Crossroads Connection



Soup and Sandwich Brunch today

Church council would like to invite the congregation to join in a Soup and Sandwich Brunch today after worship, to mark another year of church union and the end of Refugee Week.
If you haven’t had the opportunity to meet one of our refugee families, now’s the time. Why not approach them
and introduce yourself?

Taking the ration challenge

Luciana Aragon has been eating the same rations as a Syrian refugee living in a camp in Jordan during the last week.

With this, she is hoping to raise vital funds to provide emergency support to our local refugees and friends seeking asylum when they need it the most. Please sponsor this cause if possible with a cash donations directly to Luciana or they can be left at the office.


Church Camp coming up!

Join us for a weekend of fun, friendship, fellowship and COMMUNITY, which is our theme. We will be heading down to Anglesea to the Burnside Camp grounds from Friday 6 to Sunday 8 September.
You can arrive from 6pm on Friday evening and proceed to the dining room for a welcome coffee and to find your home for the next two nights.
There will be plenty of activities, both relaxing and adventurous that you can participate in.
Costs are $85 per person ($75 for Secondary Students, $65 for Primary Students, under 3s are free).
More information will be available soon. You can also come on a day visit - $15.  Please add your name to the sign-up sheet on the noticeboard.
For more information you can speak to Lauren Duckworth, Frances Geilen, Erin Bradley, Rob Bradley, Paul Cochran or Rose Geilen.

Worship Plan for this week

Today’s worship service

9.30 am Family Service (Rev. Robert Renton)
12 noon Lisu Service
2 pm Sudanese Fellowship

Activities this week

Monday: 9.30 am Playgroup
Wednesday: 2.30 pm Seniors Afternoon Tea
Thursday: 8 pm Home Group (usually at the Savorys) going to see a movie
Friday: 9.30 am Uniting Wyndham Playgroup;
5 pm African Youth (church foyer)
Saturday: 10 am African Youth (church foyer);
10.30 am Bendigo Interfaith Committee morning tea;
6.30 pm Saturday Take Away Night at the Aragons’ home.
Sunday: 12 noon OSLO at Hotel 520 Sayers Rd.

Bible Readings – 30 June 2019

2 Kings 2:1–2, 6–14; Galatians 5:1, 13–25; Psalm 77:1–2, 11–20; Luke 9:51–62

Rosters for Next Week

Rosters for 30 June 2019

Minister: Rev. Valerie Johnson
Duty Elder: Salote Tupou
Greeting: Margaret Gook
Morning Tea: Judy Frankcom & Jan Bradley
Flowers: Salote Tupou
Reader: Asanka Pakura
AV Desk: Roland Geilen
Prayers of the People: Vivien Bleakley
Piano: Jeremy Withers

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.


Indigenous Hospitality House

During this month the Justice Task Group is seeking cash donations from the congregation for the Indigenous
Hospitality House in Carlton. This House provides warm, welcoming accommodation for Aboriginal people from all over Australia who have a relative in a Melbourne hospital.
Since its beginning in 2001 the number of guests has averaged three per week. Crossroads has supported the
House every second year. This year the support of a large donor has ceased and the need is great. Donations may be put in a marked envelope in the offering plate or given directly to Mary Dixon.

Truth Telling and the Makarrata

Truth telling about this continent’s colonisation is part of the Uluru Statement from the Heart, the Makarrata. The documentary "Warrigal Creek Massacre" will be shown on Thursday 27th June at the Clocktower Centre 750 Mt Alexander Rd, Moonee Ponds. 6.30pm for a 7pm start.
In addition to the screening, there will be cultural elements and a panel discussion on the night. Bookings 9243 9191 or Cost $14.50 Adult $12.50 Concession. See Mary Dixon for more information.


Hobsons Bay Refugee Network(HBRN) invites you to the movie fundraiser "Yesterday" at the Sun Theatre Yarraville, on Friday 28 June, 6.30 arrival for 7 pm screening. "It's a glowing tribute to The Beatles and their music, smart... occasionally scathing.." Tickets $25 from <>


HBRN helps local asylum seekers with educational and training expenses, and advocates for compassionate asylum policies in Australia. HBRN works together with Crossroads Justice Task Group.


Presbytery Minister: Jeanne Beale

Rev. Deacon Jeanne Beale anticipates good things happening at the Presbytery of Port Phillip West, soon!

We are seated in a quiet room at Hoppers Crossing UC, while outside is the happy noise of the Playdate Café, an outreach to young families supported by the Presbytery.

“We are understaffed; waiting to call another presbytery minister, and a resource development worker—equipping leadership for mission. For now, Bruce Watson (0.5 chairperson), Heather Loader (1.0 Presbytery Secretary), Charles Gallacher (0.5 pastoral ministry) and I keep the daily tasks going”.
Jeanne says: “I’m in a generalist role, which fits with my experience prior to this, when I was supplying long-term at the Presbytery of North East Victoria. There I was able to overlap and cross pollenate with other workers, both teaching and offering pastoral support to congregations. Now, at Port Phillip West similar opportunities are offering”.

“I’ve come here from 13 years as chaplain at Aitken College, with preppies to year 12; and before that I was in Plenty Valley Parish combined with Kildonan Family Services. Part of my work at Port Phillip West is liaising with Uniting’s Rev. Lisa Stewart, as she provides support to the agency’s 19 sites in this and nearby presbyteries. It’s a social justice-linked role, helping staff in the restructured agencies and congregations to understand their shared mission”.

“I will be offering Safe Church training seminars (with a difference!) starting on 4 August. I want to encourage congregation leaders to manage the skills needed to comply effectively with the Government legislation and to build in pastoral care with church families”.

“Where Congregations have a social justice group, I’m available to link the resources of Synod’s Justice and International Mission unit and the grass-roots community activities in a local congregation. I look forward to meeting with Crossroads Justice Task Group members, and working together”, says Jeanne. (NT)


Church Office is open 9.30 am–12 noon, Monday–Friday

Telephone 03 9741 1084.  Postal address is PO Box 2156 Werribee 3030.