CONNECTION – 2 MAY


EASTER 5

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.

COMMUNITY NEWS

FOR TODAY

& THE COMING WEEK

Pastoral Care Coordinator position

The Church Council is seeking to appoint a part-time Pastoral Care Coordinator (8 hours/week), commencing as soon as possible. Applications in writing should be addressed to the Rev. Annetia G and left with the church office. The position falls under award conditions managed by the Synod, and includes 4 weeks annual holidays (pro-rata), 2 weeks study leave (pro-rata), and the reimbursement of approved related study costs. Applications close 23 May 2021. A full position description may be obtained from the church office, but in summary the position will have responsibility for the coordination of a welcome ministry to new members, support for members who are not a part of an existing group within the congregation, offering support to pastoral care volunteers within the life of the congregation and seeking to enhance the congregation’s pastoral care system. The Coordinator will be part of the ministry team and will meet regularly with them. Ideally, applicants will have some experience in congregational pastoral ministry, training in theology or counselling or CPE, and a desire to continue learning in the area of pastoral care. A current Victorian driving licence and Victorian Working with Children certificate are required, and the person will be required to be a worshipping participant in the life of the congregation.

What do you think?

The Church Council is asking members of our congregation to help them as they lead us through these Covid safe times.  Margaret B and I have been asked to manage a survey that asks for your feedback on some questions about worship, ministry and pastoral care.  Next week at church we will distribute the survey in hard copy.  Those not present will receive it by email or personal delivery. If, like me, you usually avoid doing surveys please make an exception for this one and fill it in.  We really need everyone to respond to give us a true picture of our congregation. ( From Bev L)

Our Pacific Neighbours

During worship on Sunday April 18, our minister Annetia introduced “Uniting World’s Seven Days of Solidarity – a celebration of our global neighbours.”

The focus was on the United Church of the Solomon Islands, 191 congregations of 50,000 members. The Rev. George Brown, Methodist missionary from Australia, helped organise the Protestant church in the Solomon Islands, in the nineteenth century.

Uniting World is supporting the United Church’s disaster preparation programs, where the church is leading the way in the community’s response to global warming.

The Solomon Islands ranks #151 on the United Nations Index of Human Development (compare Australia ranks #8). Natural disasters are made worse by poverty, isolation and lack of preparedness.

Pray that the people in Australia will support the Pacific with action on climate change. Pray for Moderator Rev Armstrong Pitakaji, and disaster and climate resilience convenor Rev Dr Cliff Bird.

You can contribute directly, too, by cutting back on the use of disposable plastics, which pollute the Pacific Ocean.

Gifts to support the work of our partner churches can be made through Uniting World at www.sevendaysofsolidarity.com.au (NT)

Changes in our Sunday gatherings

It’s no longer necessary to book seats for the Sunday worship services unless the Covid restrictions change. We can seat 75 in the chapel provided everyone is signed in electronically (QR code).

  • The requirement to maintain 1.5 metres space between individuals or household groups remains in place and when this is not possible masks are to be worn.
  • Hand sanitiser is provided on entry and the worship space and other common areas are thoroughly cleaned before and after worship by a team of volunteers.
  • Our worship services will continue to be recorded and added to the private Facebook group.

Just a reminder that even though we do not need to book in for Sunday Church Services we still need to QR Code in. If you are unable to do this yourself please ask one of the volunteers to assist you. This is most important for us to have records of who attends for Government Regulations.

Thank you everyone for your patience.

Uniting Church Adult Fellowship

The May meeting of the UCAF will be held on Wednesday May 5th at 1.00 pm.    At the church.   All welcome.

Congregational meeting minutes

A summary of Minutes of the Congregational meeting held last Sunday is as follows. Fifty-four members of the congregation were present and apologies were received from Robert R, Phil B and Wendy B.

Ken S explained that the Property Control Group has been working on several important building issues. The rear wall has cracks and will need the foundations lifted and the existing gas boiler that provides our heating needs to be replaced.

For the rear wall – Lifting the foundation and restoring the brickwork the quote is for $114,904. This amount includes a 15% contingency.

To provide split system heating and cooling for the foyer, hall and two offices the quote is  $43,028. This amount includes a 10% contingency.

The money for these projects will come from the Congregation’s Property Sale proceeds. The congregation approved spending both these amounts.

Regarding the heating in the worship space Ken explained that this involves replacing the boiler in the church with a smaller boiler. They do not yet have an accurate quote but estimate that the cost will be less than $30,000.  The congregation gave approval for spending up to $30,000.

One person asked whether the church heating could be first priority since we are currently sitting in a very cold church. Ken agreed that it was urgent and would be their first priority. Ken closed the meeting with prayer.

My music

Neil T has asked the musicians about their favourite music in church. Our first respondent is Wendy B.

“There are so many beautiful pieces of Christian music, it’s hard to choose one.  ‘I walk in the garden alone’ I find is very helpful at a funeral.  I also love ‘Make me a channel of your peace’. For me, the hymn ‘Blessed Assurance, Jesus is mine’ evokes vivid memories of the beginnings of my journey as a young Christian. It was sung at the Billy Graham crusade in Ballarat, and I was there. I was attending the Scots Presbyterian Church. Philip, my future husband was a member of the Methodist Youth Fellowship; I was in the Presbyterian Fellowship of Australia, and our two groups joined together, forming PMU – Presbyterians and Methodists United”.

What’s On This Week

  • Monday: 9.30 am Playgroup @ Crossroads
  • Wednesday: 10.30 am Church Council Executive @ 16 Baden Drive Hoppers Crossing; UCAF 1 pm @ Crossroads
  • Friday: 5 pm African Youth
  • Sunday: 12 noon Beach Patrol


Worship Plan for this coming week

9 May 2021

Bible Readings

Psalm 98; Acts 10:44–48; I John 5:1–6; John 15:9–17

Rosters

  • Greetings: Julie Rees
  • Flowers: Salote Tupou
  • Music: Gina Lee
  • Audio-visual: Paul Kirkman
  • Online service: Paul Cochran
  • Prayers of the People: Sandra Savory
  • Reader: Carol Nancarrow
  • Sign-in: Sandra Savory & Frances Geilen
  • Cleaning: Sandra Savory & Julie Rees

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.

Please contact Rev. Annetia Goldsmith for any pastoral care needs.

CHURCH OFFICE INFORMATION

The church office is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9.30am to 12 noon.

Telephone 03 9741 1084.  Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.
Email office@crossroadsunitingchurch.org.au