COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY & THE COMING WEEK
The Geriatric Gardeners
We’ve been blessed by a growing group of volunteer ‘geriatric’ gardeners who are keeping the grounds of our church in good condition. (No work for the next six weeks during lockdown, though!)
I visited the old Truganina cemetery in search of rare indigenous wildflowers, such as this endangered yellow button wrinklewort. (NT)
Worship Plan for this week
Online worship services
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, all services of public worship are being held online until further notice.
Bible Readings – 19 July 2020
Genesis 28:10–19a; Romans 8:12–25; Matthew 13:24–30, 36–43; Psalm 139:1–12, 23–24.
Rosters for 19 July 2020
Greetings: Margaret Gook
Prayers of the People: Samantha Gourley
Reader: Wendy Barnes
Flowers: Jennie Kirkman
Piano: Asanka Pakura
Join us in prayer for
- the government of Victoria in its efforts to counteract the ‘second wave’ of Covid-19 throughout the state.
- the national government and the Covid-19 Recovery Commission as they seek to work out ways to build a ‘new normal’ in which renewable energy is the basis for the future of our energy needs.
- individuals and businesses in Victoria who have to contend with a second period of stage 3 lockdown.
- the most disadvantaged people in Victoria who have no job, no money, no home and who struggle with a foreign language (English).
NEWS AND NOTES
Our Congregation: Wendy Bitans
Wendy tells stories about early days at Truganina. Her great grandfather’s Hopkins’ family built the original 1850s house that she and her husband Kas live in now, on Hopkins Road, Melton City, the northern extension of Derrimut Road, Wyndham. “There’s an earlier hut, an old chook house, still standing,” she says.
Wendy’s maternal grandfather moved from the Mallee to manage property on Mount Cottrell; her dad was very taken by a young lady of that family when he went to buy a dog - so much so, that he would “sool” the dog back to its original home, enabling him to introduce himself! Romance blossomed and they became Wendy’s parents.
Truganina on the Western basalt plain is an area of low rainfall, where farmer settlers worked hard to eke a living and make ends meet. Wendy’s dad slaughtered their animals for the table, and shared with neighbours who came for a joint of lamb, and other farm produce.
When her forebears settled in Hopkins Road, and farmed, they travelled by horse and jinker to church in the pre-fabricated church building in Truganina, which was managed by the Presbyterian “mother church” in Werribee. The Werribee minister visited Truganina to conduct worship.
Wendy says: “I also remember the wonderful Werribee Presbyterian church Autumn Show, and the Harvest Sundays”. Later, before church union, Wendy was a PFA member, Sunday School teacher and member of the Board of Management at Werribee Presbyterian Church.
Kas, from a post-war refugee Latvian family, was a scholarship doctoral student at Ormond College; they were married at College Church, Parkville by the Rev. Dr Davis McCaughey.
The Truganina church was dismantled before the 1969 fires which destroyed the Truganina school and Mechanics’ Hall, and the hardwood pews (notable for their “improvements” to prevent farmers from sleeping during the sermons!) were given to some of the congregation, and the Werribee CFA, by Bill Hayes. (NT)
Operation Christmas Child
is a project of Samaritan’s Purse. It partners with local churches in developing nations to reach out to children by providing gift-filled shoeboxes and bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ. After receiving shoebox gifts, many children are also invited back to participate in The Greatest Journey – an evangelism and discipleship program. Will you join with us to help us reach more children with gift-filled shoeboxes? This year more than ever the children are in great need of our support. Covid-19 has hit countries such as Philippines, Fiji and Cambodia hard. Empty shoeboxes and more information are available from Rose Geilen.
We are in need of new volunteers for the flower roster! In the present circumstances, what’s needed are digital photographs of flowers to be sent to Roland Geilen. Men, women and children are warmly invited to give their names to Rose Geilen at the office to volunteer (email@example.com or 9741 1084).
Congregation Connect (Uniting Wyndham)
You can download the latest version of the congregation newsletter from Uniting Vic/Tas at this address: https://www.unitingvictas.org.au/wp-content/uploads/FUND-CONGR-Connect-Winter-2020-FA.pdf
Have you any rubbish tip tickets that you can spare? Geoff Gook, the PCG and the Geriatric Gardeners are always on the lookout for tip tickets that enable them to dispose of the rubbish and cuttings that accumulate. Please leave them at the church office.
Sports betting pandemic
Remember the days of footy when we had a pie and sauce in the outer ground at Windy Hill, barracking for the Bombers? Ads for sports betting now bombard television viewers at all hours of day and night.
The Synod of Victoria and Tasmania Justice and International Mission (JIM) Unit recommends that UC members write to The Hon. Paul Fletcher MP, Minister for Communications, PO Box 6022, Parliament House Canberra ACT 2600, in these terms:
“ I am alarmed that three-quarters of children aged 8 to 16 think that sports betting is normal, and 6 percent of children aged 12 to 17 have gambled on line. I ask your government to end gambling advertising.” Sign your name and address.
(from Neil Tolliday and Robert Renton)
CHURCH OFFICE AND NEWSLETTER
The Church Office is open 9.30 am–12 noon, Monday–Friday
Telephone 03 9741 1084. Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.