CONNECTION – 14 MARCH


Lent 4

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

News from the Church Council

The church council met on Saturday 6 March in a general conference via Zoom, led by our minister, Annetia Goldsmith. Participants were Luciana A, Wendy B, Jan B, Margaret B, Rose G, Frances G, Margaret G, Robert R, Ken S and Salote T. Apologies were received from Kur M and Samantha G.
We began by working in small groups on a little self-examination—what are the gifts we bring to the church council’s deliberations? We reminded ourselves about what the Basis of Union says about the church council and its responsibilities.
A ‘dreaming’ session followed, in which we worked through ideas about what realistically we might achieve in the remainder of 2021, followed by asking ourselves what changes are possible, what changes are needed, and what changes might honour God. Nine points were raised:

  • The need to ensure that newcomers are made welcome and are followed up with visits. This includes the opportunity to broaden our understanding of the different cultures that make up the congregation.
  • The need to include more people in worship, and it is suggested that a worship committee should be created.
  • Recognising that there are larger groups in existence (Home Group, UCAF, OSLO, Afternoon tea for Seniors, etc.), there is a need for smaller groups that enable conversation and mutual support.
  • There is a need for development of our pastoral care program, including the possibility hiring a pastoral care coordinator.
  • Blair D proposal for dividing up the congregation into “elders’ districts”, as they used to be called, for the purposes of enhancing pastoral care should be considered further.
  • There is a need for “Getting to know the minister” by setting up small group visits to meet the minister at the office.
  • Consider the possibility of putting worship services on the open to the public Crossroads Facebook page.
  • Investigate the possibility of the congregation ‘adopting’ an issue for some (3? 12?) months that enabled members of the congregation to contribute to it in different ways.
  • Seek to build inter-church and possibly inter-faith relationships and involving the congregation in activities to support this.

Following our ‘dreaming’ session, we compared the results of our ‘dreaming’ with the goals and objectives that had been developed for the 2019–2020 congregational mission plan. This plan had had to be put on hold during 2020 because of the Covid restrictions.

Finally, we considered and agreed to some proposals:

  1. To conduct a survey of all members (which will be managed by Bev L and Margaret B). More information later.
  2. To approve the appointment of a pastoral care coordinator at 8 hours/week, commencing in April, with the position to be advertised and interviewed by a panel of Annetia Goldsmith, Salote T and Ken S. A draft position description has been prepared with the focus being on welcoming and supporting newcomers to worship.

A letter from the Lisu congregation

Dennis L wrote a few days ago to me. Here is part of what he said: “I am really worried about my sister and brother. Please remember them and the people of Burma in your prayers. Today, my sister witnessed from her window a young man getting shot from arm reach and kicked.  In other parts, snipers are being used to shoot people on the head. There are more death from shooting today than yesterday. God Save Myanmar!”

The Lisu congregation, our sister congregation here at Crossroads, is made up of people from Myanmar who have sought refuge in Australia from the depredations of the government and military of that country. Dennis L is their pastor. (RR)

Beach Patrol

This coming Sunday March 14 we will be back cleaning the K Road Cliffs.  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.

It’s a long time since our last clean & it will be great to meet each other again.

Crossroads Relay for Life Team—we’re back!

Thanks for your patience, the Wyndham Relay for Life event will be held on the 11 September and will be a 10 hour event, starting at 12 midday and finishing at 10pm that night.  This is for the 2021 Season only. 

Three important ceremonies will be included – Opening, Candlelight and Closing Ceremonies.

The venue is the Victoria University Athletics Track in Hoppers Lane, Hoppers Crossing.  All participants who were registered for the 2020 Event have had their registration carried over for 2021.  Therefore you will not have to pay for the 2021 event.  We welcome new participants, please see Lauren, Frances or Roland for more information.

The Crossroads Team will also be attending the Annual Wyndham Relay for Life Dinner Dance.

We have booked a table of 10, with 8 places remaining. Approximate cost is $60 per person with $10 per ticket we sell going to our teams fundraising effort.

It includes a two course meal and a fantastic band to accompany your dance moves. The venue (in Wyndham) is still being determined but the date is set for the 29 May 2021 from 7pm to midnight.

Please contact Roland to book your seat.

OSLO lunch coming: 28 March

We are booked for the Tiger Club 70 Old Geelong Road Hoppers Crossing which is near Spotlight. At the time of booking the receptionist was not certain if the chef would continue with senior meals on Sundays. Everyone is welcome, please contact Elaine B

Vale Remy C

It is with sadness that we mourn the passing of our beloved congregation member, Remy C at the age of 96. Her memorial service was held at Crossroads on Friday evening at 6 pm.

What’s On This Week

Monday: Playgroup, 9:30am

Worship Plan for this coming week

21st March

Bible Readings

Jeremiah 31:27–37; Hebrews 5:5–10; John 12:20–33; Psalm 51:1–12

Rosters

  • Greetings: Volunteer required
  • Sign-In Assisting: Elisabeth B & Jan B
  • Flowers: Elaine B
  • Music: Asanka P
  • AV operator: Mathew W
  • DV operator: Rob B
  • Cleaning: Neil & Margaret T
  • Prayers of the People: Volunteer required

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