CONNECTION – 18 OCTOBER


PENTECOST 20

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

Operation Santa – Uniting in Wyndham

After everything we’ve gone through this year, we all want Christmas to be extra special. But for many families, it will be so much tougher to be able to afford gifts.
This year we unfortunately anticipate that our agency will need to assist even more Wyndham families than ever before. We want to be ready!
In previous years, our Operation Santa program has supplied brand new toys and gifts to families via an appointment system. The gifts were displayed in the church vestry for consumers to select from. The program was run with the support of volunteers (most of them over the age of 60).

This year, due to COVID-19, limited space available at our site making social distancing impossible, and so many of our consumers in the vulnerable group, it just won’t be safe for us to run the program in the same way.
So….. we have made plans for a new style Operation Santa Wyndham for 2020. We hope you will consider supporting us.

This year we will be assisting families with gift vouchers instead of toys.

We hope you can support Operation Santa Wyndham and help us make sure there are gifts under every Christmas tree.
Donate via our GoFundMe page: https://giftsforfamiliesunitingwyndham.gofundraise.com.au/ or you can give Rose G cash or a cheque and she will pass it on.
We need to purchase the vouchers by the end of October so we can make sure we get them out to our clients well in advance of Christmas so they have time to purchase online or in store prior to Christmas.
(Contact Shelley J – 0466 592 505)

Christmas is coming!

Our minister, Annetia, has already started planning Christmas at Crossroads 2020! Although we can’t make any concrete plans for a return to the church buildings as yet, we can still look forward to some exciting activities ahead.

‘Advent at home’ packs which would contain weekly devotions and activities for all ages, suitable for families, couples and singles to complete, are being planned. They would be delivered by volunteers before Advent begins on Sunday 29th November to all members of the congregation; however, if you do not want to receive one, please contact Rose G

Greetings from our neighbours

Rev. Ken B at St Thomas’ Anglican Church, Werribee.

I asked the Rev. Ken about the St Thomas’ parish in Covid lockdown.  “We are doing OK in this new and strange situation; with recorded worship on our Facebook page and YouTube, enabling our parishioners to stay connected to church.  You may view us from 8 pm on Saturdays”.

“It’s good, that people who normally aren’t able to attend church have the opportunity to join by way of God’s gift of the internet,” he says.

“I find that pastoral visiting has its difficulties; most of my communicating must be on the phone, which tests my skills and creativity,” says the Vicar of St Thomas’ Anglican church, Werribee. “Our team of pastoral visitors are keeping in touch with the people of the parish”. “I give greeting from St Thomas’ Anglican to Rev. Annetia and the folk of Crossroads Uniting congregation. We hope that you are all staying sane and keeping the faith,” says Rev. Ken. (NT)

A prayer for our times

(Submitted by Dorothy Rookes from Jeff Shrowder’s “Day’s End”)

Lord, I’ve got my eyes closed.
But these are busy times—
and my head is overflowing with today’s events,
and tomorrow’s demands.
Even so, I feel your presence, like a breeze.
Gently the breeze persists.
The weeds that choked my mind today are gone,
and we are alone, Lord:
You and I.
Sitting here I feel each breath,
a gift of life from you, Lord.

Congratulations and thanks

To Roland and the team for a delightful sharing of pet family photos in the worship service of blessing for pets on St Francis day.  Who could fail to be touched by the photos of appealing animals wild and tame that bring blessing to our lives!  “Goodonya” also to Lauren and the dance team for a joyful conclusion to Annetia’s eucharistic celebration. A fitting round-up for Crossroads Season of Creation. (From Neil T)

CROSSROADS PEOPLE

by Neil T

It was only two years ago that May B came to Crossroads from Queensland. She lives with her family in Hoppers Crossing. “My grand-children and great-grandchildren live all around here, and my son’s family are here for me, so I’m glad to be in Victoria”.
May says “I feel so welcome at Crossroads. While I miss the Sunday service of worship, I do join in the morning gathering on Zoom, otherwise I’m going to forget who’s who! I’m thankful for my son’s help; he knows what to do on the internet”.
Says May: “I drive my car still; I value the independence it gives me. How do I cope with coronavirus? I’ve done three patchwork quilts for Christmas gifts, and I’m trying knitting. The thing is, in this situation of lockdown, you’ve got to live every day to its fullest. I ring up people, and I have good friends at Crossroads. I love you all. And I wish you God’s blessing”.

Zelda C appreciates the visit of a Crossroads “courier” with CONNECTION each week. “I look forward to Carol N’s visit; it’s so important to keep in touch with friends at church, in this difficult time of restricted movement. It will be great to see folk again.” Asked how she and Stan are coping during the pandemic, Zelda says “There’s always something to do round the house. Last year Stan had leg surgery, so his movements are limited. We look after our lawn and garden. We have two daughters in Point Cook and Hoppers Crossing, and four grandchildren, but we can’t see them. We are sticking to the rules as much as we can”.
Zelda says: “We don’t have a computer, so I’m missing the faces of Crossroads friends. Now I’m in the habit of sleeping late on Sunday mornings, it will be strange to get back to normal Sundays”.
“I send a hello to all at Crossroads. I’m missing you, and I hope the COVID-19 restrictions will end soon,” says Zelda.

Val T writes: Hello to everybody at Crossroads, looking forward to when we can meet again. I have done a lot of knitting, crocheting and reading during lock down. Also contacting
friends on the phone. We enjoy our daily walk around our area and speaking to neighbours if they are in the garden as we go past. Thank goodness for Skype and FaceTime that enables us to keep in touch with family. Thank you to everyone who is keeping our church family connected.

Worship Plan for this coming week

25th October

Bible Readings

Deuteronomy 34:1–12; Psalm 90:1–6, 13–17; I Thessalonians 2:1–8; Matthew 22:34–46

Rosters

  • Greetings: Kur M
  • Prayers of the People: Ken S
  • Reader: Deb C
  • Flowers: Rose G

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

Please note that due to the Covid-19 Stage 4 restrictions the Church Office will not be attended.  Please contact us via email or phone 03 9741 1084

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