CONNECTION – 22 MAY 2022


EASTER 6

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

Congregational meeting next Sunday

As previously advised on Sunday the 15th. a reminder that there will be a Congregational meeting next Sunday 29 May, immediately following worship. This has come about due to meetings that have and are currently being held within the presbytery which could have an impact on our Congregation. The meeting will give us an opportunity to be updated on any decisions that might be made. (Geoff G, Congregational Chairperson)

Visit of Vince and Enid R next week

We are privileged to have Vince R and his wife Enid coming to worship with us next Sunday, and also to speak to us. They are relaxed about there being a congregational meeting after church, and look forward to getting to know us, some of us for the first time, after the meeting. There will be an informal bring and share lunch at Mary’s place (28B Gabrielle Close).

Over lunch we will spend time considering the topic “What more can we do in practical ways in our own lives to advance the cause of Reconciliation?” For catering purposes please let Mary know by Wednesday if you would like to come to the lunch.

Messy Church today

Imagine a Sunday afternoon where you don’t have to get dinner ready! Instead, everyone gets to enjoy making craft, learning about God who loves us, and enjoying a meal together!
And what’s more… IT’S FREE!!!!! Come and join us today from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. (Future dates: 19 June, 17 July) All children must be accompanied by an adult. Contact Margaret G
if coming today.

Assembly report

Reporting on her main impressions of the Uniting Church in Australia’s National Assembly in Brisbane recently, our minister Annetia says:
“I met so many people whose names I see in the newsletters or web sites and spoke face to face with them. It’s a powerful experience, getting to know a person; for example, lunching with Sureka G, Executive Officer of Uniting World, and sharing conversation.
I found it was exciting to be a part of the decision-making process at Assembly. As a community of faithful people, we bring proposals for wide-ranging discussion, speak passionately, listen intently and then by consensus we reach resolution.
It was an Assembly that looked forward to the future, making decisions that will help to shape the church for the future. Before moving forward, we began with honouring the past. The Assembly commenced with a recommitment to Covenanting with the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress.
The students from Nungalinya College led biblical reflection every morning.
Some of the topics and decisions made were: wide ranging proposals and decisions from the Act 2 review of Uniting Church processes and procedures for the future, to the addition of theological creeds into our body of formative documents.
Further decisions were about social justice issues including First people’s wisdom into climate justice to help us as a church become net zero by 2040, prioritising aged care advocacy to ensure dignity and respect for all elderly, preventing harm from sexual orientation and gender identity conversion practices for LGBT members.
The Assembly was about understanding that we truly are an intercultural church, with people bringing richness and diversity to our shared worship and work for God’s kingdom from all around the world.” (NT with Annetia Goldsmith)

Thanks to the willing workers…

Seen in the passing at presbytery

The closure of congregations has been a regular occurrence across Australia since church union 46 years ago—often as a result of rationalisation of properties (as was the case here in Werribee when the former Methodist church was sold in 1989 and the proceeds used to enhance this Crossroads site’s facilities). But sometimes it has come about as the result of changing demographics or other factors including the natural ageing and loss of members. On Saturday, two congregations were closed because their remaining very few members could not sustain the activities that are required (including worship). In both cases there was a strong sense of sadness ‘that it had come to this’ but at Scots it was also with gracious acceptance.
It was sad also because Scots Campbellfield is our oldest extant ex-Presbyterian congregation, having been established in 1842 (180 years ago) underneath a tree which is still there. At the time the colonists in Victoria numbered just 300. The church was built in 1855 and has been maintained in good condition all through the years, but upkeep now due is well beyond the resources of the congregation. The site of the church is very extensive and has been leased in part for social housing. There is a graveyard on the site which has the grave of the first settled minister, Peter Gunn, who was a Gaelic-speaker. When the church was built (from local bluestone) a bell was sent from Peter’s hometown in Scotland, and it has been rung every Sunday since.
No decisions have been made about either Croxton or Scots Campbellfield property at this stage. Needless to add, Scots has heritage overlays on the whole property. (RR)
An electronic copy of the history of Scots Campbellfield may be obtained from Robert R.

What’s On This Week

  • Today: 12 noon OSLO at the Commercial Hotel in Watton St Werribee at 12midday.
  • Monday: 9.30am Playgroup
  • Wednesday: 2.30pm Seniors Afternoon Tea
  • Thursday: 9.30am Gardening Group

Bible Readings – 22 May 2022

Acts 16:9–15; John 14:23–29; Revelation 21:10—22:5; Psalm 67.

ROSTERS:

SUNDAY

Minister

Greetings:

AV: 

Morning Tea: 

Flowers: 

Music:   

Reader: 

Prayers:

22 May

Rev Annetia G 

Margaret D

Jacob L

Mary D & Asanka P

Mary D

Asanka P

Robert R

Ken S

29 May

Rev Annetia G 

Frances G

Roland G

Elaine B & Julie R

Elaine B

Wendy B

Margaret F

Mary D

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 Church Office is open Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 12.00pm.

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