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Toorak Uniting Church – Update – Lent 5

22 March 2015

Previous Item Page Top Next Item "The Coming" – by R. S. Thomas

And God held in his hand
a small globe. Look, he said.
The son looked. Far off,
As through water, he saw
A scorched land of fierce
Colour. The light burned
There; crusted buildings
Cast their shadows: a bright
Serpent, a river
Uncoiled itself, radiant
With slime.

On a bare hill
A bare tree saddened
The sky. Many people
Held out their thin arms
To it, as though waiting
For a vanished April
To return to its crossed
Boughs. The son watched
Them. Let me go there, he said.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Diary Dates

Saturday, 21 March at 2:00pm: Free Organ recital. Church.
Sunday, 22 March at 11:45am: After-Church discussion. Faichney Room.
At 2:00pm: Anton Heiller Biography Book Launch.
Society of Organists (Victoria) Inc.
Monday, 30 March at 12 noon: Time for Fellowship Lunch Faichney Room.
Friday, 3 April at 11:30am: Good Friday Walk St. John’s to TUC.
Wednesday, 8 April at 7:00pm: Bach Society Concert. Church.
Monday, 13 April at 10:30am: Drop in Card Day.
Tuesday, 14 April at 12 noon: Management Team. Wettenhall Room.
Wednesday, 15 April at 6:30/7:30 PB Handbell Choir/Quartet Wettenhall Room.
Thursday, 16 April at 10:00am: Morning Group … "indigo". Faichney Room.
Tuesday, 21 April at 8:00am: Autumn Breakfast. Kinross.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Stonnington Combined Lenten Pilgrimage
which will incorporate contemplation, conversation and prayer on the Theme of the "Hard Places"
The meetings will be in the worship sanctuary of each of the Stonnington Uniting Churches during Lent. Meeting places and times are as below:

St Andrews Gardiner: 10am Wednesday, 4 March and 7:00pm Thursday, 5 March.
Serrell Street: 10am Wednesday, 11 March and 7:00pm Thursday, 12 March.
Toorak: 10am Wednesday, 18 March and 7:00pm Thursday, 19 March.
Ewing Memorial: 10am Wednesday, 25 March and 7:00pm Thursday, 26 March.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Happy 330th birthday, Johann Sebastian!
To celebrate the 330th anniversary of JS Bach’s birth, our own organ virtuoso, Jennifer Chou will be give an organ concert on Saturday 21 March at 2pm. Admission is free, although any donations towards TUC’s Music Scholarship program will be gratefully received.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Book Launch
During today’s service, there will be the launch of two illustrated children’s books, The Parables of Jesus and The Miracles of Jesus. The books were illustrated by Lilia and Valentin Varetsa, who are two of our studio artists at Kinross House. The books will be on sale that morning.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item DVD and After-Church Discussion
 Lloyd Geering Today Sunday, 22 March 11:45 – 12:30 there will be a DVD and After-Church Discussion exploring the future of Religion with Sir Lloyd Geering.
Sir Lloyd George Geering is a New Zealand theologian and Presbyterian minister, who is Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies at Victoria University of Wellington.
The DVD is a part of the Progressive Christian Network of Victoria’s series, Exploring Open Christianity.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Anton Heiller Biography Book Launch
For the first time, Peter Planyavsky's significant biography has now been published by the University of Rochester.
The newly published book is available to the world in English, thanks to extensive and detailed translation work by Christa Rumsey.
Today, 22 March 2:00pm. The afternoon will include Heiller performances by organists Jennifer Chou (Toorak UCA), Brendon Lukin (St David's UCA, Geelong) and Alan Thomas (Wesley UCA, Geelong).
Christa will give a comprehensive presentation of the translation work and share rare personal recordings from her private Heiller library.
Following the presentation and mini recital, Christa will be available to sign copies of the new book.
For more information contact Brendon Lukin, Ph: 0408 212 210. Society of Organists (Victoria) Inc.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Musical Comedy in Peace and War
Popular songs, ensembles, costumes and dances that evoke the period before and during the first World War. Performed by talented singers and musicians.

