CONNECTION – 19 DECEMBER


ADVENT 4

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

Return to Worship – COVID Restrictions

There will be some important and essential Covid restrictions that have to be met.

  1. There is no need to book.
  2. You will need to sign in using the QR Code every time you come to the Church.

Christmas Bowl

“In the midst of the division and chaos our world finds itself in, the Christmas Bowl is a vital channel for expressing our unity in Christ. It provides a powerful mechanism for sharing God’s love, with those who need it, through practical Christian action.

At our coming Family Carols Service, you will be invited to give a gold coin donation to the Christmas Bowl. This will increase our church’s contribution to the appeal, so helping more people in need to feel God’s love.

As, the founder of the Christmas Bowl, Rev Frank Byatt, first put an empty bowl on his family’s Christmas dinner table back in 1949, we invite you to consider doing the same. The bowl will remind you and your guests of the need in the world, and it may encourage them to “share their good meal with hungry children in other lands”.


HOW TO GIVE:
There are several ways you can donate:

  • Put cash in our special Christmas bowl located in the chapel
  • Use a Christmas Bowl envelope (cash, cheque, or credit card) and either place in our Christmas bowl or post. (Please write Werribee Crossroads Uniting Church as your church.)
  • Donate online at https://christmasbowl.actforpeace.org.au/ (Please write Werribee Crossroads Uniting Church as your church.)
  • Go straight to our church’s online donation page with this link: mycb.link/45154
  • Scan the QR code on the blue Christmas Bowl poster in the foyer to go to our church’s online donation page.

Each week in church during Advent we will be learning about projects that your money will support.

Marathon Man: Ian G

CONNECTION told of Ian’s wheelchair training for the Melbourne Marathon in our September 26 newsletter. Covid 19 in Melbourne forced the postponement of this community event until Sunday last, when thousands of people took part in the 42 kilometre run.
Ian says: “My preparation of four 20 km training runs each week meant I was ready for Sunday. I like the challenge of undulating terrain around Melton which prepares me well.”
“I was up at 4 am, showered and breakfasted; left home at 5.15 am. Seven members of my family in the MCG members stand cheered me on. This run took me 3 hours and 28 minutes,” says Ian.
Ian looks back with satisfaction on wheel-chairing 50 marathons and 10 half-marathons in many places around the world, especially the Paralympic Games in London 1984 and Seoul 1988. “All my journeys and accommodation were self-funded. That’s how it was in those days, before television sponsorships changed the game. I simply had to save up for them,” he says.
“I commenced Melbourne marathons in 1979. Now that I’m age 69, retirement is knocking at the door, and I’ll ease off my training,” Ian says.
Ian continues: “Before every event, I pray for a safe and incident free run. This time, the challenge was weaving in and out of hundreds of runners; many of them wearing headsets so they could not hear me coming. Looking back over 30 events, a highlight was the two early occasions, when organizers used to let us start first. I crossed the line ahead of all the runners!”
In conversation, we recall Ian’s confirmation at Belmont Methodist church when he was 15. “My Christian belief is paramount,” says Ian. “If it wasn’t for my Christian faith I wouldn’t be doing this.” (NT)

From our minister, Annetia Goldsmith

Just in case it got lost in the bombardment of all other things of 2021, we are only ten days away from Christmas as I write this! This year we have done a lot of waiting already, for the results of Covid tests, for lockdowns to end and now we are waiting for a day where we can welcome the joy we share, at the presence of Christ among us, as we celebrate the birth of Jesus.
Christmas is traditionally the season of joy. Joy is not conditional on the environments in which we find ourselves. We can experience the joy that our relationship with God can bring in the most trying and difficult of circumstances. God’s joy is one of absolute trust between us and the Holy Trinity. Trust that is born of love and grace.
It would be the most amazing thing to share the joy of God’s gift of Christ to us this Christmas. So, feel free to smile! (At family, friends, or even strangers.) To follow Christ’s example of generosity and forgiveness! (Show compassion and understanding!) Let the Holy Spirit into your hearts to prepare room for the good news of Christ!
Christmas does not have to be big, luxurious, or fancy. It does not mean that you must eat too much or see everyone you have ever met. It is a time for us to welcome Christ once more, in all the vulnerability of new life, into our lives. To fill our hearts with joy and gladness for such a gift of love! And so, for this Christmas, I wish you joy!

Minister’s holidays: Annetia will be on holidays from Boxing Day until 18 January. Audrey Kateena (0435 064 088) will be available for pastoral care.

Carols tonight!

Crossroads will have a Family Carols Service and BYO picnic dinner tonight! Feel free to come to one or both events.
5:30pm Everyone is invited to come to the church for a BYO picnic dinner. There will be some Christmas craft and games for kids. This will be held regardless of weather 🙂
7pm Family Carols service! This will be held inside the chapel space.
(Just a reminder that bookings are not required to attend however as per Government regulations we will have to QR Code in
Masks wearing will be at your own discretion.) If anyone attending is able to volunteer for the QR Coding and AV please let Lauren or the church office know.

What’s On This Week

  • Advent study Thursday 16th  7.30 pm on Zoom.
  • Christmas Day service at 9.30 am (Rev. Annetia Goldsmith)

Worship Plan for this coming week

19 December 2021

Bible Readings

Micah 5:2–5a; Hebrews 10:5–10; Luke 1:39–55; Psalm  80:1–7.

Rosters for 19 Dec (& 26 Dec)

  • Greetings:  Margaret B (Volunteer Required)
  • AV:  Noel S (Volunteer Required)
  • QR: Elaine B & Sandra S ()
  • Morning Tea: Judy O’K & Dorothy R
  • (Margaret F & Julie H)
  • Flowers: Elaine B (Jennie K)
  • Music: Wendy B (Asanka P)
  • Prayers: Sandra S (Neil T)
  • Reader: Lindsay D (Paul C)

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 weekdays from 9:30am to 12pm.

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