Crossroads Connection


Interfaith Tour

Crossroads people travelled with friends of the Sikh and Moslem communities, on the Places of Worship tour recently, organised by the Wyndham Inter Faith Network.

We were conducted around the Jewish Museum of Australia, in St Kilda, then to the Orthodox Synagogue next door.

At the Hare Krishna Temple in Middle Park we enjoyed a delicious vegetarian lunch, which is daily served to the devotees and visitors.




Christmas Boxes

Today our shoeboxes will be blessed during our morning worship.  (If you are running late I will continue to take them to Mitcham during October.)  All our boxes this year will be directed to the Philippines.  (Margaret Gook)

Annual Multifaith Dinner

This will be held on November 7 starting at 6.30 pm at the  Encore Event Centre, Derrimut  Road, Hoppers Crossing.  Our key note speaker  Jessie Lloyd  will give  voice to stories of  dreaming and relationship with the land.   We  believe  a message of  connection and  respect for  the faith practice of first peoples is  important for all to understand.  It is also a base from which  to look to the  future and highlight  the key points of the Uluru statement taking up the  invitation “to walk with first nations people  in a movement for a better  future“.  Tickets $20. or see Neil Tolliday who will assist with bookings.  When you book you will be asked the faith with which you identify yourself.


The Fête — Saturday 20 October 2018

*  If you any items to donate, please drop them at the church office between 9.30am and 12 noon on weekdays, or on Sundays.  If you need items collected from your home, let the office know and it will be arranged.

*  The cake stall at the fete is happy to receive any items : cakes,  slices, jams, savoury slices,  mini-quiches, etc.  Please bring them on the morning of the fete with a list of ingredients.

*  Rose Geilen would love to hear from anyone who can bake scones for the Devonshire Tea stall.

*  Extra tables will be needed, please let the office know if you have some we can borrow.

*  The book stall needs donations of books, magazines, and DVDs.

* The popular Chocolate Throw will again be operating at this year’s church fete. All donations of blocks of chocolate (approx. 200g size) will be gratefully received. Please leave in the church office by 14th October.

*  The plant stall needs early morning volunteers to help set up.  We also need volunteers to join the roster for the day of the fête— If anyone can spare an hour (or more) please text or call Carmel Woodward on 0401 272 898, advising what time(s) you can assist.

*  Set up for the fete will be from 4pm on Friday 19th, volunteers are needed.

*  We need someone to run the ‘nearly new’ stall and volunteers on the BBQ, plant pricing on Friday 19th evening, and general volunteers.  There will be a sign-up sheet on the noticeboard.

* Final Fête planning meeting, today 14 Oct, following the church service.

Adani protest opportunity


The Uniting Church Synod of Victoria's Justice and International Mission unit offers members of this congregation post cards addressed to the Minister for the Environment in Canberra, protesting against the Adani Group's plan to develop  a massive coal mine in the Galilee Basin.

This planet's future is at stake. Neil has a supply of cards in church today, and he invites you to take one, sign it and send!

Housekeeping & Help

If you or someone you know is in need of pastoral care, please don’t hesitate to contact either our minister, Mike Lewis or Robyn Tomkins.  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.

Worship Plan for this week

Today’s worship

9.30 am   Family Service.  (Rev. Mike Lewis)

Following worship today

Tea/coffee in the Foyer

Activities this week

Monday: Playgroup, 9.30 am.

Friday: Sew ‘n’ Sow, 1–3 pm at Sandra Savory’s home

Fête Preparation: From 4 pm.  Helpers needed!

Saturday: Crossroads Fête, 9 am–afternoon


Next Sunday – 21 October: Pentecost 22

9.30 am Morning Worship (Rev. Mike Lewis)

Rosters for Next Week

Rosters for Next Week

Duty Elder: Julie Rees

Greeting: Volunteer needed!

Morning Tea: Julie Rees & Lorraine Sewell

Flowers: Salote Tupou

Reader: Noel Savory

AV Desk: Brendan Geilen

Prayers: Mike Lewis

Piano: Asanka Pakura

Bible Readings next week: Job 38:1–7; Psalm 104: 1–9, 24, 35c; Hebrews 5:1–10; Mark 10:35–45


Eugenie and Protaius

When you are at Crossroads worship, look for Eugenie Katihabwa and Protaius Nijimbere, with their lively children: Queen, Blessing, King and Evan.

The family is living in Werribee;  older children Queen and Blessing are in Grade 3 and Grade 1 at Primary School. King (age 3) who comes to Crossroads Playgroup, and “baby” Evan 7 months, were baptised recently, in this church.

Eugenie came to Newcastle University on an Australian Government scholarship in 2014; Protaius and the rest of the family followed, escaping danger from the political instability of the country; they were recognised as refugees here. Now, they have Permanent Resident status, and have applied for Australian citizenship.

Eugenie says “We are happy to find the Uniting Church, because we know it fights for a just society.”

They came from Christian homes; Eugenie was Catholic, and Protaius Anglican. They met in Bible study group at University of Burundi.

Burundi is a land-locked African republic, formerly a French colony, just south of the Equator.  Its neighbours are Tanzania, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In the capital city Bujumbura in Burundi, Eugenie was a school teacher, until she was appointed head of the Communication department in Burundi’s Ministry of Education.

After completing an agronomy degree, Protaius was firstly a teacher, then became manager of a plantation of palm oil trees for eight years.  He has experience in horticulture and environment management.  They are both looking for useful employment in their adopted country, and they have much to give.

Let’s make the family welcome!  (NT)


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