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
Congregational meetings today
Today’s congregational meetings will be held after the worship service. Hoppers Crossing will meet in the hall and Crossroads will meet in the church. Don’t forget that there’s a special gold coin donation morning tea and cake sale to follow in the foyer. It’s in aid of the Relay for Life.
Relay for Life
The Wyndham Relay is on next Saturday 25 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 –
The next generation of leaders take action
Representatives from eight of our partner churches in the Pacific, people from local Australian churches and from the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress were part of the inaugural Pacific Australian Emerging Leaders Summit held in Canberra in December.
A hundred young people from 14 countries were brought together by Micah Australia and the Pacific Conference of Churches to build relationships and advocate for the issues that matter to them. Climate change, gender equality, self determination, youth empowerment and economic recovery were the key development issues that the delegates brought to the Summit
Two days were spent, sharing their own stories and their visions of ‘healthy environments, empowered young people, and flourishing communities across the Pacific region’ with 84 Members of Parliament. The conference was organised by Micah Australia and funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. (CM)
Vanuatu support needed
Please give generously to the Vanuatu Cyclones and Earthquake Appeal with Uniting World — see https://unitingworld.org.au/vanuatu-2023-emergency.
Introducing Elliott S
Each Sunday we have different music leaders for worship in our combined Wyndham Uniting congregations. Crossroads people are delighted to meet Elliott S, (pictured) on keyboard with other Hoppers Crossing musos.
When I asked about his faith journey and his interest in music, I found that his story is about a faithful musician, “I really enjoy helping the people of the church offer worship to the glory of God through music,” he says.
From an early age, Elliott remembers standing with mum and dad playing in the Hoppers Crossing Uniting congregation worship team each Sunday. He says “My parents were always involved with the worship and other events at church and naturally, going along was my only option.” Church and music have been a constant presence throughout his life.
He was a student at Heathdale Christian College starting in Prep through to Year 12 (2012), and music was his most enjoyable subject. In 2005, he began lessons on the trumpet and then he played keyboard into his senior school years. He received a wealth of musical experience from his music teachers who encouraged him to further pursue his skills and talent in music. On completing year 12, Elliott was accepted to study music at Victoria University (VU) where he graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Music Performance.
As Elliott’s passion for music grew while at HCC and VU, so did his engagement in the life of the Hoppers Crossing congregation. He has served as a Sunday school assistant, Youth leader, Church Council and most recently as Worship Leader since 2017.
Asked about our two congregations worshipping together, Elliott says:” I pray our congregations continue to worship and actively engage with each other. Let’s define for our community what it means to love your neighbour.” (NT)
Boys’ Brigade – Tuesday night – 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Altona Meadows UC, Central Ave, contact Scott W
Occasional Sunday Lunch Out (OSLO)
Sunday 26 March we have booked for 12noon lunch at the Lara Hotel 10 Hicks Road Lara. Everyone is welcome. Please contact for numbers by Thursday 23 March to Elaine B or Lorna H
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.
Aziz Aand WIN
Aziz is a member of Wyndham Interfaith Network and he attends the Virgin Mary Mosque in Hogans Road and Melbourne Grand Mosque in Tarneit.
He offers a greeting to the members of Crossroads and Hoppers Crossing Uniting congregations.
He says: “I was introduced to WIN by my friend Shams. Islamic faith teaches the great virtues of harmony, peace and love so I support WIN in its efforts to promote understanding among the people of different faiths. There’s a whole chapter in the holy Qur’an about Mary the mother of Jesus; Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) and all Muslims recognise that Jesus is a prophet. According to the Islamic teachings, I try to respect and love everyone and help them especially my neighbours.”
Aziz says “I was born in Attock, an oil-producing region of Pakistan.”
On retirement, Aziz came to Melbourne with his wife to join their daughter; his eldest son also joined them here. “I am living in Werribee, Victoria, Australia since 2016 and willing to contribute in any way to help people to understand that Islam is a religion of peace, harmony, love and kindness, ” he says. (NT)
- 19 March: 9.30am Rev. Fa’amata’u Leota
- 26 March: 9.30am Mr Raymond Surijpal
What’s On This Week
- Monday: 9.30am Playgroup
- Wednesday: 9.30am Crossroads Property C’tee; 2pm Seniors Afternoon Tea
- Thursday: 9.30am Gardening Group
Bible Readings –19 & 26 March
- 19 March: I Samuel 16:1–13; Ephesians 5:8–14; John 9:1–41; Psalm 23. 26 March: Ezekiel 37:1–14; Romans 8:6–11; John 11:1–16; Psalm 130
Rosters for 19 March & (26 March)
- Greetings: Christine M (Marie C/Virginia S)
- AV: Christian (Noel S)
- Morning Tea: Margaret F & Rose (Jan S & Margaret D)
- Flowers: Mary D (Jennie K)
- Music: HX (Asanka)
- Prayers: Lauina L (Jan B)
- Reader: Jaylen and Agnes L (Faye D)
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.