OUR COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY AND THE COMING WEEK
MICAH AUSTRALIA : DO JUSTICE TOGETHER
With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Amos 6:6–8)
The Micah Australia coalition is made up of 15 agencies, including Anglican, Baptist, Catholic and Uniting Church agencies, World Vision, Tear Australia, and Act for Peace, who work together to provide financial support, oversight and strategy to gather, inspire and empower Australian Christians as advocates, to share God’s heart for justice and raise a powerful voice with and for people in poor communities around the world.
One issue Micah Australia is focused on is the plight of the Rohingya people of Myanmar. By August of last year they had become the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world. The scale of the crisis is incredible: 800,000 Rohingya refugees have fled to Bangladesh, 60% of whom are children, and reportedly 56% of the women have been raped. World Vision CEO Claire Rogers has pointed out that this month a large number of births are expected in the refugee camps (many as a result of the sexual violence) and this will coincide with the rainy season, with its consequent danger of flooding and landslides.
EVENTS AND NOTICES
Saturday Take Away Night (STAN)
STAN will be held on 28 April and will be at the home of Frances Geilen. All welcome. Please RSVP to Frances
Garden stall for the fete
We are in need of hanging baskets (either plastic or metal framed [with lining]) for said trailing plants that need to be planted now, in readiness for the fete. If anyone has any spare baskets that they can donate, would you please give them to Mary Dixon or Carmel Woodward over the next couple of weeks. We will then arrange for them to be distributed to the people who have the trailing plants.
Hobson’s Bay Refugee Network
We invite you to our Annual General Meeting to be held Monday 23 April 2018, at 6.45 pm for 7.00 pm at the Newport Community Hub, Mechanics Hall, 13 Mason Street, Newport. Parking is available in Mason Street or behind the Newport Library off Derwent Street.
This year our guest speaker is Dr Claire Loughnan. Claire is a researcher and teaching specialist, School of Social and Political Sciences, Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne. Please join us for her stimulating address, and a summary of our activities over the last 12 months, followed by a light supper.
Welcome to Fr Albert Yogarajah.
St Andrew’s Catholic Church, Werribee will welcome its new parish priest at his installation by Archbishop Denis Hart, on Friday April 13.
Fr. Albert Yogarajah’s birthplace was Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Ordained a priest in 1982, he ministered in Jaffna and in London UK, before coming to Melbourne in 1990. He has served in several parishes; his most recent being Hampton Park.
Crossroads Uniting Congregation rejoices with our Catholic friends, and offers its wish that God’s blessing will be on the priest and people.
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
9.30 am Family Worship (Rev. Mike Lewis)
Following worship today
Please join us for morning tea in the foyer.
Activities this week
Monday: 9.30 am Playgroup; 7.30 pm Card Making at the Geilens.
Wednesday: Know Your Bible, 9.30 am at Joy Clancy’s home.
Friday: Sew ‘n’ Sow, 1 pm, at Dorothy Rookes’ home.
Next Sunday — 22 April Easter 4
9.30 am Worship (Rev. Mike Lewis)
Rosters for Next Week
Duty Elder: Robyn Tomkin
Greeting: Julie Rees
Morning Tea: Julie Rees & Margaret Forrester
Flowers: Lorna Hodge
Reader: Noel Savory
AV Desk: Brendan Geilen
Prayers: Robyn Tomkin
Piano: Asanka Ariyapperuma
Bible Readings next week: Acts 4:5–12; Psalm 23; I John 3:16–24; John 10:11–18.
Occasional Sunday Lunch Out (OSLO)
22 APRIL: “ChinaT” in the small shopping plaza at Sanctuary Lakes. Danny has given us a special menu for $27— 2 entrees, spring roll and dim sims, 4 main courses, pork and plum sauce, sweet and sour chicken, pepper calamari, satay beef and special fried rice. Fruit and ice cream. Everyone welcome but we do need numbers so please contact Elaine or Lorna.
Planting at Cobbledicks Ford
Early notice for Thursday 17 May, 10 am to 12.30 pm. 400+ native grasses to be planted in pre-drilled holes. See the notice on the foyer notice board.
Uniting Wyndham’s new Executive Officer is Gavin Kempin; a good person to be in charge at a time of massive organizational and culture change, aiming towards a new structure before the end of this year.
Gavin grew up in Perth, Western Australia. His working life has encompassed many roles in the welfare sector, including out-of-home care, residential and foster care, and child protection. He has worked with MacKillop Family Services and most recently, Baptcare, at a state managerial level.
He is helping to steer Uniting Wyndham’s work in the Wyndham H3 Partnership, with other local agencies combining to provide services to people experiencing homelessness. With State Government funding coordinated by the City of Wyndham, Uniting Wyndham has a substantial role in the H3 inter-agency collaboration to meet the needs of youth, individuals and families in crisis, homeless, or not coping with high rents and shortage of social housing.
Folk at Crossroads Uniting Church can know that the merger and integration of our many church agencies across Victoria into Uniting for support, care, and housing of needy people will bring about a strong and resourceful organization, able to work more effectively with local communities and government.
Uniting will look to expand its presence in the western suburbs; the work in Werribee will continue as a key operating base.
“I value Crossroads congregation’s relationship, and I encourage Crossroads members to continue your long tradition of involvement with Uniting Wyndham, by volunteering, by donating food and money, and by supporting the Op Shop next door. Our Coordinator Shelley Johnston will be delighted to hear from you,” says Gavin.
You might remember the staff and clients of Uniting Wyndham in your prayers, and look for ways of helping! (Story by Neil Tolliday)