CONNECTION – 4 APRIL


EASTER DAY

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

An Easter Reflection

(By Jean B, Easter 2016)
One wooden light pole… hung with wires
Stands like a cross on high
And for those who will listen and those who will hear
Two magpies carol their joy… just for me.
 
Two wooden planks … forming a cross
Hung with a crown of thorns
And for those who pass by and for those who will see
Christ’s broken body hangs there for me.
 
Same wooden light pole … same cross of planks
no broken body … no crown of thorns
no magpies singing … where had they gone?
They’re found in a garden with a stone rolled away
Singing praises for Mary at a tomb that was bare.
 
No broken body … no crown of thorns
None passing by on that third day at dawn
Only a garden alive with new life …
And an Angel and Jesus on that first Easter morn.

Asylum Seeker speaks out

Sister Brigid Arthur of the Brigidine Asylum Seeker Project called on Australians to continue compassionate support for refugees and to continue demanding of our federal government that justice be done. (NT)

When the large crowd on the lawns of the State Library of Victoria spilled out on to the Swanston St tram tracks, my homeward tram was stopped for half an hour. 

It was worth it, because I had shared in the solidarity of an outpouring of grief and dismay at the heartless and gutless actions of an Australian government whose cruelty to thousands of asylum seekers has brought about great misery.

The afternoon’s rally began with music from Phil Hudson and friends, and Mulu Bekele and Tinerat.

Michelle O’Neill, President of the ACTU chaired the speakers; she called on the Australian government to provide permanent protection to the hundreds on Bridging Visas and SHEV temporary visas. 

Key speaker was Mostafa Azimbitar, a freed Medevac refugee, who spoke of his eight years on Manus and isolation for fourteen months in the Mantra Hotel, Preston.

Julian Burnside recalled the rescue of 420 asylum seekers by the MV Tampa in 2001, refused entry to Australia and sent to Nauru by PM John Howard; the beginning of the so-called  ‘Pacific Solution.’ 

So began the saga of 20 years of immense cruelty to innocent men, women and children, reinforced by PM Kevin Rudd’s policy of mandatory offshore processing.

Uniting Wyndham back in action

Shelley J, co-ordinator says “Emergency relief is operating at our Duncans Road open door, every weekday morning Monday to Friday, for people in need.  Donations of non-perishable items are welcome.  For example, cooking oil, cans of fruit, long life milk, household cleaning products, and personal toiletries are appreciated”. 

 Rose G says “Crossroads people are welcome to bring gifts for Uniting Wyndham on Sunday mornings, and to the church office from 9.30 to 12 noon each weekday”.

Also, the Uniting Op Shop on Synnot Street has re-opened Tuesdays to Saturdays. Your donations are gladly received.

Uniting Church Adult Fellowship

Our April meeting at will be held on Wednesday 7th April at 1.00pm at Crossroads.   All welcome.

March 11 was great – what’s next?

The Sacred People Sacred Earth day of action on March 11 was amazing. There were 420 actions in no fewer than 49 countries—and 137 were here in Australia! March 11 was just the start of a Year of Action by faith communities around the world.

All eyes this year are on Glasgow in November for the crucial next round of global climate negotiations called COP26. These will be the most important negotiations since the Paris Agreement was signed in 2015. Under the Paris Agreement, all countries have to increase their pledges, called Nationally Determined Contributions (or NDCs) every five years. This will be the first time this has happened. If you look at the pledges that have been submitted to date for the first 75 countries they average a reduction of only 1% on 2010 levels! We don’t have another five years to get this right. The climate system is too close to the edge.

At the same time there is a new government in the USA with massively high ambition for climate action. The US is seeking to lead and push other countries to act much more boldly. The economics of coal are collapsing and renewables are now out-competing fossil fuels.

  • Support for a sustainable, just recovery from COVID-19 that includes millions of Green Jobs.
  • Net zero by 2030 for wealthy nations like Australia 
  • Equity / making polluters and rich countries pay for damages that have been done and supports people who have been the most impacted.
  • No new fossil fuels or deforestation
  • Rapid transition to 100% renewables away from fossil fuels

What’s On This Week

  • Wednesday: 1 pm UCAF
  • Friday: 5 pm African Youth
  • Sunday: 11.30 am Beach Patrol


Worship Plan for this coming week

11 April 2021

Bible Readings

Psalm 133; I John 1:1–2:2; Acts 4:32–35; John 20:19–31

Rosters

  • Greetings: Margaret D
  • Flowers: Lorna H
  • Music: Gina L
  • Audio-visual: Paul C
  • Online service: Paul K
  • Prayers of the People: Church Council
  • Reader: Rose G
  • Sign-in: Margaret G & Liz B
  • Cleaning: Lyn O & Margaret D

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