CONNECTION – 18 JULY


PENTECOST 8

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
Due to the latest COVID19 Lockdown restrictions, we are open but with limited numbers until further notice.

Crossroads Memorial Wall

In all the time that CONNECTION has been published, since August 2017, I’ve been unaware of the memorial wall and garden, outside the office, tucked away next to the playgroup area.
It was Margaret G who kindly told me about this special space, begun in February 2000.
A most recent plaque is placed in remembrance of a faithful member of Crossroads, Roy S, who is remembered by his wife Joan and their two sons.
When next you visit Crossroads, ask someone in the office to open the door to the play space; take time to reflect on the transitory nature of existence and God’s gift of life in Christ.
Readers of CONNECTION may wish to contribute a memoir about someone important to you in the companionship of the church. All contributions welcome! (NT)

Local business clean-up action

Luciana M and Rob B from Crossroads joined in the Telstra Business Clean Up and Tree Planting Day, celebrating World Environment Day, in Old Geelong Road, Hoppers Crossing. 40 volunteers from local businesses including All Green Nursery participated in picking up rubbish and planting vegetation. Luciana is a Marketing Manager (business development) for Telstra. Rob, experienced Beach Patrol convenor, estimated that 375 kg of litter was collected, including 250 plastic drink bottles!

UCA 16th Assembly online

Last Sunday morning, our minister Annetia explained that she will be a delegate at the UCA Assembly on this Saturday and Sunday 17 and 18 July. Annetia is one of three first year ministers appointed by the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania, with voting rights.
General Assembly is the triennial decision making meeting of the UCA. It will meet online this year, and will reconvene in 2022 in Queensland, when face-to-face meeting, we hope, will be possible.

Saturday’s agenda will include at 11.30 am the Opening Service and Installation of the President, Rev. Sharon Hollis. The link for this and the Cato Lecture will appear on the Assembly website: https://uniting.church/16thassembly/

At 7pm the Cato Lecture 2021 will be live streamed. The lecturer is Prof. Anthony Reddie, director of the Oxford Centre for Religion and Culture, at the University of Oxford.

The General Secretary, Colleen Geyer will report. Assembly has moved to new offices at 262 Pitt Street, next door to Pitt Street Uniting Church.

Seven Circles of Interest were launched at the 15th Assembly, and are now accessible on line, through the UCA Assembly Resourcing Unit. Topics with advocates include “Walking Together as First and Second Peoples” Stuart McMillan, “Transforming Worship” Rev. Alix Sangster, and “Working for Justice” Rev. Loni Viatohi.
A strategic plan 2020–23 is being developed, with initiatives including “Take risks, experiment and shape the church to the needs of today.” Pray for Sharon Hollis, Colleen Geyer and the workers who serve the General Assembly. (NT)

Today’s worship will be led by Scott C while our minister is attending the Assembly meeting (online). Scott recently joined our congregation and is currently working as a prison chaplain for the UCA.

Direct Giving to Crossroads

From 31/07/2021 the Direct Offering program provided by U Ethical on behalf of the Church will need to be replaced by direct giving to your congregation. You are asked to establish a direct transfer from your bank to the church account, which is BSB 083-909 Ac 516109795. For further information, please contact Rose G.

OSLO Next week

This Sunday we are staying at home and going to the Commercial Hotel in Watton Street. There are senior meals but everyone is welcome at 12 pm. Please contact Elaine B for numbers by Thursday July 22 on 0435 998 013.

Write a letter for the world?

All over Australia, people of faith are writing their individual letters to Prime Minister Scott Morrison asking for serious climate action — hundreds of us. Will you join us?
At 11:00 am after worship at Crossroads on Sunday July 25 we have tables booked at Teddy Picker restaurant 5/116 Watton St. We hope you can join us for coffee or whatever else tempts your taste buds. We will have all the information & materials you need to write your letter. It can be just a short letter in your own words and we will collect from you to send.
It would be great if you could advise Sandra S, Rob B or Annetia G regarding your plans to join us so we can advise Teddy Pickers of numbers attending.

Bunnings Barbeque — help needed

Geoff G has been able to secure a fundraising BBQ at Bunnings Hopper’s Crossing store on Friday 20 August to raise funds for our Kid’s Hope program. If you would like to help Geoff in any way on the day, please contact him. Everyone welcome.

In memory of Cyril

Lorna H says that there were 28 at the lunch at the Tigers club recently to remember Cyril on what would have been his 85 birthday. Cyril would be thrilled to see his footy club the Bulldogs at the top of the ladder! Robyn and George T were able to join us for the lunch and it was a great opportunity for many of us personally to wish them both a very happy retirement. Sue Moger, who gave so much in caring for Cyril over the years, is organising a plaque to be put on our back wall.

What’s On This Week

  • Monday: 9.30 am Playgroup
  • Thursday: 10 am Church Gardening; 8 pm Home Group @ Crossroads
  • Friday: 6 pm African Youth
  • Saturday: 6.30 pm STAN

Worship Plan for this coming week

25 July 2021

Bible Readings

2 Samuel 11:1–15; Ephesians 3:14–21; Psalm 14; John 6:1–21

Rosters for 18th (& 25th)

  • Greetings: Simon R (Margaret D)
  • Flowers: Elaine B (Jennie K)
  • Music: Wendy B (Asanka P)
  • Audio-visual: Noel S (Mathew W)
  • Prayers of the People: Rose G (Ken S)
  • Reader: Wendy B (Neil T)
  • Sign-in: Margaret G (Bev L)
  • Cleaning: Kirkman’s & Margaret G (Margaret D & May B)
  • Morning Tea: Mary D & Margaret G (Elaine B & Liz B)
  • CRUNCH: ? (?)

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.
Email office@crossroadsunitingchurch.org.au