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
Beach Patrol 3030
Despite the cold weather we had another great clean at K road cliffs last week with13 enthusiastic volunteers and it was great to welcome new members. Together we removed approximately 150 kg of rubbish including building materials, discarded clothes, fishing items, take away food containers and packaging. As usual we collected lots of drink bottles and cans (82 glass, 34 plastic & 83 cans). (NT)
Introducing Zia G
Zia G (pictured) and his wife Molok belong to the Bahá’í faith, and they are active members of the Wyndham InterFaith Network. (WIFN)
He was born in the city of Yazd, Iran, a UN World Heritage site of great historical significance. Zia completed a computer science degree at North Texas State University, and in 1978 he married Molok.
In 1981 Molok and Zia moved to Peru, where he worked at the University of Lima for seven years, and later at Arequipa Santa Maria Catholic University. Inflation was out of control in Peru; so Zia and Molok moved to Australia in 1989.
He says: “I believe all of these prophets of the world religions portray the image of God. Each in a special way represents the divine spirit. I see in WIFN that little by little, prejudice and misunderstanding are being reduced. Everybody needs each other. I pray in any place of worship. Here in WIFN we find harmony, and everyone respects each other.
Bahá’u’lláh, the prophet founder of the Bahá’í faith, teaches us the importance of respecting the unity of all faiths. One of the fundamental teachings of the Bahá’í Faith is the Oneness of Humanity. Bahá’u’lláh has revealed ‘The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens’.”
“I invite members of the Uniting Church to support Wyndham InterFaith Network and to participate in our monthly meetings and regular activities,” says Zia. (NT)
Richard Arnold and climate change
Richard (pictured) is well-known to members of Crossroads Werribee Uniting Church. He worked in the ministry team with the Rev. Tony Duncan in 2000–2003. “Good things were happening in Werribee at that time,” says Richard.
He went on to settlement for six years in Brunswick; with the Rev. Ray Gormann, focusing on outreach to the people in nearby boarding houses and assisting the merger of three local congregations.
“We set up the Asylum Seeker Welcome Centre and The Olive Way Drop-in Centre, both of which still operate,” says Richard.
“Next I was at Broadmeadows Mission, chaplain to the Uniting agency, a challenging time of transition for the congregation.”
Richard retired from there. Expressing his passion for climate change and the environment, he is an active member of Brunswick UC congregation and Synod and Presbytery climate change working groups, aiming towards Net Zero Emissions by 2040. “Why?” I asked him.
“The church sees climate change has an impact on the most vulnerable people—South Pacific and Northern Australian communities are exposed to sea level rise and weather extremes,” says Richard. “Our church is good at proclaiming about the issues. Now we have to show by example that the UC is doing what we tell other people to do.”
A bird watcher, Richard is aware of endangered species. “If we don’t protect the biodiversity of all living species our ecosystems will collapse. Even in the medium term we need to act locally.”
“I encourage members of local congregations to contribute to the discussion about how we can reach Net Zero emissions by reducing output of greenhouse gases. Read the summary of Synod’s document, available from Chris Morris, and join our Presbytery zoom discussion on Saturday 29 April at 2–4 pm,” says Richard. (NT)
Boys’ Brigade – Tuesday night—7:00pm to 9:00pm at Altona Meadows UC, Central Ave, contact Scott W on 0409 793 993 or email@example.com for details
Occasional Sunday Lunch Out (OSLO)
Next Sunday 23 April we will be going to the Yarraville Bowling Club, just off Francis St. Yarraville at 12md. There are senior meals and it is one of our favourite venues. Please contact Elaine or Lorna by Thursday 20 April for bookings.
Peace Choir project, sponsored by Wyndham Community and Education Centre, conductor Lesley N, Thursdays 12.30–2 pm, rehearsals commencing 20 April, for 6 weeks. Enquiries 0409218071. Free event! (NT)
Clearing up misunderstandings and wrong ideas
In this website you’ll find information to counter the misconceptions about the Voice: https://lens.monash.edu/@politics-society/2023/02/27/1385518/voice-to-parliament-debunking-10-myths-and-misconceptions
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A message from Fa’ama
We have had a lovely time with our family, our daughter Grace and husband Ryan and baby Meisi. Meisi was born on 22nd March, Kansas City, Missouri. She was 8 pounds and 7 ounces and 22 inches long-yes, she is very long/tall.
We’re caring for Meisi and helping the parents as they recover. [Lol] I’ve been relearning how to change nappies, prepare bottles, carting the baby car seat and pram and not to forget feeding the baby when she awakes during the night!
Baby’s full name is Meise Elizabeth Logotaeaooletalalelei. Meisi is Taega’s mother’s name and Logotaeaooletalalelei is ‘preacher/deliver of the good news’ in Samoan.
I trust that our church community is well. Please pass on our good wishes to all. We look forward to catching up with everyone on our return.
- 16 April: 9.30am Mr Doug M
- 23 April: 9.30am Rev. Fa’amata’u Leota
What’s On This Week
- Wednesday: 9.30am Crossroads Property C’tee;
- Thursday: 9.30am Gardening Group
- Friday: 1pm Sew ‘n’ Sow
Bible Readings –16 April & 23 April
- 16 April: Acts 2:14a, 22–32; I Peter 1:3–9; John 20:19–31; Psalm 16.
- 23 April: Acts 2:14a, 36–41; Luke 24:13–35; Psalm 116:1–4, 12–19.
Rosters for 16 April & (23 April)
- Greetings: Margaret D (?)
- AV: Christian R-K (Jacob L)
- Morning Tea: Nancy McE & Liz B (Mary D & Julie R)
- Flowers: Bev C (Margaret F)
- Music: Tracey S & Elliott S (Asanka P)
- Prayers: Marie C HX (Lucian A)
- Reader: Marie C HX (Julie 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.