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Toorak Uniting Church – Update – Pentecost 22

25 October 2015

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Wolfgang’s Still Thinking – Farewell
"Time flies, when you have fun," is the saying. That is exactly how it feels for us (Liliana, Rebecca, and Wolfgang) after having been at Toorak Uniting Church for eight weeks. After a cool welcome to Melbourne (and I am definitely not talking about the welcome from the members of the "Roach Exchange Ministry" committee), my family and I have had a great time with all of you. Pretty soon the Melbourne weather felt empathy for us and warmed up. In addition to the greener and greener experiences in Melbourne and some Victorian "country," we also spent a few days in Sydney and Cairns.

We were really blessed being with you, and we had a lot of great experiences that we will take with us back to Denver. Thank you all at Toorak so much for all the conversations, prayers, invitations, advice, care, encouragement, feedback, help, and friendship. A very special thank you to Pamela Wilson and the rest of the Roach exchange committee for preparing a schedule for us that included meetings, presentations, dinners, and a lot in between.

It was exciting for me to have been your minister for these eight weeks. Some things you do differently in the Uniting Church, but many things are very similar to what we do in the Lutheran Church in the US. I am aware that sometimes I challenged you with bluntly presented thoughts of progressive theology (although I know that Chris and I are very much on the same theological page), and sometimes I might have surprised you with my hymn choice (remember Wa wa wa?). But in general, I think that we travelled well together on this part of our faith journey, learning from each other, teasing each other, sharing stories with each other, and supporting each other.

Honestly, I could imagine to stay another month. Now I just got to know many of you, and it is already time to leave. There could have been more adventures to experience together, there could have been more study groups and discussions. But now we are leaving with many memories of Australia, Toorak Uniting Church, and – most of all – of you, the people. From the bottom of my heart I want to thank you once again. Thank you especially for your openness and enthusiasm to do things differently and try out some new things! You have a place in our hearts, and we will hold you in our prayers!



PS: If you should come to Denver, Colorado, USA, please get in contact with us!

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, 25 October at 11:30am: Farewell morning tea for Stahlbergs. Faichney Room.
Monday, 26 October at 12 noon: Prayers for Christian Unity. St John’s.
Wednesday, 28 October 6:30/7:30pm: PB Handbell Choir/Quartet. Wettenhall Room.
Thursday, 29 October at 10:00am: Prayers for Christian Unity. St John’s.
Sunday, 1 November at 11:15am: Meeting of the Congregation. Church.
Tuesday, 3 November: Melbourne Cup Holiday – Office Closed.
Friday, 6 November: Rev Christopher Page returns to TUC.
Sunday, 8 November at 2:00pm: V Davey concert: Flute Duo Church.
Sunday, 15 November 9:30 – 12:00: Church Fundraising Stall.
Sunday, 29 November at 10:15am Grandparents’ service and lunch.
At 3:00pm: "Music for David" concert. Church

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Meeting of the Congregation
There will be a meeting of the congregation on Sunday 1 November immediately after the 10.15 service. The agenda is to adopt the budget for 2016, to appoint Peter Corrigan FCA as auditor for 2016 and to appoint Patricia Begg and Alison Legge as our representatives on Presbytery for 2016. Copies of the budget are available at the rear of the church today and from the office during the week.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Congregational fellowship meal TODAY
Please join us for a special BBQ lunch after the service today as we farewell Reverends Wolfgang and Liliana Stahlberg, and their granddaughter Rebecca. There is no charge for the lunch, however donations are always gratefully received and a bowl will be located near the kitchen for that purpose.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Toorak Spring – Virginia Davey Concert Series 2015

 Peter Sheridan Love Birds Flute Duo – Lisa-Maree Amos & Peter Sheridan
with Jennifer Chou (Organ)
Sunday, 8th November, 2pm
Peter Sheridan has collaborated with some of the world's leading composers, commissioning more than fifty works for the various flutes. He is a frequent performer at the National Flute Association, Australian Flute Festival and British Flute Society conventions, as well as festivals worldwide. Peter is an active faculty member of Monash University, directing the flute ensemble (recent Move Records recording) and a bustling flute studio, and teaches at Mazenod College and Donvale Christian College.

 Lisa-Maree Amos Lisa-Maree Amos is Principal Flute of Orchestra Victoria, on the faculty of Melbourne University and holds her annual Flute Audition Masterclass in Melbourne. She has held positions including Guest Principal Flute with the BBC Symphony and the Boston Symphony, working with legendary conductors Seiji Ozawa, Leonard Bernstein, and Bernard Haitink. Her performances in major international Festivals including the London Proms, LA Bach Festival, and the Colorado Music Festival have received critical acclaim.
J.S. Bach: Trio in D minor
Bernard Sanders: Drei Stücke
Francaix: Two Parakeets
Caesar Giovanni: "Theme for a quiet day" for two flutes

and other works
Tickets: $30 and $25 concession – Free admission for children under 16
Book online to avoid the queue: www.trybooking.com/ITQL

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Time for Fellowship Lunch
Monday, 26 October, 12-2pm. Topic is "Sheep". All welcome. Share Christmas Cards

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 Share’s 2015 Christmas card range is now available.
Each pack of 10 cards is only $8.50.
A mixed pack of 10 cards, containing two of each card, is also available.
To order call 1800 668 426.
Sample cards on display in the office.
Postage and handling charge: $7.50-10.00.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Attention kitchen users
Please take care with freezing food, gently moving the drawers and ensuring that the freezer is securely shut before you leave. Thanks.

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

Kinross House Gallery is normally open Tuesday to Friday 10:00am – 3pm.
29 October
6:30 to 9pm
 Fiona Ross Boutique Concert – Fiona Ross
Scottish vocalist, Fiona Ross will perform at Kinross Arts Centre with Scottish fiddle player, Colin MacLeod.

A native of Glasgow Fiona Ross is respected in Scotland as a fine interpreter of Scots song. Fiona has charmed audiences worldwide with her engaging delivery, extensive repertoire and passion for the Scots song tradition. Kinross Arts Centre is delighted to present this unique Scottish event. Fiona will talk about the traditional songs she performs in a boutique concert setting.

This will be a warm hearted fundraising evening and includes refreshments with a interval.
Learn more about Fiona at: http://www.fionaross.com.au/

Tickets: $30 – Book online at www.trybooking.com/IZIK

17 September
31 October
Fiona Walshe

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

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 has EFTPOS and Wi-Fi.
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 1 November 2015, All Saints Day
Isaiah 25: 6 – 9;     Psalm 24;     Revelation 21: 1 – 6a;     John 11: 32 – 44.
The liturgical colour for All Saints is white.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Lectionary Readings for 1 November 2015, Pentecost 23
Ruth 1: 1 – 18;     Psalm 146;     Hebrews 9: 11 – 14;     Mark 12: 28 – 34.
The liturgical colour for Pentecost is green.

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