Crossroads Connection


A quite space on Communion Sunday

The worship space will be a quiet place for reflection from 9.15am to 9.25am today.  There will be candles to light, and soft music played.

Anyone wanting to chat will be encouraged to remain in the foyer until 9.25.

Mike will be in the worship space from 9.15. Please don’t interrupt his quiet reflection. We hope to make this something that happens every Communion Sunday.


Thanks to the leadership of the Rev. Rose Broadstock last Sunday, many members of the congregation were able to provide some very helpful directions for the Joint Nominating Committee in its search for a suitable ministry for 2019.  Available today are copies of the full report of the Mission Study, and the outcomes of the survey.

There are five key priorities for ministry, and they are:

·       Developing cross-cultural understanding, relationships and ministry.

·       Enabling, training and supporting lay leadership of worship.

·       Leadership of worship and proclamation of the gospel.

·       Nurturing people in their faith, spiritual development, and capacity to share faith with others.

·       Working with people in the first third of life.

The members of the Joint Nominating Committee are Salote Tupou, Geoff Gook, Rose Geilen, Wendy Barnes, Ken Storey, Sandra Savory, Neil Tolliday and Robert Renton.  You are welcome to discuss any matters relating to the work of the JNC with them.

With Love to the World

Several complimentary copies of the daily devotional book are available on display in the book/magazine rack.  You’re welcome to ‘try before you buy’, and if you would like to receive one quarterly ($5) contact Lyn O’Meara within a few weeks of trying the book.

KYB Women’s Enrichment Event: Food for Life

Werribee Baptist, Cnr Heaths & Derrimut Rds: Saturday 10 November, 2–4 pm.  Contact Natalie: 0418 433 258.


Twilight Market

A considerable amount was left over from the fête and it has been decided, thanks to Geoff Gook, to hold a Twilight Market on Friday 16 November, from 5 to 7 pm, at Crossroads.  Volunteers are needed—please add your name to the sign-up sheet in the foyer, and note that there will be a planning meeting after church next Sunday (11 Nov.).

Chasing Coral

Advance notice! “Chasing Coral” the first of a series of three movies about the impact of global warming, will be screened in the foyer, Crossroads Uniting Church at 7.30 pm on Friday 9 November.  Booking is essential – we have limited places, so contact Luciana or Armando Aragon.  Entry is free!  This is a good opportunity to learn how our world’s coral reefs are being affected and what humanity must do to avoid catastrophe.  (Sponsored by the Justice Task Group and the Werribee River Association)

Occasional Sunday Lunch Out (OSLO)

For our Christmas celebration we will be going to “The Hoppers Club” 180–200 Pannam Drive on Sunday 25 November where we will enjoy a 3 course Carvery lunch with soup and sweet for $19.50. Last year it was a huge success so everyone is welcome to come and start off the Christmas festivities. Please contact Lorna or Elaine for bookings.

Uniting Christmas Cards

Christmas cards supporting the Uniting agencies can be ordered on forms that will be available after the service or you can contact Judy O’Keefe.  There are 10 per pack.

A prayer from the young people last week…

We have a dream that we are not minors and will not be subject to bullying.

We dream that racism and body image will not be an issue.

We dream that we can be safe going to school and that children in other places will not be abused.

We have a dream that our streets will be free from gangs and any terrorists.

This is our dream.

This was inspired by Frances Geilen’s and Jeremy Withers’ helpful leadership of worship last week as we looked at pictures of people who made a difference to the world, including  Martin Luther King Jr.


The speech “I have a dream” was delivered in Washington DC on 28 August 1963.

Housekeeping & Help

If you or someone you know is in need of pastoral care, please don’t hesitate to contact either our minister, Mike Lewis or Robyn Tomkins.  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.

Worship Plan for this week

Today’s worship

9.30 am   Communion Service (Rev. Mike Lewis)

Activities this week

Monday: Playgroup, 9.30 am.
Wednesday: Church Council Executive, 10.30 am; UCAF, 1 pm (Annual General Meeting)
Thursday: Home Group, 8 pm at the Geilen's home - NOTE change of venue...

Next Sunday – 11 November: Pentecost 25

9.30 am Family Service (Rev. Mike Lewis)
11.30 am Beach Patrol

Rosters for Next Week

Rosters for Next Week
Duty Elder: Robyn Tomkins
Greeting: Luciana Aragon
Morning Tea: Betty Parker & Mary Dixon
Flowers: (Wedding)
Reader: Rose Geilen
AV Desk: TBC
Prayers: Vivien Bleakley
Piano: Gina Lee

Bible Readings 11 November: Ruth 3:1–5, 4:13–17; Psalm 127; Hebrews 9:24–28; Mark 12:38–44


Mahfoud, Zaina and Selina Alamir

Mahfoud, Zaina and Selina, our newest family at Crossroads, come from Syria.  Their small village, a Christian community, Mahada, was subject to missile attacks, and many people were killed.  Their home was badly damaged.

It was too dangerous for Mahfoud to remain, as he would be conscripted into one of the warring armies of the contested land; either Assad’s regime or the Moslem resistance.

Syrian Christians belong to the ancient Syrian Orthodox Church.  Mahfoud says his family is glad to worship with the friendly folk at Crossroads Uniting.

They escaped the war in Syria by way of Egypt, Lebanon, Kurdistan and Abu Dhabi. The family arrived by plane in Tullamarine in July, giving thanks to God for a place of safety.

From working as a bricklayer and truck driver in his former country, Arabic-speaking Mahfoud now becomes a student of English language, four days a week at Werribee Community and Learning Centre.  He wants to become independent of CentreLink for the family’s income.

Zaina misses the closeness of their family; now they have to start looking for friends. Their little girl Selena (4 yrs) is full of excitement—she loves dress-ups and singing A-B-C-D- to the air guitar, and is enrolled to start soon in a nearby kindergarten. (NT)

An invitation from the Lisu Fellowship

Everyone is invited to the Lisu Fellowship’s annual Thanksgiving service next Sunday, 11 Nov. commencing at 12 noon, followed by lunch.

“Your presence will be a blessing to us and we look forward to seeing and fellowshipping with you at the Thanksgiving service.”

If you want to accept this kind invitation, please let the office know so that numbers can be advised to the Fellowship.


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