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Toorak Uniting Church – Update – Pentecost 10

2 August 2015

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Still thinking
At the University of Toronto I shared an office with a futurologist. Gavin was a post-doctoral student who was writing a book on, the "Technological Structures of the Future." I can’t remember much about our conversations and his writings, but I do remember he was an avid fan of "Star Trek" and that he was always irritated when someone would say, "Oh well, nobody knows the future." For Gavin that wasn’t true. He believed that people could know the future if they just paid attention to the present. For him the seeds of the future where clearly evidenced in what we see around us today. Just look and learn!

I don’t think he is right. There is a sense that brand new things do appear in our lives and the life of the world that cannot be understood just by considering the present. An example of this is Albert Einstein’s statement, "You can never solve a problem on the level on which it was created." We often need something new to deal with the messes we have created in the present. Nevertheless, if we pay no attention to the present then we are sure to create problems in the future.

So where does that leave us with the future? The future, as a place within our minds is important because we live as if there is a tomorrow, a next week and a next year. Is that guaranteed? No it is not! But how we live in the present will influence and determine much about the future, but not everything. As much as we try we cannot control or predict what will happen next month. Nevertheless, we need not have anxiety about that. I think there are three simple principles we can all live by, which will shape us and our future. They are:

Live fully in the present. When we are tempted to indulge our fantasies about the future, whether they are catastrophic or blissful, we must draw back into the present and to Jesus’ words, "I have come that you may have life, life in all its fullness." John 10:10

Commit yourself to change. Life is about letting go, it may not be easy but it is necessary. The prophet Isaiah was not timid about the future, "For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland." Isaiah 43:19

Trust in the source of Life and Love in the Universe. It is all about faith and trust. It’s about living with confidence - not necessarily certainty - that I am held in the arms of a loving God. Again from the words of John’s gospel, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you…Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid." John 14:27

The 19th century preacher and theologian Henry Ward Beecher got it right when he said, "Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or with the handle of faith."

Christopher Page

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Welcome to Toorak Uniting Church

Wherever you are on your faith’s journey,
wherever you have come from and wherever you are going to,
whatever you believe, whatever you do not believe, you are welcome here.
Please come and join us after the service for fellowship and a cup of tea or coffee.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Diary Dates

Sunday, 2 August at noon JMC Christmas Lunch. John Macrae Centre.
Wednesday, 5 August at 6 – 9pm PB Handbells. Wettenhall Room.
Sunday, 9 August at 11:15am D Hodges Memorial unveiling. Kinross House.
Monday, 10 August at 10:30am Drop In Card Day Faichney Room.
At 7:30pm Finance Committee Wettenhall Room.
Tuesday, 11 August at 10:00am Coordinating Forum Manse Café.
Wednesday, 12 August at 6 – 9pm PB Handbells Wettenhall Room.
Thursday, 13 August at 9:00am UAT meeting Wettenhall Room.
Tuesday, 18 August at noon Management Team Wettenhall Room.
Wednesday, 19 August at 6 – 9pm PB Handbells Wettenhall Room.
Thursday, 20 August at 10:00am Morning Group Faichney Room.
Sunday, 23 August at 10:15am Baptism Reunion service and lunch.
Monday, 24 August at noon Time for Fellowship Lunch Faichney Room.
Wednesday, 26 August at 6 – 9pm PB Handbells Wettenhall Room.
Thursday, 27 August at 10:00am Prayers for Christian Unity Swedish Church.
28 August – 6 November Christopher Page on Roach Exchange to Denver.
2 September – 25 October Wolfgang Stahlberg on Roach Exchange at TUC.
Sunday, 29 November at 10:15am Grandparents’ service and lunch.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Thank you to Brian Clough
for taking the TUC choir for the month of July, contributing to the whole TUC music ministry and bringing the TUC choir much fun, laughter and joy.
Welcome back Jennifer!

Previous Item Page Top Next Item In our Thoughts and Prayers:
We think of Lois Walker, as she mourns the death of her sister last Saturday.

