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Toorak Uniting Church – Update – Pentecost 7

12 July 2015


Previous Item Page Top Next Item Still thinking – Compassion
I have had many invitations in my life. They have been to parties, weddings, dinners and a host of other occasions. Most often an invitation comes as an opportunity to gather with friends or to experience a time with new acquaintances who may later become friends. Yes, there are times when one is invited to a gathering that one must endure. But surprisingly, those occasions can turn out to be times of real fun and joy.

I always felt that if you are invited to a gathering or celebration that you should go! It may not be what you would want, but it can be the thing that you need. When I was the interim Minister at Coburg Baptist Church some years ago, I was invited by our Lebanese neighbours to celebrate the baptism of their daughter. I went and it was a wonderful joyful occasion. They were Maronite Christians and while they had no time for the Lebanese Muslims who baked the pita bread at the end of our street, they were nevertheless caring and generous people. I was the only Anglo-Saxon in a sea of new Lebanese immigrants but they made every effort to make me feel welcome. That experience helped me see how important true hospitality is. To be welcomed by strangers and to sense their kindness and care is to understand one of our great human treasures.

Hospitality, welcome, and invitation are central to our Christian faith. In fact, it is all based on invitation. From Psalm 34 "Taste and see that the Lord is good," to Jesus words in Matthew’s gospel, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest", the scriptures give a picture a God’s invitation to all humanity to know new life. And it is an invitation and not a command.

The Religious Separatist movement in the 17th and 18th century had a strong commitment to the principle that there should be no compulsion toward religion. So in matters of faith the individual was not to be coerced or compelled to believe. (Unfortunately they could be a joyless lot!) But the importance was that faith and belief should be exercised in the context of freedom of conscience and offered by invitation so that the Christian way is an experience of joyful acceptance and not religious or state compulsion.

Like all invitations one must respond either negatively, "I am sorry but I have another engagement at that time." Or positively, "I would be delighted, can I bring something?" So too the invitation that comes from God’s Spirit through the life and message of Jesus is an invitation to accept or reject. And while those of us who have embraced the Christian faith may think that everyone should have what we have, all we can do is offer an invitation with a sense of joy "to come, taste and see that the Lord is good."

Christopher Page


Previous Item Page Top Next Item Diary Dates

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, 19 July from 9:30am Church fundraising stall.
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 Chris Page
is on study leave. Rev Wal Baker will lead both the 9am and the 10:15am services on Sunday July 12.

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We Welcome Brian Clough again to take the TUC choir this month while Jennifer Chou is away performing in Europe. Today Jennifer will perform in Trondheim Norway.
Thank you to Jonathan Lancaster who has filled in for Arwin Hur at short notice to play the organ at the 10.15am service today (as well as the 9:00am Service).

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Church fundraising stall
Lenore and Lyn will be having a stall on Sunday the 19th July from 9.30 am. Please donate some homemade cakes, biscuits, slices, chutney etc. and buy treats to take home. Much appreciated – Lenore and Lyn

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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

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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 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 19 July 2015, Pentecost 8
2 Samuel 7: 1 – 14a;     Psalm 89: 20 – 37;     Ephesians 2: 11 – 22;     Mark 6: 30 – 34, 53 – 56.
The liturgical colour for Pentecost is green.


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