Crossroads Connection


Today’s Worship Leader

Welcome again to the Rev. Heather Vander Reest to lead our worship service today.


His Gospel is itself a living creature,
A ground and glory round the throne of God,
Where earth and heaven breathe through human nature
And One upon the throne sees it is good.
Luke is a living pillar of our healing,
A lowly ox, the servant of the four,
We turn his page to find his face revealing
The wonder and the welcome of the poor.
He breathes good news to all who bear a burden,
Good news to all who turn and try again,
The meek rejoice and prodigals find pardon,
A lost thief reaches paradise through pain,
The voiceless find their voice in every word
And, with our Lady, magnify our Lord.
Malcolm Guite Seventy Sonnets

Lent Event from UnitingWorld

Uniting World's Lent Event Appeal this year will focus on Timor Leste (East Timor), one of Australia's near neighbours. Previously the Appeal has enabled our partner, the Protestant Church of Timor Leste, to serve poor, remote communities by providing primary health care through clinics focussing on sanitation and preventing TB. 42% of the population currently lives below the national poverty line though the country is rich in oil.

This year's Lent Event challenges us to live more simply, giving up something from daily life, and so freeing up funds for health care, leadership and vulnerable children. Stories of courage from our partners in Timor Leste will inspire us!  More information is available from pamphlets in the foyer.

Presbytery representation

Many thanks to Wendy Barnes, who has offered to take on the responsibility of Presbytery representative!

Lenten Offering 2019

The Synod’s Lenten Offering appeal this year is for the support of the Ecumenical Accompaniment Program Palestine and Israel, the Homework Hub at Pakenham UC, the Benalla Central Community Garden, and the Migrant Women’s Music and Language Project being run at Scots-Memorial Uniting Church, Hobart.
A brochure describing these projects is available in the foyer.

Worship Plan for this week

Today’s worship

9.30 am Family Service (Rev. Heather Vander Reest

Activities this week

Monday: 9.30 am Playgroup.

Saturday: 6.30 pm Saturday Take-Away Night

Next Sunday – 24 March: Lent 3

9.30 am Family Worship Service (Rev. Heather Vander Reest)

Bible Readings – 24 March 2019

Isaiah 55:1–9; Psalm 63:1–8; I Corinthians 10:1–13; Luke 13:1–9

Rosters for Next Week

Rosters for 24 March 2019

Duty Elder: Luciana Aragon

Greeting: Mary Dixon

Morning Tea: Julie Hamilton & Margaret Forrester

Flowers: Valerie Martin

Reader: Paul Cochran

AV Desk: Roland Geilen

Prayers of the People: Mary Dixon

Piano: Gina Lee

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.


Lenten Studies

Neil Tolliday says: Come and join our Bible Study Group at Hoppers Crossing Uniting Church, Derrimut Road, on Thursdays in Lent, at 10 30 am. The leader is Rev. Fa’ama Leota. So far there are four Hoppers Crossing members and me, so I hope more Crossroads people will participate. There’s a helpful study book, and a friendly welcome. I can provide transport.

O.S.L.O. [ Occasional Sunday Lunches Out]

Next Sunday, March 24—We had a large turn out last month it was a great start to the year.  We are booked into the Racecourse Hotel Cottrell St for this month. There will be senior meals so please contact Elaine or Lorna before Thursday 21 for bookings.

An invitation to the Mosque

The Islamic Council of Victoria will conduct their third Open Mosque Day todayMarch 17th,  from 10:00 – 4:00pm. 20 participating mosques will open their doors to visitors and guests, provide mosque tours and a warm welcome. Including  the Virgin Mary Mosque (10-4pm) 143A Hogans Road, Hoppers Crossing.

Justice Day 2019 at Portarlington

A warm welcome awaits you for lunch at St Andrew’s Portarlington on Sunday April 28th at 12.30pm.

We will again enjoy a delicious Iraqi lunch cooked by Geelong residents Siham and Abdul and their family, hear from a recently settled refugee and enjoy the challenging and moving musical offerings from Melbourne musicians Suzette Herft and Kathryn Clements.

Suzette and Kathryn are well known on the Bellarine having sung at various events over past years and we are delighted to welcome them again to St Andrew’s.

Cost is $25 pp for lunch and entertainment, places are limited, so do get in early to secure your spot.

Ring:  Joy Porter 5291 8177 or Merilyn Bertram 0439 966 370

Uncle Vince Ross Centre

Carol Nancarrow writes: “Mary and Blair Dixon and I by invitation attended the unveiling of the plaque ‘Uncle Vince Ross Centre’ at a special event at Narana Creations, Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Congress (UAICC) interpretive centre, Torquay Road Grovedale, recently.

This was a time of honouring Uncle Vince, Narana founder, respected Elder of the UAICC and storyteller.

Also, Mel Gibson, senior manager of Narana Creations, was commissioned. About 100 people attended.

I found it a deeply moving memorial occasion.  Anthony Humey, Narana Educator, performed the smoking ceremony and played didgeridoo.

Vince and others spoke, reflecting on the changes at Narana since its beginning over 30 years ago. They spoke of the present operation of Narana Creations, and hopes and plans for the future.  There was morning tea afterwards.”

Narana, and the aboriginal past and present history and culture holds a deep special place in my heart, my country, and our country.  Narana is a great place to learn, to give, to share and to receive.”

Visit of John Bell to Melbourne

Did you enjoy the great song, No. 326 in Together in Song, last week?  A somewhat tricky tune, but thanks to a couple of people who took the trouble to learn the tune, and with Wendy’s fine playing, it was well sung.  The composer of 326 and of many other great songs is John Bell, preacher, composer, hymn-writer, broadcaster, and member of the Iona Community.

He will be visiting Victoria on May 11, 12 and 13, during which time he will take part in a number of conversations on God, delight and diversity, non-violent peace-making, Celtic and Indigenous spirituality.

He’ll be conducting a quiet day for ministers and ministry students in the Macedon Ranges, and will give a public lecture on Space, Rumour and Hospitality on Monday 13 May, 7.30 pm (venue to be confirmed).  Full details of his visit are on the notice board in the foyer.


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