CONNECTION – 13 DECEMBER


ADVENT 3

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

CHRISTMAS BOWL

There are more than 60,000 Sri Lankan refugees living in India who are wanting to return home now the civil war is over to rebuild their nation. Act for Peace’s local partner is working to helping by providing training and livelihood support for them as they return.

When can we return to worship at Church?

Church Council met 9 December and has decided, in the light of the holiday season of December/January and after a lot of discussion about the possibilities within the restrictions that still apply, as follows.
1. In-person worship services will resume from Sunday 7 February 2021, with either one or two half-hour services at 9.30 and 10.30am, depending upon the number of people who wish to attend
2. It will be necessary for everyone to book a seat, either by phone or email. “First in, best dressed.” Everyone will also need to register their attendance via QR electronic means, and wear a mask inside the buildings. (Help will be provided.)
3. There will be no morning tea inside; however, social gatherings might occur outside (depending upon weather) with 1.5 metre social distancing. It will be necessary for people to bring their own crockery and thermos!

4. We need help! In order for everything to flow properly, we need to create a roster of four volunteers each Sunday to manage the QR login, seating arrangements and cleaning before and after the service(s). If you are prepared to help, please contact Rose G at the office.

Crossroads People Meet

In a time of adversity Christians find ways to overcome obstacles.  Although Sunday mornings are off limits, members of our congregation are meeting and finding companionship. 

First up, Annetia our minister called together the UC residents of Heathglen Village, Judith F, Joan H, Shirley & Lindsay and Marg & Neil for a cuppa and Bible reflection.

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Our seniors’ afternoon tea group met at the Racecourse Hotel.

Friends of Cyril R celebrated his “liberation from lockdown after six months” at 520 Sayers Road. 

UCAF members gathered at Wyndham Harbour restaurant accompanied by the Catholic ladies; the Garden Group has weekly working bees. Small groups of UC friends are catching up.  Thankyou Lorna H for photos.

Are your Crossroads friends meeting again?  Please tell your story to CONNECTION team Robert or Neil.

World Vision Sponsorship

hank you for your continued support of our World Vision Sponsored children. We have received an update on Koemyoun Soeurn in Cambodia. Koemyoun lives in the rural community of Rukh Kiri with his family. He is 16 years old and currently studying Grade 7 which he enjoys.

Our sponsorship is making a crucial impact in combatting Covid-19 in Cambodia and supporting vulnerable children by providing access to clean water and education. Donations are welcomed during office hours at the church, or by direct deposit. Please talk to Rose if you need more information on how to donate.

Extinction – ABC iView

“The earth and everything on it belong to the Lord” (Psalm 24:1) I recommend you watch the recent ABC TV program Extinction – it’s available on abc.net.au/iview.

I have been aware since 1988 of the existential threat to the future of this planet posed by global warming. As a Christian I participate in protesting against the fossil fuel industries driving limitless CO2 production; the greenhouse effect. 

David Attenborough produces powerful evidence that our planet’s biodiversity is vanishing at a rate never seen before. “Unless immediate action is taken this crisis has grave implications for us all,” he says.

Last Sunday evening’s program “Extinction” showed touching images of the last two northern white rhinos of Africa.   We saw the ancient great, unique Galapagos turtles. 

This was coupled with unforgettable images of “Reef Live” our Great Barrier Reef’s miraculous coral spawning. The menace of warming and acidic ocean has brought about extensive and frequent coral bleaching.  Will the Great Barrier Reef survive the shock of human intervention in nature?

Can we, citizens of this planet take seriously his call to treat all life with respect? Many people of world faiths will join in a “Call to Action” on March 11 2021.  The Australian Religious Response to Climate Change is encouraging churches, mosques and temples to participate; Crossroads Werribee will be in it.  Expect up-dates! (NT)

”Bethlehem” Mike Torvelli

(Reproduced from St Michael’s Uniting Church order of service, 6 December 2020)

“Into this world, this demented inn in which there is absolutely no room for him at all, Christ comes uninvited.” (Thomas Merton)

Worship Plan for this coming week

20th December

Bible Readings

2 Samuel 7:1–11, 16; Romans 16:25–27; Luke 1:26–38, 47–55; Psalm 84:1–4, 19–26 (Fourth Sunday in Advent)

Rosters

  • Greetings: Luciana A
  • Prayers of the People: Samantha G
  • Reader: Lindsay D
  • Flowers: Lorna H

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

The church office is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9.30am to 12 noon.

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