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Toorak Uniting Church – Update – Pentecost 11

9 August 2015

Previous Item Page Top Next Item "Be still and now that I am God" ~Psalm 46

Be Still
Drop desire
Stay present
Resist nothing
Drop all effort
Accept What Is
Listen to silence
No self, no problem
Be aware of awareness
God is the great Allow; be like God
Stop demanding that anything changes
Ask what is before body, before breath, before thought
Remember that all of Reality brought this moment to be
End time by abandoning the idea of past and future
Have no preference for this moment
See the seeing, hear the hearing
Allow the moment to be as it is
Relax into the Is-ness of Now
Stop judging everything
Be secure in insecurity
Rest in not knowing
Look for no result
Stop struggling
Keep quiet
Simply Be
Be still


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, 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 In our Thoughts and Prayers:
The Brown family. We are saddened to know of the death in Adelaide of Doris Hicks, mother and mother-in-law of Christine and Garry Brown.

Rob and Louisa Burbury, Rob’s daughter Isabella and her partner Casey following Casey’s tragic accident. Please pray for his healing and their adjustment to a new way of living.

Lois Walker, as she mourns the death of her sister.

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 Today, 9th August in Kinross House. It will include morning tea.

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 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.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Time for Fellowship Lunch
Monday 24 August 12-2pm. Topic is "A souvenir I bought." All welcome.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Refurbishment of Rest Rooms
is likely to start in the next few weeks (date to be advised). The work should take 8 weeks to complete, during which time men will be encouraged to use the Kinross loos and women the disabled loos off the Faichney Room.

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 Snowball Effect is a solo exhibition by established artist, Anne Cuming. The exhibition is a collection of evocative paintings from 2008 to 2015. Through the use of colour, composition and subject matter Anne's work portrays sentiments about happiness, loneliness. reflection and contentment and the momentum of life.
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
Morning Coffee with the artist will be on Sunday 9th August 2015 at 11.30am.

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 16 August 2015, Pentecost 12
1 Kings 2: 10 – 12; 3: 3 – 14;     Psalm 111;     Ephesians 5: 15 – 20;     John 6: 51 – 58.
The liturgical colour for Pentecost is green.

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