CONNECTION – 7 FEBRUARY


EPIPHANY 5

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

Welcome back to church ‘in-person’!

Welcome back! Here’s a reminder of some important points about these services.

  • Church Council has decided there will be only one service at 9.30am.  Maximum number able to attend is determined by social distancing requirements. Bookings through church office required prior to Friday 5pm and bookings will be taken for only one week (meaning, you have to book for each week separately), and QR electronic registration will be required (help will be available).
  • Face masks required inside the buildings.
  • No morning tea or social time after either service at church! (Maybe coffee at local café?) We suggest that you bring a water bottle if you need a drink.
  • Service will be videoed and put online on Facebook for those who don’t attend in person.

We still need more volunteers! Please contact the church office if you are willing to help by volunteering for the rosters. Have you some musical skills? Could you volunteer to help with choral singing and/or instrumental playing? Please contact Wendy if you are interested.

The Sunday morning service will be videoed and put online each week for those people who aren’t able to attend worship in person. It will be available by the following Wednesday (possibly sooner—to be confirmed) on the private Facebook page.

ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICES

O.S.L.O. Occasional Sunday Lunches Out February 28, 2021 — 12 noon start.

It’s only fitting that we should start the new year at the Phoenix Hotel Point Cook 22–30 Wallace Avenue, where we had our very last O.S.L.O. last year on Feb 23. One whole year without O.S.L.O.! Although we missed going to church and meetings we managed to have services at home via Facebook, Zoom and a band of wonderful members who delivered the Connection and copies of the service and ran the videos etc. You all deserve a medal. Let’s celebrate on the 28 Feb, 12 noon. Unfortunately no senior meals but prices are about $22–$27. Please contact Elaine or Lorna.

Update from Rengata

Rengata T with compatriots from Kiribati continues to work on the South Werribee market gardens, while she waits for air travel to resume to her home island via Fiji. Rengata sends greeting and hopes to rejoin friends at Crossroads in person worship in February. “I miss my family, for one year now. However the work continues, with 5.30 am starts in the vegetable paddocks”, she says. (NT)

Sacred People Sacred Earth Day March 11

Crossroads Uniting Church and many other places of worship around the planet will demonstrate commitment to confront global warming at 11 am on Thursday March 11.   Church bells will be rung, shofars blown, temple gongs struck, prayers said, banners displayed, the Sacred People Sacred Earth Statement signed and conversations started with politicians and decision makers leading up to the Glasgow conference in November 2021.

Pressure is building on the Morrison Coalition Government and the Labor Opposition to produce visionary climate and energy strategies, despite resistance from powerful fossil fuel interests.

Crossroads Uniting Church Council, responding to the call of the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change invites you to support our gathering on the lawn in front of the church building at 11 am on 11 March 2021.  Faith groups of Wyndham will join members of Crossroads congregation, displaying colourful signs for climate justice.  Come and be in it! Enquiries: Robert R or Neil T.

CROSSROADS PEOPLE

Elsa and Rolando

Elsa and Rolando are from Mindanao island in the Philippines. On the Pacific rim of earthquakes and volcanoes, the rugged, forested island’s population is more than Australia’s. Elsa and Rolando bring the Filipino experience to our multi-ethnic Crossroads congregation; they joined us in the time before Covid19 lockdown began. They also bring a remarkable story of lives touching, separated and now together after many years. Elsa says: “We were a girl and a boy in a small village near Surijao city, on North Mindanao.  We were sweethearts then.  Our families were distantly related.  We both left the village for study at college and then work, far away.” After a pen pal courtship, Elsa married an Australian. They lived in Hoppers Crossing for 18 years, with daughter Janice, until divorce.  Meantime Rolando, in another city, also married and divorced.  They briefly made contact years ago when Rolando worked for Philippine Post at the airport at the time Elsa brought her then husband to meet her family. Now single, they renewed friendship, and in 2016 Elsa sponsored Rolando to Australia. “We married and settled here in Werribee.  I have completed the study for Certificate 3 Disability Community Worker, and I’m waiting for the required work placement to come.  Meantime I’m working for a pastry baking company,” says Rolando. Elsa now works in a local holland blind company.  She grew up in a Catholic family;  Rolando’s people belonged to the United Church of Christ in the Philippines. “So I looked for a Uniting Church in Werribee, and found Crossroads congregation,” says Rolando. “We feel welcome in this church, and we look forward to Christian companionship when face-to-face worship services resume in February,” says Elsa. (NT)

Armando & Luciana

Armando and Luciana began moving house at the end of January. They arrived in Australia from Argentina in 2011 on a 457 working visa. After renting in Point Cook for 9 years, the family is moving to their own home in Sanctuary Lakes.

Soon after settlement and moving, Armando and Luciana sit the Test for Australian citizenship; they hope to become citizens of this country. Armando continues his environment consultancy work online, and Luciana is working with a local Telstra franchise.

Sons Joaquin and Valentin are progressing with studies.  Joaquin has completed second year of a Macquarie University degree in Environmental Management. Valentin is already an Australian citizen.  He has completed first year at RMIT University Bachelor of International Studies. All university students are be congratulated for persevering at distance education during lockdown. (NT)

Worship Plan for this coming week

14th February

Bible Readings

2 Kings 2:1–12; 2 Corinthians 4:3–6; Mark 9:2–9; Psalm 50:1–6

Rosters

  • Greetings: Margaret B
  • Sign-In Assisting: Elizabeth B & Bev L
  • Flowers: Valerie M
  • Prayers of the People: Margaret B
  • Reader: Rose G
  • Music: Gina L
  • AV operator: Kez G
  • DV operator: Noel S
  • Cleaning: Jan B & Lyn O

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.
Email office@crossroadsunitingchurch.org.au