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Toorak Uniting Church – Update – Pentecost 19

4 October 2015

Previous Item Page Top Next Item 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 father’s 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 couldn’t 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 wasn’t 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 life’s 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 didn’t 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 didn’t 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 don’t 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.


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, 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.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item In our Thoughts and Prayers:
Helen Clayton, recovering from a fall.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item 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!

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Handbell Choir
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 don’t 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!

Previous Item Page Top Next Item 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.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Mental Health Week
Celebrate Mental Health Week with Prahran Mission and St Michael’s Grammar School Chamber Choir.
St Michael’s Grammar School year 7-9 Chamber Choir will be singing at Hartley’s 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)

Previous Item Page Top Next Item John Macrae Centre’s 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.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Morning Group
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.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item 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.)

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 dispose of your 2014 directory by shredding it. You’re welcome to bring it to the office where Kimberly or Catriona can shred it for you.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item 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.

Sundays after the 10:15 service
11:30 am – Coffee with Discussion with Rev Stahlbergnch.
Tuesday, 6 October
10:00am – Conversation with Wolfgang Stahlberg on What matters most.
Wednesday, 7 October
8am – Breakfast in Kinross with Rev Wolfgang Stahlberg speaking on aspects of American life.
Tuesday, 13 October
10:00am – Conversation with Wolfgang Stahlberg.
Tuesday, 20 October
10:00am – Conversation with Wolfgang Stahlberg.
Sunday, 25 October
11:30am – Farwell morning tea for Stahlbergs.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Church Fundraising stall
Sunday, 15 November, 9:30-12:00. Donations of cakes and produce essential! Contact Lyn McA or Lenore N.

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 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 pk@bankofideas.com.au

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

Kinross House Gallery is normally open Tuesday to Friday 10:00am – 3pm.
17 September
31 October
Fiona Walshe

Solo exhibition of paintings and ceramics. Fiona is a former member of the Stables Artist Co-operative.

11 October
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: uat@toorak.unitingchurch.org.au or info@sacredstage.com.au

Afternoon-tea may be purchased

14 October
to Friday,
16 October
9:30am – 4:30pm
 Juliana's beaded 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: julianahooper@bigpond.com

Manse Gallery Café
The Manse Gallery Café will be closed in the September school holidays, Monday, 21st September – Friday, 2nd October
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 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.

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