


WOMEN OF WOODCLIFF (WOW)
Thank you to everyone who has supported WOW over this past year. At our get-together this week, we heard from Joanna Domes about the new YWCA building in Inglewood, and blessed projects (created over the past year) for their Sherriff King Home, one of the city’s emergency shelters for women and children. For the record, you knitted or crocheted 89 Worry Buddies, 1 teddy bear, and 26 afghans and shawls, and sewed or knitted 92 worry buddy bags. Thank you to all who contributed.  We will be continuing this endeavor through the next year and welcome new craftspeople.  
Save the date: WOW is planning a field trip to Vale’s Greenhouse and Black Diamond for July 25th – more details later. All welcome.


TRANSITION TEAM RECOGNITION SERVICE
Our Transition Ministerial Team 6-month term is coming to an end on June 30. M&P asks everyone to please make an effort to attend worship on Sunday, June 24 to recognize and celebrate the many blessings we have received from them.


BBQ

Sunday June 24 following worship
Please join us in celebrating the wind up of this year’s children and youth programming and in bidding farewell to Rev. Debbie and our transition team of ministers with a BBQ! Food, treats, and games for all ages to enjoy will be provided. All are welcome!

 
YAHOO!
Howdy to Eric and Michelle!! Help us welcome Eric and Michelle to Woodcliff United Church and Calgary on Sunday July 15th with a Pancake Breakfast and Wedding Shower. If you would like to contribute towards a wedding gift for the newlyweds, there will be a box at the back of the church that you may drop off a cash donation in. Council will find out what they need and purchase a gift or gift cards from all of us for them. Come in your best western duds.


OUTREACH

Got some time this summer to contribute to Habitat’s goal of providing affordable housing to needy Calgarians? Builds are currently underway in Bowness and Pineridge; check out volunteer opportunities: habitatsouthernab.ca. Stay tuned: Woodcliff is exploring week day and week end build days for the fall.

Sonshine Community Services
Sonshine Centre is currently recruiting volunteers for a variety of roles to support the women and families residing at Sonshine. If this interests you, please contact Lise Blanchette, Coordinator of Volunteers, to learn more.  403.705.3490  Lblanchette@sonshine.ca
 

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 Lorna at rowsell5@shaw.ca or Ron at roncarter@telus.net. Next gathering is June 19, 2018.
 
 
CHILDREN'S MINISTRY
VBS

VBS is coming to Woodcliff this summer from July 16-20th
To register please contact Sheri or the office.

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.

 
MEN'S BREAKFAST GROUP

Next meeting: Tomorrow - June 16, 2018 9:30 am at the Grey Eagle. 

THIRSTY THURSDAYS
Our last coffee time until fall will be June 21. Stop by for one last cup of coffee and some great conversation this coming week as we say farewell for the summer. All are welcome!
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

An Investment in the Future


Together with emergency funds and Gifts with Vision, our gifts to Mission & Service enabled us to build a church-run high school in Haiti.

The opening of a new secondary school in Duplan, in the hills above Port-au-Prince, was the high point of celebrations marking the 200th anniversary of the Église Méthodiste en Haïti (Methodist Church in Haiti) in February 2017. The United Church of Canada financed 80 percent of the cost of building the seven-room structure following the massive earthquake that hit Haiti in 2010, destroying or damaging many schools and churches and killing between 225,000 and 300,000 people.

The shiny yellow building housing the new secondary school is bursting with 215 students and 19 staff. Already, Edzaire Paul, who heads up the Methodist school system, is dreaming of adding computer and science labs, as well as a playing field so students don’t have to compete with motorbikes as they play soccer on the dusty road near the school.

Education was the church’s calling card to Haiti. In 1817, the first president of the Republic of Haiti authorized the first Protestant missionaries to come to the island nation on the understanding that their work would include providing schooling in the newly formed country. Today, the Methodist Church runs a system of 105 primary schools, 15 high schools, and a teachers’ college, as well as three vocational schools. With children in some areas travelling two hours by foot over rocks and boulders to get to school—sometimes without having had breakfast—the need for a major investment in education is clear. Mission & Service makes these schools accessible to families with limited incomes, an important investment in the future of Haiti.

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.


COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
presents
Ode to Joy
June 15 and 16 at 8:00pm
Jack Singer Concert Hall
In 1989, to mark the collapse of the Berlin Wall, Leonard Bernstein conducted Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, changing the word Joy (“Freude”) to Freedom (“Freiheit”). No other work could so greatly encompass all of humanity’s struggles to live freely and joyfully. It is introduced by his First Symphony, the endeavour which began Beethoven’s eternal, unsurpassed symphonic legacy.
Get a 15% discount on tickets, using the code NINTH.
Tickets can be purchased online or over the phone at 403-571-0849
 
Calgary Renaissance Singers and Players
presents
A celebration of Jewish Coral Music
Tuesday June 19, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Beth Tzedec Conservative Congregation 1325 Glenmore Trail SW
With special guests: Spiritus Chamber Choir and Los Angeles Zimriyah Chorale. Tickets: brownpapertickets.com
 
Community Blood Drive - 150 Donors Needed
Tuesday, July 3rd 4:00 PM - 8:00pm
Hellenic Community Centre Gymnasium - 1 Tamarac Crescent SW
Canadian Blood Services is desperate to fill spots for this blood drive. Please go to www.blood.ca to book if you are able to donate. Spread the word!
 


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