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 next Sunday, 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 Toorak Op Shop
still needs winter clothing donations. 143 Canterbury Rd, Toorak. Ph: 9827 3172.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item The Future of Religion, Jesus, & Christianity
The Progressive Christian Network of Victoria & Common Dreams on the Road present a Lecture & Symposium by Dr David Galston.

"The Future of Religion, Jesus, & Christianity"

David Galston is an the Ecumenical Chaplain at Brock University, and an Adjunct Professor of Philosophy.

Venue: Toorak Uniting Church
Friday 28 August 7.00 pm "Has Religion a Future?"
Saturday 29 August 10:00am "Has Jesus a Future?"
11:30am "Has God a Future?"
1:30pm "Is There a Post-Christian Christianity?"
Bookings: Will Open Soon.

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 Wanted to borrow
If anyone has a trailer they could lend Anne Page for a couple of hours on Wednesday 12 August, she would very much appreciate it. Please contact Anne on 0411 097 531.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Master Class in Asset Based Community Development with Cormac Russel
The relationship between organisations and communities is changing and this change is going to require a fundamental shift in behaviour from both officers in organisations and residents in communities. In this stretching and refreshing master class, Cormac Russell, who is a thought and practice leader in Asset Based Community Development, will provide participants with the opportunity to look at three fundamental questions for creating sustainable and resilient communities:

Cormac will demonstrate why he believes that the traditional customer segmentation and needs analysis approaches are the way of the past, and that a focus on assets and strengths is the future.

In this master class Cormac Russell will:
About the Trainer: Cormac Russell
Director of ABCD Europe, Managing Director of Nurture Development and a Faculty Member of the Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute at Northwestern University, Chicago. Cormac has trained communities, agencies, non-governmental organisations and governments in ABCD and other strength based approaches in Kenya, Southern Sudan, South Africa, the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Belgium, Singapore, Canada and Australia. Cormac and his team at Nurture Development are currently supporting the development of demonstration sites across the UK.

To Register: www.bankofideas.com.au
Cost: $220 includes GST, refreshments & a light lunch
Date: Tuesday, 25 August
Time: 9.00 – 4.30 (Coffee & Registration from 8.30)
Venu: Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV), 11th Floor, 60 Collins Street, Melbourne
Have any questions ? Contact Maria at md@bankofideas.com.au or call (08) 6293 1848

Previous Item Page Top Next Item News from Kinross Arts & Spirituality Centre

Kinross House Gallery is normally open Tuesday to Friday 10:00am – 3pm.

9 August
11 September
Snowball Effect – Anne Cuming
 Deja Vu by Anne Cuming
Artist statement

Metaphorically speaking a 'snowball effect' starts from an initial state of small significance and builds upon itself, becoming larger and more momentous. A common example of this is a ball of snow rolling down a snow-covered mountain. As it rolls the ball picks up more snow and momentum it grows in mass to arrive at the bottom of the mountain in a different, more noteworthy form.

This exhibition explores the notion that the snowball effect applies to our lives. Every life comprises of a diverse range of complex emotions and experiences which contribute to our individual perceptions and reactions. As the snowball rolls down the hill, its path may be altered by inclines and obstructions, and so our lives change from what we may have first anticipated. No matter which path we choose our experiences will continue to contribute to our lives and affect the momentum at which we travel toward our individual destinies.

I believe that these thoughts are relevant to the event that I am thrilled to be part of during my exhibition at Kinross Arts Centre - the naming of 'Hodges Gallery'. It all began with an idea the Uniting Church Minister, Reverend David Hodges, had many years ago about the arts at Toorak Uniting Church, which 'snowballed' into the wonderful reality of Kinross which supports a wide array of artists and affords them the opportunity to exhibit in such a beautiful and historic place.

This exhibition is a collection of emotive paintings from 2008 to 2015. Through use of colour, composition and subject matter my artwork seeks to connect with the viewer through the portrayal of sentiments including happiness, loneliness, reflection and contentment.
For more information about Anne Cumming please visit www.annecumingart.com.au

13 August
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.

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 9 August 2015, Pentecost 11
2 Samuel 18: 5 – 9, 15, 31 – 33;     Psalm 130;     Ephesians 4: 25 to 5: 2;     John 6: 35, 41 – 51
The liturgical colour for Pentecost is green.

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