COMMUNITY NEWS FOR TODAY & THE COMING WEEK
Visiting the Presbytery’s congregations
The UCAF bus tour that Lorna Hodge took continued for four days. On the third day they visited these congregations.
Port Arlington St Andrew’s shares their minister Rev.Temukisa Armituana’l-Vaeluaga with St Leonards with a congregation of about 30. There is a strong focus on music with an active choir. UCAF activities include a monthly bible study group, and a monthly Saturday morning breakfast now in its 21st year. This draws an average attendance of 25 many from other denominations and the wider community. For over 50 years the congregation has hosted the Scripture Union Beach Mission providing accommodation and prayerful encouragement to the volunteers.
Queenscliff –Point Lonsdale Uniting Church. We spent quite a while and money in the op shop. First Sunday is All Age Messy Church and we saw some of their “works”. Parents and grandparents all join in. The Vestry op shop is open every day and together with Concerts, Open Gardens, Dinners, Movie Clubs and Forums on themes they are passionate about they have developed strong community connections. They hold an annual 3 day event with artists from indigenous, refugee and LGBTIQ communities, together with carers for the earth and oceans.
Torquay Rev Suzie Castle is the minister for the Surf Coast Linked Congregations of Aireys Inlet, Anglesea, Bellbrae and Torquay. Although only a congregation of about 30 they have many activities through fellowship, community service and outreach. This includes Beaut Beanies when a group knit beanies, teddies, rugs and scarves for people in need. Twice a week they have coffee and Kids Playspace where mothers, grandparents and carers meet attended by volunteers. Messy Church is held quarterly and Advent Workshop is a major event.
Grovedale. The Rev. Helen Robinson has been welcomed as the supply minister for their congregation of 40–60 people. They have a well attended Mainly Music group weekly, Messy Church once a month, an Op shop opens four days a week with 30 volunteers. This was opened for us and we found many bargains, the money supports a Youth Worker who started in July. Bible study groups and a weekly craft group and a Joy Club playing Ukuleles.
Our congregation: Jan Sillitoe
“My faith journey began in the Netherlands; where I was born. My family went to the Protestant Reformed Church, and we were all baptised. When I was 4, we migrated to Australia; Holland’s unemployment was bad, so we were looking for better life choices. We were sponsored by the Presbyterian church, and our family moved in with the minister’s family in the manse at Victoria Street, North Geelong, on the cliff top overlooking Corio Bay. I started Sunday School and then Primary School for three months, with not a word of English. I could only listen. It was awful”, she says.
“Then our family, together with my cousins’ family, moved to Norlane, and we found a ‘Commission’ house—for nine of us at first. We went to Sparks Road United Methodist and Presbyterian Church, where the hymn books alternated each Sunday. I remember we had a Dutch minister at one time”.
Her marriage ended when her two daughters Tamara and Amanda were 6 and 3 years; then Jan became a single mother, living in Fairway St, Hoppers Crossing. “I appreciated the ministry of the Revs Peter Aumann and Bill Service at Werribee Presbyterian Church, but it was a difficult time, and I stopped going to church for a while. I still had friends such as Vivienne Bleakley and Nancy McEwan, supporting me. At an Easter Service, I was welcomed by the Rev. Tony Duncan; he encouraged me to start going to church again”, says Jan.
Jan is a faithful attender at worship and UCAF. She says: “Being a member at Crossroads means a lot to me, as far as faith is concerned; and I have good friends here”. (NT)
Worship Plan for this week
9.30 am Family Service (Rev. Valerie Johnson)
12 pm Lisu Service
2.30 pm Dinka Service
Activities this week
Monday: 9.30 am Playgroup
Wednesday: 2.30 pm Seniors Afternoon Tea
7.30 pm Ash Wednesday service at Hoppers Crossing UC.
Thursday: 8 pm Home Group at the Savorys
Friday: 9.30 am Uniting Playgroup
7 pm African Youth (Hall)
Bible Readings – 1 March 2020
Genesis 2:15–17, 3:1–7; Romans 5:12–19; Matthew 4:1–11; Psalm 32
Rosters for Next Week
Rosters for 1 March 2020
Minister: Rev. Annetia Goldsmith
Morning Tea: Julie Rees & Judith O’Keefe
Flowers: Rose Geilen
Prayers of the People: Sandra Savory
Reader: Betty Parker
Piano: Asanka Pakura
For your prayers this week…
For our congregation as we enter the season of Lent—preparation for the celebration of Easter—and as we commence our new ministry.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
Annual Congregational Meeting
The Annual Congregational Meeting will be held today, following the service of worship. This will also be the occasion for the election of new Church Councillors. Nominations received are of Margaret Bull, Frances Geilen, Samantha Gourley and Simon Raza.
Relay for Life morning tea next week
The Relay for Life team are hosting a morning tea next Sunday after the service. We are asking for a gold coin donation (or whatever you are willing to donate). If you have any questions, or would like to be involved, please contact Frances Geilen.
The barbeque at Bunnings last Sunday raised over $1,800 for Relay for Life. Thanks to all who worked on it!
The Wyndham Relay for Life event will be on the 14–15 March 2020, starting at 11.45 am on Saturday and walking through to midday on Sunday. We invite you to join us by either joining our team and/or helping raise money to end cancer.
Ash Wednesday service
Ash Wednesday Service: 26 February at 7.30 pm at Hoppers Crossing UC. Come and prepare for Lent, Easter and beyond.
Church fête plant stall
We need a new plant stall convenor for this year's fete. If anyone is prepared to take on this role, please speak to Mary Dixon (9741 2024) or Carmel Woodward (0401 272 898), to obtain information on what the role involves.
“Against our oath” — film and Q&A
A documentary on the MediVac story, followed by a Q&A with Dr Helen Young, paediatric neurologist involved in treating asylum seekers in Australia and Nauru, will be at St Mark’s Anglican Church, 616 Melbourne Rd, Spotswood (cnr Hudsons Rd) on Sunday, 15 March, 7.15–9.30 pm. Park behind the child care centre. Bookings necessary at https://www.trybooking.com/BIBCW and see the website at https://www.againstouroath.com/.
Housekeeping & Help
If you or someone you know is in need of pastoral care, please don’t hesitate to contact either Robyn Tomkins or Robert Renton. 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.
CHURCH OFFICE AND NEWSLETTER
The Church Office is open 9.30 am–12 noon, Monday–Friday
Telephone 03 9741 1084. Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.