CONNECTION – 2 JULY 2023


THE UNITING CHURCH IN WYNDHAM

CONNECTION

PENTECOST 5

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

Introducing our team of Office volunteers

Do you have a question about what’s happening with our two congregations?
From Monday through to Friday, 9.30 am to 12 noon, members of Crossroads congregation staff the church office, volunteering to provide information to enquirers, and making sure that everything runs as smoothly as possible. The team provides administrative support to Fa’ama our minister, answering phone calls, walk-ups and e-mails. They look after the variety of groups who use the facilities, print the weekly newsletter and help organise weddings, funerals and church events. They are (pictured in order) Elizabeth B (2 years of service), Jan B (emergency), Rose G (14 years), Margaret G (3 years), Helen G (23 years) and Julie H (6 years). Blair D recently retired from office volunteering, having given over 22 years of service.
Rose Geilen says: “I would sincerely like to thank the team for their dedicated efforts and their time. If you would like to offer your time and talents at the church office, or elsewhere in our combined congregations, let us know.” (NT)

Safe Church training

Jan Bradley (pictured above) says: “A number of us from both congregations, Crossroads and Hoppers Crossing, have now completed the safe church training. Sandra Savory and I are the persons to contact about personal safety concerns at the church.” (NT)

Did you know? In May 2016, Australia held 1,193 people on Nauru at an estimated per person cost of $534,000 a year. (Information from answers to parliamentary questions.)

Australia: the land of the free?

Did you know that 14 people died while in offshore detention? They died by being murdered by the guards, medical neglect, and suicide.
Did you know that $350million of your money is being spent each year by the Australian government to keep the Nauru offshore detention centre open, even though there are no people kept there now?
“The government confirmed last month in Senate estimates that it would continue to pay $350m as a “contingency”, for its “enduring” offshore capability on the island. The US private prisons operator MTC, a company with a controversial history running detention centres, has a three-year contract for “garrison and welfare” services.” (Guardian, 27/6/23)
Jana F, director of advocacy at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, said “Over the past decade our government stood by and witnessed abuse, assault, neglect, harm and suffering in offshore detention. Men, women and children sought safety and protection, yet we banished them simply for the sake of politics.” (Guardian, 27/6/23)

Evacuate 80 asylum seekers from Port Moresby

Crossroads UC congregation has a history of supporting asylum seekers in this community. Now, Jana F, Refugee Advocate with the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, Footscray has sent this message:
“All refugees previously imprisoned on Nauru have been released. We need your help to tell the Minister for Home Affairs, Clare O’N it’s time to evacuate the last 80 asylum seekers left in Papua New Guinea, formerly on Manus Island.”
These men are still trapped in PNG, living on the margins of the capital, Port Moresby, in shameful conditions. Please mail or call your Member of Parliament to urge rapid evacuation of these vulnerable persons to the safety of this country. (NT)

Church Councils News

Our two church councils had a very constructive meeting on Monday 19 June under the guidance of the Presbytery representatives, Linley Liersch and Heather Loader, and we resolved that we would begin working to amalgamate our two congregations into one. We have already taken some positive steps, such as worshipping together, sharing Bible studies and prayer groups, and attending social functions, and we look forward to meeting with the congregations to discuss further the best ways to achieve our goal. (TL/RR)

Justice Task Group

The next JTG meeting is being planned for 3pm Sunday July 9 @ Teddy Picker Bar & Restaurant, 5/116 Watton St Werribee. There is a standing invitation to anyone interested to attend. We need more friends & supporters so feel free to invite your friends too. Please let me know if you will be coming so that I can give Teddy Picker some indication of numbers. Teddy Picker is the venue we were going to use for our letter writing campaign to Scott Morrison about Climate Change but we never got there due to covid19. It will be good to finally go there. We have lot’s to talk about & I hope you can come. (Contact Rob Bradley at robjan5@tpg.com.au today please.)

Uniting Church Adult Fellowship (UCAF)

UCAF meets this Wednesday at 1pm in the foyer—new members (men and women) are welcome!

Let’s sing together!

Here’s a new venture at Crossroads and Hoppers Crossing Uniting combined worship! Judy V and Wendy B (pictured), both members of our combined congregation, invite you to sing with our occasional Christmas in July Choir at worship on Sunday 9.30 am on 30 July, in Crossroads church.

Judy is our choir director; she has for many years directed choirs at Neil Street Uniting Church Ballarat, and with her partner Hamish P; they now live locally. We will practice two items and will meet together for practice on Thursdays in July in Crossroads church, 5.30-7pm. This is an opportunity for anyone in our two congregations who loves singing to join together in a winter warm-up, make a joyful noise and get to know each other.
Enquiries: Wendy B, Judy V. (NT)

Worship services

  • 2 July: HC: Rev. Fa’amata’u Leota
  • 9 July: Rev. Fa’amata’u Leota

What’s On This Week

  • Wednesday: 9.30am Crossroads Property C’tee; 1pm UCAF.
  • Thursday: 9.30am Gardening Group; 5.30pm Choir practice.
  • Sunday 9th: 12pm Beach Patrol

Bible Readings –2 July & 9 July

  • 2 July: Genesis 22:1–14; Romans 6:12–23; Matthew 10:40–42; Psalm 13.
  • 9 July: Genesis 24:34–51; Romans 7:15–25a; Matthew 11:16–19, 25–30; Psalm 45:10–17.

Rosters for 2 July & (9 July)

  • Greetings: Judy O’K (Margaret B)
  • AV: Roland G (Christian R-K)
  • Morning Tea: The Samoan Ladies ( ?  & Liz B)
  • Flowers: Elaine B (Mary D)
  • Music:  Elliott S (Gina L)
  • Prayers: Tupu L (Sandra S)
  • Reader: Emily M (Elaine B)

Pastoral Care

Rev. Fa’amata’u Leota (0404 592 359) Mrs Tupu Latu (0451 650 100).

  • Rev. Fa’amata’u Leota (0404 592 359)
  • Mrs Tupu Latu (0451 650 100)

Note: Audrey Kateena & Annetia Goldsmith are on leave.

TUCIW News:  For any inclusions, please contact the editors by Tuesday via email robert.renton@bigpond.com, or reception@hoppers.victas.uca.org.au.

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