Still thinking Travelling
I have always been intrigued by travel. It incorporates: anxiety about leaving home; adventure as I imagine arriving at an unexplored place; "fear" that I will miss my connecting flight; and joy at discovering something known and something unknown. And finally the relief that I have a home to return to. These sensations and experiences are well reflected in the quote by Albert Camus below:
What gives value to travel is fear. It is the fact that, at a certain moment, when we are so far from our own country... we are seized by a vague fear, and the instinctive desire to go back to the protection of old habits. This is the most obvious benefit of travel. At that moment we are feverish but also porous, so that the slightest touch makes us quiver to the depths of our being... We come across a cascade of light, and there is eternity ~ Albert Camus, Notebooks 1935-1942
Welcome to Toorak Uniting Church
|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.|
|Monday, 31 August at noon||Time for Fellowship Lunch||Faichney Room.|
|2 September 25 October||Wolfgang Stahlberg on Roach Exchange at TUC.|
|Sunday, 29 November at 10:15am||Grandparents service and lunch.|
In our Thoughts and Prayers:
Rob Burbury, travelling to Edmonton to be with Isabelle, Casey and their family.
New Pastor for The Swedish Church
Pastor Gunnar Olofsgaard and his wife Deaconess Katarina Olofsgaard are expected to arrive in late Aug/early Sep.
Antique or period furniture
Are you looking to unload your unwanted Antique or period furniture? Kinross is looking for practical items that suit the era of the house ie late Victorian. In particular we are looking for a side board with good storage capacity to go on the upper floor opposite the gallery balustrade. We are also looking for arm chairs on the smaller side and occasional tables. If you think you can help please call Lyndel on 9829 0340 to arrange an inspection. If your item is a good fit Kinross will organise collection and delivery at its cost.
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.
|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 Now Open!:||See Isobel Negri for details.|
Time for Fellowship Lunch
Monday 31 August 12-2pm. Topic is "A souvenir I bought." All welcome.
Refurbishment of Toilets
Renovation work has begun! Refurbishment should be completed within 8 weeks. While construction is in progress, men are encouraged to use the Kinross loos and women the disabled loos off the Faichney Room. (Entry to the Faichney Room during the week is available using the concrete ramp at the Eastern entrance.)
The Congregation Directory
is now available at the rear of the church. For privacy reasons, only those whose names appear in the Directory will receive a copy. Please tick your name off when you take yours.
Can Christianity and Islam Co-Exist? A National Dialogue
Join us to hear two eminent Christian and Muslim public scholars discuss key issues for a multi-cultural, multi-faith Australia. This important and timely dialogue will address Christian-Muslim relations in the Australian-Indonesian context and seek to build fresh understanding of how people of different faiths and cultures can grow together in understanding and appreciation of one another.
The Rev. Professor James Haire AC Christian scholar and Companion of the Order of Australia for his leadership in ecumenical and interfaith relations.
Professor Azyumardi Azra CBE Prominent Indonesian Muslim scholar and public intellectual.
FREE Admission, bookings essential. Register via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday 7 September 6.30pm 8.30pm. Yasuko Hiraoka Myer Room, Level 1, Room 106, Sidney Myer Asia Centre, University of Melbourne.
Facilitated by distinguished journalist Jim Middleton
Daydreams and Torments of Love
A romantic literature and musical event dedicated to Frédéric Chopins 205th anniversary.
Program features Sergei Suetin, pianist.
TUC, September 20th at 3.00pm. Tickets at the door: $25 / $20 (conc).
Call Sergei on 0402 831 304 for details.
Missing from TUC archives
Videotape of a Service recorded 3 Sep, 1978, telecast on ABC TV, 11 Feb, 1979. Unfortunately, the ABC no longer has a copy in its archives either. I am hoping someone might have a videotape of this Service and allow me to borrow it to convert to DVD. This recording is significant. Not only was it David Hodges last televised Service before his retirement in 1983 (including his excellent sermon Man and Society), but it is also an historic document. This video will show images of the interior of the Church before refurbishment in 1979, with the old pipe organ and choir stalls in the east transept! If anyone can help, please contact me on 9809 0550 or 0429 907 908. Thank you. David Ross-Smith.
