CONNECTION – 13 MARCH 2022


LENT 2

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

Susan S: convenor of Presbytery Climate Action Task Group

Responding to our Uniting Church Synod’s call to find climate champions in the Presbyteries, Susan (pictured) together with Christine M, the Rev. Deacon Richard Arnold, and others form a collective in our presbytery.

Susan worships at Wesley Geelong congregation, where she leads the Wesley Sustainability Group.
On Zoom, I asked Susan about her faith and life journey, and her passion for confronting global warming. “I grew up a Methodist in Blackburn South, and gained a teaching degree at Monash University. That’s where I met my future husband David who was studying chemical engineering.”
“We moved to Geelong where I taught maths for 5 years at Corio Tech, while David worked at Shell Refinery. In 1983 I started attending Wesley UC,” she says.
“’Worship in the Round’ at Wesley led by Gwen and Marcus B, and the Rev. Rob Gallacher were influential in my growth in faith. With our two children we lived in Newtown, and now we’ve settled in Highton.”
“I taught at Christian College for twenty four years. Since retiring, my interest in the environment has grown. I’m learning how fragile our created world is, and I’m impelled to work for climate justice.”
“At Wesley UC our Sustainability Group has declared a climate emergency. We ask people in the church ‘how do we worship, and how do we live?’ I send a monthly e-mail newsletter.”
“The Australian Religious Response to Climate Change is active in Geelong; we engage with our politicians. We’re doing a forum in Corangamite on 17 March and vigil on 4 May.”
“We are asking congregations to share their climate activities with our PPPW Climate Action Task Group, and help each other to move toward Assembly’s goal of zero emissions by 2040.” (Interview with Neil T)

Beach Patrol back this week

During recent years Crossroads folk concerned for God’s creation have supported Beach Patrol 3030 as regular clean-ups at South Werribee have netted many kilograms of plastic and other rubbish before it enters the Port Phillip Bay waters.

According to convenor Rob B, conservation of the planet’s marine environment is key to Beach Patrol, which has many groups active around the coast of Australia.
“All marine animal life is under threat from micro plastics as these are ingested,” says Rob. “The recent UN Conference on Plastic Pollution at Nairobi, Kenya issued a statement expressing deep concern for the oceans of the world, and affirming action by more than 150 nations to halt the destructive effect of plastics, starting with manufacture and distribution.”
“It’s encouraging that the Victorian government will introduce a deposit on plastic bottles from next year 2022. But the fight against plastic is not a done deal. We must think globally and act locally. Households in Wyndham can co-operate with the City Council, by returning soft plastics to collection bins at Coles and Woolworths.”
Today’s Beach Patrol 3030 clean up volunteers will meet at the carpark at the end of Beach Road, Campbells Cove at 11.30 am. Bring sun protection, gloves and bags! All are welcome.

Operation Christmas Child

Join us to learn more about volunteering with Operation Christmas Child this year.
Please see details below and register if you can make it. Hope to see you there. For more information please have a chat with Rose.

Local fashion for work and play

During the Covid crisis, Uniting Wyndham has served the vulnerable people of our local community with emergency relief, foster care and counselling services.

Crossroads member Connie O’Toole is organising a fund raiser for Uniting Wyndham on Saturday 26 March at 2 pm, at the Werribee Bowls Club. Cost is $15 per person – book through Connie on 0400976714, or on her Facebook page Connie Castles Hair. It is a size diverse event featuring local fashions. A light afternoon tea is provided and drinks at bar prices.

Lenten Studies

Lenten study discussion groups are currently being held on Thursdays until 14 April at 2pm in person at Crossroads, and at 7.30pm on Zoom (login at Meeting ID: 871 3910 9130 or https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87139109130). The discussion is based on the Assembly’s Circles of Interest Going Deeper program.

OSLO Occasional Sunday Lunch Out

On Sunday 27 March at 12 midday we are going to the Spotswood Hotel, 62 Hudson Road, just over the railway line at Spotswood. Sunday Roast is $20 but there are no seniors’ meals. Everyone welcome. Please contact either Elaine or Lorna before Thursday 24 March.

Celebrating women of the Uniting Church

This International Women’s Day we are delighted to be celebrating the immense contribution of Uniting Church women and one of them is our own, Mary D.

UCA Assembly invited people across our national church to submit the names of inspiring UCA women they know who are making an impact through leadership, witness and service. It is truly inspiring to hear of the many ways women in the Uniting Church are giving of themselves so generously, empowering and uplifting the gifts of others, nurturing faith and community, leading change, standing with the marginalised and making God’s mission in the world a reality.

Click the link below to UAC Assembly website where some of these women share about their journey and what International Women’s Day means to them. Click the images to read about these amazing women. Congratulations Mary!https://uniting.church/celebratingucawomen2/?fbclid=IwAR1aBfYKvxh9xZKq19LXTFRB6o3S6ER3cZJ2r91jF7S2x95WNwuJC-ic0cc

What’s On This Week

  • Monday: 7.30pm Card-making group (Rose G)
  • Thursday: 9.30am Gardening Group; 2pm Lenten Study (Crossroads); 7.30pm Lenten Study (Zoom)
  • Friday: 1pm Sew ‘N’ Sow (Crossroads); 6.30pm African Youth

Bible Readings – 13 March 2022

Genesis 15:1–12, 17–18; Philippians 3:17–4:1; Luke 13:31–38; Psalm 27

ROSTERS:

SUNDAY

Minister

Greetings:

AV: 

Morning Tea: 

Flowers: 

Music:   

Reader: 

Prayers:

13 March

Rev Annetia G 

Rose G

Roland G

Sandra S & Margaret G

Margaret F

Gina L

Deb C

Liz B

20 March

Rev Annetia G 

Margaret G

Jacob L

Nancy Mc & Margaret D

Salote T

Wendy B

Rose G

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:

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.
Email office@crossroadsunitingchurch.org.au