Crossroads Connection



Have we lost our balance?

Recently, I was at a conference where the presenter suggested that Western society had lost its balance, that it had forgotten the difference between ‘sufficient for the day’ and ‘greed for tomorrow‘. She went on to say that greed was now so pervasive that the institutions that formed the foundations of society were tainted with the priorities of greed and not the wellbeing of society.

In the current cycle of readings within the lectionary, Luke is inviting his readers to reflect on, and  make decisions, around similar questions of balance, whether it’s between tradition and faithfulness, engagement or withdrawal, building bigger barns or sharing of one’s resources… Luke is inviting his hearers both then and now to examine this question of balance…

For us living in Victoria, who claim to be followers of Jesus, we need to heed this call of discernment.. How balanced is our living? (Comment by Rev. Ian Smith, Executive Officer of the Victorian Council of Churches)

A new venture for Year 4 onwards!

A fun get-together for young people in Year 4 and onwards will be held at Crossroads on Saturday 17 August, from 5.30 to 8 pm. There will be pizza and chips, a dessert, games and music, and the opportunity to bring and make new friends.

RSVP and any enquiries to Geoff Gook or Sandra Savory, please.

3030 Beach Patrol

Have you ever thought you might like to participate in this environmental improvement program? A number of our congregation participate regularly. Once a month, Sundays, 11.30 am to 12.30 pm, usually followed by barbeque lunch. Today’s clean-up is at Campbell's Cove Beach  (Travel down Cunningham's Rd., turn left into Campbell's Cove Rd. & park in the carpark at the end of the road just past the beach huts).


The Australian India Foundation Incorporated, are again generously providing a BBQ at the conclusion of the clean.  We thank them for their support along with our other supporters, Wyndham Harbour, Bunnings, Melbourne Water, Grill'd Werribee & Rotary Club of Werribee.

Worship Plan for this week

Today’s worship services

9.30 am Family Service (Rev. Valerie Johnson)
11.45 am Lisu Service
11.30 am Beach Patrol Campbell’s Cove Beach
2 pm Sudanese Fellowship

Activities this week

Monday: 9.30 am Playgroup; 7.30 pm Card-making at the Geilens
Wednesday: 6 pm Church Council
Friday: 1 pm Sew ‘n’ Sow at the Gooks, 83 Wattle Ave, Werribee; 5 pm African Youth (church foyer)
Saturday: 10 am African Youth (church foyer)

Bible Readings – 18 August 2019

Isaiah 5:1–7; Psalm 80:1–2, 8–19; Hebrews 11:29–12:2; Luke 12:49–56

Rosters for Next Week

Rosters for 18 August 2019

Minister: Rev. Robert Renton
Duty Elder: Rose Geilen
Morning Tea: Margaret Gook & Jan Bradley
Flowers: Jenny Kirkham
Reader: Kevin Edgar
AV Desk: Roland Geilen
Prayers of the People: Ken Storey
Piano: Wendy Barnes

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.


Have you enrolled for the church camp yet?

Join us for a weekend of fun, friendship, fellowship and COMMUNITY, which is our theme.  We will be heading down to Anglesea to the Burnside Camp grounds from Friday 6 to Sunday 8 September.

You can arrive from 6pm on Friday evening and proceed to the dining room for a welcome coffee and to find your home for the next two nights.

There will be plenty of activities, both relaxing and adventurous that you can participate in.

Costs are $85 per person ($75 for Secondary Students, $65 for Primary Students, under 3s are free).

See Rose Geilen or Frances Geilen, Rob Bradley or Erin Bradley, Paul Cochran or Lauren Duckworth.

Getting ready for the church fête

Our annual Church fete will be held on Saturday 19th October between 9am and 2pm. Now is the time to start gathering items to donate to the book, trash and treasure, nearly new, jewellery and plant stalls.

If you can volunteer for set-up, pack-up or on a stall, please add your name to the sign-up sheet on the noticeboard. The first meeting of people interested in helping will be on Sunday September 1, after church. If you have items you would like collected, please leave your details at the office.

Interfaith Network Places of Worship Tour

“Insights from Asia”: Wednesday 28 August, from 9.00 am to 4 pm. Bus leaves Wyndham Community & Education Centre, 20 Synnot St, Werribee at 9 am. There are only 48 seats.

First stop: Shiva Vishnu Temple, Carrum Downs, 10.45 am–1 pm, including free vegetarian lunch.

Second stop: Buddhist Meditation Centre, Brunswick, 2–3.30 pm, includes introduction to mediation. (Note: special requirements are the removal of shoes at the entrance.)

Bus returns by 4.45 pm.

There is no cost for this tour, but you must book by 23 August to Laurence Gray (0401 337 696) or through


An updated contact list was circulated last week. The telephone number for Lyn O’Meara on the front page under Seniors Afternoon Tea is incorrect. Please contact Lyn on her mobile number. Please let the office know of any other errors. Apologies, Rose.


Gina Lee and Michael Hortin

Busan City, South Korea is the birthplace of Gina Lee, one of our team of pianists for worship at Crossroads. Busan has been an important place in the story of Australian Presbyterian and Uniting Church overseas missions, extending over 120 years.

The sisters Cath and Dr Helen McKenzie established the Il Sin Christian Hospital for Women at Busan, in 1952. The hospital has helped thousands of patients, and now has over 1,200 beds.

Gina and her husband Michael Hortin come to Crossroads UC with their delightful daughter Erica  (pictured). Gina teaches music at Heathdale Christian College, Werribee.  Michael is a radiographer, working at medical imaging clinics in the Western Suburbs.

Gina gained her university degree in music performance in Busan.  She joined a Christian missionary group, and travelled with the group for 42 days in 2003 to Egypt, Yemen, Israel and Jordan. She came to Australia in 2005 intending to stay for one year, in order to improve her English language. Her plans changed when she met Michael, at a Rotary youth leadership camp.

Michael’s early life centred around North Blackburn, Victoria; he attended school and Baptist church there, and studied radiography at RMIT University, and worked for some years as a radiographer at the Alfred Hospital.

In 2008 Gina and Michael were married at her home church; Haeundae Jeil Presbyterian Church, Busan.

They settled in their home in Tarneit in 2011;  Erica now age 7, attended playgroup and more recently joins in Sunday youth activities here at Crossroads.

Please make sure that you welcome Gina and Michael on the Sunday when Gina is our pianist—as she is today! (NT)


Church Office is open 9.30 am–12 noon, Monday–Friday

Telephone 03 9741 1084.  Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.