Crossroads Connection


A creative Sunday morning

Next Sunday, 23 September, we’ll be enjoying the creative abilities of the members of our congregation in a celebration of the gift of creation.  Everyone is encouraged to bring along something you've made, or share a song or a story.  (Mike Lewis)

Important meeting this afternoon

This afternoon, from 4 to 6 pm, in the church, there will be a meeting of all interested persons from the congregation to consider the recent Assembly decision to vary its policy on marriage by recognising two statements of belief.  The meeting has been called to give guidance to the Church Council as it considers its response to the decisions of the Assembly.  (Robert Renton)

You’d be welcome at the Justice Task Group!

Just a part of the Justice Task Group meeting last month, and they are keen to invite you to join them as the JTG tackles a wide range of important issues confronting the community and the wider world.  The group’s next meeting will be on Monday 15 October, 7.30 pm, and it will be held at the Community Centre of Heathdale Retirement Village, Glendale Ct (enter opposite Pacific Werribee’s Heaths Road parking entry/exit.  Just come along—or speak to one of the above keen members!

Justice & International Mission Conference 2018

Saturday, 27 October—open to all to attend—at Centre for Theology & Ministry, 29 College Cres, Parkville.  Keynote speakers include Rob Hulls, Director, Centre for Innovative Justice, Sean Winter, Head of Pilgrim Theological College, Wendy Austin, Family Violence Prevention Advocate, and Zione Walker-Nthenda, Lawyer, Diversity & Inclusion Specialist.  For more information contact Ann Byrne on 9340 8815 or to register visit:


World Vision sponsored children

Crossroads supports two girls in Zimbabwe and a boy in Cambodia. Please put your small change into the house shaped collection box in the church foyer and help make a difference in the lives of these children and their community.

The Fête — Saturday 20 October 2018

Preparations are underway for the annual fete to be held on 20th October.  Thanks from Alan Thompson for a response to the following.

*  If you any items to donate, please drop them at the church office between 9.30am and 12 noon on weekdays, or on Sundays.  If you need items collected from your home, let the office know and it will be arranged.

*  The cake stall need donations and would prefer cakes rather than slices.  Please bring them on the morning of the fete with a list of ingredients.

*  Rose Geilen would love to hear from anyone who can bake scones for the Devonshire Tea stall.

*  Extra tables will be needed, please let the office know if you have some we can borrow.

*  The book stall needs donations of books, magazines, and DVDs.

*  The plant stall needs early morning volunteers to help set up.  We also need volunteers to join the roster for the day of the fête— If anyone can spare an hour (or more) please text or call Carmel Woodward advising what time(s) you can assist.

*  Set up for the fete will be from 4pm on Friday 19th, volunteers are needed.

*  Next fete meeting will be after church on Sunday 30 September.

Occasional Sunday Lunch Out (OSLO)

We are booked for lunch at the Kooringal Golf Course in Altona. There is a seniors menu and we enjoyed our visit last year. So please contact either Elaine or Lorna for numbers before Thursday 20 Sept.

Presbytery Representative

Help!  We need someone to represent our Crossroads Congregation at the four Saturday mornings a year Presbytery meetings.  Please do consider making this contribution—let Rose Geilen or Robert Renton know!

Housekeeping & Help

Pastoral Care

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

Today’s worship

9.30 am Family Worship (Rev. Mike Lewis)

Following worship today

Tea/coffee in the Foyer

Activities this week

Monday: Playgroup, 9.30 am in the Foyer.

Friday: Sew ‘n’ Sow, 1 pm at Vivien Bleakley’s.

Saturday: Saturday Take-Away Night at the Bradleys’

(We are sorry to hear of Joy Clancy’s broken leg; as a consequence Know Your Bible meetings have been cancelled for the time being.)

Next Sunday – 23 September, P’cost 18

9.30 am Creative Sunday (Rev. Mike Lewis)

Rosters for Next Week

Duty Elder: Neil Tolliday

Greeting: Salote Tupou

Morning Tea: Margaret Gook & Elaine Belcher

Flowers: Mary Dixon

Reader: Kevin Edgar

AV Desk: Paul Kirkham

Prayers: Robyn Tomkins

Piano: Jeremy Withers

Bible Readings next week: Proverbs 31:10–31; Psalm 1; James 3:13–4:3, 7–8a; Mark 9:38–50.


Asanka and Martin Pakura

The lively twins Lukyan and Aniela were climbing over the family Cocker Spaniel Leisha and banging musical instruments while I was talking with Asanka and Martin Pakura, in their home in Point Cook.

The premature births of Lukyan and Aniela on 5 April last year, 14 weeks before their normally expected arrival date, led to the Royal Women’s Hospital providing post-natal intensive care unit with supported ventilation for 100 days, keeping those babies alive, and enabling their developmental growth, when their birth weights began at about 500 grams each.  Their baptism last year was a special occasion for our church family at Crossroads.  Now Lukyan is starting to walk, and Aniela is standing up, close behind him!

“We went through unbelievable stress,” says Martin.  Both sets of parents had died, and with Asanka’s only sister in Auckland, and Martin’s siblings in Tasmania, they were very much on their own.  Crossroads Uniting congregation is proving supportive, in their time of need.

“My Catholic family emigrated to Tasmania from Poland in 1966.  I completed a Bachelor of Science at La Trobe University,”, says Martin.

Asanka’s mum was a piano teacher, who taught her daughter piano from 5 years of age.  Asanka completed an Arts degree and MBA at Kelaniya University, Sri Lanka, and after her dad’s wartime death, with her mother and sister she immigrated to Auckland, New Zealand.

They met while playing tennis in Melbourne, and married in Auckland.  Martin and Asanka are now both working at the NAB as Senior Analyst Engineer and Quality Assurance Analyst respectively. They continue to enjoy tennis playing, at Altona and Werribee.

Asanka says “I love playing the piano, and I’m glad to be helping as one of our team of rostered pianists for Sunday morning worship at Crossroads.”  (NT)



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