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Toorak Uniting Church – Update – Epiphany 4

1 February 2015

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Still thinking – Marcus Borg (1943 – 2015)

From the Weststar Institute
 Marcus Borg
It is with sadness that we received the news of Marcus Borg’s death on January 21. Marcus Borg was a major contributor to the work of the Jesus Seminar in its seminal period. In his career, he modelled the ideal of a Westar Fellow. Marcus ably bridged the gap between the academic guild and the general public. His books are cherished by Westar associates for their clarity and honesty. We at Westar will miss him terribly. Our sympathies go out to his family.

Marcus J. Borg, beloved husband and father, renowned teacher, author and leading scholar of the historical Jesus, New Testament and contemporary Christianity, died on January 21, 2015, following a battle with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. He was 72 years of age.

A pioneer of the Progressive Christian movement, Marcus Borg is remembered by many as one who led them back to Christianity, through his generous and thoughtful teachings on the historical Jesus and how we might live our lives in faithful response. In memory, our bloggers and readers share how Marcus Borg impacted their lives and work.

Marcus Borg was an internationally revered speaker and scholar who authored or co-authored 21 books, some which were New York Times and national bestsellers. His books have won multiple awards and been translated into twelve languages. The New York Times called him, "a leading figure in his generation of Jesus scholars." From Patheos.com

Of all the contemporary scholars it was Marcus Borg who provided me with the tools to express my Christian faith in a way that made sense to the church in the modern world. His simple explanations of complex theological and Biblical ideas without reductionism showed many ministers a way forward for the Christian Church. Perhaps best said in a quote from Marcus below:
A few years ago I received an invitation from an Episcopal group in the San Francisco Bay area. "We want you to talk to us about Jesus," they said, "and we want you to make it personal." Nobody had ever asked me to "make it personal" before. Trying to figure out what to say, I wrote the words "Me and Jesus" on a page. I reflected on those words. What emerged was the story of "me and Jesus" – of what I could remember about Jesus from my childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood all the way to the present. I see now that my "personal and academic pilgrimage" has been tied to the figure of Jesus from the very beginning…

"Me and Jesus, the Journey Home" Marcus Borg, The Fourth R


Previous Item Page Top Next Item Diary Dates

Thursday, 5 February at 6:00pm: Water’s Rim opening event. Kinross House.
Friday, 6 February at 10:30am: Yoga. Wettenhall Room.
At 4:00pm: IT Committee meeting. Wettenhall Room.
Saturday, 7 February at 4:00pm: Music for David Concert. Church.
Sunday, 8 February 9 & 10:15am: Sunday Services led by Rev. Peter Beale
Wednesday, 11 February at 6:30pm: P Brown Handbell Choir. Wettenhall Room.
At 7:30pm: P Brown Handbell Quartet Wettenhall Room.
Thursday, 12 February at 9:15am: UAT Meeting. Kinross House.
Tuesday, 17 February at 12 noon: Management Team meeting. Wettenhall Room.
Wednesday, 18 February: Ash Wednesday
Wednesday, 18 February at 6:30pm: P Brown Handbell Choir. Wettenhall Room.
At 7:30pm: P Brown Handbell Quartet Wettenhall Room.
Sunday, 22 February at 10:15am: Whole Church Family Service NO 9am Service

Previous Item Page Top Next Item The Toorak Ecumenical Op Shop
Thanks all the donors who kindly contributed this year and the volunteers who helped us reach another record. This year the three churches will have $210,000 to distribute. Thanks to Carrlo Jack, Margaret Jones and Wendy Ritchie, TUC’s representatives on the committee.
Toorak Op Shop still needs clothing donations. 143 Canterbury Rd, Toorak. Ph: 9827 3172.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Music for David – The Gallant Gondoliers

Presented by Opera Su Presto
Marco and Giuseppe, two jolly gondoliers, are lost along the Yarra as they search for their missing brides-to-be, Mabel and Yum-Yum. Captured by feisty fairies - who can hardly be described as dainty - they are convinced that their loved ones have been spellbound and indoctrinated into the local underground fairy slave trade. Can they find their beloved ones before it is too late?
Mayhem, Mozart and madness ensue as the Gallant Gondoliers battle more than just mosquitoes on their journey to discover the cause of their betrotheds' disappearance.

