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
Interfaith visit to St Paul’s Melbourne
On Wednesday June 9 my daughter Tiggy and myself took part in the Wyndham Interfaith Networks excursion to visit St. Paul’s cathedral in Melbourne. St Paul’s is currently hosting the Gaia art exhibition until the end of the school holidays, and they are also hosting several short classical music concerts of half an hour throughout the day as well as normal Anglican worship services.
It really was a great day out! We were small in number, but large in diversity with five different faiths represented. St Paul’s is always a beautiful place to visit, but the concert in conjunction with the amazingly beautiful blue earth balloon magnificently slowly spinning as if held in God’s hands within the cathedral was inspiring!
Bhakta was our host at the Crossways vegetarian restaurant where the food was delicious and plentiful. The company was wonderful, and it was one of those lovely memorable days.
Thank you to Lawrence Gray and all those who were involved in making this day possible. (AG)
OSLO 24 July
Sunday 24 July at 12 midday we will be going to one of our favourite venues “The Racecourse Hotel”. There are no senior meals but a roast of the day. Please contact us before Thursday 21, either Elaine or Lorna.
Sri Lanka’s dire situation
Connection’s writer spoke with Kingsley and the Rev. Angela T, members at Crossroads, about the dire economic situation in that country.
“We have family in Sri Lanka; my mother’s two sisters and our cousins. They are suffering from currency inflation and food shortages. We are supporting them,” says Angela.
Angela was a minister in the Church of South India Jaffna Diocese, before she and Kingsley migrated in 1996 to Australia. “Jaffna Diocese is helping people in desperate need: shops are empty of basic foodstuffs,” she says.
Kingsley was Assistant Director of Agriculture in the north of Sri Lanka, before the armed conflict of government in Colombo and the Tamil Tigers erupted during the 1980s. After 30 years of ethnic war more than 40,000 Tamil civilians had been killed. The exodus of refugees left a formerly prosperous economy in disarray. “Now under the corrupt Rajapaksa government equipment, fuel, fertilizers and insecticides are unavailable for agriculture,” says Kingsley.
“The former democracy now has become a dictatorship, with the Rajapaksa family now permanently in power. They are printing money which becomes more worthless by the day. The health system is breaking down,” says Angela.
A current cricket tour of Sri Lanka by an Australian eleven is portrayed as successful, with a Test match victory in the city of Galle. It’s only part of the picture. Empty gas bottles were lined up outside the stadium.
Angela and Kingsley say: “We grew up taught not to hate people, but this is a hateful government. We urge members of the Crossroads congregation to be informed: On YouTube you can see the latest Sri Lankan news in English. Pray for those suffering people.” (NT)
3030 Beach Patrol
This Sunday July 10 we are celebrating our 7th birthday and we will be back cleaning the K Road Cliffs. Meet at the K Road cliffs carpark K Road Werribee Sth at 11:30AM. With the high prevalence of Covid in the community and its rapid transmissibility, we are leaving it up to individuals to decide whether to join our scheduled cleans or not. If you have symptoms please don’t attend.
We hope you can join us & new members are always welcome! (NT)
Lorna H at Casino
No, it’s not Crown Casino! Lorna recently visited family in Casino, NSW, near Lismore. Casino was spared the disastrous flooding in Lismore. With her granddaughter Jessica and Jessica’s partner Carl, they attended the Casino Uniting Church and were warmly welcomed. Casino UC congregation sends a greeting to Crossroads Uniting Church, Werribee. (NT)
“We had a lovely road trip,” says Lorna. “We had the most wonderful weather every day, which makes driving so much more pleasant. I stayed four nights with my granddaughter at Casino which is half an hour from Lismore. The devastation of the floods in Lismore was unbelievable, house after house and shop after shop in the main street were just shells of a building and no one around. We covered 6,000 km visiting Port Macquarie, Katoomba, and Bathurst. We also popped into Parkes and saw ‘the dish’, but Kerry’s highlight was driving from Cobar to Broken Hill, real outback country including wild goats. They were filming the third Mad Max film so we were restricted in where we could go but managed to see the Mad Max Museum and also have dinner at the Palace hotel famous for “Priscilla of the Outback”.” (Ed.)
What’s On This Week
- Monday: 9.30am Playgroup; 7.30pm Card-making
- Wednesday: 7.30pm Church Council
- Thursday: 9.30am Gardening Group (Crossroads)
- Friday: 1pm Sew ‘n’ Sow
- Sunday 17/7/22: 4.30pm Messy Church
Bible Readings – 10 July 2022
Amos 7:7–17; Colossians 1:1–14; Luke 10:25–37; Psalm 82.
Nancy Mc & Margaret D
Rev Annetia G
Mary D & Asanka
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 firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Audrey Kateena (0435 064 088 email@example.com)
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.