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 the church will be closed until further notice.
Our global neighbour Timor Leste
The Protestant Church of Timor Leste, (PCTL) with 66 congregations and 17,000 members is a nearest partner to the Uniting Church in Australia.
Says Rev Albino Da Costa: “During Timor Leste’s struggle for independence, thousands of civilians died at the hands of Indonesian occupation forces. I looked down the barrel of a gun and knew that no matter what, I would continue to serve my people in Christ’s name”.
“A generation of adults had their childhood stolen and missed out on schooling. Now they work hard for children’s education and health care, nurturing them through the church”, says Albino.
Moderator of the PCTL Rev Dominggus Alves and Rev Albino Da Costa are church leaders living with the ongoing trauma of their conflict experiences. They continue to speak against family violence, advocate for victims and support rural health.
The PCTL holds governance for ten schools and dental programs. Their health clinics provide education on sanitation and hygiene, with nutritional supplements for children.
Albino says: “Australia has always been a friend to our country, and your Uniting Church has really stood by us in the struggle, in prayer and in practical ways. God is always with us. Thank you for all we do together.”
Pray for the leaders, teachers and children of our church partner Protestant Church of Timor Leste, as the hope of a nation rests upon their courage and resilience.
Caroline D: a natural life
Caroline and her husband Peter (a retired bishop) now live in Ocean Grove, near Geelong where Caroline expresses her life-long concern for protection of nature and the planet.
She thinks globally and acts locally. Now two corporate projects (Viva Energy Australia and Vopak LNG) for constructing natural gas hubs in Corio Bay are concentrating her mind and those of other Geelong conservation activists.
Every Friday a small group of Thrive for Future members sit outside the City Hall in Gheringhap Street, Geelong. They call on politicians and the public to join their protest against the ‘gas led recovery.’
Caroline grew up in England. “My Irish Catholic mother took me to the most interesting churches,” she says. She completed Diploma of Art & Design at Brighton Art College, Sussex; taught secondary school then journeyed across Europe, Russia, and India to Australia and New Zealand. She met her future husband Peter in Melbourne. Peter’s life as an Anglican priest and then bishop took them to Dubbo and Bathurst NSW, and in 2007 to All Saints Newtown Geelong.
“I find there is misunderstanding of the precious fragility of our land. I’ve seen the devastated landscapes resulting from coal mining. It beggars belief that we think we can ride roughshod over the earth, and we don’t listen to Australia’s indigenous people,” says Caroline.
She says: “Nature is connected with humanity; we Geelong people who live beside the fragile seagrass forests and habitat for marine life in Corio Bay are campaigning against gas terminals’ impact on seawater on this shoreline. I hope that folk of Wyndham municipality who care for our shared western Port Phillip Bay will actively join us, and display NO GAS HUB stickers.”
See Thrive for Future Facebook page, and write to Caroline at email@example.com. (NT)
Survey deadline extended
The deadline for surveys has been extended because we still have no certainly about when the lockdown will end. If you have not yet returned your survey please bring it to church at the next in-person service whenever that happens. The blue box will still be available.
Alternatively you can send your survey back by email to Bev L.
We still need a lot more responses from those under 70.
Thank you to all those who have already returned their surveys. (Bev L)
Photographs of you on Facebook?
Luciana A is keen to include photographs of people on the church’s private Facebook page and is seeking your support for this. To maintain each person’s privacy the following conditions will apply.
Church Council wanted to advise that any photographs taken by any people at church during a worship service will be only used in our private page on Facebook. Therefore, we ask each member of the church to consent to this. If you don’t wish a photo showing your recognisable face, please let Luciana know as she won’t include it in our private page.
Please do not share any posts from the private Facebook page to a public Facebook page, unless you have secured permission from the people involved.
If you wish to contribute family photos or personal photos to our daily devotions, please also make sure you get the rights to use the photos.
OSLO 27 June at 12 noon
We are trying a new venue at Yarraville’s Bowling Club. The drive is fairly straight forward. Follow the Princes Highway and continue past the Western ring road and bear left following the Princes Highway sign towards Footscray. Turn right into Francis street and the Bowling club is on your right. 339a Francis Street. The entrance to the club is just past the sign turn right to carpark. We have seniors meals so welcome to everyone. Please contact Elaine or Lorna for booking purposes.
For your prayers
Please remember in your prayers: Cyril R; members of our congregation you know who are affected by the return to lockdown, workers who have no income, small businesses that are struggling to stay in business, and the family of the Rev. Ron Croxford who died this week. Ron was a member of Crossroads in the 1990s.
What’s On This Week
- Crossroads buildings are closed in accordance with the Victorian Government Covid Restrictions until further notice.
Worship Plan for this coming week
13 June 2021
I Samuel 15:34–16:13; 2 Corinthians 5:6–17; Mark 4:26–34; Psalm 20
- Greetings: Frances G
- Flowers: Valerie M
- Music: Gina L
- Audio-visual & Online: Mat W
- Prayers of the People: Margaret B
- Reader: Lindsay D
- Sign-in: Asanka P & Rose G
- Cleaning: Frances G & Rose G
- Morning Tea: Margaret F & Julie R
- CRUNCH: Suzanne W
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.