COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY & THE COMING WEEK
An update on the Sermon on the Mount?
How happy are those who have it all;
who needs the Kingdom of Heaven?
How happy are the hard-boiled;
they can glide through life.
How happy are those who have learned to be ruthless;
they really will have the earth for their possession!
How happy are those who know their own rights;
they will make sure they are satisfied.
How happy are those who are calculating in their generosity;
they know how to win power over others.
How happy are those who know the value of appearances;
they can turn every situation to their advantage.
How happy are the effective competitors;
society will be pleased to honour them as winners.
How happy are those who have managed to avoid trouble and difficulties in life, who can always find good reason not to get involved, and who can always see why others bring troubles upon themselves;
for they can go to bed with a clear conscience and thank God for their good fortune and common-sense. (RWR)
Two giants of hymnody gone from this world
I feel saddened to see on the Facebook of the Hymn Society of US and Canada, notice of the death of Graham Maule, (in January 2020) who wrote (together with John Bell) the profoundly rich hymns of the Iona Community. Some of those hymns are found in Together in Song: “Praise with joy the world’s creation”, “God has a table,” “She sits like a bird” and “Inspired by love and anger”. See the Hymn Society’s Facebook page for the touching eulogy at the funeral of Graham.
Also, this month, Shirley Erena Murray of New Zealand died. She wrote many hymns; some in collaboration with composer Colin Gibson, musician. “Loving Spirit”, “Community of Christ, who make the cross your own”, “God of freedom, God of justice” and “Touch the earth lightly” – my all-time favourite.
For me, to sing inspiring hymns such as Shirley’s and Graham’s in worship with other Christians is a great joy. (NT)
A visitor from Kiribati
Rengata Toboru recently attended a service at Crossroads and met Neil Tolliday. Neil writes:
“We sat down in her accommodation in Point Cook, along with Moriin and Beata, guest workers from Kiribati, here for nine months on a visa which requires they return home in July to October, for three months in the year.
I learned that Kiribati, a group of 33 islands, 20 of them inhabited, is right on the equator, in the west Pacific Ocean, four hours flight north of Fiji. Travel to Werribee requires a stop-over in Fiji, then a four hour flight to Melbourne.
“Discovered” by the Spaniard De Quiros in 1606, Kiribati became a British colony (protectorate) in 1892; during the Second World War, Japan occupied the main islands) until US forces drove them out in 1943. The official language is English.
The Republic of Kiribati’s population is 110,000 (Tarawa is the capital and airport); about 8,000 are guest workers in other countries, remitting money to their families. Rengata’s main work at present is horticulture of frangipani plants and picking broccoli, on a farm in Duncans Road, Werribee South.
Some islands of Kiribati rise to a maximum of 8 metres; they are extremely vulnerable to ocean level rise. “Already, our mangroves are submerged. Erosion walls are being built.”
Let’s look for Rengata, pray for her and her people, and make her welcome all visitors and newcomers to our congregation.” (NT)
Worship Plan for this week
9.30 am Holy Communion (Rev. Ian Pearse)
12 pm Lisu Service
2.30 pm Dinka Service
Activities this week
Monday: 9.30 am Playgroup
Wednesday: 10.30 am Church Council Executive (R Renton, 16 Baden Dve, Hoppers Crossing); 1 pm UCAF (Foyer)
Friday: 9.30 am Uniting Playgroup; 5 pm African Youth (Hall)
Bible Readings – 9 February 2020
Isaiah 58:1–12; I Corinthians 2:1–16; Matthew 5:13–20; Psalm 112:1-10.
Rosters for Next Week
Rosters for 9 February 2020
Minister: Rev. Valerie Johnson
Duty Elder: Julie Rees
Greeting: Margaret Gook
Morning Tea: Sandra Savory & Elaine Belcher
Flowers: Valerie Martin
Prayers of the People: Robyn Tomkins
Reader: Neil Tolliday
AV Desk: Noel Savory
Piano: Gina Lee
For your prayers this week…
- For the people of the South Pacific, especially those whose livelihood and homes are threatened by rising seawater caused by global warming.
- For families who need emergency help and counselling and seek support from Uniting Wyndham.
- For the large number of local children starting school this week who live in poverty
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
UC Adult Fellowship
The UCAF will hold its first meeting of the new year next Wednesday, 5 February, at Crossroads starting at 1.00pm. All welcome.
Our first clean for 2020 will be on Sunday Feb 9 @ 11:30 at Campbell's Cove Beach. (Travel down Cunninghams Rd., turn left into Campbells Cove Rd & park in the car park at the end of the road just past the beach huts.)
Emergency Relief help needed
Each Sunday’s offering at worship includes donated gifts for emergency relief at Uniting Wyndham, our church’s agency next door in Duncans Road.
For many years, members of Crossroads Uniting Church congregation have been supporting the work of Werribee Support and Housing, now Uniting Wyndham. The Op Shop and the agency were founded by Uniting Church members, as a practical Christian outreach in our local community to people who are struggling to make ends meet.
Shelley Johnston, Uniting Wyndham’s co-ordinator of volunteers, says: “Please continue to donate non-perishable foods, to help low income families. Rice, pasta, UHT milk, cereals and tins of soup are suitable; and with school starting again, lunch box snacks are a favourite”.
If you’d like to volunteer as a helper with the Op-Shop; or the Emergency Relief programs, driving, sorting foods and packing, talk to Shelley Johnston. Call Uniting Wyndham reception, 9-5 weekdays on 9742 6452.
Casual work sought
Neil Tolliday and Robert Renton are happy to recommend the work of Abraham Golshan, an asylum seeker, who is looking for casual work. His expertise is in lawn mowing, gutter and spout cleaning, rubbish removal and tree trimming, and he holds an advanced certificate in welding. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 0449 637 041.
Church Councillor nominations
Forms are available from today for nomination of members of the congregation as Church Councillors. Any member of the congregation is entitled to be nominated, but the expectation is of a commitment for three years for attendance at the monthly meetings (2nd Wednesday, 6 pm) and assistance with rostered duties on Sundays. Nominations close on 16 February, and elections will be held at the AGM on 23 February.
Housekeeping & Help
If you or someone you know is in need of pastoral care, please don’t hesitate to contact either Robyn Tomkins or Robert Renton. 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.
CHURCH OFFICE AND NEWSLETTER
The Church Office is open 9.30 am–12 noon, Monday–Friday
Telephone 03 9741 1084. Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.