THE UNITING CHURCH IN WYNDHAM
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.
Bible Study this week: Tuesday 11.30am
Lenten Bible Discussions – John 4:5–42 is the gospel reading. Meet in the foyer at Crossroads. (NT)
Sammy Stamp has done it again in 2022!
Due to the wonderful continued support of church and community groups, individuals and businesses in Victoria, Tasmania and Australia, we had another good sales result, whilst helping 14 causes with grants totalling $49,200. Total sales have now reached $1,105,814.
Palm Sunday rally
The 2023 Annual Palm Sunday rally Justice for Refugees will be at 2 pm April 2 outside the State Library of Victoria, Swanston Street, City. Refugees to Australia from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine are raising awareness here of the latter country’s humanitarian disaster. A key speaker will be Bishop Mykola Bychock, Eparch for Ukrainian Catholics in Australia.
State Research Farm 110 years
People of the State Research Farm (SRF) in Werribee recently celebrated 110 years of scientific agricultural work; a significant contribution to Australia’s economy.
Mary D was a staff member at the Cereal Laboratory (also called the Plant Breeding Lab) in the 1950s. She says: “Over 250 former staff and families recently came together for a lunch at Wyndham Cultural Centre; we saw a film and received a booklet Out on the Farm, telling our story.” Blair and Mary D have written brief memoirs, along with thirty other folk.
All of Blair’s working life was at the Gilbert Chandler Institute of Dairy Technology, from 1954–1988. His memoir explains that the institute provided teaching, research and development of fermentation science, protein science, butter and milkfat technology, quality assurance, and milking systems.
The State Research Farm, on 2167 acres, one mile from Werribee township, was established by a far-sighted Victorian government in 1912 to boost Victoria’s agricultural production and livestock husbandry through research and experimentation.
The SRF included a community of workers and their families living on site, forming a small village. Core buildings of the SRF included the office, fodder shed, silos, laboratories, dairy, stables, carpenter’s shop, grain storage and shearing shed. A wide range of activities included the Dairy Technology School and poultry research.
People of the SRF made an important contribution to the life of the Werribee community: schools and school councils, football and cricket clubs and retail employment. (NT)
Earthquake victims need help
Please donate to the Act for Peace Earthquake Appeal. After 2 devastating earthquakes struck Turkiye and Syria, which have claimed thousands of lives destruction. The survivors are in urgent need of support and aid. Please donate if you are able on the link below. https://actforpeace.org.au/syria-turkiye-earthquake/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for details
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)
Ever visited a Mosque?
Members of the Uniting Church in Wyndham are invited to attend the Open Day at the Virgin Mary Mosque, Hogans Road, Hoppers Crossing, today between 10 am and 4 pm. Enquiries: contact Neil T.
- 5 March: 9.30am HC Rev. Fa’amata’u Leota
- 12 March: 9.30am Rev. Fa’amata’u Leota
What’s On This Week
- Monday: 9.30am Playgroup
- Tuesday: 10–11am Prayer; 11.30–1pm Bible Study (BYO morning tea/lunch) Contact Minister.
- Wednesday: 9.30am Crossroads Property Group
- Thursday: 9.30am Gardening Group (Contact Geoff G — all welcome to help!)
Bible Readings –5 & 12 March
- 5 March: Genesis 12:1–4a; Romans 4:1–5, 13–17; John 3:1–17; Psalm 121
- 12 March: Exodus 17:1–7; Romans 5:1–11; John 4:5–42; Psalm 95
Rev Faama L
Elaine B & Asanka P
Tracey Seulupe/Elliot S & Co
Rev Faama L
Judy O & Dorothy R
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.
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.