CONNECTION – 16 MAY


EASTER 7

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

Guest preacher today: Henry Kaur

Our guest preacher today is Henry Kaur, who is undertaking a Period of Discernment leading to candidature for the ministry of the Uniting Church.
The Presbyterian Church of South Sudan, founded by missionaries from USA in 1890, now has 1 million members and 500 congregations, surviving violence and bloodshed through years of the country’s civil war which began in 2013.
Recently, South Sudan has re-entered a lockdown period due to a spike in cases in the city of Juba. Church leaders have attended workshops to help manage the response to Covid-19.
The UCA’s agency Uniting World provides opportunity to our congregations to support the mission of the world-wide church in places of need, with prayer and practical giving. See www.unitingworld.org.au

QR log-ins are necessary for everyone

The Victorian Government has changed the requirements for all venues of religious services in Victoria. To support contact tracing, venues must ask every person to provide their first name and phone number. While our current contact tracing app collects the correct information it is not approved/registered with the Victoria Government and the new regulations mean we have had to change to the Vic. Government Contact Tracing App.
This should also make it easier for everyone to register when they attend Crossroads.

You can use your smart device to capture the QR code using the Camera app, using the Services Victoria App or visit: go.vic.gov.au/check-in using your browser and quote our location code: RSZ6WF.

Pastoral Care Coordinator position

The Church Council is seeking to appoint a part-time Pastoral Care Coordinator (8 hours/week), commencing as soon as possible. Applications in writing should be addressed to the Rev. Annetia Goldsmith and left with the church office. Further details can be obtained from the church office. Applications close 23 May 2021.

Invitation to dinner

You are invited to Wyndham InterFaith Network’s dinner on Tuesday 18 May, 6.30 pm, at Jai Ho Restaurant, 8/428 Old Geelong Rd, Hoppers Crossing. Contact Neil today!
It will be an opportunity to meet with others in a well-spaced function room to share a well priced vegetarian meal and hear views from different faiths. At a time of shared challenges experienced with the Covid pandemic questions on sacrifice of individual freedoms for the broader good and service needs for the vulnerable emerge. Representative from faiths active in Wyndham will speak to the topic how their faith views sacrifice for 3 -5minutes and then service for 3-5 minutes.

UCA Assembly President speaks of national shame

Statement from Dr Deidre Palmer, UCA President: “On the 30-year anniversary of the Report of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) and the Uniting Church in Australia have said the 30 year failure to address Indigenous incarceration was a national shame.”

Dr Palmer said “It is unacceptable that nearly half the youth detention population are First Peoples.”
She called on all levels of government to commit to systemic change to reduce the nation’s high incarceration rates for First Peoples.
“Today we grieve with our First Nation brothers and sisters the more than 450 Indigenous deaths in custody since the Royal Commission 30 years ago. In the Uniting Church, we believe we have a destiny together as First and Second Peoples, and this calls us to seek out justice for all,” Dr Palmer said. (From Network the UCAF magazine for May 2021, p. 13)

Thanks to the good people who pick up rubbish! The Beach Patrol last week collected an immense amount of rubbish from Campbell’s Cove. What a pity that their efforts are so necessary!

My music

Neil T has asked the musicians about their favourite music in church. Our third respondent is Suzanne W.
Suzanne and Mathew W are engineers – Suzanne a civil engineer, Mathew a mechanical, and are active members of Crossroads Uniting congregation. Mat is a full-time dad with a home business building computers, and Suzanne works with a consulting engineering firm based in Geelong.
Suzanne says: “I learnt flute from the age of 10; when I was about 13 the children’s minister from the local Anglican church reached out, encouraging me to play hymns and songs as part of the service. I was playing flute to the church music – often I didn’t know the words! I still love the song ‘I’m building a people of power’ and ‘A new commandment I give unto you’”.
Suzanne says: “I was the only person from my home who was going to church; whilst I went as a young child with my grandma, once I was school aged—my mum worked on Sundays, my dad didn’t allow it and my sisters were too young. This was a time that required courage and stubbornness”.
Suzanne had private lessons that enabled her to play the flute to a professional level, being part of the Melbourne Youth Wind Symphony at the Victorian College of the Arts, the principle flute in the Australian Youth Band and many other groups. She particularly enjoys the Handel recorder sonatas, arranged for flute and listens to some of them weekly still. Suzanne enjoys playing with the Crossroads musicians and found the Easter services really special. (NT)

Congratulations

Everyone is invited to share in a special morning tea after worship today to celebrate with Armando and Luciana. Armando and Luciana were recognised as citizens of Australia yesterday—Congratulations!

OSLO

Sunday May 23 we will be going to the R.S.L. here in Werribee just across the road from the church. They don’t want us arriving before 12.30 pm so time for a coffee. Senior meals available. Please contact Elaine or Lorna before Thursday May 20 for booking numbers.

Survey deadline

Don’t forget your survey is due by 30 May. Contact Bev L for further information or the office for a paper copy of the survey.

Our 2020 Christmas Bowl totalled $2,278.86. Thanks to everyone who contributed to it.

What’s On This Week

  • Monday: 9.30 am Playgroup @ Crossroads
  • Friday: 5 pm African Youth
  • Sunday: 12.30 pm OSLO

Worship Plan for this coming week

23 May 2021

Bible Readings

Pentecost: Acts 2:1–21; Psalm 104:24–34; Romans 8:22–27; John 15:26–27, 16:4b–15.

Rosters

  • Greetings: Margaret Bull
  • Flowers: Elaine Belcher
  • Music: Asanka Pakura
  • Audio-visual: Mathew Walker
  • Online service: Lauren Duckworth
  • Prayers of the People: Ken Storey
  • Reader: Bev Cox
  • Sign-in: Bev Lambie & Lauren Duckworth
  • Cleaning: Asanka Pakura & Margaret Bull
  • Morning Tea:

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