OUR COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY AND THE COMING WEEK
Open meeting for members of the congregation
On Sunday 16 September from 4 to 6 pm, in the church, there will be a meeting of all interested persons from the congregation to consider the recent Assembly decision to vary its policy on marriage by recognising two statements of belief. The meeting has been called to give guidance to the Church Council as it considers its response to the decisions of the Assembly.
The following statement will be presented to the meeting for discussion and clarification as it is intended to be used to guide the decisions of the Church Council.
I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all in all.
Crossroads Uniting Church is an open, diverse Christian congregation with members having different cultural backgrounds, different views on politics and society, and different theological understandings. This diversity is very important to the life of the congregation and we seek to hold this diversity within “the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace”.
Within this diverse congregation it is acknowledged that there are members for whom marriage is better defined by the Fifteenth Assembly as “the freely given consent and commitment in public and before God of a man and a woman to live together for life”. There are also members for whom marriage is better defined by the Fifteenth Assembly as “the freely given consent and commitment in public and before God of two people to live together for life”.
Recognising this diversity and honouring “the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace”, we acknowledge and affirm the resolution of the Fifteenth Assembly regarding marriage and same-gender relationships. We acknowledge that within the Uniting Church there is a diversity of religious beliefs and ethical understandings, developed through continuing faithful discernment and held with integrity on matters relating to sexuality and marriage; and we determine that Crossroads Uniting Church Werribee is able to accept this diversity within its life and in the practice of marriage rites by its minister within the Crossroads Uniting Church Werribee.
EVENTS AND NOTICES
Beach Patrol and Grill’d
Beach Patrol 3030 has been selected to participate in Local Matters at Grill’d Werribee this August. Local Matters is the Grill’d community donation program that sees each Grill’d restaurant donate $500 into community programs every month. The donation is split between three local community groups—one at $300 and two at $100 each.
You can help! We’d love your support to win the $300 donation. Simply head to the Grill’d Werribee restaurant at the Pacific Shopping Centre, corner of Heaths and Derrimut Roads. It’s shop RE04, in the food court area at the front. Put your Local Matters token in our jar. The group with the most tokens at the end of the month receives the largest donation. It’s a simple (and delicious) way to show your support for Beach Patrol, something Crossroads people have been supporting for some years now.
The congregation is entitled to one lay person as representative, and so we are now looking for someone who would be interested to take part in Presbytery activities.
If you are interested, please contact Margaret Gook or Robert Renton for more details.
Alan Thompson has managed the fête every year for several years, and we are very grateful for his excellent leadership of the many people who are involved in preparing for the fête. He has now decided to retire from the role, and we are looking for a volunteer to head up the preparation and oversight of the fête this year. If you are interested, could you please talk to Rose Geilen or Margaret Gook, as they can give you a better understanding of what’s involved.
Occasional Sunday Lunch Out (OSLO)
Next Sunday (26 August) we are visiting a new venue, The Tavern at Pacific Werribee (the Plaza). There is parking underneath, hopefully not too busy on a Sunday, and a lift to the ground floor. Please contact Elaine or Lorna before Thursday 23 August for bookings.
If anyone is looking for various sizes of empty clean glass jars for making jams, relishes, etc., for the October fête, please contact Julie Rees ASAP or Robert Renton.
Housekeeping & Help
If you or someone you know is in need of pastoral care, please don’t hesitate to contact either our minister, Mike Lewis or Robyn Tomkins.
We’re keen to make sure that when people know that someone has gone into hospital or is otherwise ‘out of sorts’, that they are not forgotten. If we don’t know that someone has suffered some misfortune we are not likely to be able to visit or offer support in some way; so please let us know in such a circumstance.
Worship Plan for this week
9.30 am Family Worship (Justice Task Group)
Following worship today
Tea/coffee in the Foyer
Activities this week
Monday: Playgroup, 9.30 am in the Foyer.
Wednesday: Know Your Bible, 9.30 am at Joy Clancy’s.
Seniors Afternoon Tea, 2.30 pm, Church Foyer
Thursday: Bible Study, 8 pm at Noel & Sandra Savorys’.
Saturday: STAN, 6.30 pm at the Forresters’.
Next Sunday – 26 August, Pentecost 14
9.30 am Family Worship (Rev. Robert Renton)
Rosters for Next Week
Rosters for Next Week
Duty Elder: Rose Geilen
Morning Tea: Julie Rees & Lorraine Sewell
Flowers: Lorna Hodge
Reader: Neil Tolliday
AV Desk: Roland Geilen
Prayers: Rose Geilen
Piano: Jeremy Withers
Bible Readings next week: I Kings 8:22–30, 41–43; Psalm 84; Ephesians 6:10–20; John 6:56–69
Farewell, Gavin Kempin
Gavin Kempin, Executive Officer at Uniting Wyndham remarks that as our 24 agencies in Victoria are coming together, there are big tasks concerning the integration of services where relevant and different policies, procedures and systems. All the while, community needs are ever-growing; as housing becomes less affordable, mortgage stress is an issue, and the call for material aid is constant and growing.
Here in Werribee, Gavin speaks enthusiastically about Uniting’s early intervention “Housing, Education Linkage Program” (HELP) outreaching to Wyndham Park Primary School on Kookaburra Avenue for four years now. Uniting’s social worker has been working 2 days per week with students who present problems at school, such as non-attendance and disruptive behaviour. The school community led by the Principal Laban Toose, sees encouraging results, such as improved attendance and successful transition to High School.
The emergency housing program called H3 Wyndham, funded in September 2017 with an initial $15 million for four years from State Government, in now taking shape. Gavin reports that early intervention workers with local agencies including Uniting are providing short-term assistance to clients to avoid or move out of homelessness, and assessing clients as tenants for up to 50 Head Leased rental properties with local housing agency Unison (in Watton Street) as head leaseholder. Under the head lease scheme subsidised clients’ rentals are reduced progressively until the lease is transferred into the client’s name.
Gavin Kempin’s appointment as temporary Executive Officer at Wyndham Uniting will finish on September 30, when the new structure of Uniting comes into place; a new cluster including Wyndham, Ballarat, Ararat and Geelong will have a new overall Executive Officer, Sean Duffy.
Gavin says: “I’ll be sad to leave this position; I’ve enjoyed the work, and the team here. I appreciate the support the Crossroads congregation gives to Uniting Wyndham, and I hope it will long continue. Please make enquiries with Shelley Johnston, team leader on 97426452 about opportunities for volunteering.”