Wolfgangs 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!
WolfgangPS: If you should come to Denver, Colorado, USA, please get in contact with us!
Welcome to Toorak Uniting Church
|Sunday, 25 October at 11:30am:||Farewell morning tea for Stahlbergs.||Faichney Room.|
|Monday, 26 October at 12 noon:||Prayers for Christian Unity.||St Johns.|
|Wednesday, 28 October 6:30/7:30pm:||PB Handbell Choir/Quartet.||Wettenhall Room.|
|Thursday, 29 October at 10:00am:||Prayers for Christian Unity.||St Johns.|
|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|
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.
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.
Toorak Spring Virginia Davey Concert Series 2015
|J.S. Bach:||Trio in D minor|
|Bernard Sanders:||Drei Stücke|
|Caesar Giovanni:||"Theme for a quiet day" for two flutes|
||and other works|
Time for Fellowship Lunch
Monday, 26 October, 12-2pm. Topic is "Sheep". All welcome.
Church Fundraising stall
Sunday, 15 November, 9:30-12:00. Donations of cakes and produce essential! Contact Lyn McA or Lenore N.
Shares 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.
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.
News from Kinross Arts & Spirituality Centre
6:30 to 9pm
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
Solo exhibition of paintings and ceramics. Fiona is a former member of the Stables Artist Co-operative.
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 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.
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.