CONNECTION – 7 MARCH


Lent 3

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

Sacred People Sacred Earth Day – March 11

Antonio Gueterres, UN Secretary General said this week: “Wealthy countries (read Australia) are falling far short of the emission reductions needed to limit global warming….”
Please join our gathering to protest Earth’s warming by carbon emissions at 10.55 am on Thursday 11 March, in the grounds of Crossroads Church. Our church bell will be rung; banners displayed, and a cacophony of sound emitted! You may wish to bring a saucepan lid and metal spoon and a home-made placard…
We will join faith communities in the City of Wyndham and around the world, (each at 11 am in their respective time zones), drawing the attention of our political leaders to the moral, economic and spiritual challenge facing humanity. The symbolism of the apocalyptic eleventh hour has been chosen for this event, called “Sacred People Sacred Earth.”
The Greenfaith International Network is calling on world leaders who will meet at Glasgow Conference of the Parties (COP26) November 1-12, 2021:  aim for net zero emissions by 2030, switch to renewables instead of coal and gas for power generation, and welcome climate refugees from those countries inundated by rising oceans.
Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has called on Australia to increase its emissions reductions despite a UN report showing the world is on track for devastating global warming (Age 1/3).
We will welcome Wyndham city councillors, and friends from the Wyndham InterFaith Network, who are expressing support for this climate response initiative.  Covid19 safety regulations will be observed.
The Australian Religious Response to Climate Change is co-sponsoring this event, when the sound of synagogue shofars, temple gongs and church bells will ring out, world-wide. (Contact Neil T or speak to Rob B, Mary D or Luciana A if possible.)

Introducing a new neighbour

I met friendly Fr Dong Tran at the door of St Andrew’s Presbytery. Fr Dong came to St Andrew’s Catholic Parish Werribee in January this year, a time when Covid 19 regulations require limited attendance at Eucharist on Sundays. You have to book in beforehand.  These are challenging times for our churches!

Near Hanoi, Vietnam, Fr Dong grew up in a Catholic family, under a Communist regime.  He completed two Bachelors’ degrees, then in 2007 his Archbishop Kiet Ngo Quang sent him to Melbourne for seven years of study at Corpus Christi Seminary in  Carlton.  “I had to learn English from scratch,” he says.

“I was ordained a deacon in 2014, then a priest (by Archbishop Denis Hart) in 2015, and I have served in Catholic parishes at Laverton, Greensborough and Hampton Park, before coming to St Andrew’s Werribee. I feel blessed by God to live in different parishes and gain more pastoral experiences,” he says.

When I ask “Dong, why are you staying in Australia?” He replies “I find that here there are special things; Australian people are friendly, and my parishioners are generous in their loving, practical service to the church. I love watching the Collingwood AFL team’s matches, and I recommend an excellent Vietnamese restaurant in Watton Street, Werribee”.

Now, Dong has Australian Permanent Resident status; he is waiting for the test for citizenship. “I find that the church has much greater freedom here.  Back in Vietnam, the regime manages everything, and does not allow the church to operate schools.  Children must learn the Christian faith from their parents, until they learn catechism in the local parish church”, he says.

Fr Dong asks you to keep him in your prayers. (NT)

Photos please!

Bev L is still looking for photos of happy events in 2020 to put together a PowerPoint of memories of 2020.    If you have any photos of events you are thankful for please send them to me by email in large size. Or, if you have suitable photos but no email, please lend me a hard copy and I can scan it. Email Bev or contact her by phone  if you want me to pick up an actual photo.

Sunday morning notices

As those standing up in the congregation to deliver notices are hard to be heard on the video, if you have a notice which isn’t already included in Connection please write it out and give it to Annetia prior to the service so that she can read it.

World Vision sponsorship

As most of you know, Crossroads sponsors two girls in Zimbabwe and a boy in Cambodia. Just a reminder that now that we are back at church the little wooden house is open and ready to accept your donations. Please look for the wooden mailbox in the church foyer.

Stranger (by Ian Higgins)

As long as he could remember
he was a stranger:
somehow different.
Flowers, rocks, birds,
spoke to him.

The shimmer of an electric blue dragon fly,
wings translucent in the sun:
orange and black of the butterfly’s
open shut wings against the sky.

Others did not hear,
voices of Aboriginal ancestors
in the trees
beside the White Pioneers’ graves.

Somehow he saw things
at an acute angle
quite oblique.

One song spoke to his soul,
just one phrase,
the Stranger from Galilee.
He too was a stranger
from somewhere else.

What’s On This Week

Monday: Card-making at the G, 7.30pm
Wednesday: Church Council, 7 pm, on Zoom
Thursday: Home Group @ Crossroads, 8pm
Sunday: Beach Patrol, 11.30am

Worship Plan for this coming week

14th March

Bible Readings

Numbers 21:4–9; Ephesians 2:1–10; John 3:14–21; Psalm 107:1–3, 17–22.

Rosters

  • Greetings: Salote T
  • Sign-In Assisting: Bev L and Sandra S
  • Flowers: Mary D
  • Music: Asanka P
  • AV operator: Noel S
  • DV operator: Paul C
  • Cleaning: Salote T & Margaret 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 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