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.
& THE COMING WEEK
Attending Worship – COVID Restrictions
There will be some important and essential Covid restrictions that have to be met.
- There is no need to book.
- You will need to sign in using the QR Code every time you come to the Church.
- Please wear your mask inside the buildings at all times.
How my mind has changed…
Continuing our new series prepared by Neil T:
Vince L Y
Vince L and this writer met four years ago at an English Conversation Class in Altona Library, led by our Christian friend Jill.
Now retired, Vince had worked as a manager for a large brewing company based in Shenzhen, a very competitive work environment.
Vince told me he had recently become a Christian, baptized into the Chinese Church. I asked him: “How did this come about?” “As a newcomer to Australia, I wanted to make new friends. I saw a notice pinned up in the shopping centre at Point Cook, describing the Chinese congregation on Point Cook Road. I went along there, and received a warm welcome from kindly persons, who have become good friends,” says Vince.
“I find this Christian church is a place where the love of God is shown in the lives of the pastor and people, who believe deeply in the good news of Jesus told in the Bible.”
“For many people in China, where the church is unknown, the meaning of life is success; which goes with a high position, money and good property. I now understand that if we believe in Jesus our life will become peaceful; we don’t need to strive for success. I know that with God I find eternal life, both now and after we die.”
I invited Vince to come with me to Crossroads UC Werribee, to experience the life and witness of a different Christian congregation.
Vince says, “Here in the Uniting Church, I‘m learning of a different approach. I find that Christian faith is not extreme. In a study group with Robert R, I learned that God desires a just world, but he does not desire to punish humans. If you practice an extreme religion, you are making yourself into a god.”
“I see evidence of the truth of God in the lives of the Christians I meet. My mind has changed.”
NEWS AND NOTES
Members of the Justice Task Group are combined with the Victoria Kiribati Association to provide support for a woman guest worker on a Werribee South market garden who is expecting a child soon. Mark Z of the Vic/Tas Synod is coordinating accommodation, baby needs, transport to hospital appointments and community care in the interim until flights into Kiribati are resumed. Donations and offers of help can be made through our minister, Annetia.
Congratulations—to Leila, daughter of Abbas and Sekineh, who has completed year 12 at Hoppers Crossing Secondary School and has been awarded a scholarship through the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre for 3 years to study law at RMIT University. Leila has recently been getting work experience at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers.
Congratulations to Wendy B who has accepted the role of Church Council Chairperson for the next six months.
With Love to the World
I have been sent 3 extra copies of the daily devotional book With Love to the World. This devotional book follows the UCA lectionary. If you would like to try a free copy, they are in the book/magazine rack near the front door of the church. If you would like to continue receiving this book, it costs $6 per quarter ($24 per year) and I would need to know within the next 4 weeks.( Lyn O’M)
O.S.L.O. Occasional Sunday Lunches Out
Our first lunch of the year will be on Sunday 27th February 2022 at a new venue the Altona Sports Club 11 Altona Road overlooking the beach. We will be in the bistro, as the Sun Room is fully booked. There will senior meals for $15. Please contact by Thursday 24 February either Elaine or Lorna.
This week we are putting together our Annual Report for 2021.The focus will be giving thanks to God for the things we appreciated at Crossroads last year. Everyone is invited to contribute. If there was something that was especially meaningful to you please write a sentence about it and send it to me by email, phone message or give me a hard copy at church on Sunday. A good photo of a highlight would also be appreciated.
To reduce costs the report will be sent by email to everyone with email and hard copies provided for those without email. If you use email but wish to have a hard copy please let me know so we know how many we need to print.
Leaders of groups are invited to write a brief report of what their group achieved. All contributions must reach me by Monday 14 February. You can contact me.
(Bev L, Congregation Secretary)
Vaccination recording for volunteers
It is a Government mandate that all Church employees and volunteers are fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Church Council are required to keep a record of vaccination certificates for anyone who volunteers at Crossroads. If you haven’t already done so, please let the office know your certificate number and the ‘valid date’. Your information will be stored securely.
What’s On This Week
- Monday: 9.30 am Playgroup, 7.30 pm Card-making at the G’ home.
- Thursday: 9.30 am Gardening Group
- Friday: 1 pm Sew ‘N’ Sow
Bible Readings – 13 February 2022
Jeremiah 17:5–10; I Corinthians 15:12–20; Luke 6:17–126; Psalm 1.
Rev Annetia G
Margaret B & Helen G
Bev L & Rose G
Judy O & Dorothy R
Rev Annetia G
Jacob (& Roland)
Margaret F & Julie H
Once again if you can assist with QR, Cleaning, Greeting please let the office know. Also please let us know if you would like to be included in the roster for Prayers of the People.
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.
- Rev. Annetia Goldsmith (9741 1084 firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Audrey Kateena (0435 064 088 email@example.com)
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.