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
Due to the latest COVID19 Lockdown restrictions, we are open but with limited numbers until further notice.
NAIDOC Week (4–11 July)
Country is inherent to our identity.
It sustains our lives in every aspect – spiritually, physically, emotionally, socially, and culturally.
It is more than a place. When we talk about Country it is spoken of like a person. Country is family, kin, law, lore, ceremony, traditions, and language. For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples it has been this way since the dawn of time. Through our languages and songs, we speak to Country; through our ceremonies and traditions we sing to – and celebrate Country – and Country speaks to us.
Increasingly, we worry about Country. For generations Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have been calling for stronger measures to recognise, protect, and maintain all aspects of our culture and heritage for all Australians. We have continued to seek greater protections for our lands, our waters, our sacred sites and our cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration, and destruction.
Healing Country means hearing those pleas to provide greater management, involvement, and empowerment by Indigenous peoples over country.
Healing Country means embracing First Nation’s cultural knowledge and understanding of Country as part of Australia’s national heritage. That the culture and values of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders are respected equally to and the cultures and values of all Australians. The right to protect Country and culture is fundamental.
(This is an extract from the NAIDOC website: https://www.naidoc.org.au/get-involved/2021-theme . Please read the full statement.)
The Uniting Church in Victoria and Tasmania through our agency Uniting aims to serve people on the margins of homelessness and poverty. For folk who need a safety net, to enable a life of dignity and purpose, Uniting is alongside.By the grace of God, Crossroads Uniting Church reaches out to people in need, through the work of Uniting Wyndham, offering emergency relief and counselling from two former manse buildings on Duncans Road. Our busy Op Shop located in the Church Hall is a household goods recycling mecca!
Werribee Support and Housing began in the 1970s with members of Crossroads congregation envisioning practical care for folk who needed a hand up. Forty years on, our Uniting agency continues to serve the Gospel alongside people who are experiencing life crises.
Recently Jerry H has taken up his role as group manager for housing, homelesness and crisis support; statewide programs which are provided locally in places such as Wyndham, Geelong and Ballarat.
Now with Rev Lisa S, Mission and Ethos Partner, he connects people of the local Uniting churches with Uniting’s professional staff who provide hands-on support to clients.
This week Jerry is on a road trip including Wyndham, Norlane and Grovedale (Barwon region), Dana Street Ballarat and Horsham Uniting sites.
Says Jerry: “I’m there to encourage those teams in delivering high quality services across the western region of Victoria. Coming out of Covid lock-downs, we have an important opportunity to continue the great work that meets people in need.”
“Lisa and I will continue to be the persons connecting Crossroads Church Council with the leadership team on site at Uniting Wyndham: Shelley J, Deb G and Sharon T.” (NT)
UC Adult Fellowship (UCAF)
We are able to meet once more so will meet on Wednesday 7th July at 1.00 pm. at Crossroads. We have a speaker arranged so hope you are able to come along.
Survey report from Bev L & Margaret B
Thank you to each person who returned a survey form. We received 59 forms including three from children. You have all given us many helpful thoughts and ideas for the future. Two things that stood out as we were collating the forms were the concern that we are an ageing congregation and that we need to further develop our ministry with children and young people. The collated report will go to the Church Council for their consideration. It will certainly help Council Members in their planning for the future.
Since two weeks ago our church worship space is now lovely and warm, I talked with Ken S of Property Control Group about progress so far. Ken says: “We had a hydro –water system for 28 years; covering the offices, foyer, sanctuary and hall. During the winter, all parts of the buildings were operating, which was very expensive. The control panel was damaged by salt and was not repairable. Now we are replacing the control panel and the valves, which enables heating in the church. With the new installations, we will be digitally controlled, and able to switch off the church sanctuary space. I expect a huge saving, about 50% of former fuel expenditure.” (NT)
Writing to the Prime Minister
At the Justice Task Group meeting on Tuesday 29 June, speaking about our plans to participate in the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) action, our minister, Annetia Goldsmith, made a vital point: “We are stewards, responsible for this planet. Let’s take care of the gift God gives us”.
ARRCC is arranging for people of faith (Christian, Buddhist, Muslim) across Australia to handwrite letters to our Prime Minister to urge him and the Coalition Government into greater action to address climate change problems. We hope that many young and old members of Crossroads and Hoppers Crossing congregation will join the JTG in this action during July. All the letters will be collated in Sydney at Pitt Street Uniting Church and delivered in bulk to the Prime Minister’s office in Canberra on August 4.
Sandra S and Christine M from Hoppers Crossing are coordinating this action and there will be more information next week.
What’s On This Week
- Monday: 9.30 am Playgroup
- Wednesday: 1 pmUCAF @ Crossroads
- Thursday: 9 am Church gardening group; 10.30 am Church Council Executive (at Robert R’s), 8 pm Home Group & Crossroads
- Friday: 6 pm African Youth
Worship Plan for this coming week
11 July 2021
2 Samuel 6:1–5, 12b–19; Ephesians 1:3–14; Mark 6:12–29; Psalm 24
- Greetings: Margaret G
- Flowers: Mary D
- Music: Gina L
- Audio-visual: Paul K
- Prayers of the People: Sandra S
- Reader: Sandra S
- Sign-in: Margaret Fr & Sandra S
- Cleaning: Lyn O’M & Rose G
- Morning Tea: May B & Elizabeth B
- CRUNCH: (School holidays)
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.