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Toorak Uniting Church – Update – Easter 2

12 April 2015

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Still thinking — Some of the Principles of a healthy growing church (pt 1)
From my reading in the last few years I have read little about how a "traditional" church can be healthy in its internal relationships and growing as an organization. I don’t think I could count the number of books and programmes that have been produced on "How to grow your church." These programmes are sold to congregations around the world but we never hear of their success or failure. I suspect most fail because they are not "indigenous"; that is they make assumptions and judgements that are unrealistic for most congregations and fail to take in the local context. Nevertheless after surveying many of these "programme packages," I have come up with my own list of simple "principles" that I think should be present in the healthy growing church.

Now having been critical of programmes I am in danger of creating my own! But here goes:

Every healthy organization must have a thoughtful and compassionate leadership. Good leaders are cooperative, reflective and flexible. The leader of a church is not just the minister but those who show wisdom and insight. But remember it is not the person with the loudest voice or the most demanding presence.
Commitment and Participation:
Churches are not run by the minister or the ministerial staff. In fact they are not run by anyone. The best model is a small working group that reports to the larger council/congregation. Commitment and participation to any organization means that every member takes responsibility and has an authority to minister within defined areas.
Programme and Flexibility:
This is one of the most difficult areas for the traditional church. "We have always done it that way!" Or "That’s what the regulations say we must do!" The truth is that organizations that flourish and grow have a strong programme that is always open to change. The programme must be consistent and yet be both and open and flexibility in its operation. Yes the "seven lessons and Carols from Kings College Cambridge," does draw a big crowd but if the local church is concerned about the health and growth of the community then it should be "indigenous" and willing to do its ministry in the local community.
Worship that is Inspiring and Faith Challenging:
One should leave the morning worship service hopeful and with his or her spirit lifted. However, the hour we spend together should also call us to reflect more deeply on our own lives and the life of the world in which we live. There are few times and places in our society where we can consider our lives and the lives of others.
Next week (part2) I will briefly consider another 4 principles: Diversity and harmony; conflict and resolution; generosity and friendship; and common values and diverse beliefs.

Christopher Page

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Diary Dates

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 House.
Thursday, 23 April at 9:15am: UAT Meeting. Kinross House.
Saturday, 25 April: ANZAC Day.
Sunday, 26 April at 10:15am: Worship and ANZAC commemoration. Church.
Monday, 27 April at 12 noon: Time for Fellowship Lunch. Faichney Room.
Tuesday, 28 April at 6:00pm: Dance Class Formal. Hall complex.
Thursday, 30 April at 6:00pm: Dance Class Formal. Hall complex.
Sunday, 3 May at 3:00pm: Bach Society Concert. Church.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Service leaders.
This morning we welcome Rev Wal Baker to our 9am service and Rev John Edwards who will lead our 10:15am service.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Fundraising Stall:
There is a fundraising stall today. Delicious cakes and jams available.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Anzac Centenary March
Kelly O’Dwyer MP invites you to join her for the City of Stonnington & Higgins Centenary of Anzac Committee Anzac Centenary March on Sunday 19 April 2015.

11:00am Meet at Malvern Gardens, corner of Park St and High St, Malvern
12:15pm March arrives at Malvern Cricket Ground, High St, Malvern
12:30-1:05pm Ecumenical Service at Malvern Cricket Ground, cnr Glenferrie Rd and High St, Malvern
1:05pm Stalls with refreshments and memorabilia
Individuals are encouraged to wear medals.
Community groups can also march with a banner or flag.
Due to road closures on High St, car parking will be limited but there will be a drop-off point on Park St for those who are infirmed or require extra support for the March. Enquiries: 8290 1333.

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 ANZAC Centenary Sunday, 26 April 2015 at 10:15am
You are warmly invited to attend our Anzac Centenary Service to honour those whose names are inscribed on the Toorak Presbyterian Church Great War Honour Board (129 names) and Roll of Honour – Record of Fallen (24 names).

The service will incorporate hymns and readings from the Unveiling Services in 1917 and 1922, as well as a reading of the record of the 24 soldiers on the Roll of Honour.

The service will be conducted by Rev Dr Christopher Page and Rev Dr James Donaldson.

You are also welcome to the Lunch to follow. RSVP 20 April.
To contribute information about the families of those who served, please contact the Office: t: 9829 0300 / e: ToorakUC@bigpond.net.au.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Bach and Weiss on the Lute with Andrew Byrne
 Andrew Byrne Sunday, 3 May 3pm (Pre-concert talk 2.30pm)
Meet Sylvius Leopold Weiss, the most prolific composer of lute music in history who challenged J.S. Bach at improvising fantasies and fugues.
Renowned lutentist Andrew Byrne (Sydney) will play a 13 course German Baroque Lute at Dresden court pitch.
Presented by the Australian Bach Society – http://www.bach.org.au – 0425 802 046.
Tickets: $35 and $25 concession – Bookings: www.trybooking.com/GTLB

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 Name Badges
It has been raised that many people missed the deadline for ordering resin name badges. The Office Staff will order a new batch of resin name badges with the UCA logo. If you would like to order one, please email Catriona or Kimberly at ToorakUC@bigpond.net.au with the exact spelling you require.
Cost is $12.50 each. Please let the office staff know before Friday, 1 May.

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 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 19 April 2015, Easter 3
Acts 3: 12 – 19;     Psalm 4;     1 John 3: 1 – 7;     Luke 24: 36b – 48.
The liturgical colour for Easter is white.

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