Still thinking Inspiration
My father came home from the Korean War when I was about 3 years old. He had been in the Royal Australian Navy serving on the HMAS Arunta. While he had been back in Australia on leave several times since I was born, because I was such a young child I have no memory of it. During his long absences, my mother, sister and I lived with my fathers parents in Coorparoo, Brisbane. There are several photographs of me with my grandparents and in particular with my grandfather. The story goes that he was delighted with his first grandchild (me) that when I was old enough to sit on his bicycle he made a special seat attached to central the bar of the bike so that he could take me on his visits to family and friends.
I was close to my grandfather and perhaps because my father was not in the picture, I called my grandfather, Dad. Something I did until his death. In later years I realized what a cranky old man he really was. Nevertheless, that early bonding meant that he and I had a special relationship. When he couldnt ride his bike anymore (he never drove a car) he gave it to me. And after his death my grandmother gave me his watch, given to him on retirement from Whirlpool where he had worked as a storeman for over forty years.
Sadly, I was never as close to my father. There were difficult times during my adolescence and it wasnt until I had my own children that our relationship began to improve. We know that our relationship with our parents does shape our relationship with our children but it is only one factor. We can all learn for lifes experiences and I firmly believe that we are not determined by what has happened to us in the past. That is not always an easy position to hold when we see the devastating long term effects of child abuse on the lives of adults.
Even though I was not as close to my father as I could have been, I can say that I loved him and he loved me. I recall when I was 16 going to the Gold Coast with a group of older boys. It seems strange now but I didnt tell him that I would be away for the weekend. He spent some time contacting my friends to find out where I was. When I arrived home on Sunday night he only said one thing to me, "Well you could have @#$ told me where you were going." I was surprised that he cared, but also he was a man who didnt believe in retribution or even punishment. He believed that his children would do the right thing and when they stepped out of line they would know it.
Much is written in Christian theology that says our image of God comes from our parents. I dont fully agree with that. Yes, a young child is dependent on his or her parents and how a child is treated will influence the way they are in the world as an adult. But if a parent is violent or abusive it is quite possible that a child, and later the adult, can find both resilience and healing in the experience of God as non-coercive and non-violent. Father is only one name the ancients attributed to God there are many other ways we can image what we call G-O-D. The theology of the Bible is clear that it is God the Father who names fatherhood and not the other way around.
Welcome to Toorak Uniting Church
|Sunday, 4 October at 11:30am:||Coffee & discussion||Faichney Room.|
|Tuesday, 6 October at 10:00am:||"Conversation with Wolfgang".||Faichney Room.|
|Wednesday, 7 October at 8:00am:||Breakfast with Rev Dr Stahlberg.||Kinross.|
|Thursday, 8 October at 4:00pm:||JMC AGM.||JMC.|
|Monday, 12 October at 10:30am:||Drop in Card Day.||Faichney Room.|
|Thursday, 15 October at 10:00am:||Morning Group.||Faichney Room.|
|Sunday, 18 October at 11:30am:||Coffee & discussion||Faichney Room.|
|Tuesday, 20 October at 10:00am:||"Conversation with Wolfgang".||Faichney Room.|
|At 7:30pm:||Management Team.||Wettenhall Room.|
|Wednesday, 21 October 6:30/7:30pm:||PB Handbell Choir/Quartet.||Wettenhall Room.|
|Sunday, 25 October at 11:30am:||Farwell morning tea for Stahlbergs.||Faichney Room.|
|Sunday, 29 November at 10:15am||Grandparents service and lunch.|
In our Thoughts and Prayers:
Helen Clayton, recovering from a fall.
Music to day
We welcome Dr. Gordon Atkinson today to play the organ and conduct the TUC choir. We are so grateful that Dr Atkinson agreed to come out from his retirement to help out while Jennifer is on another mission!
Jennifer Chou and the Pamela Brown Handbell Choir are in Adelaide participating in the bi-annual Australasia Handbell Festival this weekend. The Pamela Brown Handbell Choir is recruiting beginners now. If you want to try out, please come along. Term 4 rehearsals start from Wed 14 October 6.30-7.30pm. You dont need any musical ability or reading skills. The only requirement is you can keep the beat, anything extra is bonus to the group. Call Jennifer at 0410 844 552 for more details. The choir is in urgent need of beginners to continue and sustain it from immediately after the festival. SOS!
TUC Spring Breakfast, 8am, Wednesday, 7 October
Our American Exchange Minister, Rev Dr Wolfgang Stahlberg, turns political as he speaks on: "The Interest of the U.S. Churches in the Presidential Race."
This is an opportunity to clarify some of the mysteries behind the US Elections!
Come and enjoy a special breakfast in Kinross House, Hodges Gallery, Cost $20.
Please Book via the TUC Office by Thursday, October 1.
Mental Health Week
Celebrate Mental Health Week with Prahran Mission and St Michaels Grammar School Chamber Choir.
St Michaels Grammar School year 7-9 Chamber Choir will be singing at Hartleys Reduced Cost Canteen Prahran Mission 211 Chapel Street Prahran Thursday 7 October 12.30 pm 1.00 pm. Eat your lunch to the sound of music!
(Ian Savage chaplain Prahran Mission 03 9692 9500)
John Macrae Centres Annual General Meeting
will be held on Thursday 8th October at 4.00pm. All are welcome to come to the AGM and a talk from our guest speaker, followed by delicious refreshments from chef Bill.
Guest Speaker: Ms Robyn Johnson, a former clinical nurse in opthalmology at the Eye and Ear Hospital and nurse administrator, now volunteers for "Eyes For Africa". She will talk of her life-changing work there.
On Thursday, 15 October, Christy Faulks will be updating us on SOSK, her charity in Kenya. Revs. Wolfgang and Liliana Stahlberg will also be there.
10.00am, followed by lunch. All welcome.
Refurbishment of Toilets
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 dispose of your 2014 directory by shredding it. Youre welcome to bring it to the office where Kimberly or Catriona can shred it for you.
Roach Ministerial Exchange
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.
Church Fundraising stall
Sunday, 15 November, 9:30-12:00. Donations of cakes and produce essential! Contact Lyn McA or Lenore N.
2015 Christian Singles Network Conference
Visit of Jim Diers to Australia, November, 2015
The dynamic workshop presenter and facilitator, Jim Diers, from Seattle, USA will be back in Australia from 19-20 November, 2015. Jim is an entertaining and powerful teacher about effective community building. So many Australian and New Zealand communities have benefitted greatly from his input.
Visit http://bankofideas.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Jim-Diers-flyer-4.pdf to read more about the tour and the workshop themes Jim is willing to present. If interested in using Jim in your community, contact Peter Kenyon at firstname.lastname@example.org
News from Kinross Arts & Spirituality Centre
Solo exhibition of paintings and ceramics. Fiona is a former member of the Stables Artist Co-operative.
Sacred, Classical and Celtic Music
with Jacqui Rutten (singing, guitar and tin whistle) and Livia Judge (flute)
$20 full price / $10 pensioner & conc/children free
Tickets at the door or book at: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Afternoon-tea may be purchased
Juliana's Beads by Juliana Hoope
Beads, gemstones and metal work from all over the world hand-made into wearable jewellery for Melbourne life by Juliana Hooper.
Juliana Hooper: 0400 100 394 email: email@example.com
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 11 October 2015, Pentecost 20
Job 23: 1 9, 16 17; Psalm 22: 1 15; Hebrews 4: 12 16; Mark 10: 17 31.
The liturgical colour for Pentecost is green.