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Toorak Uniting Church – Update – Pentecost 13

23 August 2015

Previous Item Page Top Next Item 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

As I leave for Denver I take all these sensations with me. But I also recognize that I don’t travel alone. This is an exchange of ministers and ministries. So I will be represent TUC at Messiah Community Church as Wolfgang and Liliana are representing their community at TUC. It is a rare privilege to minister in another congregation for 2 months and to experience the welcome of strangers who will become new friends. Both Anne and I are grateful for this experience and while I still have the bathrooms to clean before I leave, we will return richer and wiser to minister at TUC. I know that Wolfgang and Liliana and young Rebecca will experience the wonderful friendship and hospitality of the community at TUC.


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

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.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item In our Thoughts and Prayers:
Rob Burbury, travelling to Edmonton to be with Isabelle, Casey and their family.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item New Pastor for The Swedish Church
Pastor Gunnar Olofsgaard and his wife Deaconess Katarina Olofsgaard are expected to arrive in late Aug/early Sep.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item 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.

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 Now Open!: See Isobel Negri for details.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Time for Fellowship Lunch
Monday 31 August 12-2pm. Topic is "A souvenir I bought." All welcome.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item 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.)

Previous Item Page Top Next Item 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.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item 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: nceis-office@unimelb.edu.au
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

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Daydreams and Torments of Love
A romantic literature and musical event dedicated to Frédéric Chopin’s 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.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item 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 Hodge’s 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.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item 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 Wolfgang’s 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 – let’s 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.

Sunday, 23 August at TUC
Farewell to Rev Dr Chris Page on his last Sunday before taking up the Roach Ministerial Exchange in Messiah Community Church, Denver, Colorado, USA
Sunday, 6 September
9am and 10.15 Services – Welcome to Rev Dr Wolfgang Stahlberg, his wife, Rev Liliana Stahlberg, and granddaughter, Rebecca Nagel.
11.30am Official Welcome Morning Tea by Dr Robin Stewardson, Chair of TUC Congregation
Thursday, 10 September
11.15am Morning Coffee Welcome and meeting with Rev Liliana Stahlberg by the ladies of TUC Congregation, with light lunch to follow.
Sunday, 13 September
9am Service – Rev Wal Baker
10.15am Service – Rev Dr Wolfgang Stahlberg
11.30 am – Coffee with Discussion with Rev Stahlberg, light lunch.
Tuesday, 15 September
7.30pm Management Team Meeting
Thursday, 17 September
10.00am Congregation Morning Group meeting – Welcome to Revs Wolfgang and Liliana Stahlberg with discussion on what led them to the ministry and how their congregation in Denver functions.
Wednesday, 7 October
8am Breakfast In Kinross with Rev Wolfgang Stahlberg speaking on aspects of American life.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item 2015 Christian Singles Network Conference

‘Enjoy: the Joy of the Lord is my Strength’
A weekend conference for singles of all ages to grow in faith, friendship and fullness of life in Christ as single people. The Conference aims to empower single adults to fulfil their desires & know the value of living out a single life. There will be time for fellowship, a choice of workshops, prayerful reflection, live music, praise & worship, small group interaction and a dinner dance on the Saturday night.
17-18 October at the Clifton Centre, St Clement of Rome Parish, Bulleen.
Cost: $100 (early bird before August 31 $90). www.trybooking.com/IADB
For more information see csn.coglife.org or email Johanna csnmelbourne@gmail.com

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

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

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

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 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 John’s.

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 John’s Toorak contains some magnificent glass including Fouracre & Watson of Plymouth [1884] arguably the only examples of this company’s 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 piano’s 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/

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 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.

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