CONNECTION – 22 AUGUST


PENTECOST 13

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

COVID RESTRICTIONS
With changes to the COVID19 restrictions, in-person services are not possible and the Church is closed. Online services will be provided via our private Facebook group.

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child is a world-wide project of Samaritan’s Purse. It partners with local churches in developing nations to reach out to children by providing gift-filled shoeboxes and bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ. After receiving shoebox gifts, many children are also invited back to participate in The Greatest Journey – an evangelism and discipleship program.

Will you join with us to help us reach more children with gift-filled shoeboxes? This year more than ever the children are in great need of our support. Covid-19 has hit countries such as Philippines, Indonesia and Cambodia hard.
Empty shoeboxes and more information are available from Rose G who will be talking briefly about Operation Christmas Child during the service this Sunday online, or you can contact Rose.

Prayers at this time

I am praying for members of our church council, and for our minister Annetia whose ministry is made difficult by the Covid lockdown. I’m thankful that the people of my native island Tonga are not experiencing Covid, because the government has closed the border. I send a blessing to the members of Crossroads congregation. ‘The Lord will deliver his people who are faithful to him. (Salote Tupou)
I pray for our children who are finding the lockdown is difficult, for on-line learning, particularly our daughter Leila who is doing Year 12 exams. Maths is hard for her. I’m looking for work, and Abbas is unable to do painting and plastering work in houses which are occupied, so he feels very frustrated. We send our blessing to friends in the church. (Sakineh M)
I’m praying for the Christian people of Afghanistan, who are already being persecuted under the Taliban soldiers. I send this message in my native Fijian to Crossroads folk; ‘God bless you, my beloved companions. Me vakalougataki kemuni na Kalou, oi kemuni na noqu itokani daulomani. (Simon R)
I’m saying a prayer for my church family, especially those who lack family and financial support. I’m thankful that when my CONNECTION was delivered this week, it came with a jar of home-made lemon butter! I value my dear friends, and I send you God’s blessing. (Bev C)
I’m experiencing Covid lockdown as a challenge, being restricted as to where I can go. I’m praying for the people in Afghanistan. I send my sincere regards to Church friends, particularly the family of Joan H. (Ian G)
I send my blessing to friends at Crossroads church. “Grateful for every blessing each day brings, May we find joy and happiness in every moment, show kindness and generosity to everyone, for we are loved so much more than we can ever know or deserve. Praise God from whom ALL blessings flow. Masaganang pagpapala ang sumainyo. Tayo ay lubos na iniibig ng Poong Maykapal, magpasalamat tayo sa tinatamasang kabutihan. Purihin Siya magpakailan man! (Rose W)
(Prayers collected by Neil T)

The Book of Forgiving

The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World (2014) is a remarkable book. The authors, Desmond Tutu, former Archbishop of Cape Town and Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa, and his daughter, Mpho Tutu, an episcopal priest and executive director of the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, first provide a rationale for forgiveness.
“Without forgiveness, we remain tethered to the person who harmed us. We are bound with chains of bitterness, tied together, trapped. Until we can forgive the person who harmed us, that person will hold the keys to our happiness, that person will be our jailer. When we forgive, we take back control of our own fate and our feelings. We become our own liberators” (p. 16).
This is not a religious book. The authors share their own deeply personal stories of forgiveness, and draw on the stories of others, but also look at the scientific evidence for the healing power of forgiveness. Helpful exercises follow each chapter that lead the reader in a practical and spiritual way through the process of healing.
Forgiveness is predicated on our shared humanity. “We are created to live in love and connection with each other. When there is a break in that connection, we must have a method of repair” (p. 46). That method is the fourfold path: Telling the Story, Naming the Hurt, Granting Forgiveness, and Renewing or Releasing the Relationship.
The latter is explained as follows. “Ask yourself what you need to renew or release a relationship, and then, if you can, ask it of the person who harmed you. Your decision to renew or release may very well hinge on whether you get what you need” (p. 150). Note that forgiveness precedes the final step, renewal or release, and that release is a valid response. Sometimes, renewing the relationship, even in a limited way, may not be possible.
(Review by Scott C)

Prayer time online

Every Tuesday at 5.30pm the Rev. Annetia Goldsmith is inviting you to prayer time online via Zoom (Meeting ID is 892 8799 9241). “Come along and join me in prayer for the day that has been and the week to come.” (Until September 28 — 5 meetings to come.)
Pastoral Care Coordinator and Support
We are pleased to announce that Audrey K has commenced work as the Pastoral Care Coordinator and Support person. She will be the primary contact on Mondays and Thursdays and Annetia at other times.

Lockdown cancellations

Please note that there will be no UCAF meeting in September. The Wyndham Interfaith Network bus trip will not be held on 1 September (possibly to be deferred to a later date), and all of our church buildings remain closed until at least September 2.

Crossroads UC Account details

A reminder that all direct giving to the church needs to be arranged personally through your bank, either in person or online. The church’s account number is available from the Office.

Relay for Life – cancelled for 2021 but donations still possible

Just letting you know that due to Covid still hanging around and for the safety of all participants, the Wyndham Relay for Life committee has decided to cancel the Wyndham Relay for Life 2021. It was a tough decision, but we look forward to relaying it in 2022. But you can still donate and contribute to cancelling out cancer… I am donating my beard for the cause

Yes, it’s coming off on Sunday 12th September (the date for the cancelled Relay) after church and will post a video of it on Facebook. If Covid restrictions allow, we’ll have a ceremony at Crossroads for those who want to see it live. I urge you to donate to be able to see me without my wizard beard. I have had the beard since 1997 so most of you won’t know me without it. (From Roland G)
Please donate HERE – for this worthwhile cause. If you don’t want to donate online you are welcome to provide your donation to Roland or Rose directly and we will add it to the Crossroads Team.

Volunteers are always needed

Volunteers are always needed to keep the in-person services going. Covid requirements for cleaning, QR log-ins, morning tea need volunteers now! Contact Rose G.

What’s On This Week

  • In line with COVID Restrictions the Church Buildings are closed

Worship Plan for this coming week

29 August 2021

Bible Readings

1 Kings 8:(1,6,10–11), 22–30, 41–43; Psalm 84; Ephesians 6:10–20; John 6:56–69.

Rosters for 8th (& 15th)

  • Greetings: Margaret D (Judith F)
  • Flowers: Margaret F (Salote T)
  • Music: Asanka P (Wendy B)
  • Audio-visual: Not required
  • Prayers of the People: Annetia G (Jan B)
  • Reader: Nola E (Val T)
  • Sign-in: Not required
  • Cleaning: Not required
  • Morning Tea: Not required
  • CRUNCH: Jan B (Vivien B)

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 on weekdays 9.30am–12noon.

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