CONNECTION – 20 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

CHRISTMAS BOWL

This year the Christmas Bowl people have created a unique online giving page for our church so we can also give safely online. It is a place where we can make a gift to the Christmas Bowl directly through our church and for us to see the collective contribution made by our congregation.  Our unique giving page is: mycb.link/45154.

When can we return to worship at Church?

Church Council met 9 December and has decided, in the light of the holiday season of December/January and after a lot of discussion about the possibilities within the restrictions that still apply, as follows.
1. In-person worship services will resume from Sunday 7 February 2021, with either one or two half-hour services at 9.30 and 10.30am, depending upon the number of people who wish to attend and provided we have enough helpers who volunteer for duties. See below.
2. It will be necessary for everyone to book a seat, either by phone or email. “First in, best dressed.” Everyone will also need to register their attendance via QR electronic means, and wear a mask inside the buildings. (Help will be provided.)
3. There will be no morning tea inside; however, social gatherings might occur outside (depending upon weather) with 1.5 metre social distancing.

4. We need help! In order for everything to flow properly, we need to create a roster of four volunteers each Sunday to manage the QR login, seating arrangements and cleaning before and after the service(s). If you are prepared to help, please contact Rose G at the office. We also need help with the AV roster‚ so please contact Sandra S.

Forthcoming services

The Rev. Annetia G will be on holidays at various times from the 27 December through to 17 January and then on 31 January.

The Rev. Ian P and the Rev. Val J will be assisting us with the leadership of worship (online).

Christmas Day service online, 9.30 am.

Sammy Stamp

Joan S says “Sammy Stamp is continuing to raise thousands of dollars in support of UCAF mission outreach projects.  Your used stamps are still needed, for processing and forwarding”.

Joan is a philatelist with an appreciation of the stamp-collector’s art.  She invites all church members to save stamps from the envelopes on which they come, and leave a quarter of an inch around each one.

She says: “Please bring your stamps to Rose at the church office, or leave them at my home.  I’ll make sure they get to the UCAF collection point”.

Playgroup at the park

Playgroup met at the park five times, with weather permitting, and COVID19 safety in place. A great time was had by all being able to reconnect with each other. Monday 14 December was our last time together for 2020. Despite the heat and the wind, we all enjoyed the company and even took a photo of those there today as we normally do. We’re looking forward to 2021 and a more normal year.

Help, please! We need you to volunteer! Yes, you!

A reminder that without sufficient volunteers we won’t be able to return to worship in the church in February. We can’t leave it to the usual tiny band of volunteers!

Crossroads People

The church family rejoices at the recent baptism of Finau, daughter of Selaima and Samisoni M.  The baptism service led by our minister Rev Annetia G was videotaped and included in the on-line Sunday morning worship. The family only recently arrived in Tarneit from Griffith NSW, and they kindly told me some of their story.

Parents Selaima and Samisoni grew up on the island Kingdom of Tonga.  Selaima’s village is close to the place where Captain James Cook landed in 1773 and where the first Wesleyan Methodist church was established by missionary Walter Lawry from Australia in 1822.

The Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga is in a family relationship with the Uniting Church in Australia, as over the years many missionaries and fraternal workers have participated in Tonga’s church life.

The idyllic life of Tongans is mainly of subsistence agriculture and fishing; food is bountiful, and paid work is scarce.

When Selaima was 14 years of age, she and her family moved to Auckland, New Zealand, and she completed her schooling there.

She met Samisoni who was studying security. Samisoni’s family also came from Tonga, and belonged to the Catholic Church. They married in 2011.

They moved to Australia to join Samisoni’s family, firstly in Sydney, then in Griffith for 5 years.  Samisoni worked there as a forklift driver, and he has continued in that work now in a warehouse in Laverton.

Photo shows the children: baby Finau, son Pupunu (4) and daughters Cicilia (8) and Pelenaise (7).

A prayer

My Lord God,
I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself,
and the fact that I think I am following your will
does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you
does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road,
though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore I will trust you always though
I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are ever with me,
and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

Thomas Merton

, this demented inn in which there is absolutely no room for him at all, Christ comes uninvited.” (Thomas Merton)

Worship Plan for this coming week

27th December

Bible Readings

Isaiah 61:10–62:3; Psalm 148; Galatians 4:4–7; Luke 2:22–40

Rosters

  • Greetings: Julie R
  • Prayers of the People: Ken S
  • Reader: Paul C
  • Flowers: Valerie M

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 Rev. Annetia Goldsmith for any pastoral care needs.

CHURCH OFFICE INFORMATION

The church office is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9.30am to 12 noon.

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