CONNECTION – 14 FEBRUARY


Transfiguration

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

Sacred People Sacred Earth Day March 11

Crossroads Uniting Church and many other places of worship around the planet will demonstrate commitment to confront global warming at 11 am on Thursday March 11. We met the local member Justice Task Group members at Crossroads UC, Mary and Neil met with Joanne Ryan MHR , to invite her to attend our local event of the world-wide rally  “Sacred People, Sacred Earth” on March 11, at 11 am. We discussed issues of climate change and Federal politics. Our visit with Joanne showed she has a clear grasp of the challenge faced by the ALP making policy for the next election. Defeated in 2019 in coal-mining seats of Queensland, Albanese’s party must win over those workers who feel their industry is threatened by purist zero emissions dogma. “’Zero emissions in 2050’ is a challenging target, but it demonstrates Labor’s commitment to halting global warming,” she says. “Don’t antagonize people by imposing your version of truth” is a message I took from our meeting with Joanne Ryan.  I’ll save my questions about Australia the world’s number two exporter of coal for another day. (NT)
Wyndham InterFaith Network members at a recent breakfast meeting complimented our UC congregation on its initiative to raise awareness of global warming’s threat to planet earth. Our banner was displayed, and world faiths invited to attend the bellringing event at Crossroads.
The Justice Task Group in action

Church Services at Crossroads

·       Worship services are held each Sunday at 9.30am. COVID19 restrictions are in place and the following conditions for attendance apply.
·        Bookings through church office are required prior to Friday 5pm each week, and QR electronic registration will be required (help will be available).
·       Face masks required inside the buildings.
·       No morning tea or social time after the service at church! (Maybe coffee at local café?) We suggest that you bring a water bottle if you need a drink.
·       The service will be videoed and put online on Facebook for those who don’t attend in person.

Ash Wednesday Service

You are invited to our Ash Wednesday service (17 Feb) at 7pm in the church. The service will be recorded and made available on Facebook afterwards. You do not need to book for this service, but face masks, QR log-in, social distancing and cleaning afterwards are still required.

O.S.L.O. Occasional Sunday Lunches Out February 28, 2021 — 12 noon start.

It’s only fitting that we should start the new year at the Phoenix Hotel Point Cook 22–30 Wallace Avenue, where we had our very last O.S.L.O. last year on Feb 23. One whole year without O.S.L.O.! Although we missed going to church and meetings we managed to have services at home via Facebook, Zoom and a band of wonderful members who delivered the Connection and copies of the service and ran the videos etc. You all deserve a medal. Let’s celebrate on the 28 Feb, 12 noon. Unfortunately no senior meals but prices are about $22–$27. Please contact Elaine or Lorna.

Online worship services

The Sunday morning service will be videoed and put online each week for those people who aren’t able to attend worship in person. It will be available by the following Monday on the private Facebook page.

Ecumenical Bible study invitation

Members of Crossroads Uniting are cordially invited to attend the regular weekly St Andrew’s Catholic Church Werribee Gospel Reflection (Bible Study) at Penola Hub (former nuns’ residence) in Mortimer St, on Wednesdays at 10.30 am. The Gospel reading for the forthcoming Sunday is the topic for discussion. (See our Common Lectionary for Feb 15, Mark 1: 9-15, in CONNECTION.)  Neil T will gladly introduce you to the friendly folk who regularly attend.

3030 Beach Patrol is back

Today, Sunday Feb 14, we will be having our first clean for 2021.  Meet at the K Road cliffs carpark K Road Werribee Sth at 11:30AM.  The clean up will last 1 hour.  Due to Covid 19 things will run a bit differently.  We need you to BYO everything.  That is bring your own rubbish bags, pick up sticks, gloves & drink bottle etc.  We will provide the large black bags to bag the rubbish & recyclables up for council to collect.  We will not  have a BBQ, but we can however go for coffee / snack at Wyndham Harbour after the clean if people are so inclined.

With Love to the World

Three spare copies will be available in the foyer display cabinet for anyone who is interested in subscribing at $6 per quarter. Contact Lyn O

Communion linen

Our communion linen is showing its age, is worn out and stained. Anyone interested in providing new linen? Please contact our minister, Annetia Goldsmith.

ACT 2

The Assembly of the UCA is currently seeking to survey members of the church about the future of the Uniting Church as a people of God on the way. The UCA began its journey 43 years ago, and things have changed in our church, in our country, and in our world. What is God calling us to do, where is God leading us? How should we order our lives to best fulfil that calling?

You can fill in the online survey from this location:https://uniting.church/act2_introduction/

Worship Plan for this coming week

21st February

Bible Readings

Genesis 9:8–17; Psalm 25:1–10; I Peter 3:18–22; Mark 1:9–15.

Rosters

  • Greetings: Margaret G
  • Sign-In Assisting: Sue M & Sandra S
  • Flowers: Bev C
  • Prayers of the People: Sandra S
  • Reader: Volunteer Required
  • Music: Wendy B
  • AV operator: Paul K
  • DV operator: Lauren D
  • Cleaning: Sue M & Mary D

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.
Email office@crossroadsunitingchurch.org.au