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Toorak Uniting Church – Update – Trinity Sunday

31 May 2015

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Still thinking – My Grandmother’s Wisdom
My grandmother died twenty years ago last week. As a small boy, it always seemed to me that my grandmother was wiser than my parents. I had no objective facts to prove that, but intuitively I believed it. I knew that my grandmother wasn’t as educated as my parents. She had finished her formal schooling at grade four. But that didn’t matter—there was something in the way she treated me that seemed to communicate that she was a very wise woman.

My sister and I spent school holidays with my grandmother, while my mother cared for my three younger brothers at home. I never realized at the time what a privilege it was to have the undivided attention of my grandmother for six weeks each year. She would do the usual things one does with school aged children - trips to the pictures, visits to the Myer toy department and my favourite, dinner in the Myer cafeteria. As a child I couldn’t imagine a more mouth watering meal than a meat pie with sauce, mashed potatoes and peas served on a plate with the Myer emblem at the top and accompanied by a strawberry milkshake with double ice cream.

My grandmother would walk everywhere. She never owned a car and buses were only for long distances. When my parents insisted that I walk to the local shops rather than being driven, I would complain. But strangely, walking with my grandmother was not an imposition, but rather an adventure. Her wisdom was what I would call "kitchen table wisdom." She had little time for the sophisticated discussions that happened between my mother and her children. For my grandmother, the centre of life was care for and service to those she loved. And she was a woman of routine. The washing was done on Monday, Thursday and Saturday; the carpets vacuumed no more than once a week for fear of wearing them out; Breakfast at seven, lunch at twelve and dinner on the table at five-thirty.

Meals were times for conversation and stories. Her stories, as she emptied her second pot of tea, told us who we were and where we had come from. They were liberally spiced with family faults and failures, but equally they recounted the triumphs and small victories of our forebears and relatives. Through my grandmother’s stories I heard the deeper voice of identity and integrity. She never preached, moralized or criticized and yet I knew what she regarded as important in life and what she valued for her grandchildren. I am sure that it was from her that I gained my appreciation of stories, not primarily as entertainment, but as access into the real world - the world of hope and despair and the world of courage and failure.

My grandmother probably wasn’t that much wiser than my parents. It just seemed to me as a small boy that her simple love for me and her uncomplicated view of the world was a goal that I wanted for my life. From my innocent perspective she never seemed to be unhappy, angry or sad. But the truth is she probably was, but she never showed it to me. Perhaps all of us can seem wise to other people when we only have a little knowledge of them.

The wonderful thing about my grandmother was that even in her last years she never tired of telling family stories. And remarkably she could tell the same story over and over again and never change a word. We sat, listened and treasured those moments with her - waiting with glee for the often heard punch line and the glorious laughter that followed.

Christopher Page

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Diary Dates

Sunday, 31 May at 11:30am Interment of John Downes. Memorial Garden.
Wednesday, 3 June at 6:30/7:30 Handbell Choir/Quartet. Wettenhall Room.
Monday 8 June Queens Birthday. Office Closed.
Wednesday, 10 June at 6:30/7:30 Handbell Choir/Quartet. Wettenhall Room.
Sunday, 14 June at 10:15am Guest preacher Rev Dr David Pargeter
Monday, 15 June at 10:30am Drop-In Card Day. Faichney Room.
Tuesday, 16 June at 12:00pm Management Team Wettenhall Room.
Wednesday, 17 June at 6:30/7:30 Handbell Choir/Quartet. Wettenhall Room.
Thursday, 18 June at 10:00am Morning Group. Faichney Room.
Sunday, 21 June at 11:30am Interment of Joan Watts. Memorial Garden.
Wednesday, 24 June at 6:30/7:30 Handbell Choir/Quartet. Wettenhall Room.
Thursday, 25 June at 10:00am Prayers for Christian Unity St John’s.
Sunday, 28 June at 10:15am Whole Church Family Service Church.
At 11:30am Congregation Meeting. (new date) Church.
Monday, 29 June at 12:00pm Time for Fellowship Lunch Faichney Room.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Retreat

Exploring, Experiencing and Practicing
Contemplation, Meditation and Centering Prayer
The Retreat will provide personal and group reflection, meditation, silence and input through poetry, readings, reflective activities with quiet times and conversation. Includes all meals, study materials, accommodation in modern rooms.

At The Centre for Ecology & Spirituality
183 Burns Rd Glenburn Vic 3717
(Burns Rd is 2km past Glenburn on the right off the Melba Hwy)

From 9:30am Saturday, June 13 to 3pm Sunday, 14 June
Weekend Cost is $250 (Saturday only $80)

Register by Friday, 5 June by contacting:
Christopher Page at cpage@netspace.net.au (m) 0417 506 338
or Margaret Loftus at margloftuslc@gmail.com (m) 0418 375 229
 Beyond Literal Belief

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Book launch
On Thursday June 18 at 6.00pm, David Tacey will launch his latest book "Beyond Literal Belief: Religion as Metaphor" in the Toorak Uniting Church Hall.
All Welcome.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Meeting of the Congregation and Election of Elders Postponed
The meeting of the Congregation scheduled for May 31 has had to be postponed as the financial statements are not yet ready for distribution. The revised date of the meeting will Sunday 28 June directly after the service.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Time for Fellowship Lunch
The Time for Fellowship Lunch will be held on Monday, 29th June from 12noon in the Faichney Room. The topic for discussion will be ‘My mother said....’.
All welcome. No need to RSVP. Lenore N. & Jean A.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Encounter - Engagement - Enhancement -
Congregation Elders and Church Councillors Retreat on Saturday 1 August we will be holding a special one day workshop where we will explore our theme of Engagement. In the morning we will learn about the practices of Contemplation, Meditation, and Centring Prayer including a quiet pilgrimage around the grounds of our church.
In the afternoon it will be movie time, discussing a current film and its relevance surrounding the deeper issues in life. Everyone from our church community is invited to attend this inaugural event where we can engage with one another and celebrate the multi-faceted and vibrant community which is TUC.

Workshop from 10:00 to 3:30 with lunch provided at a reduced cost of $15. If you are only able to attend either the morning or the afternoon session you will be most welcome and encouraged to be a part of this new event. Please feel free to invite a friend from our wider community to see what TUC is all about. Engagement!

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 be as detailed and elaborate as you like. If you would like to investigate the possibilities, please contact the office on 9829 0300 or email us: ToorakUC@bigpond.net.au

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,
31 May
Home – Anne Cuming

A solo exhibition of paintings by Anne Cuming – sensitive responses to nature and contemplative moods.
From the artist:
My paintings illustrate ordinary scenes which portray everyday emotions that we experience and which have an impact on our perception, and contribute to the essence of our lives. It is these moments that are often so fleeting; be it a feeling of hope, a vivid memory, or a sense of nostalgia that I aim to capture in my paintings

On display in the Manse Gallery Café until Sunday, 31 May.

Final week
7 June
Gallery 1
 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 was 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.

17 June
31 July
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.

21 June
3 – 4:30pm
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.
23 June
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 10.30am–12noon, $20 per person. Followed by morning tea.

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 7 June 2015, Pentecost 2
1 Samuel 8: 4 – 11;     Psalm 138;     2 Corinthians 4: 13 – 5: 1;     Mark 3: 20 – 35.
The liturgical colour for Pentecost is green.

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