CONNECTION – 21 NOVEMBER


CHRIST THE KING

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

Return to Worship – COVID Restrictions

There will be some important and essential Covid restrictions that have to be met.

  1. Attendance at worship will only be possible by booking a place with the office in the week preceding the service. Initially, there will be a maximum of 50 people in attendance, and this number includes the 10 people who will fill the rosters for the day.
  2. Only double vaccinated people (with the exception of children under 12) can attend at this stage and you will need to provide proof of vaccination when booking a place.
  3. There will need to be a sufficient number of volunteers for each service who will manage the QR logging in and proof of vaccination (2 people at the door – as people arrive) and the cleaning after the service (2 people). Additionally, if we are to have morning tea, we will need 2 extra people. We need you to volunteer for these 6 duties. Please contact the office as soon as possible if you can offer to be a volunteer to join the roster to manage the service requirements.

Christmas Bowl

This year Crossroads will again be participating in The Christmas Bowl Appeal. This important appeal is the Christmas appeal of Act for Peace, which is the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia.
Rev. Ken Day from St Stephen’s Uniting Church in NSW says, “The Christmas Bowl is so important. I think it’s one of the most transparent and reliable ways of helping people overseas. God has been so good to us. Thank you Act for Peace for reminding us of one of the most important ministries we can do.”
Please consider the Christmas Bowl when planning your Christmas giving this year. Each week in church during Advent we will be learning about projects that your money will support.


HOW TO GIVE:
There are several ways you can donate:

  • Put cash in our special Christmas bowl located in the chapel
  • Use a Christmas Bowl envelope (cash, cheque, or credit card) and either place in our Christmas bowl or post. (Please write Werribee Crossroads Uniting Church as your church.)
  • Donate online at https://christmasbowl.actforpeace.org.au/ (Please write Werribee Crossroads Uniting Church as your church.)
  • Go straight to our church’s online donation page with this link: mycb.link/45154
  • Scan the QR code on the blue Christmas Bowl poster in the foyer to go to our church’s online donation page.

Update from Scott Charlesworth

Scott Charlesworth is now in his role as Dean of Students (Uniting Church) at Nungalinya College.
Nungalinya College provides basic literacy and theological education, integrated with indigenous arts, for students from many parts of Northern Australia. Scott’s work began with assisting students to return, at the end of Term 4 , to their homeland communities in Central Australia, the Kimberleys, and Arnhem Land.
Scott says “I’m processing applications from new students for next year’s courses. I will soon be travelling with Rev. Tony Goodluck, Moderator of the Northern Synod of the Uniting Church, and former Dean of Students, on a trip to west Arnhem Land. We will drive to Jabiru, then travel by plane with Lindsay Parkhill (UCA Bush Chaplain) around local communities. We will talk to local Church leaders and prospective students and I will process their applications.”
Anglican, Catholic and Uniting Churches are represented on the Board of Nungalinya College. We also have Baptist, Pentecostal and Lutheran students.
Most students are placed in the Foundation Studies literacy program taught through the Scriptures. Applied Ministry courses include Certificate 2 in Visual Arts, Certificates 3 and 4 in Christian Ministry and Theology.
Scott added, “In the Chapel each day we sing choruses in English and various Aboriginal languages. I’m finding that my main job is taking care of the students.
I expect to briefly return to Werribee in the week before Christmas to pick up my car and motor bike then drive to Queensland to spend Christmas with my family.“
Scott sends greetings to his good friends at Crossroads Werribee Uniting Church. (NT)

OSLO Christmas Lunch

“Occasional Sunday Lunches Out” will have its Christmas lunch at the Hoppers Club in Hoppers Crossing—Sunday, 28 November from 12 midday. We have been asked to bring verification of our double vaccinations.
Please contact Lorna or Elaine for numbers before 25 November.

Seniors Afternoon Tea

We are inviting all our members for lunch at the Racecourse hotel on Wednesday 24 November 12 midday. It will be an a la carte menu. This will be our Christmas Lunch and Invitations are going out and transport will be organised. Please bring verification of your double vaccination.
Contact Lyn or Lorna for bookings by 22 November.

Shoebox success – Rose G

Shoebox collection season is over for 2021 and our boxes have begun their journey to Cambodia, via Adelaide. Crossroads folk packed and sent 162 gift filled shoeboxes, donated items to fill boxes and paid for postage for many more! In addition, Crossroads was a collection point for the local community. We collected over 700 beautiful boxes to bring joy to needy children.
Thanks everyone for your support of this life changing ministry. We will ask God to bless our boxes as we pray for the Operation Christmas Child ministry during the service this Sunday.

From Joan S

Joan S has now been in Ryman Village, South Valley Road, Highton for a month. She says: “I’m missing my friends. I was pleased to see Lorna and Bev recently. I can still be contacted on my old landline number.”
Joan says, “Lois C is looking after Sammy Stamp collection now. Keep putting your old stamps in the box at the church, or give them to Lois.” (NT)

A temperature chart in a scarf

Megan K, a friend of Neil T and a member of the Rosanna congregation, has knitted a scarf showing the temperature variations over the last 100 years.
Concern about climate change can be expressed in many different ways and brought to the attention of the decision-makers.

From a child’s Sunday School answer: “Solomon, one of Davids sons, had 300 wives and 700 porcupines”. (What on earth the Sunday School class was talking about this I have no idea!)

What’s On This Week

  • Wednesday:  (12 noon) Seniors Afternoon Tea will be a lunch (see notice above).

Worship Plan for this coming week

21 November 2021

Bible Readings

2 Samuel 23:1–7; Revelation 1:4b–8; Psalm 132:1–18; John 18:33–37

Rosters for 21 Nov & (28 Nov)

  • Greetings: Margaret D  (Mary D)
  • Cleaning:  Margaret D & Dorothy R (K Family)
  • AV:  Noel S (Rob B)
  • QR & Vaccination:  Margaret F & Sandra S
  • (Bev C & Sandra S)
  • Morning Tea: Margaret G & Nancy McE (May B & Margaret D)
  • Flowers: Lorna H (Bev C)
  • Music: Wendy B (Asanka)
  • Prayers: Rose G (Mary D)
  • Reader: Ian G (TBA)

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:

Audrey will be the primary contact on Mondays and Thursdays and Annetia at other times.

CHURCH OFFICE INFORMATION

The office is open weekdays from 9:30am to 12pm.

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