Today, 22 March 2015 4:00pm at St Aidan’s Nth Balwyn.
Admission: $25 and $20 concession. Please pay at the door. Refreshments provided after the concert.
Enquiries and Bookings: David Ross-Smith 9809 0550 / 0429 907 908.
This is a fundraising concert for UnitingAgeWell Carer Respite Service’s ‘Music for David’ Program. www.unitingagewell.org

Previous Item Page Top Next Item ANZAC Centenary Sunday, 26 April 2015
A Special Service of Remembrance of the Great War 1914-1918 will be held on Anzac Sunday, 26 April, at 10:15am at TUC. In part we will be honouring those whose names are recorded on the Toorak Presbyterian Church Honour Board and the Roll of Honour.

We wish to invite family members of those whose Names are inscribed to join us. This is a call to our present congregation to assist if they have knowledge of any relatives and a current contact address or phone number.

The brass Roll of Honour of Fallen Soldiers listing 24 names, is situated on the east wall of the transept. The Honour Board listing 129 men and women who served in the Great War is situated in the Dunlop Porch, the main south-east porch.

Please read the names, or collect a listing from the entry porch table or the church office. All information will be useful – please contact the Archives Committee – Pamela Wilson 9822 0089 or Jeanette McArthur 9818 2205 or leave a message with the church office. Thank You.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Palm Sunday
The Stonnington Uniting Churches are gathering together at TUC for our Palm Sunday service at 10:15am on Sunday, 29 March.
There will also be a 9am service.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Walk for Justice for Refugees
Seeking Asylum is a Human Right – Close Manus, Close Nauru
Palm Sunday March
2pm, 29 March, State Library

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Easter @ TUC
2nd April – Maundy Thursday – 7:30pm.
3rd April – Good Friday – 10:00am.
5th April – Easter Sunday – 10:15am.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Autumn Breakfast
8am Tuesday 21 April, Kinross House
Rev. Dr. James Donaldson will speak on Going to War, the Full Human History.
Reflections of a Christian Chaplain on the realities of WW1 upon the Australian people.
RSVP to the office 9829 0300 or ToorakUC@bigpond.net.au

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Meeting of the Congregation and Election of Elders.
A meeting of the congregation will be held on Sunday, 24 May immediately after the 10.15 service.
The agenda items will be the election of elders and non-elder members of Church Council, the annual report, and the financial statements for 2014. These reports will be available from early May.
Nomination forms for the position of elder and non-elder member of Church Council are available from the office and must be returned to the office by Tuesday, 5 May at 12.00 noon. Members considering accepting nomination may wish to discuss the duties with the minister.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Continuo Organ
Please do not put anything on top of the new Continuo Organ! It may look like a useful tabletop, but it is definitely not!

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Funeral planning
Are you interested in lodging a funeral plan with the TUC Office? It can give as little information as the hymns that you would like sung, or as elaborate as you like. If you would like to investigate the possibilities, please contact the office on 9829 0300 or email us at ToorakUC@bigpond.net.au

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Emergency Cyclone Appeal
Call SHARE on 1800 668 426 to make a donation. Donations $2 and over are tax deductible.

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

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

12 March
26 April
Moments in a Dream – The world of Ink Art – Seifu Sandaiji
Seifu Sandaiji is a Bokusho artist who studied her art form under the guidance of Kofu Ohashi and Jikihara Gyokusei in Japan.
She has had group and solo exhibitions in Japan, the USA and Australia.
From March 12th - April 26th Kinross will display a solo exhibition by Seifu Sandaiji of new work created for Australia.

The Opening of the Exhibition was on Thursday 12th March.

Enquiries & RSVP to: uat@toorak.unitingchurch.org.au; tel 03 9829 0340

Come and see brilliant contemporary Japanese ink art in a special exhibition.

Open 8:30am - 3:30pm Monday to Friday.

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? The Café now has EFTPOS – no need to remember to have cash.
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 29 March 2015, Palm Sunday
Isaiah 50: 4 – 9a;     Psalm 118: 1, 2, 19 – 29;     Philippians 2: 5 – 11;     Mark 11: 1 – 11 or John 12: 12 – 16.
The liturgical colour for Palm Sunday is purple.

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