Still thinking Spiritual Practices
I wrote recently about some of the principles of the spiritual life. Of course the ten I listed are only a few. This week I would like to look at "The Practices of the Spiritual Life." In fact, I think they are better called, "The Practices of the Christian Life." We are living in a time when there is such a rich diversity of spiritual and religious insight; in fact perhaps too many to take in. So it is important to focus on those that will give us the most advantages.
Practices are important because they both incorporate our thinking and our doing. Thoughts and beliefs come and go in our minds, but a practice is both regular and it means doing something. Now by that I dont mean they have to be overly physical. A practice may mean sitting still for a few moments, or walking in a reflective, considered way. In fact, as a write this I am in the practice of having a cup of tea. We know that the Japanese have used the Tea Ceremony as a deeply religious practice, just by paying attention to drinking, a cup of tea can be rewarding.
So beginning with the commonly spiritual, here are a short list of daily or weekly practices that can help each of us live deeper and richer lives:
|Monday, 11 May at 10:30||Drop in Card Day.||Faichney Room.|
|Tuesday, 12 May at 10:00||Co-ordinating Forum.||Faichney Room.|
|Wednesday, 13 May at 6:30/7:30||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 6:30/7:30pm||Handbell Choir/Quartet.||Wettenhall Room.|
|Thursday, 21 May at 10:00am||Morning Group.||Faichney Room.|
|At 12:00pm||Prayers for Christian Unity.||St Johns.|
|3:30 5:30pm||John Macrae Open Day.||JMC.|
|Friday, 22 May at 12:00pm||Prayers for Christian Unity.||St Peters.|
|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||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 Peters.|
|Sunday, 31 May at 11:30am||Congregation Meeting.||Church.|
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.
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.
TUC ANZAC Centenary
Our ANZAC Centenary Commemorative Booklet is available from Pamela Wilson or from the Office. The research that has gone into it is astonishingly detailed.
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 TUCs 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.
Baptism and confirmation
are for people of any age. They are both an identification with Jesus of Nazareth and the living spirit of God. If you have considered either baptism or confirmation please speak to Chris or phone him on 0417  506 338.
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,
CEO, Bible League Australia and New Zealand
Please do not put anything on top of the new Continuo Organ! It may look like a useful tabletop, but it is definitely not!
News from Kinross Arts & Spirituality Centre
Home Anne Cuming
A solo exhibition of paintings by Anne Cuming sensitive responses to nature and contemplative moods.
On display in the Manse Gallery Café until Sunday, 31 May.
Surreal Encounters Sarah Clark
Enquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org; tel 03 9829 0340
Open 8:30am - 3:30pm Monday to Friday.
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: email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Power & Purpose Ceramic Exhibition by the Stables Artist Co-operative
A group exhibition of ceramics by women experiencing mental illness. Each artist has been mentored by professional ceramic artist, Ann Ferguson.
Generously supported by Stonnington City Council, Toorak Uniting Church and Boroondara Community Outreach.
Opening on Wednesday, 17 June from 6pm 8pm.
Tour of Duldig Studio, Museum and Garden Malvern East
A tour of the fascinating and rare art collection of the Duldig family featuring sculpture and painting by Karl Duldig.
Tuesday, 23 June from 10.30am12noon, $20 per person. Followed by morning tea.
Kinross Poetry Reading With Henry Dobson & Lawrie Groom
The brilliant poetry readings by Henry and Lawrie are back in 2015.
Listen, discuss and enjoy!
Gold Coin Entry.
For all exhibition enquiries and bookings please telephone Lyndel Wischer on: 9829 0340 or email: email@example.com 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.
Lectionary Readings for 17 May 2015, Easter 7
Acts 1: 15 17, 21 26; Psalm 1; 1 John 5: 9 13; John 17: 6 19.
The liturgical colour for Easter is white.