CONNECTION – 19 SEPTEMBER


PENTECOST 17

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
With changes to the COVID19 restrictions, in-person services are not possible and the Church is closed. Online services will be provided via our private Facebook group.

Greetings from our members

Vince L is busy during lockdown, maintaining his lawn and garden, and often riding his bike on the Bayside bicycle path with Armando Aragon and Luciana Manrique. “I send greeting to my friends at Crossroads. Be happy and peaceful, in these hard times. I’m looking forward to our coming together at worship again. For the present, we must rely on the grace of the Lord,” he says.

Dawn H says “At 92, I’m not too bad, mainly walking around the house. I keep busy with books of crosswords and reading novels. Alan looks after my shopping and transport needs. I miss seeing friends on Sunday mornings, and I hope that everyone at Crossroads is safe.”

This writer mentioned to Dawn the story of the bluestone wall around the church garden on Synnot Street, donated by the Leake family, told to me recently by Dawn’s friend Marjorie Elmslie (nee Leake) of Seves Street Altona Uniting congregation. “I remember that Baden Powell owned the Leake’s farm. His shearing shed was on Market Road, and we lived on Tarneit Road. We’d hang on our front fence, watching the sheep go past on their way to be shorn,” says Dawn.

I spoke to Faye D as she was driving to her work at the Melbourne University veterinary science faculty laboratory in Werribee.
Faye says “The epidemiological science is clear. Vaccination is the only way out of this pandemic. Every person in Australia must take this seriously. It won’t eradicate the illness, and we’ll have a Covid way of life, but we should be able to control serious illness and death. It will probably be managed like a seasonal ‘flu. I urge Crossroads members, get vaccinated so we can all be back together at worship soon.”

Lorna H speaks from her years of experience in the health profession. “I hope that members of our congregation would be getting vaccinated. It’s clear that most of those with Covid in hospital and dying are not vaccinated. None of us in the broad community know how sick you can be with Covid. My local pharmacy is doing vaccinations, so there’s no difficulty in getting yours.” (NT)

Vaccination urgency

Alison C says “I have plenty of work at the pain management clinic. I’m talking with patients on Microsoft Teams internet platform. Lara is now in Year 12 at Suzanne Corey High School, working towards end of year VCE exams. It’s hard for her, being isolated, seeing her friends only on a computer screen. My dogs are getting old so we don’t do much dog walking.”
She says: “I send a greeting to Crossroads folk. Keep smiling and smell the flowers! I do urge everyone to get vaccinated. Don’t rely on the internet and your friends for information. Talk to a trusted medical professional.”

Letters to the Prime Minister

Thank you to all of you who recently handwrote a letter to our Prime Minister!
Crossroads sent off 13 letters to be forwarded with many letters from all over Australia to Scott Morrison. Our letters were written by members of our church, each asking in their own personal way for strong positive action by our government to combat climate change. Our letters joined a delivery from ARRCC (Australian Religious Response to Climate Change) from Australians of different faiths, all working together because we believe something must be done now. This is faith in action!

Online Discussion

The online discussion group looking at the Statement from the Heart will meet again on Sunday 26 September at 4 pm. If you would like to join the group, please email Robert R to get the login. The group meets fortnightly at the same time.
There is also an online bible discussion group that meets at 4 pm on the alternate Sunday. The next meeting is on the 19th, and anyone is welcome to join. Contact Robert R to get access to the Zoom log-in details.

Kids Hope BBQ

In lieu of our Bunnings BBQ to raise funds for Kids Hope, Bunnings have donated $500 in gift vouchers for us to use to raise funds. Thank you Bunnings! If you would like to purchase a voucher (various denominations) please contact Geoff G who has the vouchers. All proceeds to our Kid’s Hope program.

Relay for Life – thanks to all contributors

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the Relay for Life program, despite there being no relay – but wait!

There was one at the D family. Harry suggested a relay around the backyard 100 times, and they did it—and raised $1,385 in the process from generous supporters, giving a total raised of over $5,000. Lauren writes: “So even though we are not able to be together during these COVID restrictions to do a Relay, eat together or have a coffee, there are still innovative ways that we can support each other, feel a part of a team and fundraise for important causes! We had a heap of fun!”

From A Book of Blessings (Glynn Cardy)

Blessed in our mother Earth
when she knows that she is deeply loved,
not a ‘thing’, a ‘resource’, to be used
but our papakainga*
our only home.
Blessed is our mother Earth
when indifference is countered by passion,
and the parched and abused ground
is tended by our tears,
and resolve to restore.
Blessed are we when finding
wisdom and courage,
memory and resilience,
and non-compliance,
for the facing of these hours.

*Papakainga is a Maori word for home base or home village.

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child is a world-wide project of Samaritan’s Purse. It partners with local churches in developing nations to reach out to children by providing gift-filled shoeboxes and bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ. After receiving shoebox gifts, many children are also invited back to participate in The Greatest Journey – an evangelism and discipleship program.

Will you join with us to help us reach more children with gift-filled shoeboxes? This year more than ever the children are in great need of our support. Covid-19 has hit countries such as Philippines, Indonesia and Cambodia hard.
Empty shoeboxes and more information are available from Rose G who will be talking briefly about Operation Christmas Child during the service this Sunday online, or you can contact Rose.

Volunteers are always needed

Volunteers are always needed to keep the in-person services going. Covid requirements for cleaning, QR log-ins, morning tea need volunteers now! Contact Rose G.

What’s On This Week

  • In line with COVID Restrictions the Church Buildings are closed

Worship Plan for this coming week

26 September 2021

Bible Readings

Proverbs 31:110–31; James 3:13–4:3, 7–8a; Mark 9:30–37; Psalm 1.

Rosters for 19th Sept & (26th Sept)

  • Greetings: Margaret D (Carol N)
  • Flowers: Jennie K (Rose G)
  • Music: Wendy B (Asanka P)
  • Prayers of the People: Rose G (Ken S)
  • Reader: Sandra S ( Deb C)
  • CRUNCH: School Holidays

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 on Monday’s and Thursday’s from 9:30am to 12pm, operating in line with COVID restrictions.

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