COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY & THE COMING WEEK
Update from the Church Council
The Church Council met via Zoom on Wednesday evening and dealt with the following matters.
Online services in place of ‘normal’ church-based services will continue until at least the 10 June Church Council meeting. There is a general agreement that we cannot return to church-based services until the congregation as a whole can attend. We are also aware that the online services are reaching some people who have not previously been closely associated with the congregation, and that there is some feeling that online services should continue alongside of church-based services into the future.
The Council expresses its strong appreciation for the work of our minister, Annetia, and for the team of people (Roland and Rose Geilen, Frances Geilen, Jan Bradley, Carol Nancarrow, Elizabeth Barnes and Asanka Pakura) who make the online services and distribution of Connection available to all members of the congregation. Thank you also to the people rostered for the weekly welcome, prayers and bible readings, and the provision of flowers.
Property Control Group work taken up by Alan Thompson was also recognised and grateful thanks expressed. A full copy of the PCG report is available from the office.
Treasurer’s report: At this stage it is clear that the current shut-down of church activities is having a detrimental effect on our income, as hiring fees (apart from car parking fees) are not available. We have also not had the open plate offerings for some weeks now. We won’t know the full extent of the financial situation for some months and we’ll keep you fully informed as information becomes available. In the meantime, we urge our members to continue their offerings (see separate notice on page 2).
Presbytery representative: We are hopeful of receiving an offer from a congregational member to become the lay representative of our congregation at presbytery meetings. Presbytery normally meets only four times a year, on a Saturday morning from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm, at Hoppers Crossing UC for three of those meetings. Please speak to Margaret Gook or Robert Renton if you are able to help.
Minister’s report: a copy of Annetia’s report to the Council is available from the office (via email or printed).
Our congregation: Shirley Davis
When I visit my neighbour Shirley Davis, I find she is often writing letters to friends, in longhand. We agree that this is almost a lost art!
She and her husband Lindsay are faithful members of Crossroads congregation. I asked her about her life before Werribee. “I was born in 1926, in Auckland New Zealand. My dad brought us to Sydney, when he found work as a council building inspector. We lived in Kings Cross, near the ‘half mile’ of bright lights and sex workers, which never seem to close on hot summer nights, but we children were too young and innocent to know about these things!”
“At Darlinghurst Public School, I was not successful at sport, but I won the Yo-Yo competition. On to Randwick Girls High, I hated Sewing Class and devised a place to escape; behind the old Darlinghurst Gaol I found an ivy-covered toilet, peaceful and quiet”.
Shirley became a typist at Australian Glass Manufacturers, then was a governess for a polo-playing family on a large sheep station near Orange. She continues “When I was on a hitch-hiking vacation around New Zealand, I met Lindsay. We married in 1955. Lindsay was a harbour pilot at Lyttleton, near Christchurch. “Our three children grew up there, until we moved to Thornleigh in Sydney, and Lindsay was first officer on container ships”. “At Thornleigh, a highlight was my involvement in Country Womens Association (CWA); we ran a small tea rooms on the highway, and many travellers came in for scones, jam and cream.” Shirley delights in reading, and I was impressed by her current biographies, Mothers’ Day presents from her adult children. “We are blessed,” says Shirley, “with good friends at Crossroads Uniting Church.”
Worship Plan for this week
Online worship services
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, all services of public worship are being held online until further notice. See the Facebook address below.
Bible Readings – 24 May 2020
Acts 1:6–14; I Peter 4:12–14, 5:6–11; John 17:1–11; Psalm 68:1–10, 32–35.
Rosters for 24 May 2020
Greetings: Robert Renton
Prayers of the People: Jan Bradley
Reader: Lyn O’Meara
Flowers: Jennie Kirkman
A Prayer for all in our community
May we who are missing our church family remember that they are protecting us from sickness.
May we who are working tirelessly remember the positive and meaningful work that others do.
May we who are missing our outings and adventures remember those with no safe place to go.
May we who have plentiful meals remember those who struggle to buy what they need.
May we who are feeling cooped up in our homes remember those who have no home
May we who are impacted by change in our own homes be open to receiving the love and support we need.
Let us choose love.
NEWS AND NOTES
We have had enquiries about how our offerings to the church will be managed during the time public worship has been suspended. We understand that this may be a time of real financial stress for some families; however, if you do wish to continue your donations, we would prefer you to make a direct deposit at the NAB. Our BSB is 083-909 and the account is 516109795. Please put your name as the reference. Alternatively, you can leave your donation at the church office, and you’ll be issued with a receipt there.
With Love to the World
WITH LOVE TO THE WORLD is a daily Bible reading guide which links week day prayer and Bible study with what happens in church on Sunday. They are published every quarter and cost $5.
There are two spare copies of the May-Aug issue at the church. If anyone would like one, or to be added to the order for the next issue, please contact the office.
It is almost time to compile new rosters for Bible Readers and Prayers of the People. We would love to have more people involved. If you would like to be added to the rosters, or would like to find out what is involved, please contact the church office.
Although we don’t know yet when we can worship together in our church building, we can continue to record our contributions for inclusion in the on-line service. Help is available if needed.
Child and adult safety
Although we are not meeting in person currently, concern for child and adult safety continues to be a priority. If you have any concerns, questions or issues that you would like to discuss, please feel free to contact our two ‘contact persons’, Sandra Savory or Jan Bradley, or the Church Council chairperson, Robert Renton.
Property Control Group
The PCG is our ‘maintenance and property oversight committee’ and it meets on Wednesday mornings normally. We are keen to see some new members join the PCG, male and female, young and not-so-young! If you are interested, please contact Ken Storey.
Occupational health and safety
Sharron Inglis, our current OHS officer, will be looking for volunteers to help with the responsibilities. If you are able to help, please contact Sharron.
CHURCH OFFICE AND NEWSLETTER
The Church Office is open 9.30 am–12 noon, Monday–Friday
Telephone 03 9741 1084. Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.