CONNECTION – 9 MAY


EASTER 6

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

Pastoral Care Coordinator position

Pastoral Care Coordinator position The Church Council is seeking to appoint a part-time Pastoral Care Coordinator (8 hours/week), commencing as soon as possible. Applications in writing should be addressed to the Rev. Annetia Goldsmith and left with the church office.  Further details can be obtained from the church office. Applications close 23 May 2021.

Survey please

We are distributing the Church Council’s survey in hard copy today and by email tomorrow. Please fill it in and return it by 30 May. A blue box is provided at the entrance to the church for your completed surveys. Hard copies will be easier for us to collate but if you can’t get yours to the church you can return it by email, If you can’t use email please phone me leave a message and I will collect yours for you. Thanks for your help. (Bev L) Seniors Afternoon Tea We had a very successful afternoon tea for seniors last Wednesday with 22 turning up. We ate off paper plates and we went around serving the sandwiches, scones, jam and cream and slices with tongs! Birthday cake, a lovely sponge made by Valda M, we cut up and served a slice to Lindsay D and Margaret D with a candle and sang “Happy Birthday”. Bev C did her usual quiz which everyone enjoys. (Lorna H)

Direct Giving is much appreciated

The Church Council is very pleased to report that our financial position so far this year has been “in the black” and we’re very thankful for the continued support of our members.

Direct giving has proved to be very popular amongst our members. During the worst of Covid, a number of our members changed from the envelope system and/or the open plate to direct giving via the bank or Uethical—and they have stayed with the system because of its simplicity. If you would like to change to direct giving, please contact the church office. If you would like bank  details contact the office.

Changes in our Sunday gatherings

It’s no longer necessary to book seats for the Sunday worship services unless the Covid restrictions change. We can seat 75 in the chapel provided everyone is signed in electronically (QR code).

  • The requirement to maintain 1.5 metres space between individuals or household groups remains in place and when this is not possible masks are to be worn.
  • Hand sanitiser is provided on entry and the worship space and other common areas are thoroughly cleaned before and after worship by a team of volunteers.
  • Our worship services will continue to be recorded and added to the private Facebook group.

Just a reminder that even though we do not need to book in for Sunday Church Services we still need to QR Code in. If you are unable to do this yourself please ask one of the volunteers to assist you. This is most important for us to have records of who attends for Government Regulations.

Thank you everyone for your patience.

Church of North India

In the Australian media, India’s struggle with the Covid pandemic is making headlines, as air travel between our two countries is suspended.

In the pastoral prayer segment of morning worship on May 2, leader Mary D mentioned the Church of North India (CNI), a significant partner with the Uniting Church in Australia. The CNI covers more than two thirds of the country, with more than 3000 pastorates and 2 million members.

Conversations toward forming the CNI began in 1929, and the CNI was established in November 1970, bringing together missionary churches of the Anglican, Reformed, Methodist and Baptist traditions.  The CNI is a trinitarian church, member of the WCC and East Asia Christian Conference.

Uniting World says: “This is a tiny minority of the religious population of India, however these Christians work hard to make the gospel real in the lives of millions of people.  They strive to demonstrate the power of God’s Kingdom by working against barriers of class, caste, gender and economic inequality”.

As suggested by Uniting World’s Seven Days of Solidarity, I looked at the Facebook page for the Diocese of Amritsar, part of the CNI. www.facebook.com/amritsar.diocese  gives details of each Sunday’s lectionary gospel readings and worship leaders. I took the opportunity on behalf of Crossroads congregation to express solidarity and encouragement with the brave folk who are showing love and grace in action.

Uniting World says: “As Hindu nationalism grows in India, leaders in the church are constantly taking risks in the face of political opposition to their work, including being arrested”. Pray for the Moderator Bishop Pradeep Samantaroy and his wife Lily of the Amritsar Diocese of the Church of North India, and support them on Facebook! (NT)

My music

Neil T has asked the musicians about their favourite music in church. Our second respondent is Asanka P. “I have been exposed to so much of church music and my favourite by far is the Hallelujah chorus which I sang in choirs in Sri Lanka over and over again and I know it by memory!! The highlight was when I was part of a 1000 voice choir singing Hallelujah chorus when the Archbishop of Canterbury visited Colombo. That will never go out of my mind. It was just magical and the sound was just out of this world.

Apart from that, I have many favourites out of the Methodist hymn book. John and Charles Wesley wrote many beautiful hymns that I have sung with great gusto in 4 part harmony. “And can it be that I should gain, Be thou my vision, Trust and Obey, Love divine all loves excelling, Jesus loves me this I know (from my toddler days!) are some that come to my mind from my school, church life that I like. 

I can never identify with, nor enjoy the evangelical songs of modern day unfortunately. I just cannot stand the monotony. I just love the old meaningful hymns played on a beautiful pipe organ. That’s just heaven to me 😀

Congratulations and a celebration

Everyone is invited to share in a special morning tea after worship next Sunday morning May 16, to celebrate with Armando A and Luciana M.  Armando and Luciana will be recognized as citizens of Australia at a civic ceremony on the previous day.

Beach Patrol today

Today we will be back cleaning Campbells Cove.  To get there travel down Cunningham’s Rd. turn left into Campbell’s Cove Rd. & park in the car park at the end of the road just past the beach huts.  We will meet in the car park at 11:30AM. and the clean up will last 1 hour.  We need you to BYO everything.  That is bring your own rubbish bags, pick up sticks, gloves & drink bottle etc.  We will provide the large black bags to bag the rubbish & recyclables up for council to collect.

OSLO

Sunday May 23 we will be going to the R.S.L. here in Werribee just across the road from the church. They don’t want us arriving before 12.30 pm so time for a coffee. Senior meals available. Please contact Elaine or Lorna  before Thursday May 20th for booking numbers.

What’s On This Week

  • Monday: 9.30 am Playgroup @ Crossroads
  • Wednesday: 7 pm Church Council (Zoom)
  • Thursday: 8 pm Home Group
  • Friday: 5 pm African Youth


Worship Plan for this coming week

16 May 2021

Bible Readings

Psalm 1; Acts 1:15–17, 21–26; I John 5:9–13; John 17:6–19

Rosters

  • Greetings: Salote T
  • Flowers: Mary D
  • Music: Wendy B
  • Audio-visual: Paul C
  • Online service: Noel S
  • Prayers of the People: Rose G
  • Reader: Lyn O’M
  • Sign-in: Jan B & Rose G
  • Cleaning: Salote T & Lyn O’M
  • Morning Tea: May B & Margaret G

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