COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY & THE COMING WEEK
Welcome to our new minister
Today the Rev. Annetia Goldsmith conducts her first Sunday worship service at Crossroads—the sacrament of holy communion. It is with great joy that we welcome her! Annetia and her husband, Steve, and family, Gus, Kezia and Tiggy, have joined us from Tasmania.
This is Annetia’s first placement as a minister, and she comes to us with a wealth of experience in a wide variety of fields.
The last UCAF bus tour of the presbytery
The UCAF bus tour that Lorna Hodge took continued for four days—this was the fourth day.
After breakfast we were taken into Geelong and we could choose from 3 drop off points to spend a couple of hours before travelling to North Williamstown for lunch.
St Stephens Uniting Church. Here we were greeted by the Rev. Juliette Maua’i and given a warm hug. This was her second placement and she enjoys leading worship and forming deepening relationships with members of the congregation. I met her in Fiji at the South Pacific Seminar held recently.
The church encourages community involvement on its property. Tennis club, Ju-Jitsu, Tai Chi, Dancing, Playgroup, Ukulele Drop In Group, and Brain Gym is active weekly. They have a Yamaha Grand Piano so many local musicians and teachers use the church for student recitals. They have recently built a shed for their garage sales fund raising and meeting members of the local community. They also support Share Pancake Appeal, Cancer Council Morning Tea, and Frontier Services Big Outback BBQ. After a lovely lunch being our last venue we had speeches and thanks expressed to Mary Dunnachi the tour co-ordinator and Phyllis Dean the treasurer. Mary then dropped a bomb shell to tell us this was the last tour. It has been an annual event going back to the 1980s and for a lot of people this was their annual holiday catching up with friends. There were tears shed as many coming from afar, we might never meet again!
Our congregation: the Hardemans
Brian and Wilma were married by the Rev. Packett at Spotswood Methodist Church, where Wilma taught Sunday School. Brian came from the Victoria Street Footscray Methodist church.
Brian and Wilma are Bulldogs AFL supporters – “We have lived in the Western suburbs almost all our lives. In the depression years our mothers wheeled us both in prams to Williamstown Town Hall to collect the dole,” says Wilma.
They were both working in Yarraville; Brian for Moran and Cato (the first chain store grocers), Wilma for Woods Drapers, when romance blossomed for them at the Orama Ballroom, Footscray.
Brian was managing supermarkets for Woolworths when they saved enough to buy a block, borrow the funds and build a house in North Altona. They worshipped at the new Methodist church (later Uniting) in Seves Street, Altona. “It began as a tin shed”, says Brian. Wilma taught Sunday School, and in later years, Brian was chairperson of the congregation.
They had an exciting two years while Brian managed a supermarket in Khancoban, Snowy Mountains, (‘too many snakes and spiders!” says Wilma) then returned to live in Altona.,
Wilma and Brian have two daughters, Wendy and Elizabeth, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of whom they proud.
After retirement, they moved to Tarneit Lifestyle Village, and transferred their church membership here. “Rev David Withers and later on Rev. Mike Lewis made us feel welcome,” says Wilma.
“Our faith has helped us through some trying times. We find good friends in this congregation, and we enjoy the Seniors lunch”.
Worship Plan for this week
9.30 am Communion (Rev. Annetia Goldsmith)
12 pm Lisu Service
2.30 pm Dinka Service
Activities this week
Monday: 9.30 am Playgroup
Wednesday: 10.30 am Church Council Executive; 1 pm UC Adult Fellowship (Foyer)
Friday: 9.30 am Uniting Playgroup; 10.30 am Lenten Sunday (Church); 7 pm African Youth (Hall)
Bible Readings – 8 March 2020
Genesis 12:1–4a; Romans 4:1–5, 13–17; John 3:1–17; Psalm 121
Rosters for Next Week
Rosters for 8 March 2020
Minister: Rev. Annetia Goldsmith
Duty Elder: Margaret Gook
Greeting: Robyn Tomkins
Morning Tea: Julie Hamilton & Dorothy Rookes
Flowers: Salote Tupou
Prayers of the People: Jan Bradley
Reader: Nola Edgar
AV Desk: Roland Geilen
Piano: Gina Lee
For your prayers this week…
For the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress and the work of Narana.
For the Relay for Life team and their efforts to raise money for cancer cure research.
For the newly elected church councillors, Margaret Bull, Simon Raza, Frances Geilen and Samantha Gourley, and the work of the Church Council.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
Relay for Life morning tea
The Relay for Life team are hosting a morning tea this morning after the service. We are asking for a gold coin donation (or whatever you are willing to donate).
The Wyndham Relay for Life event will be on the 14–15 March 2020, starting at 11.45 am on Saturday and walking through to midday on Sunday. We invite you to join us by either joining our team and/or helping raise money to end cancer.
Lenten Discussion Group
The Rev. Annetia Goldsmith will lead a Lenten discussion group on Friday morning, 10.30 am, in the church. All are welcome!
Church fête plant stall
We need a new plant stall convenor for this year's fete. If anyone is prepared to take on this role, please speak to Mary Dixon (9741 2024) or Carmel Woodward (0401 272 898), to obtain information on what the role involves.
Morning tea roster
It is almost time for a new Sunday morning after church tea roster. If you can help serve occasionally, please leave your name at the office, or talk to Judy O’Keeffe.
Gift for Narana
Torrential rain stopped briefly in the native bush garden, long enough for the Manager of Narana Creations Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Melesa Osborne accept a damp cheque from Carol Nancarrow, on behalf of Crossroads Werribee UC Justice Task Group.
“The money is an unexpected windfall, from Stockland Corporation’s bonus on recommending a friend to locate in Tarneit Skies Retirement Village,” says Carol.
Vince learned about the ongoing support of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress since Narana began as a retail outlet for indigenous art and crafts in Geelong CBD, 1993.
Melesa says: “This donation will be used in the ongoing project of bridging relationships with the large Aboriginal community of Geelong. I also want to encourage people to volunteer in the lending library, the garden and the café.”
Housekeeping & Help
If you or someone you know is in need of pastoral care, please don’t hesitate to contact either Robyn Tomkins or Robert Renton. 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.
CHURCH OFFICE AND NEWSLETTER
The Church Office is open 9.30 am–12 noon, Monday–Friday
Telephone 03 9741 1084. Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.