CONNECTION – 11 OCTOBER


PENTECOST 19

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

Operation Christmas Child…Rose G

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, you still can!
We would usually be collecting your shoeboxes RIGHT NOW filled with something to wear, for hygiene, for school, to love, to play with, and a personal message from you to the child. If you HAVE been able to fill your shoeboxes, I am ready and willing to collect them from you AS SOON AS THE RESTRICTIONS EASE. Hopefully VERY SOON!
If you HAVEN’T been able to shop, but you would still like to support the OCC Ministry, we have a new 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 1–14. 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, 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/

Greetings from Lian T

Hi Crossroads family!  I hope that you are all keeping well.  I have missed coming back to Werribee since the second lockdown. The last six months had been challenging, working from home by myself, but God has blessed me with Daniel and Rose’s company for the second lockdown. They are busy turning the front and backyards of my little townhouse into thriving gardens. There are all manners of vegetable seedlings and plants at any one time growing in home-made planter boxes. Janet is still in the US but has moved to Pittsburg with Adam as LA was proving to be unsafe (riots and fires).  Being opera singers, both of them are still unemployed but they are keeping busy with studies (Janet preparing to study for the Masters in Music Therapy and Daniel learning even more languages). I am looking forward to Janet coming home next year after six years in the US. Daniel gets occasional editorial work and gives singing lessons online. He also writes a blog to keep busy.

Janet & Daniel

A prayer for today

God, give us patience and a willingness to share the burden of COVID19!

Congratulations

Congratulations Wendy and Phil B on the safe arrival of a healthy baby granddaughter… Hannah Grace…born 26 September.

Congratulations and thanks

To Roland and the team for a delightful sharing of pet family photos in the worship service of blessing for pets on St Francis day.  Who could fail to be touched by the photos of appealing animals wild and tame that bring blessing to our lives!  “Goodonya” also to Lauren and the dance team for a joyful conclusion to Annetia’s eucharistic celebration. A fitting round-up for Crossroads Season of Creation. (From Neil T)

CROSSROADS PEOPLE

by Neil T

Lorna H says “Hello to my good friends at Crossroads! I miss you very much. However, I’m not missing getting up early for worship on Sundays. I’m glad I can tune in at any time, and catch up later”. Lorna keeps up her Zoom contact with KYB (Know your Bible) in Williamstown.  “I recommend the current KYB study on Nehemiah.  It’s a great story, about a leader who showed his people how to build the wall of Jerusalem and encouraged his people in hard times.  There are lessons in Nehemiah for Christian people today, continuing to build community in this strange time of COVID19”. Talking about the benefits of internet, Lorna says “I’ve found other good church services; particularly in London where I did my nursing training. I have found Wesley Central Hall, where Lord Soper preached, and City Temple where Dr Leslie Weatherhead was the great preacher. You could buy his printed sermons for threepence”. “Several people have asked me and Elaine Belcher when OSLO will resume. I say not until we get back to normal church services.  And I keep in touch with our people of the monthly Wednesday lunches, as much as possible”. “Remember Cyril Ridsdale in your prayers, and give him a call”, says Lorna.  “Cyril is isolated at Glendale Aged Care facility, the sole person on that floor, and as he’s only allowed out for brief exercise, he feels frustrated. You can phone Glendale Aged Care  and reception will put you through to Cyril”.

Alan T says his many activities have been put on hold by COVID19; however he made useful carpentry improvements from the “PCG to do list” in the Crossroads church buildings during early lockdown March to May. Working alone, (COVID safely) he built two extra store rooms and seat storage at the rear of the hall, new racks in the current store rooms and a safety gate for the stairs to the vestry off the sanctuary. The PCG (Property Control Group) – Alan, Kevin, Ken and Geoff meets on Zoom each week – “good colleagues and friends, with modern digital communication”, says Alan.

Wyndham Theatre Company involves Alan (a Life Member of the group), with admin work to be done. “Covid has taken its toll of the performing arts, making it difficult to stay enthused as we look forward to better times in 2021”, says Alan.

The Thompson family’s holiday cabin is near Geelong, not accessible under Covid19 restrictions. Alan is president of the boat club; he misses the fishing and jet skiing; however, he has renegotiated his mooring lease.

At home in Werribee, Alan has built a bird feeder mounted on a post; the family enjoys watching the local bird population of pigeons, sparrows, rosellas, galahs, honeyeaters, blackbirds and wattlebirds.

Alan says: “That sums up my COVID experience.  I’m looking forward to getting back to normality with family and friends, Bunnings and the beach.  Stay safe, everyone! There is life at the end of the tunnel.  I thank God for that”.

Worship Plan for this coming week

18th October

Bible Readings

Exodus 33:12–23; I Thessalonians 1:1–10; Matthew 22:15–22; Psalm 99

Rosters

  • Greetings: Margaret G
  • Prayers of the People: Annetia G
  • Reader: Faye D
  • Flowers: Jennie K
  • Piano: TBC

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

Please note that due to the Covid-19 Stage 4 restrictions the Church Office will not be attended.  Please contact us via email or phone 03 9741 1084

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