CONNECTION – 14 NOVEMBER


PENTECOST 25

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

COVID RESTRICTIONS
With changes to the COVID19 restrictions, in-person services are not possible and the Church is closed. Online services will be provided via our private Facebook group.

Returning to in-person worship

There will be some important and essential Covid restrictions that have to be met.

  1. Attendance at worship will only be possible by booking a place with the office in the week preceding the service. Initially, there will be a maximum of 50 people in attendance, and this number includes the 10 people who will fill the rosters for the day.
  2. Only double vaccinated people (with the exception of children under 12) can attend at this stage and you will need to provide proof of vaccination when booking a place.
  3. There will need to be a sufficient number of volunteers for each service who will manage the QR logging in and proof of vaccination (2 people at the door – as people arrive) and the cleaning after the service (2 people). Additionally, if we are to have morning tea, we will need 2 extra people. We need you to volunteer for these 6 duties. Please contact the office as soon as possible if you can offer to be a volunteer to join the roster to manage the service requirements.

Beach Patrol 3030

3030 Beach Patrol is joining with Wyndham City’s Street surfer bus to clean the Werribee South foreshore on Sat Nov 20 from 10:30 to 12:30. We will meet near the carpark at the intersection of Beach Rd & O’Connors Rd. This will be our only clean for November and our final for 2021. We hope you can join us as it has been a long time since our last group clean. Please bring your own bag & gloves. For your safety we along with Wyndham Council have a double vaccination policy which will be linked to the QR code check in. After the clean enjoy family friendly activities and displays by the Street Surfer Bus, Life Saving Victoria and Green Living team. Youth Services will also be running activities such as sports, games and music. Thanks for your support in this strange year. We look forward to returning to our monthly cleans in 2022.
For more information about this clean go to:
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/clean-up-our-beach-summer-session-werribee-south-beach-foreshore-tickets-198034064217

An Asylum Seeker story

Each asylum seeker’s story is different. They share a common experience of resentful treatment by a hostile Australian government.
I received an email request from Hassan (not his real name) “My Centrelink money is stopped, and I am two months behind in payment of rent.”


I was aware that Hassan’s part-time job at a take-away cafe had finished. We agreed to go to Centrelink and find out what is happening.
The woman at Centrelink said “We cannot help you in this office. I’ll put you through on the phone to a person who speaks Hassan’s mother language. The voice said: “Payment was cancelled by the Department of Home Affairs. They will interview you by phone this afternoon.”
We sat outside the Centrelink office, and Hassan told this writer that he had worked in a local government agency in Iran. He told me how he, his wife and two small children escaped from a dangerous family situation.
They arrived by boat at Christmas Island in 2013. At this time Kevin Rudd PM of Australia said “Asylum seekers who came by boat will never be settled in Australia.”
Hassan and his wife soon separated. After a year in Migrant Interim Transit Accommodation (MITA) Broadmeadows, Hassan and his two children came to the western suburbs. A kind neighbour provided him and his family with a car and furniture.
Hassan has become a baptized Christian, a member of the Uniting Church. Christians are persecuted in Iran.
He received good news this week. His Bridging Visa has been restored to him.
Financial support comes from a charitable agency. His English language is improving.
Crossroads congregation and Justice Task Group walk alongside asylum seekers. (NT)

OSLO is back!

“Occasional Sunday Lunches Out”, if you have forgotten after all this lockdown time, will have its Christmas lunch at the Hoppers Club in Hoppers Crossing—Sunday, 28 November from 12 midday. We have been asked to bring verification of our double vaccinations.
Please contact Lorna or Elaine for numbers before 25 November.

Seniors Afternoon Tea

We are inviting all our members for lunch at the Racecourse hotel on Wednesday 24 November 12 midday. It will be an a la carte menu. This will be our Christmas Lunch and Invitations are going out and transport will be organised. Please bring verification of your double vaccination.
Contact Lyn or Lorna for bookings by 22 November.

Skeleton Mudflats Park

The COP 26 Conference in Glasgow has heightened many persons’ awareness of the conservationist slogan “Think globally, act locally”. Crossroads Werribee UC members are active in local groups caring for the earth.
This writer joined the Nature West working bee held recently at Shaft Court, off Old Geelong Road, Hoppers Crossing in the valley of Skeleton Creek.
I recall the badly degraded, rubbish strewn watercourse in years gone by. Now it’s transformed by the work of keen amateur ecologists.
On this day, volunteers tended the many plants in tree guards, pulled invasive weeds and spread a truckload of mulch.

The Federation Trail (27 km of off-road safe bike riding from Werribee to Spotswood) is on the west side of the creek. Three years ago Nature West people cleared the dreadful kikuyu grass and planted beautiful stands of casuarina and acacia along the Trail, creating a bush screen. It’s an important corridor for bird life.
Kelly Jackson, member of the Nature West committee organized the work party. Kelly is currently completing a Certificate 4 in Natural Land Management through the Gordon Tafe College. She says: “I’m proud to belong to a group of people who take practical, on the ground steps to care for our local environment. Anyone can join our working bees. (NT)

Spiny Rice Flower — currently being planted in the Skeleton Mudflats Park area.

Operation Christmas Child … Rose G

Do you usually pack Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes to send overseas to needy children to help share God’s love? The good news is, despite Covid-19 restrictions, you still can!


If you HAVE been able to fill your shoeboxes with something to wear, for hygiene, for school, to love, to play with, and a personal message from you to the child, I am ready and willing to collect them from you NOW!

  • If you HAVEN’T been able to shop, but you would still like to support the OCC Ministry, we have an exciting and simple way that you can send a box overseas, and it’s all on the Samaritan’s Purse website: ‘PACK A BOX ONLINE’.
  • For $30 you can choose to pack a box for a boy or girl aged 2–4, 5–9 or 10–14. A selection of gifts will be added to your box and you can even include a personal message so that the child knows that you love and care for them. Your payment covers all the items in the box, transport and distribution.

This year the boxes from Australia/New Zealand will be sent to Cambodia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Madagascar and Malawi. This year more than ever we need to support our less fortunate neighbours here and overseas. If you would like more information please call me or go to the website:
https://samaritanspurse.org.au/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/packonline/

What’s On This Week

  • Some hiring of the hall will commence this week, but new church activities are yet to commence.

Worship Plan for this coming week

14 November 2021

Bible Readings

I Samuel 1:4–20, 2:1–10; Hebrews 10:11–25; Mark 13:1–8; Psalm 16.

Rosters for 14 Nov & (21 Nov)

  • Greetings: Margaret G ()
  • Cleaning: Rose & Margaret B ()
  • AV: Roland ()
  • QR & Vaccination: Rose & Liz ()
  • Morning Tea: Sandra & Liz (Nancy Mc & Marg G)
  • Flowers: Jennie K (Lorna H)
  • Music: Gina L (Wendy B)
  • Prayers: Annetia G (Mary D)
  • Reader: Bev C (Elaine B)

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:

Audrey will be the primary contact on Mondays and Thursdays and Annetia at other times.

CHURCH OFFICE INFORMATION

The office is open weekdays from 9:30am to 12pm.

Telephone 03 9741 1084.  Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.
Email office@crossroadsunitingchurch.org.au