Crossroads Connection


An inspiring obituary

Recently in The Age I read a really inspiring obituary—that of Judith (Judy) Wardale (1941–2018) (The Age, 23 October 2017, p. 33).  It was accompanied by a remarkable photograph of Judy, head thrown back in joy, arm outstretched, as she held her other hand under a gushing water pump in Gokunte, India.

“Fierce, indestructible love defined Judy Wardale: love of life, of family, of humanity—especially those who in her words were disenfranchised and marginalised.  She was not only a tireless campaigner and fundraiser extraordinaire, but she gave by empowering others—those with disabilities, remote communities in India, the students she mentored.”

She was not a woman who didn’t experience sadness and struggles throughout her life.  At the age of 18 she married and moved to PNG where she soon had three children under three years of age.  Her brother was killed in the Voyager disaster of 1964.  In 1980 her daughter suffered a severe brain injury in a motorcycle accident, and Judy gave up teaching to care full-time for her daughter who had been put in an aged nursing home.  She brought her daughter home, remodelled the home to do so.  She became involved in Headway and the Young People in Nursing Homes Alliance.  She set up Leddy Street in Forest Hill—a deinstitutionalised  communal living environment for young people with acquired brain injuries.  Her husband Andrew contracted Parkinson’s Disease in 1995 and was cared for by Judy until he died in 2000.

She then volunteered as an English teacher in India and Nepal, and set about trying to improve the lives of the people of Gokunte in southern India.  “She formed her own charity, Sunshine Australia, to raise money for Gokunte and took the money there every year for 17 years.  She paid for the trip personally and stayed for three months to personally supervise the projects with a clear emphasis on the empowerment of the village’s women.  This included building 39 houses, boring three wells and providing storage tanks, providing sewing machines, construction of an early-education and multi-purpose community hub, funding opportunities for educational opportunities, and a breeding program for goats….”

Judy baked thousands of Christmas cakes, apple-packing, pot-luck dinners, games days, markets, and sold handicrafts to raise money.  A truly remarkable woman!  (Robert Renton)


Twilight Market

A considerable amount was left over from the fête and it has been decided, thanks to Geoff Gook, to hold a Twilight Market on this coming Friday 16 November, from 5 to 7 pm, at Crossroads.  Volunteers are needed—please add your name to the sign-up sheet in the foyer, and note that there will be a planning meeting after church today.

Occasional Sunday Lunch Out (OSLO)

For our Christmas celebration we will be going to “The Hoppers Club” 180–200 Pannam Drive on Sunday 25 November where we will enjoy a 3 course Carvery lunch with soup and sweet for $19.50. Last year it was a huge success so everyone is welcome to come and start off the Christmas festivities. Please contact Lorna  97414185 or Elaine 93952045 for bookings.

Uniting Christmas Cards

Christmas cards supporting the Uniting agencies can be ordered on forms that will be available after the service or you can contact Judy O’Keefe.  There are 10 per pack.

Thank you!

Many thanks to our friends at Crossroads who have been following our daughter’s illness over the past few months.  We are very happy to report that she is on the road to recovery, our prayers have been answered.  (Zelda & Stan Cations)

With Love to the World

Several complimentary copies of the daily devotional book are available on display in the book/magazine rack.  You’re welcome to ‘try before you buy’, and if you would like to receive one quarterly ($5) contact Lyn O’Meara within a few weeks of trying the book.

Uniting Christmas Appeal

Target & Uniting have run a Christmas Appeal since 1992, and once again they are calling on people everywhere to help with the purchase of Christmas gifts for young and older children.  This year they are ‘targeting’ gifts for teenage girls and boys (13 year upwards) and boys and girls (8–12 years).

All presents need to be brand new and not gift-wrapped.  Brand new clothing is also acceptable.  The gifts are being collected throughout December, and they will assist families in Wyndham.  Gift cards are also helpful, and it is suggested that these gift cards come from Pacific Werribee, JB HiFi, Coles-Myer Kmart, EB Games, or Typos.

Every bit helps!

Housekeeping & Help

If you or someone you know is in need of pastoral care, please don’t hesitate to contact either our minister, Mike Lewis or Robyn Tomkins.  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.

Worship Plan for this week

Today’s worship

9.30 am   Family Service (Rev. Mike Lewis)

Activities this week

Monday: Playgroup, 9.30 am, and Card Making at the Geilens’, 7.30 pm.

Wednesday: Church Council, 6 pm.

Friday: Sew ‘n’ Sow, 1 pm at , and Twilight Market, 5–7 pm at the church.

Next Sunday – 18 November: P’cost 26

9.30 am Family Service (Rev. Mike Lewis)

Rosters for Next Week

Duty Elder: Robyn Tomkins
Greeting: Luciana Aragon
Morning Tea: Margaret Gook & Elaine Belcher
Flowers: Rose Geilen
Reader: Bev Lambie
AV Desk: TBC
Prayers: Mike Lewis
Piano: Asanka Pakura

Bible Readings 18 November: I Samuel 1:4–20; I Samuel 2:1–10; Hebrews 10:11–14, 19–25; Mark 1:1–8.


Health, Housing and Homelessness partnerships making a difference

Deborah Gorsuch co-ordinates Early Intervention at Uniting Wyndham.  In a time of rapid change at the top and middle management of Uniting, I want to know what’s happening locally.

Deborah has been in the Housing Team at the former Werribee Support and Housing for 17 years, so she is accustomed to change.  “The task of supporting vulnerable people must go on, and we do effective work with the other agencies in this vast municipality,” she says.

“I’m glad that Crossroads members offer prayerful concern for folk who are at risk of becoming homeless,” says Deborah.  “There are those experiencing domestic conflict.  There are young mums referred from the maternity ward at Mercy Hospital (a partner in H3), who are likely to have no place to live. And there are folk from New Zealand, living in cars, because those who arrived in Australia after 26 February 2001 are not entitled to Centrelink support, to public housing or bond loans.”

Uniting Wyndham’s work of early intervention is in a partnership called H3 – “Health, housing and homelessness”, funded by a State Government grant of $15m in 2017.  There are eight other partners in H3.  Young people who are homeless or at risk are helped by White Lion and Melbourne City Mission.

Unison Housing (in H3) acts as lead tenant, paying the leasehold bonds and rents on behalf of persons at risk; this is a deal that appeals to real estate agents and landlords.

Uniting Wyndham helps those at risk of eviction with money management, budgeting and counselling, so they don’t have to move out.

Deborah says: “Members of Crossroads congregation can help by donating furniture and whitegoods to Western Emergency Relief Network (WERN) auspiced by local Rotary Clubs. Contact Rotarian Ross Butterworth at 0476104736.”  (NT)


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