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
With changes to the COVID19 restrictions, in-person services are not possible and the Church is closed. Online services will be provided via our private Facebook group.
Climate change conference report
A recent Zoom conference on climate change, organized by the Christian Brothers foundation The Edmund Rice Centre, brought 270 people together. A guest speaker was Rev James Bhagwan, General Secretary of the Pacific Conference of Churches. James is a minister of the Methodist Church of Fiji.
Other speakers included Tosy Tatawa from Tarawa, Kiribati. She said: “I know what it feels like to be in the front line of the climate crisis, when extreme weather patterns and sea level rise threaten the existence of our island home”.
James Bhagwan said: “God calls us to love our neighbour—this speaks to the Australian government’s relationship with the peoples of the Pacific. In the past, capitalism, colonialism and neocolonialism have failed our neighbours.”
The Pacific Conference of Churches is preparing for participation in COP 26, the Conference of Parties in Glasgow later this year. Its 33 member churches in 19 Pacific Island states account for 80 percent of the Pacific population.
James Bhagwan said: “We have taken the word ‘dominion’ from Genesis 2 and turned it in to ‘domination.’ Climate change now impacts all our lives on the Pacific Islands. The cyclone season used to start in November; now it starts in September. We talk about climate justice. As ocean warming brings acidification, the fisheries are no longer the same. We talk about climate refugees. There will be no right of return, nowhere to return to. The question of exile is real for the Pacific migrant workers who come to Australia. Remember Psalm 137 ‘by the rivers of Babylon we sat down and wept.’ We come to Australia to pick fruit and pack meat, and are second class citizens with limited rights,” said James Bhagwan.
Crossroads Uniting Church Justice Task Group has joined the many faith groups, members of the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change, participating in a weekend of solidarity 17-18 October, in the lead up to COP 26. Watch this space! (NT)
Vale Moira M
Moira was born in 1921, the fourth of five children of Ruby and Bertie Wood. Bertie was a bank manager with the Bank of Victoria and the family moved from Nathalia to Charlton to Horsham to Bendigo, always living on the bank premises. During the war years, she completed her pharmacy degree, working during the day at chemists in Box Hill, Camberwell and Hawthorn then travelling in by tram or train to Pharmacy college in Swanson St. for night classes. After graduating, Moira continued to work at Braithwaite’s chemist in Hawthorn.
In 1950 she departed for a year in England on the P&O liner ‘Maloja’. By the time the ship reached Fremantle she had been introduced to Ewen M, a schoolmaster and Presbyterian minister from Geelong and they spent 48 happy years together in Newtown as active members of The Geelong College, St David’s and wider communities. Moira was an elder at St David’s and a member of PWMU/ UCAF, parents’ clubs at Morongo and Geelong College and later Probus.
After Ewen died in 1998, Moira moved to Heathglen to be closer to Margaret. She participated in village life, exercising in the pool, sorting the library, playing Scrabble and attending any special events. Her spare time was taken up with family history research and crosswords and code words. She joined the Crossroads congregation and was very grateful for the friendship she found and the generosity of the rostered drivers, enabling her to attend services, UCAF meetings, Seniors Afternoon teas and OSLO.
In 2016, as her mobility declined, Moira moved to Manor Court. She was well looked after but rued her loss of independence. She loved seeing and hearing news of her growing family and friends right up to her final days. (Submitted by Margaret F, her daughter)
The online discussion group looking at the Statement from the Heart will meet again on Sunday 10 October at 4 pm. If you would like to join the group, please email Robert R to get the login.
There is also an online bible discussion group that meets at 4 pm on the alternate Sunday. The next meeting is on 3 October, and anyone is welcome to join. Contact Robert R to get access to the Zoom log-in details.
Thanks from Joan S
Thank you everyone for your kindness, love, and friendship over many, many years, and for your messages, cards and telephone calls wishing me well as I move to Geelong. Due to Covid/building requirements, I am now staying until 11 October. (Joan S)
Blessed are those who knit
Blessed all those who knit,
who sit and click the needles,
bringing threads together,
into a new creation.
Bless all those who unpick
the holey ideas of yesterday
that no longer serve us well,
Bless all those who then re-knit
the residue of the past with
the dreams of today into
a new garment of hope.
May we be knitters and unpickers,
determined and dreamers,
fools, lovers, and conspirators
in this glorious insurrection.
[Glynn Cardy, A Book of Blessings (Bayswater: Coventry Press, 2021), 9] This book is available via Coventry Press, www.coventrypress.com.au or 0477 809 037 and I can highly recommend it. (Robert R) Reproduced with permission.
Operation Christmas Child
Operation Christmas Child is a world-wide project of Samaritan’s Purse. It partners with local churches in developing nations to reach out to children by providing gift-filled shoeboxes and bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ. After receiving shoebox gifts, many children are also invited back to participate in The Greatest Journey – an evangelism and discipleship program.
Will you join with us to help us reach more children with gift-filled shoeboxes? This year more than ever the children are in great need of our support. Covid-19 has hit countries such as Philippines, Indonesia and Cambodia hard.
Empty shoeboxes and more information are available from Rose G and you can contact Rose to organise for your packed shoeboxes to be collected or dropped off at the Church on Monday or Thursday morning’s.
Volunteers are always needed
Volunteers are always needed to keep the in-person services going. Covid requirements for cleaning, QR log-ins, morning tea need volunteers now! Contact Rose G.
What’s On This Week
- In line with COVID Restrictions the Church Buildings are closed
Worship Plan for this coming week
3 October 2021
Job 1:1; 2:1–10; Hebrews 1:1–4; 2:5–12; Mark 10:2–15; Psalm 26
Rosters for 3 Oct & (10 Oct)
- Greetings: Margaret B (volunteers needed)
- Flowers: Lorna H (Bev C)
- Music: Asanka P (Gina L)
- Prayers of the People: Liz B (Sandra S)
- Reader: Rose G (Julie R)
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 email@example.com)
- Audrey Kateena (0435 064 088 firstname.lastname@example.org)
Audrey will be the primary contact on Mondays and Thursdays and Annetia at other times.
CHURCH OFFICE INFORMATION
The office is open on Monday’s and Thursday’s from 9:30am to 12pm, operating in line with COVID restrictions.
Telephone 03 9741 1084. Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.