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Toorak Uniting Church – Update – Pentecost 24

8 November 2015


Previous Item Page Top Next Item Still Thinking – Reflections on being at Messiah Community Church in Denver, Colorado
When Anne and I arrived in Denver our suit cases were packed with warm woolly clothes. But the cool/cold weather never appeared. I wore sandals and short sleeve shirts for September and most of October!

Anne and I have had a very good experience at Messiah Community Church. It reminded us once again that in the Christian community we share so much in common and yet there is a rich diversity and differences that adds life and colour to the Christian faith.

I enjoyed leading worship in the Lutheran tradition. The celebration of weekly communion was meaningful, coming from our tradition that has a monthly communion service using little cups and pieces of pre-cut bread. It was moving to see the congregation coming forward and being served the bread and then dipping the bread into the wine or grape juice (they had both) it did bring a fresh experience to the celebration of communion.

I led a regular Bible study on each Tuesday morning in the church library which I also found very fulfilling. The focus was on the book of Jonah which I called "the Parable of Jonah" because of its use of myth, symbols and metaphors. I was impressed with the openness and willing discussion that the study engendered.

During our stay Anne and I had the opportunity to attend the annual ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) Clergy Conference at Estes Park in the Rocky Mountains. The other "Pastors" we met were very welcoming (Lutherans always call the minister Pastor, so I was always refer to as Pastor Chris which took a little to get used to.)

After our time in Denver, Anne and I travelled to the Grand Canyon, also a great experience. Many who have seen it say it is the greatest natural wonder in the world. This remarkable landscape was formed by upthrust (the top of the Canyon is 7,000 feet high) and then over 4 to 6 million years the Colorado River cut it way down to create the Canyon. It reminded me once again how important it is to recognise that the Earth is a living, changing planet and also the amazing power of water and time. Such visual experiences need to be woven into our faith.

Presently Anne is in New York visiting her daughter Cathy, partner Sergei and Anne’s grandchildren, Misha and Sebastian, who is now just over 3 months old. Some may know the Cathy had life threatening complications two weeks after Sebastian’s birth. It was wonderful that Anne could be with Cathy during that time and I am very pleased to report that Cathy is now doing fine.

My hope is that the exchange with Wolfgang and Liliana was also good for our community at TUC. It is strange that at the beginning of the exchange two months seemed to me a long time to be away and yet at the end it seemed to pass so quickly. The people at Messiah generously gave me the stole I am wearing this morning. It was made in Nicaragua. Messiah Community Church works with a group of people in Nicaragua called "Just Hope" to assist in the development of micro banking and a group from the church had just returned from a visit to Nicaragua after helping build a Medical Clinic in one of the remote regions of the country. I was impressed with their sense of mission being a two way street. It was not them going to do good works, but rather working with the people on projects the Nicaraguans had identified.

It is good to be home. – "Pastor Chris"

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, 8 November at 2:00pm: V Davey concert: Flute Duo Church.
Monday, 9 November at 10:30am: Drop In Card Day Faichney Room.
Tuesday, 10 November at 4:30pm: Management Team Meeting. Wettenhall Room.
Thursday, 12 November at 5:00pm: JMK AGM. Faichney Room.
Sunday, 15 November 9:30 – 12:00: Church Fundraising Stall.
Wednesday, 18 November at 6:30 & 7:30pm: Pamela Brown Handbells. Wettenhall Room.
Thursday, 19 November at 10:00am: Morning Group. Faichney Room.
At 7:30pm: Church Council Meeting. Wettenhall Room.
Wednesday, 25 November at 6:30 & 7:30pm: Pamela Brown Handbells. Wettenhall Room.
Friday, 27 November – Sunday, 6 December: Food for Friends Collection.
Sunday, 29 November at 10:15am Grandparents’ service and lunch.
At 3:00pm: "Music for David" concert. Church.
At 7:00pm: TEC Advent service. St John’s.
Monday, 30 November at 12 noon: Time for Fellowship Lunch. Faichney Room.

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 teaches at Mazenod College and Donvale Christian College.