Roach Ministerial Exchange
Sunday, September 6: We welcome our Ministerial exchange minister Rev Dr Wolfgang Stahlberg and his wife Rev Lilianna Stahlberg together with their granddaughter, Rebecca who is 12 years old. Wolfgang is the Pastor of the Messiah Community Church, a Lutheran church, in Denver, Colorado USA. Wolfgang is German by background while Lilianna comes from Romania. This interesting international couple met when ministering to youth in Sweden.
During the period Wolfgang, Liliana and Rebecca are at TUC, Christopher will be involved in the congregational life of Wolfgangs church. Chris and Anne will be introduced to the Messiah Community Church after the morning service on Sunday August 30 at a "pot-luck supper." Wolfgang, Lilliana and Rebecca will then fly to Melbourne and will commence ministry at TUC on Sunday, September 6, for eight Sundays until October 25, 2015.
Please Record In Your Diary Our Welcoming Services will be held on Sunday, September 6 at 9am and 10.15am, followed at 11.30 by a special morning tea. Come and join us in providing a warm greeting to Wolfgang, Liliana and Rebecca. We have a grand reputation for hospitality here at TUC lets continue that tradition!
The Roach Exchange provides a wonderful opportunity for our congregation to experience a minister from a different country and tradition. The Messiah Community Church in Denver is well established and well attended with similar worship and activities to TUC. It is a church in the Lutheran tradition and affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) a progressive denomination in a traditional environment.
2015 Christian Singles Network Conference
News from Kinross Arts & Spirituality Centre
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
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: email@example.com
Snowball Effect 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.
Morning Coffee with the artist will be on Sunday 9th August 2015 at 11.30am.
GLOW Winter Festival
Following the success of the inaugural Glow Winter Arts Festival in 2014, the event embraces the strong artistic communities of Prahran, Windsor, Malvern, Armadale, Toorak and South Yarra with 50 events over 11 days.
Monday 17/08 Organ + Instruments
The magnificent 1913 Hill & Son Organ combines with orchestral instruments in a program designed to explore the tonal breadth of this wonderful solo and accompanimental instrument now in its 20th year of restoration and its 102nd year of service to St Johns.
Tuesday 18/08 Poetry & Music [WW1]
Poetry and organ music mesh together in an offering to honour the fallen in the Great War. Music from this era and poetry written about the war to end all wars is performed within feet of the imposing St John's War Memorial on the corner of Toorak Road and Orrong Road.
Wednesday 19/8 Stained Glass guided tour
St Johns Toorak contains some magnificent glass including Fouracre & Watson of Plymouth  arguably the only examples of this companys work in Victoria, the Grice Memorial [First World War], and as the National Trust notes in its citation "especially W C Cornish memorial window, which was the first major work of J L Lyon".
Thursday 20/8 Youth treading the Keyboards
This concert features solos and duets performed by our budding group of parish organ scholars and pianists. The pianos percussive, immediate touch beautifully juxtaposes the majesty and undergirding, sustaining qualities of the pipe organ to produce a varied evening with something for everyone.
Friday 21/8 Party Time!
Come and see the musicians of the parish at play in cabaret items, show tunes and other things not usually allowed during Divine Service!
Sunday 23/8 From the Orient and the Middle East Kinross Poetry Readings
In Kinross House see above
Proudly supported by the City of Stonnington.http://www.stonnington.vic.gov.au/events/glow-winter-arts-festival-2015/
For all exhibition enquiries and bookings please telephone Lyndel Wischer on: 9829 0340 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 30 August 2015, Pentecost 14
Song of Solomon 2: 8 13; Psalm 45: 1 2, 6 9; James 1: 17 27; Mark 7: 1 8, 14 15, 21 23.
The liturgical colour for Pentecost is green.