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
Relay for Life
Relay For Life is a fun and moving experience that raises vital funds for the Cancer Council’s research, prevention and support services.
Relay is a chance for the Wyndham community and Crossroads UC to recognise and celebrate local cancer survivors, those going through a cancer experience and their carers to honour and remember loved ones lost and to raise money to help save more lives.
Crossroads UC has been involved in Relay since 2011, and we welcome Hoppers Crossing UC to come along and join the Crossroads people. The Wyndham Relay is on Saturday 25th March 2023 and starts at 11am through to 11pm at the Victoria University Sporting Complex in Hoppers Lane, Werribee. You can join the team and/or sponsor us via our Relay web page –
or just come along on the day to urge us on. Contact Roland G or Lauren D.
Justice Task Group
Crossroads Werribee UC Justice Task Group meets next Monday 27 February at 7.30–9pm at the Community Centre, Heathglen Village, 2 Glendale Court, Werribee. New members are welcome. Agenda will include First Nations, Global Warming, and Asylum seeker concerns. Enquiries: Rob B or Neil T
Three Anniversaries this week
Closure of Condah Aboriginal Mission 25 February 1919. Aboriginal Returned Soldiers denied land for settlement.
Russia invades Ukraine 24 February 2022. Donations to UNICEF, International Red Cross and Act for Peace are welcome.
Reichstag Fire, Berlin 27 February 1933. Opportunity for Hitler’s Nazi Party to seize power in Germany. (NT)
Bible Study this week: Tuesday 11.30am
Lenten Bible Discussions – Gospel study this week: John 3: 1-17. “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him will have eternal life.” Tuesday 28 February 11.30 am Crossroads UC. (NT)
Introducing Bob D
Bob (pictured) is a regular member of Hoppers Crossing congregation; his passions extend to sports, his 14 y.o. Kelpie rescue dog Renn, and his work.
Bob grew up in Port Melbourne and attended Sunday School at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Bay Street. He was a student at South Melbourne Technical School, and became a carpentry and joinery apprentice with the Port of Melbourne Authority, building and maintaining offices. After a redundancy package at the Port Authority he worked at Reeds books in Port Melbourne for 14 years, becoming a team leader.
Bob still loves the Port Melbourne Cricket Club, where he is honorary barman, and he enjoys Port Melbourne VFL Football Club games.
Bob says: “I regularly take part in Wynfit running group programs. I came fourth in the cross-country run at South Melbourne Tech. Middle distance is my choice. My best run is 5 kilometres in 27 minutes, on a regular Wyndham Vale Saturday morning Run in President’s Park. I’m now 69, so I won’t make that time again!”
“My wife Heather (T) and I were married at St Luke’s Methodist Church, Werribee, where Office Works now stands. We settled in our home in Wyndham Vale. Sadly Heather died 10 years ago,” says Bob.
“After losing Heather, I found I needed something. Firstly I tried a nearby church, which criticised others; then I found Hoppers Crossing congregation, where Rev. Fa’ama and the people made me feel welcome. I was helping Fiona at the Playdate Café. Now at Crossroads, I feel positive about the future of our two congregations; let’s be as one.”
Bob says: “I find fulfilling work as a School Crossing supervisor, at the Woodville Primary School, Hoppers Crossing. I’d like to see speed cameras installed at all school crossings.” (NT)
Sacred Edge Festival Queenscliff Uniting Church
Wadawarrung Country is on May 5–7, 2023. Arts, music, stories and sharing – concerning First Nations, Refugees, LGBTIQ, Earth and Ocean and Wellbeing. Information and booking www.unitingqueenscliff.org.au
Boys’ Brigade – Tuesday night – 7:00pm to 9:00pm at, contact Scott W or email@example.com for details
Name badges now available
Hoppers and Crossroads people, let’s get to know each other. Place your order with Rose or volunteer staff in the Crossroads UC office—Monday-Friday 9.30-12 noon. There will also be a form to complete in the foyer on Sunday. Please pay your money first—cost for each badge is $14. (NT/RG)
Friends of Skeleton Creek
Friends of Skeleton Creek has a weeding and watering today, 1–3 pm at Emu Foot Grasslands. Join other locals in nurturing our local creation. All ages welcome. Bring sunhat. Gloves, water, tools, and afternoon tea supplied.
Men’s Group Breakfast – Saturday 11th March 2023 at 8.15am for 8.30 start.
The Views, Function, Bar and Grill- 350 K Rd, Werribee South VIC 3030 Calling all the men of the Hoppers Crossing and Werribee Crossroads congregations for a time of food, fellowship, and planning men’s activities for the year. Participants pay for their own meals and drinks.
Please note the change of date to the 11th.
RSVP – Seth D or Site T
The Victorian Council of Churches International Women’s Day Breakfast
will be at 7.30 am Wednesday 8 March on the first floor of The Manse, Wesley Uniting Church, Lonsdale Street, City. Attendees will purchase their food from the menu provided. Further information, contact Sandy Boyce at VCC (0499 726 213)
- 26 February: 9.30am Rev. Fa’amata’u Leota
- 5 March: 9.30am HC Rev. Fa’amata’u Leota
What’s On This Week
- Today: 12 noon OSLO at Altona Sports Club; 1pm Friends of Skeleton Creek weeding day
- Monday: 9.30am Playgroup; 7.30pm Justice Task Group (Community Centre, Heathglen Village)
- Tuesday: 10–11am Prayer; 11.30–1pm Bible Study (BYO morning tea/lunch) Contact Minister.
- Wednesday: 1pm Uniting Church Adult Fellowship (UCAF) meeting in the Foyer.
- Thursday: 9.30am Gardening Group (Contact Geoff Gook 0407 342 607 — all welcome to help!)
Bible Readings – 26 February & 5 March
- 26 Feb: Genesis 2:15–17, 3:1–7; Romans 5:12–19; Matthew 4:1–11; Psalm 32 (Lent 1)
- 5 March: Genesis 12:1–4a; Romans 4:1–5, 13–17; John 3:1–17; Psalm 121
Rev Faama L
Mary D & Julie R
Rev Faama L
Elaine B & Asanka P
Tracey Seulupe/Elliot S & Co
Rev. Fa’amata’u Leota (0404 592 359)
Audrey Kateena & Annetia Goldsmith are on leave.
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. Fa’amata’u Leota (0404 592 359)
- Rev. Annetia Goldsmith – On Leave at present (9741 1084 firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Audrey Kateena – on leave (0435 064 088 email@example.com)
CHURCH OFFICE INFORMATION
The Church Office is open on weekdays from 9.30am to 12.00pm only.
Telephone 03 9741 1084. Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.