Crossroads Connection



Relay for Life

Congratulations to the Crossroads UC Relay for Life team, some of whom are pictured above! From 12 noon Saturday to 12 noon Sunday last, dedicated people travelled round the athletics track at Victoria University, Hoppers Lane, while others were getting their hair cut!  The theme was Carnival—hence the clowning about, and the slogan was “Cancer hasn’t got a patch on us!”  The total raised was over $5,000, with some donations still to be banked.

Joanne had her head shaved and in doing so raised $1,097 for cancer research and treatment, supported by friends of the Hoppers Crossing UC and Crossroads UC congregations.


Bless you all!



Justice Day 2019 at Portarlington

A warm welcome awaits you for lunch at St Andrew’s Portarlington on Sunday April 28th at 12.30pm.

We will again enjoy a delicious Iraqi lunch cooked by Geelong residents Siham and Abdul and their family, hear from a recently settled refugee and enjoy the challenging and moving musical offerings from Melbourne musicians Suzette Herft and Kathryn Clements.
Cost is $25 pp for lunch and entertainment, places are limited, so do get in early to secure your spot.  Ring:  Joy Porter 5291 8177 or Merilyn Bertram 0439 966 370.

Interfaith Activities

Last Wednesday 3 April was the observance of Muhammed’s night journey from Mecca to Jerusalem and his ascension to heaven and return the same night.  This observance is also known as the “Night of Journey” (al Isra).

Worship Plan for this week

Today’s worship service

9.30 am Holy Communion (Rev. Robert Renton)

Activities this week

Monday: 7.30 pm, Card Making at the Geilens’

Wednesday: 6 pm, Church Council (Foyer)

Next Sunday – 14 April: Passion and Palm Sunday

9.30 am Family Service (Rev. Neil Tolliday)

11.30 am Beach Patrol

Bible Readings – 14 April 2019

Isaiah 50:4–9a; Psalm 118:1–2, 19–29; Philippians 2:5–11; Luke 22:14–23:56 or Luke 23:1–49 (Passion) Luke 19:28–40 (Palm Sunday)

Rosters for Next Week

Rosters for 14 April 2019

Duty Elder: Carmel Woodward
Greeting: Robyn Tomkins
Morning Tea: Jan Sillitoe & Vivian Bleakley
Flowers: Rose Geilen
Reader: Val Tardrew
AV Desk: Lian Todd
Prayers of the People: Blair Dixon
Piano: Gina Lee

Housekeeping & Help

If you or someone you know is in need of pastoral care, please don’t hesitate to contact either Robyn Tomkins or Robert Renton.  We’re keen to make sure that when people know that someone has gone into hospital or is otherwise ‘out of sorts’, that they are not forgotten.  If we don’t know that someone has suffered some misfortune we are not likely to be able to visit or offer support in some way; so please let us know in such a circumstance.


Rose and Margaret in Chile

Rose Geilen and Margaret Gook of Crossroads UC recently spent ten days visiting Santiago, Chile, representing Operation Christmas Child, an arm of the Franklin Graham Samaritan’s Purse organisation, now in its tenth year in this congregation.  Shoeboxes containing small gifts are sent from twelve giving countries to 81 developing countries, and are distributed to children connected with local churches.

Rose kept a diary of their ten days of travel; some parts of the city are dangerous for visitors, so their party was generally accompanied by a security guard.

Rose says: “On day 3 we travelled to a church in La Florida suburb, at the foot of the Andes mountain range. We attended a chaotic and joyful event where fifty under-privileged children, their families and pastors shared the gospel message. (We) …handed out shoeboxes and watched as they opened  gifts, probably the only present they have ever received.”

“On day 5 we visited the Union Iglesias den Senõr church, and a church in Maipu… it has been a privilege to take part as Aussie volunteers giving out shoeboxes packed in Canada, organized by the US headquarters, and led by the Chilean leadership, to children in Chile.”

Rose sums up: “It has been a real treat to see so many amazing teams of volunteers present the gospel message to children with great enthusiasm and love. The children loved their gifts, and it was wonderful to see the joy and colour the shoeboxes brought to God’s house. From shoebox to Bible, it is a complete program.  We are an international team; God is over all, and through all and in all. (Ephesians 4:6)”.

Hobsons Bay Refugee Network

The first film fundraiser for 2019 will be “Top End Wedding”, an Australian film directed by Wayne Blair who directed the smash hit “The Sapphires”.

We need your support to continue our work with asylum seekers and refugees needing a helping hand with daily living, education and legal expenses.

“Top End Wedding” is a romantic comedy based around the matrimonial chaos of an inter-racial wedding. It features spectacular Northern Territory landscapes, from the shores of the Tiwi Islands to the majesty of Katherine Gorge and an indigenous music soundtrack.

At the Sun Theatre, Yarraville on Friday 3 May, 6.30 pm arrival for 7 pm screening.  Tickets $25 from  Donations can be made on the booking site if you are unable to attend.  Enquiries to Sue Cram, 0408 578 359.

OSLO (Occasional Sunday Lunch Out)

For Sunday 28th April we have rebooked the Kooringal Golf Club Altona, just off Queen St. Sorry about the sudden change last month which was due to overbooking. There will be senior meals, and please contact Elaine or Lorna before Thursday 25th April for bookings.

Qian Li Dao Academy, Werribee – our close neighbour!

Dana and La-Wren Wong have been coming to our church property for 15 years, and you haven’t met them?  That’s because they come to the Crossroads church hall, to teach Wing Chun Kung Fu (Bruce Lee’s special style), on Mondays and Thursdays, afternoons and evening.

Dana comes from Boston USA;  he overcame abuse and bullying at school when he joined a local karate school.  His Grand Master teacher came from Melbourne, and in 1988 Dana came to Melbourne to be his pupil.

Soon after, Dana and La-Wren (a Melbourne woman) met in the master class; they formed a demonstration team; then married and settled in Werribee.

Their website is

The meaning of qianlidao? “Unlocking your inner potential, your latent ability,” says Sifu (instructor) Dana.  This writer is impressed by Dana and La-Wren’s enthusiasm for the martial arts they teach. La-Wren says: “Kung Fu has enabled me to overcome a powerful phobia, which controlled me.  It gives me ownership of my body and my space.  I can take responsibility for my life.”

Dana invites members of the Crossroads congregation:  “You are welcome to pop in and observe a class in action, in the church hall. You may want to then experience Kung Fu’s wholistic wellness package. The first class is always free.” (NT)


Telephone 03 9741 1084.  Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.   Email