CONNECTION – 21 FEBRUARY


Lent 1

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

High Ground – Movie Review

I went to the local cinema to see “High Ground”, recently showing locally, with high hopes that the movie would contribute to truth telling about Australia’s cover up of the colonial era violence.
It’s a good attempt to re-create the brutality of the massacres in Arnhem Land, around the early “settlement” years of the twentieth century, antidote to “We of the Never Never” (Anaeus Gunn.)
I’m disappointed that the larger picture of a culture of secrecy involving the killers and their accomplices in government employment is omitted, while gun battles are highlighted.
The filming takes place in the spectacular landscape of Kakadu National park, with its stunning scenery. The cruelty of early encounters between black and white is powerfully depicted.  
In an attempt to save some of the last of his family, young aborigine Gutjuk (Jacob Nayunggul) teams with ex 1st WW sniper Travis (Simon Baker) to track down his warrior uncle, outlaw tribal leader Baywarra (Sean Munungurr). This quest becomes an epic of carnage. 
Male and female missionaries are depicted in this film as passive figures, when in fact the missions were instrumental in providing sanctuary from the rapes and murders of indigenous people. 
A Hollywood-type story of a wild west shoot-em-up makes an exciting close to the movie.
In my reading of the “frontier wars” period of Northern Territory history, what stands out is the cover up; this was a time of cosmetic enquiries and unjust convictions, not mentioned in this movie.
See this show for yourself.  Make up your own mind, but a reading of ‘Coniston’, the last of the known massacres restores truth to understanding the story of Australia’s last frontier. (Review by Neil)
Keep your diary free for March 11 at 11am!!!

Church Services at Crossroads

·       Worship services are held each Sunday at 9.30am. COVID19 restrictions are in place and the following conditions for attendance apply.
·        Bookings through church office are required prior to Friday 5pm each week, and QR electronic registration will be required (help will be available).
·       Face masks required inside the buildings.
·       No morning tea or social time after the service at church! (Maybe coffee at local café?) We suggest that you bring a water bottle if you need a drink.
·       The service will be videoed and put online on Facebook for those who don’t attend in person.

O.S.L.O. Occasional Sunday Lunches Out next Sunday — 12 noon start.

It’s only fitting that we should start the new year at the Phoenix Hotel Point Cook 22–30 Wallace Avenue, where we had our very last O.S.L.O. last year on Feb 23. One whole year without O.S.L.O.! Although we missed going to church and meetings we managed to have services at home via Facebook, Zoom and a band of wonderful members who delivered the Connection and copies of the service and ran the videos etc. You all deserve a medal. Let’s celebrate on the 28 Feb, 12 noon. Unfortunately no senior meals but prices are about $22–$27. Please contact Elaine or Lorna today.

Ecumenical Bible study invitation

Members of Crossroads Uniting are cordially invited to attend the regular weekly St Andrew’s Catholic Church Werribee Gospel Reflection (Bible Study) at Penola Hub (former nuns’ residence) in Mortimer St, on Wednesdays at 10.30 am. The Gospel reading for the forthcoming Sunday is the topic for discussion. (See our Common Lectionary for Feb 15, Mark 1: 9-15, in CONNECTION.)  Neil will gladly introduce you to the friendly folk who regularly attend.

With Love to the World

Three spare copies will be available in the foyer display cabinet for anyone who is interested in subscribing at $6 per quarter. Contact Lyn.

Communion linen

Our communion linen is showing its age, is worn out and stained. Anyone interested in providing new linen? Please contact our minister, Annetia Goldsmith.

ACT 2

The Assembly of the UCA is currently seeking to survey members of the church about the future of the Uniting Church as a people of God on the way. The UCA began its journey 43 years ago, and things have changed in our church, in our country, and in our world. What is God calling us to do, where is God leading us? How should we order our lives to best fulfil that calling?

You can fill in the online survey HERE

Saturday Take-Away Night

Next Saturday: 27 February, at 6pm: STAN will be held at the newly renovated Wyndham Park. Entry via Wedge St Piazza, Watton St Werribee. Bring your own picnic, blankets, chairs etc or buy take away food from one of the many restaurants in Watton St. Everyone is welcome! In case of wet weather, the event will have to be cancelled. Contact Jan B for more information.

Church Council conference

We are planning to hold a church council conference on Saturday 6 March, starting at 10.30 am. It will be on Zoom, and should last until about 3 pm. The program includes an opportunity to ‘dream’ about the next 12 months at Crossroads. Maybe you might have a dream for Crossroads for the next 12 months? Please feel free to talk to any of the church councillors about your thoughts and hopes. If anyone is interested to participate, please contact Robert

Wyndham Interfaith Network

The photo above shows some of the people who are regularly involved in promoting interfaith work in our city. Their religious backgrounds include Hinduism, Baha’I, Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism, and all are residents of Wyndham except Laurence Gray (Williamstown), coordinator.

Worship Plan for this coming week

28th February

Bible Readings

Genesis 17:1–16; Romans 4:13–25; Mark 8:31–38; Psalm 22:23–31.

Rosters

  • Greetings: Kur
  • Sign-In Assisting: Bev L & Frances G
  • Flowers: Margaret F
  • Prayers of the People: Jan B
  • Reader: Elizabeth B
  • Music: Asanka P
  • AV operator: Rob B
  • DV operator: Paul K
  • Cleaning: Jan B & Helen G

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.

Please contact Rev. Annetia Goldsmith for any pastoral care needs.

CHURCH OFFICE INFORMATION

The church office is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9.30am to 12 noon.

Telephone 03 9741 1084.  Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.
Email office@crossroadsunitingchurch.org.au