Peter Beales still thinking
In October last year, as my time with the Armadale Congregation was coming to a close, I wrote an article for their "Mustard Seed" publication. I wrote in my article about the concept of pilgrimage and how I yearned to make a pilgrimage back to the place of my birth, and to many places that I hold as sacred to me. Having returned from my Long Service Leave, I am reflecting on my journey, and whether it had been a pilgrimage for me. Last year, in writing about what "pilgrimage" means for me, I wrote"
"I dont think of a pilgrimage as something restricted to journeys to religious sites, such as Jerusalem and the Holy Land. I think of a pilgrimage as something that, more broadly speaking, connects with our roots as individuals, and also to the roots of whatever group or community (or nation) we belong to, whether religious or not. Those roots hold something "sacred" for us, and so become our sacred places."
Welcome to Toorak Uniting Church
|Monday, 31 August at noon||Time for Fellowship Lunch||Faichney Room.|
|2 September 25 October||Wolfgang Stahlberg on Roach Exchange at TUC.|
|Wednesday, 2 September at 6:30pm:||PB Handbells rehearsal.||Wettenhall Room.|
|Sunday, 6 September at 11:30am:||Welcome morning tea.||Faichney Room.|
|Thursday, 10 September at 11:15am:||Ladies Coffee and light lunch.||Faichney Room.|
|Saturday, 12 September 10:00 noon:||PB Handbells rehearsal.||Wettenhall Room.|
|Sunday, 13 September at 2:00pm:||SoO Organ Students Concert||Church.|
|Monday, 14 September 10:30am:||Drop In Card Day.||Faichney Room.|
|Tuesday, 15 September TBA:||Management Team.||Wettenhall Room.|
|Wednesday, 16 September at 6:30pm:||PB Handbells rehearsal.||Wettenhall Room.|
|Thursday, 17 September at 10:00am:||Morning Group.||Faichney Room.|
|Saturday, 19 September 10:00 noon:||PB Handbells rehearsal.||Wettenhall Room.|
|Sunday, 29 November at 10:15am||Grandparents service and lunch.|
Time for Fellowship Lunch
Monday 31 August 12-2pm. Topic is "A souvenir I bought." All welcome.
New Pastor for The Swedish Church
Pastor Gunnar Olofsgaard and his wife Deaconess Katarina Olofsgaard are expected to arrive in early Sepember.
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
Strength and Vitality Foundation
|Where:||Manse Gallery Café|
|Address:||603 Toorak Rd, Toorak|
|Date:||Sunday 13th September|
|Limited numbers:||booking essential|
|Bookings contact:||Michelle Sorensen|
|Mobile:||0405 040 217|
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, 6 September: 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
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.
For all exhibition enquiries and bookings please telephone Lyndel Wischer on: 9829 0340 or email: email@example.com 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 6 September 2015, Pentecost 15
Proverbs 22: 1 2, 8 9, 22 23; Psalm 125; James 2: 1 10, (11 13) 14 17; Mark 7: 24 37.
The liturgical colour for Pentecost is green.