COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY & THE COMING WEEK
The next two Sundays
Our minister, Annetia Goldsmith, will be on well-deserved holidays on the next two Sundays (20 & 327 Sept.), and our online service producer, Roland Geilen, and his helpers will also take a well-earned break from the production of the services. Consequently, there will be no Facebook Crossroads services online for September 20 and 27.
The 10.30 am morning teas will continue, and the log-in details will be advertised in Connection each week and provided in the Crossroads Private Facebook Group.
There are many other online services that you may like to ‘visit’, and here are the addresses of some that you may find helpful.
St Michael’s Uniting, Melbourne go to https://stmichaels.org.au and then to the “Online @ St Michael’s Videos” section on the main page. The Rev. Dr Margaret Mayman is the minister.
Brunswick Uniting: go to https://brunswick.unitingchurch.org.au and then to the “Worship with us” page. Services are streamed live at 9.30 am. The minister is the Rev. Ian Ferguson.
St David’s Newtown: go to https://www.facebook.com/NewtownUniting/ and you will find both a live service and a recorded service afterwards. The minister is the Rev. Will Nicholas.
Bacchus Marsh Uniting has a YouTube service that’s recorded—go to https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxmbmWZu3FB4AE7Hs_K9nbA. The minister is the Rev. David Withers.
Cranbourne Regional Uniting: go to https://www.facebook.com/CranbourneRegionalUnitingChurch and you will find on the page where you can join the service. The Rev. Tony Duncan is one of a number of ministers who help lead these services.
Thanks for your support and love
Joan Sturgess writes: “I was overwhelmed by the numerous messages, phone calls, flowers and cards received following the death of my husband Roy. A big thank you to all. We were very grateful to be able to hold his funeral service in the church, and thank you to those people who made it possible—and to Salote for the very beautiful flowers”.
THANK YOU for your cards, flowers, emails, texts and phone calls following the passing of Len Clancy. We are very grateful for the support and love of our Church family despite the restrictions of Covid-19—from Joy Clancy and the Geilen family.
Thanks for your continuing support
Thanks to all our congregation’s members whose ongoing financial support of the congregation has meant that the income from all sources for the first seven months of this year has almost matched the expenditure (deficit of only $2,179). Thank you also to the open plate givers who are putting their offerings aside for the time when they can give the cash in at the office after Stage 4 lockdown.
Special Crossroads St Francis of Assisi Day service
On Sunday 4 October, at our usual time of 9.30 am, there will be a special ‘blessing of the animals’ service, and you are invited to senda photo of your pet(s) for inclusion in the service. Don’t forget to give your pet’s name as well as your own! (This is Bard, the Rentons’ Jack Russell.)
Worship Plan for this week
Bible Readings – 20 September 2020
Exodus 16:2–15; Philippians 1:21–30; Matthew 20:1–16; Psalm 105:1–6, 37–45.
Rosters for 4 October 2020
Prayers of the People: TBC
Reader: Julie Rees
Flowers: Mary Dixon
Prayers at this time
“Prayer is not a discourse. It is a form of life, the life with God.
That is why it is not confined to the moment of verbal statement.
The latter (verbalisation) can only be the secondary expression of the relationship with God, an overflow from the encounter between the living God and the living person.”
Lindsay and Shirley Davis greet their friends at Crossroads.They thank Rose Geilen for delivering their CONNECTION each week, and for handing on their church offering to Salote, our treasurer. “At a time when aged care facilities are in the news, we are thankful to be in our own home,” says Shirley.
“We miss Sunday mornings, the companionship of the afternoon teas and OSLO lunches,” says Lindsay.” Retirement village life is restricted because of Government lockdown, and the Davises are supported by their nearby family members.
Eric and Rowie Griffiths send greeting. Rowie says “Please tell the folk at Crossroads, Eric and I are still here and in good health. We were away at Gundaroo NSW in February, and got back to Werribee just in time for the lockdown”. The Griffiths’ appreciate receiving CONNECTION, and viewing the Sunday morning worship on line, and “We value what Roland and Annetia are doing,” Eric says.
“We are missing Sunday mornings and OSLO, being able to talk with friends, and the ‘geriatric gardening group, and we are thinking of you all,” she says.
“We are missing Sunday morning worship, and our friends at church. We send our blessing to all,” says Mary and Hibeam Tanginoa. Mary says she has put her Diploma of Community Services study on hold; she is focusing on helping the boys with their remote learning.
“As for Hibeam, he works for a small family business, which does rubbish removal. We are fortunate that he is working; as citizens of New Zealand we wouldn’t have access to government benefits,” says Mary.
People at Crossroads UC congregation know Rod Ellem as the choir conductor for Christmas Carols over about four years, since he and his sons, Josh, Zac and Harry, came to our church in 2009. Rod is a clarinet player and personnel manager with The Airforce Band. “The personnel manager role is critical at this time of Covid-19, when many Airforce Band people, like the rest of us, are finding their work roles must be re-defined. My job is to look after the welfare of the 40 members of the Band”.
Rod grew up—“Everywhere. My dad was in the RAAF, and we moved every two years, around Australia. “Julie and I were married at our home church, Blaxland Uniting Church in 1990. Julie is a community health nurse. I’ve been logging on to worship services on line when I can, and I’m very much looking forward to everyone getting together again”.
CHURCH OFFICE AND NEWSLETTER
Please note that due to the Covid-19 Stage 4 restrictions the Church Office will not be attended. Please contact us via email or phone 03 9741 1084
Telephone 03 9741 1084. Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.