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.
& THE COMING WEEK
Day of mourning
Uniting Church congregations around Australia are called on by the National Assembly to remember A Day of Mourning on the Sunday before 26 January each year.
I asked Mary D to recount the City of Wyndham’s progress toward its Reconciliation Action Plan, impacting on the lives of residents, including Crossroads UC members.
“The first step of the three–year RAP is now complete. It was an initiative of the Council. Council’s commitment to the plan is that future planning for city will include the traditional owners of this land stolen from the indigenous people“, says Mary.
When the RAP Advisory Committee (WRAC) was forming in 2017, Mary D and Margaret C were invited as representatives of the local community, along with indigenous members Chairperson Trisha Williams (Co-Chair with Cr Henry Barlow) officers and professional archaeologist Keith Patton gave advice to the Committee.
Along the way, Council promoted annual Koori flag-raising events in NAIDOC Week (anniversary of the 1967 Citizenship Referendum) at the Civic Centre and the making of the Possum Skin Cloak co-ordinated by Council’s Maree Clarke at the Victoria University department of Indigenous Culture Studies, Hoppers Lane.
Mary says: “Council’s employment policy is now committed to intentional affirmative action with employment of indigenous persons on Wyndham City’s payroll.”
Council’s Reconciliation Action Plan booklet describing the RAP’s development is available from Kerry.Godbold@wyndham.vic.gov.au
We talked about the archaeology of 60,000 years of Aboriginal occupation of the Werribee River valley. Mary said “There are many ancient eucalypts beside the river with deep cuts in the bark which enabled the Wadawurrung and Boonwurrung people to climb for possums. Look up as you walk along!
Church Council Report
The Church Council met on Wednesday evening last by Zoom. Apologies were received from Margaret G and Julie R. We continued to plan for the return to in-person services at church, starting on February 7.
Here are the details.
• Two services, 9.30 and 11am—same content each time. Maximum number able to attend at either service to be determined by social distancing requirements. Bookings through church office required prior to the Sunday, and QR electronic registration will be required (help will be available).
• Face masks required inside the buildings.
• No entry before 9.30 or 11am. Buildings must be cleared after 9.30am service before 11am attenders can enter. (Cleaning of church/toilets required between and after 11am services.)
• No morning tea or social time after either service at church! (Maybe coffee at local café?)
• Service will be videoed and put online on Facebook for those who don’t attend in person.
More volunteers needed!
Please contact the church office if you are willing to help by volunteering to manage the entry/exit, QR registration, and cleaning after each service. We cannot provide the return to worship in the church without sufficient volunteers to form a roster.
Some cutting tools (rock chips) fashioned by the tribespeople were given to me by Klaenna P of Crossroads congregation, who lived near the river”.
A major Council construction project supported by the WRAC committee is the now completed Wunggurrwil Dhurrung Community Centre, at 57 Cortland St, off Federal Drive Wyndham Vale. This attractive Centre is home to support services and activities of the indigenous community, numbering 1800 according to the last census. “Let’s arrange a visit of Crossroads people, after Covid19 restrictions are eased”, says Mary. (NT)
Recent Baptism – Luiz Enzo Jose
Our congregation joyfully welcomed Luiz Enzo Jose, baby son of Monique Gand Jose E, at Sunday 13 December 2020 online service; baptised “into the household of Christian faith” by our minister the Rev. Annetia G. Now CONNECTION newsletter introduces Luiz’ family.
Monique’s great-grandad migrated from Poland to Australia after the Second World War, settled in Geelong, married and raised a family. Monique says: “I was born and raised in Werribee; I‘ve never travelled far from home. My education was at Werribee and Glen Devon Primary Schools, then Galvin Park Secondary College (now Wyndham Central Secondary College)”.
Since leaving school, Monique worked at Gloria Jean’s Coffee in Williamstown and the Aqua Pulse café, HC. She is now a full-time mum for Luiz.
Jose’s mother and dad come from Mexico; he himself was born in the USA, and lived in Arizona and Washington State. Jose came to Australia on a vacation in 2018, and returned here in 2019, to live permanently. He works in warehousing at nearby Laverton.
“I hope will we meet and get to know the Crossroads Uniting people in February, as Covid 19 rules are relaxed and worship resumes. Fingers crossed!” says Monique.
Luiz and his family are welcomed with the ancient blessing of Aaron: “The Lord bless you, keep you and give you peace.”
Operation Christmas Child
A huge heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who packed OCC shoeboxes both in person and online over 2020. It was a challenging year and yet Victoria still managed to send 21,140 physical shoeboxes plus 5,480 online. The national tally was a staggering 214,301! Many children in Cambodia, Fiji, Madagascar and Malawi will be blessed by your generosity. Thank you for sharing the good news and great joy of the gospel around the world and I look forward to a better year in 2021. (Rose G)
Worship Plan for this coming week
Jonah 3:1–10; I Corinthians 7:25–31; Mark 1:14–20; Psalm 62:5–12
- Greetings: Julie R
- Flowers: Mary D
- Prayers of the People: Annetia G
- Reader: Margaret F
- Music: Wendy B
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.