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Greetings friends,
 
This Sunday marks the start of the 4 week worship series on “The Gospel According to Munsch”. Over the next 4 weeks we will explore the spirituality of his works and the relevance for our lives of faith in the 21st century as an intergenerational church. Robert Munsch has a fascinating story. I would encourage you to read a brief biography of him below.

Rev. Eric

Munsch Bio
Adapted from: https://robertmunsch.com/about
“I was born on June 11, 1945 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I grew up in a family of 9 kids.
I almost flunked first grade and also the second, third, fourth, and fifth; but my younger brother was in the grade behind me, and he was a brain and nobody wanted to have me be in the same grade as him, so they kept passing me. I never learned how to spell, graduated from eighth grade counting on my fingers to do simple addition, and in general was not a resounding academic success.
I studied for 7 years to be a Jesuit priest, only to find that I was lousy priest material. While I was studying with the Jesuits, I got an undergraduate degree in History and a Master’s degree in Anthropology.  While I was studying to be a Jesuit priest, I worked part-time at an orphanage to escape from deadly classes in philosophy. So I knew I liked working with kids; and when I left the Jesuits I decided to work in daycare for a year till I figured out what I wanted to do; and what I figured out I wanted to do was: work in daycare.
The storytelling sometimes got very big once I was discovered by children’s festivals in Canada and then by entertainment promoters. Sometimes I was telling stories to 3,000 kids at once – and that is a lot different than a daycare nap time. But I still kept doing schools and daycares because I liked doing them.
Along the way I became Canada¹s best selling author, but I was not selling much in the USA. Then LOVE YOU FOREVER came out as a Canadian book in 1986. I had written it as a memorial for two stillborn babies we had in 1979 and 1980. The story actually started out as a song. I really wanted this story to be a book and I had to change publishers since my regular publisher did not want to do it. I was really worried that it would not sell.
I am a storyteller. I write books for kids, I talk to kids, and I listen to kids.
But that is not all that I am. Several years ago I was diagnosed as obsessive-compulsive and manic-depressive. Those challenges have led me to make some big mistakes.
I have worked hard to overcome my problems, and I have done my best. I have attended twelve-step recovery meetings for more than 25 years. My mental health and addiction problems are not a secret to my friends and family. They have been a big support to me over the years, and I would not have been able to do this without their love and understanding.
I hope that others will also understand. I hope that everyone will talk to their kids honestly, listen to them, and help them do their best with their own challenges.”
 © 2019 Robert Munsch Site by Barking Dog Studios
 
A HUGE thank you to the volunteer team of kitchen cleaners who spent their Wednesday refreshing and sanitizing the Woodcliff Kitchen: Diane C, Bev H, Joanne D, Noreen W, Deanna M, and Mary Jane H. A special shout out to Bob B and his sidekick Ron C for running through 81 loads of dishes! Thank you!
We will be adding a feature to the Messenger in the coming weeks listing those who are serving on Sundays at Woodcliff. The list will include the names serving on hospitality, count, reading, candle lighting, media and children's ministry. Names will be listed using first names and last initial only. If you do not wish to have your name included, please connect with the office. Thank you!
Please join us Oct 18-20 in Canmore.
A block of rooms has been secured at the Pocaterra in Canmore. 
The Theme of the retreat is "A Breathe of Fresh Air, Spiritual Rejuvenation" and will be led by our own Sheri Bolitho. The activities will include group work, thoughtful conversation, meditative mild physical activity and art exploration, as well as time to explore the beauty and nature that Canmore provides.  

REGISTRATION CLOSES SEPTEMBER 15!
 
Any questions contact Sheri or Rhonda. 
Sign up in the Narthex. Spots are limited.
COST (based on double occupancy): 
2 night stay $ 250.00 all programming, 1 breakfast and lunch included. 
Will need to pay for dinners out of pocket
1 night stay $150.00  all programming, 1 breakfast and lunch included. 
Will need to pay for dinner out of pocket
Please make plans to join Outreach for a trip to Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park on Saturday October 5. The drive to Blackfoot Crossing is approximately 1 hour and we will carpool from Woodcliff. Cost is still to be determined. There will be special programming for children. Friends and family are welcome! We need 25 participants to make this event happen. Please sign up in the Narthex.
Plans are underway for a great year! 
Sheri and Nicole are gearing up for our Church school season,
kicking off September 15th. 
Registration forms can be filled out both this Sunday and next. Forms need to be updated annually. Next week we have our backpack blessing and a bbq after church. This week on Sept. 8th we will have some fun ice breaker games and activities for all children and youth. If you have any questions about the Children's program at Woodcliff Please contact Sheri. If you have any questions about the youth program, please contact Nicole. We look forward to welcoming you for the first time, the first time in a long time or again after our summer adventures. 
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 September 17, 2019 .

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. 

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.
 

SPIRITUAL SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS

A row of old houses on Rue MacKay in Montreal, Quebec, is part of student life at Concordia University. One is home to the Concordia Multi-Faith and Spirituality Centre. The Rev. Ellie Hummel is the United Church chaplain on staff at the centre, and she works with chaplains from the Baha’i, Muslim, Sikh, Pagan, Buddhist, and Jewish communities as well as various Christian denominations.

The centre is a safe space for students to talk one-on-one with chaplains, share meals with fellow students, work together on service projects, and hang out during exam time. It holds a drop-in conversation group called Spirituali-TEA each week. In June 2017, the centre celebrated the completion of a mural by fine arts student Laura Douglas, who explored the relationship between people and the environment. Like the centre itself, the mural is a beautiful expression of that exploration. Concordia Multi-Faith and Spirituality Centre offers students a place to explore and question faith, and a safe space to make a difference and simply be. Its service projects include helping with a community garden in the downtown core of Montreal.

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.

PLOUGHSHARES CALGARY
“Over 65 million people have been displaced abroad or within their own borders – the most ever recorded by UNHCR.  Attend the ‘Ethical Responses to Refugee Needs Conference’ on September 21, 2019 at Parkdale United Church to learn about the realities of the refugee experience, dispel myths about who refugees are & where they come from & why we accept them into Canadian society.  Tickets at refugeeneedsconference.eventbrite.com”.

HOPE GALA
In support of Sonshine Centre
October 24, 2019
Safari Lodge, Calgary Zoo
Tickets are $150.00 and dress code is black and white.
For more information call 403-705-3485 or visit www.sonshine.ca/hope-gala
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