OUR COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY AND THE COMING WEEK
Operation Christmas Child 2017
A huge thank you to everyone who filled a shoebox this year. I am delighted to advise that as of Sunday 15th October we have collected 305 filled boxes plus many monetary donations. We thank God for this ministry - the joy we get from filling a box and even better the squeals of delight when the children receive them. Thank you all so much. 😃 Margaret and Rose and the team at Mitcham.
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Many thanks to Margaret and Mary, Noel and Phil, John and Paul for their efforts in tidying the church gardens prior to the wedding last Saturday (14th) and of course the fete yesterday. And special thanks to Alan for cutting the grass and then organising the fete yesterday. Much appreciated.
Many hands make light work. Thank you from Geoff Gook
Places of worship tour
Make new inter-faith friends! Places of Worship Tour, at Crossroads UC, (9.20 am) Werribee Baptist (11am) and Virgin Mary Mosque, Hogans Rd (12 noon) for a Free vegetarian lunch is next Wednesday 25 Oct.
You can book with Laurence Gray, co-ordinator of Wyndham Interfaith Network, by Monday 23, on 0401337696 or <email@example.com>.
EVENTS AND NOTICES
St Albans UC has an event coming up on Saturday 28 October called INSPIRE. Details are below and a flyer is attached.
The Women's Ministry of the St. Albans Uniting Church is launching a free event for all women in our community. Our goal is to spread the love among women, develop friendships, create support groups, encourage and empower women to be strong and to be a blessing to one another.
The event is called INSPIRE. It will be on Saturday, 28 October 2017.
Starts at 1 pm till 5 pm. The afternoon will include games, singing, fun and door prizes given away. Our inspirational speaker is Rev. Eseta W. Meneily. We also invited women who will share their own personal stories.
It will be held in St. Albans Uniting Church Hall, located at Elaine Street Corner East Esplanade, St. Albans
Afternoon Tea will be provided so please confirm your attendance for catering purposes by calling Ingrid 0402 098 459; Ana 0422 591 770 or May 0425 753 804.
Reconciliation Action Plan
Wyndham City Council has approved its first draft Reconciliation Action Plan to go on exhibition until 31st October. Feedback from the community is invited. Copies of the Draft RAP and Feedback forms are in Council libraries and community centres. I have been part of the committee that has produced the plan. You can also see the Plan on the website: https://www.wyndham.vic.gov.au/Reconciliation.
Please return your feedback any time up to 31st October. The sooner, the better! (From Mary Dixon)
Available again today: Crossroads Windows
Copies of the Crossroads Windows colour document can be obtained from the Fair Trade table after worship for a small fee. Last week’s sold out!
Fair Trade Craft Stall 12th November
Jennifer Evans of Horizons of Hope will again bring her Fair Trade Craft Stall to Crossroads, this year on 12th November. An exciting range of handcrafts will be on sale in the foyer after worship.
We are hoping early birds among the Lisu congregation will be able come in time to join us at the stall, particularly as Jennifer sells Lisu handcrafts from Thailand. (M. Dixon)
9.30 am Family worship, led by Rev. Robert Renton.
Following worship today
Please join us for morning tea in the foyer.
Activities this week
Today, OSLO at Club Laverton, Aviation Road, Laverton. See Lorna Hodges or Elaine Belcher.
Monday, Playgroup, 9.30 am in the Foyer.
Wednesday: Bible Study (KYB) 9.30 am (Joy Clancy’s) & Seniors Afternoon Tea, 2 pm (Church)
Thursday: Bible Study 8 pm (Savorys’)
Saturday: STAN 6.30 pm (Savorys’)
Rosters for Next Week
Duty Elder: Phil Barnes
Morning Tea: Julie Hamilton & Elizabeth Barnes
Flowers: Mary Dixon
Reader: Elizabeth Barnes
Greeting: Julie Rees
AV Desk: Lian Todd
Prayers: Sandra Savory
Piano: Jeremy Withers
Bible Readings next week: Deuteronomy 34:1–12; I Thessalonians 2:1–8; Matthew 22:34–46; Psalm 90:1–6, 13–17.
Prayer Calendar this week : Surf Coast parish (Aireys Inlet, Anglesea, Bellbrae, Torquay).
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Housekeeping & Help
You’ll be aware that each year the Church Council sets a budget for the forthcoming year, based on the promised income from those people who use the envelope system or who arrange for direct deposits from bank accounts (via Uniting Funds Management) every month, and expected income from the ‘open plate’, hall rentals, the fête and other donations.
This is our first report for the half year up to the end of June. The income has not quite matched our expectations by the end of June, but that is not our direct concern at the moment. The problem we face is that property expenses on the five buildings (church, hall, two old manses, and one ‘new’ manse) are going to get increasingly higher. Fortunately, we do have some reserves from property sales, but once they are spent, they’re gone!
- Envelopes & direct deposit offering: Budget $39,000; actual $36,248.
- Open Plate offering: Budget $7,500; actual $5,645.
- Rent & property income: Budget $29,242; actual $33,052.
- Donations & other: Budget $13,840; actual $8,403.
- Total actual income: $83,347
Total budget income: $89,582
Total expenses for the period = $90,013 (meaning a loss for the six months of $6,666.)
In addition, we have chosen to use some of our property sale proceeds to undertake the recent work on the church, and we are going to be spending more on the slate roof of both the church and the old manse. This will all be in our second report later this year.
CHURCH OFFICE AND NEWSLETTER
Office hours are Monday–Friday 9.30 am–12 noon.
Telephone 9741 1084. Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.
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