OUR COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY AND THE COMING WEEK
Crossroads and Hoppers Crossing combined
People of Crossroads and Hoppers Crossing UC congregations came together at Hoppers Crossing on 24 June for a joyful celebration of the 41st anniversary of the formation of the Uniting Church in Australia.
Worship leaders were the Revs Angela Tampiyappa, Yono Abadi, Mike Lewis and Fa’ama Leota, and the sermon “Who is this Jesus?” emphasizing the Church’s foundational and missional focus, was preached by
Rev. Dr Geoff Thompson.
We learned a hymn from the Samoan Christian tradition, “Holy Spirit, we give you our thanks and praise” suitable for an occasion when folk from multiple ethnicities—the colourful face of our Uniting Church—prayed and sang together to the God of all nations.
Highlight of the service was a children’s puppet show featuring “Theo” and “Tess”, (reflecting on the story of Jesus stilling the storm on Lake Galilee, overcoming disciples’ fears) presented by Frances Geilen and Jeremy Withers.
Many who enjoyed the shared morning tea spoke of strong desire emerging for a similar combined worship soon, perhaps at the invitation of Crossroads Werribee congregation? (NT)
CRUNCH (Sunday School) leaders required
We are currently putting together a roster of leaders for our CRUNCH (Sunday School) programme for term 3. We need leaders for each of our two groups (for children approximately older and younger than 10 years old). Most leaders do one or two sessions a term, but you can do more if you wish. You can choose to lead a session or help another leader. Ideas on topics and activities will be supplied to you. You will require a current Working With Children Check. If you are interested in helping in this important ministry with our young people, please talk with Sandra Savory or Mike Lewis.
EVENTS AND NOTICES
Planning Ahead Information Session
Note: Tomorrow, Monday the 2nd of July, 2pm – 4pm. The topic is “Power of Attorney and Wills”, to be held at Uniting Age Well, Manor Lakes, Howqua Way, Wyndham Vale.
O.S.L.O. Occasional Sunday Lunches Out
Sunday 22 July: We have booked the Lara hotel where we always get a good lunch for seniors but non-seniors are always welcome but they pay a little more, and get a little more! Please contact Elaine or Lorna by Thursday 19th for numbers.
UCA Assembly and Marriage Equality decision
Pray for this important gathering, as we discern and decide on a number of key issues—including the issue of same-sex marriage.
There'll be an opportunity to discuss further the UCA's approach to marriage equality at the church this Wednesday, 4 July at 7.30 pm, prior to a possible Assembly decision the following week.
NAIDOC Flag Raising Ceremony
Tuesday 10 July: 9.30 am Morning Tea, 10 am Ceremony at the Wyndham Civic Centre. All welcome—RSVP required by 3 July at 97420777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Operation Christmas Child
On Sunday 15 July we will launch Operation Christmas Child for 2018. Rose Geilen will show some photos of her most recent trip to Fiji to distribute shoeboxes and I will have a trading table after church selling a selection of suitable gifts to go in the boxes. Shoeboxes will be free—for a boy or a girl—and each shoebox will contain a beanie to ‘kick start your box’. Looking forward to your participation.
(Margaret Gook, Area representative for Samaritan's Purse Vic.)
Worship Plan for this week
9.30 am Communion Service (Rev. M. Lewis)
Following worship today
Tea/Coffee in the Foyer.
Activities this week
Wednesday 4 July:
Church Council Executive, 10.30 am in the Foyer.
UCAF, 1 pm in the Foyer.
Marriage Equality discussion, 7.30 pm in the Foyer.
Next Sunday — 8 July 2018 Pentecost 7
9.30 am Family Worship (Rev. Mike Lewis)
Rosters for Next Week
Duty Elder: Carmel Woodward
Greeting: Margaret Gook
Morning Tea: Betty Parker & Mary Dixon
Flowers: Salote Tupou
Reader: Paul Cochran
AV Desk: Brendan Geilen
Prayers: Mike Lewis
Piano: Gina Lee
|Bible Readings next week: 2 Samuel 5:1–5, 9–10; Psalm 48; 2 Corinthians 12:2–10; Mark 6:1–13.|
Here’s good news about a local church initiative at Hoppers Crossing UC. Come, taste and see the Playdate Café, every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, from 10 am to 2 pm.
Here you’ll find mainly mums and children, finding friendship and new possibilities in the hospitality world.
Grab a coffee, a sandwich and a sweet treat; meet Fiona Adams, and her team of people who are tackling loneliness and finding their productive purpose in volunteer work experience.
Fiona’s story began in South Africa; her family belonged to the Methodist Church, and they migrated to Australia in 1982. Fiona herself came to Crossroads Werribee UC congregation seven years ago, when her daughter Madison was baptized, and she was confirmed here.
Presbytery of Port Phillip West introduced Fiona to the program called Mission Shaped Ministry; a way of encouraging congregations to find fresh expressions of the Good News of Jesus Christ, researching need in the local community and reaching out to people.
Helped by Revs Cynthia Page, Adam Macintosh and Rosemary Broadstock, Fiona based Playdate Café on a model venture in Adelaide’s Experience Community, located in the Uniting Church, and helping people with hospitality skills to find a vocational direction.
“I’m a cheerleader for people who are changing from negative self-talk into forgiving ourselves and self-respecting”, says Fiona. “We create space for listening to each other, and allowing the Holy Spirit to do his reconciling work.”
Playdate Café is a non-profit social enterprise, inviting volunteers to pitch in, to pray and help. Are you up for it? (NT)
Housekeeping & Help
If you or someone you know is in need of pastoral care, please don’t hesitate to contact either our minister, Mike Lewis or Robyn Tomkins.
We’re keen to make sure that when people know that someone has gone into hospital or is otherwise ‘out of sorts’, that they are not forgotten. If we don’t know that someone has suffered some misfortune we are not likely to be able to visit or offer support in some way; so please let us know in such a circumstance.