CONNECTION – 21 JUNE – PENTECOST 3


Crossroads Connection
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

Report from Church Council

Church Council met via Zoom on 10 June and dealt with the following matters.

The Property Control Group report was received and it was resolved to install security cameras on the church property, upgrade the emergency lighting in the opportunity shop, install a three-phase power system to 19 Duncans Road, release property sale proceeds for the purposes of repairing the back wall of the foyer, and replacing the central heater at the manse, as the old one has broken down irretrievably.

In the light of the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability, our incident reports were collated and checked to see if any related to persons with disability (there were none), and the Synod has been notified of this.

We have decided to continue with online worship services and not recommence face-to-face services (decision to reviewed in July’s meeting), but we have also decided to continue online worship services (in conjunction with face-to-face services once they resume) indefinitely, as the online services reach more and different people than our face-to-face services ever did!

Could you help with the production of these online services? Please speak to Roland Geilen

We anticipate that the morning playgroup may recommence on 27 July.

Church Council acknowledges the excellent leadership and pastoral care provided by our minister, Annetia Goldsmith. We note that no training undertaken by any minister could have prepared her or him for the situation that has arisen through Covid19, and that the responses of Annetia have been widely and deeply appreciated.
The next meeting of the Church Council is on 8 July, and anyone who has any questions or comments is asked to contact the chairperson, Robert Renton, or the Secretary, Margaret Gook.

Worship Plan for this week

Online worship services

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, all services of worship are being held online until further notice.

Bible Readings – 28 June 2020

Genesis 22:1–14; Romans 6:12–23; Matthew 10:40–42; Psalm 13.

Rosters for 28 June 2020

Greetings: Luciana Aragon

Prayers of the People: Sandra Savory

Reader: Lindsay Davis

Flowers: Salote Tupou

Join us in prayer for

All those who stand against racism and seek racial justice.

Those working for a just recovery in Australia as we move beyond COVID-19 restrictions and seek to apply our learnings in the current recession environment.

Members of our UCA South Sudanese faith communities here in Australia and our church partners, the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan amid renewed outbreaks of violence in that country's ongoing internal conflict.

NEWS AND NOTES

Our Congregation: Rose Wild

I’ve missed seeing Rose Wild and her mum Remy Cerdena at Crossroads worship during the Covid19 pandemic.
I asked about Remy in Wyndham Lodge, Baptcare. “She turned 96 last Friday, and she grieves for her generation, who have nearly all passed away”, says Rose.  “She has good mobility, walks a little each day but experiences shortness of breath.  She is stubborn and won’t press the buzzer for help”. Rose visits Remy regularly, and is able to make video zoom calls, with the help of Baptcare’s staff.
Tony and Rose are living in a bird sanctuary at Steiglitz in the Brisbane Ranges, where tawny frogmouths visit in the evenings, looking for mice and frogs. Wally the wallaby (pictured) is a regular visitor, who feeds on carrots and apples. Recently a family of five echidnas found their way under Wild’s house.

“We are so blessed; I’m grateful to live with the birds and animals of this nature paradise,” she says.
“Every day I see the wedge-tailed eagles, spiralling in warm air thermals. There are falcons, black cockatoos and many blue wrens; the males are much more beautiful than their brown female companions!”
“When we attended a wedding in the Philippines last year, Tony, my husband, felt sad that there is no bird life except for sparrows, “says Rose.
“For my family and friends in the Philippines, Covid19 is a huge problem,” she says.  “People in the informal economy are hard-hit by unemployment, restricted to their dwellings and not allowed to do errands.”
“The poorest of the poor suffer most, exposed to the corruption of middle government officials.”
Rose and her family have been attending Crossroads since the time of the Rev. Pam Kerr. “For me, the experience of belonging here is life-giving”, she says.  (NT)

Communion distribution

A big thank you to everyone who delivered the Communion elements to over 100 households throughout Wyndham: Luciana, Wendy, Julie R, Lyn O, Elizabeth, Asanka, Carol N, Dorothy, Sandra, Jan and Rose. The response was overwhelmingly positive as people appreciated the connection at a time when we can’t worship together in the Church building.

News about Cyril Ridsdale

It’s now been about 9 weeks since Cyril entered Glendale Aged Care Home. He is settling in well. Cyril and I would like to thank everyone for your support and care while Cyril was in hospital and to help clean and pack up his unit. It just would not have been possible, especially in such a short two week time frame without your help and support. It is such a comfort for him knowing that you are all his friends and care about him. He is looking forward to being able to attend Church again on Sundays and has really appreciated your phone calls and cards. From both of us a very big THANK YOU. It has been so comforting and supportive knowing you are there for both of us. Very special wishes to everyone from Cyril Ridsdale & Sue Moger.

Help for refugees

The treasurer of Hobsons Bay Refugee Network, Rod Grant, has announced that the call for donations (replacing the usual movie fundraisers) has brought donations of $3,595.  Crossroads Justice Task Group and the Network work together to alleviate the hardship (particularly children’s education expenses) of asylum seeker families in this community.

Thanks from a relieved family

Not sure if you have heard but Mehdad and Sara Abbas were granted a 5 year visa. They are VERY excited! Many thanks to everyone for assisting Mehdad, Sara, Linda and Liam during the stressful process - they are most appreciative.

Geriatric gardeners—can you help?

A new gardening group has emerged as a result of Covid19 lockdown and we are currently meeting at 1 pm Thursdays for  two hours (weather permitting) for general gardening at Crossroads. So far, we have weeded five flower beds plus adding mulch. Mulch was donated from Cherry Street railway crossing works, and there is plenty more coming over the next two weeks. Everybody (even if you’re not geriatric!) is welcome to join us. (Geoff Gook)

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 Robyn Tomkins for any pastoral care needs or the Rev. Annetia Goldsmith.

CHURCH OFFICE AND NEWSLETTER

The Church Office is open 9.30 am–12 noon, Monday–Friday

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