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Toorak Uniting Church – Update – Pentecost 25

15 November 2015

Page Top Next Item Still Thinking – G.K. Chesterton
Gilbert Keith Chesterton was born on 29 May 1874 and died at the age of 72 in 1936. He had a long literary career and was one of the most influential English writers of his time. His prolific and diverse output included journalism, philosophy, poetry, biography, Christian apologetics, fantasy and detective fiction – The Father Brown series, presently on Television.

Chesterton has been called the "prince of paradox." He wrote in an off-hand, whimsical prose which produced many "quotable quotes." For example, "Thieves respect property. They merely wish the property to become their property that they may more perfectly respect it." As a Christian apologist he is widely admired throughout religious denominations, and by many non-Christian writers. As a political thinker, he cast aspersions on both Liberalism and Conservatism, saying, "The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of the Conservatives is to prevent the mistakes from being corrected." He routinely referred to himself as an orthodox Christian and came to identify with Catholicism more and more, eventually converting from Anglicanism to Roman Catholicism.

I have enjoyed reading Chesterton over the years, he was a prolific writer who ranged over most areas of literature. He was witty and never afraid to give his opinion, in fact he was often very opinionated. Both his religion and his politics are intriguing. Like other English literary masters he found his spiritual home in his later years in the Roman Catholic Church. The high drama of the Mass; the theology of mysticism and the longevity of the Roman church offered him a refuge from the modern world.

Chesterton is at times claimed by both theological progressives and theological conservatives, partly because his religion as well as his politics was never that consistent. Chesterton tended to adapt his writings to both the audience he was writing to and the genre he was writing in. So what he produced made the reader sit up and take notice.

Chesterton believed "absolute consistency" is often over-rated. Life demands a more flexible and perhaps even paradoxical approach to religious and political debate. Unfortunately, we will not get that in the shrill of our modern political forum. But we can offer a more measured response to the present issues we read on the front page of our newspaper if we listen to both sides and not collapse into the rhetoric of either. So often in polemic writing both sides will claim the evil intent of the other and both will deny any evil within themselves. As Chesterton said: "People do not differ much about what things they will call evils; they differ enormously about what evils they will call excusable."


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, 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.
Thursday, 26 November at 10:00am: Prayers for Christian Unity. Church.
Friday, 27 November – Sunday, 6 December: Food for Friends Collection.
Sunday, 29 November at 10:15am Grandparents’ service and lunch.
At 10:15am: Launch of new TUC website
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 Today
Chris Page is leading a retreat this weekend at the Spirituality and Eco Centre at Glenburn. We welcome Rev John Edwards who will lead our services this morning.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Church Fundraising stall
TODAY until 12.00. Please come and purchase! Donations of cakes and produce very much appreciated.

Lyn McA & Lenore N.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item In our thoughts and prayers
Graeme Baldwin, in hospital following surgery on a broken hip, and Annette.

Previous Item Page Top Next Item Joyce Hill
A celebration for the life of Joyce Hill will be held in the Faichney room on Wednesday, 25 November from 2pm – 5pm. All welcome, but please let Glenda Benness know if you are coming (for catering purposes).

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

 http://trybooking.com/JNXH Tickets: $40 and $35 concession – includes refreshments
Book online to avoid the queue: www.trybooking.com/JNXH

 Click here for Uniting Agewell A fundraising concert for Uniting AgeWell Carer Respite Service "Music for David" project.

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
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.

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 22 November 2015, Christ the King
2 Samuel 23: 1 – 7;     Psalm 132: 1 – 12 (13 – 18) or Psalm 93;     Revelation 1: 4b – 8;     John 18: 33 – 37
The liturgical colour for Christ the King is White.

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