COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY & THE COMING WEEK
The next two Sundays
Our minister, Annetia Goldsmith, will be on well-deserved holidays on the next two Sundays (20 & 27 Sept.), and our online service producer, Roland Geilen, and his helpers will also take a well-earned break from the production of the services. Consequently, there will be no Facebook Crossroads services online for September 20 and 27.
The 10.30 am morning teas will continue, and the log-in details will be advertised in Connection each week and provided in the Crossroads Private Facebook Group.
There are many other online services that you may like to ‘visit’, and here are the addresses of some that you may find helpful.
St Michael’s Uniting, Melbourne go to https://stmichaels.org.au and then to the “Online @ St Michael’s Videos” section on the main page. The Rev. Dr Margaret Mayman is the minister.
Brunswick Uniting: go to https://brunswick.unitingchurch.org.au and then to the “Worship with us” page. Services are streamed live at 9.30 am. The minister is the Rev. Ian Ferguson.
St David’s Newtown: go to https://www.facebook.com/NewtownUniting/ and you will find both a live service and a recorded service afterwards. The minister is the Rev. Will Nicholas.
Bacchus Marsh Uniting has a YouTube service that’s recorded—go to https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxmbmWZu3FB4AE7Hs_K9nbA. The minister is the Rev. David Withers.
Cranbourne Regional Uniting: go to https://www.facebook.com/CranbourneRegionalUnitingChurch and you will find on the page where you can join the service. The Rev. Tony Duncan is one of a number of ministers who help lead these services.
Special Crossroads St Francis of Assisi Day service
On Sunday 4 October, at our usual time of 9.30 am, there will be a special ‘blessing of the animals’ service, and you are invited to send to Roland Geilen a photo of your pet(s) for inclusion in the service. Don’t forget to give your pet’s name as well as your own!
(This is Teddy, Jean Bohmer’s dog.)
Crossroads Letter Box
Over time communication has been a key for many of our congregational members. Hearing joys and sharing stories of what has been happening during virtual morning teas, and when members make calls, has seen many people connecting in different ways and for some, with people they otherwise may not have known. This has been a blessing to many.
As not everyone communicates the same way, limitations to data or not having devices can prevent members joining our morning teas or chatting through the Facebook group so we thought we would open Crossroads Letter Box.
Crossroads Letter Box is like having pen pals but designed to help make sure all our members households are ok. This idea originated during our Thursday Morning Discussion Group and was felt to be a great way to allow all families of our congregation to stay in touch throughout the rest of the time we spend apart.
If your household would like to take part in this then please call the church office on 9741 1085 to leave your name and contact details for Sam Gourley or feel free to email Sam.
Worship Plan for this week
Bible Readings – 27 September 2020
Exodus 17:1–7; Philippians 2:1–13; Matthew 21:23–32; Psalm 78:1–4, 12–16.
Rosters for 4 October 2020
Greetings: Luciana Aragon
Prayers of the People: Mary Dixon
Reader: Julie Rees
Flowers: Mary Dixon
Prayers at this time
Pray for a spirit of love and self-discipline so that we may work together to control and eliminate Covid-19.
God of Love, you call us to respond to your love,
not just in words that fall easily off the tongue,
but in actions born of truth. We confess that there are times when our own hearts cause us to doubt where we stand, and our love is mechanical, even glib. God of Love, you enable each of us to live in you, obedient to your desire; believing in the name—the very nature and being—of Christ Jesus, and loving one another, through the presence of your Holy Spirit who you have given us.
(From Jeff Shrowder’s Scattered Seeds)
Doreen and Ken Storey—Ken Storey interrupted his hedge-trimming to say “The Covid lay-off isn’t stopping me from being active. I’ve got two lists of things to do. I get lots of pleasure and frustration from my vegetable garden, as spring comes around. And the Cymbidium orchids are flowering nicely”.
“Stand by for the Property Control Group; we will have some news for the congregation in a couple of weeks,” says Ken.
Doreen and Ken send a greeting to the members of the Crossroads congregation: “Stay safe, be calm, and do what the Government is asking us to do”.
At Seves Street UC Altona, eight years ago, my wife Marg and I met Jean Bohmer. We were delighted to find that since Jean lives in Tarneit Skies Village she has found friends including Carol Nancarrow and Jan Sillitoe in our congregation at Crossroads.
Recently Carol showed us Jean’s winning entry in the village colouring competition, a Covid-19 initiative, displayed at the reception centre.
Jean’s Maltese terrier “Teddy” has a mischievous expression and a lively personality. Jean says: “I’m missing my church friends at Crossroads, and I’m thinking of you”.
Alison McRae, member of Crossroads congregation, says: “I keep busy with providing supply ministry to the Uniting congregation at Electra Street, Williamstown. It feels very different, in the changed circumstance of a community which meets on an internet platform. We do a Zoom liturgy every fortnight”.
Alison sends a greeting to good friends at Crossroads, Werribee.
Carmel Woodward has a story to tell about Terra, her adopted Burmese cat, who always came home from local forays, was stolen four years ago, and despite widespread notifications, he seemed to be gone for good.
Just last week, against all odds, a local woman found a stray Burmese, in a paddock near the egg farm on Bulban Road; she took it to a vet who examined the cat’s microchip and found he belonged to Carmel. Safely back home and soon to be vaccinated, Carmel has jokingly said she will rename him Lazarus – ‘returned from the dead!’
Carmel says: “I’m missing everyone at Crossroads terribly. I hope everyone is well, and I look forward to our meeting again face to face!”
CHURCH OFFICE AND NEWSLETTER
Please note that due to the Covid-19 Stage 4 restrictions the Church Office will not be attended. Please contact us via email or phone 03 9741 1084
Telephone 03 9741 1084. Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.