CONNECTION – 15 AUGUST


PENTECOST 12

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.

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child is a world-wide project of Samaritan’s Purse. It partners with local churches in developing nations to reach out to children by providing gift-filled shoeboxes and bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ. After receiving shoebox gifts, many children are also invited back to participate in The Greatest Journey – an evangelism and discipleship program.

Will you join with us to help us reach more children with gift-filled shoeboxes? This year more than ever the children are in great need of our support. Covid-19 has hit countries such as Philippines, Indonesia and Cambodia hard.
Empty shoeboxes and more information are available from Rose G who will be talking briefly about Operation Christmas Child during the service this Sunday online, or you can contact Rose.


Statement from the Heart

If there is enough interest, an online (Zoom) discussion group will be held over a limited number of weeks, to be held on Sundays from 4 to 5pm. A study guide on the Statement from the Heart was written by and for Second Peoples seeking to explore and pursue a truthful, just and meaningful relationship with First Peoples.
Last call: If you are interested, please email Robert R with your name and email address

Jesus and John Wayne

Book Review: Jesus and John Wayne—how evangelicals corrupted a faith and fractured a nation by Kristin Kobes Du Mez, Professor of History at Calvin University, Grand Rapids, Michigan USA.

Australian Christians have a special interest in the current interface of religion and politics, as our PM Morrison is a member of Pentecostal Horizon Church, affiliated with US-based Hillsong Church, Sydney.
President Trump’s erratic behaviour affected the US experience of the pandemic, its foreign policy and climate change inaction. The events of January 6 invasion of the Congress challenged democracy around the world, threatened by a coup orchestrated by Trump himself.
Prof Du Mez’s lively account of US conservative evangelical theology and political history over seven decades explains the vote for Trump. Home schooling, creationism and “good ol’ southern racism” are a volatile mix, powered by fundamentalism.
She analyses Christian nationalism’s affinity with the Hollywood myth of warrior masculinity, evident in the John Wayne cowboy and war hero movies such as The Alamo (1960) and Green Berets (1968) and Sands of Iwo Jima (1949).
Billy Graham, friend of US presidents, promoted Christian nationalism and the idea of USA as God’s chosen nation.
James Dobson founded complementarian Focus on Family, emphasizing the husband’s headship and female submission. Dobson’s extensive network of radio programs included Australia. He supported the McCain/Palin ticket against Barack Obama.
Du Mez points to inconsistencies in the espoused values of the US evangelicals. When Trump’s immoral excesses were coming to light, Dobson advised evangelicals to “cut him some slack.”
Australia’s cohort of religiously conservative politicians often punch above their weight. The Australian Christian Lobby wants to toughen the proposed federal Religious Discrimination Bill, to override Victoria’s gay conversion therapy ban. Conservative religion is a force to be reckoned with in USA and Australia. (NT)

Relay for Life – cancelled for 2021 but donations still possible

Just letting you know that due to Covid still hanging around and for the safety of all participants, the Wyndham Relay for Life committee has decided to cancel the Wyndham Relay for Life 2021. It was a tough decision, but we look forward to relaying it in 2022. But you can still donate and contribute to cancelling out cancer… I am donating my beard for the cause

Yes, it’s coming off on Sunday 12th September (the date for the cancelled Relay) after church and will post a video of it on Facebook. If Covid restrictions allow, we’ll have a ceremony at Crossroads for those who want to see it live. I urge you to donate to be able to see me without my wizard beard. I have had the beard since 1997 so most of you won’t know me without it. (From Roland G)
Please donate HERE – for this worthwhile cause. If you don’t want to donate online you are welcome to provide your donation to Roland or Rose directly and we will add it to the Crossroads Team.

Vale Joan H

We have received the sad news that Joan died 11 August in hospital. Joan was a beautiful, caring, intelligent and compassionate lady who will be sorely missed. (From Wendy B)

Write a letter to the Prime Minister?

All over Australia, people of faith are writing their individual letters to Prime Minister Scott Morrison asking for serious climate action — hundreds of us. Will you join us?
At 11:00 am after worship at Crossroads next Sunday August 15 we have tables booked at Teddy Picker restaurant 5/116 Watton St. We hope you can join us for coffee or whatever else tempts your taste buds. We will have all the information & materials you need to write your letter. It can be just a short letter in your own words and we will collect from you to send.
It would be great if you could advise Sandra S, Rob B or Annetia G regarding your plans to join us so we can advise Teddy Pickers of numbers attending. See this webpage: https://www.arrcc.org.au/letters?utm_campaign=day_of_action_launch_call&utm_medium=email&utm_source=arrcc

Intrepid Women Empowerment Gateway

Intrepid Woman is one project from M-Power Community Services Inc. (Their main activity is registered as mental health and crisis intervention primarily serving females). Temi Ajayi is the founder and co- organiser with Luciana A who is representing Justice Task Group .
The objective of the camp is : to provide a Word of hope through some talks, encouragement through handwork, relaxing workshops and Bush walks; happiness through singing and dancing and share with everyone a heart of gratitude. Healthy, Happy and Hopeful. 🥰
Who can join us: adults aged 18 to 80, at Lake Dewar Lodge Bacchus Marsh, 10–12 September (2 days & nights); cost is $150 ($90 pensioner). Applications close 20/8/21, contact Luciana A for more details and bookings.

Prayer time online

Every Tuesday at 5.30pm the Rev. Annetia Goldsmith is inviting you to prayer time online via Zoom (Meeting ID is 892 8799 9241). “Come along and join me in prayer for the day that has been and the week to come.” (Until September 28 – 8 meetings to come.)

Volunteers are always needed

Volunteers are always needed to keep the in-person services going. Covid requirements for cleaning, QR log-ins, morning tea need volunteers now! Contact Rose G.

What’s On This Week

  • Tuesday: 5.30pm Online Prayer Group (Zoom 892 8799 9241)

Worship Plan for this coming week

22 August 2021

Bible Readings

I Kings 2:10–12, 3:3–14; Ephesians 5:15–20; John 6:51–58; Psalm 111.

Rosters for 8th (& 15th)

  • Greetings: Carol N (Margaret D)
  • Flowers: Bev C (Margaret F)
  • Music: Wendy B (Asanka P)
  • Audio-visual: No service (Paul C)
  • Prayers of the People: Margaret B (Annetia G)
  • Reader: Ian G (Nola E)
  • Sign-in: No service (Sandra S)
  • Cleaning: No service (Margaret D)
  • Morning Tea: No service (Margaret F & Julie H) CRUNCH: No service (Jan 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 Rev. Annetia Goldsmith for any pastoral care needs.

CHURCH OFFICE INFORMATION

The office is open on weekdays 9.30am–12noon.

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