COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY & THE COMING WEEK
Our sincere condolences are expressed to Joan Sturgess and sons, Col and Ian, on the death of Roy on Saturday 15th. Roy had been in care for some time at Wyndham Lodge, and it was sad that he could have no visitors for some considerable time. Joan was able to visit up until five weeks ago for an hour at a time, but had been unable to visit for three months before that. Roy and Joan have been members of Crossroads for many years.
Sincere condolences are also expressed to Vivien Bleakley on the death of her sister, Valerie, in England recently. Again, it is very sad when people aren’t able to see each other at such times.
From Blair and Mary Dixon:
Thank you very much for the lovely card and good wishes to Blair, and for the assurance of your prayers. It has been very encouraging for us to know the prayer support from Crossroads, and also to have so many expressions of kindness and care. Blair is getting stronger, and his speech is improving, for which we are very thankful. We are both looking forward to the time when we can worship together in good old Crossroads! Very best wishes from us both, and love to you all.
When we sang "O Christ the healer" (TiS 638) at our last Sunday morning on-line worship service, Neil Tolliday remembered that the Methodist hymn writer Fred Pratt Green had preceded him as preacher (1969–71) at Wroxham United Reformed Church, Norwich, in the county of Norfolk UK. The hymn 638 concludes:
Grant that we all, made one in faith
in your community may find
the wholeness that, enriching us,
shall reach the whole of humankind.
Fred was a prolific hymn writer, and nine of his well-loved hymns are included in Together in Song. For the authors and composers of the church's praise, thanks be to God!
Emergency Relief is continuing; people phone up to make appointments to collect foodstuffs. “I would encourage members of Crossroads congregation to make financial donations to Uniting,” says Cathryn. “Many of our clientele are folk who are not eligible for government financial assistance; and they can’t access job keeper.” (Actual non-perishable foodstuffs donations are not accepted at the church, due to Covid19 regulations.)
Worship Plan for this week
Bible Readings – 30 August 2020
Exodus 3:1–15; Romans 12:9–21; Matthew 16:21–28; Psalm 105:1–6, 23–26, 45c.
Rosters for 30 August 2020
Greetings: Frances Geilen
Prayers of the People: Margaret Bull
Reader: Nola Edgar
Flowers: Lorna Hodge
Piano: Asanka Pakura
A prayer for a pandemic
May we who are merely inconvenienced remember those whose lives are at stake. May we who have no risk factors remember those who are most vulnerable. May we who have the luxury of working from home remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent. May we who have to cancel our trips remember those who have no place to go. May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market remember those who have no margin at all. May we who settle for a quarantine at home remember those who have no home. As fear grips our country, let us choose love. During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other, let us find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbours.
NEWS AND NOTES
The Gook family have been active in our Crossroads church life since 36 years ago they came to Hoppers Crossing.
When Geoff (formerly of a Baptist background) became a Methodist youth group leader here, they settled in to this congregation.
Margaret had grown up at Sunshine Methodist church, where the Mission still operates as Uniting.
Margaret is our Church Council secretary, and Geoff is a member of the Property Control Group (PCG) helping to keep our church buildings and facilities operating even in time of Covid19.
Here’s Margaret and Geoff’s latest adventure: the “Geriatric Gardening Group” (GGG) – planted azaleas, daisies and lavender in the front of Uniting’s bluestone manse on Duncans Road. Imagine their shock a few weeks ago, when resident rabbits chewed up the planting, regarding those flowers as salad greens.
Not to be defeated, Margaret & Geoff sprinkled the flowerbeds with talcum powder, curry, bananas and egg shells, a diet the rabbits don’t like. They placed plastic bottles over the plants as mini hot houses. Salvation! The azaleas and lavenders are recovering, with new leaves.
The Gook family sends blessings to all friends at Crossroads: “Take care, stay safe.”
PS Margaret Gook advises: Margaret and Roland Wade are vacationing in their caravan at sunny Merbein, for the duration; they say hello to Crossroads friends. And Elaine Bailey is recovering from a fractured ankle. She’s staying at the home of her son in Lara. (NT)
I miss sitting in the front pew with Samantha Gourley, Joanne, Jaime and Debbie on Sunday mornings at Crossroads.
Asked about how the girls are managing with remote learning, Sam says: “The internet is driving us nuts. Equipment supplied by the school is not working properly, so we have to call for technical assistance when there are drop-outs from faulty internet”.
Sam’s facebook page shows some of the delicious cakes the girls are making. She says: “It’s great to have all my three girls at home together, since we have encountered difficult times. We want to say thank you to Crossroads friends for your prayers for our family. I hope that everyone is finding positives through this Covid19 time of shut-down and shut-in!” (NT)
Gina Lee and her husband Michael Hortin tell this writer they are missing our Crossroads worship, where Gina plays piano. “Michael and I send our blessings to our friends at Crossroads,” says Gina. “I continue to teach piano to my students, using Microsoft teams and skype”.
Michael takes X-rays and radiology scans at a private radiology clinic in Footscray. “I have a permit which allows me to drive to work, and the roads are much quieter,” he says.
“I’m glad during this time of Covid19 we as a family spend more time together,” says Gina. “Erica and Michael and I ride our bikes each day. Erica is in Grade 3, learning remotely, and she misses her friends. My family in Busan Korea are OK. The virus is controlled by a very good public health department”. (NT)
CHURCH OFFICE AND NEWSLETTER
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Telephone 03 9741 1084. Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.