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Toorak Uniting Church – Update – Easter 5

3 May 2015

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Still thinking – Some of the Principles of a Healthy Growing Church: Part 2
In Update on April 12, I looked at some of the principles that need to be present in a healthy growing church.

They are:
Commitment and Participation:
Programme and Flexibility:
Worship that is Inspiring and Faith Challenging:
I have taken a couple of weeks to get back to this topic, so here are four more principles we need to consider in our congregational life.

Diversity and Harmony:
As the society around us becomes more and more culturally, socially and religiously diverse, a healthy church reflects that diversity within the community. Today we are called to embrace a bigger world than our parents had to. Diversity at its simplest is seen in the restaurants we now go to and even the food we serve in our homes. But it is much deeper than that. Cultural differences can be difficult to handle. Sometimes we lack understanding as to why this or that is important to a person or group of people. Diversity is not only cultural it can be in our varying tastes in music or preference for a particular style of worship. So to achieve harmony (at least to a significant degree) we need to both speak and listen. And probably listen more than we speak.

Conflict and Resolution:
There is no problem with conflict in a congregation. In fact, it can be a sign that people are passionate and they care about the church. But without resolution we will tear the fabric that weaves us together. Ryan O'Neal, the lead actor in the 1970s film Love Story, said in the movie, "Love means never having to say you are sorry." When he was interviewed some years later he said that that was the stupidest line he had ever said in a film. He went on to say that love is in fact built on forgiveness and saying sorry.

Generosity and Friendship:
Br David Steindl-Rast has said, "Generosity can be contagious in a healthy way... Being generous creates an atmosphere that is more sacred, a sense that the world blesses us in unexpected ways, often in ways we obviously don't deserve." If we live in a world where we believe that everything is scarce and must be measured out in teaspoonsful, then generosity will be seen as an indulgence or extravagance. But if we experience generosity it will open our lives to share who we are and what we have with others and friendship within the community will grow.

Common Values and Diverse Beliefs:
Healthy communities share common values such as, generosity, hopefulness, respect, responsibility, kindness, compassion, thankfulness, humility and love, just to name a few. While sharing these common values we can still hold diverse religious beliefs. In fact, a Christian community should be one place in the world where we are valued not because of what belief or even what we do, but rather who we are. And for many the value of being accepted, regardless of our beliefs can be transforming.

Christopher Page

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Diary Dates

Sunday, 3 May at 10:00am: Youth Led Service (YLS) Prep. Faichney Room.
At 3:00pm: Bach Society Concert. Church.
Wednesday, 6 May at 6:30/7:30 PB Handbell Choir/Quartet. Wettenhall Room.
Sunday, 10 May at 10:00am: Youth Led Service (YLS) Prep. Faichney Room.
Monday, 11 May at 10:30: Drop in Card Day. Faichney Room
Wednesday, 13 May at 6:30/7:30: PB Handbell Choir/Quartet. Wettenhall Room.
Sunday, 17 May - all day: JMK working bee. Kindergarten.
At 10:15am: Youth led Whole Church Service. Church.
Tuesday, 19 May at 12:00pm: Prayers for Christian Unity. TUC.
At 12:00pm: Management Team. Wettenhall Room.
Wednesday, 20 May at 12:00pm: Prayers for Christian Unity. Swedish Church.
At 6:30/7:30: PB Handbell Choir/Quartet. Wettenhall Room.
Thursday, 21 May at 10:00am: Morning Group. Faichney Room.
At 12:00pm: Prayers for Christian Unity. St John’s.
3:30 – 5:30pm: John Macrae Open Day. JMC.
Friday, 22 May at 12:00pm: Prayers for Christian Unity. St Peter’s.
Sunday, 24 May at 7:00pm: Pentecost Service (TEM). TBA
Monday, 25 May at 12:00pm: Time for Fellowship Lunch. Faichney Room.
Wednesday, 27 May at 6:30/7:30: PB Handbell Choir/Quartet. Wettenhall Room.
Thursday, 28 May at 7:30pm: Church Council Meeting. Faichney Room.
Friday, 29 May at 12:00pm: Prayers for Christian Unity. St Peter’s.
Sunday, 31 May at 11:30am: Congregation Meeting. Church.

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, 31 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 Time for Fellowship Lunch
The Time for Fellowship Lunch will be held on Monday, 25th May from 12noon in the Faichney Room. The topic for discussion will be ‘Something interesting on television last month (May)’. All welcome. No need to RSVP. Lenore N. & Jean A.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item TUC ANZAC Centenary
Sincere thanks to Pamela Wilson and her team for creating such a meaningful ANZAC service last week. For those who have not seen it, the Commemorative Booklet is available after the service in the Faichney Room. The research that has gone into it’s creation is astonishingly detailed. Particular thanks also to Kimberly Hobbs.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Employment position
Catherine Charles has been doing an outstanding job on bookkeeping for TUC over the last two years. Unfortunately, her business has been growing and she cannot afford to spend as much time with us as she has been doing.

This role of bookkeeper will be under the general guidance from Catherine Charles. Essential requirements are: some knowledge of accounting systems; expertise in MYOB Account Right Live software or the demonstrated ability to acquire it quickly; familiarity with TUC’s mission, including outreach, and areas or activity.

The position will be 2 - 5 hours per week. Expressions of interest are invited. Please contact Christopher Page 0417 506 338.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Nepal
Please uphold in prayer our Bible League ministry brothers and sisters in Nepal as they care for and support so many of their fellow citizens who have had their lives shattered. Pray too that they will be able to witness about Christ as they assist with some of the more practical needs amongst those affected.

Yours in Christ,
Tony McLennan
CEO, Bible League Australia and New Zealand

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.
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 10 May 2015, Easter 6
Acts 10: 44 – 48;     Psalm 98;     1 John 5: 1 – 6;     John 15: 9 – 17.
The liturgical colour for Easter is white.

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