OUR COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY AND THE COMING WEEK
Operation Christmas Child
Today’s worship service at Crossroads includes the Launch of Operation Christmas Child, now in its ninth year at this congregation.
Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham, started OCC as an outreach of Samaritan’s Purse. Margaret and Geoff Gook were invited to an occasion in 2014 in Orlando, Florida USA, celebrating the 100 millionth box, sent from twelve giving countries to 81 receiving countries.
Margaret is co-ordinator for the Melbourne to Werribee region. She says: “Church folk can join this exciting gospel venture in practical giving. On this Sunday you can take a shoe box, and start putting in gifts suitable for a boy or a girl 2-4, 5-9 or 10-14 in a developing country.”
Your box will include something for school, something to love, something to wear, something for play, something for personal hygiene and something special. You may purchase items from Margaret’s trading table today, or make you own contribution.
It’s essential that every shoebox is accompanied by a donation of ten dollars, to cover distribution costs.
Bring your labelled box back to Crossroads church when it’s full, in time for the deadline—second Sunday in October.
Operation Christmas Child is an opportunity to share Jesus’ love through a simple, gift-filled shoebox, distributed through a local church to children in Vietnam, Thailand, Papua New Guinea and Cambodia.
Pray for the givers and the receivers, participating in The Greatest Journey of evangelism and discipleship. (NT)
EVENTS AND NOTICES
Jan Bradley, Lorna Hodge and Rose Geilen greatly enjoyed the South Pacific Area Seminar of the World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women, held recently in sunny Fiji. Four days of fellowship, workshops, worship, cultural presentations and guest speakers for 400 women!
The Federation aims to be a support group for women of faith, and its motto is To know Christ and to make him known.
Dinner each night was provided by the local people in their own villages and it was delightful to join them for traditional Fijian food, followed by music, singing and dancing.
Some of the highlights included magnificent singing and dancing, colourful outfits and tropical flowers, an abundance of food and hospitality, new friendships and connections made, moving worship and the closing communion service.
Uniting Wyndham Share Appeal
The Appeal is on now! Pick up an appeal brochure, or send your donation to Uniting Winter Share Appeal, Reply Paid 85995, A’Beckett St Vic 8006, or call 1800 668 426. (Contact Judy O’Keefe)
O.S.L.O. Occasional Sunday Lunches Out
Next Sunday: We have booked the Lara hotel. Please contact Elaine or Lorna by Thursday 19th for numbers.
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 and launch of Operation Christmas Child (Rev. M. Lewis)
Following worship today
Tea/Coffee in the Foyer.
Activities this week
Monday 16 July: Playgroup, 9.30 am in the Foyer.
Wednesday 18 July: Know Your Bible, 9.30 am at Joy Clancy’s home, 14 Egret Court, Werribee.
Friday 20 July: Sew ‘n’ Sow, 1 pm at Margaret Gook’s home, 83 Wattle Ave, Werribee.
Saturday 21 July: Card Making, 1 pm at the Church. (Contact Rose Geilen or Robyn Tomkins for more information.)
Next Sunday — 22 July 2018 Pentecost 9
9.30 am Family Worship (Rev. Mike Lewis)
Rosters for Next Week
Duty Elder: Carmel Woodward
Greeting: Margaret Gook
Morning Tea: Margaret Gook and Jan Bradley
Reader: Vivien Bleakley
AV Desk: Noel Savory
Prayers: Sandra Savory
Piano: Jeremy Withers
Bible Readings next week:
2 Samuel 7:1–14a; Psalm 89:20–37; Ephesians 2:11–22; Mark 6:30–34, 53–56.
UCA Assembly and Marriage Equality decision
Mike Lewis has available a summary of the Assembly Report on Marriage Equality (3 pages) for you to pick up, and also a copy of the full report can be emailed to you if you give Mike your email address.
Church Council News
Church Council met on Wednesday evening to deal with business matters, including the nomination of Joint Nominating Committee representatives, the Property Control Group’s report (see more information in Ken Storey’s column on p. 2), and the congregation’s financial reports. It is pleasing to report that our day to day financial position continues to be better than expected and is almost breaking even.
Does the mission of Crossroads Uniting Church in Werribee depend on its occupancy of the corner site at Duncans Road and Synnot Street? Are there other alternatives? What do you think?
Crossroads congregation is blessed with its Chairperson, Ken Storey. Since 2010, Ken has been the unassuming leader of annual and special meetings, with an ongoing responsibility for Crossroads property management.
Growing up as a member of the Newport Methodist church on Melbourne Road, Ken was a keen and active footballer and cricketer in church teams. His wife Doreen has also been an enthusiastic sports person, talented in cricket and softball. The Storeys have two adult children and four grandchildren.
Ken was a founding Board member and chairperson (1990–3) of Heathdale Christian College Council, and he is still active as a member of the finance committee. He was elected to the eldership of the Crossroads Uniting Church for 20 years from 1981.
Now as chairperson of our Property Control Group, working with Synod and Heritage Victoria, Ken says: “Having inherited the massive bluestone church building (and manse)—the Chirnside family’s gift in the 1880s—the Uniting Church has now found itself custodian of a suite of heritage registered structures, subject to deterioration, which are very expensive to maintain and upkeep.”
Ken continues: “Tenders for replacing the slate tiles on the roof of the church building have come in at $700,000+; so there needs to be a considerable contribution from Synod, sale of properties and Heritage Victoria, to enable work to proceed. Rental from the church car park, and rental from Uniting for leasing the old manse contributes to making the site sustainable.”
Pray for the Church Council and the Congregation, making the Church’s vision and mission reality. (NT)