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Toorak Uniting Church – Update – Pentecost 6

5 July 2015


Previous Item Page Top Next Item Still thinking – Compassion
Engagement – disengagement… To be disengaged can mean many things. Surprisingly, people who are often very involved in an organizations, which would suggest that they are engaged, can in fact be disengaged. It raises the question, am I truly engaging with the people around me or am I just satisfying my own needs and wants?

The other form of disengagement is seen in those who care little about the common goals, visions and strategies of an organization and are more interested in either controlling the direction of the group or undermining consensus and communal decision making. That’s disengagement and sadly it can be seen as much in church communities as anywhere else.

Engagement on the other hand, encourages the art of listening to those around us. Engagement has more to do with meeting the needs of others, rather than just having my own needs met. Now don’t get me wrong – having our own needs met is important, but they are most often best met when we value the community around us and the wisdom that comes from collective conversation.

Here are three suggested questions we ask ourselves about how effectively we are engaged with others:

First, are you engaged with the practice of your Christian faith? I don’t mean what you believe, but rather, as suggested last Sunday, is your life shaped by the practice of compassion? Of course that is only one value which is both human and Christian. But it must shape and reshape our lives as we engage with others. I believe this is where we encounter the Spirit of God, and our relationships demonstrate how we are living out a life of faith daily.

Secondly, are you practicing the art of engagement with those you find difficult and unlovable? Remember most often this is a process rather than a one-off event. Again, the daily practice of compassion is where we begin to heal the disengagements within our lives.

Thirdly, are we engaged globally? This is one area I find difficult. I read the morning newspaper and I am confronted with pain, war, dishonesty and cruelty; and a sense of hopelessness and futility rises within me. And yet I know that I am called as a Jesus-follower to engage with the world’s suffering. Perhaps I can offer only a small contribution, nevertheless, I am a part of God’s coming peaceable reign, and hopefulness in that process can keep me engaged.

Christopher Page


Previous Item Page Top Next Item Diary Dates

27 June – 12 July School Holidays.
6 July – 12 July Rev Dr C Page on Study Leave.
Monday, 6 & Tuesday, 7 July The Café will be closed.
Gallery and Studios are open as normal.

Sunday, 12 July at 9:00 & 10:15am Rev Wal Baker leads services.
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.
Sunday, 23 August at 10:15am Baptism Reunion service and lunch.
Sunday, 29 November at 10:15am Grandparents’ service and lunch.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item In our Thoughts and Prayers
The family of Marian Hunt who passed away on June 24th.
Anne Smith is in Cabrini Hospital.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item The Café
will be closed on July 6th and 7th due to family management over the winter school holidays. The Café is operating as normal from Wed-Fri. The Gallery and Studios are open as normal over the school holidays.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Chris Page
will be on study leave this week. Rev Wal Baker will lead both the 9am and the 10:15am services on Sunday July 12.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Music
We Welcome Brian Clough again to take the TUC choir this month while Jennifer Chou is away performing in Europe.
Today Jonathan Lancaster takes over the organ bench for both services, thank you Jonathan!

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Reverend David Hodges
There will be a Dedication of the Reverend David Hodges Memorial following the 10:15 service on 9th August in Kinross House. It will include morning tea. Please RSVP to Nina Mumford for catering purposes on 9505 6775 or nina.mumford@optusnet.com.au

Previous Item Page Top Next Item John Macrae Centre
A special mid-winter Christmas dinner will be held at the Centre on Sunday August 2nd at 12.30 pm. Come and enjoy a convivial feast - entree, roast turkey, and plum pud with hard sauce. Our guest speaker, Patricia Begg, will inspire us with her discoveries during a recent trip to Russia – "Opulent Moscow".
Please ring the JMC office on 9829 0320 for bookings. $40 per person. Everyone is most welcome to attend.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Baptism, Confirmation, Membership:
If you are considering one of these Christian practices please feel free to see Chris to discuss it further.
Remember there is no age limit on any of the above!

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Toorak Op Shop
still needs clothing donations. 143 Canterbury Rd, Toorak. Ph: 9827 3172.

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.

Wednesday,
17 June
to
Friday,
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.
The Opening was on Wednesday, 17 June from 6pm – 8pm.

Sunday,
19 July
3 to 4pm
The Europeans – Kinross Poetry Readings
Readings will include: Baudelaire, Brodsky, Eluard, Goethe, Hugo, Lorca, Mallarme, Miloza, Rilke, Transtromer, Tsvetaeva and Valery.

The Readers
Henry Dobson and Lawrie Groom are passionate about poetry. Both writers, Henry has a deep interest in philosophy and existentialism, while Lawrie's interests include painting and public policy. Both enjoy good conversation and chess. We greatly appreciate Henry Bucks on Collins St for their generous sponsorship of the 2015 Kinross Poetry Readings.

Entry: gold coin donation. Wine, cheese and biscuits will be provided.

For all enquiries, please call Henry 0478 712 881 or Lyndel Wischer at Kinross Arts Centre 9829 0340, email: uat@toorak.unitingchurch.org.au

Thursday
13 August
to
Sunday,
23 August
GLOW Winter Festival
 www.glowfestivat.com.au This event is delivered in partnership with the GLOW Winter Arts Festival

Proudly supported by the City of Stonnington.

Sunday,
23 August
3 to 4pm
From the Orient and the Middle East – Kinross Poetry Readings
Readings will include: Amichai, Basho, Gilgamesh, Poetry from the Old Testament, including from Job and the Psalms, Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam (translated by Robert Graves), Rumi, Rabindranath Tagore and Tao Te Ching

The Readers
Henry Dobson and Lawrie Groom are passionate about poetry. Both writers, Henry has a deep interest in philosophy and existentialism, while Lawrie's interests include painting and public policy. Both enjoy good conversation and chess. We greatly appreciate Henry Bucks on Collins St for their generous sponsorship of the 2015 Kinross Poetry Readings.

Entry: gold coin donation. Wine, cheese and biscuits will be provided.
For all enquiries, please call Henry 0478 712 881 or Lyndel Wischer at Kinross Arts Centre 9829 0340, email: uat@toorak.unitingchurch.org.au



Manse Gallery Café
The café will be closed on Monday, 6th and Tuesday, 7th July due to family management over the Winter school holidays. Café is operating as normal from Wed-Fri in these weeks. The Gallery and Studios are open as normal over the school holidays.

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 12 July 2015, Pentecost 7
2 Samuel 6: 1 – 5, 12b – 19;     Psalm 24;     Ephesians 1: 3 – 14;     Mark 6: 14 – 29.
The liturgical colour for Pentecost is green.


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