CONNECTION – 21 MARCH


Lent 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

Sacred People Sacred Earth

The attached pictures show some of the people who demonstrated on March 11 at Crossroads UC Werribee, along with others in 45 countries around the world. Crossroads UC members joined with folk of the local Islamic, Catholic, and Baha’i communities and the Werribee River Association.  Bells were rung, shofars blown and gongs were struck at the eleventh hour on that day; symbolizing Earth’s eleventh hour of apocalyptic danger. The event was organized world-wide by GreenFaith International and locally by the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change. Cabinet ministers’ electorate offices were visited; MPs were reminded that people of faith are concerned for the future of Creation. (NT)

Annual Report

This week we are sending you the Annual Report 2020. To reduce cost and get it out to as many as possible it will be sent by email in three attachments. Part A contains written reports from minister and chairpersons. Part B  “Highlights’ – Photos of things for which we thank God. Part C is the treasurer’s report.  We hope you enjoy reading it. Hard copies will be available for those who do not have email.

Alpie B: guest worker

Our congregation welcomes Alpie, from the island of Ambrym, Vanuatu.  Alpie says “My home church is Seventh Day Adventist, and I am happy to worship with Uniting people here in Werribee.  We are all Christian, following the Lord Jesus”.

Alpie’s father and grandfather were members of the Presbyterian Church.  I’m not surprised to learn this, as I remember Presbyterian ministers (including Rev. A.M. Chiles) in my youth who had returned to Australia from serving as missionaries on Ambrym and the islands of Vanuatu. (known as New Hebrides in those days).

“My great-grandfather was kidnapped by the blackbirders in the nineteenth century to work in slavery on the sugar cane plantations of Queensland”, says Alpie. Unlike the hundreds who died violently, fortunately he returned home.

Blackbirding slave labour was exposed by G.E. Morrison in the Melbourne Age, and missionary the Rev. John G Paton at the Presbyterian General Assembly in 1896, leading to its abolition by the new Commonwealth of Australia government.

On leaving primary school, Alpie worked for some years in Vanuatu’s coconut and copra industry.  “Prices of copra and coconut oil move rapidly up and down on the world market, so it is an unpredictable income”, he says.

Coming first to Tasmania for picking the apple crop in summer of 2019–20, Alpie has worked since then in the Werribee South market gardens.  Unable to return home during Covid 19 pandemic 2020, he looks forward to returning when his contract ends in July this year. “International flights have resumed, so I look forward to repatriation”, he says. (NT)

Crossroads Relay for Life Team – we’re back!

Thanks for your patience, the Wyndham Relay for Life event will be held on the 11 September and will be a 10 hour event, starting at 12 midday and finishing at 10pm that night.  This is for the 2021 Season only. 

Three important ceremonies will be included – Opening, Candlelight and Closing Ceremonies.

The venue is the Victoria University Athletics Track in Hoppers Lane, Hoppers Crossing.  All participants who were registered for the 2020 Event have had their registration carried over for 2021.  Therefore you will not have to pay for the 2021 event.  We welcome new participants, please see Lauren, Frances or Roland for more information.

The Crossroads Team will also be attending the Annual Wyndham Relay for Life Dinner Dance.

We have booked a table of 10, with 8 places remaining. Approximate cost is $60 per person with $10 per ticket we sell going to our teams fundraising effort.

It includes a two course meal and a fantastic band to accompany your dance moves. The venue (in Wyndham) is still being determined but the date is set for the 29 May 2021 from 7pm to midnight.

Please contact Roland to book your seat.

OSLO lunch coming: 28 March

We are booked for the Tigers Club 70 Old Geelong Road Hoppers Crossing which is near Spotlight. At the time of booking the receptionist was not certain if the chef would continue with senior meals on Sundays. Everyone is welcome please contact Elaine B.

Getting the dance crew back together!

Over the next couple of weeks, we will run some dance classes for you to learn a dance to a song for our Easter Sunday service. The format will be the same as last year; learn the dance via zoom or videos and film yourself. Send the video to Lauren D and she will edit it together. We will have more than one session (days and times to be confirmed). The first one is on Thursday 18 March at 7:15pm via zoom, but more to come!

 If you have any questions, please contact Lauren D or on the private Facebook group)

Can you help?

Beverley C recently had a fall and cannot drive. She is wondering whether anyone has a mobility scooter that she could borrow for several weeks. Please contact her.

What’s On This Week

  • Monday: 9.30am Playgroup
  • Tuesday: 8pm Scottish Country Dancing
  • Wednesday: 2.30pm Seniors Afternoon Tea
  • Thursday: 8pm Home Group at Crossroads


Worship Plan for this coming week

28th March

Bible Readings

Isaiah 50:4–9a; John 12:12–16; Philippians 2:5–11; Psalm 31:9–16

Rosters

  • Greetings: Simon R
  • Flowers: Jennie K
  • Music: Wendy B
  • AV operator: Paul K
  • DV operator: Lauren D
  • Sign-In Assisting: Frances G & Sandra S
  • Cleaning: Judy O & Carol N

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