COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY & THE COMING WEEK
News from the Lintons
Back on October 13 we met the Lintons: Andrew, Catherine and their family who were travelling to Galmi in West Africa as medical missionaries. They have written to let us know how things are going. Here’s their story.
“We were so thankful for the farewell from Australia. After 28 hours of travel we arrived in Niamey… [and] a bus at 4 am for an 8 hour drive to Galmi. It was a wonderful welcome and great to reconnect with the team and friends here in Galmi. For the next six months or so we will be concentrating full time on learning the Hausa language and culture.
In this whole journey, it feels like we have all been learning about trust. We’ve been needing to trust in God when the future seems uncertain. We’ve been learning to trust the support we give each other as a family. And we have been trusting that a big network of people are supporting us and sending us out to West Africa!”
Andy is a doctor with special obstetrics training. The survival rate of new-born babies is low. Andy will tell us about what he hopes to achieve as he works over there with SIM (Serving In Mission).
As our new Minister is on the way, it would be wonderful if everyone could wear name badges when she arrives. If you would like to order a plastic badge, please leave your name at the office. Badges cost $12 each.
Please save all used cards (Birthday, Christmas) and bring to the office for use by the cardmaking group and Operation Christmas Child.
A reminder to all to save your postage stamps and deposit them in the Sammy Stamp box in the foyer. Since 1977 Sammy Stamp has raised over a million dollars—a magnificent effort with many worthwhile causes supported. (Thanks from Joan Sturgess)
A shared concern for justice and mission
Members of the Crossroads Justice and Mission Task Group appreciate Christine Morris’ regular input; she is a council member of Hoppers Crossing Uniting Church and helps to facilitate joint activities of our two congregations.
Teaching English as an additional language, Christine works for Wyndham Community and Education Centre, a key organization helping migrants, refugees and asylum seekers to get work and become connected to, even leaders within our community.
She comes from a Baptist family; her parents were missionaries in Pakistan. Christine completed an honours degree in molecular biology and went on to research sheep blowfly strike, however she felt called to work as a teacher. Teaching English Language, she spent an exciting two years in Shaanxi Province, western China at XianYang Polytechnic, where she became the provincial “foreign 800 metre champion!”
She is led by her passion for the whole Gospel to be involved in TEAR Australia and Micah Australia, organizations advocating justice for the poor. “Jesus wasn’t political? Read the Bible! Justice is absolutely central to the Gospel,” says Christine.
“My hope for the Justice Task Group is that it will build on Bible study to develop a clear rationale for the church’s mission in this era of growing inequality, of which global warming is one symptom,” says Christine. “I hope too that Hoppers Crossing and Crossroads congregations will become more engaged in sharing together Christ’s mission”.
Christine was also a member of the Board of Uniting Werribee Support & Housing. (NT)
For your prayers this week…
- For the Linton family and the Galmi team and their work in the hospital.
- For the Goldsmith family as they make the move to Werribee and form new friendships and connections.
- For the several members of the congregation in aged care facilities and who are no longer able to worship with us.
Worship Plan for this week
9.30 am Family Worship (Rev. Valerie Johnson)
12 pm Lisu Service
2.30 pm Dinka Service
Baptism next Sunday 19 January
Sebastian Walker, baby son of Suzanne and Mathew, will be baptised next week, with a celebratory morning tea to follow the service.
Aboriginal Sunday 19 January
In 1940, following the Day of Mourning protests in 1938, Aboriginal Christian Leader William Cooper asked the Australian Church to set aside the Sunday before January 26th as Aboriginal Sunday, a day of Christian solidarity calling for full citizenship rights to be granted to Aboriginal peoples. It was not until 1967 that those rights were granted. We plan to recognise Aboriginal Sunday at Crossroads this year.
Bible Readings – 19 January 2020
Isaiah 49:1–7; I Corinthians 1:1–9; John 1:29–42; Psalm 40:1–11
Rosters for Next Week
Rosters for 19 January 2020
Minister: Rev. Ian Pearse
Duty Elder: Mary Dixon
Greeting: Robert Renton
Morning Tea: Margaret Gook & Lorraine Sewell
Flowers: Elaine Belcher
Reader: Wendy Barnes
AV Desk: Paul Kirkham
Piano: Asanka Pakura
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
The UCAF Coach Tour
Lorna Hodges recently went on the UCAF bus tour and wrote up the story for us. Here’s the first part of the story.
I was very fortunate to be one of 27 ladies over three nights and four days visiting 12 churches. We stayed overnight at the Geelong Conference Centre where we started the day with breakfast. Then it was morning tea, at one church, lunch at another, followed by afternoon Tea and finally dinner at another church! At each church we were warmly welcomed by the congregation and the minister. We very much enjoyed the fellowship meeting some old friends and making new ones. We were given a short history of the church building usually by the minister followed by one of the members going into detail about the size of the congregation and the activities of the church.
Altona was our first stop where the Rev. Bruce Watson greeted us. We started our tour here with most members being picked up from Southern Cross by our Tour Bus. Many had come from a distance—Benalla, Colac and Warrnambool, for example. So the lovely morning tea was well received. They have a small group raising funds by having annual fashion parades and “Old Time Movie Nights”.
Bacchus Marsh we were greeted by David Withers who not only gave us the history of the church but a short devotion on Nehemiah which many of us appreciated followed by the Hymn “We are the Church” with Judi Mus on the piano. While enjoying hot soup, sandwiches and slices for lunch we were told about the two community lunches held each week, one for seniors and Soul Food lunch where everyone is welcomed. They have an industrial kitchen so are able to prepare meals and most of the food is donated by businesses around and other churches are involved, coordinated by a member of the Salvation Army. Just an example of group ministries included monthly Men’s breakfast, WAGS ,Ladies group breakfast, Bible studies, Play group, and food relief.
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.
CHURCH OFFICE AND NEWSLETTER
The Church Office will close on Friday 20th December and will be open only on Thursday mornings during January while our staff have a well-earned break.
Telephone 03 9741 1084. Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.