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.
& THE COMING WEEK
Due to the latest COVID19 Lockdown restrictions, we are open but with limited numbers until further notice. Please be aware that bookings are essential for in-person services via the Church Office from 9:30am Monday.
Uniting World Partners
Our partner in the South Pacific – the United Church of the Solomon Islands.
A returned Kanaka labourer, Peter A, on the island of Malaita in 1894, began the conversion of Solomon Islanders to Christian faith. Peter had been baptized in Bundaberg, whilst slave labouring in the cane fields of Queensland.
At the 2007 census, 90 percent of Solomon Islands people belong to a Christian church, including the Catholic, Anglican and United Churches.
United Church Moderator the Rev. Armstrong P says; “Throughout the Solomon Islands, our church of 191 congregations and 50,000 members is actively sharing the love of God through congregational ministry and health care. We have oversight of schools, provide vocational skills training for youth and are concerned about excessive logging and environmental destruction”.
Joy J, Project Officer for disaster resilience, says: “There have always been disasters across our Pacific—cyclones and floods that kill many people. God is present in practical ways through the care of disaster chaplains and in recovery efforts, but also in the planning and preparation that can save lives”.
PRAY for the people involved in disaster preparedness in the urgent situation of global warming.
ACTION Stand with our Pacific friends against the impact of rising seas. Encourage Australian government to implement policies toward zero carbon emissions by means of renewable energy.
GIVE to Uniting World, the agency of the Uniting Church in Australia www.unitingworld.org.au (NT)
Lisa F: Werribee River Association
Lisa is the Community and Business Development Manager of Werribee River Association—and a good friend of the congregation at Crossroads Uniting Church, as we share her passion for conserving our beautiful Werribee River and its riparian surrounds.
We talked about her role and the need for professionalism alongside the strong voluntarism which has sustained the WRA over many years.
Lisa has worked in community development, in road safety and community centres, notably Iramoo in Wyndham Vale, and has learnt a lot through the Transition Towns Network.
“The Transition movement is widespread in several western nations, including Australia. It’s about encouraging communities and their people to transition away from fossil fuels towards zero emissions. I started Transition Wyndham, and this has developed garden tours, recycling waste and the share economy”, says Lisa.
I asked Lisa about the beginnings of her environmental activism. “I lived in share houses, and found the permaculture movement particularly inspiring. Later I was overseas, living on a tropic island in Thailand, where I saw widespread degradation of the environment, involving lack of planning controls and single use plastics”.
Members of Crossroads congregation participate in Beach Patrol 3030, convened by Rob Bradley, which over recent years has collected tonnes of litter at Werribee South, and raised awareness amongst residents of Wyndham of the pollutants going into Port Phillip Bay.
Lisa says: “I’m concerned about the prophets of doom, who see a climate Armageddon coming. This does not help young people, leading to despondency. I want to emphasise the positive actions that grassroots people can take, to resist climate grief”.
Tents & Huts to Timber Houses and Tiger Snakes, edited by James A
Memories come tumbling back, as I read collected stories of the soldier settlers on Gerrigerrup. This was a preaching place for me, a minister of the Joint Presbyterian and Methodist Parish of Macarthur-Byaduk, arriving in 1964.
Gerrigerrup and other large squatter stations of the Stony Rises in the Western District had been allowed to deteriorate during the Second World War, and by the 1950s were over-run with a plague of rabbits. These properties were compulsorily acquired by the Soldier Settlement Commission, placing about 150 ex-diggers in the Hawkesdale, Penshurst and Macarthur region.
Those men, their wives and kids lived in one-room garages for the first years, while they cleared the rocky land of rabbits and snakes. Timber houses were built with mod-cons.
Graeme E, Oscar M, Keith B and others shifted an old shearers’ hut on to a piece of land, which became the Gerrigerrup public hall. Everyone cleared away the detritus of the Saturday night dance, to get ready for Sunday afternoon community church service (Anglican and other denominations), two parts of the community glue. Gerri’s informal worship was a relaxed experience.
I learned from these folk the shared hardships of the early days, as they made volcanic lava flows overgrown with thistles into working farms. Connecting roads helped overcome isolation and the kids could get to school.
I had followed the Rev. Chas B into Macarthur manse overlooking the Eumeralla River (site of 1847 Black War); my then wife Marj and our three kids found the township and the primary school next door had grown rapidly with a boom in farming families. Local church people (H, B) valued the fresh energy that the settlers brought to community life.
In 1967 we moved on to Alberta, Canada, leaving behind us Australia’s divisive Vietnam War.
Fifty years later, this book of memories revived that period for me. (published by Warrnambool and District Historical Society.)
Now, will a CONNECTION reader share a memory of 1960s? Talk to me!
Review by Neil T.
What’s On This Week
- Monday: 9.30 am Playgroup
- Wednesday: 2.30 pm Seniors Afternoon Tea
- Thursday: 8 pm Home Group @ Crossroads
- Friday: 6 pm African Youth
- Sunday: 12.30 pm OSLO (Yarraville Bowling Club 339a Francis St Yarraville)
Worship Plan for this coming week
27 June 2021
2 Samuel 1:1–4; 17–27; 2 Corinthians 8:7–15; Mark 5:21–43; Psalm 130
- Greetings: Carol N
- Flowers: Margaret F
- Music: Asanka P
- Audio-visual: Lauren D
- Prayers of the People: Jan B
- Reader: Mary D
- Sign-in: Frances G & Elizabeth B
- Cleaning: Carol N & Dorothy R
- Morning Tea: Sandra S & Julie H
- 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 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.