CONNECTION – 17 OCTOBER


PENTECOST 21

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

COVID RESTRICTIONS
With changes to the COVID19 restrictions, in-person services are not possible and the Church is closed. Online services will be provided via our private Facebook group.

Greetings from some members

Margaret D says “At this time of the year, we’ve been doing lots of gardening, I’m doing pot plants, and I’m hoping that we will have a Friday night plant sale when church returns to normal”.
“Normally we do a lot of walking, around Sanctuary Lakes and nearby; however the walking groups organised by the Council are not on at this time, which is disappointing”.

“We live in Point Cook retirement village, and the village activities are closed down at present. My husband still does regular bike riding, about 50 km with friends on Sundays. Some of our family live at Woollert, so we get-together at a half-way place such as Footscray”.
Margaret says: “I’ve been member here at Crossroads for 30 years now. I’m missing the gardening group, and I hope our activities can resume soon. I’d like to say hello to friends amongst the ladies at church, and I hope we’ll all get together again by Christmas”.

Brian and Wilma H have been members at Crossroads for eight years now. This writer and the H’s were at Seves St Altona UC before we all came here.
Brian tells me “Wilma and I have just celebrated our 62nd wedding anniversary; we were married at Spotty Meths by Mr Packett. After a while, we moved to North Altona, which was just paddocks, and the quarry was where the Altona Gate Shopping Centre is now.”

I miss seeing them in their regular front pew at Sunday worship; Brian says “We miss church and our friends there. Elizabeth B calls in with CONNECTION on Mondays, which we appreciate. We send greeting to the people of Crossroads. Please have the injection. We have had both vaccinations, with no after effects.”
“We miss seeing our four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Our daughter who lives in Melton is our carer, and is allowed to visit us, and she brings a large amount of groceries!” says Brian. (NT)

Crossroads memories

Marjorie E is a sprightly 91-year old, who has clear memories of her girlhood at Werribee.

She says: “Do you know that the low bluestone wall (see pic) along the church garden from Duncans Road to Synnot Street came from the dairy farm of my great-grandfather, William Leake. He and his wife Rebecca lived at Rose Grange, alongside Skeleton Creek, Truganina. When the 1968–69 fires went through, their former home and the dairy was destroyed. Only the bluestone wall remained, and it was donated to the Presbyterian church; you can see a memorial plaque on Synnot Street.”


She and her late husband Bill built their home 30 years ago on the Esplanade, Altona, where she still lives, and she attends Seves Street Uniting Church, Altona.
“I was a little girl on my parents’ farm at Mount Cottrell—lots of boxthorn and scotch thistles—at the corner of Doherty’s Road and Dunns Road until I was 10. We attended the Presbyterian church in Truganina. We moved in to Synnot Street, Werribee next to the Methodist Church, and I went to Werribee High School until form 4.”
“At the Presbyterian Church, I remember the box pews, where the Chirnside family sat. My granny sat in a seat nearby, and on quarterly Communion Sunday she walked out, having nothing to do with popery”. [The association of the communion service with the Catholic Mass would have been in her mind. Ed.]
I loved to look at the coloured glass window of Jesus and his disciples at the Last Supper, and in Sunday School we sang “Count your blessings, name them one by one.”
Dawn H remembers Marjorie L, her friend at high school and at church in their teenage years. (NT)

Online Discussions

The online discussion group looking at the Statement from the Heart will meet again on Sunday 24 October at 5.15 pm. If you would like to join the group, please email Robert R to get the login.

Operation Christmas Child … Rose G

Do you usually pack Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes to send overseas to needy children to help share God’s love? The good news is, despite Covid-19 restrictions, you still can!


If you HAVE been able to fill your shoeboxes with something to wear, for hygiene, for school, to love, to play with, and a personal message from you to the child, I am ready and willing to collect them from you NOW!

  • If you HAVEN’T been able to shop, but you would still like to support the OCC Ministry, we have an exciting and simple way that you can send a box overseas, and it’s all on the Samaritan’s Purse website: ‘PACK A BOX ONLINE’.
  • For $30 you can choose to pack a box for a boy or girl aged 2–4, 5–9 or 10–14. A selection of gifts will be added to your box and you can even include a personal message so that the child knows that you love and care for them. Your payment covers all the items in the box, transport and distribution.

This year the boxes from Australia/New Zealand will be sent to Cambodia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Madagascar and Malawi. This year more than ever we need to support our less fortunate neighbours here and overseas. If you would like more information please call me or go to the website:
https://samaritanspurse.org.au/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/packonline/

Did you know?

The most serious conflict fought anywhere on the Australian frontiers was the war in Tasmania between colonists and Aboriginal people 1823–1831. The 258 European deaths and the similar toll of wounded is far greater than the numbers killed in rebellion, bushranging forays or miners’ uprising. The number of Tasmanian Aborigines killed is hard to estimate but at least 750. The per capita loss of life was greater than during the First World War and considerably higher than during the Second World War. The death toll overshadows the 340 Australians killed in Korean War and the 521 in Vietnam.
(See Tongerlongeter: First Nations leader and Tasmanian War Hero, by Henry Reynolds for full information

What’s On This Week

  • In line with COVID Restrictions the Church Buildings are closed

Worship Plan for this coming week

17 October 2021

Bible Readings

Job 38:1–7, 34–41; Hebrews 5: 1–10; Mark 10:35–45; Psalm 104:1–9, 24, 35c.

Rosters for 17 Oct & (24 Oct)

  • Greetings: Audrey K (Robert R)
  • Flowers: Margaret F (Salote T)
  • Music: Wendy B (Asanka P)
  • Prayers of the People: Neil T (Margaret B)
  • Reader: Nola E (Blair D)

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:

Audrey will be the primary contact on Mondays and Thursdays and Annetia at other times.

CHURCH OFFICE INFORMATION

The office is open on Monday’s and Thursday’s from 9:30am to 12pm, operating in line with COVID restrictions.

Telephone 03 9741 1084.  Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.
Email office@crossroadsunitingchurch.org.au