CONNECTION – 10 OCTOBER


PENTECOST 20

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

COVID RESTRICTIONS
With changes to the COVID19 restrictions, in-person services are not possible and the Church is closed. Online services will be provided via our private Facebook group.

Greetings from some members

I spoke to Kevin E on the phone, as he took time from his veggie garden. Asked about his response to the Covid pandemic, he says, “Nola and I have spent one and a half years now of quiet life. At 82 I’m thankful to be alive. While our travel is restricted, and our caravan is not used, we have enjoyed time at South Werribee beach, and we are very impressed with Wyndham Park”. says Kevin.

“Our family is scattered various parts of the world, and we use Zoom a lot , for example talking with our son in Kuala Lumpur, and our daughter in Drouin. Nola and I send a greeting to friends at Crossroads, with the wish that we all stay healthy in difficult times”.

Eileen B sends greetings to everybody at Crossroads. “I miss going to church, and I miss the social side of church life. I hope everyone will be good and stay safe!” she says. “I keep in touch with my children and grandchildren around Australia, in New South Wales, Adelaide and Townsville, “ says Eileen. “And I’ve been for car rides with Max the dog”.

Eileen says “I’ve had vaccinations, and I believe in it very strongly. I’m aware of the health workers on the front line in our hospitals. My daughter Debbie is a nurse, working nights at Mercy Hospital Werribee. I hope everyone at church has had their vaccinations”.

Stan B spoke to me while Elaine was playing golf at Sanctuary Lakes. “During lockdown, we have been doing a lot of reading. Elaine and I download books from Wyndham Libraries, for our two e-readers that we bought recently. I need to get away from the world news, and I enjoy fiction – murder mysteries and adventure. We keep in touch with family in Geelong – there are four school-age grandchildren”, says Stan.

“To our friends at Crossroads, we hope you are making the best of lockdown, and that everyone is vaccinated”, Stan says. (NT)

Protect Creation Bold Climate Action 2030 Starting Now

Members of Crossroads Justice Task Group placed a banner on Synnot Street in the church garden this week, as a visible reminder of the urgency of combating global warming.
Rob B, convenor of the group, said: “The banner is supplied from The Australian Religious Response to Climate Change; we are not the only church to be involved. As you drive along Derrimut Road, you’ll see the
Hoppers Crossing Uniting Church is displaying one”.

Around Australia, hundreds of banners are being displayed at places of worship by people of the world faiths, concerned that human induced climate change will impact negatively irrevocably on this planet.
Rob says: “I’m concerned that our political leaders waiting till 2050 to reduce emissions is too late. Fossil fuel usage must give way to sustainable energy. The damage is already done, evidenced by uncontrolled Northern hemisphere bushfires and dying corals of the Great Barrier Reef. There’s a slim chance now of keeping earth’s temperature increase to 1.5 degrees”.
“For sound scientific information, I recommend the Climate Council up-dates, along with those of Greenpeace and Australian Conservation Foundation. On Sunday October 17, our Crossroads worship will focus on the lead-up to COP26, the world conference in Glasgow, UK. Every nation is responsible to protect Creation”, says Rob. (NT)

One of the areas of concern of ARRCC is the attempt by the Adani Group (an Indian company) to open a new coal mine in the Galilee basin in Queensland. Members of ARRCC, including the traditional owners of the land where the proposed coal mine will be, are working had to prevent it going ahead.

Online Discussions

The online discussion group looking at the Statement from the Heart will meet again on Sunday 10 October at 4 pm. If you would like to join the group, please email Robert R to get the login.

Operation Christmas Child … Rose Geilen

Do you usually pack Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes to send overseas to needy children to help share God’s love? The good news is, despite Covid-19 restrictions, you still can!

  • If you HAVE been able to fill your shoeboxes with something to wear, for hygiene, for school, to love, to play with, and a personal message from you to the child, I am ready and willing to collect them from you NOW!
  • If you HAVEN’T been able to shop, but you would still like to support the OCC Ministry, we have an exciting and simple way that you can send a box overseas, and it’s all on the Samaritan’s Purse website: ‘PACK A BOX ONLINE’.
    • For $30 you can choose to pack a box for a boy or girl aged 2–4, 5–9 or 10–14. A selection of gifts will be added to your box and you can even include a personal message so that the child knows that you love and care for them. Your payment covers all the items in the box, transport and distribution.

This year the boxes from Australia/New Zealand will be sent to Cambodia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Madagascar and Malawi. This year more than ever we need to support our less fortunate neighbours here and overseas. If you would like more information please call me or go to the website:
https://samaritanspurse.org.au/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/packonline/

What’s poverty got to do with climate change?

We live in an era of unequalled material prosperity. Yet far too many people have been excluded and exploited. And our unconstrained economic growth is pushing the natural world beyond its limits.
Hundreds of millions live in extreme poverty and hunger, millions are trapped in slavery and far too many children die without ever seeing their fifth birthday.
At the same time, species are vanishing from the planet at alarming rates, oceans are acidifying, and climate catastrophes like floods, fires, droughts and hurricanes are intensifying. The deepening climate crisis is increasingly exacerbating poverty and threatening to displace millions of people from their homes. Do you care? Join the Tear Fund, a Christian charity fighting injustice.
GO TO: https://www.tearfund.org.au

What’s On This Week

  • In line with COVID Restrictions the Church Buildings are closed

Worship Plan for this coming week

10 October 2021

Bible Readings

Job 23:1–9, 16–17; Hebrews 4: 12–16; Mark 10:17–31; Psalm 22:1–15

Rosters for 10 Oct & (17 Oct)

  • Greetings: Elizabeth B ()
  • Flowers: Bev (Margaret F)
  • Music: Gina L (Wendy B)
  • Prayers of the People: Sandra S (Neil T)
  • Reader: Julie R (Bev L)

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.

Please contact:

Audrey will be the primary contact on Mondays and Thursdays and Annetia at other times.

CHURCH OFFICE INFORMATION

The office is open on Monday’s and Thursday’s from 9:30am to 12pm, operating in line with COVID restrictions.

Telephone 03 9741 1084.  Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.
Email office@crossroadsunitingchurch.org.au