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.
& THE COMING WEEK
Due to the latest COVID19 Lockdown restrictions, we are open but with limited numbers until further notice.
NAIDOC Week (4–11 July)
Retirement of Robyn Tomkins
On Wednesday 30 June Robyn T celebrated her last day at Uniting Agewell Manor Lakes Community as their chaplain. Robyn has worked as chaplain at Manor Lakes for the past eight years and has retired gracefully leaving behind many staff and residents who will miss her greatly. Robyn is looking forward to spending more time with her husband George, gardening and craft projects. We pray that she continues to bless all around her with her caring heart and her deep faith. Happy retirement Robyn!
Paul K and his daughter Faith spoke enthusiastically about “Wondaland”, the musical written and produced by students of Good News Lutheran College, Tarneit.
Wondaland will be performed on August 5, 6 and 7 at 7.30 pm at the Altona Theatre on Civic Parade, Altona; conveniently accessible for residents of Wyndham, it’s a short walk from Altona Rail Station.
Faith says: “It’s a twist on the original story of Alice’s adventures. My sister Chelsea and I are having a lot of fun rehearsing the show.”
Tickets are now on sale: selling rapidly, adults $30, concession $15, family $80. Go to http://www.trybooking.com/BRUOY Nominate the seats you want.
Conserving Wyndham’s environment
Crossroads Uniting Werribee members are committed to climate justice.
I walked around recent tree planting on Skeleton Creek, next to Palm Lake Resort, Truganina. I have seen much change along this green corridor since we came to Wyndham eight years ago.
Friends of Skeleton Creek (see Facebook page) together with Nature West members have removed invasive weeds enabling natural regeneration, so that it’s a joy to walk in the urban forest along this waterway.
I asked Nature West chairperson Bruce B (pictured) about the group’s activities. Bruce said: ‘We do Landcare. Part of the Australia-wide network of Landcare groups, Nature West employs facilitator David T, and part-time education project officer Susie I. Landcare volunteers work alongside City Council and Melbourne Water organizing tree plantings and nature walks.”
“We do on-ground work. We have been planting around 20,000 plants per annum, revegetation work funded by Melbourne Water, on sites across all of Wyndham. Contractors prepare the ground, and local people linked to Friends groups take part.”
“Our ’Litter Warriors’ are in seven areas of this city, including Point Cook, Wyndham Vale and so on. There’s a litter pickup group near you,” says Bruce.
“Come to Glen Orden Wetlands on National Tree Day 24 July, from 1-4 pm. Receive a free tree, learn about habitat gardening, visit the bird sanctuary, and kids can join activities. The wetlands are adjacent to Wyndham Park Community Centre 57 Kookaburra Avenue, Werribee. This event is part of Wyndham Council’s Green Living Series.”
Bruce, a retired agronomist says, “The damage we do to Australia’s environment is not sustainable. If we can increase native habitat and reduce litter we are making a difference.” (NT)
Direct Giving to Crossroads
You may have already been contacted to let you know that from 31/07/2021 the Direct Offering program provided by U Ethical on behalf of the Church will be replaced by direct giving to your congregation.
Why are they making this change?
The Direct Offering program originated at a time before the prevalence of internet banking. It was designed to make giving to the Church easy and seamless and it has proven a very valuable mechanism for the Church to benefit from your offering. However, with every increasing regulation, particularly in relation to client identification, it is no longer feasible to offer this service. Moreover, it is very costly to provide the service and therefore reduces U Ethical’s ability to contribute financially to the Church.
This change will help maximise U Ethical’s annual grant to the Church through the accompanying efficiencies. This is of utmost importance for Synod’s finances and its ability to support mission activities across the Church. As you establish a direct bank payment with your congregation, we encourage you to reflect on your level of giving. Any increase you can make to your regular offering will be of great benefit to your congregation in its mission and ministry.
What do you need to do?
Prior to the end of July you will need to establish a direct payment from your bank account to your congregation’s bank account. You can do this in one of two ways:
- If you use online banking, you can arrange for the transfer from your account to the church’s account (Contact office) to take effect from a date you set in August.
- If you don’t use online banking, you will need to visit your own bank and make arrangements via a teller for the transfers to the church’s account (Contact Office) at a suitable date from August.
Please let me know if you need any assistance to make this important change. You can also get in touch with the U Ethical client service team on 1800 996 888.
Thank you for your continued financial support of Crossroads Uniting Church. The leadership team are very grateful, especially during the last 18 months of Covid turmoil.
(Please contact Rose G on mobile or at the office)
Tradewinds Tea and Coffee
Fairtrade tea and coffee will be now available on Wednesday during office hours and the 2nd and 4th Sunday after church.
What’s On This Week
- Monday: 9.30 am Playgroup; 7.30 pm Card-making
- Wednesday: 7.30 pm Church Council (Zoom)
- Thursday: 10 am Church Gardening
- Friday: 6 pm African Youth
Worship Plan for this coming week
18 July 2021
2 Samuel 7:1–14a; Ephesians 2:11–22; Psalm 89:20–37; Mark 6:30–34, 53–56
- Guest Preacher: Scott C
- Greetings: Simon R
- Flowers: Elaine B
- Music: Wendy B
- Audio-visual: Noel S
- Prayers of the People: Rose G
- Reader: Wendy Barnes
- Sign-in: Margaret G & Elizabeth B
- Cleaning: K & Margaret G
- Morning Tea: Mary D & Margaret G
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 Rev. Annetia Goldsmith for any pastoral care needs.
CHURCH OFFICE INFORMATION
The church office is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9.30am to 12 noon.
Telephone 03 9741 1084. Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.