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
World Vision sponsorships
Did you know that Crossroads sponsors three children through World Vision? Keitumetsi and Nokuthaba are 17 year old girls from the same village in Zimbabwe.
We have recently been assigned a new boy, Phanna, who is 8 years old from Cambodia. Phanna lives with his parents and brother in a rural village in the north-western province of Battambang and he enjoys school and football.
Our sponsorship is making real and lasting change to these children and their families. Please place your donations in the house-shaped box in the foyer. (Rose G)
Members of the Justice Task Group are combined with the Victoria Kiribati Association to provide support for a woman guest worker on a Werribee South market garden who has given birth to a child recently. Mark Z of Victoria and Tasmania UC Synod is co-ordinating accommodation, baby needs, transport to hospital appointments and community care in the interim until flights into Kiribati are resumed. Donations and offers of help can be made through our minister, Annetia. (Neil T)
O.S.L.O Occasional Sunday Lunches Out
On April 24 we will be having lunch at the Bowling Club, 339 Francis St. Yarraville. It was our first visit last year and we were pleased with the variety for senior meals. Everyone welcome. Contact Elaine or Lorna before Thursday 21 April for numbers
Uniting Wyndham services to the community benefited from the recent Fashion Parade result $450 organised by Connie O’T of Crossroads congregation at the Werribee Bowls Club. Connie says: “The models were fabulous. A delicious afternoon tea was funded by Wyndham City Council. Guest speaker was Cr Susan McI, and Suji from ‘Light and Glow’ compered. Thanks to all who helped and all who came along.” (NT)
Church Council has been successful in obtaining $3000 from the Simpson grant to purchase new furniture for our Church foyer area. Stay tuned for a new fresh look in the foyer. (3–4 weeks) All old furniture will be removed except for three large arm chairs which Council would like refurbished. If this is something you might like to contribute to, (rub down and paint black, then Bev C and friends will re-upholster) please speak with one of the church councillors. Pews in the Church have now been re-arranged after many requests to do so and our ‘Easter Banner’ has now been restored and re-hung in readiness for our Easter services. Many thanks to Nola E for her contribution to all our beautiful banners over many, many years.
Life-Giving Easter Eggs
The good news is that we can help spread hope by choosing life-giving Easter Eggs. How can chocolate eggs give life? It’s the companies that make the eggs that can—companies independently certified by Fairtrade or UTZ-Rainforest Alliance guarantee to use no child slave labour.
We can look for the Fairtrade or UTZ-Rainforest Alliance logos on chocolate eggs, chocolate, tea and coffee. This logo guarantees that companies pay a fair price for cacao, pay their workers a fair wage, keep them safe, support them to farm sustainably and to care for creation.
Importantly they help the workers to send their children to school and sometimes even provide the schools! Companies with these logos never use child slave labour. We can help spread Jesus’ life-giving love this Easter by looking for the UTZ and Fairtrade logos.
Way of the Cross
The Way of the Cross, an ecumenical event held on Good Friday which provides an opportunity for a meditative reflection on Jesus’ journey to the Cross. The Anglican, Catholic, and Uniting Churches in Werribee area, work together to remind participants of the events of the first Good Friday. For each station a biblical text is offered as a point of meditation. The walk starts at Werribee Piazza at 11 am and finishes at St Andrew’s Parish Werribee at 12:30pm.
Palm Sunday Rally
Today at 2 pm the Rally “Justice for Refugees – End the Cruelty” will begin at the State Library of Victoria, with speakers including the Rev. Tim Costello AO. A Walk will then proceed to the Park Hotel, Swanston Street, where medevac asylum seekers are held in detention, and tennis champion Novac Djokovic was in temporary residence. Arnold Z, writer and advocate will speak. (Neil T)
Messy Church coming this afternoon
Come and join us at Crossroads Uniting Church today from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. Future dates: 22nd May, 19th June, 17th July. It’s open to all ages, but children must be accompanied by an adult who remains with them. Let the office know if you are coming.
What’s On This Week
- Monday: 9.30am Extra Playgroup
- Monday–Thursday: 7pm Lenten Reflection followed by Maundy Thursday service
- Thursday: 9.30am Gardening Group
- Friday: Good Friday service, 9.30am
Bible Readings – 10 April 2022
Isaiah 50:4–9a; Philippians 2:5–11; Luke 23:1–49; Psalm 31:9–16 or 118:1–2, 19–29
Rev Annetia G
Judy O & Dorothy R
Rev Annetia G
Margaret D & Rose G
Margaret F & Julie H
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.