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—sharing God’s love
Christmas Bowl – Share God’s love with a refugee going hungry this Christmas.
Advent is nearly upon us, and during Advent Crossroads will be once again participating in the Christmas Bowl.
Through the Christmas Bowl, more than 1,000 churches across Australia will be working together to fulfill the commission Jesus gave us, to care for our neighbours. Our role is to trust Him, to pray and to act.
By continuing to be part of this important tradition, we can help to create a world where uprooted people have a safe place to belong.
Over the weeks leading up to Christmas we will be learning about refugees in different countries around the world, and how the projects supported by the Christmas Bowl are helping them. We will be given the opportunity to help out by praying and donating. (Sandra S)
Global warming: COP27 this week
This week’s CONNECTION is published as the international Conference of the Parties COP 27 meets at the Egyptian resort town of Sharm-el-Sheikh on the Sinai peninsula. (Just down the road from Moses’ Mount Sinai.) COP 27 confronts the reality of a warming planet’s loss of biodiversity and frequency of climate disasters.
What are Christians to think about all this? In September 2022 the World Council of Churches 11th Assembly statement “The Living Planet—a just and sustainable global community” demanded action to address the climate emergency.
My friend Vitaly, expat Russian medical doctor on Norway’s Svalbard (formerly Spitzbergen) scientific base within the Arctic Circle (“the far far north of our planet” sees the evidence. Even as the winter polar night closes in, glaciers are melting, the deep permafrost of centuries is thawing, and formerly frozen animals and humans are exposed.
Christopher W, Professor of Organizational Studies at the University of Sydney, writes in The Conversation: (7/11/22) “Our fossil fuel addiction, that is oil, coal and gas income will double in 2022 to US$4 trillion…How is it that our society could choose to destroy itself by failing to avert a climate catastrophe? The fossil fuel hegemony – a coalition of corporate actors aligned around carbon-dependent economic growth (have) captured the political parties in Australia, US and Canada.”
COP 27 in Egypt aspires to achieve decarbonisation of the global economy. Leader of Australia’s delegation is Minister for Climate Change in the Albanese Government Chris Bowen. He fails to tell the truth – that Australia is addicted to the taxes paid on this country’s export income from coal and natural gas. These taxes enable the Commonwealth government’s budget recovery. The global warming impact of Australia’s fossil fuel exports ranks only behind Russia and Saudi Arabia.
I pray that our world leaders will come to their senses (see Luke 15:17). May God save us from ourselves! (NT)
Congregational Meeting cancelled
We have had to cancel this Sunday’s proposed congregation meeting due to circumstances beyond our control. Our negotiations continue with the Hoppers Crossing congregation and the presbytery about the proposed move of the Hoppers Crossing congregation to the Crossroads site, but there are a number of unresolved issues that need to be clarified before we can make further progress. We will keep you up to date with new information as it becomes available. (Robert R, Chair of Church Council)
Exciting possibilities ahead for Crossroads
At a meeting of Church Councillors recently the Synod Property Division representatives introduced some plans for the redevelopment of the Crossroads site following the move of Uniting Wyndham from the site. We’re looking forward for the further development of these plans and the commencement of the work in the not-too-distant future. More information to come! (RR)
3030 Beach Patrol
cleans Campbells Cove, near Wyndham Harbour today: 11.30 am-12.30 pm. Meet at Campbells Cove Road, just past the beach huts. (NT)
Christmas OSLO lunch
On Sunday November 27 at 12pm we are once again going to the Hoppers Club, Pannam Drive, Hoppers Crossing for our Christmas Lunch. Carvery 2 courses for $25. Please contact Elaine or Lorna before 24 November for booking purposes.
Christmas carol service
We are so blessed this year to have Judy Vincent lead our Crossroads Carols Practices and Service.
Carols Practices are from 5.45pm – 7pm commencing this Sunday, 6 November until 4 December. A call out to all you choristers, why not come along and join in.
Please ring Wendy if you wish to be part of this year’s Carols service – or just come along.
What’s On This Week – 13 November
- Sunday (Today): 11.30am 3030 Beach Patrol (see below)
- Monday: 9.30am Playgroup; 7.30pm Card-making
- Wednesday: 9.30am Crossroads Property C’tee
- Thursday: 9.30am Gardening Group (Crossroads)
- Friday: 1pm Sew ‘n’ Sow (Crossroads)
Isaiah 65:17–25; 2 Thessalonians 3:6–13; Luke 21:5–19; Isaiah 12.
Elane B & Marg G
Judith O’K & Dorothy R
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 – On Leave at present (9741 1084 email@example.com)
- Audrey Kateena (0435 064 088 firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.