OUR COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY AND THE COMING WEEK
Operation Christmas Child
After our presentation last Sunday and with sales from our trading table, together we raised $323.90—enough to pay for 32 boxes for children overseas. Many thanks to all who participated, purchased, or donated to Samaritans Purse. Empty shoeboxes are still available from the office or contact Margaret to get your supply. Again thank you. (Margaret Gook)
FROM THE ASSEMBLY WEBSITE
The 15th Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia has agreed to hold two equal and distinct views on marriage to honour the diversity of Christian belief among its members.
Meeting for the first time since last year’s change to Australian marriage laws, members of the Church’s national decision-making body, the Assembly, resolved to allow its ministers the freedom to conduct or to refuse to conduct same-gender marriages.
“This decision follows many years of reflection, prayer and discernment, and I want to thank Assembly members for the way they have responded with grace to what is a difficult conversation for many people of faith,” said Uniting Church President Dr Deidre Palmer.
Dr Palmer acknowledged the ministry and struggle of LGBTIQ people in the Uniting Church over many years.
“I know that this conversation is painful and difficult for you,” said Dr Palmer, directly addressing LGBTIQ Church members. “We also acknowledge those who for whatever reason have not been able to support this change—and your pain and difficulty in this space. Please rest assured that your rights to follow your beliefs on marriage will be respected and protected. I thank you all for modelling a loving Christian community, holding together and caring for each other, across our diversity of strongly and faithfully held views.”
The proposal that was adopted on marriage and same-gender relationships seeks to accommodate a range of views by adopting an additional statement of belief.
The existing statement of belief is that “marriage for Christians is the freely given consent and commitment in public and before God of a man and a woman to live together for life.”
The new additional statement of belief says that, “marriage for Christians is the freely given consent and commitment in public and before God of two people to live together for life.”
Further information, see Mike Lewis.
EVENTS AND NOTICES
Uniting Wyndham Share Appeal
The Appeal is on now! Pick up an appeal brochure, or send your donation to Uniting Winter Share Appeal, Reply Paid 85995, A’Beckett St Vic 8006, or call 1800 668 426. (Contact Judy O’Keefe)
Advance Planning & Palliative Care
You are welcome at Uniting AgeWell’s Planning Ahead session to be held on Monday 6 August, 2–4pm. The topic is “Advanced Care Planning & Palliative Care” Advanced Care Planning involves writing down your wishes about your care and treatment options. Palliative Care covers the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of someone who has a serious illness that cannot be cured.
For catering please contact Robyn Tomkins.
New Christian School in Wyndham
We have been informed that a new Christian school in Wyndham Vale will be starting in 2019 from Prep to Grade 4 then moving up to Year 12 with an anticipated enrolment of 1450 students over coming years.
An Open Night will be held on Wednesday 25 July at 7.30 pm at 418-438 Ballan Rd Wyndham Vale.
This information has been provided by Pastor Roland Tankard of Wyndham City Church and Peter Cliffe, Executive Principal of Heatherton Christian College and Wyndham Christian College.
Good financial news!
It has been confirmed that Crossroads Uniting Church will received a grant from the State Government Heritage Fund! The Government requires that the Synod will also support the grant, and this is being worked on now. This will give us some challenging decisions as we go forward with the restoration work on our church and old manse.
Housekeeping & Help
If you or someone you know is in need of pastoral care, please don’t hesitate to contact either our minister, Mike Lewis or Robyn Tomkins.
We’re keen to make sure that when people know that someone has gone into hospital or is otherwise ‘out of sorts’, that they are not forgotten. If we don’t know that someone has suffered some misfortune we are not likely to be able to visit or offer support in some way; so please let us know in such a circumstance.
Worship Plan for this week
9.30 am Family Worship (Rev. M. Lewis)
Following worship today
Tea/Coffee in the Foyer.
Activities this week
Monday: Playgroup, 9.30 am in the Foyer.
Wednesday: Know Your Bible, 9.30 am at Joy Clancy’s.
Seniors Afternoon Tea, 2.30 pm, in the Church Foyer
Thursday: Bible Study at the Savory's.
Saturday: STAN, 6.30 pm, at the Geilen's.
Next Sunday – 29 July, Pentecost 10
10 am Special Intercultural Service with the Sudanese and Lisu Congregations, followed by a shared meal.
Rosters for Next Week
Duty Elder: Carmel Woodward
Greeting: Margaret Gook
Morning Tea: Jan Sillitoe & Vivien Bleakley
Flowers: Margaret Forrester
Reader: Mary Dixon
AV Desk: Lian Todd
Prayers: Jan Bradley
Piano: Wendy Barnes
Bible Readings next week:
2 Samuel 11:1–15; Psalm 14; Ephesians 3:14–21; John 6:1–21
A man of many parts
Boomerang Alliance’s big coke bottle is a symbol for the fight Rob Bradley is waging for a plastic-free environment. Rob along with 84% of Victorian residents (latest opinion poll The Age 3rd July 2018) support a Container Deposit Scheme (CDS).
As the leader of Beach Patrol 3030, celebrating its recent third birthday, Rob has seen massive amounts of plastic and other debris removed from the western Port Phillip Bay beaches, and the Werribee River.
However, there are more aspects of Rob’s life, related to his Christian belief that “the earth is the Lord’s”.
When this writer visited the home of Rob and his wife Jan, and youngest daughter Erin, I could see Rob’s care for native reptiles, bees and birds evident in the indigenous trees, grasses and shrubs of their garden, a bio-diverse habitat.
Currently Rob is chairperson of the Justice Task Group of Crossroads congregation, people who are active in helping asylum seekers, Uniting Wyndham (formerly Werribee Support and Housing) and the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress. “We have good links with Synod and Assembly Justice and International Mission concerns,” says Rob “and we connect with several community groups that share our passion for human and environmental justice.”
Rob’s Christian journey began in his local church, starting with St Andrew’s Footscray, Gamon Street Uniting Seddon and in recent years at Crossroads Uniting Werribee, he has been a member of Church Council.
Recently retired from his professional work over 38 years as a radiation therapist at the Peter McCallum Cancer Centre, Rob used advanced technology in the process of enabling healing.
He says “I encourage people to show Christian commitment in global justice concerns, locally; and to be informed by the Synod’s Just Act e-mail newsletter.” (NT)