CONNECTION – 20 MARCH 2022


LENT 3

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

Uniting Wyndham back in business

As Anita Dixit, (pictured) coordinator of Uniting Wyndham’s Emergency Relief talked with this writer I felt some of her passion helping people who are going through hard times.

“I started here as a volunteer in February last year, while I was studying online my Certificate Four in Mental Health support worker. Then in June I was appointed co-ordinator. My university degree in psychology helps me to walk in the other person’s shoes,” she says.
Coming to Australia with her husband, from India in 2016, Anita speaks of her rapid learning curve, exploring the different cultures of Australia.
“We at Uniting Wyndham are delighted to accept donated gifts from members of Crossroads Uniting Church, in the basket placed in the foyer. Basic non-perishable staple foods are most acceptable. You can give UHT milk, rice, baked beans, canned tuna and canned fruits, cooking oil, jams, peanut butter and protein bars for kids lunches,” says Anita.
I asked about volunteering at Uniting Wyndham. “Yes, persons in good physical health are welcome to pick up an application form at our reception desk. The main duties are making parcels for clients, stacking and storage,” says Anita.
Anita says: “Also, now Uniting Wyndham Op Shop has re-located to 39 Watton Street, next to NQR, we are inviting donations of used saleable clothing and goods and we welcome volunteer helpers. Call in at the OpShop and ask for a form.”
Now that some normality is restored to family and church life, it’s good that Crossroads folk can participate in Uniting’s outreach to the less fortunate people amongst us. (Report by Neil T)

Congratulations Annetia!

Members of Crossroads Congregation offer congratulations to our minister Rev Annetia G, on receiving the award of Master of Theological Studies in the graduation ceremony of the University of Divinity, Melbourne at St Paul’s Cathedral next Friday March 25. Well done, say all of us!

Way of the Cross

The Way of the Cross, an ecumenical event held on Good Friday which provides an opportunity for a meditative reflection on Jesus’ journey to the Cross. The Anglican, Catholic, and Uniting Churches in Werribee area, work together to remind participants of the events of the first Good Friday. For each station a biblical text is offered as a point of meditation. The walk starts at Werribee Piazza at 11 am and finishes at St Andrew’s Parish Werribee at 12:30pm.

Book Review

Many people in this country are anxious about the future of the planet in this era of human-induced global warming. We are frustrated at the inaction of successive Australian governments. Politicians are funded by the powerful fossil fuel industry while it continues to expand massive coal mining, gas extraction and export.

I am encouraged by Living with the Anthropocene’s forty-two Australian environmental writers and scientists who explore the Anthropocene age. They share deep concern—Tony Birch calls global warming “a storm of our own making.” Delia Falconer says “signs and wonders tell us we can no longer depend on the stable [weather] patterns of the Holocene.”
Joelle Gergis, IPCC lead author: “… living on a destabilised planet is the terrible truth we will all face. We must respond as in … emergency.”
I commend this book for its messages of solidarity with all who care for our fragile earth. (Neil T)

Living with the Anthropocene – love, loss and hope in the face of the environmental crisis.” Edited by Cameron Muir et al: NewSouth Press]

Lenten Studies

Lenten study discussion groups are currently being held on Thursdays until 14 April at 2pm in person at Crossroads, and at 7.30pm on Zoom (login at Meeting ID: 871 3910 9130 or https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87139109130). The discussion is based on the Assembly’s Circles of Interest Going Deeper program.

OSLO Occasional Sunday Lunch Out

On Sunday 27 March at 12 midday we are going to the Spotswood Hotel, 62 Hudson Road, just over the railway line at Spotswood. Sunday Roast is $20 but there are no seniors’ meals. Everyone welcome. Please contact either Elaine or Lorna before Thursday 24 March.

What’s On This Week

  • Monday: 9.30am Playgroup
  • Thursday: 9.30am Gardening Group; 2pm Lenten Study (Crossroads); 7.30pm Lenten Study (Zoom 871 3910 9130)
  • Friday: 6.30pm African Youth

Bible Readings – 20 March 2022

Isaiah 55:1–9; I Corinthians 10:1–13; Luke 13:1–9; Psalm 63:1–8.

ROSTERS:

SUNDAY

Minister

Greetings:

AV: 

Morning Tea: 

Flowers: 

Music:   

Reader: 

Prayers:

20 March

Rev Annetia G 

Margaret G

Jacob L

Nancy Mc & Margaret D

Salote T

Wendy B

Deb C

Sandra S

27 March

Rev Annetia G 

Margaret B

Paul C

Mary D & Julie R

Mary D

Asanka P

Faye D

Neil T

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