CONNECTION – 11 SEPTEMBER 2022


PENTECOST 14

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

Vale Salote T

It is with great sadness that I write to let you know that Salote T has passed away suddenly in Tonga at the age of 56. Salote was the wife of David and mother of Joseph (dec) who she mourned every day since his passing in 2019.
She was a long-time, much -loved member of Crossroads, a tireless worker for the Lord; a Church Councillor and our Church Treasurer.

Salote loved her garden and her flower arrangements in the Church for weddings and other special occasions were delightful and gave Salote and us great joy.
She was a small business owner and worked many hours at Raw24 Gym to build the business back up following Covid lockdowns.
Salote was a friend to many and will be greatly missed. She touched my life and many others with her selflessness and quiet acceptance of God’s will. May God grant her rest. (Tribute by Rose G)
Details of the funeral will be advertised as soon as known. Contact Audrey K or one of our Church Councillors if you would like someone to talk to or pray with.

Annetia G: a steady recovery

Our minister, Annetia G, is making a steady recovery from a major operation. We wish her very well as she regains her health, and look forward to her return to our ministry. (Ed.)

Hoppers Crossing UC plan to join Crossroads

From HXUC’s newsletter: “As you are aware, our church will conduct the final service at HXUC on Sunday 20th November at 10 am. The first service at Werribee Crossroads will be on 27th November at 11 am.” The Crossroads Church Council is involved in the process and further information will be provided as the negotiations continue. (Ed.)

WCC Assembly: Indigenous speaker

The University of Divinity Melbourne has announced that Dr Anne Pattel-Gray (pictured) has been appointed Professor of Indigenous Studies and inaugural Head of the School of Indigenous Studies.
Professor Pattel-Gray said she was “overwhelmed with joy at this appointment as it has been a lifelong dream.”
She is a theologian and descendant of the Bitjara people of North Queensland, raised in the Methodist Church, and mentored by the Rev. Charles Harris, a founder of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress.

This week Professor Pattel-Gray was a speaker at the World Council of Churches (WCC) Assembly in Karlsruhe. She urged the inclusion of the ancient wisdom and knowledge of First Nations people.
She said: ”Recognition of indigenous people speaks to the integrity of the WCC. First Nations people require the opportunity to share our theological views and social-political struggles with each other. Solutions to global climate change must include indigenous wisdom, for the healing of Creation comes through the ancient relationship with the Creator.” (NT)

Beach Patrol will clean up the K Road cliffs this Sunday.

You’d be welcome to help, so meet at the K Road car park 11.30am. Stop the plastic going into Port Phillip Bay! AND can you identify Crossroads people in the picture? (NT)

Church Fête

Church council have agreed to have a Church Fete on 15 October 2022, 9am until 2pm.
We will set up as many stalls as possible—depending on our volunteers. In the past we have had Devonshire teas in the foyer, A barbeque outside, Books, Cakes, Jams, Craft, Nearly New and Secondhand Jewellery inside and, of course, Plants and Trash and Treasure outside.
Please put this date in your diary now and let Alan T or any of our Church councillors know if you would like to help on the day. (Margaret G)

Operation Christmas Child

It’s time to pack your shoeboxes! Operation Christmas Child is a hands-on way for you to bless children in need and living in vulnerable situations, by filling shoeboxes with toys, hygiene items, school supplies, and fun gifts. Many children after receiving a shoebox are invited to participate in The Greatest Journey Bible classes which has seen over 26.5 million children make decisions to follow Christ since 2009. Last year Crossroads folk packed over 100 shoeboxes and over 700 were collected from the local community. To start packing, individuals and families can use a shoebox from home or pick up pre-printed Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes and brochures from the Church Office.
Pack a shoebox today and be a part of this life-changing project. Filled shoeboxes must be returned to Crossroads by 31 October. For more information, please talk to Rose. (Rose G)

O.S.L.O. Occasional Sunday Lunches Out

Sunday 25 September at 12 noon — we will be enjoying lunch at Brothers on K, corner of Duncan and K Road. They have agreed to arrange a senior meal for us. Please contact Elaine or Lorna by 22 Sept to book a place at the table. (Lorna H)

Blessing of the beasts: October 2 service

Keep those pictures coming in of pets and other animals on October 2 in the service to be led by the Rev. Sandy Boyce. Here are a few of the new ones. (Ed.)

Volunteers are always needed to keep our congregation going!

FIRST AID OFFICER
Crossroads needs a volunteer First Aid Officer who:

  • has a current first aid and CPR certificate (or is willing to obtain them).
  • be able to access and manage first aid processes and techniques in a calm manner
  • be physically able to perform techniques such as CPR resuscitation
  • be aware of both your own and others well-being
  • can ensure the first aid kit is fully stocked at all times
  • be able to fill out incident reports and liase with the congregation and Synod to eliminate risks.

FOOD SAFETY SUPERVISOR
Crossroads will need a volunteer Food Safety Supervisor from November 2022 who will:

  • hold a current Food Safety Supervisor certificate (or be willing to obtain one)
  • ensure the kitchen complies with all relevant food safety standards
  • perform checks on the kitchen for any breaches of food safety
  • act as a point of contact for all food handlers in the church as well as food safety authorities
  • ensure all volunteers in the kitchen maintain a high standard of hygiene
  • consult on the preparation of meals at self-catered camps.

WORKPLACE SAFETY OFFICER OH&S
Church facilities and worship centres are workplaces and we are committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all occupants, such as employees, clients, congregation members, visitors, contractors and volunteers.
Crossroads needs a volunteer Safety Officer who:

  • will coordinate health and safety systems.
  • will identify hazards, assess risks to health and safety, put appropriate safety controls in place and provide advice about accident prevention and occupational health to Church council and the congregation.

If you can help, please contact the Church office ASAP
Help is needed now for our congregation to keep all our activities going!

What’s On This Week

  • Monday: 9.30am Playgroup; 7.30pm Card Making
  • Wednesday: 7.30pm Church Council
  • Thursday: 9.30am Gardening Group (Crossroads)
  • Friday: 1pm Sew ‘n’ Sow (Crossroads)

Bible Readings – 11 September 2022

Jeremiah 4:11–12, 22–28; I Timothy 1:12–17; Luke 15:1–10; Psalm 15

ROSTERS:

SUNDAY

Minister

Greetings:

AV: 

Morning Tea: 

Flowers: 

Music:   

Reader: 

Prayers:

11 September

Audrey & JTG

Margaret B

Paul K

Mary D & Julie R

Jennie K

Gina L

Rose G

Luciana A

18 September

TBA 

Margaret G

Jacob L

Elaine B & Asanka

Mary D

Wendy B

Julie R

Elizabeth B

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 Church Office is open Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 12.00pm.

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