Crossroads Connection


Today’s Worship Leader

Rev. Heather June Vander Reest

Hello everyone!  My Dutch husband, John, and I met at the Austin hospital in 1997, sharing in a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education.  We are now marching along toward our 19th wedding anniversary!

We both happen to be in ministry; John with the Reformed Tradition at first and later the UCA.  I was ordained in the Anglican tradition in St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne in 2002.  The Anglican Church of the Ascension was my home parish for 25yrs.  Meanwhile I took up part-time studies and completed a theological degree at Yarra Theological Union.

I have found that God invites me to take a peak around the corner and see what is there. When I have settled, I find there is another corner. And so, step by step I have completed my degree, qualified as a hospital chaplain, faced a selection conference and become a candidate for ordination.

My earliest church experiences were at Immanuel Methodist Church in Laura, S.A.  I loved Sunday School anniversaries when each child received a book.  At Gladstone High School we had a speaker from Arnhem Land and I was fired up to become a missionary. As it happened I did spend my first year out of teachers’ college on an Aboriginal Mission Station: Pt Pearce near Port Victoria.  I went on every youth camp on offer including the Third National Christian Youth Convention in Brisbane, many long years ago.

John and I spent our last appointment before retiring in Boort. We loved the country and both enjoyed driving. I ministered in Boort, Pyramid Hill, Bears Lagoon & Calivil.

In the process of Pastoral Education at the Austin, I was challenged, supported and cared for. I knew in that context that I mattered. That has set me free to behave in ways that indicate my conviction that everyone I meet matters in the eyes of God.

This is the assurance that I take with me into ministry.



For that one moment, in and out of time,
On that one mountain where all moments meet,
The daily veil that covers the sublime
In darkling glass fell dazzled at his feet.
There were no angels full of eyes and wings,
Just living glory full of truth and grace.
The love that dances at the heart of things
Shone out upon us from a human face.
And to that light the light in us leaped up,
We felt it quicken somewhere deep within,
A sudden blaze of long-extinguished hope
Trembled and tingled through the tender skin.
Nor can this blackened sky, this darkened scar,
Eclipse that glimpse of how things really are.
[Malcolm Guite: Sounding the Seasons]

Lenten Studies

In the absence of our own minister, the Hoppers Crossing UC Congregation has invited Crossroads members to join in a six week Lenten study entitled “Compassion-Reflecting, Sharing, Living The Good News”.  The study provides a process for reflection and discussion on the Sunday Scriptures during Lent. Ten copies of the books are available from Rev. Faama Leota to purchase at $8.80.The study will be offered twice, at 10.30 am and 7.30 pm on Thursdays 7, 14, 21, 28 March and 4, 11 April. Contact Rev. Faama 0401 592 359 if you would like to attend.

Plant Stall—time to get ready now!

It's that time of year again when we ask people to start potting up cuttings and other plants that they intend to donate to the Stall for sale at the fête.  To assist the many green thumbs in our congregation, we are also asking for immediate donations of potting mix, plastic pots (please first wash them in a soapy solution containing bleach – to kill any bacteria that can infect the new plants) and hanging baskets.  The more potting mix, plastic pots and hanging baskets the better!

This year, we are also asking for volunteers to care for some of the plants (in the hanging baskets in particular) once they have been potted.  This will help ‘spread the load’ in the care and attention that the plants need, especially over the cold winter months.  Please start bringing in the potting mix, clean plastic pots and hanging baskets as soon as possible.  Would those who are willing to baby-sit some of the potted plants please let Carmel Woodward or Mary Dixon know.  If anyone needs any further information please call Carmel.  Many thanks!

Worship Plan for this week

Today’s worship

9.30 am Holy Communion (Rev. Heather Vander Reest)

Activities this week

Monday: 9.30 am Playgroup.
Wednesday: 12.30 pm UC Adult Fellowship (UCAF) in the Foyer;
6 pm Church Council.

Invitation from Hoppers Crossing UC to join in their Ash Wednesday service at 7.30 pm

Next Sunday – 10 March: Lent 1

9.30 am Family Worship Service (Rev. Heather Vander Reest)
11.30 am Beach Patrol

Bible Readings – 10 March 2019

Deuteronomy 26:1–11; Psalm 91:1–2, 9–16; Romans 10:8b–13; Luke 4:1–13.

Rosters for Next Week

Rosters for 10 March 2019

Duty Elder: Robyn Tomkins
Greeting: Robert Renton
Morning Tea: Julie Rees & Lorraine Sewell
Flowers: (Wedding)
Reader: Nola Edgar
AV Desk: TBA
Prayers of the People: Rose Geilen
Piano: Wendy Barnes


Bev Cox

Bev’s early life was in Newtown, Geelong, and she attended the Morongo Presbyterian Girls College primary school. Her father was an adventurous business man and farmer, always looking out for a new opportunity; I reckon Bev inherited his “get up and go”.

When her dad moved to Yeppoon in Queensland, the family moved too. Her mum needed to escape the heat, so they found a cooler life in Toowoomba on the Atherton Tablelands.  Bev attended Fairholme Girls School then completed a hairdressing apprenticeship.

Bev left home, to work as a hairdresser in Bayswater, Melbourne.

Wanderlust moved Bev to embark on a ship to New York, then Toronto, Canada. There her working holiday began, including a colourful Greyhound bus journey all over USA, then Mexico City and Banff, Canada.

On to a ship from Montreal to Liverpool, then London, where Bev joined other Australian girls promoting Australian products—Ardmona fruits. A car was supplied, and she travelled all over England until winter set in.  She hitch-hiked around southern Europe, and then returned to Australia; met Peter and they married in St Stephen’s Presbyterian Church, Toowoomba in 1967.

Peter worked in the Royal Australian Air Force at Laverton. They settled in Sunshine, and Bev opened a hairdressing salon in Altona. Three children later, she obtained the Diploma of Education and became a teacher in Melbourne Technical College of Hairdressing, city, from 1977 for twenty years.

Peter and Bev built a home in Wyndham Vale in 1980.  For fifty years Bev has been active in Beta Sigma Phi, a women’s organization promoting lifelong learning and encouraging youth artistic talent.

Bev says: “Crossroads Uniting Church is my family, where I get support and find people with Christian values.  Here my life is enriched.” (NT)

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.


Telephone 03 9741 1084.  Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.   Email