CONNECTION – 5 JUNE 2022


PENTECOST

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

Today is World Environment Day and the Day of Pentecost in which we celebrate the empowering and sheer enlivening of God’s Spirit. The theme this year is “Only One Earth”—we do not have a ‘planet B’ to fall back on when this one is ruined through climate change and environmental destruction. The evidence over the past 40 or more years has shown just how much our collective human activity is damaging the atmosphere and the ecosystems of the planet. In recent years we have also witnessed the escalating severity of wild fires, floods, heat waves, droughts, storms and the loss of food crops. Humanity’s and the world’s fate is bound together.

Can there be hope? Can our environmental tragedy be redeemed? The apostle Paul thought so—he saw that despite the struggle and the suffering yet there could be redemption and freedom for all God’s children. And in psalm 104 it says that God’s Spirit not only creates but it also “renews the face of the ground”. There can be renewal.
Many people work for renewal; for some that’s through technological change, others protest to change attitudes and lifestyles, or work for change at a political level. Lovingly, others also act to preserve the life that we have, or to re-seed or re-plant that life. All these are more than simple acts of humanity responding to an environmental crisis, but I also see them as God’s Spirit breathing through us to renew the face of the earth. Yes, there can be hope. (Rev. Gordon Scantlebury, Social Justice Commission, Uniting Church W.A.)

Action possibilities

  • Pray for Tanya Plibersek, Federal Minister for the Environment and Water, and Chris Bowen, Federal Minister for Energy and Climate Change.
  • Write to Tanya Plibersek and Chris Bowen and express your concern for the environment and Australia’s native wildlife.
  • Contribute to the Australian Conservation Foundation.

Congregational meeting affirms invitation

At our congregational meeting on Sunday we heard about the problems that Hoppers Crossing Uniting Church is having with their building. The foundations are moving, and the building has become unsafe. Our church council members first became aware of this issue in February and they sent a letter offering the Hoppers Crossing Congregation hospitality while their buildings are undergoing surveillance and repair.

At our congregational meeting on Sunday we heard about the problems that Hoppers Crossing Uniting Church is having with their building. The foundations are moving, and the building has become unsafe. Our church council members first became aware of this issue in February and they sent a letter offering the Hoppers Crossing Congregation hospitality while their buildings are undergoing surveillance and repair.
Since then it has become clear that the repair cost would be far beyond what the Uniting Church could afford and the Presbytery has advised Hoppers Crossing that they must vacate their building by the end of November and they will not be able to return to it.
After exploring about 30 possible places for their worship the Hoppers Crossing Church Council decided that our kind offer was the only one suitable and contacted us to discuss what we can offer them.
Our congregational meeting last Sunday agreed to the following proposal….
“Werribee Uniting Church Congregation endorse our offer of hospitality to the Hoppers Crossing Uniting Church and give approval for our Church Council to begin tenancy negotiations with the Hoppers Crossing Uniting Church, Presbytery and Synod.”
They have been invited to hold their worship at 11am between our 9.30am service and the Lisu fellowship that meets at 12.30pm. Details of how other activities might be accommodated in between our events will be worked out in the coming weeks.
(Bev L: Congregation Secretary)

Two welcome visitors

It was great to have Vince and Enid R at Crossroads last Sunday (Reconciliation Sunday). As well as many words of wisdom, they gave us a musical interlude during the service.

Vince is good at getting us to think about serious issues such as our history and to realise its influence today. He is also good at making us smile. He is an excellent talker, and after the service and over lunch it was difficult for us to get a word in!
He spoke about Narana, the cultural centre in Geelong, and we are hoping to organise a visit there later in the year. (Mary D)

Councillor Susan M

This writer recently met Councillor Susan M during Wyndham City’s community consultation. Susan completed a Law Degree at Cambridge University, qualified as a Solicitor and then moved into management specialising in Human Resources for Tesco, a massive UK international retail chain.

She says: “When I arrived as a migrant I had no family here, no back-up support. I reached out to local groups like Neighbourhood Watch. As a society we are connected by technology, but many people are lonely.” She created Welcome to Point Cook and Wyndham Dining FB pages, connecting people and stimulating economic growth.
Susan collaborated with the Point Cook Action Group and the Wyndham City Council to create a pop-up park in Point Cook which provides a place for social connection and stimulus to the local economy, now in its fifth iteration.
Susan stood for election to the Wyndham City Council and at the recent election she received the highest vote in Harrison Ward.
Susan’s City Council portfolio is ‘community safety’. She says: “Everyone has the right to feel safe here in our community and in our homes. Domestic violence, one of the biggest issues in this municipality involves around 50 percent of police resources. Many organisations are assisting, including Safe Steps. The Orange Door will open this year in Werribee, supporting anyone facing domestic violence.” Susan says: “People are our greatest resource; from all around the world we bring a range of experiences and skills. If you want to see a difference, get involved and together we can make that change.’’ (Neil T)

What’s On This Week

  • Monday: 9.30am Playgroup (Crossroads)
  • Wednesday: 7.30pm Church Council
  • Thursday: 9.30am Gardening Group (Crossroads)

Bible Readings – 05 June 2022

Acts 2:1–21; John 14:8–17, 25–27; Romans 8:14–17, 16–17, 12–21; Psalm 97.

ROSTERS:

SUNDAY

Minister

Greetings:

AV: 

Morning Tea: 

Flowers: 

Music:   

Reader: 

Prayers:

5 June

Rev Annetia G 

Mary D

Paul C

Judy O & Dorothy R

Jennie K

Asanka P

Paul C

Jan B

12 June

Rev Annetia G 

Margaret G

Paul K

Margaret F & Julie H

Rose G

Gina L

Mary D

Neil T

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:

Audrey will be the primary contact on Mondays and Thursdays and Annetia at other times.

CHURCH OFFICE INFORMATION

The Church Office is open Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 12.00pm.

Telephone 03 9741 1084.  Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.
Email office@crossroadsunitingchurch.org.au