CONNECTION – 18 SEPTEMBER 2022


PENTECOST 15

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

UCAF people learn about Mallee Silos

Crossroads UCAF meets each month on the first Wednesday at 1 pm in the church foyer. At this month’s gathering, Lorna H and Bev C related their recent two-day journey on the Grainlander historic steam train to Sea Lake and other Mallee towns, to see spectacular artwork featured on the grain silos of many of those towns. Bev and Lorna spoke rapturously of the excellent accommodation and meals on the train, and the welcome offered by mallee townsfolk.

The Grainlander journey is highly recommended! (NT)

Thanks to Rod K

Rod K first came to our church when the Rev. Mike Lewis took the funeral service of his wife Margaret who he had been caring for many years. He came to church the following Sunday and felt immediately at home with the welcome. He was a beautiful man with a wonderful laugh and could have us in fits listening to his stories at Senior Afternoon Tea.

He came regularly to church for 3 or 4 years and enjoyed his cuppa and chat and joined us for OSLO on occasions. He very generously left $5000 to the church in his will. It was a privilege knowing Rod and we had many phone calls during Covid and when he heard my name there would be this wonderful laughter. (Lorna H)

Planting, walking and talking

with Nature West at Skeleton Mudflats
The Skeleton Creek flows from the volcanic grasslands of Derrimut and Truganina, through former farmland into densely developed and populated areas of the Cities of Wyndham and Hobsons Bay.
Families, old and young met recently on Skeleton Mudflats starting at Shaft Court Hoppers Crossing, to plant many indigenous grasses and shrubs on previously degraded creek valley.

We walked then along the creek and under the aqueduct noticing the wattles blooming and abundant birdlife on the water and in the air.
At Bromage Close we had food; the formerly neglected area behind Anaconda retail has been replanted with hundreds of native plants, by Friends of Skeleton Creek.

(Angela W (at left))

James F of Melbourne Water and Angela Whiffen of the Friends of Skeleton Creek talked about identifying the frogs and ducks coming back to the ephemeral chain of ponds. The day was organized by Bruce B, chairperson of Nature West and Susie I, Landcare Worker. (NT)

(Susie I (at left))


Multi-faith service at St Paul’s Melb.

The Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) is organising a Day of Action on climate change in solidarity with Pacific and Australian First Nations peoples. Prominent faith leaders will be publishing an open letter and speaking out in the media, to urge the Government primarily to stop approvals for new coal and gas projects and end public subsidies for fossil fuel industries. People of all faiths and none are invited to attend a multi-faith service to be held at St Paul’s Cathedral, cnr of Swanston St and Flinders St, Melbourne, at 5.10 pm on Thursday, October 13. (Ed.)

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

Sunday 25 September at 12 noon — we will be enjoying lunch at Brothers on K, corner of Duncan and K Road. They have agreed to arrange a senior meal for us. Please contact Elaine or Lorna by 22 Sept to book a place at the table. (Lorna H)

World Communion Sunday October 2

On World Communion Sunday, Christians around the planet earth remember their distant companions on the journey with Jesus.

At our worship service on October 2, our guest worship leader Rev Sandy Boyce is seeking brief greetings (simple, a few sentences) from a range of churches, within Victoria, across Australia and overseas. These will be shared in the service, inviting people to pray for these other churches that have sent greetings. Please email Sandy, sandy.boyce@vcc.org.au (From the Victorian Council of Churches VCC E-news 12 Sept.)

Here’s a greeting received by this writer this week:
“My name is Laura S and I live in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. My Dad, the Rev. Prof. Donald C. S was Professor of Public Theology at Knox Presbyterian College, Toronto for many years. I send blessings to your congregation at Crossroads Uniting Church.” (Neil T)

Blessing of the beasts: October 2 service

Keep those pictures coming in of pets and other animals on October 2 in the service to be led by the Rev. Sandy Boyce. More photos, please! (Ed.)

Visit to Narana Creations October 8

Members and friends of Crossroads and Hoppers Crossing UC congregations are invited to join a visit to Narana Creations, the cultural and interpretive centre of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress in Torquay Road, Grovedale on Saturday 8 October, arriving at 10 am.
Justice Task Group members are arranging the visit. Armando Aragon and Luciana Manrique will be co-ordinating transport. Car pooling will leave our church car park at 9 am, and for those travelling by train from Wyndham Vale to Marshall rail station—talk to Armando and Luciana. Morning teas and lunches with delicious indigenous foods will be available. The Narana shop and art gallery offer a range of products made by indigenous people. (NT)

Thank you

Julie H and her family would like to thank the Crossroads congregation for the prayers, cards and flowers received during their most difficult time, following the death of Julie’s father John McH. We were overwhelmed by the caring and kind offers of help.

What’s On This Week

  • Thursday: 9.30am Gardening Group (Crossroads)

Bible Readings – 18 September 2022

Jeremiah 8:18–9:1; I Timothy 2:1–7; Luke 16:1–13; Psalm 79:1–9

ROSTERS:

SUNDAY

Minister

Greetings:

AV: 

Morning Tea: 

Flowers: 

Music:   

Reader: 

Prayers:

18 September

Raymond S

Margaret G

Jacob L

Elaine B & Asanka

Mary D

Wendy B

Julie R

Elizabeth B

25 September

Doug M 

Dorothy R

Paul C

Judy O & Dorothy R

Elaine B

Asanka P

Bev L

Ken S

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 Church Office is open Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 12.00pm.

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