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
Climate activism is worldwide
Marking the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Sandy on 22 October, 28 clergy and faith leaders organised by Green Faith were arrested while demonstrating at Black Rock headquarters in Manhattan, USA. (see above picture)
They were protesting the financial giant’s ongoing investment in fossil fuel corporations that actively destroy the earth. Said protestor Chan Tap Man: “I am calling on Black Rock to put life…above…the desire for wealth. We are running out of time.”
Green Faith, world-wide affiliate of Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) has brought religious leaders together, addressing the global warming crisis. Calling for a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty, Green Faith says this would “lay out a global plan to end expansion of any new coal, oil or gas production in line with the best science as outlined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the UN Environmental Program.”
Green Faith’s aim is to build a grassroots multi-faith movement for climate justice. For further information, email email@example.com
Members of Presbytery of Port Phillip West’s Climate Action Group are supporting Geelong Sustainability’s objections lodged with the Victorian Government Environment Assessment of Viva Energy’s proposal to build a hub in Corio Bay for importing and processing Liquid Natural Gas (LNG). Citizens of Geelong and Port Phillip Bay are awaiting the report of the Environment Assessment, due this month. Objectors are pointing out (1) the impact on marine life and habitat in the Bay, and (2) significant emissions from a natural gas processing project go against the Victorian Government’s goal for net zero emissions by 2050. (NT)
Call for nominations to Presbytery
Do you feel you could contribute to the wider church? The Presbytery of Port Phillip West co-ordinates Uniting Church outreach and ministry amongst the many congregations in the region of west metropolitan Melbourne and hinterland. Its work needs lots of lay leadership.
Secretary of the Presbytery of Port Phillip West Heather L has sent a request to congregations for members to nominate for a two-year role as an office bearer or on a committee. Office bearer positions include Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer, and Minute Secretary. Presbytery committees include Pastoral Relations; Mission Strategy and Education, and Ministry Formation. All nominees must submit a profile with their nomination form.
Closing date for nominations is Thursday 24 November 2022 at 4 pm. Details and Nomination forms are available from Heather L. If you are interested, talk to Neil Tor Robert R. (NT)
For reflection by Glynn Cardy
Blessed are those that move over,
who shuffle their chairs along
so others can fit around the table.
Blessed are those who serve out the food
making sure everyone has enough,
including the late comers.
Blessed are those who shift their positions
when comfortable, certain, and safe,
to accommodate others and their ideas.
Blessed are those that seek to redistribute
making sure that everyone gets enough,
so that hunger and privilege will be no more.
For this planet is a big round table
with room for all, even the bad and mad.
There are no borders unless we build them.
Congregational Meeting 13 November
A reminder that there will be a Congregational Meeting next Sunday (13th) following the morning worship service. The purpose of the meeting is to update everyone on the progress with the proposed arrangements for the integration of the Hoppers Crossing congregation at the Crossroads site.
Christmas OSLO lunch
On Sunday November 27 at 12pm we are once again going to the Hoppers Club, Pannam Drive, Hoppers Crossing for our Christmas Lunch. Carvery 2 courses for $25. Please contact Elaine or Lorna before 24 November for booking purposes.
Bike riding for kids’ cancer treatment
Luciana is aiming to ride 300km to raise money for children’s cancer treatment. She’s already raised $598 and ridden 189.3km, so if you can help here’s the sponsorship site:
Christmas carol service
We are so blessed this year to have Judy Vincent lead our Crossroads Carols Practices and Service.
Carols Practices are from 5.45pm – 7pm commencing this Sunday, 6 November until 4 December. A call out to all you choristers, why not come along and join in.
Please ring Wendy if you wish to be part of this year’s Carols service – or just come along.
Aged Care needs
Discussion between the Health Services Union and the Aged Care Providers Association about the responsibility of the Albanese government to ensure that aged care residents social and emotional needs are met by the new funding model.
“One thing which is very obvious to me now in my situation,” says Robert R, “is how important the time spent in care beyond clinical needs is for many of the residents. Emotional needs are as important as any clinical need! And it doesn’t just apply to aged people in residential care.” (NT)
What’s On This Week – 6 November
- Monday: 9.30pm Playgroup (Crossroads)
- Thursday: 9.30am Gardening Group (Crossroads)
Haggai 1:15b–2:9; 2 Thessalonians 2:1–5, 13–17; Luke 20:27–38; Psalm 145:1–5, 17–21
Audrey Kateena & Rev. Isobel Greenall
Mary D & Julie R
Wendy & Isobel
Elaine B & Asanka
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.
- Rev. Annetia Goldsmith – On Leave at present (9741 1084 firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Audrey Kateena (0435 064 088 email@example.com)
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.