CONNECTION – 12 SEPTEMBER


PENTECOST 16

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

COVID RESTRICTIONS
With changes to the COVID19 restrictions, in-person services are not possible and the Church is closed. Online services will be provided via our private Facebook group.

Pop-up vaccination at Crossroads

Wednesday, September 1, Crossroads Uniting Church Werribee was the venue for a pop-up Covid Vaccination Clinic. Clients of the housing workers at Uniting Wyndham came, together with a large contingent of Samoan and Tongan people, encouraged by an Islander Church Pastor, who was there to greet his people.
Annetia G was there: “I was there to observe the steady stream of people attending during the day. This was organized by the State of Victoria through IPC Health. Being aware that vulnerable clients are needing to be vaccinated, they asked Uniting to accommodate a pop-up clinic. I feel that we at Crossroads are able to serve our calling to be hospitable. Even though we can’t meet as a congregation, it’s really good that our buildings can be used for God’s purpose”, says Annetia.
Deb G, Housing Support Worker at Uniting Wyndham said: “It was a good day’s service to the community. Overall it was successful. IPC Health had two nurses, who were kept busy. IPC Health will be back for a second dose.” (NT)

Christmas Appeal for Uniting Wyndham

Wyndham City Council is offering a room in the Youth Resource Centre, Derrimut Road for this year’s distribution. Our clients will be able to ‘click and collect’ a gift for their families. We will ask for donations of toys or a gift voucher (Rebel, Coles, Myer for example). Uniting will be calling for donations soon, and members of Crossroads congregation are invited to participate.

Beyond the Burning

“Beyond the Burning”, a movie from Environment Victoria, was presented by Crossroads UC Justice Task Group and Werribee River Association as part of the on-line Wyndham Learning Festival 2021.
The movie showed the 2019–20 bush fires in East Gippsland and the after-effects on forests and wild life. Local people who were affected talked about their experiences and the learnings that Australians can draw from this catastrophic event.
Indigenous people of the GunaiKurnai explained the ancient tradition of cultural burning, and its place in healing country. Land management across Australia now is learning from traditional practice.

Armando A introduced the movie, and commented on the evidence that climate change is causing increased forest fires across the world. “2019–20 was the worst bushfire season in Australia since records began in 1788”, he said.

Rob B said: “Climate change is a huge justice issue. Australia is the largest emitter of greenhouse gases world-wide, and the Australian government will be under the spotlight at COP 26 conference in Glasgow this October, answerable for its lack of action”.

John F, Werribee Riverkeeper talked about the effect of global warming on the behaviour of migratory birds such as the bar-tailed godwits which come from Siberia to the Ramsar Wetlands of Werribee, breeding earlier each year.
“The crested pigeon is now sighted in southern Victoria, moving here because of drought in inland New South Wales. Communities need to take stock of what’s happening around us,” he said.


On the positive side, $20,000 worth of plants were planted by Werribee River Association in co-operation with the City of Wyndham in 2020. (NT)

Online Discussion

The online discussion group looking at the Statement from the Heart will meet again on Sunday 12 September at 4 pm. If you would like to join the group, please email Rober R to get the login. The group meets fortnightly at the same time.
There is also an online bible discussion group managed by Christine M from Hoppers Crossing UC that meets at 4 pm on the alternate Sunday. The next meeting is on the 19th, and anyone is welcome to join. Contact Robert R to get access to the Zoom log-in details.

Survey results

Thank you to everyone who participated in the recent survey conducted by Bev L and Margaret B. The results have been collated, and the Church Council has begun the process of addressing the valuable information. As we’re able to respond positively to something, we will share the news through Connection.

Church Council news

Church Council continues to meet during the Covid restrictions via Zoom. It has been very pleasing to note that 98% of families who were direct giving via Uethical have now transferred to personal direct giving, and that our offerings via direct giving and envelopes has exceeded the expected budgeted amount by over $3,000. The Council has been notified that new government regulations about Essential Safety Measures applying to all buildings have come into force, and the Property Control Group is currently considering the best way of managing them.
While government regulations and safety measures are obviously important, the demand they make on volunteers has increased a great deal over the past 10–15 years. The Council is extremely grateful to the volunteers who are keeping things ‘going’ the best way we can during these especially difficult times. Thank you to everyone for this.

New direction for Scott C

Only with us for a short time, Scott recently accepted a call to a full-time position as Dean of Students at Nungalinya College in Darwin. It will entail placement and commissioning as a pastor for an initial period of three years. Indigenous students come to Nungalinya from all over the Northern Territory, the Kimberleys, and the APY lands in the north of South Australia. The dean’s responsibilities are to liaise with elders and spiritual leaders in the communities in order to identify people who would benefit from coming to Nungalinya, to help with travel arrangements, and to provide pastoral care to students while they are at college.

Online Morning Tea

We will be on Zoom for the Online Morning Tea (10.30–11.15am Sunday) this week, come and see the unveiling of Roland’s beardless chin…

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child is a world-wide 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, Indonesia and Cambodia hard.
Empty shoeboxes and more information are available from Rose G who will be talking briefly about Operation Christmas Child during the service this Sunday online, or you can contact Rose.

Volunteers are always needed

Volunteers are always needed to keep the in-person services going. Covid requirements for cleaning, QR log-ins, morning tea need volunteers now! Contact Rose G.

What’s On This Week

  • In line with COVID Restrictions the Church Buildings are closed

Worship Plan for this coming week

19 September 2021

Bible Readings

Proverbs 1:20–33; James 3:1–12; Mark 8:27–38; Psalm 16

Rosters for 12th Sept & (19th Sept)

  • Greetings: Mary D (Margaret D)
  • Flowers: Elaine B (Jennie K)
  • Music: Gina L (Wendy B)
  • Prayers of the People: Mary D (Rose G)
  • Reader: Rose G (Faye D)
  • CRUNCH: Lauren D (School Holidays)

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 office is currently CLOSED due to COVID Restrictions.

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