CONNECTION – 8 MAY 2022


EASTER 4

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

Crossroads Team’s Relay for Life Report

It was fantastic to finally be able to have a Relay for Life event after two years of isolation. Saturday provided an overcast day with a couple of spits of moisture, but otherwise excellent walking weather. The 2022 Wyndham Relay was shortened to 10 hours starting with the opening Ceremony at 11am, a candlelight ceremony at 8pm and then the close at 9pm.
Special congratulations to our youngest team members, Abi V and Harry D, for the fantastic number of laps they walked at the Relay.
We also really appreciate those of you who visited the Crossroads site and walked a few laps with us, good conversation and fellowship made the laps pass quickly.
Thanks to every one of our generous sponsors who enabled us to surpass our goal of $5000 and reach $5671 for the Cancer Council.
We are all looking forward to 2023 and hopefully a return of the 24 hour Relay for Life. (Roland G—team captain)

Politics of the Anthropocene

I testify as a Christian environmental activist. Although the politics of human-induced global warming is bleak, I gain comfort in the companionship of people who give leadership in the climate crisis movement. Extinction Rebellion, Christians of the world church, and the Uniting Church.
MY CONCERNS: God, who created the natural world, is good. God’s people are called to responsibly manage the planet’s resources. Christian environmentalists are thus in dialogue with politicians who are influenced by the carbon polluting fossil fuel industries: big oil, coal and gas.
We live in planetary climate crisis; many of us are anxious about the likelihood of a calamitous two degrees Celsius increase in temperature during this century. Governments seem unable to act decisively, as international conferences of the parties (COP) attempt to set distant goals.
The economies and governments of all nations are locked into dependence on energy derived from fossil fuels which over 200 years have brought planet earth to a destabilised climate. Climate policies are disconnected from scientific reality.
The Australian Minerals Council facilitates the Australian government’s close relationship with the coal industry.
Christians look to Australia, world’s largest coal and gas exporter, for climate policy. In this year’s election, major parties throw a cloak of silence over global warming issues. Federal politics is corrupted by unrestricted corporate donations to political parties. Waratah Coal spent $83 million on owner Clive P party campaign at the 2016 Federal election.
MY HOPES: The divestment movement, energy generation by solar and wind, electric vehicles and the carbon absorption of forestry encouraged me to fight for a climate change future.
“May the creative Spirit of the universe inspire us, the caretakers, with hope.” (Neil T)

National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week is a national annual celebration that is held from 27 May to 3 June each year and encourages us to continue to build relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous peoples of all cultures in these lands now called Australia. This year’s National Reconciliation Week theme is “Be Brave. Make Change” and Common Grace is leading us as Christians in these lands now called Australia with the theme “Reconciliation as Love in Action”.
During National Reconciliation Week all Australians are invited to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories, to share that knowledge and help us grow as a nation.

Beach Patrol 3030

will clean the K Road Cliffs today at 11.30 am. You are invited to meet at the K Road Cliffs carpark. Bring your own rubbish bags, pick-up stick, gloves, sun hat and drink bottle. Large bags will be provided for rubbish and recyclables to be collected by Wyndham City Council. (NT)

Come to the Wyndham Volunteer Expo!

It’s on Saturday 14 May 2022. Come at any time, between 10 am and 2 pm, at the Encore Events Centre, 80 Derrimut Road Hoppers Crossing. Explore volunteering opportunities with the people in your local area. The range of stalls and displays will surprise you! For more information, visit www.wyndham.vic.gov.au/wyndham-volunteer-expo (NT)

Voting from a Christian perspective

It has been a tumultuous three years since our last federal election with floods, fires, pandemic, plagues, and social upheaval. Despite our weariness and scepticism, we want to prepare our hearts and minds, praying for wisdom and discernment as we approach this coming election.
This election we also pray for gracious debate and just policy commitments, from parties and candidates, that seek the good of others and move us toward a broader vision for justice—one that cares for the poor, the struggling, and the marginalised in our nation.
Join us as we pray, speak and act together for the common good, finding common ground and sharing in common grace.
https://www.commongrace.org.au/voting_from_a_christian_perspective_2022

What’s On This Week

  • Monday: 9.30am Playgroup; 7.30pm Card Making
  • Wednesday: 7.30pm Church Council
  • Thursday: 9.30am Gardening Group

Bible Readings – 8 May 2022

Acts 9:36–43; John 10:22–30; Revelation 7:9–17; Psalm 23

ROSTERS:

SUNDAY

Minister

Greetings:

AV: 

Morning Tea: 

Flowers: 

Music:   

Reader: 

Prayers:

8 May

Rev Annetia G 

Rose G

Paul K

Sandra S & Margaret G

Margaret F

Wendy B

Bev C

Rose G

15 May

Rev Annetia G 

Margaret B

Noel S

Nancy Mc & Margaret D

Salote T

Wendy B

Lyn O

Elizabeth B

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:

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.
Email office@crossroadsunitingchurch.org.au