Crossroads Connection


OSLO Celebrations

On August 25th a distinguished line up of guests came to Chirnsides by the River, the attractive new reception Centre at the Werribee Tigers Football Oval.

Rev. Richard Arnold welcomed 52 guests and gave a brief description before lunch how OSLO. in his words was “hatched” on 16 July 20 years ago by 6 members at a BBQ. Elaine and Stan Belcher, Lorna Hodge and Roland Maynard and he and his wife Gwen.

Former ministers and their wives joined the celebration: Richard and Gwen Arnold, Tony and Jenny Duncan, David and Vicky Withers, Mike and Caz Lewis, and Alison McRae.  Also present were retired clergy Neil Tolliday, Robert Renton, and Ian Smith. The Celebration cake was in the shape of 3 large donuts 2-0-0! This was followed by a slide show of pass and present members of the congregation bringing back many memories full of emotion and laughter.

Elaine and Lorna were presented with two lovely cyclamen plants and a thank you speech by Lois Cardwell. They were pleased that everyone enjoyed the occasion meeting up with old friends and reminiscing over the past.

Worship Plan for this week

Today’s worship services

9.30 am Family Service (Rev. Ian Pearse)
11.45 am Lisu Service
2 pm Sudanese Fellowship

Activities this week

Monday: 9.30 am Playgroup
Friday: 9.30 am Uniting Playgroup;
1 pm Sew ‘n’ Sow;
WTC production (Evening)
Saturday: WTC Matinee and Evening

Bible Readings – 22 September 2019

Jeremiah 8:18–9:1; I Timothy 2:1–7; Luke 16:1–13; Psalm 79:1–9

Rosters for Next Week

Rosters for 22 September 2019

Minister: Rev. Valerie Johnson
Duty Elder: Margaret Gook
Greeting: Salote Tupou
Morning Tea: Nancy McEwen & Elizabeth Barnes
Flowers: Lorna Hodge
Reader: Salote Tupou
AV Desk: Rob Bradley
Prayers of the People: Vivien Bleakley
Piano: Jeremy Withers

Housekeeping & Help

If you or someone you know is in need of pastoral care, please don’t hesitate to contact either Robyn Tomkins or Robert Renton.  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.



Next Sunday, September 22, 11.30 am onwards. We will be trying another new venue at Werribee South. Ramae’s Café  Lounge on the Wyndham Harbour. It overlooks all the yachts in the harbour and has quite a comprehensive café menu. If it’s a fine day it might be quite busy. Contact Elaine 93952045 or Lorna  0419101766 for numbers. Everyone welcome.

Weekly bible studies

For Crossroads members who look for a regular weekly Bible study, Neil recommends Gospel Reflection each Thursday at 12 noon, at The Penola Hub, part of the St Andrew's Catholic Church, Werribee in Mortimer St. Each study is focused on the Gospel lectionary for the coming Sunday. Neil will be there!

Also, at the Salvation Army in Watton Street, Bible studies are available on Mondays and Wednesdays, for example KYB at 2.30 pm. Wednesday. Contact the Salvos’ office 97417359 for details.

Sew ‘n’ Sow

Just letting you know that Sew ‘n’ Sow will be at Jan Bradley’s home, 5 Romalyn Court, Werribee on Friday 20th September from 1 – 3pm, instead of Vivien’s house. Hope to see you there! (Sandra Savory)

That’s where everyone was last week!

At Burnside Camp!

Prayer thoughts…

Those affected by the bushfires in Queensland and New South Wales, and our politicians who will need to be seriously thinking about tackling climate change as well as the effects!

A note from Carol and her CPE course

I miss you all and thought I'd pass on this bit of a run-down of my 2nd week at Peter Mac. It has been an amazing, and very impressive program. The work load is huge, and the personal development  and pastoral identity through the experiential and reflection  process is a phenomenal  learning process. A high level of commitment to the workplace program, is essential, understandably. (Carol Nancarrow)



Judith O’Keeffe

Judith O’Keeffe met me at the door, as the huge B-double quarry trucks roared along the arterial road outside her front garden.  “Wyndham Vale wasn’t like this 48 years ago, when we first lived in this house. Everything to the north was paddocks,” she says.

For five years now, Judith has been Crossroads Congregation’s representative for the Uniting Share Appeal.  The Uniting website says “Share Appeal has now joined with Uniting, our Church’s network of 22 agencies by being a single united voice, we now have greater capacity to respond to growing needs in our communities.”

We shared our memories of living in Geelong; Judith (nee Stanley) attended Shenton Methodist Church, Geelong High School and then pre-nursing at the Geelong Hospital. “My father John and Uncle Claude were leaders in the Methodist, then Uniting churches in East Geelong and Drysdale” says Judith.

After gaining midwifery nursing qualifications, Judith married Gordon O’Keeffe; they settled here in Werribee; he worked as an ambulance officer for many years.  She and Gordon had three daughters, all baptised at St Luke’s Methodist Church, Werribee.

Judith worked in the maternity ward of Werribee Hospital, located in those days at the river end of Synnot Street, where Baptcare is now.  “I helped deliver many babies who are now adults in this community. Lorna Hodge and Joan Humphrey were both nursing at the Werribee Hospital too” says Judith.

Crossroads Uniting Monthly Afternoon Tea for Seniors finds Judith helping along with Lorna Hodge, Lyn O’Meara, Margaret Denton, Cyril Ridsdale, Geoff Gook and Blair Dixon. Talk to  Lorna or Lyn if you would like to help! (NT)


Church Office is open 9.30 am–12 noon, Monday–Friday

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