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.



NAIDOC [National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee] week runs from Sunday 2 July to Sunday 9 July. The history of NAIDOC week dates back to 1938 when a group of over 1000 Aboriginal people gathered at Australia Hall in Sydney calling for full citizenship status and laws to improve the lives of First Nation people.
NAIDOC week now is celebrated all over Australia by local communities. The theme this year is “For Our Elders” A tribute to the important role played by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in their communities and in our nation. The Aboriginal flag will be raised by an elder.
Werribee invited First Nation People and allies to a screening of a new feature documentary “You Can Go Now” The Life of Richard Bell an activist and painter. It was very interesting and we met up with Mark Brown, a local aboriginal over a cup of tea. (Lorna Hodge)

Welcome back, Audrey Kateena

At worship last week, Audrey Kateena announced her return to her role as Pastoral Care Worker after a long period of five months due to sick leave and other leave. She said, “Don’t hesitate to contact me, via phone 0435 064 088 or email, with any of your concerns. It is my prayer that we continue to hold one another in our hearts and that love may rule all our relationships.” Audrey is employed for eight hours per week and is available on 0435064088. (NT)

Messy Church is back!

The date is Sunday 23rd of July at 4pm.
Anyone who would like to assist or participate—please leave a message at the church office on 9741 1084 or talk to Jan Bradley.

Introducing Yono Abadi

The Rev. Yono Abadi, (pictured) a retired minister of the Uniting Church, is a member of the Hoppers Crossing congregation, now worshipping with Crossroads UC.
Yono lost his wife Trina to cancer in May this year. They were married for 48 years; their children are Narelle, Jaya, Dyani and Tiara, all living in Australia, and there are 8 grandchildren. Yono was born in 1949, in Madiun, East Java, into a Moslem family of 10 children.

“I completed Bachelor of Arts in English Literature at the Government Primary and Secondary Teaching Institute in Madiun. During my time there as a student, Christians of the World Evangelism Crusade (WEC) brought the Good News of Jesus to the campus, and I responded by giving my life to Christ,” says Yono. Trina Rose, a young woman from Melbourne, Australia was with the evangelists’ team. Yono and Trina became friends. They gained permission to continue their friendship from the leaders of WEC.
Yono completed his four-year Bachelor of Theology course at Abdiel Bible College, Semarang, Central Java; then followed licenced ministry with The Church of the Nazarene.
Now married, Yono with Trina and baby Narelle arrived in Australia in 1979. “I applied to be accepted in Uniting Church ministry, and was appointed to Nyah West Uniting Church , then the Indonesian Uniting congregation at Spring Road, Malvern,” says Yono.
He planted a Uniting Indonesian congregation at Melville Road, West Brunswick, then ministered at Wynyard, north-west Tasmania 2004–2009. Yono’s final UC settlement was three years at Healesville; he and Trina then retired to their home in Hoppers Crossing.
Yono says: “I’m very hopeful of God’s future for our combined Uniting congregations in Wyndham.” (NT)

Prayer group and Bible study

Meet again at Crossroads on Tuesday 11 July from 10am for the Prayer Group (followed by morning tea and fellowship), and then 11.30 am to 1 pm for the Bible Study Group. Bring your Bible and share lunch together afterwards. Contact the Rev. Faama 0401 592 359 or call Neil T.

Yarning for YES

The Working for Justice and Walking Together as First and Second Peoples Circles would like to invite you into some deep dadirri listening around this essential conversation.
At the heart of Uniting Church’s covenant relationship is a commitment to listen to the voices of First Nations people and to be enriched by their particular insights. Show solidarity and support for the Statement from the Heart by showing up for an hour of listening, laughing and learning with your Church. The webinar will take place on Thursday 13 July 7.30pm AEST. Go to

Beach Patrol Wyndham today

We will be back cleaning the K Road Cliffs today for our 8th birthday. We will meet in the carpark above the cliffs (K Road Werribee South) at 11:30 & the clean will last 1 hour. We hope you can join us. If you haven’t been for a while we would love to see you again & new members are always welcome. Remember to bring your own gloves.

O.S.L.O. Occasional Sunday lunches Out

We will be going to the Racecourse Hotel Sunday 23 July for lunch at 12md. This is a popular hotel so please make sure you contact Elaine or Lorna before Thursday 20 July to book or cancel a booking. Everyone from both congregations is very welcome.

Let’s sing together!

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.
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

  • 9 July: Rev. Fa’amata’u Leota
  • 16 July: Rev. Fa’amata’u Leota

What’s On This Week

  • Today: 11.30am Wyndham Beach Patrol (K Road)
  • Monday: 7.30pm Card-making
  • Tuesday: 10am Prayer Group; 11.30am Bible Discussion
  • Wednesday: 9.30am Crossroads Property C’tee;
  • Thursday: 9.30am Gardening Group; 5.30pm Choir practice.

Bible Readings –9 July & 16 July

  • 9 July: Genesis 24:34–51; Romans 7:15–25a; Matthew 11:16–19, 25–30; Psalm 45:10–17.
  • 16 July: Genesis 25:19–34; Romans 8:1–11; Matthew 13:1–9, 18–23; Psalm 119:105–112

Rosters for 9 July & (16 July)

  • Greetings: Margaret B (Bev C)
  • AV: Christian R-K (Paul K)
  • Morning Tea: Elaine B & Liz B (Sandra S & Julie H)
  • Flowers: Mary D (Margaret F)
  • Music:  Gina L (Elliott S)
  • Prayers: Sandra S (HX)
  • Reader: Elaine B (HX)

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)
  • Audrey Kateena (0435 064 088)

Note: Rev. Annetia Goldsmith is on a limited return to work arrangement.

TUCIW News:  For any inclusions, please contact the editors by Tuesday via email, or

Stipend Bank Accounts: Crossroads BSB 083-909 A/c 516109795. Hoppers Crossing BSB 013-915 A/c 354439707 Reference: Your surname.


Crossroads office is open Monday to Friday,  9.30–12 noon. Phone 9741 1084. 

Hoppers Crossing office is open Wednesday & Thursday