We acknowledge the original custodians, the Wadawurrung people of the Kulin alliance, of the land on which our buildings of worship stand and on which we gather.
& THE COMING WEEK
Return to Worship – COVID Restrictions
There will be some important and essential Covid restrictions that have to be met.
- There is no need to book.
- You will need to sign in using the QR Code every time you come to the Church.
- Please wear your mask inside the buildings at all times.
If you can’t read the small print at the bottom of the sign, it says “ALSO THE BRIDGE IS OUT AHEAD”. I guess the humorous intention of the sign is to get people to focus their attention on the sign rather than to glance at it and forget—and potentially have problems when they get to the bridge that is ‘out’.
It made me think about what people are focusing their attention on as we exit from Covid lockdowns and attempt to get to ‘normal’ life again. Has history anything to guide or teach us?
Reading the story recently of how the influenza pandemic following World War I was managed (or mismanaged) made me realise just how similar some of the issues were to those we have faced with Covid in 2020–21, and how different others were.
Have we paid—and do we now pay now—enough attention to any lessons from the history of pandemics, not just the influenza pandemic of a hundred years ago?
Could we better understand and learn how to deal with the riots and the mass demonstrations and the misleading information that abounds by paying more attention to history?
Time to smile
An old friend sends me clippings from another old colleague who lives in Newcastle. (Ed.)
Warning for the day
No Trespassers! People ignoring this sign will be shot and survivors will be shot again.
Advice for the day
Drop Latin phrases into your conversation to make you sound smart . It will become your modus operandi.
Thought for the day
Without Freedom of Speech, we would not know who the idiots are.
Joke for the day
analbumcover – if you read this the same way I did, then the internet has ruined your day too.
Question for the day
To all the ladies who were praying for their husbands to spend more time with them – how are you doing?
Definition for the day
Thank you for teaching me the word – Plethora. It means a lot to me.
News for the day
I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn’t work that way. So I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness.
Prayer for the day
Help me to see what is right, and to follow it with courage and faith.
Limerick for the day
Is it me or the nature of money,
That’s odd and particularly funny.
But when I have dough,
It goes quickly, you know,
And seeps out of my pockets like honey.
Yvette B and the Mormons
Neil T first met Yvette B when members of the Wyndham Interfaith Network were invited two years ago to attend the Opening of new extensions to the Latter Day Saints (LDS) worship centre at Shaws Road, Werribee.
A number of Christian scholars take the view that LDS Church theology diverges from Christian theology. You might google the article by Solveig N of Luther College University of Regina which asks “Is Mormonism Christian?” and points to: (1) the Canon of Scripture (2) the deity of Christ (3) the nature of God and (4) salvation. These are big topics, worthy of study.
On that Open Day, Yvette was taking visitors around and making us feel at home. In order to meet with me, Yvette kindly made the round trip from her school teaching at Aintree Primary School, Rockbank, on her way home to Bacchus Marsh.
Yvette teaches a special literacy program called THROSS. This means Teaching Handwriting, Reading and Spelling Skills. She is passionate about its effectiveness!
As a trainer of THROSS, teaching this technique to other teachers, Yvette has travelled widely around Australia, working with schools including remote indigenous communities.
Yvette explained: “I’m in the Melton LDS community, together with members from many countries, including a large proportion of Polynesians, from Samoa, Tonga and New Zealand.”
“My mother was a Methodist, and dad was a Presbyterian, before they converted to Mormonism, just before I was born. They moved to Broken Hill with me aged 5; dad worked as a mining engineer. I went to school there and grew up in the Mormon faith.
She says: “In Mormonism, unlike for boys, there is no expectation for girls to become missionaries. However, I chose to become a missionary aged 19, and was appointed to Sydney. Our missionaries are not proselytizing now; they visit people in their homes only by invitation.”
I asked about Mormon beliefs and practices. “Our sacred scripture is the Book of Mormon which was revealed to Joseph Smith, and the Old and New Testaments in the King James Version of the Bible. We sing well-known hymns; many would be familiar to Uniting Church people,” says Yvette.
January Worship Services 2022
- 2/1/22: Audrey Kateena
- 9/1/22: Rev. Angela Tapinyappa
- 16/1/22: Rev. Jeanne Beale (Communion)
- 23/1/22: Rev. Annetia Goldsmith
- 30/1/22: Rev. Annetia Goldsmith
Worship Plan for this coming week
2 January 2022
Jeremiah 31:7–14; Psalm 147:12–20; John 1:1–18; Ephesians 1:3–14.
Rosters for 2 Jan (9 Jan)
- Greetings: Elizabeth B
- Cleaning: Rose G,
- AV: Noel S (Noel S)
- QR: Rose G (Rose G and Jan B)
- Morning Tea: Liz B & Jan B (Suzanne W & Zelda C)
- Flowers: Lorna H (Bev C)
- Music: Wendy B (Gina L)
- Reader: Sandra S (Neil T)
Housekeeping & Help
Pastoral care will be maintained during these difficult days but it is subject to the rules regarding access to hospitals and aged care homes.
- Rev. Annetia Goldsmith (9741 1084 firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Audrey Kateena (0435 064 088 email@example.com)
Audrey will be the primary contact on Mondays and Thursdays and Annetia at other times.
CHURCH OFFICE INFORMATION
During the Holidays the church office is open Thursdays between 9:30am and 12pm.
Telephone 03 9741 1084. Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.