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
Victorian Council of Churches
On World Communion Sunday Oct 2, our visiting preacher Rev Sandy B(pictured) brought greetings to Crossroads Werribee from Christian congregations across the seas.
After the service, Sandy spoke about her role as Executive Officer of the Victorian Council of Churches. We talked with Sandy about the importance of local involvement in grass-roots inter-church activities such as the Wyndham Good Friday walk of witness.
She invited our members to subscribe free to the regular VCC E-news which shares events and information “across our ecumenical community.”
This week’s VCC E-news has items:
(1) Biblical reflection contributed by Geoff B.
(2) At 7pm on 23 November at a city venue to be advised – Reflecting on WCC Assembly Karlsruhe with Emily Evans, Aust delegate and launch of Christmas Bowl 2022 (Act for Peace)
(3) Victorian InterFaith Networks Festival; 12 noon on Sunday 13 November at Hawthorn Cultural Centre.
(4) Inaugural First Peoples Theological Conference October 22 starting 9.30 am online (zoom)
(5) interesting that the UK PM has asked King Charles III not to attend COP 27 meeting in Egypt
(6) visit of the Supreme Head of the Indian Orthodox Church, His Grace Dr Mathews Mar Severios.
Sandy invited our congregation to submit news items to the VCC E-news. (NT)
NUNGALINYA activities in October:
Scott C, (pictured) a recent member of Crossroads Werribee UC, now Dean of Students at Nungalinya College, Darwin sends greeting to our congregation: “I recommend that you subscribe to our Nungalinya E-news. You’ll find stories of our successful students, coming from remote indigenous communities. This month we had three graduations – Certificate III Christian Ministry and Theology, Art and Faith and Yolnju First Nations literacy.” You might pray and give thanks for Nungalinya being a place where indigenous Christians come to grow in authentic ways. (NT)
Water gives life
In recent years, religious faiths have come to understand that God’s gift of water is a precious source of life for all creation, exposed to the fragility of existence as the planet becomes warmer. The world’s rivers are under great stress.
When this writer saw the story in Wyndham Star Weekly (14/9/22) “Racing Club in the Money” about the “Werribee Racing Club’s…more sustainable water supply…(to be) funded by the state government…” I was concerned to read: ”the project will allow for 150,000 litres a day…and a licence to pump water from the nearby Werribee River.”
I asked John F, Werribee Riverkeeper, about this. John explained: “This is not new problem. Despite the 25 percent drop in rainfall entering the river in the past 20 years, the racing club during that time has been licenced to suck water out of the river. When you stand on the riverbank at Bungeys’s Hole, you will see the canvas pipe that leads to the racecourse. And you know, in the rain shadow, Werribee River catchment is the driest in Victoria.”
Werribee South farmers too require water: 60 per cent of their usage comes from the river, along the channel that starts at the diversion weir. Also they are supplied from the Western Treatment Plant, but they are constrained by the high salinity of the Treatment Plant’s source of supply. Cost of water is also an important factor in decision making.
“What is needed,” says John, “Is a medium size desalination plant. Since the 1990s, Government has been asked to provide a plant, but so far has declined to build it. At present, most of the treated water flows into the Bay. Talk to your local member of Parliament.” (NT)
Church Fête: Next Saturday 9am–2pm
Devonshire teas, A barbeque, Books, Jigsaw puzzles, Toys in good condition, Cakes, Jams, Lemon Butter, Pickles, sauces whatever you can donate – Craft, Hand knitted goods, Nearly new/ Second hand jewellery, maybe Christmas items, homemade soap, Woodwork, to name a few, and of course Plants, garden items (pots/plant stand) and Trash and Treasure.
Goods can be left at the Church anytime from now onwards. Contact Geoff or Margaret G, and we can arrange pick up if needed.
All helpers: a quick meeting after the service this Sunday. (Margaret G)
Multi-faith vigil and service for the environment
Concerned about political inaction on global warming? On Thursday 13 October, faith communities around Australia will meet for vigil (8 am Christ Church Anglican, Moorabool St Geelong, 5.10pm St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral, Melbourne). People will sign an Open Letter to PM Albanese, calling on the Australian Government to (1) stop approving new coal and gas projects; (2) end public subsidies for fossil fuel projects; and (3) create a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty to support a just transition to renewable energy sources. Crossroads members will travel by train. All are welcome to attend the vigils and the multi-faith service at 5.10pm at St Paul’s Cathedral, Melb. (NT)
Beach Patrol 3030 joins City Clean
Spring clean the City is back this Saturday October 8, meeting at Queensbridge Square Southbank. We will be joining with other Beach Patrol & Love our Street groups to refocus attention on the issues caused by plastic litter, which impacts our wildlife, marinelife and environment. Facebook link:
We will not be having our regular monthly clean on Sunday but will be back again on Nov 13th which will be our final clean for 2022. (Rob B)
OSLO Occasional Sunday Lunch Out
O.S.L.O. Occasional Sunday Lunches Out Sunday 23rd October 12pm we will be going to the Lara Hotel 10 Hicks St. Lara. Senior meals are available but the choice is small. Please contact Elaine or Lorna before Thursday 20 Oct. for numbers.
God of the stranger and foreigner, help us to regard all creation in need as our neighbour.
What’s On This Week
- Monday: 7.30pm Card-making (Crossroads)
- Wednesday: 7.30pm Church Council (Crossroads)
- Thursday: 9.30am Gardening Group (Crossroads)
- Friday: Set-up for fête
- Saturday: Church Fête 9am–2pm (Crossroads)
Bible Readings – 5 October 2022
Jeremiah 29:1, 4–7; 2 Timothy 2:8–15; Luke 17:11–19; Psalm 66:1–12
Jan S & Liz B
Rev. Annetia G
Jan B & Zelda
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 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.