 Lisa-Maree Amos Lisa-Maree Amos is Principal Flute of Orchestra Victoria, on the teaching staff of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at Melbourne University, has been the facilitator of the Flute Audition Masterclass. 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.
Program:
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
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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 Church Fundraising stall
Sunday, 15 November, 9:30-12:00. Donations of cakes and produce essential! There is a collection of small jars outside the office if you need some. Contact Lyn McA or Lenore N.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Food for Friends
The annual Food for Friends appeal takes place from Friday, November 27th to Sunday, December 6th. "Food for Friends" is an ecumenical appeal that asks Safeway customers to donate a purchased item which is then passed on to one of a number of frontline ecumenical charities. Last year, the appeal raised approximately $40000 worth of goods for needy families. The success of the appeal lies in the volunteers who stand at the entrance to the Safeway supermarkets in Hawksburn and the Toorak Village and hand out leaflets informing shoppers about the appeal and then receive donated goods in a prominently positioned trolley. If you are able to volunteer your time, please contact Barbara McKinnon (ph 0405987890 or Barbara.mckinnon@bigpond.com) and let her know your availability. Alternatively, you can add your name to the sign up board at the rear of the church. Volunteers are sought for the following timeslots:

Woolworths Toorak Village

Fri 27th Nov 9am -11am 11am -1pm 1pm - 3pm 3pm - 5pm 5pm - 7pm 7pm - 9pm
Sun 29th Nov

12pm - 2pm 2pm - 4pm 4pm - 6pm 6pm - 8pm
Wed 2nd Dec 9am -11am 11am -1pm 1pm - 3pm 3pm - 5pm 5pm - 7pm 7pm - 9pm
Sat 5th Dec

1pm - 3pm 3pm - 5pm 5pm - 7pm
Safeway Hawksburn
Sat 28th Nov 9am -11am 11am - 1pm



Mon 30th Nov 9am -11am 11am - 1pm 1pm - 3pm 3pm - 5pm 5pm - 7pm 7pm - 9pm
Thurs 3rd Dec 9am -11am 11am - 1pm 1pm - 3pm 3pm - 5pm 5pm - 7pm 7pm - 9pm
Sat 5th Dec 9am -11am 11am - 1pm




Previous Item Page Top Next Item The Persian Princes "The Road to Shangri La"

Presented by Opera Su Presto
Sunday, 29 November 2015, 3pm
Music from Gilbert & Sullivan spiced up with the flavours of Kismet, Lakme, Pearl Fishers and South Pacific.
Devised and Directed by James Wright.
Enquires & Bookings: 9809 0550
Admission: $40: $35 Concession including refreshments.
A fundraising concert for Uniting AgeWell Carer Respite Service "Music for David" project.
unitingagewell.org

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Time for Fellowship Lunch
. Share Christmas Cards Is on Monday, 30 November, 12-2pm. Topic is "The future of the Fellowship Lunch". All welcome.

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.
Sunday, 15th November
to
Tuesday, 15th December
 Sunset in the Rose Garden by Tea ErcolesCorner of our Eden – Solo exhibition by Tea Ercoles

Artist Statement
The works on show are paintings and a large outdoor mosaic inspired by my garden.

My late husband and I loved our garden and we lovingly nurtured it together and took pride in watching it grow into what it is today. It is full of roses, lavender , lisianthus, agapanthus, cherry blossoms, Irises, magnolias and fruit trees.

All year round it continues to influence my work with its array of colour and beautiful fragrances.

The paintings are developed by firstly letting the colour flow and take its own characteristic, then using different mediums to push or pull color and form to the foreground, middle ground and background. Some of the works also feature a three dimensional textural effect created by thick impastos.

I feel they have a beautiful softness about them with a semi abstract composition. All that is missing is the fragrance!


This exhibition is mounted as a fundraiser for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

Thursday,
3 December
10:30 – 12noon
Friends Celebration Morning Tea
With refreshments provided by UAT and entertainment by Colin MacLeod playing Scottish Fiddle.
End of Year Raffle: Raffle Prizes include original art work by visual artist Barbara Bateman and jewellery donated by Filitsa Giannopoulos.

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 15 November 2015, Pentecost 25
1 Samuel 1: 4 – 20;     1 Samuel 2: 1 – 10;     Hebrews 10: 11 – 14, (15 – 18) 19 – 25;     Mark 13: 1 – 8.
The liturgical colour for Pentecost is green.


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