Crossroads Connection


NAIDOC Week 7–14 July 2019

There is a story that's sometimes used to explain white Australia's attitude to their relationship with First Nations peoples.

Say you had a car — a car you loved and looked after, washing and polishing it every week to make sure it stayed in tip top condition. One day, some strange bloke — let's call him Bruce — comes along out of nowhere and takes your car, just drives off into the sunset, revving the engine and crunching the gears.

You are heartbroken and bewildered. That car meant everything to you and you are lost without it. Now you have to watch as some idiot fangs it around the neighbourhood and ignores your hurt and anger.

Eventually Bruce seems to notice that you are upset. "Hey," he says, "I'm sorry I stole your car. I didn't know it was yours when I took it and I didn't mean to upset you. Can we be friends?

Being the forgiving type, you say: "That's OK, Bruce, sure we can be friends — but first I really need my car back."

"What?" says Bruce. "You can't have the car back! It's my car now! I've made improvements to it — added a spoiler and some rims, souped up the engine. I'm definitely keeping the car — I just wanted you to know that I'm sorry you're upset about it."

"Hang on a sec, Bruce," you say. "You need to understand how bad it is that you stole my car, and how difficult you have made my life. I haven't been able to take my kids to school, I haven't been able to go to work, my children and I have suffered without that car!"

"OK," says Bruce. "That does seem pretty bad. How 'bout I tell everyone just how sorry I am that I took your car?"

"Well, that would be a good start," you reply. "But either you give me my car back or you will need to pay me some compensation."
"Nah," says Bruce. "I can't afford to pay you compensation. And I'm keeping the car — there's nothing you can do about it." (Stand-off—a solution? Treaty? What do you think?)

Worship Plan for this week

Today’s worship service

9.30 am Family Service (Rev. Valerie Johnson)
11.30 am Beach Patrol, at Guyra Ct, Werribee
12 noon Lisu Service
2 pm Sudanese Fellowship

Activities this week

Monday: 9.30 am Playgroup
Friday: 1 pm Sew ‘n’ Sow at the Bradleys’
5 pm African Youth (church foyer)
Saturday: 10 am African Youth (church foyer)

Bible Readings – 21 July 2019

Amos 8:1–12; Colossians 1:15–28; Luke 10:38–42; Psalm 52.

Rosters for Next Week

Rosters for 21 July 2019

Minister: Rev. Robert Renton
Duty Elder: Robyn Tomkins
Greeting: Luciana Aragon
Morning Tea: Sandra Savory & Elizabeth Barnes
Flowers: Lorna Hodge
Reader: Wendy Barnes
AV Desk: Paul Kirkham
Prayers of the People: Jan Bradley
Piano: Wendy Barnes

Housekeeping & Help

If you or someone you know is in need of pastoral care, please don’t hesitate to contact either Robyn Tomkins or Robert Renton.  We’re keen to make sure that when people know that someone has gone into hospital or is otherwise ‘out of sorts’, that they are not forgotten.  If we don’t know that someone has suffered some misfortune we are not likely to be able to visit or offer support in some way; so please let us know in such a circumstance.


Operation Christmas Child

Today is the Werribee launch of our ‘shoeboxes’ for 2019. There will be a trading table to buy suitable items at bargain prices and empty shoeboxes will be available.

Well not quite empty!

Thanks to a local lady each shoebox will contain a knitted teddy to get you started. See us anytime if you need boxes.

(Margaret Gook, Rose Geilen)

Occasional Sunday Lunches Out –O.S.L.O

On Sunday the 28th July we will be going to the Commercial Hotel Watton Street. Senior meals available. Everyone welcome. Please contact either Lorna on 97414185 or Elaine on 93952045 by the 25th July for numbers.

Celebrating 20 years of O.S.L.O.

August 25 at Chirnsides by the River at 12.45 pm for 1pm. There will be a buffet lunch with the cost of $33.

Seating is limited and we would appreciate payment as soon as possible to secure a place, a receipt will be given so that nobody pays twice! Partial payment is acceptable but full payment is necessary by 18th August. It should be a fun day and we hope some past members will turn up. Contact Lorna or Elaine.

Building a fresh start together

Uniting’s Winter Share Appeal is open for donations, and envelopes are available in the foyer. Suggested amounts are $40 which can provide a personal care pack, including soap, shampoo, toothpaste and deodorant to restore dignity to a person in crisis; $75 which can provide a session with a dedicated crisis support worker; and $210 which can assist a family with emergency accommodation for one night.

Natalie Bonfa’s story (next column) is an example of the fine work carried out by Uniting for families in difficulty in our community.

Hospitality House thanks

The appeal we had running last month brought in $520 to support the Indigenous Hospitality House's work in welcoming Aboriginal families from all over Australia as they seek specialist help for family members. This is a great result. Many thanks to all who contributed. (Mary Dixon)

Pastoral Care

Please contact Robyn Tomkins for any pastoral care needs during our ministerial vacancy.

Westgate Concert Band

Derek Humphrey OAM is co-founder of the Westgate Concert Band, formed 40 years ago to encourage young instrumentalists in Western suburbs schools. Derek at that time was teaching music at Braybrook Secondary College, and Westbourne Grammar. He had previously led the RAAF band and had many years’ experience in military bands in the UK.

Derek and his wife Joan, long-time members of Crossroads congregation, were guests of honour at the band’s 40th Anniversary celebration concert on Saturday 29 June, before a full house of friends and families at Kensington Town Hall.

Uniting’s Natalie Bonfa

Crossroads Uniting congregation can know that Natalie Bonfa is placed in a Uniting Wyndham pioneering outreach program at Wyndham Park Primary School called Homelessness and Education Linkage Program, not replicated elsewhere in this State.

“My role is to support students at school and their families; which gives me flexibility to understand the whole situation of the young person.  My initial focus is on attendance, and then I work through underlying issues alongside parents and teachers, aiming to bring the school’s resource persons together for the benefit of the student,” says Natalie.

Practical help for the student’s family can come through Uniting’s access to funding for school uniforms and food parcels. Natalie says: “I can take clients to appointments with housing workers and other professional agencies, which is beyond the employment scope of Education Ministry teachers.”

The school contributes its support through the Wellbeing Team, of which Natalie is a member. Wyndham Park Primary School’s counsellor, social worker, social and behavioural teacher, chaplain and assistant principal are on the team, sharing responsibilities with Natalie.

“My passion is empowering young people, giving them hope, and making a difference,” she says. (NT)


Church Office is open 9.30 am–12 noon, Monday–Friday

Telephone 03 9741 1084.  Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.