CONNECTION – 05 SEPTEMBER


PENTECOST 15

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

COVID RESTRICTIONS
With changes to the COVID19 restrictions, in-person services are not possible and the Church is closed. Online services will be provided via our private Facebook group.

Introducing Audrey K

Heathmont Victoria is where Audrey’s life began; this writer too lived there, and walked the same streets. Audrey and her family attended Christ Church Anglican. The vicar who prepared Audrey for confirmation was a friend of mine.
Now we share in the life of the Crossroads congregation; Audrey is newly welcomed to the Pastoral Care Coordinator role. I asked her about her journey after she completed HSC at Ringwood High School.
“I worked in the Australian Tax Office for 25 years, and I married Kevin, a Catholic. Church attendance was Christmas, Easter, weddings and funerals”.

“After a crisis in our marriage in 1991, I needed to reconnect more fully with our Triune God. Lead by the Spirit, I began worshipping with Kevin. I’m not a fringe dweller, I needed to join in the community. The understanding, compassionate, priest prepared me for admission. In the process I learnt as much about the Anglicans as I did about the Catholics”, says Audrey.
She says: “In 1998 I was again single and worshipping as an Anglican. I acted on a sense of call from God to give my life in ministry in the church, so I started studying theology at the United Faculty of Theology, learning in an ecumenical environment”. While studying the Certificate of Health Care Chaplaincy, Audrey worked at as an intern at Austin Health, including Bunjil mental health ward.
At Ascot Vale Uniting Church, Audrey engaged in children’s ministry. She then worked as a chaplain at Uniting Aged Care Gwennap/Marivale.
A more recent appointment was as Pastoral Care Coordinator at Western Heights Uniting Church, Geelong; where she and this writer became friends. I’m delighted to find that we are now both locals in Werribee.
‘I’m looking forward to sharing the journey of faith with the folk at Crossroads,” she says. (NT)

Tribute to Joan H

Recently a “funeralcast” enabled Joan’s friends at Crossroads to participate “out in the ether” in the funeral service led by the Rev. Jenny H, now retired at Kyneton. Joan’s children Lynne, Jill and Paul contributed cherished memories of their mother.

Joan and Derek built their home in Werribee in 1965. Joan’s passion for music (shared with Derek) was expressed in her leadership of the musical life of Crossroads UC congregation; directing and performing in many memorable musical theatre productions.
On Derek’s retirement they moved to Ocean Grove. This writer sang in the choir with Joan and Derek at Ocean Grove UC during the decade of the 2000s.

Joan sang with the Geelong Harmony Choir, based in Geelong, and her efforts were recognized with the 2013 Quiet Achiever Award. Joan was a volunteer in the Ocean Grove UC’s “The Dove” Op Shop.
In 2017 Joan and Derek returned to Werribee, living at Heathglen Retirement Village. They renewed friendships with folk at Crossroads Uniting Church.
Joan and Derek gave much love to their 8 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Jill said “Mum was always there to support and look out for her family.”
Rev Jenny said “Joan helped me to candidate for ministry. She was a woman of valour and feminist wisdom. She ate the bread of life and drank from the cup of salvation.”
Joan died in St Vincent’s Private Hospital on 10 August 2021. She devoted her life in caring for others. (NT)

Online Discussion

The online discussion group looking at the Statement from the Heart will meet again on Sunday 12 September at 4 pm. If you would like to join the group, please email Robert Renton R to get the login.

Donations for Relay for Life

The Wyndham Relay for Life committee decided to cancel the Wyndham Relay for Life 2021. You can still donate and contribute to cancelling out cancer… I am donating my beard for the cause…

Yes, it’s coming off on Sunday 12 September (the date for the cancelled Relay) after church and will post a video of it on Facebook. If Covid restrictions allow, we’ll have a ceremony at Crossroads for those who want to see it live. I urge you to donate to be able to see me without my wizard beard. (From Roland G)

Please donate HERE – for this worthwhile cause. If you don’t want to donate online you are welcome to provide your donation to Roland or Rose directly and we will add it to the Crossroads Team.

God’s whisper

It seems somehow strange to me,
that the wonderous God of eternity—
One who made the universe
so vast and so complex,
sometimes speaks in a whisper.
With creation loudly declaring his glory,
shouting it from the highest mountains;
rumbling to the deepest sea—
His still, small voice is imploring me …
I hear it through the crescendo of his majestic power,
Amid life’s pressures each day as I trod,
Hush my child!
Be still and know that I am God —
Psalm 46:10 (NRSV)
Be still, and know that I am God;
I am exalted among the nations,
I am exalted in the earth.

(Thanks to Sue M for this poem.)

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child is a world-wide project of Samaritan’s Purse. It partners with local churches in developing nations to reach out to children by providing gift-filled shoeboxes and bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ. After receiving shoebox gifts, many children are also invited back to participate in The Greatest Journey – an evangelism and discipleship program.

Will you join with us to help us reach more children with gift-filled shoeboxes? This year more than ever the children are in great need of our support. Covid-19 has hit countries such as Philippines, Indonesia and Cambodia hard.
Empty shoeboxes and more information are available from Rose G who will be talking briefly about Operation Christmas Child during the service this Sunday online, or you can contact Rose.

Volunteers are always needed

Volunteers are always needed to keep the in-person services going. Covid requirements for cleaning, QR log-ins, morning tea need volunteers now! Contact Rose G.

What’s On This Week

  • In line with COVID Restrictions the Church Buildings are closed

Worship Plan for this coming week

12 September 2021

Bible Readings

Proverbs 22:1–23; James 2:1–17; Mark 7:24–37; Psalm 125.

Rosters for 5th Sept & (12th Sept)

  • Greetings: Margaret B (Mary D)
  • Flowers: Mary D (Elaine B)
  • Music: Asanka P (Gina L)
  • Audio-visual: Not required
  • Prayers of the People: Carol N (Mary D)
  • Reader: Salote T (Rose G)
  • Sign-in: Not required
  • Cleaning: Not required
  • Morning Tea: Not required
  • CRUNCH: Jan B & Sandra S (Lauren 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:

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

CHURCH OFFICE INFORMATION

The office is currently CLOSED due to COVID Restrictions.

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