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
Due to the latest COVID19 Lockdown restrictions the church will be closed until further notice. Please be aware that when we are able to have in-person services bookings are likely to be needed.
Burmese refugees in Wyndham
Crossroads Uniting Church hosts our friends, the Lisu Christian people worshipping here on Sundays. This is one of several Burmese (Myanmar) congregations in Wyndham municipality, including Karen and Chin minorities.
I talked with Richard D, who leads a team of Burmese workers at Settlement Services for refugees from Myanmar, based at Wyndham Community and Education Centre, (diagonally opposite Crossroads.)
Says Richard: “We receive federal funding and provide client services for any problem whatsoever. Our task is community capacity building among those people who have come from living in UNHCR camps and who require many adjustments as they resettle here in our city”.
Richard with Naw and interviewers, recently published a small book “Nostalgia – a collection of childhood stories from Burma,” enabled by a grant from Wyndham City Council.
Twenty five elders from the communities of Burma contributed their favourite memorable moments, rich in culture and capturing the innocent beauty of childhood before war, trauma and the refugee camps dominated their lives.
Hae says: “Every morning I went with my father to the farm, near the large waterfall. I took care of my younger siblings, and we would hear the sound of gibbons calling”.
Maung says: “At night, before bed-time, Mother would tell us a story with her soothing voice. My favourite was the Lazy Boy, whose job it was to look after a bull. However, because of his laziness, the bull died”.
For book purchases, please contact Richard(NT)
Partner Church in South Sudan
Next in our series of Uniting World days of solidarity is The Presbyterian Church of South Sudan.
Established by USA missionaries in the late 19th century, the Presbyterian Church has 150 congregations and 1 million members, some scattered in displaced persons and refugee camps in northern Africa.
South Sudan’s independence came about in 2011, after years of violent conflict, when many thousands of people died. Ongoing tribal fighting continues to drive South Sudanese people to seek refuge in UNHCR camps. The country’s economy is hard hit by COVID-19 plus locust plagues and drought.
The Presbyterian Church of South Sudan is a member of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches and the World Council of Churches. The Rev. Santino is Principal of the Nile Theological College in the capital city, Juba.
“As part of the South Sudan Council of Churches (see pic), we play an active role in peace-making, providing Christian leaders to work for reconciliation between warring tribal factions,” says Mr Santino.
“We are currently training 101 men and women students for church leadership and pastoral life. In the words of John 5:43–44, Jesus speaks of seeking the glory of God rather than accepting the authority of others. Sacred Scripture guides me in faithful obedience to God,” says Rev. Santino.
Christians of South Sudan are on the front line distributing food, water and providing support to desperate people in refugee camps. The church’s central role in the Government Peace Process encourages women to take to the streets in demonstrations supporting peace-making.
ACTION: Write a short note of encouragement to our South Sudanese brothers and sisters and pass it on to members the Sudanese congregation.
From our minister, Annetia …
I have been thinking and praying for all of you during the recent lockdown. I hope that you are all well and are looking forward to the easing of restrictions. Lockdown has once again been a mixed blessing for many of us. We have had to stop our usual ways of living and we have had the threat of the new varieties of Covid become too much of a reality in our communities.
Our church services have once again been available to us only online. Hopefully as I am writing this, there is going to be a lifting of the lockdown tomorrow night. With the lifting of restrictions there will be able to be gatherings in our church buildings of up to possibly 50 people, which will require us to use a booking system through the church office for our worship service next week.
Please keep in your prayers members of Crossroads who are facing health challenges through this time and be kind to yourselves. Lockdown can leave us with feelings of tiredness and uncertainty. Remember that we need not rely on our own resources, we can call upon the Lord in prayer!
As we go forward into more Covid changes keep looking for signs of peace in the world around you as Jesus said;
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” John 14:27
OSLO 27 June at 12 noon
We are trying a new venue at Yarraville’s Bowling Club. The drive is fairly straight forward. Follow the Princes Highway and continue past the Western ring road and bear left following the Princes Highway sign towards Footscray. Turn right into Francis street and the Bowling club is on your right. 339a Francis Street. The entrance to the club is just past the sign turn right to carpark. We have seniors meals so welcome to everyone. Please contact Elaine or Lorna for booking purposes.
Sacrededge festival at Queenscliff
Save the date: 3–5 September 2021—“diving deep into diversity, arts, music, story”. Go to www.unitingqueenscliff.org.au for more information.
The Church Council meeting for June has been cancelled through pressure of other events and the Covid lockdown. The Property Control Group report and the financial reports for the year to date are available upon application to Robert Renton. We are thankful to see our finances ‘holding up’, despite the difficulties created by Covid.
What’s On This Week
- Crossroads buildings are closed in accordance with the Victorian Government Covid Restrictions until further notice.
Worship Plan for this coming week
20 June 2021
I Samuel 17:1a–49; 2 Corinthians 6:1–13; Mark 4:35–41; Psalm 9:9–20
- Greetings: Margaret G
- Flowers: Bev C
- Music: Wendy B
- Audio-visual: Noel S
- Prayers of the People: Annetia G
- Reader: Paul C
- Sign-in: Lauren D & Jan B
- Cleaning: Scott C & Volunteer
- Morning Tea: Jan B & Asanka P
- CRUNCH: Sandra S
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.