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
Welcome, Hoppers Crossing readers
Welcome to Hoppers Crossing readers of this newsletter. Contact details for your information are:
• Rev. Fa’amata’u Leota (0401 592 359)
• Tupu L
• Serena L
• Bank account: BSB 013 915 Account Number: 3544 39707 Reference: Your Surname
Ring out the old, ring in the new
Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light:
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.
Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
Ring out the grief that saps the mind
For those that here we see no more;
Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind.
Ring out a slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife;
Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.
Ring out the want, the care, the sin,
The faithless coldness of the times;
Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes
But ring the fuller minstrel in.
Ring out false pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.
Ring out old shapes of foul disease;
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.
Ring in the valiant man and free,
The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in the Christ that is to be.
(From “In Memoriam A.H.H.” 1850, by Alfred, Lord Tennyson)
Cows for Cambodia
Cambodia is one of the world’s poorest nations with a high percentage of the population living in the rural areas. There is a saying that ‘You will love Cambodia so much it will break your heart!’ and Roland and Rose have definitely found that to be true.
They travelled there in December with the Australian charity ‘Cows for Cambodia’ which is essentially a ‘Cow Bank’. The charity loans families a pregnant cow and the family look after it. When the calf is born, they get to keep it and the charity takes the cow back. It’s more about providing an opportunity to break the poverty cycle rather than a direct handout. Each family signs a contract to ensure the cow is looked after and strict rules are followed to ensure the best outcomes for all parties. The cows are the healthiest and happiest in Cambodia.
The charity’s motto is: ‘Don’t just Donate – Participate!’ Some of the things Roland and Rose had the opportunity to do: volunteer at a village school; help build a house on stilts for a needy family; visit the charity’s farm and vaccinate cows and goats and Roland tinkered with their tractor; take children to the dentist for much needed treatment; spend the morning with 90 children at a water park for fun and lunch; and distribute 25kg bags of rice to needy families. It was a wonderful adventure and they hope to be able to return soon!
Hoppers Crossing Congregational Meeting
On Sunday 22 January, following the worship service.
Crossroads Congregational Meeting
On Sunday 22 January, following the worship service.
The Orange Door
We received information this week about a new service in Wyndham. The following is in the introduction to the new service. Please pass on the information to anyone who may need help.
Sometimes things at home or in a relationship are not OK and you need some help and support. At The Orange Door, we are here to listen to you and help you to get the support you need quickly and easily. We can help if:
- you need help with parenting, or you are worried about the wellbeing or development of a child or young person
- someone close to you is making you feel afraid or unsafe such as your partner, ex-partner, family member or carer
- you are a child or young person who doesn’t feel safe or cared for
- you are at risk of using abusive or controlling behaviour or you need help with these behaviours at home or in a relationship
- you are worried about the safety of someone you know
- you have experienced family violence, including controlling behaviour like someone monitoring where you go, who you visit or how you spend money.
We can work with you on your own, or together with your family members depending on your situation.
We welcome everyone at The Orange Door and you don’t need a referral. You can seek help or support if you are a migrant or a refugee or do not have permanent residency.
We know that people continue to be affected by family violence long after the violence stops. If you have experienced family violence in the past and would like help now, contact The Orange Door.
The Orange Door in Western Melbourne – 1800 271 045 – email@example.com
15-17 Watton Street, Werribee 3030, 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday (closed public holidays)
For a copy of the detailed email, contact the Office.
Environmental good news
Australia expects renewables to make up 82% of its energy mix by 2030. In 2020, Hawaii banned coal power entirely. Now its last coal plant has closed for good. 57% of the power generated in Iowa, USA, last year came from wind.
What’s On This Week – 15 January
- 15 January: 10am Raymond S
- 22 January: 10am Audrey Kateena
- Thursday: 9.30am Gardening Group
Isaiah 49:1–7; I Corinthians 1:1–9; John 3:29–42; Psalm 40:1–11.
Judy K & Dorothy R
Site T & Amelia R-K
Margaret F & Elizabeth B
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
During the Christmas Break (till the end of January) the Church Office is open on Thursday from 9.30am to 12.00pm only.
Telephone 03 9741 1084. Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.