Still thinking Despondency
A friend recently asked me what is the difference between Depression, despair and despondency. After a little research I came up with the following information about despondency.
Despondency is experienced as low spirits from loss of hope or courage; a sense of dejection it can have an air of despair about it.
The synonyms can be: disheartenment, discouragement, dispiritedness, downheartedness, low spirits, hopelessness, despair,
Despondency is a sad emotional state; much like depression but not depression. If you're in a state of despondency, you're feeling hopeless. Despondency is one of many emotional states that are not pleasant. It's a kind of extreme sadness. Stubbing your toe wouldn't trigger despondency, but the death of a family member or friend or relationship might. When people lose their jobs or experience failure, despondency can happen. Despondency can include not only sadness, but feelings of hopelessness. It's a terrible way to feel, and it's not easy to get over it.
Despondency Acedia (the Latin equivalent)
Author Kathleen Norris in her book "Acedia and Me" believes it is a state of restlessness, of not living in the present and seeing the future as overwhelming not just laziness or listlessness: it is especially present in monasteries, due to the cutting off of distractions, but can invade any vocation where the labour is long, the rewards slow to appear, such as scientific research or long term marriages .
Quotes that sustain us in times of despondency:
"Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear not absence of fear." ~ Mark Twain
"Measure yourself by your best moments, not by your worst. We are too prone to judge ourselves by our moments of despondency and depression."~ Robert Johnson
"Promise me youll always remember: Youre braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." ~ A.A. Milne
"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass... It's about learning how to dance in the rain." ~ Vivian Greene
"Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do." ~ Benjamin Spock
"What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly." ~ Richard Bach
|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 Johns.|
|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.|
|Tuesday, 30 June at 2:00pm||Property Committee Meeting.||Wettenhall Room.|
|Monday, 13 July at 10:30am||Drop In Card Day.||Faichney Room.|
|Tuesday, 14 July at noon||Management Team.||Wettenhall Room.|
|Thursday, 16 July at 10:00am||Morning Group & Luncheon||Faichney Room.|
In our Thoughts and Prayers
Barbara Sawyer recovering from hip surgery in Epworth Camberwell.
Felicia Cook presently in Cabrini hospital, Prahran.
Bunty Moreton in Cabrini Malvern.
Jan Macrae Sympathies on the passing of her husband, Colin.
Meeting of the Congregation and Election of Elders Postponed
The meeting of the congregation, postponed from May 31, will be held on Sunday June 28 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 today or from the office on weekdays.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
News from Kinross Arts & Spirituality Centre
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.
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.
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.
The Opening was on Wednesday, 17 June from 6pm 8pm.
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 28June 2015, Pentecost 5
2 Samuel 1: 1, 17 27; Psalm 130; 2 Corinthians 8: 7 15; Mark 5: 21 43.
The liturgical colour for Pentecost is green.