OUR COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY AND THE COMING WEEK
Welcome to the Rev. Ian Pearse today
The Rev. Ian Pearse is a retired minister from Bacchus Marsh. Ian, and his wife Bev, came from W.A. five years ago, having served in a number of country and metropolitan parishes in W.A., plus some time as a chaplain at Royal Perth Hospital and the Cancer Council Cottage Hospice. Prior to his retirement Ian was the minister at Bacchus Marsh but he still expresses his ministry in serving on the Mission, Strategy and Education committee of the Presbytery and doing supply where and whenever his is given the opportunity.
Ian will be leading our services, generally on the 1st and 3rd Sundays until the end of the year.
September 22nd 11.30 am onwards. We will be trying another new venue at Werribee South. Ramae’s Café Lounge on the Wyndham Harbour. It overlooks all the yachts in the harbour and has quite a comprehensive café menu. If it’s a fine day it might be quite busy. Contact Elaine 93952045 or Lorna 0419101766 for numbers. Everyone welcome.
UCAF this Wednesday
Come along to the UCAF meeting in the church foyer next Wednesday, 1 pm. You’d be very welcome!
Church Fête meeting today, 11 am, in the meeting room.
Worship Plan for this week
Today’s worship services
9.30 am Holy Communion (Rev. Ian Pearse)
11.45 am Lisu Service
2 pm Sudanese Fellowship
Activities this week
Monday: 9.30 am Playgroup
Wednesday: 10.30 am Church Council Executive; 1 pm Uniting Church Adult Fellowship (Foyer)
Friday: 9.30 am Uniting Playgroup; 5 pm African Youth (church foyer)
Saturday: 10 am African Youth (church foyer)
Sunday: Beach Patrol (11.30 am)
Bible Readings – 8 September 2019
Jeremiah 18:1–11; Philemon 1–21; Psalm 139:1–6, 13–18; Luke 14:25–33.
Rosters for Next Week
Rosters for 8 September 2019 (Camp)
Minister: Rev. Valerie Johnson
Duty Elder: Wendy Barnes
Greeting: Julie Rees
Morning Tea: Judy Francom & Judy O’Keefe
Flowers: VOLUNTEER REQUIRED PLEASE
Reader: Betty Parker
AV Desk: Paul Kirkman
Prayers of the People: (Minister)
Piano: Gina Lee
Housekeeping & Help
If you or someone you know is in need of pastoral care, please don’t hesitate to contact either Robyn Tomkins or Robert Renton. We’re keen to make sure that when people know that someone has gone into hospital or is otherwise ‘out of sorts’, that they are not forgotten. If we don’t know that someone has suffered some misfortune we are not likely to be able to visit or offer support in some way; so please let us know in such a circumstance.
NEWS AND NOTES
Getting ready for the church fête
Our annual Church fete will be held on Saturday 19th October between 9am and 2pm. Now is the time to start gathering items to donate to the book, trash and treasure, nearly new, jewellery and plant stalls.
If you can volunteer for set-up, pack-up or on a stall, please add your name to the sign-up sheet on the noticeboard. The first meeting of people interested in helping will be on Sunday September 1, after church. If you have items you would like collected, please leave your details at the office.
Hobsons Bay Refugee Network
Fan of Downton Abbey? The world’s favourite aristocrats, the Crawleys of Yorkshire, are back, this time on the big screen. New romances have bloomed, new liaisons been formed and babies have been born since the TV series ended in 2015.
The film is set in 1927, where a period of belt tightening measures are being introduced on the estate. That is, until an impending visit from the Royals, King George V and Queen Mary, sends the household into a flurry.
Venue: Sun Theatre, Yarraville, Friday 13 September
Time: 6.30 arrival for a 7 pm screening
Tickets: $25 through www.trybooking.com/BEOGT
Donations can also be made through the booking site.
Laurel Honeycombe (26.9.1926–18.8.2019) A member of St Andrews Uniting Church Footscray, for over 40 years and a member of Crossroads for the last couple of years. Please remember the family in your prayers. (Robyn Tomkins)
The Dixons and Crossroads (final part)
[The story of the Dixons is really also a story of the Crossroads congregation as well. NT]
“Together, Mary and I volunteered as teacher aids in the UAICC’s Shalom College, Townsville, for several occasions, on our annual journeys to Queensland. Later I volunteered for a Council program to give learner-driving support to refugees; a satisfying experience when the driving license is achieved!
“Mary took responsibility for the initial redevelopment and care of the garden at Crossroads.
“We both qualified as lay preachers of the Uniting Church, including taking services at Little River Uniting congregation. During this time we both did a 3-year correspondence course from Moore Theological College. I declined renomination for Parish and Elders Councils when I turned 70, as there were plenty of younger folk to step up. I have continued to help as driver for the Seniors Afternoon Tea and have helped in the office since the days of Zoe Slee.”
I asked Mary, what or who is it that motivates you to do all those things we’ve talked about?
Mary: “I would say it’s God’s Spirit, working in the world and in me. I feel that God makes me aware of the huge need for justice and sharing what we have, so I respond to that. Prioritising time is difficult.”
Talking about our experience of the church, Mary said: “Sometimes I’ve experienced arid times, and I’ve looked for creative ways in which the church expresses its life. I wanted a church that looks beyond itself.”
Asked about the future of the church, Mary said: “The church is the future. Without Christian input, the future of the world is bleak. I feel the future of the faith is bright.”
Regarding the condition of this country now, Mary said: “Australian society today has lost the community spirit it once had. Individualism and consumerism are uppermost. We’re not getting leadership in politics now. It lacks the vision and compassion that was there in the 1980s, and at times, such as when I see our treatment of asylum seekers, I feel ashamed to be an Australian.”
I sought Blair’s views, firstly about his motivation for activism.
Blair said: “I believe in God. My role is to serve him in love and obedience, expressed in helping other people.”
About his experience of the church, Blair said: “I believe the church is a fellowship of like-minded people, who together are more effective than the individual. I’ve seen a number of people outside the church who have been welcomed and whose lives have changed. Worship with other people helps me to be a Christian. Rev Les Rye once said: “People say ‘I can be a Christian without going to church.’ But can you be a soldier without being in the army?”
Asked about the future of the church, Blair said: “Who knows how God will use his church in the future? I hope the church will continue to play a part in this nation’s life.”
And about Australian society, Blair said: “I believe there’s more tolerance than there used to be. I’m disappointed that a lot of Australians nowadays don’t seem to feel need of God. Religion is a voluntary response. The church doesn’t have the influence it once had. I feel Australia is the lucky country, partly due to our sense of fairness; tolerance of other viewpoints today is encouraging.”
This writer is aware that both Mary and Blair Dixon are persons of prayer. (NT)
CHURCH OFFICE AND NEWSLETTER
Church Office is open 9.30 am–12 noon, Monday–Friday
Telephone 03 9741 1084. Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.