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
A visit to Narana
Recently a group of Werribee Crossroads people visited Narana Creations, the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Congress (UAICC) interpretive centre on Torquay Road Grovedale, organized by the Justice Task Group. We enjoyed meeting wallabies and emus in the bushland sanctuary, ate a delicious morning tea and looked at an extensive gallery of paintings by Australian indigenous artists. Narana Creations shop offers a wide range of gifts and souvenirs.
A leader of the UAICC in Victoria, Vince R, in 1995 spoke of his vision and mission to create a place for interpreting Australian indigenous cultures to the thousands of tourists who travel along the Great Ocean Road, heading for the Twelve Apostles.
The UAICC took up Vince’s visionary plan; supported with funding from the Uniting Church Synod of Victoria a parcel of grazing land on Torquay Road was purchased. Architect David R was hired, and a cluster of meeting and gathering buildings was built on the site. Twentysix years later, Narana Creations employs staff who make the morning teas, run the shop, offer interpretive talks and teach boomerang throwing.
Three kilometres west from Narana Creations is the former Duneed Reserve. We learned the shameful story of the last people of the Wadawurrung first nation in the Jillong (Geelong) region.
As the town grew in the 1860s, a small remnant of disposessed Wadawurrung who were frequenting the streets were regarded as a nuisance, placed under curfew and banished to a one-acre concentration camp on Armstrong Creek known as the Duneed Reserve, at the corner of Ghazepoore Road and Muir Road, Waurn Ponds.
Willem ba-N, Billy and Ellen G were members of the Barrabool Tribe, who had husbanded the region’s animals and their habitat for thousands of years. After the tribal people died, the site was abandoned.
This sacred place has been reclaimed by the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative, re-planted with indigenous vegetation and marked with metal plaques on large volcanic rocks, telling the story. (NT)
New minister in our presbytery
The Rev. Peter Beale was recently inducted to Electra Street Uniting Church, Williamstown; he has returned to the region of his early life including twenty-five years in Altona North.
Numbers at the little primary school on Doherty’s Road Truganina increased greatly when the Beale kids arrived. Peter’s parents encouraged their children in the life of the Methodist Church, including the Methodist Order of Knights at Barkly Street Footscray.
Peter studied Physics at RMIT, and he worked at Telstra for 9 years before candidating for the ministry of the Uniting Church in Australia. He describes his theology as “Progressive”. He says: “For me this means being able to question the traditional beliefs of the church; to live with the mystery of faith takes me to a contemplative understanding of faith.”
“Music is central to worship in my ministry,” says Peter “and I was blessed to experience singing in the West Gippsland Chorale the great choral works, led by the person who conducted our church choir.”
Peter also served for 10 years in placement at Malvern East, and 5 years as a chaplain with Uniting AgeWell at Box Hill, Condare Court, Tanderra and Girrawheen.
Welcome, Peter to the Presbytery of Port Phillip West! (NT)
Andy & Cathy L
On Sunday we look forward to our grandson, Andy L, with his wife Cathy and their daughters coming to worship with us at Crossroads.
Andy is a doctor and he works in Galmi in French Equatorial Africa where there are many joys and many challenges. Here French is the official language and the family has spent some time this year in France to become more skilled in this language.
Some in our congregation have kept in touch with Andy since their last visit to us several years ago, and they have very much appreciated this.
There will be an opportunity to meet with the family at morning tea on Sunday. (Mary & Blair D)
OSLO Occasional Sunday Lunch Out
O.S.L.O. Occasional Sunday Lunches Out Sunday 23rd October 12pm we will be going to the Lara Hotel 10 Hicks St. Lara. Senior meals are available but the choice is small. Please contact Elaine or Lorna before Thursday 20 Oct. for numbers.
Whipper snippers/motor mowers
We have been offered 4 whipper snippers and 2 motor mowers for the fête (not sure what condition they are in!) Would anyone be interested in taking them and having a tinker!!?? Ring Margaret G
If anyone has any spare/current tip tickets – would you like to give them to the Church for use after the fete. Thanks . Geoff G
Fête this Saturday
We have 11 stalls, a BBQ, Devonshire teas, some ‘Collectables’ and much, much more all ready for your perusal and enjoyment next Saturday. Come along, rain, hail or shine and support Crossroads church fête.
What’s On This Week
- Monday: 9.30pm Playgroup (Crossroads)
- Thursday: 9.30am Gardening Group (Crossroads)
- Friday: 1pm Sew ‘n’ Sow (Crossroads)
Bible Readings – 16 October 2022
Jeremiah 31:27–34; 2 Timothy 3:14–4:5; Luke 18:1–8; Psalm 119:97–104
Jan B & Zelda
Sandra & Margaret G
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.
- Rev. Annetia Goldsmith (9741 1084 email@example.com)
- Audrey Kateena (0435 064 088 firstname.lastname@example.org)
Audrey will be the primary contact on Mondays and Thursdays and Annetia at other times.
CHURCH OFFICE INFORMATION
The Church Office is open Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 12.00pm.
Telephone 03 9741 1084. Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.