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—sharing God’s love
Wyndham Multi-Faith successful dinner
Wyndham Interfaith Network’s Dinner for the year 2022 took place recently at Wayaperri House, Duncans Road. 100 people came from the world’s religions represented in this city. People of Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Moslem and other faiths enjoyed a vegetarian menu, made new friends and cemented old friendships.
Chairperson Bahkta D invited Councillor Jennie B (see pic) of the City of Wyndham to offer the Acknowledgment of Country. She said: “Inter-Faith networks play a highly significant role in the multi-ethnic communities and cultures of this State of Victoria. At a time when cultural intolerance and extremist prejudice are powerful influences, Inter-Faith networks provide a valuable opportunity to build understanding and respect.”
A panel discussion concerning “Hope” as understood by different faiths and musical items were highlights of the evening. People of Crossroads UC, Hoppers Crossing UC and St Peter Apostle Catholic Church, Hoppers Crossing were among those of Christian faith at the dinner. (NT)
Hoppers Crossing Congregation joins us at Crossroads for worship and witness
We will be welcoming the Hoppers Crossing congregation to our site next week at a combined service of worship commencing at 10 am. This move is intended to provide both congregations with new opportunities and strength to witness to the love of God in our whole community of Wyndham.
The move has been forced upon the Hoppers Crossing congregation because of structural problems with their building which has to be closed and, naturally, this has been an unwelcome and traumatic process, and people will be feeling very vulnerable—but they are looking forward to new opportunities for witness as well as getting to know the members of the Crossroads congregation.
Following the service on the 27th there will be a brief opportunity for the congregations to discuss any future arrangements.
So, after 138 years of worship and witness on this site, we stand at the threshold of a new era that we pray, with God’s blessing, will give new life and strength to our witness to the way, the truth, and the life of our Lord Jesus Christ. (RR)
Robert R, on behalf of Church Council
Beach Patrol 3030 cleans up for year 2022
Several Crossroads people volunteered in the final clean of Beach Patrol 3030 for 2022, on Sunday Nov 13. Rob B, co-ordinator, reported: “65 kg of rubbish was removed from the beach and surrounds at Campbells Cove, near Wyndham Harbour”. The collection included 132 plastic bottles, glass bottles, and cans. Also plastic bags, food and drink containers, fishing gear packaging, a car tyre, a concrete pipe and a beach umbrella!”
Rob says: “We look forward to Victoria’s container deposit scheme commencing next year and reducing these numbers. We hope to see you at our next clean in February 2023.” (NT)
Christmas OSLO lunch
On Sunday November 27 at 12pm we are once again going to the Hoppers Club, Pannam Drive, Hoppers Crossing for our Christmas Lunch. Carvery 2 courses for $25. Please contact Elaine or Lorna before 24 November for booking purposes.
Christmas carol service: 11 December @ 7pm
We are so blessed this year to have Judy Vincent lead our Crossroads Carols Practices and Service.
Carols Practices are from 5.45pm – 7pm commencing this Sunday, 6 November until 4 December. A call out to all you choristers, why not come along and join in.
Please ring Wendy if you wish to be part of this year’s Carols service – or just come along.
Excitement of World Cup Qatar obscures human rights abuses
Amnesty International in the lead-up to the World Cup (Guardian Australia 22/10/22) spoke strongly: ”Human rights abuses persist on a significant scale. Progress must not grind to a halt once the World Cup roadshow leaves Doha.”
Australian citizen Doctor Alfred B, a Coptic Christian, spoke to CONNECTION. “I worked in Qatar for nine years from 2013, and now have returned to Australia. I was with a construction company employing 11,000 workers, which abused its license to accommodate those men. Rooms built to accommodate 4 workers were filled up with 8 to 12 workers, so that infections including corona virus Covid19 travelled rapidly. The company received many warning notices but did not take any action.”
Dr B continues: “Expat construction workers’ salaries were very low – less than $500 per month; and there was generally a 5-6 months delay in payment of salaries. When summer temperatures exceeded 50 degrees Celsius, against health regulations, the company continued employing workers in 6-hour shifts.”
This writer thanks Doctor B for shedding light on the dark side of FIFA World Cup excitement. Christians are called by the Gospel of Christ to protest against injustice. (NT)
What’s On This Week – 20 November
- 20 November: Audrey Kateena
- 27 November: 10am Combined Crossroads & Hoppers Crossing worship.
- Monday: 9.30am Playgroup
- Wednesday: 9.30am Crossroads Property C’tee; 12pm Seniors Afternoon Tea group lunch
Isaiah 65:17–25; 2 Thessalonians 3:6–13; Luke 21:5–19; Isaiah 12.
Judith O’K & Dorothy R
Margaret F & Julie H
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.
- Rev. Annetia Goldsmith – On Leave at present (9741 1084 firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Audrey Kateena (0435 064 088 email@example.com)
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.