Music from Iolanthe, The Gondoliers, Patience and a host of other Gilbert & Sullivan favourites, with just a touch of Wagner thrown in.

Devised and Directed by James Wright
Starring (in order of appearance)
Cassandra Beckitt (Virtue), Dannielle O'Keefe (Patience), Amanda Stevenson (Persistence),
Johnathan White (Marco), Gerard Lane (Giuseppe) & Bruce Raggatt (The Duke)
with David Ross-Smith (The Orchestra)

Saturday 7th of February at 4.00pm
Toorak Uniting Church
603 Toorak Road, Toorak
(Melway 2M K7 or 59 A4, Tram No. 8, stop No. 39, or Heyington train station)
*car parking is available in Toorak Road or in side streets.

Light refreshments following the performance.

Prices $40 (full) and $35 (concession) – tickets available at the door or through Trybooking at http://www.trybooking.com/GRWK
The proceeds from this performance will go towards supporting the work of Uniting AgeWell's 'Music for David' Program.

For all enquiries please contact - David (9809 0550) or Margaret (9885 5110).

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Planned Giving Envelopes for 2015
are now available! Please pick up your set at the back of the Church after this morning’s service. If you would like to join the Planned Giving Stewardship Programme of TUC, please contact Stan Laugher - Envelope Secretary - on 9813 5242 or email: stanlaugher@acslink.net.au.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Yoga is back at TUC!
2015 classes begin Friday 30th January 10:30 –11:30am.
Bookings Essential. Call Ro Hancock on 0418 145 164 or email rohancock1@gmail.com
First class free! 5-class pass (valid all term) $75 or pay casual rates of $20 per class.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item News from Kinross Arts & Spirituality Centre

Kinross House Gallery is normally open Tuesday to Friday 10:00am – 3pm.

5 February
8 March
 'The Bay' - Jane Oehr The Water's Rim – A solo exhibition of paintings by Jane Oehr
Opening Event:
Thursday 5th February; 6pm – 8pm Refreshments will be served; All welcome

Guest Speaker:
Dr Vincent O'Donnell – Presenter of the Community Radio Network's national arts and culture current affairs program Arts Alive.

Exhibition Dates:
Thursday, 5 February – Sunday, 8th March 2015;
Open 8.30am - 3.30pm Monday to Friday. Weekends by appointment.

About the Exhibition:
Jane is joining with Kinross for her second solo exhibition at the Kinross Gallery. Jane is a visual artist and film maker. Her new work is inspired by the coasts of New South Wales and Victoria and Australia's famous beaches, rock pools and shoreline. The paintings evoke associations with water, moving currents, turbulence and calm and the mysteries beneath.

Manse Gallery Café
The café is filled with light, warmth, flowers on the table and good food. Please call in for great coffee, hot soup or delicious cake. It has a wonderful atmosphere with outstanding meals and coffee. Why not meet up with friends or conduct your next meeting there?
For enquiries and (group) bookings contact Raz Psonis on 9829 0341 email: meetatmanse@gmail.com
Raz and her team will make you very welcome. Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am-3:30pm.

Gallery Contacts: For all exhibition enquiries and bookings please telephone Lyndel Wischer on: 9829 0340 or email: uat@toorak.unitingchurch.org.au or visit the Kinross House page on the TUC website. You are also welcome to call in to the Kinross House Office which is normally attended 10 am – 3 pm, Tuesday – Friday or by appointment.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Lectionary Readings for 8 February 2015, Epiphany 5
Isaiah 40: 21-31;     Psalm 147: 1-11, 20c;     1 Corinthians 9: 16-23;     Mark 1: 29-39.
The liturgical colour for Epiphany is green.

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