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.
& THE COMING WEEK
|This year, life has changed for all of us. The coronavirus has affected us all, but not equally. For our brothers and sisters in urgent need around the world, the effects of this crisis are catastrophic. Already struggling, vulnerable communities are now being pushed to the brink without the support they need to survive.|
As the world battles this pandemic, the legacy of Rev. Frank Byatt, the founder of the Christmas Bowl, has never been more important. Frank believed we have a responsibility to share what we have with others who need it. He saw it as a fundamental part of living out Jesus’ call to love our neighbours as ourselves (Mark 12:31).
That’s why, in 1949 he called his congregation to “get a bowl to put on your Christmas dinner table as a Bowl of Remembrance and see if you can get everybody round the table to make a generous gift so that you can share your good dinner with hungry children in other lands.”
That first Christmas Bowl appeal raised £1,808. No small sum for a congregation at the time. But Frank didn’t stop there. His mission was to unify all Australian Christians, of all traditions, to work together to put the word of the Gospel into action.
An envelope you can use to contribute will be distributed with the Crossroads Advent material. You can mail in your gift or bring it to the church office by the middle of February.
A number of people from Crossroads like to choose gifts from the “Everything in Common” catalogue of Uniting World as well as considering Gifts for Peace from the Christmas Bowl. Uniting World is an agency of the Uniting Church in Australia and we are planning to promote its work in a Lent Event next year. If however you would like to see their range of Christmas gifts now, please ring Mary D.Mary D
Robert S is one of several new councillors sworn in at the City of Wyndham this week. He agreed to talk about his life so far with Crossroads CONNECTION.
Growing up locally, Robert attended McKillop Catholic Regional College. He says: “I hold Christian values.” He is married, with children at primary school.
They live in Werribee near the River. “I support the Werribee River Association and its plans for an interpretive hub,” he says.
Over a cup of coffee, Robert explained his diet lifestyle is vegan; “I’ll drink it black, or with soy milk,” he says. Choosing vegan means Robert lives by respect for the environment – aware of land space required for meat production and waste. Secondly, vegan foods are without animal fat, reducing the probability of heart disease. Thirdly, he is aware of ethical concerns of killing sentient beings.
Robert worked as an organizer with the Finance Sector Union, then electoral office manager for Sarah Connolly MLA. Now he drives an order picker at Catch.com, subsidiary of Wesfarmers.
“My agenda for Council includes: improved footpaths and bike paths for safety, the purchase of stock for crisis housing, and planning for an improved council-owned animal pound facility,” says Robert.
(Neil T says the gospel of justice is concerned with world and local politics. Do you know your city councillors?)
Here is a wide-ranging story, of Cyril Ridsdale, Sue M, Uniting Wyndham and Anglicare.
Sue M’s friendships with Crossroads are longstanding and go back more than 13 years, to her appointment as Quality Manager and Deputy Executive Officer at Werribee Support and Housing. Prior to this appointment whilst working for Wyndham Council during the late 1990’s she developed an afternoon tea program at the Church together with Richard A.
“Cyril R and his good friends Noelle S and Pat S were great volunteers,” says Sue. “They assisted with many roles at the agency including emergency relief, the furniture program, fund raising BBQs and the Op Shop”.
Sue says “We started a breakfast program before 9 am weekdays. Cyril, Noelle and other church volunteers assisted in providing a nutritious breakfast whilst staff provided Emergency Relief Vouchers to those in need”.
During the transition to Uniting Wyndham 3 years ago, Sue changed her employment to Anglicare. She is now Quality Manager for the Western Region, her office is based in Werribee.
Following the death of Noelle, Sue maintained contact with Cyril; during his stays in hospital and his move to Glendale. Cyril is now welcomed by the Moger family to family events.
During the pandemic at Glendale Aged Care Facility, Cyril was isolated for six weeks, an endurance test for any sociable person. He has now returned to his own room and belongings. Half-hour visiting is welcomed; bookings through Glendale Aged Care 8742 8888.
Cyril is in good spirits, glad of visitors, and looking forward to getting about the community again “I want to get to my old hairdresser in Watton Street,” he says. (NT)
Bible readers wanted!
Our bible readers roster is coming to an end, and we are looking for new volunteers. If you have been following the online services, you will have seen that it can be helpful if you are willing to be videoed doing the readings. The text of the reading is created by the online manager. Please contact Rose G if you are interested.
Plants for sale
Seeing the October church fete was cancelled, there may be some people who still have pot plants for sale. We are planning a plant sale early in December, so if you do have any saleable plants, please get them ready for sale. More details shortly.
Prayer – “The elusive divine”
Blessed is a poem
the verses of which are still being written,
as we discover who we are
and might become.
Blessed is a symphony
in which we are invited to play,
but in which the music keeps changing…
so we improvise.
Blessed is a work of art
forming with the colours and strokes we bring,
transforming us as it emerges, changing
how we see
Blessed is a silence,
a gap, a pause between words,
a waiting, a holding, a patience, a stillness
as the tide recedes.
Blessed is the elusive divine,
moving within and without, beyond,
paradoxical, questionable, a mystery,
a child playing.
Worship Plan for this coming week
Isaiah 64:1–9; Mark 13:24–37; I Corinthians 1:3–9; Psalm 80:1–7, 17–19. (First Sunday in Advent)
- Greetings: Frances G
- Prayers of the People: Sandra S
- Reader: Carol N
- Flowers: Salote T
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.