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Toorak Uniting Church – Update – Pentecost 3

14 June 2015

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Still thinking – Seven Marks of a Healthy Church
The following list is adapted from the Healthy Churches Handbook, by Robert Warren, and identifies some of the common characteristics of healthy churches.

  1. There is an energy that faith, hope and love brings to our individual lives and the life of our congregation. Perhaps the aphorism is to thrive rather than survive. This is encouraged when our worship is motivated by innovation and an uplifting spirit. It also means engaging the Bible and Christian living in an open, creative and non-dogmatic way: in creative ways that connect with life.

  2. Congregations as any organization must be outward-looking. A ‘whole life’ approach rather than just ‘church life’ must be our concern. So we are engaged with the local community, working in partnership with other denominations, other faiths and secular groups and networks.

  3. A healthy community seeks to discern the leading of the Spirit rather than trying to please everyone. It is a sense of vocation that will lead us forward seeking to explore what God wants us to be and to do.

  4. The courage and capacity to face the cost of change and growth rather than resisting change so as to avoid failure. While we embrace the past, we are also daring enough to take on new ways of doing things.

  5. Operates as a community rather than functioning as a club or religious organisation is essential. Relationships are nurtured, often in small groups, so people feel accepted and are helped to grow in faith and service. Leadership works as a team to develop appropriate expressions of a healthy church.

  6. We make room for all being inclusive rather than exclusive. Welcoming all and including newcomers into the life of the church. This includes children and young people: enquirers are encouraged to explore and experience faith. And diverse different social and ethnic backgrounds, mental and physical abilities, and ages, are seen as a strength.

  7. We do a few things and do them well, focused rather than frenetic: especially public worship, pastoral care, stewardship and administration. We enjoy what we do and are relaxed about what is not being done.

Christopher Page

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Diary Dates

Sunday, 14 June at 10:15am Guest preacher Rev Wal Baker.
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 ashes. 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. Church.
Monday, 29 June at 12:00pm Time for Fellowship Lunch Faichney Room.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item In our Thoughts and Prayers
Rev Dr David Pargeter (who was to preach today) - recovering from major surgery.
Barbara Sawyer – recovering from hip surgery in Epworth Camberwell.
Felicia Cook – presently in Cabrini hospital, Prahran .
Sympathy to Jan Macrae on the passing of her husband, Colin, The funeral was held in Brisbane this week.  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 John Macrae Centre
are seeking a volunteer who plays Majong to help on a Tuesday afternoon from 1.45 – 3.00pm. If you can help please ring Katrina on 9829 0320 for more details.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Accommodation needed
A young single woman who is a qualified teacher is looking for accommodation with a family or single woman in this area. If you know of someone who could help, please contact the office.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Meeting of the Congregation and Election of Elders Postponed
The meeting of the congregation, postponed from May 31, will be held on Sunday, 28 June immediately after the 10.15 service.
The agenda will comprise: to elect elders and non-elder members of Church Council; to receive the annual report; to approve the financial statements for 2014. Doug Lee, Isobel Negri and Jenny Stewardson offer themselves for election as elders. Anna Field offers herself for election as a non-elder member of Church Council. The annual report and financial statements will be available from the rear of the church next Sunday or from the office on weekdays.

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.
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 21June 2015, Pentecost 4
1 Samuel 17: (1a, 4 – 11, 19 – 23) 32 – 49 or 1 Samuel 17: 57 – 18: 5, 10 – 16;     Psalm 9: 9 – 20 or Psalm 133;     2 Corinthians 6: 1 – 13;     Mark 4: 35 – 41.
The liturgical colour for Pentecost is green.

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