COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY & THE COMING WEEK
This work of three panels was executed by painter Matthias Grunewald, 1515, and placed in the hospital of St Anthony’s monastery, in Isenheim, Alsace. The harrowingly detailed twisted Christ is flanked by the Madonna, comforted by John the Apostle, and Mary Magdalene. John the Baptist is on the right. A lamb holds a cross, symbol of the Lamb of God, slaughtered.
Grunewald expresses the torment of people subject to the plagues of the early sixteenth century. Luther’s theses were nailed to Wittenberg Cathedral’s door in 1517. The image of Christ is pitted with plague-type sores, showing the hospital’s patients that Jesus understood their afflictions. In time of coronavirus plague, how are we to express our Christian faith? (NT)
Non-perishable gifts for Uniting Wyndham
Our church and agency together have a vital role in serving people in need at this time in Christ’s name. The Church Council urges you to continue to bring gifts of non-perishable foods to Shelley Johnston co-ordinator on weekdays, for distribution at Uniting Wyndham on Duncans Road. Phone Shelley first on 0466 592 505, to hand over gifts personally.
Our congregation: Elaine Bailey
Until the remarkable event of global Coronavirus, Elaine Bailey has been a regular worshipper on Sunday mornings at Crossroads. “Church has been a big part of my life,” she says. “I felt very sad last Sunday when it was announced that worship services are suspended”.
In a brief note Elaine wrote for Connection, she says “I was born in Werribee a long time ago when the population was approximately six hundred”.
Elaine has helped her Presbyterian Church become Crossroads Uniting. Elaine writes “After the union became official we had an Elder’s meeting at which it was decided to find a name for the church. I suggested Crossroads…. (and) my suggestion was agreed upon”.
Growing up at this (then Presbyterian) congregation, Elaine says “I was christened and attended Sunday School; I sang in the Junior and Senior Choirs, was a Sunday School teacher and later on became an Elder”. “I was proud to be an elder, to help with the communion service and participate in the pastoral care of the community”.
Elaine worked as a secretary at the Stock Exchange of Melbourne. She has three children, 9 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
Volunteering with Care and Concern (which is now Uniting Wyndham) for twenty years, Elaine was secretary of the committee and worked in the Op Shop, “A good way to meet all kinds of people and to serve the Werribee community,” she says. She says ”At Crossroads congregation, I’ve made lifetime friends, and I rejoice in the blessing of those friendships”. (NT)
Worship Plan for this week
No public worship services
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, no services of public worship are being held at Crossroads until further notice.
Bible Readings –12 April 2020
Jeremiah 31:1–6, Colossians 3:1–4, John 20:1–18, Acts 10:34–43.
Rosters for Next Week (Online)
Rosters for 12 April 2020
Prayers of the People: Carol Nancarrow
Reader: Julie Rees
For your prayers this week…
For the hospital leadership and team at Galmi in Niger as they respond to the coronavirus outbreak there, and Cathy and Andy Linton as they seek to share God’s love with the people of Galmi.
For the members of the congregation who are in aged care homes.
For the team of volunteers who, working with our minister Annetia, are preparing services of worship, online programs, and the door-to-door distribution of Connection and other information to all members of the congregation.
For individuals and families who are struggling with their finances as a consequence of loss of work or inadequate income.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
Easter Resurrection Rolls
These hollow rolls, symbolic of the empty tomb on Easter morning are a good way to teach young kids about the resurrection. Made from packaged pastry, marshmallows and cinnamon sugar, they are also easy for kids to make themselves.
White marshmallow = body of Jesus (perfect)
Melted butter = oils used to anoint Jesus’ body
Cinnamon = spices used to anoint Jesus’ body
Crescent roll (well sealed) = sealed tomb
Hollow roll (after baking) = empty tomb after Christ’s resurrection
To make the rolls:
Dip a large marshmallow in melted butter, then roll in cinnamon & sugar mixture. Place dipped marshmallow in the center of a crescent roll.
Place on prepared baking sheet. Brush tops of rolls with some of the leftover butter and sprinkle with additional cinnamon/sugar mixture. Bake at 190ºC (375°F) for 12-14 minutes.
News from Andy and Cathy Linton in Galmi
These past few months have been an opportunity for us all to increase our faith and trust in God’s goodness. We continue to lift you all in prayer as we journey through this time of crisis together. Thank you for your prayers for us and Niger. The president has been proactive in deciding to close our airports and borders this week. Closure of schools and bans on gathering of more than 50 people have been put into place for at least 2 weeks. There are several confirmed cases of coronavirus in Niger now.
We want to reassure you that we are monitoring the situation with our SIM Niger Field Director and SIM Australia. We are well and safe. As our team is exposed to many people who travel internationally please pray that we will make wise decisions about what precautions we should make in order to not put local people at risk.
Andy has been asked to help out full time in the Outpatients Department which has meant a huge change of gears for us. We will be putting our language learning schedule on hold for the next few weeks at least. Pray for energy and peace as we respond to this change.
CHURCH OFFICE AND NEWSLETTER
The Church Office is open 9.30 am–12 noon, Monday–Friday
Telephone 03 9741 1084. Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.