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Toorak Uniting Church – Update – Easter 4

26 April 2015

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Still thinking – The Family at War
I am the first male member of my family for four generations who has not gone to war. My great-grandfather was in the British army in South Africa. He fought in the Boer War and I have his service medals listing the battles in which he fought. My grandfather enlisted in 1941 at the age of 39 to fight in World War II. He spent eighteen months in Bougainville. As a child I asked him what it was like to be in the war in New Guinea. All I remember him sayings was that it was very boring and that he didn’t have a dry pair of socks for eighteen months. His brothers had all at some point in their lives been in the army.

My father joined the Navy in 1950 and served in the Korean War on the Tribal Class Destroyer HMAS Arunta. For two years he was stationed in Japan and I was four years old when he returned to live permanently in Australia. During that time my mother, sister and I lived with my father’s parents. My father had been away for so long that I called my grandfather Dad and continued calling him Dad until his death. My father’s brother was also in the navy for several years.

The closest I came to enlistment was in 1972 when I was twenty years of age and there was National Conscription to support the Vietnam War. I recall the day the lottery of birthdays was announced on the radio. I was working as a cadet land surveyor in Queensland and I listened as the birth dates of those who were called up were read out. They began in January and picking the dates from a lottery machine moved toward my birthday, April 10. As it got closer I could feel myself holding my breath. I was pretty sure I didn’t want to fight in Vietnam. It wasn’t that I was so politically aware of the situation, I suspect for me it was more personal. I had no desire to subject myself to the military way of life. I had had a brief time in my school’s Army Cadet Corp and that was disastrous. The lottery passed my birthday and I breathed a sigh of relief.

Since then I have reflected on my understanding as a Christian minister on war. I am not a pacifist; I do believe there is a time for resisting violence with violence. However, I suspect that violence is used far too often when wisdom demands diplomacy and peaceful strategies. It is also imperative that we take seriously Jesus’ command to "love your enemy". I think he means by that to love them before you get to the stage of violence. If we loved our enemies around the world now, maybe we would not have to go to war later. And of course at the most practical level war causes irreparable damage on human and non-human levels.

That’s why we say, "Lest we Forget." The reason I remember and celebrate Anzac Day is so that I will not forget the cost of war. It is a way to respect those who have died and support those who have lost loved ones and to imagine a world without violence.

Christopher Page

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Diary Dates

Monday, 27 April at 12 noon: Time for Fellowship Lunch. Faichney Room.
Tuesday, 28 April at 6:00pm: Dance Class Formal. Hall complex.
Wednesday, 29 April at 6:30/7:30 PB Handbell Choir/Quartet. Wettenhall Room.
Thursday, 30 April at 10:00am: Prayers for Christian Unity. Swedish Church.
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 ANZAC Centenary Sunday, 26 April 2015 at 10:15am
Please join us for Refreshments in the Faichney Room following the service.
Our commemorative booklet is available after the service in the corridor of the Hall Complex.
Please take just one copy per family.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item The Time for Fellowship Lunch
will be held on Monday, 27th April from 12noon in the Faichney Room. The topic for discussion is ‘ANZAC Day Memories’. All welcome. No need to RSVP.

Lenore Newnham & Jean Allison

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 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 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 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 News from Kinross Arts & Spirituality Centre

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

7 May
7 June
 Surreal Encounters Surreal EncountersSarah Clark

About the artist:

Sarah Clark has always had creative flare. Her early artistic work was as a picture framer and leadlight window designer.
Currently, Sarah loves working with alcohol inks on Yupo paper because it creates joyous colours and a high sheen surface.
Some of her art uses complimentary colour schemes to make a bold statement, whilst others use analogous colour schemes to create a serene design which mesmerises the viewer.
Please come and enjoy this special evening with the artist.
The Opening of the Exhibition is on Thursday 7th May; 6pm - 8pm

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

Open 8:30am - 3:30pm Monday to Friday.
21 May
A Day of Beautiful Things – Sarah Clark
Stunning NZ Possum Silk Knitwear Gloves Scarves Socks Jumpers Slippers 100% Cashmere Dressing Gowns. Exclusive Range of Pashmina Shawls.

CATHERINE REYNOLDS, MISTIE MOUNTAIN - is a beautiful collection of New Zealand Possumsilk Knitwear, 50% Merino lambswool, 40% possum fur, 10% silk. These natural fibres combine to make a premium quality garment which is luxuriously soft, lightweight, warm and breathes with the body. Feel the difference, 100% Natural Luxury. Men's & Ladies' Zip Jackets, Vests, Jumpers, Scarves, Wraps, Fingerless Gloves, Fur Trim Gloves, Socks, Bed socks, Fur Trim Hats, Beanies, Knee Rugs, Throws, Shoe Liners, Slippers and more.

Contact: 0419613113 Email: catherine@mistiemountain.com Web: www.mistiemountain.com

JILL NAZAR - lives in Sydney and once a year comes to Melbourne to exhibit her unique & genuine collection of pashmina shawls, stoles, baby blankets & throws. The collection is very diverse & features 100% pashmina shawls & stoles in wonderful colours and designs - mostly "one offs" & of a quality not seen elsewhere in Australia. Some of these pieces are hand embroidered exquisitely and each trip become harder to find. Also featuring are Kashmiri hand embroidered in hook stitch woollen stoles, & 100% silk pieces in wonderful colours & patterns. Jill travels to India twice a year & hand picks her collection which are mostly hand made or hand loomed in Kashmir or Nepal. There are 100% Cashmere Dressing gowns for men & women in the colour of their choice. Plus hand carved soap stone elephants from Rajastan.

Contact: 0402 907 377 Email: becknazar@bigpond.com

Also exhibiting on the 22nd May at the Habitat Uniting Church, Hawthorne 10-5pm & 23rd May at St Andrews Anglican Church, Brighton 9.30-5pm.

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 3 May 2015, Easter 5
Acts 8: 26 – 40;     Psalm 22: 25 – 31;     1 John 4: 7 – 12;     John 15: 1 – 8.
The liturgical colour for Easter is white.

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