CONNECTION – 20 FEBRUARY 2022


EPIPHANY 7

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

Attending 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.
  3. Please wear your mask inside the buildings at all times.

How my mind has changed…

Continuing our new series prepared by Neil T:

Lorna H

I was born into a Christian family. My grandmother was a devout Methodist; we went to Sunday School. I remember during the War I played the Virgin Mary in a tableau. After the War I boarded at a Catholic convent school in Exmouth. My grandmother insisted that I should not attend catechism and only attend Mass once a week. Living in Brussels, I was confirmed as a member of the Church of Scotland. The Rev. Bennie taught me the lessons for confirmation.

When I started Nursing course at St George’s Hospital, the minister in Exeter had a blessing service for me; during four years in London I attended the sermons of the famous preachers, Leslie Weatherhead and Donald Soper. They rang the bells – made a lot of sense to me!
I joined the Bible Society at the hospital, and one day in a meeting I was accused of not being a Christian because I wouldn’t testify. I disagreed. My faith was grounded in the knowledge that everyone has a different experience of Christ and I didn’t have to fit other people’s expectations.
Wherever I go I find a church. The Rev. Ian Turnnidge, the gay minister at Cowes UC, is very welcoming. Cowes UC provides a community dinner for 30 people. My brother was gay; a beautiful person with many wonderful friends who would often visit the family, my parents enjoying their company setting a good example to their peers.
“Know Your Bible” (KYB) is very important to me. I have been going for 25 years to the Williamstown group led by Diana D who answers all my questions about the Bible. I find God answers my prayers. I have attended world meetings of the World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Woman in Johannesburg and Loughborough [England], and South Pacific Area Seminars held every four years in Samoa, Tonga, New Zealand, Brisbane, and Fiji. These absolutely brilliant occasions have opened my eyes to the world mission of Christ.”

NEWS AND NOTES

Responding to the call of God

As happened to Jeremiah the prophet, you can be called by God, as our congregation’s representative at Presbytery meetings!
Here you will learn first-hand about the Uniting Church’s ministry and mission in the region of Port Phillip West. Every congregation is called to participate in the life of the Presbytery, responsible for pastoral care of ministers and people and outreach in God’s service to the community.
The Presbytery of Port Phillip West includes the urban metropolitan region from Craigieburn to Sunbury and Wyndham, country towns and seaside villages in Woodend, Kyneton and the Surf Coast.
Crossroads needs a representative who can attend Presbytery meetings with our minister Annetia, four times a year and report to our church members. There are three meetings left for this year, and they may also be on Zoom as well as in person. Talk to Rev Annetia.

With Love to the World

We have 1 extra copy left of the daily devotional book With Love to the World. This devotional book follows the UCA lectionary. If you would like to try a free copy, they are in the book/magazine rack near the front door of the church. If you would like to continue receiving this book, it costs $6 per quarter ($24 per year) and I would need to know within the next 4 weeks.( Lyn O’M)

O.S.L.O. Occasional Sunday Lunches Out

Our first lunch of the year on 27 February will be at a new venue the Altona Sports Club 11 Altona Road overlooking the beach. We will be in the bistro, as the Sun Room is fully booked. There will senior meals for $15. Please contact by Thursday 24 February either Elaine B. or Lorna H.

Vaccination recording for volunteers

It is a Government mandate that all Church employees and volunteers are fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Church Council are required to keep a record of vaccination certificates for anyone who volunteers at Crossroads. If you haven’t already done so, please let the office know your certificate number and the ‘valid date’. Your information will be stored securely.

Name badges

These can now be ordered at the church office or through Rose G for $13 each.

Afternoon tea for seniors

The Afternoon Tea for Seniors will be starting again on Wednesday 23 February. We look forward to seeing everyone at 2pm. (Lyn, Lorna and all who help behind the scenes.)

2022 Victorian Interfaith Networks Festival

Date: Sunday, 27 March 2022 Time: 12pm to 4:30pm
Location: Encore Events Centre, 80 Derrimut Road, Hoppers Crossing VIC 3029
About the Festival: The Victorian Interfaith Networks Festival is a grass-roots conference which aims to help build the capacity and sustainability of existing multifaith/interfaith networks, bring people up-to-date with current multifaith/interfaith matters and provide networking opportunities.
Schedule: includes lunch, networking and community stands; 1.30–2.30pm keynote speech “Social cohesion in a diversifying society” by Dr Mario P, Victoria University; 2.45-3.45pm entertainment and workshop on anti-gambling; 4.00–4.20pm: Summary and closing ceremony’
Please note, this event is by invitation only. To be added to the invitation list, please contact Mr Sandy K, Multifaith Officer, Faith Communities Council of Victoria, or Email: officer@faithvictoria.org.au
Please Note: Venue requires proof of full vaccination.

What’s On This Week

  • Monday: 9.30 am Playgroup
  • Wednesday: 2 pm Seniors Afternoon Tea
  • Thursday: 9.30 am Gardening Group
  • Saturday: 5.30 pm Church Picnic
  • Sunday: AGM after worship; OSLO 12 noon

Bible Readings – 20 February 2022

Genesis 45:3–11, 15; I Corinthians 15:35–38, 42–50; Luke 6:27–38; Psalm 37:1–11, 39–40.

ROSTERS:

SUNDAY

Minister

Greetings:

Cleaning:

AV: 

QR: 

Morning Tea: 

Flowers: 

Music:   

Reader: 

Prayers:

20 February

Rev Annetia G 

Jan B

Lyn O

Jacob (& Roland)

Bev L

Margaret F & Julie H

Rose G

Wendy B

Noel S

Rose G

27 February

Rev Annetia G 

Liz B

Judy O

Paul K

TBA

Liz B & Jan S

Lorna H

Asanka P

Jan B

Salote T

Once again if you can assist with QR, Cleaning, Greeting please let the office know. Also please let us know if you would like to be included in the roster for Prayers of the People. 

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 Church Office is open Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 12.00pm.

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