CONNECTION – 15 NOVEMBER


PENTECOST 24

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

CHRISTMAS BOWL

During Advent we will focus on the Christmas Bowl Appeal. The excellent projects will be described in Connection and during worship services. There will be an opportunity to contribute to the Appeal by using the envelope distributed with the Crossroads Advent material, and returning it to the Church Office or by mailing it in to Act for Peace by the middle of February.
Gifts of Peace are again available. These make great gifts for people who wish to share the love of Christmas with others in need. To view these gifts, look on the website www.actforpeace.org.au/christmasbowl. When you have worked out what you want, call 1800 025 101 and have your credit card ready. Ordering must be done before the end of November to ensure that you’ll have time to have the cards delivered by post by Christmas. Contact Mary D if you need further clarification.

Seventy new pokies for Truganina?

During the Covid19 closure of pokies venues, Wyndham people saved $69.9m up to November 8, according to the Alliance for Gambling Reform. (The UCA Synod of Victoria and Tasmania is a member of the Alliance).
Now CONNECTION has been notified by the Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA) of an application for 70 poker machines at 115 Woods Road Truganina, for a Werribee Football Club venue called Club Tarneit, to be open daily 8 am–2 am. This application estimates local residents will lose up to $4.01 m in the first year of operation.
Vulnerable people in the West are the targets. The Victorian Commission of Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) displays the Truganina application on its website (follow the prompt – upcoming hearings).
The VCGLR is accepting submissions from the public on the impact these pokies may have. Send your submission to contact@vcglr.vic.gov.au with the subject line Club Tarneit. Members of the Crossroads UC Justice Task Group can help you.

Personal news

Thank you all very much for your support and prayers during a time of sadness on the passing of Trish. It was very sudden and unexpected and we will miss her. We have wonderful memories of her and she will always be in our hearts. It is a blessing to have support from friends and family as we continue in our lives. (Love to all from Doreen & Ken S)

Congratulations to Mary & Blair D on the occasion of their 65th wedding anniversary, 5 November 2020. With best wishes from everyone at Crossroads!

Members of Crossroads congregation send a “get well” greeting to our man of the manse, Steve G.  Steve recently had a fall from a ladder, and experienced several fractures.  CONNECTION understands that Steve is recuperating at home for some weeks, and is receiving tender care from Annetia and family. Steve is really grateful for the prayers of friends, and would love to say thank you for all the get well wishes and the lovely card (and the lemon butter!)

Working together for refugees

Crossroads Justice Task Group and Hobson’s Bay Refugee Network people have worked together over 8 years, helping asylum seekers in our Wyndham municipality.

Susan M is secretary of HBRN. She says “Ever since the boats came to Christmas Island, asylum seekers have been released into Wyndham community, and tend to settle there. Our two organizations have a mutual goal of advocating and acting in support of refugees.” She grew up in Glen Iris. “In my family, we were brought up to acknowledge the people less fortunate than ourselves,” she says. Susan became a primary school teacher, teaching migrant kids in the western suburbs and appreciating the many cultures here.

HBRN initially supported asylum seeker families with furniture and schooling needs, and medical and legal referrals. “Nowadays, our client base is reduced as people are more settled.  Initially there was much preparation for visa interviews and applications,” says Susan.

“Now, our main focus is supporting students with education costs, technology, books and equipment,” she says. “We have raised funds from movie shows, in occasional partnership with West Welcome Wagon, with about 120 people following us.” Often HBRN works with Crossroads Justice Task Group, sharing the same clients; lasting friendships have been formed. HBRN welcomes new members.

Bible readers wanted!

Our bible readers roster is coming to an end, and we are looking for new volunteers. If you have been following the online services, you will have seen that it can be helpful if you are willing to be videoed doing the readings. The text of the reading is created by the online manager. Please contact Rose G if you are interested.

Online service support – help needed

Following the retirement of Roland G at the end of this year, we are looking for someone who may be prepared to take up the role of online service technical support. If you are interested, please contact Margaret G

Plants for sale

Seeing the October church fete was cancelled, there may be some people who still have pot plants for sale. We are planning a plant sale early in December, so if you do have any saleable plants, please get them ready for sale. More details shortly.

Prayer

Julie R ended last week’s introduction to worship with these words:

May God’s faithful presence strengthen you, as you face the circle of life with its joys and sorrows, ups and downs, and the opportunity to learn from endings and to face new beginnings with hope.

Worship Plan for this coming week

22nd November

Bible Readings

“Christ the King”: Exodus 34:11–16, 20–24; Ephesians 1:15–23; Matthew 25:14–30; Psalm 100.

Rosters

  • Greetings: Salote T
  • Prayers of the People: Margaret B
  • Reader: Bev C
  • Flowers: Margaret F

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 church office is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9.30am to 12 noon.

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