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
New Secretary and Treasurer
At the recent meeting of the Hoppers Crossing Church Council the following people were elected as new Secretary and Treasurer. The Treasurer is Mrs. Lauina L-M and the Secretary is Mr Ashok S.
We thank them for accepting their nominations into these important positions and pray God’s wisdom on them as they take up their new roles.
We extend our thanks and appreciation to Mrs Vanessa D, the previous Treasurer, and Mrs Serena L, the previous Secretary, for their faithfulness, dedication and very professional manner they went about their roles over the years they served. We pray God’s blessing on them as they attend to other pursuits they have had to put aside during their time of service to the Church Council and the congregation. (FL)
Trina Rose Abadi- 8 February 1945–1 May 2023. Our condolences to the Rev. Yono A at the recent passing of his beloved wife, Trina. The A family are long time members of the Hoppers Crossing congregation having settled in Hoppers Crossing following Rev. Yono’s retirement from many years of ministry in the UCA. Together, they partnered in ministry to various congregations in Victoria and Tasmania. A very moving funeral service was held last Monday followed by the burial at Werribee cemetery. Our thoughts and prayers for the A at this sad time. (FL)
A short congregational meeting will be held after worship on Sunday 11th June. There are two agenda items. To appoint a congregational chairperson and to present the budget for 2023. Nominations for the position of Congregational Chairperson close on Sunday 28th May. Nomination forms are available from Bev L.
Synod 2023 Nominations
The 17th Meeting of the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania will run from 10am Saturday 18 November to 4pm Tuesday 21 November. The meeting will be held at Box Hill Town Hall, 1022 Whitehorse Road. Nomination forms are available from Heather Loader: email@example.com. and close 16 June at 5pm. All members are eligible.
Dr Jamie T
Dr Jamie T is a member of Brunswick Uniting Church who is a leader in the movement
to protest increased and unchecked carbon emissions by fossil fuel companies world-wide.
Growing up in Geelong, Jamie and his family attended St David’s Uniting Church (then Presbyterian), Newtown. He completed his PhD in Computer Science at University of Melbourne. Now retired from teaching at RMIT University, Jamie volunteers with the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC) where he leads zoom webinars for people wanting to understand divestment from coal, gas and oil companies’ exploitation of natural resources.
While completing his studies in computer science, Jamie was a member of the University of Melbourne Student Christian Movement. He took part in non-violent direct action with other Christians at the Franklin River blockade and the Olympic Dam uranium mining protests. With the UN Rio Earth Summit in 1992 his concern for conserving earth’s environment grew given the threat from climate change.
Jamie says: “I feel an urgent concern for God’s creation in this time of global warming. When I retired from teaching in 2018 I joined in an ARRCC ‘funeral for coal’ and with other people of faith protested at the Adani Galilee Basin coal mine. Governments are acting too slowly to prevent rampant fossil fuel exploitation and carbon emissions therefore divestment needs to be an important option.”
“I urge members of the Uniting Church to deepen our understanding of the power corporate fossil fuel companies exert and the significant change that ordinary shareholders and superannuants can bring about. Go to the Market Forces website and find how people can influence the finance industry’s lending to oil, gas and coal companies.” (NT)
Prayer Group – Tuesdays 10.00 am – 10.45am.
We meet every Tuesday except on school and public holidays from 10 to 10.45am (followed by the Gospel Discussion at 11.30am). We gather to pray for the world, the church, for others, and for ourselves. Followed by BYO morning tea and fellowship. Contact the Rev. Faama.
Gospel discussion this week
Lectionary Gospel discussion continues at Crossroads on Tuesday 16 May 11.30 am to 1 pm. Topic is Luke’s Gospel Chapter 24 verses 44–53. Bring your Bible and share lunch together afterwards. Contact the Rev. Faama 0401 592 359 or call Neil T.
Wyndham Multi-Faith Dinner 2023
You are invited to the Annual Multi-Faith Dinner at the Encore Centre, Derrimut Road, Hoppers Crossing on Wednesday June 7 at 6 pm. Limited number of tickets—$25 each. Book now through https://www.trybooking.com/CHLAX
The varied program includes the Peace Choir conducted by Jonathan Welch and guest speaker Indigenous Elder Uncle Andrew G, member of the First Peoples Assembly of Victoria. Enquiries: Neil T
Next of Kin Details
We are looking to update our Next of Kin Details, to ensure that in case of an emergency we have someone to contact on your behalf. If you would like your details included please contact the office. All details will be confidential and held securely. Phone 9741 1084
Morning tea roster
We are about to do a new roster for Morning Tea. Any members of Crossroads or Hoppers Crossing who would like to be included please let the Crossroads Office know asap on 9741 1084 or email the office.
Significant anniversaries this week
- 9 May 2013 Ten years ago, at Mauna Loa Observatory, Hawaii, the measurement of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere reached the danger level of 400 ppm, a tipping point for earth’s global warming.
- 16 May 1916 The powerful nations of England and France carved up the map of the Middle East, creating a century of violent instability and oil extraction.
- 13 May 2020 Rio Tinto mining corporation proceeded to lay explosives in the Juukan Gorge, Hamersley Range, thereby destroying a 40,000 y.o. sacred rock art shelter of the Pinakura people. (NT)
- 14 May: 9.30am Rev. Fa’amata’u Leota
- 21 May: 9.30am Rev. Fa’amata’u Leota
What’s On This Week
- Monday: 9.30am Playgroup
- Tuesday: 10–10.45am Prayer Group; 11.30–1pm Gospel Discussion (see notices)
- Wednesday: 9.30am Crossroads Property C’tee
- Thursday: 9.30am Gardening Group
- Friday: 1pm Sew ‘n’ Sow
Bible Readings –14 May & 21 May
- 14 May: Acts 17:22–31; I Peter 3:12–22; John 14:15–21; Psalm 66:8–20.
- 21 May: Acts 1:6–14; Psalm 68; I Peter 4:12–14, 5:6–11; John 17:1–11.
Rosters for 14 May & (21 May)
- Greetings: Margaret B (Helen G)
- AV: Christian R-K (Noel S)
- Morning Tea: Margaret F & Julie H (Jan S & Liz B)
- Flowers: Mary D (Jennie K)
- Music: Gina L (Elliott S)
- Prayers: Margaret B (Doug M)
- Reader: Bev L (Emily M)
- Rev. Fa’amata’u Leota (0404 592 359)
- Mrs Tupu Latu (0451 650 100)
Note: Audrey Kateena & Annetia Goldsmith are on leave.
Stipend Bank Accounts: Crossroads BSB 083-909 A/c 516109795. Hoppers Crossing BSB 013-915 A/c 354439707 Reference: Your surname.
CHURCH OFFICE INFORMATION
Crossroads office is open Monday to Friday, 9.30–12 noon. Phone 9741 1084.
Hoppers Crossing office is open Wednesday & Thursday