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
With changes to the COVID19 restrictions, in-person services are not possible and the Church is closed. Online services will be provided via our private Facebook group.
Returning to in-person worship
In the light of the improving vaccination levels and the consequent lifting of restrictions, we are planning to return to in-person worship services next Sunday 14 November at 9.30 am. In order for that to happen, there will be some important and essential Covid restrictions that have to be met.
- Attendance at worship will only be possible by booking a place with the office in the week preceding the service. Initially, there will be a maximum of 50 people in attendance, and this number includes the 10 people who will fill the rosters for the day.
- Only double vaccinated people (with the exception of children under 12) can attend at this stage and you will need to provide proof of vaccination when booking a place.
- There will need to be a sufficient number of volunteers for each service who will manage the QR logging in and proof of vaccination (2 people at the door – as people arrive) and the cleaning after the service (2 people). Additionally, if we are to have morning tea, we will need 2 extra people. We need you to volunteer for these 6 duties. Please contact the office as soon as possible if you can offer to be a volunteer to join the roster to manage the service requirements.
Presbytery – help needed
Have you considered serving Jesus in the wider Uniting Church? Presbytery of Port Phillip West is the council for a region which includes congregations from Macedon Ranges to the Bellarine Peninsula and Surf Coast.
Presbytery is calling for volunteers to nominate for working groups such as pastoral relations, property and finance, ministry formation, mission strategy and climate action. Your gifts and skills may be surprising and you will expand your friendships.
Contact Heather L, Presbytery administrator, for nomination forms. Deadline is 28 November, 2021.
We also need someone to attend Presbytery with Annetia G as the Congregation’s representative.
Kathryn W: Werribee River Assoc.
Crossroads Uniting Church is engaged with care for our earth’s environment, sharing the concerns of Werribee River Association, whose members recently joined in the demonstration “Sacred Earth, Sacred People” in the church grounds.
In the 40th year of the Association, I’m talking with new Chairperson Kathryn W. She says: “I value our engagement with community movements such as Crossroads, as we share common concern for life on this planet.”
Kathryn grew up in Sydney, loving the eucalypt trees in her backyard. She attended school at Our Lady of Sacred Heart College in Kensington, and snorkelled at Clovelly Beach. “I had great biology teachers, and I knew I wanted to protect the marine animals,” she says.
At University of New South Wales, Kathryn completed a Bachelor of Environmental Science degree. This enabled her to combine a passion for living things with her life’s work. “My first job was in remediation of contaminated land at the old Prince Henry’s Hospital, including environmental approvals and compliance. I moved on to ‘solar cities’, a project of the NSW government.”
Now in Melbourne, she is working part-time on Metro Tunnel project environment compliance.
“My husband Nathan is Werribee born and bred, so we came here to settle down. I couldn’t believe there would be such a beautiful river valley running through our city here, with its magnificent corridor of trees for bird life,” says Kathryn.
“I’m pleased that there are citizens joining in advocacy for our earth.”
“I hope to continue participating with Crossroads Uniting people in Beach Patrol and learning projects,” she says. (NT)
Greetings to friends at Crossroads
I asked Wendy B about her experience of the past few months. “We live like hermits out here, so removed from the everyday suburban life. Kas and I have been quite isolated, although our son and daughter have helped with shopping.”
“Derrimut Road and other main roads are a problem, as much construction goes on and the landscape has changed. New developments bring traffic congestion; I need an appointment to get out the front gate!” says Wendy.
She says: “I miss seeing everyone. I know that one day we’ll get together again. I appreciate receiving CONNECTION, and I send it on to friends. We are double vaccinated, meeting CFA requirements. The big thing is we’ve all survived; I take my hat off to the researchers who developed the vaccines.” “I send a hello to my friends at Crossroads,” says Wendy.
This writer phones Nancy M on Cup Day: “With Lorna and Lois we will watch the cup together,” she says.
And what about her life under lockdown? “I’ve got my daughter and grand-daughter here with me, so I’m not alone. I’m missing my four grandchildren in Geelong and my other grandchildren and great-grandchildren,” says Nancy.
She says: “I appreciate the newsletter delivered to me each week, by a kind person. I miss my friends at church, and I’m looking forward to when we come together again with our minister Annetia on Sunday mornings.” (NT)
OSLO is back!
“Occasional Sunday Lunches Out”, if you have forgotten after all this lockdown time, will have its Christmas lunch at the Hoppers Club in Hoppers Crossing—Sunday, 28 November from 12 midday. We have been asked to bring verification of our double vaccinations.
Please contact Lorna or Elaine for numbers before 25 November.
Seniors Afternoon Tea
We are inviting all our members for lunch at the Racecourse hotel on Wednesday 24 November 12 midday. It will be an a la carte menu. This will be our Christmas Lunch and Invitations are going out and transport will be organised. Please bring verification of your double vaccination.
Contact Lyn or Lorna for bookings by 22 November.
Operation Christmas Child … Rose G
Do you usually pack Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes to send overseas to needy children to help share God’s love? The good news is, despite Covid-19 restrictions, you still can!
If you HAVE been able to fill your shoeboxes with something to wear, for hygiene, for school, to love, to play with, and a personal message from you to the child, I am ready and willing to collect them from you NOW!
- If you HAVEN’T been able to shop, but you would still like to support the OCC Ministry, we have an exciting and simple way that you can send a box overseas, and it’s all on the Samaritan’s Purse website: ‘PACK A BOX ONLINE’.
- For $30 you can choose to pack a box for a boy or girl aged 2–4, 5–9 or 10–14. A selection of gifts will be added to your box and you can even include a personal message so that the child knows that you love and care for them. Your payment covers all the items in the box, transport and distribution.
This year the boxes from Australia/New Zealand will be sent to Cambodia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Madagascar and Malawi. This year more than ever we need to support our less fortunate neighbours here and overseas. If you would like more information please call me or go to the website:
What’s On This Week
- In line with COVID Restrictions the Church Buildings are closed
Worship Plan for this coming week
7 November 2021
Ruth 3:1–5; 4:13–17; Hebrews 9:24–28; Mark 12:38–44; Psalm 127
Rosters for 7 Nov & (14 Nov)
- Greetings: Rose G (Margaret G)
- Cleaning: (Rose G & Margaret B)
- AV (Roland G)
- QR & Vaccination (Rose G & Margaret B)
- Morning Tea (Sandra S & Liz B)
- Flowers: Elaine B (Jennie K)
- Music: Asanka P (Gina L)
- Prayers: Carol N (Annetia )
- Reader: Lyn O (Bev C)
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 (9741 1084 email@example.com)
- Audrey Kateena (0435 064 088 firstname.lastname@example.org)
Audrey will be the primary contact on Mondays and Thursdays and Annetia at other times.
CHURCH OFFICE INFORMATION
The office is open on Monday’s and Thursday’s from 9:30am to 12pm, operating in line with COVID restrictions.
Telephone 03 9741 1084. Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.